Good Day Alabama for October 2, 2012 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for October 2, 2012

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 2, 2012:

MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with details on how you can get free financial advice today! All across the nation, professional financial planners are celebrating Financial Planning Week by offering free advice to anyone seeking answers to their most perplexing questions.  In addition, a number of financial planners will speak on a variety of topics.  Here in Birmingham, the Financial Planning Association of North Alabama will host a Financial Planning Expo this coming Tuesday, October 2nd, at the Homewood City Hall Building in Rosewood Hall from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  For you GPSers, the street address is 2850 19th Street, Homewood, AL.  There'll be plenty of coffee and cookies and easy access parking. This is your opportunity to have a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with a financial planner at no cost.  Area planners promise to give you their best advice with no strings attached fielding questions regarding your personal circumstances including such areas as solving debt problems, how to pay for college, foreclosure assistance, successful investing in a low-interest-rate environment, how to maximize Social Security income, managing health insurance costs, reducing taxes, long-term care planning, and retirement strategies.  And this is just a few of the topics they're prepared to cover.  To receive the most benefit from your private consultation, be sure to bring any supporting data such as credit card statements, loan agreements, wills, financial statements, investment statements or insurance policies.  Financial planners will be available to visit with you from 4:15 to 7:45 p.m. And beginning at 4pm speakers will also present information on "Questions for Your Financial Professionals," "Introduction to Financial Planning," "Planning for Costs of Higher Education," "simple strategies to help you to not only survive a job loss, but to be ready to thrive when this economy rebounds," & "Navigating Social Security and Medicare". Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to learn money-saving ideas from top financial planners in Alabama.  When you're finished, treat yourself to dinner at one of the great restaurants in the Homewood area!  For more information visit

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from Greenwood Park with today's Red Rock Tuesday. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit

RACE FOR THE CURE - The 21st Annual Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure will be Saturday, October 20th.  All funds from the Komen Race for the Cure go to research, education, screening and treatment programs. You can register as an individual or as a team. To register, visit You can register online or print out a form and mail it in to the office. You can also go online and make a donation if you're not able to participate in the race. The deadline for team registration is this Friday. To register visit, and for specific team questions, visit

OKTOBERFEST - The first official Oktoberfest in Cullman was held October 9-17, 1982 and had a theme: Die Duetsche colonie von Nord Alabama-heir the living is good! Events included German Food, genealogical exhibits, prizes, doll collections, polkas, folk dancers, square dancers, games, open house church sanctuaries, a children's fun run, Weiss cottage tours, and more.  Every year after, starting the first Saturday in October, we have one goal; to celebrate Cullman's German heritage. Some events change, some sponsors change, but we stay true to our mission. In the past, the Oktoberfest Board wrestled with, how you can be an Oktoberfest without beer? But in the end, not having beer made us no less proud of who we are or where we lived. In November 2010, the residents of the City of Cullman voted to allow legalized sale of Alcohol in the city limits. This in turn, allowed Cullman Oktoberfest to include a beer garden to the list of venues for 2011. Cullman Oktoberfest 2011 was a huge success. Traditional German music could be heard at the Festhalle Mark Platz, Women and girls in Dirndl's, men in Lederhosen danced to the oompa band, visited the beer garden, and enjoyed the festivities. As we plan for 2012 and beyond, events may change, and sponsors may come and go, but we still have one goal: to celebrate Cullman's German heritage. This year's festival runs Saturday, October 6th through Saturday, October 13th. For complete details, visit

FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISER - It's Getting Hot in Here. The Birmingham Firefighers burn up the catwalk on the Southern Women's Show Fashion and Entertainment Stage in the ever-popular Firefighter Fashion Show on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The firefighting heroes strut their stuff first in the hottest men's fall fashions, then switch into their bunker gear. They "pass the boot" into the crowd to collect money for the cause. It's part of a Friday Night Special. Friday night at the show is designated "Girls Night Out"  with $5 admission after 5 p.m. plus free gifts, the Firefighter Fashion Show, shopping and more.  For more information, visit

GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joins us to discuss apples and pears. She has some tips and recipes for us and show us how to peel a pear.  She explains that there are dwarf varieties and encourage us to grow fruit and nut trees in general. For more information, visit her Facebook page - it includes lots of pictures, tips, how to videos, and info on veggie trials going on in the garden.  It's a "real time, real life" look at home gardening and food preservation. You can find her at
NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to adult fiction, short stories from South Carolina and halfway around the world and then a dog's tale.      
     The Memory Thief by Emily Colin
     The Beach at Galle Road by Joanna Luloff
     Stray Decorum by George Singleton
     Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life by Steven D. Wolf

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, it's Homecoming week at UAB and Jeh Jeh heads to campus to check out all the excitement and catch up with Blaze! Mickey takes us to meet another one of his friends from the Birmingham Zoo! Rocco Dispirito invents new recipes for some of our favorite foods and now he focuses on italian! He shows us his new book and gives us the scoop on his new show "Now Eat This" that airs right here on FOX6! The doctor joins us to take your questions about minimally invasive heart surgery! And we're gardening with Jon Culver! That and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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