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January 25, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber recently presented its Island Spirit Award for December 2014 to Myrtie Williams at a special ceremony at Gulf State Park.
In presenting the award, Island Spirit Committee Chairman Nora Mandoki praised Williams' work ethic and diligence in keeping the campground facilities clean for guests. (Pictured: Nora Mandoki, center with plaque, awards Myrtie Williams with the December 2014 Island Spirit award.)
January 24, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — For the sixth consecutive year, Holy Spirit Thrift Shop, has been named the Presenting Sponsor for the Christian Service Center's annual Spaghetti Dinner.
The spaghetti dinner is scheduled for, Feb. 23, from 4:30-7 p.m. in Building B Auditorium on Gulf Shores United Methodist Church South Campus in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Highway 59, Gulf Shores. (Pictured: From left are Holy Spirit Thrift Shop volunteers Lee Reid, Dick Reid, Thrift Shop Board Chair Yvonne Jones, Christian Service Center President Linda Chapelle, Thrift Shop volunteer Judy Dyer and Thrift Shop Manager Alicia Gattenio.)
January 23, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL - Favorite tunes from popular Broadway shows are on the program for the second annual Snowbird Broadway Extravaganza on Thursday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Jan. 30 at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church. The shows begin both evenings at 7 in the church sanctuary.
The program by the GSUMC Chancel Choir includes fun songs from The Best of the Beach Boys. You’ll also hear memorable tunes from Annie and Crazy for You along with haunting melodies from Phantom of the Opera. Soloists include Janis Ray, Bill Durmer and Cody Johnson, and a duet by Mel Middlebrooks and Jan Hinnen. The Chancel Choir is accompanied by organist/pianist Jackie Dahlman.
Admission is $5 per person with tickets available at the GSUMC South Campus ticket window. Located in Thee Coffee Shop in the Winn Dixie Plaza, the window is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 251-968-4346. Event proceeds are used to support the music ministry of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
January 22, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The family of Marissa Leigh Nichols and Gulf Shores Police Department's detectives are asking for the public's help to locate Marissa Nichols.
Marissa Nichols was last seen leaving her residence on Wednesday, Jan. 7. She has not been seen or heard from since. Her family is extremely concerned for her welfare and wishes for Marissa to return home.
Marissa Nichols is described as a 16-year-old female white with black hair and hazel eyes. She stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 110 pounds.
Gulf Shores Police detectives have employed numerous resources to locate Marissa Nichols; we are now asking the public for assistance.
Anyone with information on Marissa Nichols whereabouts is asked to contact Sgt. Russell at 251-968-2431. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to our communications center at 251-968-2431.
January 22, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Friends of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is in need of volunteers to work at its store at the refuge’s visitor center.
Volunteers are needed to work 8-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Duties include sale of shirts, caps, cards an guides. Volunteers talk with people coming into the visitors center answering questions about the refuge and turtles.
If refuge staff is not available volunteers would also answer the phone. It’s a laid back atmosphere and you can bring a book or computer when times aren’t busy. The center his wi-fi as well.
January 21, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The first Art Market of 2015, hosted by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores will be February 7 at the First Presbyterian Church, 309 21st Ave. in Gulf Shores.
The Art Market will be from 10-4 p.m. Local and regional artists will display original paintings, pottery and jewelry as well as wood, metal and textile art.
Among those exhibiting their original work will be Peggi Agosti Brewton. Born in Toledo, Ohio and having an early passion for art, Brewton attended art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art for nine years.
In her journey to learn everything about art, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in both Studio Art and Art Education, then a Masters in Art Education and Educational Leadership.
After moving to the Gulf Coast, Brewton taught Art Education at an elementary school in Pensacola and at the University of West Florida. She volunteers about 20 hours each week at the Gulf Shores Elementary School and teaches art to kindergarten and first grade.
Her work is known for its whimsical design, focusing on surfers, waves and serene beach scenes. She and her husband, Mike, reside in Gulf Shores.
January 19, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - Flora-Bama’s 21st Annual ‘Super Chili-Bowl Saturday’ Cook-off on January 31st, kicks off several annual events aimed at giving something back to a community that helped the iconic roadhouse to prosper over the last 50 years. Last year over $5,000 was raised to fight cancer! Entry fee is $40 per team competing for over $300 in cash prizes. All ingredients must be prepared and cooked on premises. Souvenir chef apron and complimentary beer from the Goldring Gulf Distributing is provided to all contestants.
A $2 donation, per bowl, goes to American Cancer Society efforts to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Through fire, flood, hurricane and oil spills, the Flora-Bama has been known to reach out to those in need along with local charities, youth, educational, environmental and veteran groups.
Not surprisingly, over $50,000 is raised from a litany of special events throughout the year…from Chili Bowl (January), Special Operations Warrior Foundation Soft Sand ½ Marathon & 5K (March), Mullet Man Triathlon, Mullet Swing Golf Tournament & Mullet Toss (April), Shindig on the Sand & Fishing Rodeo (June), Bulls on the Beach (September), Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival (November), to the Santa Drop & Make it to the Line Run/Walk (December).
