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Good news for the Gold Country Community Center

Good news! The Gold Country Community Center has a new annual lease at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The center’s board of directors extends thanks to the Fair Board for its efforts to reach a mutual resolution.

Special appreciation goes to their CEO, Ed Scofield, for building an agreement suiting everyone’s needs. With that settled, we’ve got other news and lofty plans to share.

First, a celebration! Please join us for “The Big Scoop,” a free ice cream social at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. We’ll share current plans, answer questions, and hear your ideas for classes and activities. Enjoy our ice cream bar, generously donated by Mindy’s Homemade Ice Cream.

We’ll also have music, snacks, a no-host bar and a raffle. Bloom Boutique, Meek’s Lumber and Hardware, Prospector’s Nursery, Raley’s, B & C True Value Home Center, and Hills Flat Lumber kindly donated prizes. Big thanks to Dave Caddy and Hills Flat Lumber for their help developing our lovely new logo, which we’ll unveil then.

Check our updated Web site,, for class schedules, activities and special events, daily lunch menus, and the many services we offer.

Why not link us to your Web site? Coming soon, you will find online Pay Pal and credit card donation options. We’ll post our “wish list” of items needed, currently including auction items, sealed condiments, and donations to our onsite thrift store (please, no books or clothes). Finally, we’ll have an online and paper survey to collect your input.

As always, we welcome you for fresh daily lunches. Sign up ahead, or drop in before noon. You’ll enjoy a healthy, low-cost meal and friendly conversation. Afterward, take a pleasant stroll around the fairgrounds.

With a new lease, it’s time to raise the rent! We want to have some fun, so we’re launching a month-long competition – we’re going to shake down our board members for $2,500 each!

Here’s how it works: During July, board members will “liberate” donations of $10 or more from family, friends and coworkers. Every $10 earns a “scoop of ice cream” for that board member’s ice cream cone on our display wall. The one with the most scoops by July 30 wins – let the games begin!

Finally, what is our future? Thankfully, we’re secure in our home with time to plan our future. One option is a generous offer from a new senior apartment complex to include our nutrition program when their project is completed in a year or two. It would provide a compatible home for the nutrition program and related ‘low impact’ activities.

It would, however, curtail present Community Center operations, as well as limiting the future vision we hold: An all-ages community center, bustling with artistic, recreational and cultural events, activities and classes, and a collaborative resource center housing many local nonprofits that provide services for our community. This is the bright promise that our Community Center holds. We have a year to decide which path to follow.

Ultimately, the future of the Gold Country Community Center rests with the community. We hope you’ll bring your kids, parents, and friends and join us on July 10th to celebrate, and to share your values, ideas and hopes for our future as a Community Center. What’s your dream?

Beth Moore, Gold Country Community Center, Vice President, Board of Directors.

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