Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 4, 2012:
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE - Birmingham City Councilman Steven Hoyt and Frank Adams with the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club joined us with details on the annual Party With a Purpose. The office of District 8 Representative Steven W. Hoyt is preparing to kick-off the 6th Annual Party With A Purpose (PWAP). Councilor Hoyt and the City of Birmingham are again working together, to bring the family festival to the Ensley Park and Recreation Center, located at 2800 Avenue K., Ensley on Saturday, October 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Councilor Hoyt says this is another opportunity to reach out and serve members of the community. The festival, which started as a vigil in response to area violence, has become a time of inspiration for the entire family. The four hour event is a combination job and health fair, educational initiative, and community festival. First unveiled in 2006, the Birmingham event has quickly grown, attracting thousands of residents and community leaders.
BLUFF PARK ART SHOW - The annual Bluff Park Art Show is this Saturday. Each year at the annual show, new artwork is selected from those submitted by exhibiting artists to be added to the organization's Permanent Collection. This collection is displayed in Hoover schools and other locations around the area on a rotating basis. Every school day finds thousands of Hoover students, K though 12 exposed to original artwork made available by the Association. Pieces from the Permanent Collection can also be found at the Hoover Public Library. In addition to its Permanent Collection, the Bluff Park Art Association has funded other recognizable artwork around Hoover. The sculpture titled "Becoming", by Ted Metz, was given to City of Hoover and is located outside City Hall. "The Reader", by Frank Fleming, was given to the Hoover Library. A $25,000 gift to Aldridge Gardens was matched with Civic funds for a bronze sculpture "Along for the Ride" by Frank Fleming. Each year, the Bluff Park Art Association also sponsors a scholarship for a Hoover student who plans to pursue a college degree in art. This will be the 49th show. It features more than 130 local and national artists, a children's section for face paint and t-shirt making, many food vendors and music from local high school bands. Proceeds from our show go towards promoting art in the community. On Saturday, the 43rd Annual Bluff Park Art Show will serve as the kick-off event for the Year of Alabama Arts. The Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and local arts organizations throughout the state have all come together for this special year. The Bluff Park Art Association, is an all volunteer, non-profit, community based organization. Volunteers are always needed and welcome. Helping the Bluff Park Art Association through volunteer work or the purchase of art at the annual show is a great way to support the arts in our community. For more information, visit www.BluffParkArtAssociation.org.
JEH JEH LIVE - 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.
SARAH LIVE - There are literally hundreds of reasons Birmingham gals will be making their way to the Southern Women's Show when it returns to Birmingham today through Sunday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex! One of the largest consumer events in Birmingham, the annual Southern Women's Show, attracts thousands of local women each year for four jam-packed days of fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, beauty tips, health screenings, decorating ideas and personal growth opportunities - all tailored especially for women - as well as celebrity appearances. The Southern Women's Show promises more than 300 exhibitors ranging from boutiques and jewelers to travel agents and health care professionals -- making it the perfect one-stop shop for on-the-go women. While attendees are welcome to window shop, the hands-on, interactive nature of the Southern Women's Show makes it the perfect opportunity to actually try out new products and services, consult with experts and register for prizes and giveaways. On-site health screenings will enable women to undergo risk-factor assessments, with blood pressure checks and flu shots. Show hours are Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, $8 in advance online, $7 in advance at participating Piggly Wiggly's, $5 for children 6-12 years old and free for children under 6 years of age (with paying adult) and $5 after 5 p.m. For group discount tickets and more information, call (800) 849-0248 or visit www.SouthernWomensShow.com.
CLARE LIVE - Community Awareness Day is an annual event in Jefferson County, Alabama, hosted by the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. It began in the fall of 1999 under the Federal Emergency Management Agency program "Project Impact." Since then, FEMA has discontinued expansion of "Project Impact," but existing Project Impact communities have developed partnerships within their community to sustain the Project Impact program emphasizing 'disaster resistant community' concepts. 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. The list includes:Exhibitors; Fire, Rescue and Police Services; Community Agencies; & 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. It is today at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham from 9am until 2pm.
