SnowBird NEWS

Senior Softball

Attention Snowbirds & Locals over 50 years old. January to March. Senior Softball in Gulf Shores on Monday & Wednesday mornings at the Sportsplex on CR-6. Contact Mike Dunaway at 724-970-6219 or michaelraydunaway @gmail.com.

Michigan

By Jean Shouder
Ladies golf has moved to Golf Links in Foley and is every Tuesday morning with tee times starting at 10am. There will be a Michigan Club luncheon on Jan. 16, 11 am at Doc’s on Perdido Beach Blvd. Michigan Club golf Monday Jan. 20 will be at Soldier Creek with a 12:00 shot gun start. Jan. 22 golf will be at Lake Forest with a lunch at 10:30 and shotgun start at noon. Jan 27 will be at Quail Creek with again a noon shotgun start and Jan 29 will be at Peninsula with tee time starts.
Jan 22 there will be a Casino Trip to Imperial Palace. Two other casino trips are planned including the two -day trip to New Orleans. For those who love foot golf, put Jan. 25 on your calendar. Foot golf will be at Glen Lakes starting at 10a.m.. The Jan 23 Michigan Club meeting at the Erie Meyer center, coffee at 9, meeting at 10, will be a Food/Supply drive meetings. Please bring non-perishable food items or household supplies to help out less fortunate. The $5 membership fee plus raffle ticket income help to build our winter-end contributions to local community agencies. Check out our Website, Michiganclubalabama.com for more information about events and for contact information.

Feb. 29 Lions Club Dance includes $500 dance contest

The Gulf Shores Lions Club will present its First Annual 50’s and 60’s Dance Party on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 7-11 p.m. at the Gulf Shores American Legion (6781 Gulf Shores Pkwy.). Tickets are $20 and include a spaghetti dinner, a night of dancing, and an opportunity to dance your way to a $500 top prize during the event’s dance contest. For ticket information, call 251-709-9524 or 859-380-0781.
Money raised at the dance will be used to fund local charities supported by the club.

Calling Red Hot Snowbirds

The first luncheon for ladies with an interest in becoming part of the Red Hot Snowbirds will be held on Jan. 13 at noon at the Craft Farms Golf Club restaurant. To RSVP or request more info, call Cheryl Borino at 251-981-7270 and leave a message or email cborino1@yahoo. com.

Snowbird Bridge Club

The Gulf Shores Snowbird Bridge Club will start up again on Jan 8th and will be held weekly, every Wednesday, starting at 10 am at the Gulf Shores Country Club. The cost to play is $10 and includes a delicious lunch served by the Country Club restaurant. This is a social bridge club open to anyone who loves to play bridge (snowbirds and locals). For more information, call Jeanne at 614-898-9807.

New York

By Frank Panczyszyn
We will gather at Ginny Lane at The Wharf in Orange Beach throughout the winter on January 23, February 6 and 20, and March 5. Other social events may be scheduled. Gathering and registering at 11AM, followed by lunch, an appropriate program, and door prizes. A $1 donation will be collected at registration to cover expenses and help build our winter-end contribution to local community agencies. Reservations are required by email to nysnowbirds@gmail.com .
The NY Snowbirds are also planning a Casino trip to Biloxi at the Silver Pearl on January 22. Cost for the trip is $15 per person, paid in advance. Can notify Lenny McKinnon at lmckinnon@twcny.rr.com to sign up. The casino gives $20 in free play and offers a half price lunch for seniors that day. Bus will leave from the parking area behind Cactus Cantina Grill on Perdido Beach Blvd in OB.  Meet the bus at 7:30AM; bus leaves promptly at 8AM and returns at approximately 5PM. We will also be coordinating with the other Gulf Coast Snowbird States on the conduct of annual snowbird fund raisers for the community.

