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Vol. 3, Issue 3

Continuing Excellence has full lineup of winter workshops

The City of Orange Beach Continuing Excellence Program is offering free workshops through March. The classes are open to adults of all ages and will be held at the Orange Beach Recreation Center in Portable Classroom No. 1.

The schedule is as follows:

  • January 22nd - “Photo Boot Camp: Photography with Your Smartphone” from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, January 22nd. Class participants will learn the tips and tricks from National Geographic photographers.  Click here to register online for the Photo Boot Camp.   
  • January 27th - “iNaturalist: Let's put Orange Beach on the Map” from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, January 27th. Class participants will explore the area's flora and fauna with a group of fellow nature enthusiasts. Join citizens around the world, mapping biodiversity across the globe--using just your Smartphone.  Click here to register online for iNaturalist: Let’s put Orange Beach on the Map. 
  • February 10th - “Micro-photography Boot Camp: Get Up Close & Personal” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, February 10th. Class participants will use their Smartphones to capture tiny subjects in a big way.  The class is open to adults of all ages. Snowbirds are welcome. Click here to register online for the Micro-photography Boot Camp. 
  • March 7th - “BioBlitz: Explore the Natural Wonders of Orange Beach” on Saturday, March 7th at the Orange Beach Recreation Center in Portable Classroom No. 1 in the morning and then at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in the afternoon. An iNaturalist workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Rec Center. From 1 to 3 p.m. the class will shift to Pitcher Plant Bog photography and data collection at the Sportsplex Trail.  The public may register for one or both of these free workshops. This workshop is open to all ages. Attendees will download the iNaturalist app, walk with City staff around the pitcher plant bog, then snap photos of plants, insects and animals. The app will track the location of each photo and share information with researchers to help identify the flora and fauna, as well as provide data for a variety of research projects. Click here to register online for the BioBlitz. 
  • March 9th - “Intro to Genealogy” from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 9th. Participants will dig into their family history with this hands-on workshop. The class is open to adults of all ages. Snowbirds are welcome.  Click here to register online for the Intro to Genealogy workshop.
  • Weekly creative writing workshop - 1-2 p.m. each Tuesday from through May 19th (No class Feb. 25 & April 7) at the Orange Beach Recreation Center in Portable Classroom No. 2. Instructor Sara Carroll will cultivate a positive and creative outlet for expression through the pen. The workshops will explore various writing pieces for discussion and prompting, and participants will share their own works in order to both challenge and encourage one another. Class minimum of 6. Click here to register online for the creative writing workshop.
Latest News

City offices closed Monday for MLK Holiday

All non-essential City of Orange Beach offices will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Trash and recycling routes will run on normal schedules and will not be affected.

City offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, January 21st.


The Orange Beach City Council will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 21st, followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting. The public is invited. To see the agendas, go to

Orange Beach youth baseball, softball registration opens Jan. 20 with new registration system

Registration for Orange Beach youth Baseball, Softball, T-Ball and Tiny T-Ball will be open from January 20th to February 7th.

Starting on January 20th, registration information will be available on the city website at…/parks-recreation/youth-sports. A new online registration system - ActiveNet - will be used for all sports registrations and each parent/guardian will need to create an account. See more information below.

Registration details, by age, are as follows:

  • TINY T-BALL - Age 4 on May 1st, 2020 - $75 Registration Fee
  • T-BALL - Ages 5-6 on May 1st, 2020 - $75 Registration Fee
  • BASEBALL - Ages 7-14 on May 1st, 2020 - $85 Registration Fee
  • SOFTBALL - Ages 7-16 on December 31st, 2019 - $85 Registration Fee

Practices will start in mid February and Opening Day is set for Saturday, March 21st.

All registration entries will require a birth certificate and payment.

Anyone interested in coaching a team must fill out a coaches’ form online before being considered. Coaching spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The coaches’ form is available on the City Website at…/parks-recreation/youth-sports-coach.

For more information, contact Laura Davis at or 251-747-7877.


Beginning this month the City of Orange Beach started utilizing the ActiveNet website to handle some online registrations and activities sign-ups. The activities page will launch with the youth sports registration for Softball, Baseball, T-Ball and Tiny T-Ball.

For your convenience, you can search, enroll and pay registration fees all on ActiveNet from the comfort of your computer or on your Smartphone. Although youth sports registration will not begin until January 20th, parents/guardians are encouraged to create an account on ActiveNet beforehand.

Once an account is created and children/family members are added, the information will be saved for future activity registrations.

Creating Your ActiveNet Account

To register for activities, you will need to create an Active Orange Beach account.

For instructions on how to create an ActiveNet account go to…/ActiveNet%20Create%20An%20A….

For any questions about the ActiveNet registration, email Marc D. Anderson, Special Projects Coordinator, at


Big Community Yard & Craft Sale THIS SATURDAY

The annual Big Community Yard & Craft Sale is set for Saturday, January 18th at the Orange Beach Community Center. Doors open promptly at 7 a.m. and the event runs until noon. It’s an opportunity for the community to find great bargains from more than 25 different vendors.

