Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
KIDS & JOBS - FOX6 News anchor Steve Crocker and Cedric Sparks, Executive Director of the Birmingham Mayor's office Division of Youth Services, joined us to discuss this year's FOX6 Kids and Jobs Draft. We invited six Birmingham-area businesses to select summer interns from a group of six teenagers recommended by their high schools and selected by DYS. Tune in tonight at 6:30pm right here on FOX6 to meet our students and find out which business they will be paired with for the summer! And if you or a Birmingham teenager you know wants to work this summer, don't forget to submit your application to the DYS office by tomorrow at 5pm if you're 16-21. 14 and 15 year-olds report to Fair Park arena on Saturday. Doors open at 8am, doors close at 9am sharp.
AMERICAN IDOL CHAT - Mike and Janice talked with Rob Conrad from Magic 96.5 about last night's performances on American Idol. The contestants each performed two songs last night. The theme was American Classics. All seven contestants performed and fans got to save one of the bottom two contestants with a five minute text vote campaign. Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen ended up in the bottom two. Fans voted and Rayvon won the save for the third week in a row! He stays in the competition and Joey heads home. Tune in again next Wednesday at 7p-m to find out who makes it through to the next round! And join us tomorrow when we talk with Joey about her American Idol experience!
YOUTHSERVE - YouthServe is a local nonprofit focused on empowering youth leadership through community service. This Saturday is Global Youth Service Day. YouthServe celebrates Global Youth Service Day by partnering with Mitchell's Place for a volunteer project at the school. YouthServe also celebrates Global Youth Service Day by partnering with Hand in Paw for their 5k Mutt Strut. Youth volunteers will help with passing out water and directing/cheering runners and dogs as they finish the run. This event helps Hand in Paw with its mission to improve the health and well-being of children and adults by serving those with physical, emotional, educational, or psychological needs through interactions with professionally-trained Animal-Assisted Therapy Teams. Mitchell's Place has a mission to provide comprehensive, researched-based, educational, social and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities in a deeply caring environment. Youth volunteers will be helping with spring cleaning around the facilities that house their daily and summer programs. Youth, ages 13-18, must register here to attend. Check-in will start at the Mutt Strut at 7am and at Mitchell's Place at 7:30am Saturday morning. All registered youth will receive a waiver in an email for a parent/guardian to sign. This waiver must be brought to the check-in. Call YouthServe at 205-521-6651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
STD AWARENESS - April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. It is also an opportunity to normalize routine STD testing and conversations about sexual health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 20 million new STD Cases are diagnosed each year. Many people were unaware they had an STD until they were tested. Prevention is Key... Encouraging regular STD checkups is one of the reasons the Jefferson County Department of Health will be offering free STD screenings this month. The Jefferson County Department of Health's Sexually Transmitted Disease Program is hosting free STD screenings in observance of STD Awareness Month and we are inviting you to participate. The screening will consist of tests for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis - a blood draw and a urine sample. The event will take place on Thursday, April 30th at the Jefferson County Department of Health in Conference Room A from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m. Results will be available the next week. Anyone testing positive can return to JCDH for treatment at no cost.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Greystone Golf & Country Club - the Legacy Course where the SEC Women's Golf Championship take place this year. It is free and open to the public. Practice rounds begins today at 9am with a shotgun start. The tournament begins tomorrow at 9am with a shotgun start and it gets started on Saturday and Sunday at 8am. All 14 SEC teams battle it out for the championship with the best women golfers in college. Vanderbilt University is the defending champion. For more information, visit secsports.com.
OUR HOUSE - Janice talked with Amanda Leblanc about organization ideas for your car. She says plan ahead so that you can be prepared for all that the season brings. Keep containers with items such as water, sunscreen, bug spray and any other items you might need for a quick outing or unplanned stop at the park on a beautiful day. She also recommends a container for items like swimsuits and towels that you use frequently. She also keeps a laundry basket in her car with handles on it so that as kids get in with wet towels or sports gear that you can take inside the house when you get home rather than leaving it in the car. She also keeps a small trash can in the car to collect trash that she can empty quickly and easily when it gets full. And she also recommends keeping some small games or cards for quick entertainment. For more ideas, visit theamandas.com.
PET OF THE WEEK - Forrest Cortes from the Shelby County Humane Society introduces us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Precious. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org.
CORKS & CHEFS - Make your way to downtown Birmingham's historic Linn Park and settle in for Magic City Art Connection's spring infusion of fresh artistic talent, sights, sounds, tastes and aromas on April 24th-26th. The 32nd annual contemporary art festival presents 220 juried artists from around the country and much more to 20,000 visitors hungry for arts and culture, creativity, entertainment, food, community and fun. Be one of the art curious, art collecting, art newbies and other festival goers perusing the thousands of works on display. All mediums, styles, and price points are represented. On the other side of the art buying experience, much more awaits like the 18th annual Corks and Chefs food and wine tasting event, now with exclusive VIP upgrades and offerings, including the BBVA Compass VIP Experience featuring World's Best Pastry Chef in 2014 awarded by the World's 50 Best Restaurants, Jordi Roca. Plus there's Imagination Festival's 20 interactive art workshops for kids, live music and performances on stage from local talent, large scale art installations by emerging student artists, special exhibitions right across the street at the Birmingham Museum of Art, a Lincoln Luxury test-drive opportunity with complimentary gifts, lingering with friends at one of the festival lounges, and eating all day at the Park Place Café. This year there is a small entry fee for the park of $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in for free. General admission for Corks & Chefs is $35 in advance, $75 for VIP tickets on Saturday in advance, and $125 in advance for Sunday VIP tickets. For more information, call 205-595-6306 or visit MagicCityArt.com.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh takes us to the Decorators Showhouse for some great new ideas you can incorporate in your own home! Joey Cook heads home on American Idol. We talk with her about her experience and plans for the future! A fun weekend planned in Irondale... we bring you the scoop on the Irondale Spring Fest. Comedian Carlos Mencia drops by while he's in town to bring us a few laughs! Mickey's buddies from the Birmingham Zoo drop by for a visit, too! And we check out new movies hitting the big screen this weekend! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!