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Mouthful: Cheese lover's paradise this weekend in Petaluma

  • Baci Cafe & Wine Bar gets ready to open for dinner in Healdsburg on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Happy New Year! A celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian new year, is underway at Baci Cafe and Wine Bar, 336 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg.

The holiday celebrates the first day of spring, which this year was Thursday, March 20, but the restaurant is celebrating by serving a special dinner on Thursday and today.

The meal is $55 plus beverages, tax and gratuity, and features traditional Persian foods that include several types of kebabs, crispy rice a variety of stews and rice dishes.

For reservations, call 433-8111.

Loving Frank Hayhurst: On Sunday, a big dance and dinner party at the Sebastopol Community Center will feature a great array of local musicians who are coming together to support fellow-musician Frank Hayhurst of Zone Music in Cotati.

Hayhurst has been a tireless promoter of the local music scene for decades, and now he needs hip replacement surgery. All proceeds from the event go toward his surgery and recovery.

Here's how the fete works. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. From 5 to 7 p.m., Rasta Dwight's Barbecue will serve chicken dinners and vegetarian options for $5, $10 and $15. During dinner, a Jazz Cabaret will feature Randy Quan and Tim Haggerty's Collaboration, with special guests Sarah Baker, Gailene Elliot, Hal Forman and Allyson Page.

Snacks, desserts, Lagunitas brews, local wines and dairy-free kefir from the Kefiry will be available for purchase.

A silent auction features music gear, art, collectibles and other cool things.

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