Good Day Alabama: Sept. 8, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Saint George Melkite Catholic Church hold its Middle Eastern Food Festival today through Saturday. Great food, a live band from New York  and church tours attract over 8,600 visitors!  Saint George's 35th Annual event is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day. Downtown lunch deliveries will be available for orders of $75.00 or more. For takeout or delivery, orders call 495-9621. A convenient drive-thru service will be available until 7 p.m. Informative church tours will be conducted throughout the day until 8 p.m.  The menu includes homemade Middle Eastern foods such as Baked Kibbee; stuffed grape leaves; Mediterranean style chicken; falafel; meat pies and spinach pies; humos. Check out the sweet booth for a huge variety of Middle Eastern pastries. Vendors will feature hand-crafted olive wood from the Holy Land, Byzantine icons and literature, glass jewelry made from the church's original stained glass and Saint George Church's cookbook, "Our Favorite Recipes". Proceeds will benefit local charities including "Pathways of Birmingham Women's Shelter" and "Three Hots & a Cot", a nonprofit organization which that helps veterans. Saint George Melkite Catholic Church is located at 425 16th Avenue South   Birmingham, Al 35205. Visit for more information.

TEEN MONEY HABITS - Ramsey Solutions released a study recently about financial literacy among the younger generation, and Anthony O'Neal joined us to explain the findings. With student loans and consumer debt at an all-time high, it's more important than ever that teens learn how to handle money before leaving high school. This is the first report in a five-part series focusing on the financial knowledge of the younger generation. Surprisingly, Ramsey Solutions found that students who have completed a personal finance course were more than three times as likely to say they'd rather have $500 in the bank than a smartphone. Anthony ONeal, youth expert and speaker for Ramsey Solutions, discussed ways parents can help their teens develop healthy money habits before leaving home.  He offers advice on how to budget, how to save, and how not to get in the habit of borrowing money. For more information on the study, visit For more on Anthony, follow him on  Twitter at @AnthonyONeal and Facebook at

SANDRA LEE - TV Personality and celebrity chef Sandra Lee comes to Birmingham! Sandra is in Birmingham as part of her work for BBVA Compass Bank's "Bright Perspectives" Initiative — founded in the belief that everyone deserves a better future…no matter how small their budget or seed money for a business dream. Sandra is sharing her own journey from food stamps to building her own mega-business —which started by selling her used car for seed money to bring her curtain rod creations to trade shows. Her focus for #alwayslivebright includes women starting their own businesses or developing their own financial plan to work better toward a secure future. Sandra Lee, a multiple Emmy® Award-Winner, is an internationally-acclaimed expert in all things life and style.  Sandra is the Editor in Chief of Sandra Lee Magazine and

During her inspiring career, she has been the creator and host of numerous highly rated television programs broadcast on HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country in 63 countries. Sandra is a frequent guest on the nation's highest rated morning, daytime and network news programs. She is one of three founding Board Members of UNICEF®'s Los Angeles chapter and was recently named a spokesperson for Stand Up To Cancer. For the last decade, Sandra has served as the national spokesperson for No Kid Hungry, and works nationally with Meals-on-Wheels, Food Banks across America, The Elton John Aids Foundation, God's Love We Deliver and sister affiliate Project Angel Food, as well as The Central Park Conservancy. Sandra has written 27 books including a novel, The Recipe Box and a memoir, Made From Scratch, for which Sony has optioned movie rights. In 2015, after she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and shared the news of her double mastectomy, Sandra was recognized by the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program for sharing her message across her personal and professional platforms. Sandra was honored on Capitol Hill with the Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award. This year she received the Spirit of Life Award from City of Hope.

DR. F - AGING - Dr. Wayne Fleisig - a Psychologist with Children's of Alabama - joined us to discussing accepting getting older. He says you should see the positives in getting older, use the changes in you and your life in a positive way, take the time to figure out what is important in life, make necessary changes in your life, and develop an attitude of acceptance.

CLARE LIVE @ UNITED WAY KICK-OFF - To promote this year's theme, "Together, There Will Always Be A Way," United Way is having a pre-kickoff event at the YWCA's My Sister's Closet located at 2234 3rd Avenue North. United Way, The YWCA and Brasfield & Gorrie are the examples of what can be accomplished working together.  Brasfield & Gorrie previously committed to donating some renovation projects to the YWCA as part of their United Way campaign activities. United Way's official campaign kickoff will be at noon featuring special guest Wes Moore, Veteran, Rhodes Scholar and Founder of BridgeEDU. Find out how you can contribute to United Way's fund at

