Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for November 3, 2011:
SWITCHING BANKS - The uproar over new bank fees resulted in a firestorm of protest across the country. November 5 has been designated as Bank Transfer Day by some consumer groups and activists who are encouraging consumers to switch their accounts to smaller community banks and credit unions on that day. Switching banks can be an intimidating process for some consumers. That's why Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, has put together a set of tips to help make switching banks safe and easy. Norma Garcia, director of Consumers Union's Financial Services Team, explained what consumers should do if they are unhappy with their bank and interested in switching to a new one.
VICKY TIEL - IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS: What I Learned in 40 Years About Men, Women, Sex and Fashion (St. Martin's Press) is by fashion designer Vicky Tiel. Part Hollywood tell-all, part fashion how-to, and part lifestyle handbook for achieving that je ne sais quoi, the book-like Tiel's life-is truly one-of-a-kind and has been featured by the New York Times Styles section, The Wall Street Journal, Women's Wear Daily, People magazine, and Live with Regis & Kelly. Vicky Tiel started as an "it" girl of the 1960s and has had a four decade career designing clothes that make real women look fabulous. Her sexy, fresh hot pants and miniskirts were used by Woody Allen in his first movie, What's New, Pussycat?, her classic design inspired the red dress that transformed Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, and her creations are worn today by stars such as Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian.
Tiel forged her own path, and picked up priceless and hard-earned lessons from the rich and famous along the way. In IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS, you'll get a glimpse of what it's like to be Hollywood royalty (think yachts, tiny dogs, giant pearls and peanut butter sandwiches washed down with Chateau Margaux), discover the seduction secrets of the greats (from Kim Novak to Goldie Hawn to Warren Beatty), take in a little husband-hunting advice, and even learn Sophia Loren's delectable pasta recipe. Tiel will teach you how to dress like a sex symbol, cook like the owner of a French country inn, and seize what you want from the world like an American ingénue. VICKY TIEL began designing clothes forty years ago in Paris and still owns a boutique there. Her couture clothes are carried in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Today, Tiel is the longest surviving female designer in Paris.
JEH JEH LIVE - Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey is in town through Sunday at the BJCC Arena. For ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or the BJCC Central Ticket Office. Show times are today & tomorrow at 10:30am and 7pm, Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm at the BJCC Arena. Join Mickey and Minnie as they take journey into the magical worlds of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan, & Lilo & Stitch.
BARGAINOMICS - Judy Bates - the Bargainomics Lady - joined us with the scoop on some great deals! She showed off her outfit - Judy's velour hooded jacket came from Norway and was a steal - 300 kroner marked down to 50 kroner (from about $55 to $9). Her black top was a fabulous bargain from a Banana Republic sidewalk sale for $2.98. The necklace was another Norway bargain - 100 kroner (about $18) and the earrings came from Better Than Before Consignment in Cullman for $1. The velour skirt was $4.99 at Mission Possible Thrift Store; and her black belt was $98 at the Pigeon Forge Chico's Outlet but was marked down to $9.99. The Bandolino boots she won on eBay for $9.98. Total price for everything: just a few cents over $55. Retail value of all this is around $400.
2 - Have you ever tasted borscht or pogacha? This Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6 is your chance to try some great food at the Russian/Slavic Food Festival at Brookside's St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Prices are very reasonable with items starting at only $3 vegetable plates at $8. You can call the church for more information: (205) 674-1325.
4 - Keep your kids and grandkids warm and cozy with these $19.99 SNUG BUDDY wraps w/sleeves for only $4.99 at www.Sears.com. Comes with an inflatable pillow and in four colors: purple, pink, red, and navy. Just search www.Sears.com
for SNUG BUDDY. Have your order sent to your nearest store for pickup and shipping is free!
