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Senior Center holds on to fairgrounds location

Survival of the Gold Country Community/Senior Center has been ensured for another year at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, but the nonprofit is still seeking a new home for the future.

The center’s board had been scrambling to raise $36,000 for one year’s rent to the fairgrounds, and they managed to raise $15,000 prior to the June 30 deadline.

The board also had to secure a loan to pay the remaining $21,000 and keep the center as home through June 30, 2008, according to Executive Director Bette Worth.



“We still have to raise the money” to pay off the loan, Worth said Monday. “We also still need to fund another location.”

Board members have located alternative buildings in recent months for the center’s meals and activities programs, but the rent demands are roughly the same, Worth said.




“We’re hoping to find a more favorable financial situation,” Worth said. Options include sharing a building with another program or business that could help pay the rent.

The center paid no rent for almost 25 years, but the fair’s governing board recently ordered the $3,000 per month charge to begin July 1. The rent began because the fair could no longer afford to offer the building for free, fair Chief Executive Ed Scofield said.

The center is holding a brainstorming session about its future and a new location at 5 p.m. Friday at the fairgrounds facility, which is accessed through Gate 2 on

McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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