Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for September 19, 2012:
NBA PLAYERS IN TOWN - BBVA Compass and NBA Cares will team up on its "Team. Works. in Schools. Initiative" to revitalize Center Street Middle School in Birmingham's Titusville community. BBVA, the parent company of BBVA Compass, is the Official Bank of the NBA, WNBA and the NBA Development League. NBA legends Felipe Lopez, Otis Birdsong, Muggsy Bogues and WNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw will join 200 BBVA Compass volunteers, Center Street Middle School students and other local dignitaries in the school revitalization efforts that include fresh paint and murals throughout the school, landscaping, the refurbishment of the teachers' lounge and workroom, and the creation of a computer lab, cyber café and reading nook. In addition, the school's center courtyard will be transformed into an outdoor learning space. The event will tip off with a ceremony in the school's gym hosted by NBA legend Felipe Lopez.
FREE KRISPY KREME - It's Talk Like A Pirate Day and Krispy Kreme is celebrating by giving away a free glazed doughnut if you talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch. If you dress up in full pirate regalia, you get a whole dozen. We talked live with the manager at the store in Hoover to check out the crowd and the pirates in line for their donuts.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live with details on Community Awareness Day. It is an annual event in Jefferson County hosted by the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. The primary goal of Community Awareness Day is to improve the level of disaster awareness among school children and adults by increasing their knowledge of disaster preparedness and preventive techniques. Community Awareness Day achieves this goal by exposing the public to a variety of people and services including fire, rescue and police services; community agencies; and local meteorologists. The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency teams up with local sponsors and volunteers from across the community to increase awareness of the newest disaster preparedness techniques. Community Awareness Day is on October 4th and will be set up at Linn Park in Downtown Birmingham.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Travis Coty from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the tiger and what's going on this fall at the zoo. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
TIM GREEN BOOK - From New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green comes UNSTOPPABLE (published by HarperCollins Children's Books). In his most dramatic and hard-hitting story yet, Tim writes about what it takes to be a winner, even when it seems like fate has dealt an impossible hand. Five years ago, Tim's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The entire experience - tests, surgeries, treatments, chemotherapy (Tim shaved his head to show support for his wife) - shook the Green family to their foundation. Although everything has gone well, the Green's outlook on life will never be the same. Throughout their experience, Tim and his wife have met many people battling through, and defeating, cancer. Among them is the model for UNSTOPPABLE's young protagonist, Jeffrey Keith. Jeffrey is famous for his own cancer survival - he lost his leg to cancer at age 12 and went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Boston College. He then became the first amputee to run from Boston to San Francisco on a prosthetic leg, and founded the CT Challenge to raise awareness for cancer survivors. Thirty percent of the royalties from UNSTOPPABLE sales will be donated to Jeff's organization, for the ongoing support of cancer survivors.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Peily Soong from Children's Hospital takes viewer questions about childrens' health issues. For more information, visit www.ChildrensAL.org.
GARDENING - Fred Spicer, Executive Director at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens joined us to discuss Antiques at the Gardens. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents Antiques at the Gardens on Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th from 10am until 5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm. Admission is $10 and parking is free. This year 12 regionally and nationally known architects, interior designers and landscape designers will serve as "Tastemakers" and will curate themed areas. The show will continue to include antique dealers from across the United States presenting antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, garden accessories and jewelry. You can also participate in the Gala in The Gardens featuring culinary tastemakers: Veranda on Highland, Fleming's, Ocean, Kathy G, GianMarco's and daniel george on Thursday, October 4th from 7pm until midnight. Tickets for it are $150 per person. And enjoy a lecture (beginning at 10:30am) and lunch (at 12:30pm) with Alex Hitz - chef and author of "My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist" on Friday. Tickets to the lecture are $30 and include admission to the whole show. Tickets to the Luncheon are $125 and include the lecture and event. For more information, call (205) 414-3950 or visit www.bbgardens.org.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we talk men and their testosterone levels with Dr. Asa Andrews. He discusses the changes in levels and how you can regulate it. The Middle Eastern Food Festival kicks off this weekend Jeh Jeh takes us there live to check out all the goodies! Our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio! We talk with author Max Lucado about his new book and his request of everyone in the nation before the presidential election ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!