It was used for veterans’ meetings, the Chamber of Commerce office, the Justice of the Peace court, the hilarious Legion Follies from 1946 for about 10 years, plays, parties, recreational classes and events of all sorts. It was the County Supervisor’s office in the late seventies.
Saturday night dances were a primary use for the hall. Today many people still remember the monthly “dollar” dances, with Mabel Christianson and her band teaching people how to dance the two-step, mazurka and polka. Romances blossomed at these dances and older couples enjoyed the dancing.
In 1941, a Walnut Kernel reporter wrote:
“What is probably the oldest continuous series of dances in Contra Costa county is conducted monthly in the Danville veterans' hall by the Mt. Diablo post of the American Legion. On the first Saturday night of each month, the post and women's auxiliary have an oldtime dance where middle-aged folk may enjoy the … dances they learned when children.”
In 1978, a Community Block Grant enabled several renovations to welcome the Danville Senior Citizens’ Club. Construction began in 1977 which included a new kitchen, handicapped restrooms and upgraded electrical and plumbing improvements.
The dedication in April, 1978 was a huge event with 500 people attending, Gene Rolandelli’s band played, the colors were presented and dignitaries spoke including Congressman George Miller, Assemblyman Dan Boatwright, County Supervisor Eric Hasseltine.