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Gay marriage allies visit Nevada County

Nevada County will be hosting teams on Saturday from a gay marriage rights project, “Get Engaged,” that is touring the state to celebrate February as the “Freedom to Marry” month.

The teams are sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and they will be meeting at noon at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Church at 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

There will be a free screening of the documentary film, “Freedom to Marry,” and a panel discussion of same sex marriage with EQCA lobbyist Steve Hansen, California National Organization for Women Field Director Many Benson, and same sex couples who will tell their personal stories.

The project will be traveling to each of the 58 counties in the state to educate people about the need to legalize same sex marriages.

“We may be a state of 35 million people, but with almost 100,000 same-sex couples living in California (according to the 2000 U.S. Census), we can make a big impact through person-to-person contact,” said Davina Kotulski, the tour’s project manager.

– Britt Retherford

Tsunami victims benefit from sale

A bake sale by young women from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday netted $524 for victims of the Asian tsunamis.

All the money will go directly to the Humanitarian Services of the church, which has had relief efforts in place since the first day of the disaster.

The girls participating in the event outside the Grass Valley Kmart were Natalie Turner, Angie Hulet, Lilli Sorensen, Cindy Nielsen, Kanarra Van Otten and Monica Hoer, under the supervision of their leaders Kerry Kelly, Judy Laughman and Josie Nielsen.

Looking for those in need of housing

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity is looking for low-income families who are in need of housing.

Habitat is building five new homes on North Church Street in Grass Valley. Orientation and application meetings will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City and Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Grass Valley Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

You must attend one of these mandatory orientation meetings if you are interested in becoming a Habitat partner.

Basic qualifications are:

• Live or work in Nevada County for one year prior to applying.

• A need for better housing based on suitability of current housing.

• Willingness to put in “sweat equity” hours and becoming a responsible homeowner.

• Ability to pay for a Habitat home with a current income.

For more information call 274-1952, or visit

Trio elected to parks and rec commission

Jason Fouyer, Kimberly Nunnink and Lucas Teff have been appointed to the Grass Valley Parks and Recreation Commission. Nunnink previously served on the commission, which proposes programs and expenditures for the city’s parks department. Fouyer is a fifth-generation Nevada County resident who works as a mortgage consultant. Neff is a 15-year-old who currently serves on the commission. He is a sophomore at Nevada Union High School interested in sports medicine and physical therapy.

The commission meets once a month and commissioners are paid $35 for each meeting.

Pair named to safety committee

Chauncey Poston and Dee Mautino have been appointed to the Grass Valley Traffic Safety Review Committee.

Poston is a real-estate agent who resigned abruptly from the Grass Valley Planning Commission in August 2003. Mautino, a longtime city councilwoman, served on the traffic committee for four years as a member of council.

The committee meets about five times a year to review the Police Department’s traffic programs and recommend traffic and safety improvements.

One-day teaching from Zen teacher

Zen teacher Adyashanti will offer an evening satsang, or teaching, Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and a one-day teaching Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

Friday’s event is $15, and Saturday’s event is $110. For more information call 272-8122.

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