Hawthorne Happenings July 4, 2015

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

The 4th
This year it is going to be the 3rd and the 4th since the 4th is on a Saturday.  You know what I’m talking about, that holiday at the start of summer that everyone loves, except for the dog owners who have to keep their dogs tied up, or in the house because of the loud explosions occurring on a nightly basis.  This holiday is loud.  This holiday is filled with food, fun and family gathers.  This holiday is red, white and blue.  This holiday has a hot dog eating contest.  Americans like to have fun.  We like to celebrate holidays. Our nation’s birthday is one big party.  Instead of just birthday cake with candles, we light big shooting candles that light up the sky.  So, why not have some hot dogs and hamburgers? Have some chips and dip.  Have some watermelon and ice cream.  And of course have several “cold ones” to toast our nation as it turns 239 this 4th of July.

Movies in the Park
The Holly Park Homeowners Association once again invites you to their annual “Movies in the Park” event to be held on Saturday, July 11 at Holly Park, which is located at 120th Street and Van Ness Blvd. on the east side of town. Go for the food and games prior to the feature movie that is shown on a big screen out on the baseball field. Bring a chair and/or blanket. Every year there is a large crowd of young and old folk like me. 

Hall of Fame Banquet
The second annual Hawthorne Historical Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Friday, July 17 starting with a social hour at 6 p.m.   This year the banquet will be over at the Memorial Center’s Venus Room. Tickets are $30 per person and can be obtained by emailing hawthornehistorical@gmail.com or in person at the Hawthorne Museum.  The banquet was a big hit last year and we look forward to the same being true this year.  The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees include: The Hawthorne Beach Boys, Reese Walton, Jim Thorpe, Carl Boenish, and Seers Lumber.  The Historical Society is offering a historical tour of Hawthorne prior to the banquet.  At 3 p.m. on the 17th, we will depart on a ninety minute ride around Hawthorne to visit some of the sites that have made Hawthorne famous. 

Good Neighbors Day
It’s hard to believe that this will be our 5th Annual Good Neighbors Day. It will be held on Saturday, July 18th in front of City Hall on 126th Street.  The activities include a car show, three great bands performing on stage, vendors from a variety of organizations, and some food and games.  Bring your lawn chair and sunscreen.  Plan to make it a day with your Hawthorne good neighbors.   

The City of Hawthorne and our local water companies have announced more strict guidelines for outside watering.  These guidelines will be sent to you in your water bill this coming month.  Even with an El Nino winter storm pattern predicted, the drought is here and is severe.  We must conserve our precious resource. 

If you read last week’s Hawthorne Happenings, you probably noticed it was a little corny.  That is because my nephew and brother-in-law wrote the column while sitting around the campfire having some cold ones.  I apologize if any of you were offended by their content as they attempted to aspire to reach the level of my journalistic expertise.