Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 10, 2013:
DUBBERLY RACING - It's called the Exotic Driving Experience. It's run by the same folks at the Richard Petty Driving Experience where people pay to drive a stock car. The new twist? You get to drive exotic sports cars like, Ferrari's and Lambhorghini's. These exotic machines range in price from $100,000 to over 300-hundred thousand dollars, with the ferrari 458 having the most juice at 562-horsepower, taking you zero to 60 in 2.9-seconds. You get an instructor to kind of show you the ropes... The top speed they'll actually let you hit on this short course is 120-miles per hour.
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS - Many students and families are familiar with the idea of having both "safety" and "reach" schools on their college list, but research underscores how critical it is for every student to apply to more than one college or university. Studies show that by increasing the number of college applications a student submits from just one to two, it strengthens the probability of enrolling in a four-year college by 40 percent. Research also shows that by increasing college applications from two to three strengthens the chance students will enroll by another 10 percent. Current research suggests there are thousands of high-achieving, low-income students that don't pursue college because they don't apply to enough schools, or to schools that don't fit their true academic potential. That's why it's critical for incoming high school seniors to get started building a comprehensive college list in July & August to get a solid head start going into the fall application season. The College Board's James Montoya is a former dean of admission at Stanford University who has counseled thousands of families about the college admission process. He explained how to tailor a college application list to optimize a student's chances for getting into schools that are right for them. He provided tips on what high school seniors can do to help them get started in choosing a college, and discussed how to use SAT scores a guide, the importance of going on campus tours and important factors to keep in mind like tuition and application fees.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Dan Self from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the International Festival and the Japanese Pond Turtle. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
RMTC 42ND STREET - Red Mountain Theatre Company's (RMTC) Professional Series brings the Broadway classic 42nd Street to life July 11-August 4, 2013, at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (800 19th Street North). 42nd Street is a big, bold tap-dancing musical, set in 1933, that celebrates the stuff dreams are made of. This is the story of hard work, talent, love and being in the right place at the right time. A celebration of Broadway and the people who live it, 42nd Street takes you on a journey with aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer with musical hits like "We're in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "42nd Street." With sparkling dance numbers and old-fashioned romance, this toe-tapping classic has something for everyone. RMTC's 42nd Street stars Celeste Burnum, Ronald A. Dauphinee, Kristin Staskowski, John Ambrose, Don Everett Garrett, Kevin Metzger, Howard Green, along with Nicole Lamb as "Peggy Sawyer," Dale Serrano, Jr. as "Andy Lee," and Cecil E. Washington as "Julian Marsh." 42nd Street is a family-friendly production and appropriate for all ages (G). Show times are Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 PM, and Saturday-Sunday, 2:00 PM. Tickets range between $30 to $40 and can be purchased by calling 205-324-2424 or visiting www.redmountaintheatre.org.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Julie Taylor is an OB/GYN at St. Vincent's East. She joined us to take viewer questions about obstetrics and gynecology.
GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear discusses backyard composting. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions! Bethany says start composting to make the most of your leaves, grass clippings and other yard wastes. Composting is simply the acceleration of the natural process of decomposition. A process that could take years to occur in nature is compressed into a period of months, and in some cases, even weeks in the yard or garden. The key to successful composting is maintaining the proper balance of all components involved.
• Water - 40 to 60 percent is the ideal moisture content range of the compost pile. When squeezed, the compost should be moist, but not dripping wet. Too much moisture results in a slowing of the decomposition process.
• Carbon and Nitrogen - the ratio of carbon (plant residues) to nitrogen (manures, kitchen scraps, fertilizers) is very important. The optimum ratio of carbon to nitrogen is about 30:1. Too little nitrogen results in reduced microorganism numbers, causing a slowdown in the decomposition process. Too much nitrogen rapidly increases microorganism growth, therefore speeding up decomposition, but can result in oxygen depletion and foul odors.
• Temperature - as decomposition occurs, heat is generated. In moderation, heat is beneficial because it destroys many disease organisms and weed seed. However, temperatures above 140°F create an unsuitable environment for the microorganisms, and they begin to die. Overheating can be prevented by turning the pile when temperatures begin to exceed recommended levels.
Beginning your compost pile is not difficult - it simply requires following a few fairly easy, but very important steps.
A successful compost pile is constructed of alternating layers of yard wastes, a source of nitrogen (if required), and soil or finished compost, which provides an inoculation of beneficial microorganisms.
You should start with a 6 inch base layer, consisting of coarse material, such as twigs or small branches.
Then add a 6 to 8 inch layer of leaves or grass clippings.
One note - other materials, such as wood chips, can be used in the place of leaves or grass clippings, but require the addition of fertilizer or manure to maintain the proper carbon to nitrogen ratio.
The final layer should consist of 1 to 2 inches of soil or finished compost.
Continue this layering pattern, omitting the base of coarse material, until the desired size is reached.
To achieve the proper internal temperature, a compost pile should be 3 to 4 feet tall. The width of the pile can vary, but should be a size that can be easily managed, generally 3 to 4 feet.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama... get fit with NFL star Kerry Rhodes. He returns to his home state to help us get fit and he joins us in the studio to explain how you can get involved! The rain delayed the Trussville Cityfest this Spring... but rain or shine, you can catch all the fun this weekend! We tell you all about it! Want an inexpensive way to update your kitchen or bathroom? We show you how to change out the hardware on your cabinets and even how to paint it! Plus, our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.