Hangout Halloween Party Features Beats Antique

Unique.

That’s what the 4th Annual Halloween Party at The Hangout will be. That’s what the costume contest judges are looking for. And that’s what the music is when it comes from the evening’s performers, Jermaine Quiz and Beats Antique.

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Win your share of $2000 in cash and Hangout Fest tickets during the Halloween Party costume contest at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Musical guests: Beats Antique and Jermaine Quiz.

The doors open at 9:00 p.m. this Friday, October 28, 2011, where Highway 59 ends in Gulf Shores. That gives you plenty of time to obsess over your costume and makeup—after all, $2000 in cash prizes and Hangout Music Fest tickets are at stake for the sexiest, the scariest and the most original costumes, so you’ll want to go all out.

Beginning at 9:30, Jermaine Quiz takes the stage with live horns enhancing his unique brand of “turntablism.”

At the stroke of midnight, Beats Antique will bewitch you with a seductive mix of electronica/world music created by classically trained David Satori and Tommy Cappel, and accompanied by ultra-fluid belly dance/ballet/modern movement expertly crafted by Zoe Jakes.

This out-of-this-world party is open to those 18 and older. Tickets can be purchased for $17 in advance or $20 at the door for those 21 and over. Those aged 18–20 may purchase tickets for $30 at the door; if purchased in advance at the $17 rate, a $10 underage fee will be collected at the door.

There’s no need to worry about driving home at such a late hour—grab a group of friends and share a vacation rental property nearby, such as a 3-bedroom condo or house in Gulf Shores. If you stay 4 nights or longer, be sure to enter the promo code 11FFN to get your 4th night free in a condo or 5th night free in a house!

Halloween Party 2011. The folks at The Hangout promise it’ll be a killer of a good time.

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Free Halloween Fun for All Ages

As Halloween creeps up on us, two free community events offer your family a head start on spooktacular celebrations.

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Two free family events help you start celebrating Halloween 2011 a little early.

From 5:30 until 8:30 this Thursday, October 27, the streets of downtown Foley will be buzzing with activity. Along with a costume contest for all ages, you’ll find games, a cake walk, face painting, treats, a bounce house, prize drawings and more. Admission is free, but bring along a little fun money for concessions (proceeds benefit the Boy Scouts), etc.

On Saturday, October 29, between 6 and 8 p.m., munch on free popcorn and pick up a free goodie bag at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center in Gulf Shores. But that’s not all! Carnival games (50 cents per ticket), a dunking booth, a cake walk, and of course a costume contest will round out the evening. And for the brave ghouls, follow the Haunted Trail ($2 per person).

Don your costumes and let the moon light your way to a scary good time at both Halloween celebrations.

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Baldwin Pops Outdoor Concert

Sixty-five local instrumentalists cranking up American music, situated among numerous trees on a green lawn, with a backdrop of the bay. It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon in the fall.

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Experience a traditional Sunday evening gathering when you tap your toes to the Baldwin Pops Band in Orange Beach this Sunday.

The Baldwin Pops Band kicked off its 15th season last week, and this Sunday, October 23, 2011, they will be appearing in Orange Beach at Waterfront Park on Canal Road.

The free program includes concert band compositions by American composers, such as “American Barndance” by Richard L. Saucedo and “With Pleasure: An Original Rag” by John Philip Sousa. (A band concert of American music has to include something by Sousa, right? And it’s always a winner!)

Also on the program are some wonderful standards that have been arranged for band, including “Mancini!” by Henry Mancini (arranged by Stephen Bulla) and “Stardust” by Hoagy Carmichael (arranged by Jack Bullock).

Oh, there’s plenty more music to enjoy, but it would be more fun for you to discover it for yourself. The concert begins at 5 p.m.

By the way: If you are up for a little competition, the Checkered Tablecloth Award will go to the group with the most interesting picnic setup. So make it a full-fledged dinner date with your family or friends while you soak up the wonderful fall weather along the Alabama Gulf Coast, accompanied by great American music.

