Dowling Singers in Gulf Shores

Fifteen voices beautifully weave their way through music from Mozart to today, highlighting the splendor and power of sacred choral repertoire.

Dowling Singers, Gulf Shores, Alabama, sacred music concert

Experience the magnificence of sacred choral music with The Dowling Singers on February 4 & 5, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores.

You may be familiar with such well-known pieces as “A Mighty Fortress,” “I Believe” or “The Lord’s Prayer” but these dramatic renditions might be new to you. You’ll be touched by the lush beauty of “O Lux Beatissima,” “O Nata Lux” and “Sing Me to Heaven.” And it will be difficult to sit still during the upbeat spiritual “Rock My Soul.”

Rather than read about these songs or the others in this one-hour presentation, treat yourself to an inspiring musical evening with the talented, auditioned members of The Dowling Singers. The ensemble is expertly led by Don Dowling, the founder and former conductor of the area’s popular Coastal Chorale, and founder/former conductor of the Peoria (Illinois) Area Civic Chorale.

The February 4 & 5 presentations in the Founders Hall at First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores are free, with no tickets required; a goodwill offering will be collected during each performance. Doors will open at 6:30 for the 7:00 performances. The church is located at 2200 W. 1st St., at the southwest corner of the Intracoastal Canal Bridge.

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Dine and Donate with your Darlin’

You and your sweetheart will positively impact your neighbors’ lives when you celebrate Valentine’s weekend by attending the 25th Anniversary Gala for the South Baldwin Literacy Council on February 12, 2011.

South Baldwin Literacy Council, Valentine's Dinner Dance, 2011, Foley, Alabama, Gulf Shores

A romantic evening of dinner and dancing can help improve the lives of others in South Baldwin County when you attend the Literacy Council's 25th Anniversary Gala.

You will savor the delicious prime rib dinner, beer and wine served at the Foley Civic Center. The live music by Cool Rayz and Shane “Elvis” Tucker will coax you to the dance floor for song after song that will bring back memories. A door prize may find its way to you, or you might win a few items from the silent auction.

But you will also be giving something. By purchasing tickets to the dinner dance, you are helping the Literacy Council to continue and expand their free tutoring in English, reading, writing, math, pre-GED and GED preparation, and more. This, of course, helps students and entire families in the South Baldwin area lead better lives.

It’s a win-win event. Call the South Baldwin Literacy Council at 251-943-7323 or purchase tickets ($50 per person) at any of the Vision Banks or libraries in South Baldwin County. Don’t delay, as seating is limited!

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Two Saturday Events

The island weather for Saturday, January 22, is forecast to be sunny and clear with a temperature of about 54 degrees. The beautiful day will be coaxing you out of your house, condo or apartment, so consider one or both of these community gatherings:

palms, blue sky, gulf shores, alabama

Take advantage of a beautiful winter day. Attend community events with delicious food on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

The Market Place Bazaar will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church’s South Campus in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. Shop a variety of homemade food items (choose from baked, frozen and canned goods), books and hand-crafted gift items, and participate in the silent auction. For just $8 you can also enjoy a delicious meal of chicken gumbo. Call 251-968-2411 for details.

The Mission Festival Service Fair is hosted by Gulf Shores First Presbyterian Church on E. 21st Avenue near the main entrance to the public schools. From 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., support the Baldwin County Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch by purchasing a BBQ sandwich lunch (includes chips and drink) for just $6. Tap your toes to the music by Jubilee Pickers and learn more about the Youth Ranch and the Christian Service Center during the event. Call 251-968-7720 for further information.

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Lecture Series: Something to Think About

Broaden your horizons by attending one, some or all of the interesting topics presented at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores.

Something to Think About series, Gulf Shores, Alabama, free

Enjoy free 1-hour lectures on select winter Fridays, covering various topics of local interest.

Held on select Friday mornings through mid March, these one-hour presentations begin at 10:00 a.m. and are open to the public at no charge. You are encouraged to arrive as early as 9:30 to enjoy coffee and visit with other like-minded folks before the day’s speaker takes the podium.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Join Wildlife Biologist Jackie Isaacs of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge as she shares information regarding the sanctuary. Learn about the park and its native inhabitants as well as the events planned throughout the year.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Donnie Barrett, director of the Fairhope Museum of History, is putting together an entertaining and informative discussion on Baldwin County’s history. Lifelong residents and first-time visitors will enjoy the variety of remarkable facts regarding our rich background.

For details about these or future sessions, visit the City of Gulf Shores website or call 251-968-1172.

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Presentation: My Enemy, My Friend

Four agonizing minutes in pursuit of a MiG-21 in the skies of Vietnam in 1972. The American soldier finally brings down the enemy’s vehicle of war, and watches the pilot parachute safely to the ground.

My Enemy My Friend National Museum Naval Aviation Pensacola Florida

Hear the tale of Vietnamese war enemies-turned-friends at NAS Pensacola on Saturday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m.

Many years later, the American hero rediscovers his former military plane and has it restored for a museum. Then in 2008 he is invited to appear on a television show in Ho Chi Minh City, where he meets the man he shot down more than 30 years before. And they become friends.

As unlikely as it may sound, this is a real-life account published as My Enemy, My Friend in 2008. But the story does not end on the last page of the book. The author—then known as F-4D Phantom pilot Major E. Daniel Cherry and now Brigadier General Dan Cherry, USAF (Ret.)—is eager to share an up-to-date narrative of the events.

Learn not only the background story, but also how the new relationship opened doors for both men since the book was published, including lectures, meeting other military personnel from similar missions, and the historic moment when Nguyen Hong My, the North Vietnamese pilot, sat in the cockpit of the plane that shot him down. After the presentation, the author will be available to sign copies of the book.

Don’t miss hearing about the fascinating and touching events of both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Hosted by the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, the free Discovery Saturday program begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011. You may call 850-452-3604 or 850-452-3606 for further details.

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Dancing in Orange Beach

Friday night, January 14, 2011, brings an evening of music and socialization to Orange Beach. The Adult Activity Center will become a dance hall between 6 and 9 p.m., with the help of Chi-Lou (formerly Vintage Vagabonds Band).

dance Orange Beach Adult Activity Center Alabama

Join in an evening of social dancing Friday, January 14, 2011 at Orange Beach Adult Activity Center.

If you attended the dances here last year, yes it’s the same band. They decided a change of name gave them a little more flexibility, but they will play the same great music that was so popular during the 2010 winter season.

For a mere $5, you can dance, hum along, chat with friends old and new, and enjoy light snacks and soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own snacks as well, and even adult beverages if you choose.

Grab your dancing shoes and your dance partner and join the fun. More information is available by calling 251-981-3440. And mark your calendar to do it all again on February 11 and March 11, thanks to Orange Beach Parks and Recreation!

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