Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
JEH JEH LIVE - SliceFest 2015 is set for this Saturday, June 6 with record crowds expected! In 2012, Slice Pizza & Brew celebrated its first anniversary with a block party to thank the Birmingham community for their support. This annual event has grown to a full-blown festival bringing in local and regional music talent paired with local craft beer and specialty pizzas. SliceFest 2013 and 2014 welcomed SOLD OUT crowds of attendees, not only from the Birmingham community, but from around the Southeast. Patrons enjoyed the tastes and flavors of some of the best craft beers around while paired with the newest decedent pizza creations. SliceFest brings the community together in a family friendly, one-day event to celebrate through local fare, local brew and both local and nationally celebrated music and entertainment. SliceFest 2015 delivers fun family activities for all ages from 9am to 4 pm, followed by a full lineup of musical artists playing sets throughout the evening. This year's activities include the inaugural Slicefest 8 Slice 8K and Pizza Pace for children. Participants can register for $25 or purchase a package that includes race registration and a SliceFest general admission ticket for $45. Each race registrant receives a tech style t-shirt, a race bib with timing chip, and a post-race slice of pizza and a beverage. General Admission tickets to SliceFest are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Community is what SliceFest is all about. Not just a celebration of those that support Slice Pizza & Brew, but a way to continuously give back to the community. This year SliceFest benefits Make-a-Wish and Suki Foundation. Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world with 61 chapters in the U.S. and its territories granting more than 14,000 wishes per year. For more information about the organization's presence in Alabama visit www.alabama.wish.org. SUKI Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created by Brian & Marie Bateh, in honor of their daughter Sarah Katherine Bateh, affectionately known as Suki, following her diagnosis of Rett Syndrome at age two. In efforts to raise awareness and assist children in reaching their potential through early intervention services, SUKI Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected with Rett Syndrome and other neurological disorders. With early detection and diagnosis, the life of a child with Rett Syndrome can greatly be improved. For tickets or more information, visit slicefest.com.
WHERE IS THE LOVE - Mike talked with Dr. Misty Smith, LPC, from Convenient Therapy about how double dating can help your relationship. She says it can increase your attraction to one another. Even if your relationship is normal "fine," at some point one of you could feel isolated in the relationship so it helps to create a support system. Overlapping friends are also great to help protect your relationship. So how do you find the right couple to hang out with? Dr. Smith recommends you start at work. Be sure you pick the right activity and even try to plan large group activities. And remember, compromise is always key! For more information, you can contact Dr. Smith at 205-529-2731 or visit convenienttherapy.com.
BARGAINOMICS - The Bargainomics Lady Judy Bates joined us with some deals! Judy showed us a shirt she I picked up... It was a $29 Crown and Ivy brand top marked down to $6.98 on a sale rack at Belk. But the day she bought it, Belk was offering an extra 40 percent off, so she paid $4.18. If you'll watch for and wait on the deals, you'll always find great discounts. She let us in on a little secret but made us promise not to tell anyone else. If you've ever wondered how Judy finds thrift stores all over the place, she visits TheThriftShopper.com to see what thrift stores are in the area. Whether she is in Birmingham, Alabama, or Pismo Beach, California, this website points her to all the local thrift stores when she types in the name of the city and select the correct state or just type in a zip code. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, the Alabaster City Fest is happening this Saturday and it's free! There'll be a 5K fun run; a cruise-in car show; arts and crafts; lots of fabulous food; nonstop kids' activities and a KidsFest stage; plus a main stage with entertainment that includes Elvis impersonator Terry Padgett and American Idol's Scotty McCreery. The actions kicks off at 9am and continues well into the night, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen and plan to make a day of it. For more information, visit their website: AlabasterCityFest.com. Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day and Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts is celebrating the day giving a free donut to every customer. Limit 1 per customer and some locations may require the purchase of a drink. This week only, Target.com is offering free shipping on every order, including clearance items like this $9.99 cell phone wristlet clearance priced at $3.98. Find everything Judy mentioned today and more at her website, Bargainomics.com.
OUR HOUSE - Jackie Marchant from Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers joined us with some pointers! Decks truly are wonderful outdoor rooms. Due to living in the south our decks are exposed to many elements whether it be heat, moisture, or even heavy foot traffic; making it imperative that your deck be properly maintained. Properly staining your deck can help maintain its beauty through years of barbecues. Before staining your deck, be sure the wood is dry and free of contaminants. Stain that's applied to damp surfaces won't adhere well and can crack or peel. Clean wood is important. The surface should be free of mildew, stains, dirt, debris, and contaminants. To clean and prep the deck for staining, wash it with Cabot Wood Cleaner; rinse with clean water and let it dry for two to three days. Apply stain when air and wood surface temperatures are between 50-90 degrees. Avoid applying in direct sunlight. Don't apply stain if rain is in the forecast over the next 12-24 hours. Test a small area first and let it dry to make sure you're pleases with the result. If you're covering a large area and using multiple gallons, mix them together to ensure color consistency. There are a variety of wood stains - in a variety of colors and opacities. To apply the stain to your deck, Jackie says natural bristle brushes are the best choice for effectively working the stain into the wood fibers and cells. Start by heavily coating the open end-grain of the boards. Then brush 2-3 boards at a time, from one end to the other in long, smooth strokes. To avoid "lap marks" make sure that the leading edge is kept wet and that wet stain is brushed into wet stain. Jackie says if the stain is still repelling water, it probably doesn't need to be restained. It may just need to be cleaned.
PET OF THE WEEK - Carol Coppock with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Malone. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.