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April 12, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — A golden opportunity awaits the children of Pleasure Island as the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach seeks a name for its newest addition – a life-size, brass dolphin nestled against Wolf Bay on the Center’s north lawn.
The Arts Center invites the public to visit the new dolphin statue to find inspiration for her name.
The sculpture was created by Rick Harmetz, of San Diego as a gift to the City of Orange Beach, and was unveiled April 4 to the public. Harmetz was particularly hopeful that children in the community would interact with the dolphin.
To that end, children in grades one through 12 have an opportunity to share their own creative talents by submitting a name for the female bottlenose. Go to Coastal Arts Center.com to fill out an online form with your information, a proposed name and your personal statement or explanation regarding the submitted name. The deadline for entries is April 25 at 5 p.m.
April 9, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Dr. Justin Leifer of Dauphin Island Sea Lab will talk about collaborating with the Little Lagoon Preservation Society to study both fundamental scientific questions and local issues of concern to the residents of the Little Lagoon area.
The Little Lagoon Preservation Society (LLPS) invites members and the general public to attend a quarterly membership meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores. The first 30 minutes (5:30 to 6) is an opportunity to mingle and enjoy refreshments with LLPS members, officers, guest speakers, and the general public.
April 11, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Steven W. Baker Sea, Sand, and Stars Science and Nature Center will be featured in Discovering Alabama’s upcoming coastal paradise series: a three-part series exploring the ecology, historical heritage, and educational assets of Alabama’s coastal region.
Sea, Sand, and Stars is highlighted in the third part of the series, Alabama Coastal Educational Assets, which gives particular emphasis to the combination of coastal ecology and the availability of excellent outdoor and environmental educational opportunities in enhancing the quality of life in the coastal region.
April 10, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - A total lunar eclipse will occur on the night of April 14th in the early morning hours of April 15th beginning at 12:58am. Times for the April 15th Eclipse are as follows...
Partial Eclipse Begins: 12:58am
Total Eclipse Begins: 2:07am
Total Eclipse Ends: 3:25am
Partial Eclipse Ends: 4:33am
If you'd like a reminder of this event you can go to our Upcoming Events Calendar and set an email reminder.
Watch the video below for more details.
April 10, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores will present the greatest show tunes of George M. Cohan in the musical "Give My Regards to Broadway" April 25-27 and May 2-4.
Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the curtain rises for the Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased at sbct.biz or at the theatre box office.(Pictured from left are cast members Karl Spraberry, Skylar Sirmon and Cody Mize.)
April 10, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The About Boating Safely classroom course will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-10 at the Orange Beach Community Center on Saturday, April 19.
Upon completion of this eight-hour boat safety course you will receive a boating safety education certificate that satisfies the Alabama requirements for a boating license.
The course provides instruction in types of boats, boating law, boat safety equipment, boat handling, and navigation. The course is open to ages 12 and above at a cost of $35 per student or $45 for two family members sharing a book.
The cost includes a textbook, instructional materials, and lunch. Registration is required.
If you cannot attend the April course additional courses will be provided on May 17, June 28, and Aug. 9. To register for the course contact John Griggs at 251-955-1443.
April 9, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Perdido Beach Resort luxury beachfront hotel, will celebrate Easter by hosting its traditional annual Easter Brunch Buffet on Sunday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
This year’s grand buffet will feature such delectable Easter fare as grilled pork loin with honey thyme glaze, chicken coq au vin, blackened spiced red fish with lemon caper jus, custom pasta station and a carving station featuring succulent steamship round with horseradish cream sauce.
April 8, 2014 — MontgomerY, AL — Katie Nettles of Gulf Shores Elementary and Susanne Mahone of Daphne High School have emerged as one of the “Sweet 16” from a pool of more than 150 outstanding educators from across the state who submitted applications for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program.
Nettles earlier this year was named as the Gulf Shores Elementary Teacher of the year and followed that up by being named the Baldwin County Elementary Teacher of the year. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers.