Iowa

By Fran Gruenhaupt
The Iowa Snowbirds will meet for breakfast at 8:30 am on Wednesday, January 22 at the Perdido Beach Resort, 27200 East Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach. The program will feature Grant Brown, City of Gulf Shores Director, Public Information Officer, who will give an update on what’s happening in the area. Reservations can be made on the website, Iowa-Alabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org (preferred), or by calling or texting Chris and Steve Hedlund at 319-430-4597. Breakfast is $11.00. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Club’s first 2020 Cocktail Party will be held on Friday evening, January 17, 5-7pm at the Caribe Resort, 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd., Building C, Orange Beach. No RSVP is required. Bring a dish to share and your own beverage. Many door prizes will be awarded during the social event. A new activity, the Iowa Club Corn Hole Tournament will be Wednesday, January 29 at 2 pm at Doc’s Seafood and Steak (Perdido Beach Blvd). There will be teams of two, bags provided and prizes for winners. Teams/players must pre-register for bracketing. Contact Pat Brush via email pjbrush@southslope. net or text or call 319-350-0354 to register (name and phone number).
Future breakfast dates are Wednesdays, January 22, February 5 and Feb.19. On March 4, 2020 a final informal breakfast will be held at Luna’s, reservations necessary, but no program at the event. Iowa has a golf group with golf sign-up through the website. Club members may check the website, Iowa-Alabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org for updates, sign-ups, and a listing of activities available in the Gulf area.
Iowa club members donate to various local charities such as the zoo, libraries, fire departments, and others through their activities. At each meeting the chairmen of these fundraising events review the 2020 plans and sign up volunteers to assist in the activities.There is no membership fee and all Iowans and their guests are welcome at all club events.

Tuesday Snowbird Coffee

By Mary Rebert
Tuesdays: Snowbird Coffee; 9 a.m. at 1720 Gulf Shores Parkway, Building “B”(Gulf Shores UMC complex) in Gulf Shores. Refreshments, entertainment, speakers & door prizes. Open to the public. Noentry fee. Donations are accepted to defray expenses. Schedule of entertainment: January 21: Andrea & Chris Carson bluegrass; January 28: Sandspur Band; February 4: Top Hat & Jackie; February 11: Mel Middlebrooks; Feb 18: Four Winds Barbershop; February 25: closed for Fat Tuesday; March 3: Orange Beach activities & Updates.

Free sewing class for beginners Jan. 18 at St. Jude’s By The Sea

By Barb Mallugen
A free beginner sewing class will be offered on January 18 at St. Judes By The Sea Lutheran Church, located at 312 East 16th St. in Gulf Shores.
Maybe you received a new sewing machine for Christmas or you are going to purchase a new machine
for yourself with all those gift cards you received. We at St. Judes by the Sea can help. We are offering an introduction class to sewing for free. This is a class for beginners and open to young teens, men, and women. We will have everything you need to get started. You can bring your own sewing machine or we will have a few to get us started. We will make a simple quilt block at this class. This can be the beginning of your own quilt or we can put all the blocks together to make a community quilt for a cause. We look forward to seeing you. Please RSVP so we have enough supplies for everyone. Call Barb at 573-760-5119.

GCAA offers art class options geared especially for snowbirds

The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance has scheduled art classes and a ukulele class designed especially for snowbirds beginning Monday, January 13. The classes are offered daily and prices vary. Private and group classes are available and many of the classes last for six weeks.
The GCAA, located at 225 E. 24th Ave. in the Waterway Village neighborhood of Gulf Shores, , 2020.
Options include beginning pastel painting, acrylic painting, caligraphy, ukulele & string band, and a Greg Cartmell led workshop Jan. 14-15 titled Fearless Painting. That workshop will address oils, acrylics and watercolor.
For more info, call 251-948-2627.

Three Hours of Peace & Music Dinner Theatre Jan. 16 in G.S.

Coastal Fringe Productions will present “Three Hours of Peace & Music’’ as part of the Sunset Corkroom Dinner Theatre Series on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6-9 p.m.
Party like it’s 1969 during this live musical narrative featuring Lisa Christian, Conga Dave and The Bitter End Band.
Tickets are $20 cash at the door and reservations (251-967-4773) are suggested. The Sunset Corkroom is located at 225 E. 16th Ave. in Gulf Shores.

