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Good Day Alabama for April 2, 2013

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 2, 2013...

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joins us with Red Rock Tuesday. This month he features the Cahaba River near Grants Mill Road Park in Irondale. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit

HOT BIZ IN THE CITY - Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham <>is proud to present the 4th annual Hot Biz in the City, featuring a Pop Up Bazaar at Railroad Park <>in downtown Birmingham. Nearly thirty local independent retailers will offer a wide variety of items from locally designed couture clothing, to jewelry, vintage and even tasty local produce. This fabulous outdoor mall will be set up one day only - Sunday, April 7, 12pm to 6pm - under the park's pavilions and along the plaza. Hot Biz in the City Pop Up Bazaar is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy live music and activities for children and teens. Delicious local bar b q from Jim N Nick's (with local Alabama-raised pork!) will be available on the plaza. All proceeds will benefit the Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Fund. For more information on the event and vendors, visit <>. All proceeds generated by Hot Biz in the City Pop Up Bazaar benefit the 2013 Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Fund. The Scholarships are awarded each year to high school students participating in the JA Be Entrepreneurial Business Plan Challenge. The 2013 Business Plan Challenge will occur Tuesday, April 9. Student finalists for the Business Plan Challenge will be present at the Bazaar.

MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us this morning with some pointers to protect yourself and your belongings! For many of us, our cell phones act as a second computer allowing us to access our bank accounts; family, friends and business contacts; personal photos and other sensitive information. Be sure you regularly back up your data to a secure location such as cloud technology. 'Turn on' the security feature that requires you to enter a personal code before you can access your phone. iPhone (and iPad) also has an app called 'Find iPhone' that allow you to remotely 'wipe clean' your phone's hard drive and even locate it. The breaking and entering business is thriving in this slow economy and there are some simple things you can do to protect your valuables. A home alarm system is perhaps the best first defense. Be sure it includes glass breakage or motion sensors because thieves are breaking and entering windows in order to avoid tripping door alarms. Turn you alarm on even if you'll only be out for a short while. Cash, silver and jewelry are favorite targets of thieves so avoid keeping them in the obvious places. With an alarm system, thieves figure they have about five minutes to sweep the house. Don't make it easy for them by keeping high value possessions in easy to find places. Be sure to keep a record of the serial numbers of all of your electronics such as TVs music equipment so if found, police can identify it as yours. Another good defense system is a safe that cannot easily be removed. Exterior floodlights with motion detectors are also an inexpensive deterrent to would-be nighttime burglars. Do a walk-around your house and determine if shrubs near windows and doors need to be trimmed back so as not to provide hiding places for would-be thieves. Finally, it takes about forty-five minutes to video your home possessions. This will be invaluable should a thief ransack your home or should you have a home fire. With your car, don't leave anything of value in your car that can be seen by a passerby. And when it comes to credit cards, be sure you only use it online and in person with sources you trust. But because every cell phone is also a camera and it's easy for the person in line next to you to snap a photo of your card or to have the waiter at a restaurant take a picture of your card, you should make sure you're protected. So make certain that your credit card company covers 100% of charges made by an unauthorized person. For more advice, visit

NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to great spring reads-novels, memoir, poems and more! You'll want to raise a glass of something - one of these books is full of ideas for what you can put in that glass. The books she showed us this morning include:
And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
Ignorance by Michele Roberts
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart
PMS: Poem, Memoir, Story Edited by Kerry Madden

GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss carrots. She discussed the extra colorful ones that have distinct carrot flavor different from the store bought. These go great with meals and are wonderful in soups, roasted, steamed, or zapped in the microwave. The varieties are: Atomic Red, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White, & Solar Yellow. She shows us pictures of several types, too. 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

EVERY DROP - April is Earth Month and that brings one of the best parties in town - Every Drop - which benefits the Cahaba River Society. Every Drop was named "2012 Best Charity Event" in Birmingham Magazine! The Cahaba River is the biggest source of fresh drinking water in the city of Birmingham. Every Drop is Thursday night from 5:30-9pm at Architecture Works which is located at 130 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233. There will be Swag Bags for the first 100 guests as well as a huge silent auction. There will be music by Feather Canyon and DJ Rashid. Presale tickets are still available for $20 at any Richard Joseph SalonSpa location (English Village, Inverness Village, Belk Riverchase Galleria, and Belk Brookwood Village). Tickets will be sold for $25 per person at the door of the event. For more information, visit

- The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is hosting thousands of Tennis Festivals designed to showcase the fun and excitement of playing tennis, as well as sharing with parents the benefits of involving their children in the sport. Tennis Festivals welcome the whole family to play tennis at all skill levels. Parents and children are encouraged to participate and experience first-hand the way in which tennis is now sized right for their kid's age and ability. The Tennis Festival efforts coincide with "Tennis Night in America" which was on March 4th at New York's Madison Square Garden. A variety of organizers including clubs, after-school programs, parks and recreation, Community Tennis Associations and others will host a Tennis Festival as part of the USTA's effort to introduce tennis to parents and children throughout the country. To find more information about Tennis Festivals in general, visit Birmingham hosted a Tennis Festival from K-2nd Graders last month and this weekend is the 10 and Under Tennis Festival at Birmingham-Southern College Tennis Courts (900 Arkadelphia Road) on Saturday from 9:30-11am. For more information and to register, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh gets ready for the Heart Walk with a mini-triathalon! Join us to watch him compete and see who wins! We told you about the final four in the bar-b-q contest.... The local finalist joins us live on Good Day tomorrow with some bbq tips and to let you know how to vote for your favorite! The heart doctor joins us to take your questions! And Jon Culver joins us with some gardening advice! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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