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August 22, 2014 - Perdido Key, Fla (PKF) – As the blues legend Muddy Waters once sang, “Yeah, deep down in Florida, Well, Well that’s the place I long to be.” We have a feeling he was singing about Perdido Key. The second annual Kayak, BBQ and Blues Festival will feature kayak and paddleboard races, a barbeque cook-off, live blues music, fireworks and an all-day flyboarding demonstration.
August 21, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery will begin a series of dance lessons in the South Gallery beginning in September.
Classes will be every Tuesday night beginning Sept. 2. Dances being taught are East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Merengue, Mambo, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Hustle, Waltz and Tango.
Singles are welcome as are beginners, intermediate and advanced students. The cost is $12 per person for this family friendly event.
August 19, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The 43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival is currently looking for volunteers for this year’s festival.
This year’s Festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 9 – 12 at the main public beach in Gulf Shores.
“We love our volunteers. Anyone who wants to help us can sign up by going to Volunteer for Shrimp Festival and click on the Volunteer link,” Ann vonEberstein, Chamber Special Events Director said. “It’s a few hours of hard work, but it’s so much fun and great people to work with.”
Matt Mogan, Shrimp Festival Chairman, said the key to a great Festival is undoubtedly the hundreds of volunteers that donate their time and expertise to make the Festival an enjoyable event for everyone who attends.
“We have approximately 100 volunteer committee members who spend at least four days at the Festival site from before it opens to after closing,” he said. “These staff volunteers along with 600 to 700 more volunteers - who work in every area from the Children’s Activity Village to our retail and concessions booths - are the real reason the Festival runs as smoothly as it does.”
August 19, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Wharf is excited to make an end of summer splash with a huge Labor Day Extravaganza. Join us for the conclusion of The Wharf's 100 Days of Summer presented by Pepsi with a weekend jam packed with live music, fun events and activities for the entire family with the best dining, shopping and entertainment on the coast of Alabama.
Country recording artist, Kip Moore, will start the street party with a free concert in Marlin Circle at 7pm. Kip is known for his signature smoky voice and his road-tested rock vibes. His singles Hey Girl, Beer Money and Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck earned Kip three consecutive No.1 singles and a 2013 CMA nomination for New Artist of the Year. Dirt Road, Kip’s newest hit single can be heard on 95 KSJ daily, The Wharf’s premier media sponsor.
August 19, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Annette Mitchell will be sworn in as City of Orange Beach Councilwoman tomorrow, Tuesday, August 19th at 4pm in Council Chambers at City Hall in Orange Beach, Al.
Mrs. Mitchell moved to Orange Beach in 2000 after running car dealerships in the midwest and has been actively serving on the City Finance Committee, Planning Commission, the Gulf Coast Health Care Authority and the Orange Beach Advisory Committee.
"I am not a politician," Mitchell said during her post appointment speech, "I've spent five years, for any of you who don't know me, volunteering in an advisory capacity to help this council, this city staff and our mayor to make the best decisions possible to run our city."
In addition to her service to the City of Orange Beach, Annette Mitchell also proudly serves as an usher and on the Finance Committee at St. Thomas by the Sea Church, President of the Orange Beach Garden Club, on the executive board of Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras krewe and as primary caretaker of her mother.
Mrs. Mitchell was picked unanimously by the council to fill the Place 1 seat left vacant by the death of Councilman Al Bradley. She served with Bradley on the city's finance committee.
August 15, 2014 - GULF SHORES, AL (GSA) - Given the South's frequent heat and humidity, it comes as no surprise that most of the region's beaches receive a steady stream of visitors.
Quality among beaches varies – no one will mistake even the most acclaimed options with Bali or Hawaii – but there are several worthy options offering everything from rugged, wild terrain to affordable, family-friendly activities. Here are 10 of the best beaches the South has to offer.
Gulf Shores, Ala.
White quartz sand, shallow waters, and wide stretches of uncrowded beach draw in-the-know types to Gulf Shores. Visitors can spot dolphins, cruise on a pontoon boat, or learn to catch shrimp.