JAMIE GRACE - At age 11, the now 19 year-old Atlanta native, Jamie Grace was diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome. Since then, she has traveled the country singing and sharing her story in hopes of inspiring fellow teens. Discovered on YouTube by multi-platinum selling and five time GRAMMY (R) winner tobyMac, Jamie Grace was signed to Gotee Records earlier this year (home to Relient K and more). On Sept. 20, she released her first full-length album titled One Song At A Time. The majority of the 11 songs were produced by Christopher Stevens (tobyMac, Carrie Underwood) with additionaltracks produced by Arch Nemesiz (production duo of GabeReal and Dave Wyatt of DiverseCity) and David Garcia (Mandisa, Group 1 Crew). Her debut radio single "Hold Me" has been No. 1 on iTunes (R) and three radio charts in her genre since its release. Jamie Performs tonight with multiple Grammy winner tobyMac at Decatur Baptist Church! The concert begins at 7, and you can go to www.JamieGrace.com for more information.
MARVINS - Tom Lamkin from Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers showed us how to keep warm this winter. He focuses on heaters for inside the houses this morning. The main types of heaters are gas, either natural gas or propane, and electric. With gas, you can have a vent-free gas wall mount heater, a vent-free gas stove, and a set of vent free gas logs. Vent-free gas heaters are designed to be installed and operated without the addition of a vent or chimney. Since there is no vent or chimney, all heat generated goes directly into the home. These are safe to use in your home and you DO NOT need to leave windows open to let fresh air in. Vent-free heaters burn at a 99.9% efficiency. Vent-free heaters actually put off less carbon monoxide than cigarette smoke or the gas stove in your kitchen. Furthermore, these heaters come with an Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) that will shut off a heater if the Oxygen level falls below 18%. Normal oxygen levels in a room are 21%.
A gas wall mount heater, which can be mounted on a wall or you can buy a small base for it to sit on, comes in either infrared or blue flame heating systems and come either with or without thermostats. Infrared is what most people are familiar with. Infrared also are called plaque heaters. Infrared heaters heat like the sun. It gives you instant heat and is good for someone who wants to bring the room temperature up quickly or wants to sit close to the heater and take in the heat. Blue flame heaters heat like a central heat unit. Cool air is drawn in, heated, and then passed on thru the vents at the top. Best choice for someone who has small children as the front grill becomes hot, but shouldn't sizzle to the touch like the infrared unit. Getting a heater with a thermostat is also nice because you can set the heater on the comfort zone you like and it will turn itself on and off to make sure the room temperature stays at the temperature you desire.
PET OF THE WEEK - Jennifer Miller from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Bambi. For adoptions, call (205) 669-3916 extension 22 or visit shelbyhumane.org.
QUILT SHOW - Friendship Quilters Guild announce our "2011 Quilt Show" on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Pell City Civic Center (2801 Stemley Bridge Road). Admission is $3.00. The event is an exhibition presented by our members of approximately 200 quilts. The show includes nearly 50 quilts that will be delivered to the new Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home after its opening June 2012. Various vendors will be on site from around the state including fabric and quilt shops, a scissor sharpener, sewing machine repairman, and our guild's Country Store. Also you will want to stop by the "Bed Turning" and visit the hand quilting demonstration. The drawing for our Opportunity Quilt will take place Sunday afternoon. The guild has been meeting monthly since January 2000 in Pell City, Alabama. The purpose of the Friendship Quilters Guild is to promote the love of quilts, to encourage and preserve the art of quiltmaking, and to contribute friendship, knowledge, and encouragement to other quilters in the community. For more information, visit www.friendshipquilters.net.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, the Moss Rock Festival is this weekend and Jeh Jeh takes us there live to check it all out! And the "showdown in T-town" is this weekend between number one ranked LSU and number two ranked Alabama! We take you there live for all the excitement! Comedian James Gregory comes to town and joins us live in the studio! Mickey makes a new friend at the Birmingham Zoo! Plus we check out your entertainment headlines, top business stories, and the Weekend Calendar! That and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!
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