Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE- Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Alys Stephens Center to tell us all about the Magic Chromacity, a creative collaboration to celebrate UAB's Cultural Corridor. Presented by the UAB Department of Art and Art History, Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder created the huge fabric artworks, with help from the Birmingham sewing community. They are created from donated & recycled fabric. The works will adorn the Alys Stephens Center and the College of Arts & Sciences' Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. For more information, visit http://www.uab.edu/news/experiencing-the-arts/item/5087-uab-celebrates-cultural-corridor-with-magic-chromacity-aug-28-sept-5. UAB presents "Magic Chromacity" with a free lecture at 6pm on August 28th. There is a free reception from 5-7:30pm on August 29th at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. And the project will be on view from August 28th until September 5th at the corner of 13th Street & 10th Avenue South. For more information, visit www.uab.edu/cas/art.
BARON'S FIESTA NIGHT- Fiesta Con Los Barons is tonight at Regions Field. Matt Ennis, president of the board of Fiesta, joined us this morning. McDonald's has played a huge role in the success of Fiesta this year as the presenting sponsor. As a thank you, Santiago Negre, Owner of McDonald's, was invited to throw out the first pitch at 7:05pm as the Birmingham Barons take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Pre-game festivities include La Presentación de las Bandaras as baseball lovers are introduced to 21 Hispanic and Latino countries through a parade of flags representing each country. FIESTA presented by McDonald's is set for Saturaday, September 27 at Linn Park. Tickets for FIESTA will be available at the Barons game for $5 or online at Fiesta Birmingham dot com. FIESTA is a non-profit organization that raises scholarships for Hispanic students across the state. FIESTA will be sharing different aspects of the Hispanic Culture to attendees through food from Cantina; Spanish translation in the third inning;
SWAG and additional information on hand about FIESTA from Home Depot, Coca-Cola and McDonald's', and a special mascot race with the Baron's favorite Taco, Hot Dog and Chef will compete against Home Depot's Homer and Ronald McDonald for the title.
BEST BUYS IN SEPTEMBER- Labor Day weekend is upon us and it seems that you can get a good deal on almost anything. But, the sales may not be as good as they seem to be. Consumer Reports Editor Mandy Walker joined us to tell us where we will find the biggest bargains now and throughout the month of September. She says you can find heavy discounts on cars as new models roll out soon and lots of home improvement products such as paint, cordless drills, and other power tools. Be aware of mattress blowout sales can be deceiving; retailers often issue huge markups that make "50%" off sound better than it really is. Consumer Reports says there are severa other home items you can score for less throughout September such as gas grills, lawn mowers, shrubs, trees, perennials, and snow blowers. With the peak of the travel season coming to an end, prices will drop on airfare, hotel, theme parks – and luggage too. Monday & Tuesday are usually the best days to buy airfare. Airfare & hotels to Hawaii may be up to 40% off in September. Hotels in the Mediterranean slash prices in late September. And if you're planning ahead, it's a good time to grab great deals on dining wear if you're entertaining and holiday gift items such as bikes, digital cameras, and small ectronics and dining wear if you're entertaining.
JILL @ MCWANE - FOX6 Meteorologist Jill Gilardi joined us with her latest adventure. She says there are fun things to do for older kids and even adults at the McWane Science Center. One of those things is being an Aquarist for a day. They're the people that take care of all of the marine life at the Center. She took us behind the scenes and showed us how it all works. The program runs Mondays through Wednesdays from 8am to noon. It's 150 dollars for non-members, 125 for members and it makes a good gift. For more information, visit mcwane.org.
OUR HOUSE - Meredith Jones from Jones-Warren Construction joined us with some ideas for Instant Curb Appeal: Outdoor lighting for your home. She focused on different solar options that won't increase your power bill! This is the least expensive method and is especially easy if you don't already have electricity run to the areas that you want to install lights. She showed us a set of walkway lights, a flood/spot light and a solar light that would be installed on the house. She explained how they work and the settings on the lights. She says lighting is an easy and inexpensive way to dress up the curb appeal of your home. The first light is a walkway solar light kit. The great thing about solar lights are that you don't have to worry about running electricity to them, they are environmentally friendly and are very easy to put together. These types of lights generally have 1-2 triple-A batteries that are charged by the sunlight and the bulbs are LED. You can set the lights to run for 6 or 10 hours. This particular walkway light set can either be set on a stake or set to hang off a light post. It is a little more expensive since it has the dual option but most can be bought for $4-6 dollar per light. There are even more creative lights for your walkway—some are butterflies, frogs, you name it.
TUSCALOOSA TO UGANDA - Over the past month, Britton Lynn has been showing us how Birmingham based nonprofit, UnAdopted, serves in Uganda. In her last story in the series this morning, she showed us how a Tuscaloosa man brought internet to an African village and rescued a school of children-- all without ever taking a day off work. She introduced us to computer engineer John Godwin and his trip to Africa to make a difference. For more information, visit http://unadopted.org/.
PET OF THE WEEK- Mary Ellen Capps with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Mickey. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call (205) 942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we get your weekend started with some laughs! Comedian Bruce Bruce joins us in the studio! Jeh Jeh gets us fired up for high school football with a pep rally! And we get you ready for the big college football games this weekend with some tailgating, new college gear for your favorite teams, and a breakdown from the experts! And if you enjoy professional football, we bring you up to speed on how to create the best fantasy football team and beat your co-workers and friends! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!