Good Day Alabama: Feb. 17, 2016

Good Day Alabama: Feb. 17, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Jess Durante from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Red River Hogs. For more information, visit

JEH JEH LIVE - February is Black History Month. In celebration, Jeh Jeh catches up with some choirs this month for special music. Today he joined us from Miles College. The Miles College Choir is a large Choral group of men and women from across the nation. Fully supported by the president, the visionary leader Dr. George T. French, Jr,.  This choir exudes the message of Culture, Class and Civility through many genres of music. They have performed Internationally and in such prestigious events as The Festival of Spirituals and the National HBCU Gospel Competition. They were the Featured Choir for the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement Celebration and recently performed with Big Sean at the UNCF Evening of Stars Program. This choir continues to mesmerize audiences across the nation with its unique musical sound. The Miles College Choir consists of more than 100 voices. Out of this group, we present a selected group of singers known as, "The Golden Voices." The "Golden Voices is under the leadership of the Dean of Chapel/Vice-President of Student Life and Engagement, The Reverend Larry Batie. Recently, the Choir performed for the Congressional Black Caucus Breakfast in Washington D. C.

TAX HOTLINE - Filed your taxes yet? Beth Arnett with Humphryes & Arnett, P.C. joined us with some advice! She recommends you organize your records for tax time, itemize your tax deductions, don't shy away from a home office tax deduction, provide dependent taxpayer IDs on your tax return, file and pay on time, file electronically, & decide if you need help. She also reminded us about nine things you didn't know were deductions - sale taxes, health insurance premiums, tax savings for teacher, charitable gifts, paying the babysitter, lifetime learning, unusual business expenses, looking for work, and self-employed Social Security. If you have questions about any of this or something else to do with your taxes, tune into WBRC FOX6 tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. while experts are on hand to take your questions for free!

UNTANGLED - Dr. Lisa Damour, director of the internationally renowned Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, psychotherapist exclusively for teenage girls, and regular columnist for the New York Times "Motherlode" explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and let's parents know when it's time to worry. Most parents have been warned about the stress of raising a teen girl: the friction with friends, the rush of emotions, the stinging rudeness followed by sweet affection. But their daughter's teenage years don't have to feel like a tangled mess for them or for their girl. There is a predictable pattern to how girls develop, a blueprint for adolescent growth that – until now – has never been fully explained. UNTANGLED: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, Ph.D., explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and lets parents know when it's time to worry. In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions. Dr. Damour helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

GARDENING - Fred Spicer with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens joined us to discuss what's going on at the gardens these days. He discussed what's blooming at The Gardens right now including Asian Magnolias, Camellias, Fringe Flowers, Lenten Roses, Mahonias, Pansies, Quinces, and Winter Annuals. He also discussed the Annual Plant Sale that will be April 15-17 at Brookwood Village. Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale features over 100,000 plants, most of which have been nurtured by volunteers at The Gardens. This sale allows a unique opportunity, providing expert knowledge on the plants and by offering unique plants difficult to find in ordinary garden centers. And your purchase helps The Gardens reach its educational goals. The Spring Plant Sale furthers The Gardens' mission of promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment while providing consumers seasonally appropriate planting advice from experts and satisfaction from supporting a worthwhile cause with each purchase. For complete details, visit The Annual Plant Dig is Saturday, February 27 from 8am-1pm at the New Georgia Landfill (2800 Lewisburg Rd.) and is hosted by Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission, Horticulture, Urban Forestry, and Public Works. The Plant Dig Orientation is this Saturday from 8-10am at the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham, AL 35226) and is hosted by Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Keep Birmingham Beautiful Commission. Master gardeners will be present to answer questions. The is no charge & the public is invited to training and the dig. For more information, call (205) 414-3900 or (205) 781-0598.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, get ready for some dancing! Some great performances coming soon to a theater near you and we check them out! Get a jump start on springing cleaning with a quick DIY step to get you organized! We show you how! We continue to learn about preventing heart disease during Heart Health month! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!