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Parents of Gays and Lesbians: That’s a nationwide group often referred to as PFLAG. During February’s “Freedom to Marry” month, nine regional teams sponsored by Equality California’s Marriage Equality California project will criss-cross the state hosting educational forums and organizing outreach projects with local marriage equality supporters in all 58 California counties. On Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m, Equality California and PFLAG are hosting a panel discussion of same-sex marriage and a free screening of the documentary film, “Freedom to Marry,” at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains at 246 South Church St. in Grass Valley. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with EQCA lobbyist Steve Hansen, California National Organization for Women Field Director Mandy Benson, same-sex couples who will tell their personal stories, and others.

Restaurant news: The old Holy Smoke BBQ in Grass Valley has a sign in the window that says “Coming soon: Carolina Moon.” Also, Barbara Hren and her husband are opening an upscale deli right by the new Holiday Inn Express (where GRA-NEVA used to be.) It might not open until 2006, however. It will be called the Bank Street Cafe and will be modeled after the cafes in Nordstrom stores. The National Hotel offered free munchies in its bar last Friday night. And this Friday, The National is the party spot for “Sparky and the Shifters.” Railroad Cafe in Grass Valley has re-opened with new owners. No word on when Tortilla Grill (formerly Asia in Nevada City) will open.

Bringing Light to the Darkness: Didn’t get this in time for Prospector, but on Friday night there is a concert to celebrate winter and the coming of spring. There will be medieval, Renaissance and Celtic music and dance. The concert is at 8 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 201 Nevada St. (at High Street) Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. One interesting thing about the event is the performers: One of them, Eileen Hadidian, is a Bay Area woman who is battling breast cancer and chooses to respond to her battle in a positive, creative way, by playing music. Another of the musicians is Susan Rode Morris, a professional musician who lives in Nevada City.



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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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