Book Signings in Gulf Shores

If you haven’t visited Just Books and Coastal Video in Gulf Shores during your beach trips, be sure to put it on your list—especially if you are in town this Saturday, June 16.

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Visit with nine authors Saturday, June 16, at Just Books and Coastal Video in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., you will have the opportunity to meet, chat with, and get autographs from nine authors! Their stories or their lives (and sometimes both) involve our Southeastern locale. Some of the material is true to life and some is fiction, and it’s always entertaining.

Stop by to enjoy an afternoon with the following authors:

Gilbert Morris—Christy Award-winning author of more than 200 books, Mr. Morris created the series The House of Winslow among many others, and has just published his most recent book, The River Rose from the Water Wheel series.

Chris Warner and Joe GilchristBushwhacked at the Flora-Bama was released earlier this year, detailing the history of the Flora-Bama Lounge at the Alabama/Florida state line and sharing some philosophies of the future of our country’s entrepreneurial opportunities.

Roger Reid—Among his acclaimed young-adult novels is his newest, Time, which follows teenaged Jason Caldwell through another exciting mystery-solving adventure.

Margaret Childress Long—From a native’s perspective, The Best Place to Be: The Story Of Orange Beach, Alabama describes the history and the people of Ms. Long’s beloved home.

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Read about the tough times and the great times behind the scenes at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge in this 2012 publication.

Harvey H. Jackson III—Covering the 1930s to present day development of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera begins with the worries of World War II’s effect on the area and includes the recovery from economic and natural disasters.

Ryan Anderson—Ms. Anderson weaves a mighty story in each of her thriller/murder mystery books, the most recent of which is Undelivered.

Paris Love—Coach, speaker, consultant . . . and now author. Debut novel Growing Pains proves the importance of true friendship as her central characters work their way through the ups and downs of the quest for true love.

Mark J. HaindsYear of the Pig chronicles a hunter’s year-long pursuit of wild pigs in America to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig (2007).

While at Just Books and Coastal Video in the Bruno’s shopping center on Hwy. 59, don’t forget to pick out a couple of additional books for your beach reading, and also purchase or rent your favorite DVDs or games (system rentals available) to share with your family or friends. Need more details? Give them a call at 251-968-6828.

If you can’t make it here this weekend, join us when you can! How about staying in a 2-bedroom Gulf Shores house?  Or, with more than 1500 properties to choose from—small to large and budget to luxury—we’re sure to have something that fits your needs.

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Waves of Wine in Orange Beach

Sipping wine while relaxing by the beach. Doesn’t that sound like an idyllic way to spend an afternoon?

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Sample wines, enjoy car and yacht exhibits, take a water tour of the bay, and enjoy arts and crafts as well as sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and brunch this weekend at Waves of Wine in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Take that picture in your mind and put yourself into it by attending the 2nd Annual Waves of Wine festival in Orange Beach, Alabama. Two days, two different opportunities—and you’ll want to attend both.

Saturday, May 5 is your opportunity to leisurely stroll the event, stopping at each of the wine stations to learn about, sample and/or purchase your own wine from the 120 varieties available. Beginning at noon until 5 p.m., make a few stops for a few sips, then intersperse the tasting with visits to the arts and crafts area, premium automobiles exhibit, Galati yachts show and a water tour of the bay. Savor wonderful hors d’oeuvres offered by top local restaurants, and relax to live music from three local bands.

Sunday, May 6 brings a five-star brunch accompanied by flights of champagne. Between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., you’ll be treated to delicious food and samples of sparkling delight, with a backdrop of live music.

Purchase your Waves of Wine tickets online—Saturday is $45, and Sunday is $35. They can be purchased individually or as a set.

The weekend’s activities take place on the grounds of the upscale Caribe The Resort. The scenic location lends itself well to the event, and the view from the condos is stunning. Take a peek at the 2- and 3-bedroom Caribe properties available for your next vacation. Fair warning: Deciding which of these luxurious properties to reserve will be a difficult but fun mission.

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3 Great Opportunities at the Zoo

The holiday season is filled with opportunities for giving and for fun for all ages and interests. But the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores has it all covered in one place.

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Talk with Santa and play with the animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo's Christmas Party Saturday, December 17, 2011.

Saturday, December 17, is their annual Christmas Party with Santa. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., admission for children 10 and under is free with a paying adult. Bring your camera, as Santa is eager to pose for pictures and chat with your young one. Refreshments will be served, and some of your favorite animals will be making appearances.

