Good Day Alabama: Jan. 28, 2016

Good Day Alabama: Jan. 28, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS comes to Birmingham with performances today through Sunday at Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS start at $15.00. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For group rates and information, call 256-533-1953. For more information, visit Ringling.com.

PET OF THE WEEK - Courtney Underwood with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Buddy. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit gbhs.org. She also told us about the fifth annual Jazz Cat Ball which will be held on Friday, February 5 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Guests will enjoy a seated dinner, live music from the Party Crashers, ritzy casino games and both live and silent auctions. As the largest annual fundraiser for the GBHS, proceeds from the Jazz Cat Ball are vital to providing services such as healthcare, shelter, food and socialization for the thousands of homeless, abused and neglected animals, as well as assistance to continue the GBHS' externship program for fourth year students from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, visit gbhs.org/events/2016-jazz-cat-ball/.

CHALLENGER 30TH ANNIVERSARY - Sophia Clifford was a science teacher at Erwin High School when the thrill of a lifetime happened. Clifford and another Alabama teacher, Pam Baugh, were chosen for the NASA teacher in space project.  It was more than a photo op.. it turned out to be rigorous training. Only one teacher would be chosen for the shuttle flight, Christa McAuliffe. Christa was in Washington at the same time as Sophia. They seemed to hit it off. Christa even sent her a postcard talking about the upcoming Challenger launch in January.  And then the unthinkable on that January morning in 1986. Challenger exploded killing everyone on board. Clifford reflected on the experience, the space program, McAuliffe, and more this morning with Sarah.

SHELBIE Z ON AMERICAN IDOL - Shelbie Z is from Sumiton. The 23-year-old hairdresser auditioned in Denver. She got a golden ticket and got to go to Hollywood Week on American Idol. She joined us to tell us about the experience.

VULCAN WEDDINGS - Morgan Berney - Director of Marketing & PR - for Vulcan Park joined us with the scoop on how you can say "I do" or renew your vows at Birmingham's iconic cast-iron landmark this Valentine's Day 2016. Valentine's Day may be a few months away, but Vulcan has already seen signs of Cupid's arrow atop Red Mountain. Vulcan® Park and Museum is once again offering couples the chance to marry or renew their vows on the most romantic day of the year with Vulcan as their witness. "I Do With A View" offers one Sunset Package and 13 Daytime Wedding Ceremony Packages that are now available for purchase at Birmingham's iconic cast-iron landmark. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis and require full payment at the time of purchase. All ceremonies will take place on Sunday, February 14 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more package details or to make a reservation, log on to visitvulcan.com or call 205.933.1409 x.31.

FREE TAX HELP - Impact Alabama's annual free tax preparation services for working families will be available at five locations in the Birmingham area – Bessemer, Roebuck, Smithfield, West End, and Woodlawn. Begun on January 14th, the nonprofit's SaveFirst initiative provide free income tax preparation services to working families making up to $52,000/year with kids in the home or $20,000/year without kids in the home. Interested individuals should call 1-888-99-TAX-AL for a free appointment. The tax preparation service is aimed at assisting families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC is the federal government's largest and most successful antipoverty program for low-income, working families. However, each year, about 75 percent of Birmingham's EITC recipients pay an average of $200 each simply to access this benefit. More than 35,000 families in the City of Birmingham claim over $90 million through the federal EITC each year. However, these same families lose millions to commercial tax preparers through preparation fees. Alabama residents interested in scheduling a free tax preparation appointment should call 1-888-99-TAX-AL. Taxes are prepared by IRScertifie volunteers from UAB, Birmingham-Southern, Samford, Lawson State, and UA. Daytime, evening, and Saturday hours are available at five sites in Jefferson County. The sites include:
- Birmingham Public Libraries, Smithfield Branch (#1 - 8th Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204)
- Birmingham Public Libraries, West End Branch (1348 Tuscaloosa Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211)
- Birmingham Public Libraries, Woodlawn Branch (5709 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212)
- Springville Road Library - Roebuck (1224 Old Springville Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215)
- Bessemer Public Library (400 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020)

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, comedian Henry Cho joins us with some laughs! We check out the best lines of the night from the Republican Debate. Ready for the live performance of Grease this weekend? We get the scoop and get you ready to watch and sing along! Winter Restaurant Week continues for a few more days and we check out more of the delicious food you can find for some great deals! Plus we check up on your business and entertainment headlines! Join us for this and much more tomorrow!