Cribbage on Fridays

Beginning Friday, January 10, 2020, Cribbage players will be gathering to play Cribbage every Friday. Sign up starts at 12:30 pm and play begins at 1 pm at the Gulf Shores American Legion, Post 44, 6781 AL-59. The cost is $5. For additional information contact Barbara Beamish at 989-464-8605. All Cribbage players are welcome.

Welcome Back Snowbird Dance Jan. 24 at Foley Civic Center

By Gail Calma
The Frank Calma Welcome Back Snowbirds Dance will be presented by the Elberta, Al Council of the
Knights of Columbus No. 2736 and Columbiettes No. 2736 on Friday, January 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Foley Civic Center. Music will be provided John, Jim, and Jerry, longtime favorites among both locals and the snowbirds! This is a byob event. Set-ups and light snacks furnished. Cost is $20 per person, casual dress. For additional info/tickets, call 251-752-7422.
The dance began in 2007 at the Our Lady of the Gulf in Gulf Shores and continues this year at a new venue and new Council and ladies group. Frank’s dream to help local charities has certainly been recognized and we thank all who have been involved; the Knights, Auxiliary, businesses, volunteers and Snowbirds for the past 13 years.

Pickleball Tourney

Registration is now open for the Bama Beach Valentine Classic Pickleball Tournament to be played February 10-13 at the Foley Event Center. All skill and age levels from 2.0 and up are welcome. Please register at pickleballtournaments.com.
Registration ends January 31. Come and join us for this annual charity tournament that welcomes players from all over the southeast.

Wisconsin Synod Lutherans

Gulf Shores area WELS/ELS Members. Wisconsin Synod Lutherans will have local church services with Holy Communion conducted as follows: January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16 at St Jude by the Sea Lutheran Church, 312 E 16th Ave, Gulf Shores. Services will start at 4:00 with Bible class to follow. Make checks payable to Risen Savior Luth Church. For more info contact Evan Dobberfuhl, 715-573-0808 or tpcevan@gmail.com.

Indiana

By Becky Chatham-Heidenreich
Welcome to all members of the Indiana Snowbird Club and anyone interested in joining the group. We have breakfast meetings at the Luna Event Center on Canal Rd., Orange Beach. Registration starts at 7:30 and buffet breakfast is at 8:00. Membership is a one time expenditure of $2.50 per person and the breakfast is $10 per person per meeting. If you are interested in making reservations for breakfast, please contact Jan Pell (317-914-5832) at least 2 days before the meeting. Scheduled breakfasts are Jan.23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, and March 5. We actively participate in the Bratfest and Low Country Boil fund raisers. We also have many other activities scheduled. We have a 50/50 raffle, door prizes (thanks to the generous AL businesses), and speakers to inform us of all that is happening on the AL Gulf Coast. Come join in the fun and meet other people who have spent sometime in IN in their life.

Minnesota

By Nancy Poferi
The Minnesota Snowbird Club meets each Tuesday for an informational breakfast, January 7 through March 10 at GT’s On The Bay located on 26189 Canal Rd, Orange Beach. Pre-registration required by the Friday before the Tuesday Breakfast via website link to Google Sheets. Thereafter, you may sign-up weekly at the breakfast or continue online registration. Doors open 7:30 am; breakfast 8:15 am. Cost: $10, includes tax and tip. Cash or check only. We cannot accept bills over $20. Food donations and/or cash are gratefully accepted at each meeting for the Christian Service Center, the dedicated project of the MN Club.
For breakfast signup link, information regarding upcoming events, golf tee times, or a contact number, please log onto the Minnesota Club website: mnal.org or the Facebook page: facebook.com and search @mnalclub.

Dakotas

Dakotas Snowbird Club is scheduled to meet January 14 and 28, February 4 and 11, and March 3, at 8:30 am for breakfast with a 9:00 am program at Luna’s Magnolia Hall in Orange Beach. The club also plans several social activities to be determined at a later date.
Our club consists of Snowbirds visiting the Gulf Coast with connections to or living in North and South Dakota. We contribute to the Christian Service Center food pantry by collecting food and cash at our meetings and providing volunteers for several local charities and organizations. For more information please contact Joyce Anderson at 605-351-0274 and leave a message for a return call.