Nettles one of eight teachers in the elementary category and there are eight more in secondary education. The field will soon be narrowed down to the “Final Four,” and the 2014-2015 Teacher of Year will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education on May 14 at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace.
Mahone was the Baldwin County selection for secondary Teacher of the Year.
“Alabama continues to be represented with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation,” State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice said. “Their dedication to education, commitment to learning and compassion are reflected in the accomplishments of their students. We are proud to have teachers of this caliber working in our schools.”
April 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Hangout Music Festival is pleased to announce its daily schedule for three exciting days of music happening May 16-18 on the sugar-white beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Some of the top talent in music today will be featured on six stages including the Hangout Stage, the Chevrolet Stage, the Palladia Stage, the Boom Boom Tent, the Red Bull Sound Select Stage, and the BMI Stage.
The Black Keys (in their only US festival of 2014) will headline Friday night and The Killers will close out Saturday. On Sunday, fans will be treated to two headline performances: Jack Johnson will perform a magical set on the Chevrolet Stage at sunset and Outkast will immediately follow on the Hangout Stage to close out the weekend.
April 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Hangout Music Festival is excited to announce the 2014 lineup of mouth-watering culinary additions to this year's festival. More than 35,000 fans will have a chance to enjoy and sample fresh seafood from some of the best restaurants in the region, all of which will feature Alabama Gulf Seafood from the state's 53 miles of coastline.
Last year, the Hangout Fest served more than 3,000 pounds of fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood, including fresh Gulf shrimp, crab and oysters. In the third year of this partnership, 2014 brings a newly designed outdoor courtyard featuring Acme Oyster House, The Hungry Owl and Wintzell's Oyster House. Additionally, fans will be also able to enjoy music from the BMI stage, located inside the courtyard. Not a music moment missed!
April 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Alabama Department of Transportation contractors will begin working to install the second casing pipe at Lee Callaway Bridge at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning. This work will involve a lane closure during the morning hours on Monday and is expected to be reopened by noon.
All condos and houses located on the south side of West Beach Boulevard between 13th Street and Little Lagoon Pass will be temporarily impacted into Monday evening as the casing pipe will be laying along the shoulder of the road.
April 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - It’s obvious to Chris Blankenship, Director of the Alabama Marine Resources Division, that recreational fishing surveys conducted by the federal government are unable to provide accurate data on the red snapper catch off Alabama.
That is why Blankenship has asked the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board to approve a regulation that would establish a system for anglers who catch red snapper off Alabama to report their catches to Marine Resources.
April 5, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Brittney Reeves has been named the Gulf Shores Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year.
She graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2011 with a BA in Secondary Language Arts Education and began her teaching career at Gulf Shores Middle School in 2012.
Currently she teaches eighth grade language arts, newspaper, and yearbook. This is her second year of teaching.
“I could not imagine doing anything else,” she said. “Waking up every day knowing you enjoy what you do is a wonderful feeling.
“It is such an honor to be recognized as Teacher of the Year for GSMS. I became a teacher because I desire to inspire, promote, and encourage the upcoming generations. They are the future, and each and every child deserves to have someone believe in them and help them reach their goals.”
April 4, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Katie Nettles, Baldwin County’s Elementary teacher of the year as well as Gulf Shores Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama.
She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Technology in Schools from the University of Missouri.
Katie started her teaching career nine years ago in Mobile County and moved back to her home in Baldwin County after just one year. She has taught a number of different grades from second to fifth, but found her home in fourth grade. She adores fourth graders for their independence, love of learning, desire to please, and their great senses of humor.
She enjoys challenging her students with real-world problems and keeping her classroom fun and inspiring. She spends a lot of her time in the classroom building relationships, teaching her students tolerance, and making them feel safe and loved.
Her philosophy of teaching can be summed up by a quote from Aristotle, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.”
After getting eMINTS trained, she found her passion for infusing technology into her instruction. She has also used her eMINTS training to share ideas and train other teachers, both in her county and also across the nation through regional and national teaching conferences.