Hawthorne Happenings March 15, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Hometown Pancake Breakfast This Saturday
You are invited to the 4th Annual Hawthorne Hometown Pancake Breakfast at the Hawthorne Museum this Saturday, March 17 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. The breakfast is sponsored by the Hawthorne Historical Society and annually draws a good sized crowd. How much better can it get than hot cakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee?  Bring your friends and family.  Come out and meet your neighbors and some City Councilmembers. The price is right, $5 is all that you pay.

The “State of the City” Luncheon
Mayor Alex Vargas promises to keep his speech shorter than President Trump when he delivers his annual “State of the City” address on Wednesday, March 21st over at the Memorial Center.  Tickets to the luncheon are $50 per person and can be obtained by calling the Chamber of Commerce office.

Golf Anyone?
I would like to invite you to the Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, April 16th.  This year’s tournament is being held at the Industry Hills "Babe Course". The schedule is as follows: 10 am Registration, 11 am BBQ Lunch, 12 noon shotgun start, 5 pm dinner. If you are interested in playing or your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Dick Huhn at 310-643-9157. All proceeds goes to the improving of our parks.

Many Upcoming Events on Calendar
Here a few of the upcoming events to mark on your calendar for Hawthorne Happenings:    March 24: Annual “Bunny Breakfast” hosted by the Parks and Rec Department at Memorial Center.  April 1: Easter Sunday – The Hawthorne/Lawndale Ministerial Association invites you to attend an area church for Resurrection Sunday. April 21: Earth Day/Service Providers Fair at Memorial Park; April 22: Volunteer Appreciation Day at Memorial Center – 2 p.m.; April 28: Relay for Life 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hawthorne HS Track (12 hours only this year); April 28: Resolve to Rise Workshop; May 12: Hawthorne 5K Run and Health Fair at Hawthorne HS Track; May 19: Hawthorne Hall of Fame Banquet – Ayres Hotel; May 24: K-9 Community BBQ Dinner. There are a lot of activities coming up in Hawthorne, I hope to see you at a few.

Hawthorne High School Football Coach Passes
Otto Plum, PE instructor and football coach at Hawthorne High School for many years passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Torrance on February 27th.  The Cougartown alums remember Coach Plum as a kind and caring teacher and coach.  He stayed active in his retirement and attended many of the HHS alum gathers.  He will be missed.

St. Patrick’s Day
Here is the inside scoop on this Saturday’s holiday: “Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461),the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.”   Now you can go out on Saturday and have a good time knowing who and why you’re having several cold ones in honor of.   

Guns and Schools
I have never owned a gun and would not be in favor of arming classroom teachers.  However, schools and our children need protection from the evil of this world.  If we protect other public spaces for adults, we need to protect our children as well.  There are always going to be young people or adults who think so little of life that they will kill others. We cannot prevent every shooting from taking place.  We walk in faith.  Yes, we take precautions. Yes, we use preventative measures to ward off tragedies.  We should be thankful for the men and women who give of themselves to protect us.  I’m just saddened that a school should be a place of safety and peace for our children has to have teachers and staff trained and conscience of these outside impending dangers. Pray for our schools, teachers, students and parents who all have to work together to insure a continued bright future for this generation.