Good Day Alabama: July 22, 2015 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Jeh Jeh previews 'Function at the Junction' fun

Ring-tailed lemurs joined us this morning. (Souce: WBRC video) Ring-tailed lemurs joined us this morning. (Souce: WBRC video)

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

ASK THE PET DOCTOR - Dr. Jerome Williams from Red Mountain Animal Clinic takes viewer questions about their pets. For more information, call 205-326-8080 or visit redmountainanimalclinic.com.

FUNCTION AT THE JUNCTION - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Erskine Hawkins Park in Ensley on the corner of 19th Street Ensley and Ensley Avenue. That's where the 27th Annual festival will be held from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on July 28. It is the highlight of the Ensley community, as it brings music, games, vendors and more to Erskine Hawkins Park. Named after Hawkins' famed tune "Tuxedo Junction," the festival celebrates all things southern: family, food and some thigh-slapping good music. It seems only fitting that the festival be held in the park across from where Hawkins composed one his most famous pieces. Organizers expect 8,000 to 9,000 people this year. The pride has returned as Function in the Junction hosts new bands each year as a means of introducing the area to fresh talent. Community members can look forward to gospel, religious, blues and jazz melodies. There will be free health screenings from Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. If you're a local student, you have the chance to grow your mind with scholarship drawings. Committee members have even arranged for voter registration tables. If those possibilities aren't enough of a draw, sidewalks will be lined with vendors anxious to display their goods. There will be food, crafts, clothing and artists. For some, the festival is the best way to draw money into the community. Grab your family, sunglasses and hat and make your way to the corner of 19th Ensley and Ensley Avenue for a day that's sure to be a highlight of your summer. The neighborhood parade starts at 10 a.m. with music filling the park by 11 a.m. Stay all day for fun and games or arrive before twilight for a night that speaks to reminds you of why it's great to be a Southerner.   

HOOVER REC CELEBRATION - Celebrate Member Appreciation Week and the Hoover Recreation Center's 23rd birthday! There will be free fruit and granola Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday morning, the Rec Center will have free Krispy Kreme donuts and free birthday cake at lunch. Field & Stream will be there on Friday from 7 a.m.to 9 a.m. promoting its newest location in Hoover! Check out the Open House on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It is a great opportunity to bring your family and friends to the Recreation Center to try it out.

ZOO CREW - Mickey visits with Bonnie Fisher from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Ring Tailed Lemurs. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.

GARDENING - Aldridge Gardens' Executive Director Rip Weaver and Educational Coordinator Audrey Ann Wilson join us this morning. They discuss the Mosaic Memory Flower Pot Workshop scheduled for August 24 and 25 and how to prune hydrangeas. The Mosaic Memory Flower Pot Workshop is August 24 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. Participants are encouraged to bring old jewelry, grandma's broken vintage china, coins, keys, beads, etc. to commemorate your special occasion into your own mosaic 10-inch flower pot. During the first session on August 24 attendees will learn technique, design, and begin application. The second session, the following night, will allow participants to grout and finish their project. A few tiles, grout, materials, and handouts will be provided, but participants should bring their own mementos and tiles for personal design. Please do not bring glass. Everyone is encouraged to wear a work shirt, and bring a pen and tile nippers - available at craft stores for about $12. The cost is $42 members and $50 non members and the class is limited to 12 people.  Rip showed us how to properly trim hydrangeas. He said the most important part is to snip it and not leave a nub of the branch. He says although it is not critical to do so, removing spent blooms encourages buds to form for next year. For more information, visit aldridgegardens.com/.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh makes math and science fun! He shows us a great camp for kids to get them excited, too! Have a student headed off to college? We show you some great pointers to get it organized! We introduce you to our Pet of the Week!  Join us for your latest entertainment news and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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