JEH JEH LIVE - Suits 4 Success seeks clothing donations for My Sister's Closet April 4-8 – Ladies, it's time to put your gently used business clothes to work for others. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Commission on the Status of Women seeks donations of gently used clothing from April 4-8 for My Sister's Closet, an outreach program of the YWCA of Central Alabama. To participate in UAB's Suits 4 Success drive, donors may drop off their tax-deductible donations of clean suits, jackets, skirts, shirts and dresses, as well as casual pants, formal prom dresses, shoes, handbags, accessories and toiletries. Donations may be brought to the John N. Whitaker Building, 500 22nd St. South, from 7-10 a.m. each day, or drop off at the UAB Administration Building, College of Arts and Sciences' Heritage Hall, Campbell Hall, Collat School of Business and School of Engineering Complex, Humanities Building, and the schools of Nursing, Public Health, Education and Health Professions. This is the 10th consecutive year for Suits 4 Success. My Sister's Closet provides clothes for women interviewing for or holding jobs and supports them until they can provide for themselves. Last year, the drive provided a total of 63 boxes with an estimated weight of 1.5 tons. My Sister's Closet awarded 8,834 clothing items free of charge to 1,140 people and provided 171 prom dresses to girls in need. Many of those items came from UAB donations. For more information on My Sister's Closet and how you can access these suits if you're in need, visit http://www.mysisterscloset.com/.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Kelli Grigg from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Ocelot. For more information, visit www.birminghamzoo.com.
MAYOR-COUNCIL ACT - The Alabama Legislature is expected to take up the issue of the Birmingham Mayor-Council Act proposed changes that have been made to give the mayor more control. In recent weeks, Council President Johnathan Austin compared Mayor Bell to Bull Connor. The act was created to try to control some of the racist power of Bull Connor during the civil rights movement. The council alleged in a press release that the changes would "strip the public of access to local representation on the City Council." Austin says "The City council was elected to be the citizen's and that the mayor cannot run the city by himself." Councilwoman LaShunda Scales joined us to discuss the act. The council is pushing residents to call your state legislatures to voice concerns about the bill. You can find out more at www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org. The mayor has said the concern is because of misunderstandings about the act and lies.
LEBANESE FOOD & CULTURAL FESTIVAL - Saint Elias Celebrates its 18th annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival April 8 & 9! Thousands of plates of food served and delivered, hundreds of dance performances, over $384,000 given to charities, and 17 years later the St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival is here again and better than ever! It runs Friday and Saturday from 10am until 9pm at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, which is located in Birmingham at 836 8th Street, South. Admission is free! The festival includes Lebanese delicacies including Baked Kibbee, Rolled Grape Leaves, Spinach Pies, Baked Kibbee and Falafel Sandwiches, Tabouleh - Lebanese Salad, Grilled Lebanese Lemon Chicken, Loobia - green beans, Rice, Homus and Pita Bread. Desserts include a variety of baklava, kiak - Lebanese sugar cookie, and Lebanese ice cream. Prices for food will range from $3.00 a la carte spinach pies to plates of food for $12.00 and up. Prices will range from $2.50 for most desserts to $20.00 for a dessert sampler. Debit and credit cards accepted! There will be a silent auction which will feature a variety of interesting offerings including catered Lebanese dinners, vacation packages, collector items, and many gift certificates to restaurants and events in the Birmingham area. Traditional dances will be performed by youth of the Church on an indoor stage beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening. The New York based Amin Sultan Lebanese Band will perform on stage in a large tent 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly. Hourly guided tours, starting on the front steps of the historic St. Elias Church with its renovated interior, will be available from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., and self-guided tours may be taken 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., both days with a 5-6 p.m. exclusion Saturday during the Saturday Vigil Liturgy, which all are welcome to attend. This year the Saint Elias Cedar 5K Run will be held on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 a.m. followed by the Cedar Shake Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. The run will benefit the SUKI -Spreading Unconditional Kindness Intentionally- Foundation, an organization established to educate the community, fund local research, and help families with children diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. The race will begin at the Church located at 836 8th Street South and will run through the historic Glen Iris neighborhood. For more information and to register, visit www.cedarrun5k.com. For more information be sure to visit www.stelias.org.
NICK FRADIANI - Nick Fradiani is the current reigning American Idol champ. He is working on his debut album. His next single, "Get You Home," and it's official music video - shot in downtown Chicago - will be released in just a couple of weeks. Nick performed his single this season as a musical guest on American Idol, and he will appear on the Idol finale next Thursday. Nick, a Connecticut native, is the first Idol winner from the Northeast. Outnumber Hunger Features Big Machine Label Group artists Nick Fradiani, spokesperson Jennifer Nettles, and more. And you can participate with your grocery list! Look for specially marked packages of popular General Mills products like Cheerios, Nature Valley and Lucky charms with Nick and Jennifer and other Big Machine label artists' faces on them. Each package contains a code that can be redeemed at OutnumberHunger.com and helps Feeding America secure five meals on behalf of your local food bank. For the latest updates, follow Nick on Twitter or visit www.nickfradiani.com. Visit OutnumberHunger.com to enter the code found on select General Mills packaging and for additional details on how you can help.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Kenneth Sigman, MD, is a Gastroenterologist. He joined us to take viewer questions about the importance of colon cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. Most colorectal cancers grow slowly over several years, and about 1 in 20 people develop colorectal cancer at some point in life. Due to a combination of early screening and improved treatments, survivorship has increased over the past 20 years.
Colorectal cancer is cancer that develops in the tissues of the colon and/or rectum. The colon and the rectum are both found in the lower part of the gastrointestinal/digestive system. They form a long, muscular tube called the large intestine or large bowel. The colon absorbs food and water and stores waste. The rectum is responsible for passing waste from the body. If cancer began in the colon, which is the first four to five feet of the large intestine, it may be referred to as colon cancer. If cancer began in the rectum, which is the last several inches of the large intestine leading to the anus, it is called rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer starts in the inner lining of the colon and/or rectum, slowly growing through some or all of its layers. It typically starts as a growth of tissue called a polyp. A particular type of polyp called an adenoma, can then develop into cancer. In the early stages of the disease, colorectal cancer symptoms may be minimal, or not present at all. As the disease progresses, symptoms may increase in quantity and degree of severity. Because colorectal cancer symptoms often do not present themselves until the disease has progressed past the initial stage, regular screening is recommended, and should be part of a continued health plan for anyone over 50.
GARDENING - Jon Culver with Sweet Peas Garden Center joined us to discuss what's blooming in April. He showed us plants like Dahlias, Phlox, snapdragons, euphorbia, geraniums, begonias and more. For more information or gardening advice from Jon Culver, visit Sweet Peas Garden Shop at 2829 Linden Ave, Homewood. The phone number is 205-879-3839. Or you can email him at email@example.com.