Wisconsin

By Nancy Durgin
The WI Sno-bird Club will meet on Wednesday, January 22, at the Orange Beach Event Center (OBEC) near the Wharf with coffee and donuts at 8:30 am and the meeting starting promptly at 9 am. Anyone who has resided in WI is welcome to attend. We collect Boxtops for Education from General Mills cereals and Johnson & Johnson products, motel-size toiletries, empty printer ink cartridges and pop-top rings. There is also a puzzle and book exchange. At the meetings you will meet other WI sno-birds, learn about volunteer opportunities at the new Zoo, the Baldwin County Heritage Museum in Elberta, and other activities. We also have speakers from communities around us. Come to find out about day trips and sign up for the January 27 Golf Fun Day and the January 29 Potluck. We’ll be looking for volunteers for the February fund-raising events as well! Card players meet at the Gulf Shores American Legion Post 44 on Hwy 59 every Friday at 8:30 am. Golfers will have special rates at the GlenLakes Golf Course.
For more information please contact Kenn at 251-967-2463 OR wissnobirds@yahoo.com.

Retired Law Enforcement Lunch

The annual Snowbird Retired Law Enforcement luncheon will be held on Feb. 19 at noon, at the American Legion Post 44, 6781 State Hwy. 59, Gulf Shores. All retired and former law enforcement officers and their spouses are invited. (active officers are also welcome) You may order from the lunch menu on your own. Please RSVP to Tom Westgate at 269-252-7029 so we can give the Legion a headcount.

Snowbird Broadway at GSUMC among church’s musical offerings

From “Another Opening, Another Show’ from Kiss Me Kate and “I Can’t Wait to be King’ from The Lion King, the 2020 Snowbird Broadway revue on Thursday and Friday, January 30 and 31 at 7pm in the GSUMC sanctuary will bring music lovers a wide variety of favorite melodies. In addition to Broadway music from Chicago and others, there will be musical tributes to the Beach Boys and the Hollies, along with a live band accompanying the 40-plus member choir. Featured soloists include several local favorites.
Following their major success collaborating with director Ken Burns on ‘Country Music, Three-on-a-String returns to the GSUMC auditorium on Monday and Tuesday, February 3 and 4 at 7pm for two nights of comedy and music. Actually four talented performers, their musicianship, song writing ability, performance skills and musical versatility make each concert an entertaining, educational and interactive experience.
Youthful Broadway on Friday, February 7 at 7pm will combine elements of last year’s Youth USO show with Broadway and movie hits from yesterday and today. The concerts features the GSUMC youth choir. Enjoy numbers from modern shows such as Spamalot and Guardians of the Galaxy to classic favorites from South Pacific and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Tickets at $10 per person for Broadway and Youthful Broadway and $15 per person for Three-in-a-String are available Monday through Friday from 9am to noon in Thee Coffee Shop at the GSUMC South Plaza Campus. Reserved seating is available for concert season supporters. For additional information, please feel free to contact the GSUMC office at 251-968-2411 or visit gulfshoresumc.org.

Winter Lecture Series

Throughout January and February, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism will host its annual Winter Lecture Series, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the destination’s history, wildlife and culture.
The lecture series not only showcases the uniqueness of Alabama’s Gulf Coast, but also speaks to individual interest and schedules. Lectures are held at various times Mondays through Friday and highlight a broad range of interests including military history, local artisans and business updates. Featured topics this year include a demonstration of how to weave fabric by hand, a lesson on recognizing carnivorous plants at Weeks Bay Reserve, the history at Fort Morgan, and an update on the new Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo location.
This year’s lectures offer the opportunity for advanced registration. To ensure you get a seat at the lectures of your choice, register online at GulfShores.com/ lectures. All lectures will be held in the Gulf Shores Welcome Center located at 3459 Gulf Shores Parkway. Each lecture is free to the public and lasts approximately 60 minutes. Seating is limited, so visitors are encouraged to reserve a seat online.
F or a full lecture schedule or to reserve your seat, visit