Most of us have a soft spot for animals, so why not bring a gift or two for your favorite creatures? Your generosity will help feed, clean, house or offer entertainment to some of the residents of “The Little Zoo That Could.” If you’re not sure what gifts to bring, choose from the many items on the wish list. Another idea is to bring gift cards from Lowe’s or Home Depot, or simply make a donation.

If you are still searching for gifts for the humans on your list, the gift shop is filled with items from clothing and accessories to toys to books and more. Perhaps an Individual, Friendship (2 people), Family, Grandparents or Group (up to 6 people) membership would bring the most enjoyment, as it means your recipient gets unlimited, free admission for a year. Memberships begin at just $40 and range up to $120.

Where else can you get your fill of Santa and animal fun for the kids, feel great about giving much-needed assistance to a wonderful organization, and complete your gift shopping all in one place in one day? For many reasons, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is the place to be at the holidays or any time of year.

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Weeks Bay Ornament 2011

The environmentalist. The volunteer. The nature lover. The person who has everything. The proud local. The appreciative visitor. The ecotourist. The science teacher or student.

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Your gift to a friend or family member also supports Weeks Bay Foundation programs.

Many of us fit into at least one of those categories. And we know of one particular gift item that will satisfy any or all of these folks.

When you give someone a 2011 Weeks Bay ornament that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the designation of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, you give much more than a simple gift to a friend or family member. You also support the natural environments of our area and beyond.

Current programs of the Weeks Bay Foundation include submerged equipment, weather stations and sampling projects to monitor water quality. And their ongoing objective is to purchase land in the Weeks Bay watershed that may be added to the National Wildlife Reserve, or be set aside with a conservation easement such as to preserve a wildlife habitat, or create a buffer to conservation lands.

You have four options for securing this decorative item that depicts a fisherman in a kayak. The best value is a combination ornament and one-year membership in the Weeks Bay Foundation for just $50. Send an ornament with a holiday card that includes your personal greeting for just $20, shipping included. Ornaments alone are $15 online, or you may purchase them in person for $12 at Fairhope Pharmacy’s Christmas ’Round the Corner or the Weeks Bay Reserve at 11401 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Fairhope (251-990-5004).

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

“Oh, no! Not the Herdman kids! They’ll ruin everything!”

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In spite of chaos, it really does turn out to be "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at South Baldwin Community Theatre.

The six Herdman siblings, known to run wild while their single mom works double shifts to support the family, only showed up at church because they heard there were snacks. When the notoriously unruly bunch is allowed to take part in the Sunday school’s annual Christmas pageant, the current members’ objections are ignored. The show does go on, in spite of the chaos caused by the newest participants and a few unconventional twists. But the church will never be the same again—and neither will the Herdman family, as they finally learn the true meaning of Christmas.

If this story sounds familiar, it may be for good reason. Barbara Robinson’s rollicking, family-friendly, short story was first published in McCall’s magazine before she adapted it as a book in 1972. Ms. Robinson later scripted it as a play that was premiered in 1982 by the Seattle Children’s Theatre. In 1983, it became a TV movie that starred Loretta Swit as the frazzled, last-minute replacement for the injured director of the pageant.

This version of the play is directed, produced and performed by talented folks from our area. They will ensure that you leave the performance filled with laughter and warmth.

Tickets are going fast, so reserve yours today: Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 or 16 & 17, at 7:30 p.m., or Sunday, December 11 or 18, at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Box office hours for the South Baldwin Community Theatre (2022 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores, 251-968-6721), are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Marty McIntosh CD Release Party

Gulf Shores resident Marty McIntosh is bringing a taste of Nashville to town. To celebrate his first CD, he will perform some of the music from it, and then enjoy meet-and-greet time with his local fans. Rumor has it that a special appearance will be made by country music great David Frizzell, too.

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Celebrate country artist Marty McIntosh's The American Night CD release in Gulf Shores Friday, December 2, 2011.

Marty’s CD, The American Night, was recorded in Nashville for the Nashville America Records label. The first single—the title track—has been on the radio, and the second single, “She Makes Me Look Good,” has recently arrived at the radio stations.

Marty wanted to bring a bit of the Nashville culture to his hometown, to show his appreciation for those who have supported him. But he also believes strongly in the importance of community, so he has made this CD release party about more than just himself or his fans. The admission fee of $10 will be waived if you bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots, and a portion of all album sales during the release party will go to this organization. (Hint: A CD would make a great gift or stocking stuffer!)

Come party and hear some fun new music at Cohiba Dunes Cigar Bar in the Pelican Place Shopping Center just north of the Gulf Shores island. The event is scheduled for 7–9 p.m. this Friday, December 2, 2011.

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