August 15, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — In July the TOI Mardi Gras Krewe presented a check for $1,125 to Richard Crawford, Director of Youth-Reach Gulf Coast, an organization whose focus is, “A fresh chance for troubled kids.”Richard and an on-site staff live with young men ages 18 -21 who have been assigned by the courts to Youth-Reach. This one year volunteer residential program instills love of Christ, a feeling of family, and a hard work ethic to help heal broken lives and truly provide a fresh chance by participating in the educational opportunities to obtain their G. E. D. which allows them the ability to prepare for trade school and college. Their daily routine also consists of bible study and caring for the 81-acre farm which is home for youth-Reach, Gulf Coast. For more information about how you can be a part of helping provide “a fresh chance for troubled kids” visit www.youth-reach.org.(Pictured: From left, are John Hicks and grandson John Paul, Corbin Smith, Richard Crawford, 2015 Treasures of the Isle Queen Laura Elliott, Cheryl Lanning, and 2015 Treasures of the Isle King, Danny Vogelgesang.)
I just wanted to take a moment to say how excited I am about this coming weekend. I realize a lot of work, stress, and anxiety has gone into this event and that a lot of people have gone above and beyond to help pull this off. I'm not sure of all the names and I sure hope to meet everyone this weekend to personally thank everyone, but would you please forward this email to everyone who has been involved from the State of Alabama, State of Florida, Baldwin County, Alabama, Escambia County, Florida, Gulf Shores, Alabama, Orange Beach, Alabama, Peridido Key and Pensacola. I really appreciate all the tireless efforts everyone has put into what I hope is gonna be a great musical experience for everyone. We could not have done this without the support, mental energy, and hard work of so many people.
August 15, 2014- Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach has announced its schedule for the After School Arts Program for the 2014-15 school years.
Classes will meet weekly Tuesdays through Thursdays with the fall session starting on Sept. 2 and ending on Nov. 20. The spring session will begin Jan. 13 and finish up on April 16 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. each day.
Tuesdays: Art in Nature foliage poetics, treasure hunt, bean mosaics, vertical landscaping, coastal terrariums, underwater basket weaving and more. This class is for second through sixth graders and the cost is $140 per semester.
This year’s classes will meet at the Orange Beach Recreation Center.
Wednesdays: Will be Theater Troupe day and students must sign up for the entire year. “Dear Edwina Jr.” will be performed April 24-26 by the class. The class will include auditions for all parts, is for second through eighth graders and cost $200 per semester. It is also at the Orange Beach Recreation Center.
Thursdays: Visual arts day with work in acrylics, culinary, pottery, glass and more, for second through sixth graders at $140 per semester. This class will also be at the OrangeBeachRecreationCenter.
All supplies and snack provided, all fees due by first day of class and there is limited space available per class.
Transported is proved from both OrangeBeach and GulfShores elementary schools at a one-time cost of $15 per semester.Participating fifth and sixth graders in the fall Tuesday and Thursday classes may be eligible for junior internships in spring.
August 13, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Professional bartenders across eight regions in Alabama will concoct their best cocktail and compete for a spot in the returning State Bartender Competition. Hosted by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance (ARHA), the regional competitions run Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The winner of each region will receive $200, a plaque and automatic entry to compete for the title of State Bartender of the Year.
The contest is sponsored by Casmigos Tequila, American Harvest Vodka and Barenjager Honey Liqueur.
August 10, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event presented by Mercedes-Benz of Mobile will be Sept. 25-27.
The three-day event will combine delicious food, tantalizing wines, live entertainment with a pinch of southern flair and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality.
Numerous wine and culinary events during the event offer opportunities for foodies, wine connoisseurs and those who want to learn more about wine and culinary arts.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and at The Wharf Box Office. A limited number of tickets will be available; purchase tickets before the event for a discounted rate of $50 for general admission or $125 for an enriched VIP Experience.