BARGAINOMICS - Judy Bates is the Bargainomic's Lady. She joined us with some great deals! if you're looking for a fun free event, make plans to head for downtown Fayette this Saturday where the Alabama Frog Level Festival & Cruise-in will be going on. Events include a frog-jumping contest, a bed race, live music all day long and tons of booths with arts, crafts & foods galore. And there'll be bunches of classic cars, trucks & even tractors. For more info, visit fayetteareachamber.org/froglevel.html. Ladies, if you're uninsured or your insurance doesn't cover mammograms, you'll want to hear this: All 5 St. Vincent's locations are doing mammograms for $99 during the month of October. Find the location nearest you on their website, St. Vincent's Health System, www.STVHS.com. If you've even been remotely thinking about a cruise, you need to hear this: Carnival Cruise Lines has one of the best deals I've ever seen on cruises out of New Orleans with per person rates as low as $239 for a 5-day roundtrip cruise to mexico. See all these deals on their website: www.Carnival.com. And you can find all this information and links on the Good Day Alabama page of www.Bargainomics.com.
OUR SARAH - In 2008 Chuck Heath, Sr., and Chuck Heath, Jr., father and brother of Sarah Palin, watched Sarah take the stage with John McCain at the Republican National Convention under bright lights and to thunderous applause. She was the first female candidate ever to be on the Republican Party's national ticket. But that joyous moment wouldn't last long. The media and liberal pundits would rip into Sarah's record, experience, and character. They would question her faith, family, and her greatest qualities: determination and hard work. Even today, the media are still trying to mask the real Sarah. To fight back against the largely false and negative image portrayed by national media, Heath Sr., and Jr., offer intimate insight into Palin's life, painting a portrait of the daughter, sister, and mother they know and love. Against the rugged backdrop of America's last frontier, Alaska, they reveal family challenges and life lessons that helped shape Sarah into one of America's most iconic public figures. Our Sarah: Made in Alaska (Center Street/Hachette Book Group, September 2012) is more than a memoir, it's the survival story of Sarah's family braving the harsh terrain and climate of Alaska, rolling up their sleeves and building a better life. That struggle created the first female governor of Alaska and the political superstar we know today. Meet the Heaths today and get your copy of the book signed at the Trussville Books-a-Million at 7pm.
SUMMIT BREAST CANCER EVENTS - The Summit is once again partnering with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama to host the 2nd annual Go Pink at The Summit this October. Sunday, October 7th at 2pm is the official Kick-off event in Saks Plaza. It will be an afternoon of family fun, complete with DJ, photo booth, face painter, food from Panera, Izzo's Illegal Burrito and Pinkberry, as well as a BIG surprise that you won't want to miss. The surprise will occur right at 2pm and we encourage you to come out to The Summit to capture it with photos/video. Restaurant Week is October 15 - 19 and many of our restaurants are participating in this event. They will be donating a portion of their weekly sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. See the website for a complete list. Urban Cookhouse will be hosting a Pink Pumpkin Patch on its patio from October 17-October 31. Come out and buy your fall pumpkin (you might even find some pink ones) and UC will donate half of the sale price of each pumpkin sold to BCRFA. Several of the different stores and restaurants are having specials, as well. Visit for all the details! And "like" the Summit at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama on Facebook! For every Facebook "like" for The Summit during October, it will donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.
PET OF THE WEEK - Craig Winters with the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. His name is Alfie. For adoptions, call (205) 669-3916 extension 22 or visit shelbyhumane.org.
MARVIN'S - William Wright from Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers joined us to discuss the many ways we can keep our homes safer from fires. He says you should make sure you have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, especially outside of bedrooms, in kitchens, and playrooms or basements. Also remember to test them monthly to ensure they are functioning properly as most are powered by 9 volt batteries and never paint over a smoke alarm as this could keep it from working properly. Having Fire Extinguishers located in your home is very important also. Please remember that Fire Extinguishers are meant to only fight small fires. If a fire grows out of control please get out of your house and call 911 from your neighbors house. Since 1/3rd of all house fires start in the kitchen you will want to have a Class K rate Fire Extinguisher located so that it is easy to access. Other areas of consideration should be garages where a class B rated extinguisher for oil or gasoline fires. Also having a Class C rated fire extinguisher in your home for electrical fires makes good sense. Most fire extinguishers sold are a "one time use only" design. Meaning, if you ever have to use it, discard it afterwards. You should check your Fire Extinguisher 2 times a year to make sure that it is in proper working order. Never use it to test it. All Fire Extinguishers come with either a pressure gauge or a test button.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh gets pepped up for High School Football with another pep rally. Popular chef Alex Hitz joins us with his award winning recipes and details on where you can find him this weekend! Comedian Gary Owen joins us with a few laughs! An up and coming singer joins us in the studio to perform one of his new songs. Actor Ken Foree from horror films like "Dawn of the Dead" comes to town and joins us in the studio! And we check out your entertainment and business headlines... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!