ILWACO - A new agreement between the American Legion and the River City School of Arts and Crafts will benefit both groups, with the Legion saving themselves some money and the school gaining more space for classes.

IF YOU GO...River City School of Arts and Crafts invites everyone to come and enjoy their annual dance recital at Hilltop School auditorium on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.. Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and children.

The American Legion Post in Ilwaco recently agreed to sell their building to the River City School after it became too expensive to justify keeping it.

"As it ended up, it's a very good deal for everybody," said Noreen Robinson of the River City School. "It's still the American Legion Hall, always will be. It would be an insult to the town of Ilwaco to take their Legion Hall away. They will still continue to have all their meetings and things there"

Robinson said that the Legion found that it wasn't a cost-effective thing for them to have the building and pay for utilities, insurance and other costs when they only used the building about 20 days a year.

"We'll use it every day and we'll schedule around those 20 days for them," she said.

The River City School had been looking to move after purchasing the former Laundromat building next to the community college office Ilwaco. The River City School was renting the space they are currently in.

They have had the Legion Hall property since the beginning of November; the line dancing class was the first to move in. It will also be the home of the ballet class, the mirrors and exercise bars for which have already been installed.

They will use both buildings for classes, the former Laundromat building also serving as the new office for the non-profit organization. That building has also received a face-lift, getting new hardwood floors, paint and picture molding to hold artwork.

Robinson said that the last week of November, as the dance classes are practicing at the Hilltop School auditorium for their annual recital on Saturday Nov. 29, everything will be moved from the current building into the other two.

"By the first of December we'll be completely moved," she said. "Right now we're moving just a little bit as we go."

With the added space the two buildings will provide, it has really opened up the options for classes at the River City School. Robinson said that some of the classes, which she said are broken up almost 50/50 now between both activities and crafts, will "bounce back and forth" between the two buildings.

"We'll go back to having martial arts," she said. "We had karate before, and it got too big, so we'll go back to doing that."

Other classes that will be offered now include some new drawing classes, quilting, boat model building, as well as a class that exposes babies to classical music. Robinson said she is also looking for someone who would be able to teach a gymnastics class.

For more information regarding the River City School, please call 642-8707.

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