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July 28, 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 Aug. 9.
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. Registration is required by calling John Griggs at 251-955-1443.For more information visit Coast Guard Auxiliary online.
July 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop recently awarded a grant of $2,500 to the South Baldwin Literacy Council.
The South Baldwin Literacy Council provides reading and writing instructions by trained volunteer tutors in a one-on-one or small group settings to residents of South Baldwin County. Instructions in English as a Second Language are also available.
The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop is an outreach ministry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Located at 6786 Highway 59 in Gulf Shores, the Thrift Shop is open from 10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday through Friday 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 information or to volunteer call Alicia at the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop, 968-2797. Visit online at Holy Spirit Thrift Shop.
July 26, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Professional storytellers, authors, musicians, visual artists and dancers from all across the Gulf Coast recently came together to create a unique fine arts experience that would offer young people rare insight into the artistic world.
Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and the First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, the Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp was designed to not only showcase the talents of performing and exhibiting artists, but also to share the journeys which led to their careers in the fine arts arena.
Students were able to select class preference for the hands-on workshops, while all participated in the Kaleidoscope Mass Choir and enjoyed several live professional performances throughout the week. Pianist Kayla Dowling kicked off the performance series with an interactive and informative presentation which also featured her extraordinary performing skills.
July 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — A $1,000 ExxonMobil contribution was made to the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop, Alabama 59 in Gulf Shores, due to the volunteer involvement of Cal and Carol Hanson. Carol is retired from ExxonMobil and the grant is in recognition of their volunteer hours.
The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop is part of the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church outreach ministry to the community. It accepts donations of clothing, furnishings, and other saleable goods. The Thrift Shop net proceeds, after expenses, go to the basic needs of the community by supporting other service organizations. Examples are the Christian Service Center, Camp Happy Sands, and Mary's Shelter. They also provide support to the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church for distribution to various forms of ministry.
July 24, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber announced today that Owen Corcoran has been named Special Events & Media Coordinator for the organization.
Corcoran, a Gulf Shores resident and Auburn University graduate, replaces Lauren Turner, who resigned last month to pursue a career opportunity in Florida. He comes to the Chamber from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball team where he held various duties related to special events, group sales, and group parties.
He previously served as Assistant Director of Golf Operations for Mill Creek Golf Club in Auburn where he not only oversaw day-to-day operations but also handled various administrative duties.
Corcoran also has background and experience in communications in the areas of sports management, broadcasting and real estate.
July 23, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL — The July Island Spirit recipient was Lyle Hedeman with Gulf State Park.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce presents The Island Spirit Award monthly, to an individual who works on the island and displays an attitude of concern, warmth, and hospitality to those they serve.
July 22, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL — The seniors at DayBreak Senior Daycare were treated to a morning of fun and golf at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores. Volunteers and participants enjoyed a beautiful cool morning on the golf course – some played while others cheered them on.
After returning to the club house everybody was treated to a great lunch at The Peninsula Grill. Thanks to the generosity of Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club everyone had a great time!
July 21, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - "Good Morning America" asked viewers to share their favorite places in America, and photos from spectacular spots across the country poured into their website.
From coast to coast, the audience shared their favorite places, big and small. Devil's Thumb Ranch in Colorado and Picnic Island in the Florida Keys were among the many spots that got shout-outs.
It was a tough task, but, in the end, GMA came up with the following five finalists and the reason they are so beloved:
July 21, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The public is invited to come out to Meyer Park, 400 E. 22nd Ave. in Gulf Shores on Aug. 2, for the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, presented in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores.
The Art Market is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature the original works of local and regional artists. Visitors can also enjoy musical entertainment and delicious concessions. The shady oak trees of Meyer Park provide the perfect cool setting for this popular event.
Gulf Shores resident, Deb Tolle will be among the artists displaying their works of art. Deb was born and raised in Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a major in marketing.
“I have always had a desire to create,” Deb said, “and I really began painting 30 years ago when I was young and broke and needed to give a house warming gift to a friend.”
July 20, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA)- With photo-centered social media apps like Instagram growing in popularity, whose users alone currently share 60 million photos a day, it is no question people love taking and sharing pictures. Today, finding a food picture or hashtag on an average timeline or homepage is not a rare occurrence. Food-focused magazines are also on the rise with over 15 million combined subscribers to the 10 largest culinary magazines in the United States.
Alabama Tourism Department took notice of the growing industry and created a traveling photo exhibit that highlights 36 images of dishes from the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure as part of its “Alabama Food” campaign. The exhibit showcases an array of signature dishes from around the state, including locally known LuLu’s Cheeseburger in Paradise and King Neptune’s Royal Red Shrimp in Gulf Shores as well as Jesse’s Whiskey Steak in Magnolia Springs.