GulfShores.com/lectures. G.S. Men’s Coffee Club

The Gulf Shores Men’s Snowbird Coffee Club will hold their first meeting of the 2020 season on Friday, January 3 at 7:30 a.m. All meetings are held at Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at the Wharf, 4851 Wharf Pkwy. E., Orange Beach every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Membership information is available at these meetings. The oldest continually active snowbird club has more than 300 members from twenty-six states and three Canadian provinces. Besides raising money for local charities, the club holds golf outings, sponsors casino trips and conducts breakfast meetings for members and spouses. The club also throws horseshoes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at noon at Meyer Park in Gulf
Shores. Officers for the 2020 season are: Dale Pliemann, president, Missouri; Mike Culverhouse, vice president,
Michigan; Tom Lanan, secretary, Illinois and Tom Williams, treasurer, Michigan.

Illinois

By Dave DeBlauw
The Illinois snowbird club met on Jan 10th at GT’s on the Bay for their first breakfast /meeting of this season. President Loren Due opened with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance from 107 club members. Speaker, Mona Barfield, from the B and B pecan farm near Foley. She had a most enjoyable and informative talk about the 1200 trees on the farm. It takes twelve years for the trees to grow enough, to produce their first crop of pecans. One hurricane can take out many of the trees and than it’s back to replanting them and waiting for the trees to mature again. Eleven new people were introduced to the club members and encouraged to join our club. The following club functions still remain: 22 @ 9:30 Book Club at Orange Beach Library (Discuss your summer reads); 24 @ 8:00 Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45); February 07 @ 8:00 Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45); 08 @ 10:00 – 1:00 Snowbird Bratfest – Orange Beach Community Center; 08 @ 6:00 Trivia Night – Orange Beach Events Center; 11 @ 5:00 Potluck and Games – Orange Beach Sr. Activity Center; 20 @ 8:00 Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45); 21 @ 11:00 + Low Country Boil [NEW ZOO]; 25 @ 10 – 11:30ish GS Mardi Gras Parade – 2pm @ Orange Beach; 26 @ 9:30 Book Club at OB Library (“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens); 27 @ 12:00 Picnic in the Park, Johnnie Sims Park, 348 W. 19th Ave. A few tickets remain for our club members to the low country boil. Contact Lu Douglas at 815-541-9952 if you’d like some.

Plantation Church Service

Plantation Church service all winter until Easter. The Plantation, Bldg #4 Conference Room, 9am every Sunday. Everyone welcome. For more info. Kent Gerber, Chaplain, (336) 529 2372.

Senior Snowbird Potluck

For the 24th consective year, the Senior Snowbird Potluck will run each Thursday from January 16th through the month of February (excepting January 30th). All seniors, visitors and locals are welcome. Plan to bring a dish to pass that will feed 8 -10 persons. Drinks and table service will be provided. The weekly meetings will be held at the Orange Beach Community Center on Canal Road at 12 Noon. Information: 981-6060.

Sweet Harmony Chorus

By Pamula Rustan
Sweet Harmony Chorus, a Women’s Barbershop chorus, is looking for women singers to join this group for our 2020 season. We sing a variety of music in 4 part acapella style of close harmony. No experience needed. We have tapes to assist in learning the music. Rehearsal Schedule is Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 at Gulf Shore United Methodist Church Choir Room. We will be performing for the Ohio Club on Feb. 19th and our full show is Feb. 29 at the Gulf Breeze RV Park. If interested come to our rehearsal or contact Pamula Rustan, Director at 701-260-0670.

Snowbird Trivia Feb. 8

Snowbird Trivia Night returns Saturday, February 8 at the Orange Beach Event Center located at the Wharf. This annual event, popular with Snowbirds and locals alike, features eight themed rounds of ten questions each, a pick-a-pot drawing, Heads and Tails contest, table decoration theme contest, and winning trivia table award. Registration form available from the Orange Beach Library and the Gulf Shores Library. Registration forms can be downloaded from orangebeachlibrary.org. A team of 8 at a table is $120. Costumes and decorations as well as snacks and drinks are encouraged. Doors open at 5 p.m and play begins at 6 p.m. Submit forms by January 29. For more information call 405-630-7831 and leave message and number.

