County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani will host a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. to commemorate the opening of the $2 million expansion and renovation of the Winchester Cultural Center, located at 3130 McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road.
The project adds 4,300 square feet of space that features a fitness room, music room, arts room and multipurpose room, allowing the County to add programming it was unable to provide previously due to a lack of space.
"This expansion will allow the County to better serve the residents of the area," said Giunchigliani. "We've had to limit our classes and activities at the facility simply due to a lack of space. The Winchester center is a cultural jewel and this project adds to its luster."
Also taking part in the event will be Marilyn Dondero Loop, the daughter of Thalia Dondero, the County's first female commissioner, who served on the board for 20 years. Thalia was an advocate for the residents of the area she represented, District E, a pioneer and a woman with a passion for the children, arts and culture.
The County Commission voted today to incorporate Dondero's name into the name of the center, which will be known as the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center.
"This is such an honor for our late mother who loved and served this community for many years," said Dondero Loop. "She would be so pleased that the families have the resources of a wonderful community center."
Games for children, food and festivities will be available immediately following the ribbon-cutting.
Beginning in early 2019, the 274-seat theater will be retrofitted with new seating, speakers and lighting. The project is expected to be completed before the end of the calendar year.