Hawthorne Happenings April 23, 2015

Hawthorne Happenings    
News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Historical Society Meeting

If you haven’t been to one of our meetings, you should try to make the next HHS meeting this coming Monday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Museum.  Former Mayor Guy Hocker will be our guest speaker. He has been a civic leader, homeowner and realtor in Hawthorne for over 40 years.  We look forward to hearing the many stories that he will bring to enlighten us on how Hawthorne came to be the Hawthorne we know today.  
 
American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life 

It was a great day for our annual Relay for Life event over at the Hawthorne High School track last Saturday.  Over 500 people participated in the Relay event and over $32K was raised.  Contributions are still being accepted. 

Volunteers to be Celebrated

The Hawthorne President’s Council will once again host a Volunteer Appreciation Program on Sunday, April 26th at the Memorial Center to honor all those individuals who have volunteered for organizations in Hawthorne.  These volunteers keep our city’s non-profits and service organizations moving forward. 

5K Run and Hawthorne Health Fair

The Hawthorne Education Foundation’s Health Fair and 5K Run allows hundreds of kids from our local schools the opportunity to participate in a health promoting event.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 9th this year. The kids and their parents run or walk in the 5K event early in the morning and then the many booths that are set up at the Memorial Park distribute health information to those in attendance. 

Neighbor to Appear on Good Morning America

Ramona Tract resident, Lucy Ravitch, will be appearing on the nationally broadcast morning program, Good Morning America, this Friday, April 24 around 8 a.m.  She is the author of a children’s book entitled, The Pancake Menu which has a goal of making Math fun for kids to learn by applying math concepts to recipes and projects.  Lucy used Kickstarter to fund her publication. She is a board member of the Ramona Neighborhood Association and mother of five children. Good luck Lucy in NYC! 

Japanese Baseball

I had always heard that the Japanese people are crazy about baseball.  So, on the last day of our trip to Japan, I was able to attend the Giants vs the Swallows game played in the Tokyo Dome.  With 13 million people, Tokyo has enough population to support five major league baseball teams. The game itself looked very much like a game here in the USA. However, there were some differences.  The first being that almost all of the fans actually watched the game. There was no getting up to go to the snack stand and missing half of the game. Very few fans went to buy souvenirs until after the game was completed.  There were organized crowd cheers or chants for the team at bat throughout the game.  The visiting fans all sat together in a designated area out in left field.  There were cheerleaders leading the cheers between innings. No litter was thrown under the seats, no spilled beer on the stadium steps.  The stands were kept clean.  After the game the winning team, the Giants, stood between home plate and first base and took a bow. Of course there were cold ones for sale.  (I’ve been asked if this was a city sponsored trip. No, I have looked at my credit card statement and I can definitely say that I paid 100% of all expenses.  We consider ourselves blessed to be able to travel and see other parts of the world.) 

Candyland Carnival

Hawthorne High School is sponsoring a carnival this Thursday thru Sunday, April 23-26 out on their football field.  Unlimited ride tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the gate.  The times are Thursday and Friday nights and afternoon and evening on Saturday and Sunday.  Help support the programs of Hawthorne High by having fun at the carnival.   (Congratulations to the HHS Robotics Team who was chosen to attend the national championships this week also.)

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