Longing for more sesquicentennials? You're in luck.

awebb@idahostatesman.comJanuary 21, 2014 

The NAMI “Changing Minds...One Step at a Time” walk in 2012. The annual event is designed to put mental health issues front and center. See the story below for this year's speaker, and other details.

The city of Boise just bid farewell to its sesquicentennial year. But the area’s 150-mania will continue.

The Board of Ada County Commissioners recently signed a proclamation recognizing 2014 as the year of Ada County’s sesquicentennial.

The Idaho Territorial Legislature created Ada County on Dec. 22, 1864. County officials say activities will take place throughout the year to celebrate the milestone, leading up to the December anniversary.

Residents can learn more about the county’s history on its sesquicentennial website (www.adaweb.net), or link through this column at idahostatesman.com.

They can also pick up a free 2014 sesquicentennial calendar featuring historic sites and facts about the county at the Ada County Courthouse and other select county offices.

Also note, the Idaho Statesman celebrates its 150th in 2014. Stay tuned for announcements of lots of fun stuff coming up in these pages.

NAMI BRINGS NATIONAL AUTHOR ON MENTAL ILLNESS TO BOISE

Pete Earley has written 13 books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Hot House” and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.”

After his personal experiences with mental illness, he became a vocal advocate for the reform of mental health care. His advocacy has taken him to 46 states and several countries, where he’s given speeches in support of the mentally ill and against the health systems that often fail them.

Early will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capitol.

CHECK OUT BOISE ROCK SCHOOL’S ‘SPRING SESSIONS’

Boise Rock School is an independent music school that runs as an after-school program, a summer camp and an outreach program for Idaho schools.

This spring, students are performing a series of shows at the all-ages venue The Crux.

The shows, which will feature musicians ages 3-18 playing originals and covers, will take place Jan. 30, Feb. 20, March 27, April 24 and May 15. Each program begins with an open mic from 6 to 7 p.m. and music from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Crux is at 1022 Main St. in Boise. The shows are free, but donations are welcome and will be used for the school’s nonprofit outreach programs.

Questions?: Call Ryan at 484-9117 or email info@boiserockschool.com.

A NEW COALITION IN TOWN

A group of religious leaders from 14 faith communities in the Boise metropolitan area have formed the Interfaith Equality Coalition.

The mission: bringing a religious and interfaith perspective to the support of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality and justice.

The coalition, which participated in the “Add the Words” rally on the Stateshouse steps on Jan. 11, is made of up clergy and lay leaders from many communities of faith.

“It has been such a hope-filled experience to work in cooperation as an interfaith body around this glaringly important justice concern,” said the Rev. Barbara Nixon, senior pastor at Hillview United Methodist Church.

For more about the coalition, contact Debbie Mallis at 853-2740 or at interfaithequalitycoalition@gmail.com. Also link to the group’s Facebook page through this column at idahostatesman.com.

The coalition includes Ahavath Beth Israel, Amaraji Maha Marai, Boise First Congregational United Church of Christ, Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Cathedral of the Rockies – Boise First United Methodist Church, Center for Spiritual Living, Community of Christ Hillview United Methodist Church, Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship, Inner Journey Center for Spiritual Living Outreach, Boise Interfaith Alliance, King of Glory Lutheran Church, Liberating Spirit Metropolitan Community Church of the Treasure Valley, and Southminster Presbyterian Church.

IDAHO NONPROFIT CENTER DIRECTOR

Lynn Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, stepped down from her post in January.

Janice Fulkerson has taken over, effective Jan. 21.

Fulkerson has extensive experience in health care administration, most recently as the executive director of the Idaho Integrated Healthcare Network, a statewide physician-hospital organization. She began her career at the Family Advocate Program in the CASA program, and spent a decade at Regence BlueShield of Idaho, where she was an assistant director. Fulkerson holds a bachelor’s in social work from Boise State University.

CALLING YOUNG VIDEOGRAPHERS

The Idaho Beer and Wine Distributors Association has launched its IDontDrink.com campaign. The organization invites students between the ages of 12 and 18 to create videos describing why they have chosen not to drink alcohol, and then submit them for prizes.

The contest is open to both individuals and teams. Students can enter and upload their video to the IDontDrink.com website, where they may also vote for their favorite videos.

Prizes for the winning videos include an iPad mini, iPod touch or an iPod Nano. Schools with the most video submissions will also receive prizes. The deadline is Jan. 31.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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