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FROZEN FOOD - March is National Frozen Food Month .... and we all know how simple and convenient a frozen foods can be when it comes to feeding out families! Ceci Carmichael, Classically-Trained Chef, joined us with some fresh ideas! Do you find yourself in a rotation of the same five or six recipes at dinner time? It's time to find new inspiration in a place you might not expect… your grocer's frozen food aisle. Today's freezer aisles are full of quality foods, made with real ingredients. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and flash-frozen to lock in all the beneficial nutrients and keep them in their perfect, just-picked state. Appetizers, ready-made sandwiches, side dishes, entrees and desserts can all be found in one place, with options for vegetarian, organic, gluten-free, international and ethnic-inspired products. Ceci Carmichael discusses the latest innovations in frozen food products, the benefits of choosing frozen foods, easy, and time-saving recipes. Vegetables, fruits and seafood are harvested/caught at the peak of freshness and flash frozen instantly - sometimes right in the field or on the boat - locking in all the beneficial nutrients and flavor with no preservatives. Frozen fruits and vegetables, properly blanched and packaged for the freezer can be stored for 8-12 months. Americans eat more than 2 billion slides of frozen pizza each year. 55% of women depend on the convenience of frozen foods when getting dinner on the table for their families. For more information, visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com.
PET OF THE WEEK - Jennifer Henley with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Hugo. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit www.gbhs.org.
FIT FOR KIDS - The Junior League of Birmingham hosts a Fit for Kids event on Sunday. This will be an afternoon of family fun in partnership with Bryan Elementary School! There will be a one-mile fun run, 5K run, fun activities, music, snacks, and more. REAL medals will be awarded to children participants. It is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Onsite Run Registration begins at 1 p.m. There are no preregistration opportunities available. The 1 Mile Fun Run/5K Race begins at 2 p.m. Everything is free! The race is open to kids and families from across Alabama. It all takes place at Bryan Elementary School - 600 Kimberly Cutoff Road, Morris, AL 35116. The Junior League of Birmingham recognizes that mental and physical health care education, access, and delivery are fundamental to the community's well-being. Healthy children and adults are better able to learn and work productively. The JLB believes preventive health care and healthy lifestyle choices are critical components of individuals overall health. The Junior League of Birmingham is one of the largest Junior League organizations in the world. We have nearly 2,500 volunteers hail from 120+ zip codes in four counties throughout the Birmingham metro area. Eighty percent of our members work outside the home in various professions and 58 percent have children under the age of 14. 100 percent of our members are committed to making a difference. The Junior League of Birmingham is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more information, visit the Junior League's website at www.jlbonline.com.
OUR HOUSE - Cathy Borden with Home Depot shows us ideas for updating our outdoor living spaces. She says you should look at designing your patio space like you would your living room. Invest in quality fabrics that will hold up against fading, wear and tear for years to come. Add key pieces like lighting and fire pits to add to your décor and extend how often you can use your outdoor space. Work with your space and budget to find pieces that suit your needs whether that's a dining set, a bistro set, a seating set or more. Reds, blues and neutrals are trending colors for patio.
WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION - This is Women in Construction week. There's especially a place for women to have sustainable careers in the field. While only 9 percent of the workforce is currently female, that is already increased from 2 percent in 2013. The Birmingham chapter of National Association of Women in Construction is celebrating 50 years in the city this year. National Women in Construction Week is an effort of the National Association of Women in Construction. NAWIC is an organization that seeks to ensure the success of women in the industry by supporting them through professional development, leadership training, networking and more. The Birmingham chapter is celebrating 50 years in the market. NAWIC and Go Build Alabama – our state's premiere recruitment initiative for the construction industry – are partnering to promote WIC Week to bring awareness of the opportunities in the construction industry for young women. We want to dispel misconceptions about working as a woman in the industry and inspire young women to consider construction as a career. In Alabama, only 10.4 percent of the state's construction workforce is female. Nationally, women only make up an estimated 9 percent of the construction industry. Every year, thousands of men and women reportedly leave the trades, and there are not enough young workers to replace the estimated 2,800+ construction jobs available in Alabama each year. There are a few ways you can get involved. NAWIC will host two events today including a jobsite tour and a networking social at Chuy's. NAWIC will also host a Regional Forum in Birmingham March 31-April 1. To learn more about those events, visit the NAWIC Birmingham chapter Facebook page. Several local organizations are also hosting various WIC Week observations. For instance, Brasfield & Gorrie is holding roundtable discussions to encourage dialogue on real and practical ways we can support women in our industry. To learn more about the efforts, visit www.NAWIC.org and/or www.GoBuildAlabama.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Tin Roof for Tour de Brewers 10. It's this Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. This is an event that is put on by Big Benefit Run and Ride. Join Big Benefit Run & Ride for the 2017 edition of Birmingham's biggest and most fun St. Patrick's Day celebration. This 11k-ish run and cycling event starts and ends at Tin Roof Birmingham at 11 a.m. As a participant, whether you are a runner, rider or walker, you will receive 5 bracelets good for a beer at Birmingham's wonderful craft breweries including Good People Brewing Company, Avondale Brewing Company, Cahaba Brewing Company, TrimTab Brewing Company, Ghost Train Brewing Co. and Hop City Birmingham. You are also invited to a wonderful post-party with live music, food and drink specials and great prizes! Enjoy all of this fun while supporting a nationally recognized, local nonprofit - The Dannon Project, which is changing the Birmingham community by changing the lives of men and women who are non-violent ex-offenders. The entry fee is $35.00 Race Fee + $3.00 SignUp Fee. You can register online at www.runsignup.com/Race/AL/Birmingham/TourdeBrewers10StPatricksDay2017.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS - In celebration of the Harlem Globetrotters remarkable 91st-year celebration of entertaining families around the world, Globetrotters star Buckets Blakes joins us with the scoop on the team's 2017 World Tour. From the great Goose Tatum, Meadowlark Lemon, and Curly Neal who helped popularize the trick shots to the Globetrotters of today who have wowed crowds with their exploits – the team continues to be innovators. This season, they will debut the basketball's first 4-point line. Just last month, the Globetrotters shot-making skills were on full display as the team set a record nine Guinness World Records®, including the longest hook shot and the longest shot blindfolded. In addition to the on-court festivities, the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, are continuing to give back during their 91st year with The Great Assist initiative, pledging to spread 100 million smiles around the world over the next 10 years with acts of kindness and benevolence. Some examples include bringing schools messages of bullying prevention, character and physical fitness, visiting children's hospitals, lending a hand after natural disasters, helping build homes for the needy and volunteering at soup kitchens and homeless shelters. The Globetrotters' 2017 World Tour stops at the Pete Hanna Center at Samford University on Sunday, March 12th and 19th at 3 p.m. Tickets to the see the Globetrotters in Birmingham start at $29.00 and are officially on sale now at www.harlemglobetrotters.com or the Pete Hanna Center box office.