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October 31, 2014 - Washington, D.C. - On Oct. 23, Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) filed suit in Washington, D.C. challenging the decision of the U.S. Department of the Interior and other federal agencies to allow money intended to repair damage to the Gulf of Mexico from the 2010 BP disaster to instead be used to subsidize a beachfront convention center in Alabama.
On October 2, the Department of the Interior, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture, issued a decision approving a final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Phase III Early Restoration Plan (ERP) which allocated $58.5 million dollars of Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funds to subsidize a hotel and convention center in Alabama’s Gulf State Park.
October 30, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, located in the beautiful Waterway Village of Gulf Shores, will celebrate a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The public is invited to come by, enjoy holiday refreshments and browse the original creations of all GCAA participating artists.
The focus of local art will be on items appropriate for Christmas gifts. In addition to the Gallery’s paintings, pottery and wood crafts, the Gallery Gift Shop will include beautiful hand made jewelry, creative wall hangings, greeting cards, GCAA T-shirts and many other gift items. (Pictured: GCAA officers, from left, Wanda Price, Eloise Thomley and Maria Bastin .)
October 29, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Mystical Order of Mirams are proud to announce the 8th Annual “Taste of the Islands" to be Friday, Dec. 5.
This year our culinary extravaganza will host more than 35 restaurants from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and surrounding areas. The Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf will be the location for this holiday gala, which will consist of food sampling, all inclusive cocktails and musical entertainment.
Our charities of choice are Toys for Tots and Gulf Coast Cancer Centers. The Mystical Order of Mirams are known for supporting our community during this holiday season.
Please bring an unwrapped toy to benefit local children in need. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rythm Intervention. The band will keep you dancing throughout the night and will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Taste of the Islands is the perfect venue to host your holiday party! Let us do the work, as you take all the credit. Tickets to this All-Inclusive Holiday Gala are $50 per person. Reserved seating and tables of 10 are available for $500. Reserve your table early as they are limited.
To purchase tickets or a table visit Mystical Order of Mirams online.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.
October 28, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The last Art Market of this year will be Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Meyer Park, 400 E. 22nd Ave. in Gulf Shores. The Art Market is hosted by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores.
Approximately 40 artists will be exhibiting their original work for the culmination of this festive event. Visitors will also enjoy live musical entertainment, children’s art activities and concessions.
Tammy Evans of Orange Beach, a watercolorist, will be among the exhibiting artists.
October 27, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center will host the American Canoe Association Coastal Kayaking Level 1-3 Instructor Development Workshop Nov. 21-22.
Participants in the IDW will learn how to develop and manage kayaking instructional programs, discuss various teaching methodologies, barriers to learning and issues related to paddler safety and risk management.
October 26, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — With one of the most distinctive voices in American music and a career spanning more than 50 years, Grammy Award winning singer Aaron Neville brings New Orleans to Orange Beach for the holidays. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber presents “Christmas with Aaron Neville” on Dec. 3.
The concert will be at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf as a kick-off to the 2014 Coastal Christmas season.
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s announcement came Tuesday at the Orange Beach City Council meeting and was well received by all in attendance.
October 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL — On Oct. 5 eight Kaiser Realty employees who participated in the United Way’s Day of Caring at the Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores.
The Kaiser employees volunteered pulling weeds, mulching trimming shrubs and trees in the rain and hanging utility cabinets and touch-up painting in the office. Some of those participating were Suzi Ingram, Tina Bearfield, Terri Johnson, Melanie Tremaine, Bonnie Eastman, Tia Casey, Lee Ann Jones and Glen Kaiser.
October 23, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The South Baldwin Community Theatre, located at 2022 West 2nd St., Gulf Shores has begun an exciting 2014-15 season with “And Then There Were None”, an Agatha Christie play, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and “Rapunzel” with final performances Oct. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colo.
If you missed these two exciting presentations we hope you will be able to attend the later productions listed below throughout the remainder of the season.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Attorney General Luther Strange today announced the winners of the 2014 Alabama Safe Schools Awards of Excellence which included Orange Beach Elementary from District 1.
Since Attorney General Strange reinstituted these awards, the emphasis has been on technological advances dealing with modern safety challenges. As a result of last year’s program, the Attorney General compiled a “Best Practices” guide, and schools this year were judged by their implementation of these recommended practices.