So, how can the average Joe with a Smartphone keep up with these photo trends being shared by so many others? A few simple tips can lead to success; no expensive camera required.
Melanie Spohn of Global Marketing Solutions (GMS) counts lighting as one of the most important aspects of taking food pictures.
July 18, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — New boat owner Cramer Pierce made the most of his opportunity. Pierce saw his first blue marlin ever come up on a pink Marlin Magic lure Friday, hooked the fish and finally landed it after a three-hour battle. Weighing in at 595 pounds, that fish turned out to be the largest recorded in the 2014 Blue Marlin Grand Championship and earned Pierce and the Dirt Pit team Grand Champion honors and $175,875 in prize money. Dirt Pit, a 55 Hatteras, is run by Capt. Travis Holzburn with mates Clay Holzburn and Brian Beason. It was only the second time the Union, Mississippi-based team had fished together.
July 18, 2014 - Dauphin Island, AL - Not since 2011 have anglers participating in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) been able to bring the state’s most popular Gulf fish to the scales at Dauphin Island.
Thanks to a special season implemented by Gov. Robert Bentley and Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr., red snapper, a species in great abundance off Alabama’s Gulf Coast, will be back at the rodeo, which is scheduled July 18-20.
Gov. Bentley, Commissioner Guy and Alabama Marine Resources Division Director Chris Blankenship recently announced that red snapper fishing in state waters will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July.
“The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has been a part of our great state’s summer activities for more than 80 years, and red snapper fishing is popular along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the extra fishing days are good for the Gulf Coast economy,” Governor Bentley said. “We are happy that the special red snapper season in state waters on each weekend in July will coincide with the 2014 rodeo, and anglers will once again be able to bring Alabama’s favorite offshore fish to the weigh station on Dauphin Island.”
Since 2012, the red snapper season has closed before the rodeo, forcing ADSFR officials to substitute for the species that was among the 30 species of fish eligible to weigh in at the rodeo, the largest fishing event in the world according to Guinness World Records.
July 15, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Three Gulf Shores firefighters landed in the Big Apple this week to compete in the finals of “Good Morning America’s’ 5-Alarm Firefighter Challenge.” After winning the “dance off” competition on Monday morning, the team was eliminated after coming up just short in the obstacle course on Tuesday.
Although the $10,000 grand prize won’t be coming home to Gulf Shores, it won’t stop community leaders from welcoming Lt. Robert Rowland, fire-medic Nick Anagnostopoulos, firefighter/EMT Logan Lambert and fire-medic/video producer Justin Parks back home on Thursday afternoon with a celebration fit for champions.
“The pride, excitement and support that our fire department has generated through this competition has been unbelievable,” said Mayor Robert Craft. “We couldn’t be more proud of how these guys represented us while in New York and the rally of support they received is a testament to just how special our community is.”
The public is invited to show their support by welcoming the group home on Thursday, July 17 at 4 p.m. at Fire Station One. Festivities will continue until 7 p.m. and will include a BBQ, refreshments and a slideshow recapping the journey throughout the competition.
July 15, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - As durable as American steel, Northern California’s four-time GRAMMY winning The Doobie Brothers sound has become part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records, reinterpreted on “American Idol,” and a fixture on radio formats from Top 40 to classic rock.
The icon band will co-headline at The Amphitheater at The Wharf on Saturday night with guitar legend Peter Frampton.
The Doobies continue to write and record new material and tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, all while breaking new creative ground. In 2011, the band marked a new chapter, filming a CMT Crossroads special with superstar Luke Bryan, and appearing for the first time ever on the Grand Ole Opry.
July 14, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Following a massive year of touring, including 2013’s inaugural Frampton’s Guitar Circus, Peter Frampton is back on the road.
He’ll land in Orange Beach on Saturday at the Amphitheater at The Wharf as part of a co-headlining tour with Grammy-winning American rock legends The Doobie Brothers. Before coming to Orange Beach, the show will be in Tuscaloosa on Friday and on Sunday the two acts will play in New Orleans.
Frampton has kept quite busy over the past year in addition to touring. He was recently inducted in the Musicians Hall of Fame, performed on-stage at the Grammy’s with Ringo Starr and also played an integral part in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. Frampton also produced Humble Pie’s Rockin’ The Fillmore deluxe compilation with original member Jerry Shirley (available now via Omnivore Recordings).
Moreover, Frampton’s latest work, Hummingbird in a Box, was released June 23 via RED Distribution. The new music was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet, featuring seven original guitar pieces in Frampton's virtuosic stylings.