ILWACO - A longtime Ilwaco business is under new ownership and open for youth entertainment, family fun and year-round recreation. Vin and Cara Ciaramella recently purchased Hilltop Bowl from Ron and Colleen Dietl.

As the only eight-lane bowling center on the Long Beach Peninsula, Hilltop Bowl now hosts "Galactic Bowl" on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. During those hours, bowlers will enjoy music, dance club lighting and colored pin specials. Open bowl is provided the rest of the week, except during league play on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At 2 p.m. every Wednesday, Hilltop also hosts "Senior Bowl,"where guests 50 years and older can bowl three games for $5 per person. Complimentary coffee and tea is also served.

Having worked in the bowling business for more than 10 years, the Ciaramellas provide professional shop services and lessons. They also plan to serve hot food items, beer and wine.

"We just want to give all people in this community a fun, relaxed and safe atmosphere to enjoy the game of bowling. Bowling is a great way to escape the rain for a few hours or cool off after a day on the beach or boat."

Guests can also receive a free shoe rental coupon by visiting (

Hilltop Bowl is open Mondays through Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays 2 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays noon to midnight and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. Located at 601 1st Avenue North in Ilwaco and across from Black Lake, Hilltop Bowl can be reached by calling 642-4440.

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