General admission tickets will also be available at the entrance of the Food & Wine Grand Tasting Event on Sept. 27 for $60 or $135 for a VIP Experience. All ticket holders will receive a complimentary commemorative wine glass and bag at the beginning of the Grand Tasting Event.
General admission ticket holders will enjoy sampling tantalizing wines from international and local distributors expertly paired with custom culinary creations from nationally recognized chefs and local restaurants for the Food & Wine Grand Tasting Event on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.
Aug. 9, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Florida’s record-breaking Miss GEICO powerboat racing team hopes to roar to a double-header victory at Alabama’s Thunder on the Gulf in Orange Beach followed by the Pensacola Grand Prix in Florida.
“We’re excited to be back racing out on the open ocean,” says Miss GEICO Throttleman Scott Begovich. “The Flora-Bama rivalry will kick things into a higher gear.”
The 7-time World Champions will tackle the Gulf Shores’ Alabama waters first, with races Friday, Aug. 22 against a heavy field of superboat competition. Then they’ll head down the Gulf Coast to the Pensacola races on Sunday, Aug. 24.
August 6, 2014, Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery will host a live demonstration by professional artist, Greg Cartmell, Friday evening, Aug. 8. beginning at 6.
The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and Cartmell’s free art demonstration which will be held at the GCAA Art Gallery, located at 225 E. 24th Ave. in the Waterway District of Gulf Shores.
A professional artist for more than 45 years, Greg Cartmell is nationally recognized as one of the country’s foremost landscape painters. Cartmell paints en plein air; the tradition of on-location painting, directly from nature.
A true impressionist, Cartmell paints in broken color whereby engaging the viewer to mix the color with one’s own eye. His teaching method is “alla prima,” which means at once.
Cartmell’s works are in private and corporate collections throughout the world. The recipient of more than 300 awards, he has been published in numerous regional and national journals such as Art & Antiques, Architectural Digest, Art World News, The Artist Magazine and a host of other well-known publications.
August 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - GSPD Detectives are reporting the arrest of an additional suspect in the robbery of Courtyard Marriott.
On Tuesday, July 22 at approximately 1 a.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Courtyard Marriott, which is located in the 3700 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. According to witness statements and surveillance footage the suspect approached the hotel clerk in the lobby and pulled out a black handgun. The suspect then told the clerk that he wanted all of the money. The clerk complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the area on foot. After a canvass of the area officers were unable to locate the suspect.
On Monday, Aug. 4 at 1:57 p.m., suspect Joshua Daniel Thomas, a 20-year-old of Foley turned himself into the Gulf Shores Police Department. During a thorough investigation, Gulf Shores Detectives obtained information indicating Thomas as the suspect involved in the robbery.
Further investigation has identified Justin Shawn Miller, a 29-year-old of Foley as an additional suspect involved in the hotel robbery. Detectives obtained warrants for Miller’s arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 5. At 12:09 p.m., Justin Shawn Miller was taken into custody by GSPD detectives. He was booked into the Gulf Shores Police Detention Center.
August 4, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - GSPD Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information on the whereabouts of a man who is suspected of committing an armed robbery at the Courtyard Marriott in Gulf Shores.
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Courtyard Marriott, which is located in the 3700 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. According to witness statements and surveillance footage the suspect approached the hotel clerk in the lobby and pulled out a black handgun. The suspect then told the clerk that he wanted all of the money. The clerk complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the area on foot. After a canvass of the area officers were unable to locate the suspect.
During a thorough investigation, Gulf Shores Detectives have identified the robbery suspect as Joshua Daniel Thomas, a 20-year-old resident of Foley, AL. On Aug. 4 at approximately 1:57 p.m. Thomas turned himself in to Gulf Shores Police. Thomas is described as a 20-year-old male white. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 210 lbs. Detectives have obtained warrants on Thomas for Robbery in the first degree (Title 13A-8- 41), a Class A felony and Theft of Property in the second degree (Title 13A-8-4), a class C felony. Please do not approach Thomas as he is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Conway at 251-968-1157. During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour GSPD Communications Center at 1-251-968-2431.