HEAD OVER TEAL - The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation prepares for the 7th Annual Head Over Teal 5K/10K & Fall Festival. Head Over Teal is a family and pet-friendly race with a 5K, 10K, and one-mile fun run/walk. The event will also include a fun array of fall festival activities for all ages, including games, children's inflatables, face painting, crafts, and more. This year's event is set to take place on Saturday, September 24 at The Preserve in Hoover. Online registration is available by visiting and following the links. Discounted prices are available for all who register before this Friday. Participants and supporters can set up a team or individual fundraising page or donate through the LCBF website.  More than 90,000 women will be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer this year and almost 30,000 will die. These include cervical, ovarian, uterine/endometrial, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Alabama ranks in the top 5 of states for both cervical and ovarian cancer deaths, and there is no early detection/screening test for four out of five GYN cancers. LCBF focuses on early detection research, awareness education, and support services for GYN cancer patients and families. Since its founding in 2009, LCBF has granted more than $275,000 for ovarian cancer early detection research, educated thousands of community members on gynecologic cancers, and provided emotional, educational, and financial support to thousands of GYN cancer patients and their loved ones. For more information about the Foundation or to register, visit

OUR HOUSE - Household fires are all too common, with a fire department responding to one every 24 seconds on average. October is National Fire Prevention Month, so we look ahead to protect your home against fire safety hazards. Learning about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and how to operate a fire extinguisher can help keep your home safe from fires. Cathy Borden with Home Depot walked us through three fire safety must-dos to help protect your home. According to The National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of residential fire fatalities result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms.

Test your current alarms to ensure they are working at least twice a year.  Consider upgrading to alarms powered by lithium-ion batteries that can last for 10 years. The sensing technology in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Combination Alarms work together to detect real fires faster and reduce cooking-related nuisance alarms. Fire extinguishers effectively put out 80 percent of all fires, so make sure you have at least one on every level. Select the correct type of fire extinguisher for each area in the home. Since cooking is one of the main causes of fires, choose an extinguisher designed for cooking oil or grease fires to keep in your kitchen. Flammable chemicals are likely stored in the garage, so choose an extinguisher with a higher capacity to combat combustible materials to keep there. When using a fire extinguisher, use the P.A.S.S. technique: PULL the pin, AIM low and point the nozzle at the base of the fire, SQUEEZE the handle to release the extinguishing agent, SWEEP from side to side at the base of the fire until it's out. Be aware of the best possible exits in the event of a fire by making an escape plan.

Gather everyone in your household and make a plan, so everyone knows the best escape routes. Choose an outside meeting place such as a neighbor's house, mailbox, or stop sign that is a safe distance in front of your home where everyone knows to meet. After making your home fire escape plan, practice it at least twice a year and make the drill as realistic as possible by aiming to get out in 5 minutes or less. If you have a multilevel property, have an Escape Ladder handy to drop out the window and create an emergency exit. During National Fire Prevention Month, Home Depot hosts two free Workshops available in all stores - a Kids Workshop on October 1 and a DIY Workshop on October 9 where attendees will learn important fire safety skills, including how to install a smoke/carbon monoxide detector.  Go to for more information.

PET OF THE WEEK - Daniel Martin with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Sport. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit

MARCH OF DIMES SIGNATURE CHEFS - The 2016 Birmingham Signature Chefs Auction brings together top local chefs showcasing their culinary masterpieces, a generous sampling of fine wines, fabulous entertainment and a lively auction featuring one-of-a-kind packages. For the past 21 years, this event helped raise important dollars for the March of Dimes, pays tribute to the culinary excellence of local chefs and restaurants in the Greater Birmingham Area and is geared toward people who enjoy fine dining, wine and spirits, auctions, and entertainment. This year's evening of culinary excellence Signature Chefs Auction in Birmingham is on Thursday, September 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Grand Bohemian Hotel located at 2665 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL 35223.

Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event. The chefs participating this year include Chris Hastings - Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird, George Reis - Ocean and 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar, Rob McDaniel - SpringHouse, George McMillan - FoodBar, James Boyce - Galley & Garden, James Lewis - Bettola, Benard Tamburello - Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato, Patrick Horn - Satterfield's, Giani Respinto & Michael Brady - GianMarco's, Becky Rabiee - Vino, Clif Holt - Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar, Ryan Zargo - Bellini's Ristorante & Bar, Sean Butler - Revolve Kitchen & Brew, and Ashley McMakin & Chris Murchison - Ashley Mac's. For tickets or more information, visit Every year more than 15 million babies are born prematurely; a million will die before their first birthday as a result. With your gift at Signature Chefs to the March of Dimes, you can help to fund the research, education, and support to ensure more babies celebrate their birthday.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Eli Gold talks Alabama football, his new book, and what he thinks of The Snack finally getting into the Hall of Fame! Jeh Jeh gets us fired up with some football! We check out your business headlines and some favorite viral videos of the week! The Savvy Shopper joins us with some great deals! And we check out some of the great work and fun you'll find this weekend at Artwalk! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!