October 20, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras Krewe enjoyed a complete sell out of the 12th annual fall fundraiser - The Pirate Island Drawdown.
It was Sept. 26 at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Members and guests enjoyed great food and libations, fabulous decorations, and entertainment provided by the Tip Tops!
Funds raised will support the Sirens' scholarship fund, charities, and Mardi Gras activities for the near future.
October 19, 2014 – GULF SHORES, AL (GSA) – Holy Spirit Thrift Shop recently donated $10,000 to Camp Beckwith to support their 2014 renovation project.
The $10,000 donation will be used to purchase new furniture for the Bayfront Center, Cumings Conference room and two cottages, build a chapel from the Chapel to the Bayfront Center and renovate a handicap bathroom. Beckwith is the Camp and Conference Center of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, located on Weeks Bay off Highway 98, in Fairhope.
Set on 82 acres of tall pines and landscaped open spaces, Beckwith is available for adult conferences and workshops, overnight retreats, youth retreats, summer camps, weddings and family reunions. Founded in 1933, the center serves guests of all denominations, races and national origin.
The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop is an outreach ministry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Located at 6786 Highway 59 in Gulf Shoreds, the Thrift Shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM - 4 PM and 10 AM - 1 PM on Saturdays.
Proceeds from the sale of donated clothes, furniture, books and small household goods benefit nonprofit organizations in Baldwin County For additional informatrion or to volunteer call Alicia at the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop 251-968-2797.
For additional information visit Camp Beckwith online or call 251-928-6744.
October 18, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Harvest - A Festival of Gifts sixth annual event is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, at the south campus of the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church (Winn-Dixie shopping center behind Zaxby’s).
The festival is proud to showcase original works by local artists and crafters. This is a great way to get a jump start on holiday shopping while also enjoying a fabulous silent auction, decadent Sweet Shop, arts and crafts, unique Christmas gifts and much more.
The Harvest - A Festival of Gifts is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church Mother's Day Out and Preschool ministry.
October 18, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Columbia Southern University is preparing for more than 3,500 graduates and guests from around the globe to attend its annual commencement ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 24 in Orange Beach, Ala.
Two graduation ceremonies will be held at the Orange Beach Event Center to accommodate approximately 700 graduates and their families and friends. There will be a ceremony at 9 a.m. and a second ceremony at 2 p.m. featuring graduates from as far away as Puerto Rico and Vietnam and many states such as Oregon, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland.
The keynote speaker will be Oliver North, a combat decorated U.S. Marine, a No. 1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel.
October 17, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — In a round about way, those four lads from Liverpool who took the music world by storm in the 1960s are coming to the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.
The 30th festival kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 6, and while the final day, Sunday, Nov. 16, won’t exactly be Beatlemania, it will have some akin to it: Fredamania.
Kathy McCabe of Baltimore and part-time resident of Gulf Shores since 2004 is bringing the film she produced, “Good Ol’ Freda,” about Beatles secretary and fan club president Freda Kelly to the Gulf Coast along with the film’s star, good ol’ Freda herself.
Freda Kelly, at 17, became the Beatles secretary and president of the official Beatles Fan Club. She is, longtime friend McCabe says, the only person employed by the Beatles from beginning to end of the madness that was Beatlemania. (Pictured: Freda Kelly in an Austin Hargrave Photo)
October 17, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Join The Hangout for spooks and thrills and enjoy Halloween Gulf-style with The Hangout’s Terror on the Gulf Cabin Fear Haunted House and Fright Night Costume Dance Party. Each weekend through Oct. 31, The Hangout will transform into a haunted destination, and on Saturday, Oct. 25, it will throw the biggest Halloween party on the Gulf to celebrate Fright Night!
Terror on the Gulf presents Cabin Fear offers two haunted trails – one for the bravest souls and a toned down version for kids. Tickets are $7 for the Scary Cabin Fear and $5 for the Not So Scary Cabin Fear. Tickets are valid for one admission on any date. Dates for haunted house are Friday, Oct. 17, Saturday, Oct. 18, Thursday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25, Thursday, Oct. 30 and Friday, Oct. 31. In addition to the haunted house, The Hangout will feature live music on the Mermaid Stage each night at 7 p.m. with no cover.