January 19, 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher returns to Orange Beach on Feb. 5 for a performance at the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center.
This concert is part of a nationwide tour, under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, to promote Fletcher’s new Edvard Grieg CD, released in February by Centaur Records.
Fletcher will perform selections from this new CD, an all-Grieg album in which he himself wrote the guitar transcriptions. CDs will be available at the concert.
Other works will include Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Courante from the Third Cello Suite and Prelude in C minor and Fugue in G minor, BWV 999 and 1000.
Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore; Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos; a Fandango by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo and two Catalonial folk songs, arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.
January 18, 2015 - Gulf Shoes, AL (GSA) - Little Lagoon Preservation Society (LLPS) invites members and the general public to attend a quarterly membership meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Burnes, Associate Professor Biology, University of West Alabama, making a presentation on identifying sources of pathogen/bacteria contamination in Little Lagoon.
Dr. Burnes will share with us a technique he has used in other fresh water environments in Alabama where microbe patterns are analyzed to determine potential sources of surface water pollution/bacteria. He will also share plans for applying that technique to Little Lagoon in the near future.
January 17, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - A special treat is in store for lovers of great piano music when Brian Arnold appears in two concerts at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
He will be performing on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m. If you close your eyes, you would never know that Brian plays with only one arm. He is well-known as a singer, songwriter, speaker, evangelist, and of course, pianist.
Brian's personal story is one of determination and success. After losing a leg at the age of 6 in a lawnmower accident, Brian's mother encouraged his musical abilities.
Then as a young adult, his left arm became paralyzed as the result of an auto accident but he did not let that hold him back. He resolved to be a victor not a victim and today is known as America's favorite one-handed pianist. Brian has opened for several big-time Branson acts and was instrumental in establishing the award-wining quartet “The Chosen Few.”
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the GSUMC South Campus ticket window in Thee Coffee Shop (in the Winn Dixie Plaza) Monday through Friday from 9AM until 12 noon and also at the door. Concert passes are welcome.
For more information, call 251-968-4346. Event proceeds are used to support the music ministry of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
January 16, 2015 - GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 224 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will offer Gulf Shores residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.
Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.
“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development, said. “We hope our Gulf Shores customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”
January 16, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL, (GSA) — On Thursday, Feb. 5, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Gulf Shores. The ships will be docked at Lulu’s Homeport Marina, 200 E 25th Ave., until their departure early Monday morning Feb. 9.
The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeologymagazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.
Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century. Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and schoolchildren on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
January 14, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — It will be a musical weekend at Gulf Shores United Methodist with “Cody and Friends” on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. “Cool Change,” a foursome from Foley, will be playing. (Pictured: Cool Change members Don McPherson, John Andrews, Walter Tatum, and Don Horton.)
“Cody and Friends” will feature a number of area singers and instrumentalists including local young artists singing Broadway and Disney hits. You’ll also hear original compositions as well as classical music by noted composers Ralph Vaughn Williams and Robert Schumann. In addition, you’ll be entertained by country and pop music, a live band and compositions with a decidedly Latin beat.
January 15, 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — John D. Amen, National President of the Benevolent and Protective Elks, will visit Orange Beach on Thursday through Saturday to address the mid-year conference of the Alabama Elks Association at the Perdido Beach Resort.The conference will consist of representatives of Alabama’s 25 Elk’s lodges and their guests. President Amen will make a report on the progress of the B.P.O.E. this fiscal year, as well as prospects for the success of Elkdom in the near and far-off future. He will also give a report on the Elks National Foundation, the main source of funding for most Elks programs, including the largest private scholarship endowment in the U.S., the Elks Veterans program, youth programs, including Hoop Shoot (national free-throw contest), soccer shoot-out, nationally recognized Drug Awareness Program, the Dictionary project, and dozens of local charity activities. The Elks National Foundation’s assets now total nearly half-a-billion dollars, most all of which has been contributed by Elks members themselves. Also included will be the Elks newest initiative, the Community Investment Program, in which grants are provided to the local lodges to be used in their own communities. More information can be found online at the Elks website.
January 13, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Educating Our Children: A Community's Responsibility will be the topic of a town hall meeting to be hosted by District 4 of the Baldwin County Republican Party and newly elected Chairman Dr. Gaylon McCollough on Tuesday, Jan 20, 6 p.m. at Kaiser Realty in Gulf Shores.
In announcing the town hall forum, Dr. McCollough, quoting the proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" said, "It takes parents, schools, businesses, government and citizens to create an environment conducive for learning life skills. Does that kind of environment current exist in our community and schools?" (Pictured: Dr. Gaylon McCollough (standing) and national education consultants Dr. Sarah Caldwell, left, and Dr. Betty Edwards.)