All vendor spaces are inside so it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside. For anyone who likes yard sales, this is one sale you don’t want to miss.

The Community Yard & Craft Sale is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and funds are raised multiple ways. Each booth space is rented by individual vendors and the rental fees go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cash donations are also accepted and volunteers will be selling yard sale items with the proceeds from those sales going to CFF as well.

A nonprofit, donor-supported organization, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF. The Foundation funds lifesaving research and works to provide access to quality, specialized care and effective treatments for people with CF.

For more information, contact Angela Bateman at 251-747-4386.

Winter Lecture Series

The Orange Beach Public Library is hosting its Winter Lecture Series each Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center. The series runs through February. 

The lectures are as follows: 

  • January 23rd - Southern Rider: Join Elisabeth La Beaud for her lecture on the Freedom Summer.
  • January 30th - Join author Frank Kelso as he speaks about his new Western.
  • February 6th - Civil War Lecture: Join Paul Brueske as he speaks on the Battle of Mobile.
  • February 13th - Join Erin Hussey for a night of Dulcimer music.
  • February 23rd - Jazz Lecture: Join Daphne Simpkins for her lecture the music of Nate King Cole.
  • February 27th - Instant Pot 101

Schools are closed Monday, January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 

'The Last Mile' to be performed Jan. 24-25 at Community Center  

The theatre department for Orange Beach High School will present its award-winning production of THE LAST MILE on Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th at the Orange Beach Community Center. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door.  

Caught in the cross hairs of genocide, two young women, bound by time, weigh their sins against the worth of their lives and learn that history doesn’t just repeat itself — it intertwines. The Last Mile won Best In Show/1st Place at the District Trumbauer Theatre Festival and competed at the State competition, where three members of the cast were named to the All Star Cast. Additionally, the show won Best Set and Best Tech at the District level competition in Mobile.  

The performance will feature special guest Marty Schiff from Pittsburgh. Mr. Schiff is a professional actor and director, having appeared in films such as Dawn of the Dead. Some of his television credits include roles on Dallas, Creepshow, Newhart Knightrider, and dozens of other shows from the 80s and 90s. (see full bio below) 

Mr. Schiff will speak before each performance about his family who were effected by The Holocaust. Additionally, there will be a Q & A after each performance. 

On Saturday, January 25th at 2 p.m., Mr. Schiff will greet the public at the Coastal Arts Center, where he will talk about his career in the film and television industry. This free event is available to everyone.  

The play is written and directed by Darren J. Butler the theatre teacher and Fine Arts Director for Orange Beach High School. Mr. Butler also serves as the Artistic Director for Orange Beach Theatre. The set was designed by Dr. David Ruebhausen, and the choreography was designed by Erica Bailey, a visiting artist with the school from January 13-February 21. Miss Bailey is a native of Alabama but lives in Paris, France, where she works as a professional aerial acrobat and dancer.  

For more information, contact Darren Butler at

ORANGE BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Facebook post: "OBES Shade Structure Project is complete!! THANK YOU all for your donations and support for this important OBES playground addition!" See more photos on the OBES Facebook page. 

Orange Beach Education Foundation will hold a Family Fun Day fundraiser on Saturday, January 25th from noon to 3 p.m. at Fisher's Downstairs. There will be games, food and fun. Tickets are limited! The cost is $20 per person, which includes entry, small bites and games. Register online for Family Fun Day!

Money raised will be used to directly enhance academic initiatives for Orange Beach schools.

Follow all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

Week 86 - New school construction
The future home of Orange Beach High / Middle School is shown above in the Week 86 construction aerials taken on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.   
DON'T FORGET: Annual E-Cycling and Shred Day THIS SATURDAY 

The Annual E-Cycling and Shred Day, sponsored by the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, will be held this Saturday, January 18th from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gulf State Park Pavilion parking lot. 

Mobile Symphony Duo to perform Thursday at Coastal Arts Center

The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach’s Acoustic Arts concert series continues on Thursday, January 23rd with a performance by the Mobile Symphony Orchestra Duo of Jenny Gregoire, violinist/concertmaster and Dr. Robert Holm, principal pianist. Tickets are $20 in advance, and the show will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery listening room.  Call the Arts Center at 251-981-ARTS (2787) for tickets information. Seating is limited for these up-close performances. The Coastal Art Center is at 26389 Canal Road.

FURTHER OUT FOR BUSINESS PEOPLE: The Alabama SBDC, Baldwin County Chamber Coalition, Baldwin Realtors and United Bank will host a free workshop on digital skills using resources from Grow with Google. The workshop will be held from 9-11 a.m. on February 12th at the Baldwin County Association of Realtors conference room in Robertsdale, 23280 County Road 65. See more details about Grow with Google workshop. 


Fox 10: Design begins on Baldwin County Intracoastal Boat Ramp
The Islander: Orange Beach City Council approves allocation of funds to finish bell tower at Orange Beach High School
OBA Website: Orange Beach puts moratorium on residential permits in general business zoning areas
Fox 10: FAA approves air traffic control tower for Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores
The Islander: The Orange Beach Garden Club’s 33rd Annual Salad Luncheon and Game Day
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