Free Dulimer Lessons & Practice

Free Mt Dulcimer lessons: Absolute Beginner and Advanced Beginner. Wednesdays Jan 8 to mid-March. 12:30-1:30pm. St Andrew by the Sea, 17263 Ft. Morgan Rd. Gulf Shores. A few dulcimers available to rent for the winter. Contact Michelle with questions and to register: 317-446-0500.

Snowbird Bridge

By Jeanne Haber
Every Wednesday thru March. Gulf Shores Snowbird Bridge, 10 a.m. Social bridge open to all. $10 includes lunch. Gulf Shores Golf Club, 520 Clubhouse Drive, Gulf Shores.

Sewflakes meet Tuesdays

Calling all who craft, sew, quilt, knit, crochet, make jewelry, etc. Are you looking for a place to share ideas, get inspiration, help with your craft or just someone to sit with and share your craft. Our Sewflakes group will be meeting every Tuesday until March 1. Come join us on Tuesday mornings 8:30 to 11:30am at First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, 309 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shore. More info: 315-807-8585.

Ohio

By Gayle Hofacker
Welcome to Ohio Snowbird members and new friends! Club sponsored activities include a Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, January 22, Wednesday, February 5, and Wednesday, February 19. Programs include speakers, 50/50 raffle, Door prizes from members and local businesses. We also have a puzzle and book exchange. The breakfast meetings are held at the Cosmos/Luna’s Event Center on Canal Road. Doors open at 8 AM and the Buffet Breakfast is served starting at 9:00 am. Please contact Gayle Hofacker at 937-621-1700 no later than the Sunday before the meeting date. The cost for the Breakfast Buffet is $10 per person. Club Membership is $5.00 per person per year. Planned trips and local excursions are also some of the activities that members can participate in.
A farewell luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 4 at GT’s (down the road to the east of the Event Center.)
The Snowbird Clubs also participate in the “Annual Low Country Boil”, which held at the New Zoo location on County Rd 6 east of Highway 59, also the ” Brats Fest along with other community activities.
We’re hoping to see a lot of returning members and welcome many new members to our club.

FOE Biloxi Trip Jan. 27

By TK Kipp
Fraternal Order of Eagles #4549 in Gulf Shores is lining up a bus trip to Biloxi on January 27. We will leave the Target parking lot at 9 A.M. Monday morning the 27th and board the bus at 4 P.M. in Biloxi to return home. Cost of this trip will be $30 with $20 given back in free play at the casino. There will be one rest stop both ways. Please contact the FOE to reserve your seat at 251-971-4549 and have your reservations in by January 22. Also available at the casino is half price lunch buffet. This is open to everyone, don’t wait! Fraternal Order of Eagles 3859 Gulf Sores Parkway Suite 6 ( North of Cactus Cantina) 251-971-4549.

Ancient Aviators

By Dick Bensman
Ancient Avaiators meet at 8:45 am on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the Bingo Room of Post 44 of the American Legion at 6781 Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores. We either have a guest speaker (about 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. duration), OR, the attendees ‘just tell’ aviation related or other interesting life stories. We normally conclude by about 10:30 am. Our 13+ year old group has no by-laws, minutes, dues or officers. Both men and women attend, some who flew in their military or civilian life, or who just have a general interest in aviation. A full hot breakfast available for $6 at 8:30 prior to mtg. All area residents or snowbirds are invited; no reservations needed. Info: 251-990-8258.

Welcome Wednesdays at ‘Bama

Welcome Wednesdays are back at the Flora-Bama every Wednesday through March 4. Snowbirds and locals alike come together for good times, good music, great food and fellowship here in the Flora-Bama Tent. The weekly lunch social features Live Music beginning at 11 a.m., followed by drawings for goods, services and merchandise compliments of the Flora-Bama and local businesses, and a lunch buffet that begins serving at 1 p.m. The buffet is $3 per person or free for those bringing a side dish

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