Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
LIVING RIVER - The Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley wanted to continue the tradition from two other retreat centers in the region with the new Living River: A Retreat on the Cahaba. But it wanted to create a camp and retreat center in a larger and more central location with updated facilities, better access for the disabled, and the capacity to host larger and more diverse groups. Living River is located on the Cahaba River near Montevallo. A Board of Directors was appointed by Presbytery Council and Living River became a 501c3 non-profit organization associated with the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. After years of fundraising, developing site infrastructure and constructing facilities, Living River opens this weekend. For directions and more information, visit livingriver.org.
CAR SERVICE & REPAIR - Any driver can relate to the anxiety that occurs when their "check engine" light comes on. That little, bright light can flood the mind with visions of your car dying, to paying for expensive repairs that will sting the wallet. Drivers spend an average of $855 per year on maintaining their car, and that cost is increasing as the average vehicle age on the road continues to creep up. With 1 in 3 drivers distrusting the prices given by mechanics, those thoughts are completely fair. Cars.com is making it their mission to stop drivers from associating the words "expensive" and "stressful" with servicing their vehicles. National automotive expert, author and race car driver, Barbara Terry discussed car care and introduces the innovative "Service & Repair" feature that aims to build trust and confidence, save money and restore the sanity of America's car owners by bringing more transparency to the service lane.
IDOL CHAT - Mike and Janice talked with Madison from 102.5 the Bull about last night's performances on American Idol. The contestants sang two songs with the theme as "stadium anthems." All six contestants performed and fans got to save one of the bottom two contestants with a five minute text vote campaign. Quentin and Rayvon ended up in the bottom two. Fans voted and Rayvon won. He stays in the competition and Quentin heads home. Tune in again next Wednesday at 7pm to find out who makes it through to the next round!
JEH JEH LIVE - The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is this week - April 24 - 26 - at the world-famous Barber Motorsports Park. Tickets start as low as $15! Visit barbermotorsports.com for race weekend information. Children 12 under admitted FREE with a ticketed adult courtesy of Alabama Power. It features the fastest drivers in the world such as Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal - son of legendary Bobby Rahal, Marco Andretti, Will Power, Scott Dixon, and Ryan Hunter-Reay - Indy 500 winner and two-time Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama champion, and more! The Grand Marshal is WBC World Heavyweight Champion & U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder. American country music singer Drake White will sing National Anthem. The weekend includes more racing, more off-track attractions, and more fun than ever before! The races featured throughout the weekend include the IndyCar Series, Indy Lights 100 presented by Legacy Credit Union, Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Series, Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires, and USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. There is free on-site parking on Friday and Saturday and free off-site parking for Sunday at The Outlet Shops of Grand River with short shuttle ride to and from the track. CM's Trackside Tavern, premier hospitality located on-site including food from Golden Rule BBQ, La Paz, PT's of Soho, Michal's Restaurants, complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks and more!
OUR HOUSE - Meredith Jones showed us how to install decorative moulding for a special room in your home with a simple step... using picture frames. The idea is to use pre-fab picture frames for the decorative moulding instead of having to measure and cut each piece of moulding individually. It basically involves nothing but the frames, finish nails, hammer, wood putty and paint. She says you'll need white picture frames - as many as needed and whatever size desired, a hammer, finish nails, caulk, wood putty, and medium sand paper. She recommends:
1. Nail the picture frame to the drywall with the finish nails and hammer
2. Fill in the nail holes with the wood putty
3. Sand any roughness away with a medium grit sandpaper.
4. Caulk around the edge of the picture frame and drywall.
5. Let it dry then paint
PET OF THE WEEK - Mary Grace Wilson and Katie Shaddix from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Blue. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
COOKING - Uptown Entertainment District, the vibrant downtown area adjacent to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex will host its second annual "Eat UP: A Taste of Uptown" event on Thursday, May 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The closed-street event will feature food samples from each of Uptown's seven restaurants: Bottle & Bone, Cantina Laredo, Mugshots Grill & Bar, Octane Coffee + Bar, Texas de Brazil, The Southern Kitchen + Bar and Todd English P.U.B. The event is a follow-up to last year's Uptown grand opening event, for which the tickets sold out in two days. This year's tickets go on sale Friday, April 24, with a portion of the $25 ticket price to benefit Sidewalk Film Festival. Tickets to this year's "Eat Up: A Taste of Uptown can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jack Hanna joins us in the studio with some of his favorite animals! Jeh Jeh takes us back to the track for the Honda Indy Grand Prix to catch up with drivers and more gearing up for a weekend of competition! We celebrate bar-b-q in the south all year round... and we get some pointers from some of the best tomorrow! Our Savvy Shopper joins us with some great deals to save you money this weekend! Plus we check out the latest movies hitting the big screen and your latest business headlines. Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!