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GULF SHORES, AL - Christmas music in all its many moods will ring out at the annual Holiday Concert at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf shores Parkway, on Sunday evening Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and the public is welcome and invited to attend, a joyous way for all to add to the magic of the holiday season.
The GSUMC Chancel Choir will present The Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 4, originally conducted by famed choral director Robert Shaw, with full orchestra along with traditional carols as a year-end celebration of the church's 50th Anniversary. The Choir will also present a group of three anthems by John Rutter, What Sweeter Music, Angel's Carol, and Christmas Lullaby, and the stirring chorus from Handel's Messiah, For Unto Us a Child is Born.
The choir will be accompanied by members of the Pensacola and Mobile Symphony orchestras, and by Jackie Dahlman, organist/pianist at GSUMC. Also on the program will be a solo by Marsha Guyer and a duet by Janis Ray and GSUMC Worship Arts Director Cody Johnson.
Choir member Dr. Clif Jones, retired professor and former General Manager of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, Tupelo, Miss., has arranged one of the numbers for the orchestra.
Featured soloist at the concert will be harpist Dr. Jeanne O'Connell, adjunct professor at Faulkner State Community College. Dr. O'Connell also maintains a private music studio, and plays piano and organ at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Fairhope and Christ the King Catholic church in Daphne. She is a member of several regional music organizations and plays her harp at many engagements throughout the area.
Following the concert, a "White Christmas Offering" will be taken in support of the United Methodist Children's Homes. Further concert information is available by contacting the GSUMC office at 251-968-2411 or by visiting Gulf Shores United Methodist Church online.
November 26, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – More than 50 festive floats will do their best to light up Gulf Shores on Friday, Dec. 5 as the City hosts its Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration, but there’s little doubt the brightest star power will be beaming from the celebrity judges grandstand.
The City has announced American model, beauty pageant queen, and television personality Katherine Webb-McCarron, reigning Miss Alabama 2014, Caitlin Brunell, and South Alabama Head Football Coach Joey Jones will reign over this year’s parade as celebrity judges.
The parade will roll from Clubhouse Drive at 6:30 p.m. and head south to the Gulf Shores Public Beach. The panel of celebrity judges will be crowning winners for Most Holiday Spirit, Most Original and Best Overall.
The magical atmosphere from the parade will roll continuously into the night as a celebration at the Gulf Shores Public Beach will kick off immediately following the parade. Families can enjoy stunning lights, pictures with Santa, a live nativity, holiday crafts and even meet and greet opportunities with celebrity judges Katherine Webb-McCarron and Caitlin Brunell.
Parade winners will be announced at the Beach Celebration. For more information about any of the City of Gulf Shores holiday events, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1172 or visit Gulf Shores online.
November 26, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Wharf is bringing cheer with a full season of holiday events and activities.
Real ice is back at The Wharf and better than ever! Located in Palm Plaza, the larger rink is the center of all Winter Wonderland activities this season at The Wharf.
Enjoy real ice skating on Mondays through Fridays from 4-10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. starting Nov. 28 and going through Jan. 4. Cost is $10 for a two-hour skate session or $12 for a two-hour skate session and Ferris Wheel ticket.
Novmember 25, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Coastal Arts Center's After School Arts Program consists of 12-week class sessions for both fall and spring semesters of the 2014-15 school year.
Spring classes are Jan. 6 - April 15, but there will be no class on Mardi Gras, the week of Festival of Art, March 8-14 and week of Spring Break, April 5-11. (Pictured: Gabriel Menzel and Kate Johnson practice creating acrylic textures.)
All classes are from 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. with pick up by 5:30. Prices include all supplies and a snack.
November 25, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Gulf Shore sHigh School students got a hands-on, real-life food prep opportunity from the Hangout chef, Ira Gallon, this Thanksgiving.
Students interested in the culinary/hospitality profession learned to prepare the dressing that was served at the Hangout’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Chef Gallon visited with the students on Friday, Nov. 21 to explain the recipe and the students prepared the dish on Monday.
November 24, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – It’s that time of the season and the Perdido Beach Resort is sponsoring a popular holiday program that gives brand new toys to children in need.
From now until Dec. 13 Perdido Beach Resort will be accepting donations of toys and cash for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.
Marines will be on property at the Perdido Beach Resort on Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Day, taking collections from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All donated toys will be distributed to local children who are less fortunate than others. Any cash donations received will be donated directly to Toys for Tots.
Also on Thanksgiving, the resort will be offering its famous holiday buffet. The buffet is only $29.95 per adult or $16.95 per child in the Grand Ballroom or $36.95 per adult and $19.95 per child in Voyagers, the Resort’s restaurant, which features a fabulous view of the beach.
November 23, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Gulf Shores restaurant Bill’s By the Beach (BBTB) formally welcomes Alabama native Executive Chef Jon Gibson to the BBTB team.
The addition of Chef Jon also marks a new menu for the local eatery, in a style Chef Jon describes as “coastal comfort cuisine.”
“This is when I take comfort food that you or I grew up with and put a different spin on them but staying true to the ingredients inside the dish itself,” he explains.
The new menu features subtle touches of Southern, Pacific Rim, Southwest, and European cuisines, updated every six months to emphasize the fresh, seasonal ingredients Chef Jon incorporates into his distinctive dishes.
Chef Jon possesses an extensive background in the culinary arts, most recently as the “King of Coastal Cuisine” for Orange County, California’s Beachcomber Café at Crystal Cove. During his time at the Beachcomber Café, Chef Jon made numerous appearances performing cooking demonstrations at the 2009/2010/2011 Taste of Newport, on KTLA morning news, in the Orange County Register and Coast Magazine, and on KABC 790AM Chef Irby’s “Bikini Lifestyles” radio show. His recipes were also published in Chef Irby’s “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking Quinoa” cookbook.
