Skedaddle on over to Meridian to check out Rep. Walt Minnick's office and shake his hand tomorrow from 1:30-4 p.m. Idaho's First District representative will allow constituents to bend his ear about whatever happens to be on their minds.
While you're there, take a self-guided tour around Meridian's brand-spanking new City Hall. It's the giant building at 33 Broadway Ave. You'll find Minnick on the second floor and Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd on the third.
Hey, ladies. Stop and take a minute to think of all the work you've done since Jan. 1, 2009. Now ask yourself if you would have done all that work without being paid for it.
Today is Equal Pay Day for women and the date wasn't chosen arbitrarily; it represents just how far into the new year a woman would have to work to catch up to what her male counterparts made the year before.
Earlier this month, Idaho's Legislature passed HCR 23 recognizing April 28 as Equal Pay Day in conjunction with a nationwide movement. In fact, the resolution is the only piece of legislation Rep. Anne Pasley-Stuart mentioned this week when Unda the Rotunda asked legislators what they considered to be the best work done this legislative session.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibited employers from discriminating against women when it comes to paychecks, however, current statistics estimate that women still only make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.
Gender discrimination on the accounting books made headlines earlier this year when President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Ledbetter sued her longtime employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., after discovering that for decades she'd been paid a fraction of what her male counterparts were compensated.
The Idaho Women's Network, in conjunction with the Organization for Gender Equality and Education, as well as the American Association of University Women, will host several events today in celebration of Equal Pay Day. Along with a seminar at Boise State teaching women how to better negotiate a salary and benefits, IWN hosts an Unhappy Hour at Tablerock Brewpub followed by a screening of Yes, Madam, Sir at Flicks.
Local record collector John Summerton, who has been collecting vinyl since 1965, used to sell records at the Expo Idaho flea market on a regular basis (I finished up my own Martin Denny collection with Summerton's help). But when the Boise flea market changed its schedule to Friday and Saturday, he could no longer take his crates of vinyl out there. He still had to work for a living.
So, he's decided to have a flea market at his house (while his wife is having a yard sale). On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, Summerton will have 4,000-5,000 albums for sale including 45s and 78s and promises prices that are more than fair, ranging from $1 to $15 for pre-sorted vinyl "without any crap to sort through."
If he has time and space, he may also have turntables, amplifiers and speakers.
The flea market starts a 1 p.m. on Friday, runs all day Saturday and he may stay open on Sunday as well but call on Sunday first to be sure.
Vinyl Preservation Society members will be allowed early admission on Friday starting at about 9 a.m. Questions? E-mail Summerton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-870-0434.
The long-awaited comedy club going in at the corner of Eighth and Idaho streets not only has a name but has finally announced an opening date.
Hijinx Comedy Club officially opens its doors Wednesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. Show seating opens at 7 p.m. and the show takes the stage at 8 p.m., but you don't need a ticket to pull up a stool in the bar and enjoy a drink.
The club will provide live comedy five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday, with two show times slated every Friday and Saturday night.