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October 2, 2014 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival will celebrate its 30th birthday in style, presenting a memorable lineup of Grammy-winning performers and up-and-coming hit-makers Nov. 6-16 at venues in Perdido Key, Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast.
The festival is a perennial favorite for music-lovers eager to hear songwriters not only perform but also discuss how and why they wrote some of the world's greatest hits. The music covers the gamut, with hits written for everyone from George Jones to George Strait, Jimmy Buffet, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.
The event is based at the sprawling Flora-Bama Lounge astride the Florida-Alabama line, but numerous venues will be used as more than 200 songwriters perform there and in other nearby locations - everywhere from quiet listening rooms to raucous honkytonks. Both Billboard and American Songwriters magazines have recognized the granddaddy of songwriter festivals. It's been called one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society.
September 30, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Shores Police Department would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 from 5-8 p.m.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and encourage participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are fighting back.(Pictured: Abrianna Madden trying on the night vision helmet and scope at the 2013 event.)
September 30, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will be Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores. Visitors can browse the original works of local and regional artists while enjoying the restful beauty of the park’s green grass and stately oaks. Picnic tables also sprinkle the area, giving visitors a chance to sit and enjoy the day.
Featured Artist Dustin Porta
September 29, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to the Weeks Bay Reserve in support of the Weeks Bay Arboretum. The arboretum is a living museum that functions as a teaching classroom for students and the public.
Ninety-seven species are identified with permanent signs. The Foundation hopes to develop a collection of native trees and shrubs, with a special emphasis on the trees that are native to Baldwin County.
Garden Club members were provided the opportunity to view Weeks Bay and surrounding estuaries by boat. Angela Underwood, Weeks Bay Foundation staff member, provided a narrative of the ecological challenges of this area and the role of the Weeks Bay Reserve to the community.
By Mary Story
September 28, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - I might be new to the Alabama Gulf Coast, but I’ve already discovered a few things in my first full year living here; like how each season brings a different visitor: Summer is the traditional high season, when tourists flock to our sugar-white sand beaches to soak up the sun. Winter is snowbird season, and the spring break crowd hits town in March. Fall is arguably the best season here—if not for almost zero humidity and close-to-perfect temperature, then for the food.
September 28, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Sand Sculpture Contest at the Annual National Shrimp Festival will be Oct. 11, 2014 on the beach at the southwest corner of the Festival grounds at the public beach access. Stop at the information booth (main entrance) for location assistance.
Registration begins on the beach at 11 a.m. and building occurs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. when the Sand Sculptures are judged by a carefully selected panel of judges.
A building team is allowed a maximum of four members. All participants will receive a plastic sand bucket and shovel. The four team categories are:
• 5-10 years age group
• 11-15 years age group
• 16 years and up
• Family (All ages)
September 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to Ms. Leslie Gahagan, to support the Outdoor Classroom at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve.
The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom offers various creative and imaginative areas for children to play surrounded by the natural environment.
School groups also utilize the area as a living outdoor learning center. Each designated area of the outdoor classroom is designed to support learning in a creative, hands-on lesson.
September 26, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The University of South Alabama and the City of Gulf Shores have announced an agreement to offer USA courses at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center, paving the way for south Baldwin County students to earn an undergraduate degree from USA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. USA will begin offering the classes in January, when the University begins its 2015 spring semester.
The agreement aligns with the signing of an articulation agreement with Faulkner State Community College, providing a seamless transfer of credits from Faulkner State graduates who have an associate in applied science degree in Hospitality Management to USA in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
September 25, 2014 - Perdido Key, Fla. (PKF) – Ideawörks has won an award for creatively marketing the first “Shindig on the Sand,” now quickly becoming a popular music festival at the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key.
The award was announced this week during the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism hosted in Boca Raton by Visit Florida. Ideaworks was recognized for “Creativity in Public Relations” for its low-budget, high-impact campaign to increase ticket sales for the inaugural “Shindig on the Sand” in 2013 and bring more tourists to Perdido Key.
September 24, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — From Gershwin to Annie and Andrew Lloyd Weber, a wonderful taste of Broadway is in store at the 11th annual Broadway and More concert Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.
Tickets at $10 are on sale at the church office Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Season concert supporters may use their passes. All concert proceeds are used to support the music ministry of GSUMC.
September 23, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA)- The South Baldwin Christian Academy opened doors to a new high school building on Aug. 25.
"We have been amazed at the growth that we have experienced over the last three years,” Head Master Dawn Cranston said. “Our enrollment has almost tripled since we opened in 2012.
Cranston stated that she believes the reason for such tremendous growth is the small classes and individualized attention that the school offers its students.
Sept. 22, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – The Hangout, in partnership with Alabama Gulf Seafood, will host the Seventh Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend Nov. 7-9. The Oyster Cook-Off competition takes place on Saturday afternoon Nov. 8 when 50-plus chefs will compete in three categories for the best oyster, and patrons will have the chance to taste them all.
The festivities begin on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. with the debut of the Oyster Cook-Off Craft Beer Festival presented by AL.com. Advance tickets (just $25 at hangoutcookoff.com) include beer from all participating breweries and great live music. More than 60-plus beers from more than 25 breweries will be featured.
September 21, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Greg Cartmell will be conducting a two-day workshop at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery on Oct. 13-14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cartmell will allow students to work in the medium of their choice; oil, acrylic or watercolor. The first day of the workshop will focus on landscapes and the second day, Cartmell will teach portraits.
The two-day workshop is $200 and each student will complete four paintings.
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.
September 20, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Tommy Vogel will be offering art lessons in pastel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the GCAA Art Gallery indefinitely.
Classes are $35 for adults, $25 for students or children and $25 apiece for groups of three or more.
Each participant will complete a painting during the two-hour class. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred.
The white sands and the beauty of the Gulf Coast brought Tommy and his wife Judy to Perdido Key after retirement.
He is a self-taught artist and works in realist form using pastel. His subject matter covers a wide range, from tropical to still life.
“Learning to do anything well is not an overnight accomplishment,” Vogel said.
When people ask the key to creating fine art, Vogel always tells them it requires practice and more practice. His work hangs at the GCAA Art Gallery and other galleries in the Gulf Coast area.
Vogel’s first love is giving lessons to both young and old, sharing with his students the joy of creating.
September 20, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — On Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Gulf Shores Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your medications for disposal to the Walgreens at 1421 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.