November 22, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — HRH, a Gulf Shores gift and accessory store will host "Jingle & Mingle, a Christmas Open House on Dec. 4, from 4-8 p.m. with a portion of the sales to benefit the Christian Service Center.(Pictured: From left are Christian Service Center President Linda Chappelle, Center volunteer Sue Bolkes and Penny Christopher with HRG.)
HRH is located at 3769 Gulf Shores Parkway across from Cobb Theater and offers unique gift and accessories for the individual and home. The Jingle & Mingle event will include a fashion show, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.
The Christian Service Center was organized by the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association and offers assistance to qualified residents who need help with food, housing or counseling.
The Center is located at 317 Dolphin Ave. in Gulf Shores and is open from 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday. For additional information, to volunteer or make donations to the Christian Service Center, call 251-968-5256 or visit the Christian Service Center online.
November 21, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Kenny Chesney Flora-Bama Jama concert from August 16, 2014.
November 21, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Jingle all the way to the Alabama Gulf Coast as the area gears up for Coastal Christmas, an event series designed to encourage travel during the holiday season. From concerts and carriage rides to a lighted boat parade, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will offer a variety of events for the whole family to explore.
Stuff the stockings during Small Business Saturdays from Nov. 29 (National Small Business Saturday) through Christmas. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber along with the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach encourages visitors and locals alike to shop locally at small, independently-owned retailers during the holidays and throughout the year.
November 19, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Beginning this past week, the Gulf Shores Police Department began using a facility dog to enhance community-oriented policing mission and aid victims and witnesses of crime in reducing their stress and anxiety as they work through the criminal justice system.
“Mason” is a 2-year old yellow Labrador golden retriever mix, fully trained by Canine Companions for Independence, to aid not only the disabled but to serve as a facility dog.
Mason’s handler is Cpl. Josh Coleman in the department’s Community Affairs section. Cpl. Coleman attended and graduated the Handler’s Training provided by the Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence located in Orlando, Fla. Cpl. Coleman returned to Gulf Shores with Mason and immediately began the process of being introduced to the GSPD and City of Gulf Shores family.
This is the first such placement and use in Alabama. Officials praised the assistance of Canine Companions for Independence (www.cci.org) whose knowledge and inspiration guided us in applying for and acquiring Mason.
November 18, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The City of Orange Beach released the following via email to various media outlets on Monday, Nov. 17:
It has been a couple of months since the referendum seeking a tax increase to fund an independent school system in Orange Beach. I have had some time to think about it and recognize how divisive this issue became for our community. This divide concerns me.When I believe in something, I am very passionate about it and work very hard to accomplish the task and most of you know that about me. I hope you will take anything that I said in the spirit in which it was intended and it was never meant to offend or hurt anyone. However, I know I should sometimes talk less and listen more and I am working on that. Hopefully, if I am smart, I will be a better mayor learning from mistakes I made during this time.
There were many people from all walks of life involved in this debate. It was not just a tax issue, an education issue or a parent issue. Residents with many different views voted both for and against this referendum. Everyone was right and no one was wrong. No good guys or bad, it was merely a matter of perspective and opinion.
November 17, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Recently, at GSMS, the Student Government Association collected coins for the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. All of the donations will benefit the animals at the zoo.(Pictured: Mrs. Knight, right, and students from her homeroom, Lacey Tillery, MacKenzie Brasher, and Kattie Martinez, present Lindsay Ezell, left, Gulf Coast Zoo program manager, with a donation check.)
The students brought any amount of coins to their homeroom class to donate in order to help raise money for the zoo. On Friday, October 24, there was also an out of uniform day for $2.00 to raise additional money for the zoo. Mrs. Knights homeroom donated the most money, and the zoo brought in animals to visit to say thank you! They raised $90.44 from their class.
In the entire week about $600 was donated. The students were very excited to be able to help! Ansleigh Jordan, a student from GSMS stated, “I think it is an amazing way to raise money for the zoo. It was so fun being able to help the zoo and it is amazing having one so close.”
November 15, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Hardworking staff at the Alabama Sheriff's Boys Ranch in Summerdale were assisted by a group from the Gulf Shores Woman’s Club on Oct. 14 in getting ready for a warm holiday celebration at the Ranch.(Pictured from left, with their Christmas wreaths, are Christine Ponder, Barbara Whitman, Kathleen Donaldson, Mindy Harmon, and Sharon Motes.)
Four GSWC members, Gilda Green, Carol Ann Owen, Charlotte Little, and Kathleen Donaldson, brought supplies for making mesh Christmas wreaths and ribbon bows. Joining them in the crafting session from the Ranch were Sharon Motes, “House Mom” to six boys, Barbara Whitman, substitute “House Mom,” Mindy Harmon, wife of Ranch Director Jim Harmon, and Christine Ponder, Ranch secretary.
These four Ranch ladies are dedicated to providing a loving and compassionate home for their boys, and this day gave them a good start on their holiday preparations.
November 15, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Congratulations to Gulf Shores Middle School’s 2014 - 2015 Teacher of the Year, Scott Rowe, eighth grade science teacher, FCCLA sponsor and soccer coach.
This is Coach Rowe’s third year at Gulf Shores Middle School. He is a football coach, the head coach for the boys’ soccer team, and the huddle coach for FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).
Scott earned his B.S. in Geology at the University of Alabama, and his M.Ed. at the University of Montevallo in 2011. His teaching experiences include: eighth grade physical science, biology, and environmental science.
Some of his hobbies include: backpacking, kayaking, fly-fishing, road and mountain biking, orienteering, trail running, metal etching and photography.