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Eight Years in Captivity

The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola (NAS) is hosting a speaker with a harrowing story to share as part of their Discovery Saturday series on October 22, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

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Hear the harrowing tale of survival as one of America's longest-held POWs: Naval Aviation Museum, Saturday, October 22, 2011.

In 1964, Former Navy Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. was the first American pilot to be shot down and held captive by the North Vietnamese. And he is among those Americans imprisoned the longest: 8½ years.

Allow him to take you through his ordeal, from ejecting out of his failing plane to his capture, from solitary confinement to attempted brainwashing, from the Hanoi March and life at the “Hanoi Hilton” to numerous beatings and degrees of torture. And then consider his perspectives on the war, the anti-war protests and more.

Rather than spoil the story for you, head to NAS to learn about it from Commander Alvarez—recipient of the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and two Purple Heart medals—who has co-authored two books describing his experiences: Chained Eagle and Code of Conduct. Admission is free to the museum and to the presentation.

Since you’ll already be there, you will certainly want to plan for a few hours to discover the amazing wealth of fascinating displays and IMAX movies at the museum, open 9–5 every day.

Actually, you could very easily spend a couple of days enjoying all that the museum has to offer, so why not extend your visit and include a little extra time for the beach? Stay in a beach house in Perdido Key, or maybe a Perdido Key condo would be your preference. You’ll find yourself just a few minutes from the museum, restaurants, shopping and more.

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Rubber Ducks Race in Orange Beach

Those cute little ducks are at it again, thanks to the lions. Rubber ducks and The Orange Beach Lions Club, that is.

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Root for your ducks to bring you prizes in the Orange Beach Lions Club 4th Annual Rubber Duck Race this Saturday.

This Saturday, October 22, 2011, the 4th Annual Rubber Duck Race will begin at 10 a.m. at The Oasis at The Wharf. Although you don’t need to be present to win any of the prizes, including the top award of $500, it’s sure a lot of fun to watch the bobbing yellow blur in the water and cheer your duck to cross the finish line first.

This family event is a fundraiser for the Lions Club, the largest service organization in the world. The local chapter helps to support area folks of all ages who need assistance via various programs, and also adds their support to regional, national and worldwide efforts.

To participate in this event, just donate $5 to claim a duck, or get a “6 Quack” for $25. Purchases may be made through any Orange Beach Lions Club member, or at Computer Backup, Hartley & Hickman Law Office, Orange Beach Municipal Court, Orange Beach Public Library, Regions Bank or Vision Bank (all in Orange Beach).

The weather is expected to be beautiful, so come spend the weekend in an Orange Beach condo or an Orange Beach house. Arrive when the gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and spend your morning outdoors soaking up the sunshine while supporting a worthy cause. For more information, contact John Sadlis at 251-923-6066.

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Author Open House: Jim Tinker

Jim Tinker’s first book is a journey through his life. Or maybe more accurately, it’s a journey of wisdom and perspectives gained throughout his life.

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Chat with Jim Tinker, author of My Last Will and Testament, at Orange Beach Public Library on October 20, 2011.

Mr. Tinker feels his years have been blessed by the many people he has encountered through his years. Some of these folks are or were constant influences, others presented a momentary but lasting impact. Known for sharing his insight individually as circumstance allowed, he has now assembled these messages in his book, My Last Will and Testament. It is his wish to pass along many of these insights to his family’s next generations and to anyone else who wishes to live a happier, more productive life. His book offers an easy, thought-provoking read, and it makes a lovely gift.

Orange Beach Public Library (26267 Canal Rd., 251-981-2923) is proud to host the author for a free open house on Thursday, October 20, 2011, between 3 and 5 p.m. Mr. Tinker will be signing copies of his book as he eagerly greets and shares a few moments with interested readers.

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