WOODLAWN - We talked with co-director Andy Erwin and actor Sean Astin this morning about the new movie – "Woodlawn." Executive produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, "WOODLAWN THE TRUE STORY" explores how the a struggling, racially torn team was brought together in the spirit of love and unity, leading to the record-shattering Banks vs. Woodlawn football game at Legion Field in November 1974. It's the story of Tony Nathan - a gifted high school football player who must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. Sean Astin stars as Hank alongside Jon Voight, C. Thomas Howell, Sherri Shepherd, and newcomer Caleb Castille as "Tony Nathan." "WOODLAWN" hits theaters tomorrow. For more on the movie, visit woodlawnmovie.com.
PET OF THE WEEK - Deborah Morris from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. His name is Hansel. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org.
GOURD FESTIVAL - Lynn Marino, gourd artist, joined us with the scoop on the Alabama Gourd Show. It is this weekend at the Cullman Civic Center. Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. It runs Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Alabama Gourd Show is a great place to buy a unique gift for that special someone on your list. There are also plenty of raw gourds, supplies, and tools for purchases. Children can decorate their own little gourd to take home with them, absolutely free. Learn something new as gourd artists demonstrate their gourd art techniques or take a class from an experienced gourd artist. For more info about the 17th Annual Alabama Gourd Show, visit alabamagourdsociety.org/html/2015_show.html.
JEH JEH LIVE - The Fall Community Showcase is a new home community tour, highlighting features from swimming pools and neighborhood parks to clubhouses and golf courses. In addition to visiting the communities, guests will enjoy seeing the alluring new homes open during the two-weekend event. The Showcase Home will be open from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday and is FREE to tour! Re/Max First Choice Realtors will be on hand to answer any questions you have. The Showcase Home is located at 404 Grey Oaks Drive, Pelham, AL 35124. The home is built by GBAHB member Jack Donovan of Donovan Builders, LLC and is located in the Grey Oaks Community in Pelham. The Showcase is a great way for homebuyers and dreamers alike to see firsthand the benefits of living in a new home community. This event will be highlighting features from swimming pools and neighborhood parks to clubhouses and golf courses. And with new home sales on the rise, the Showcase provides an opportunity for prospective homebuyers to connect with the builders. Grey Oaks is nestled in a valley with stunning views of Oak Mountain and is surrounded by hills and trees. Residents have the best of both worlds with convenient access to Highway 280 and I-65. For more information, visit birminghambuilder.com/events/fall-community-showcase/showcase-home.
PETE THE CAT - In a new addition to the New York Times bestselling "PETE THE CAT" picture books, no one makes bedtime as groovy as Pete the Cat! Pete the Cat and his friends are having so much fun playing and surfing in the sun, they don't want the day to end. Pete has an idea—how about a sleepover? Groovy! As the night gets later, it's time for bed. This cool cat needs to catch some ZZZs, but Pete's friends aren't ready to go to sleep just yet. Then Pete has another idea. . . . Will it work? The "PETE THE CAT" series has sold more than 11 million copies, has been translated into 15 different languages and has spent more than 200 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. With fun illustrations and catchy rhymes on every page, "PETE THE CAT AND THE BEDTIME BLUES" is a read-aloud that young readers will want to recite every night! For more information, visit petethecat.com.
HEALTH DEPT - Dr. Mark Wilson with the Jefferson County Health Department and Dr. Mona Fouad, Professor and Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB, joined us to discuss the REACH Program. Birmingham REACH for Better Health is a local coalition of academic, county, and non-profit organizations working to offer better food choices and fitness opportunities for our neighbors in North & South Avondale and Kingston. Health starts where we live, learn, work, and play. Birmingham has many issues with chronic disease, particularly obesity. Statistics show that African-Americans are at a higher risk for chronic diseases. Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity are key factors driving these statistics. Many neighborhoods in Jefferson County live in food deserts where there is limited/no access to healthy food. As a state, Alabama is 4th in the country for being physically inactive. Jefferson County is 8% less active than the national average. REACH helps those in North and South Avondale and Kingston make healthier food choices. Working with REV Birmingham's Urban Food Project, it promotes the availability of farm fresh produce at local corner stores such as Munchie's in Avondale & 10th Avenue Deli in Kingston. It also helps the communities move more, with free exercise classes at local YMCA branches and at Avondale and Stockham Parks and encourage them to explore the city's open spaces on the Red Rock Trails. For more information visit reachforbetterhealth.com.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, comedian Huggy Lowdown joins us with some laugh! Kane Holder, the actor behind the popular character Jason, comes to town and drops by the studio! Jeh Jeh gets us pumped up for some football with a pep rally in Helena! Clare laces up her shoes and gets ready for the Race for the Cure! We turn to our Hollywood Publicist for the latest celebrity news! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!