Hawthorne Happenings October 6, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

“Coffee With The Cop” National Day
The Hawthorne Police Department started the internationally acclaimed “Coffee With The Cop” in 2006.  It has spread to law enforcement agencies around the world.  The US Department of Justice now has designated the first Thursday in October as “Coffee with the Cop” National Day.  Our HPD officers will be returning to the site of the very first event at the McDonald’s on Rosecrans by Costco on Friday, October 7th.  They will be there to talk with Hawthorne residents beginning at 8 a.m.  As we know, conversations like this are needed all across our country.

Sexual Assault Prevention Workshop
Resolve To Rise will be hosting a sexual assault prevention workshop on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hawthorne Teen Center located at 3901 El Segundo Blvd.  This workshop is meant for teens and their parents to become aware of the dangers surrounding them.  Participants are asked to register in advance by calling 310-973-1091.

Pancake Breakfast and E-Waste Roundup and Shredding Event
The Ramona Neighborhood Association is planning a pancake breakfast to be held on Saturday, October 29th at Ramona Park.  On that same day, Allied Waste is holding an E-Waste Roundup and Shredding Event at the City Hall’s parking lot.  Imagine that, all in one morning, you can fill your belly up with some delicious flat cakes and then rid yourself of all of that crap filling up your garage or office. 

“My Brother’s Keeper” Summit
Ever wonder how you can help our community become a better place to live and work?  It starts with individuals working together and building bridges of understanding and communication.  Hawthorne has taken the challenge with several other cities in SoCal to bring direction to the lives of our young people.  President Obama issued a challenge to cities and communities to work in an organized fashion under a program called, “My Brother’s Keeper”.  It seeks to organize all the agencies, organizations and individuals in a united effort to help our youth.  Sometimes we see our teens fall through the cracks.  Sometimes without parental guidance, they make wrong choices.  Efforts like the Big Brother and Big Sister programs have helped.  Schools and individual teachers play a big part in influencing our youth to make right choices.  Police agencies have athletic programs to keep youth active in a positive activity. All of these programs will be asked to assist us as we try to make a difference.  A “My Brother’s Keeper” Summit will be held at Hawthorne High School’s cafeteria on Tuesday, October 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. If you just wish to find out what is going on, or want to get involved, plan to attend this very worthwhile summit meeting.

National Days
I was called on the carpet last week for not recognizing “National Beer Drinking Day” that was last Thursday.  It’s funny that “National Coffee Day” was the very next day.  So, I did a little Google search for national days right now and I was astounded that every day of the year has at least two or three things to celebrate.  Besides being “Coffee with the Cop” national day, Thursday, October 6 is National German-American Day, National Mad Hatter Day and National Noodle Day. There is just not enough space in my column to celebrate every national day here in the good old USA.  Of course as you well know, I like to celebrate.  Every day is worth celebrating.  Every day the good Lord wakes us up and gives us life.  Every day we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those around us.  Every day we can look at our glass or mug as half empty or half full.  (I prefer mine to be full and overflowing, spilling on to the table.)  I think some of you need to celebrate, “Be Nice to your Newspaper Columnist Day”.  I have a difficult job keeping up with this crazy world and giving you all the news that really matters.  It really doesn’t matter if I miss a few important news stories, misspell a few words, use bad grammar, or even insult my German family members.  God loves me and gives me a beer to drink once in a while.  So, I declare that every day is National “Have Cold One” Day.  Enjoy life, you only have one.  (One life, not beer.) 

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