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On Saturday, the Spirit Center, 12276 Gates Place in Grass Valley, will be hosting a forum for candidates about the upcoming elections.

Attending and speaking at the forum will be the candidates for District Attorney at 10 a.m. and the candidates for Supervisor, District 3 will be speaking at 11 a.m.

A question and answer period will be held after the DA candidates speak.

For more information, call the Spirit Center 274-1431.

– The Union staff

Service set for killed rider

A memorial service will be held Saturday for a 27-year-old Nevada City man killed Sunday while riding his motorcycle in Placer County.

California Highway Patrol Officer Kelly Baraga said Michael Shaen Bahamondes Fuenzalida was riding his 2003 Yamaha motorcycle on State Route 193 at a high speed when he lost control in a left-hand curve and crashed into a ditch.

Fuenzalida was airlifted to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3 p.m.

His family is holding a memorial service 6 p.m. Saturday at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.

– Robyn Moormeister

Marriage equality group reorganizes

A local group working to gain marriage equality for non-heterosexuals is reorganizing.

Christine Allen, leader of the Nevada County chapter of Equality California, said the chapter is reforming as the county chapter of Marriage Equality USA. The group had started as a chapter of Marriage Equality California in February 2004.

In April 2004, the statewide group merged with Equality California, which works at the legislative level on larger equality issues on behalf of non-heterosexuals.

Now that the organizations are separating, the local group will return to its original mission of educating people about challenges faced by same-gender couples who, under state law, are not allowed to marry, Allen said.

The group will continue to meet at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. For information, call 272-1535.

– Trina Kleist

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