Hawthorne Happenings April 14, 2016

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Service Provider Fair / Earth Day Celebration
The City of Hawthorne will sponsor a Service Provider Fair and Earth Day Event this Saturday, April 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Park.  A lot of information will be made available to our Hawthorne neighbors.  Prizes and food are also on the agenda.   Our local trash company, Republic Services, is providing free compost material for you to use in your garden and free shredding of documents that you wish to dispose of safely.  If you take advantage of the free stuff, it could save you some green stuff.

Test Drive a Lincoln – Raise Money for Parks
This Sunday, April 17th, you can help to raise funds for the Hawthorne Parks Foundation by simply going down to South Bay Ford on Rosecrans and the 405 freeway and test driving a Lincoln.  The times are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there is room for 300 people to drive a new Lincoln.  The foundation will receive $20 for every test drive.  The money raised from the event will go to support our Hawthorne parks.

Sexual Assault Prevention Seminar
Many women are assaulted every day in our country.  Preventing such attacks is the goal of a seminar to be held this Saturday, April 16th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hawthorne Police Department.  “Resolve to Rise” is the name of the seminar.  Topics include prevention, safety tips, grooming signs, the fear of aggression, and much more. For more information please contact Yolanda Dunn at 310-973-1091.

Volunteer Appreciation Day
Every year the Hawthorne Presidents Council does a nice thing for the community.  It hosts a volunteer appreciation day at the Memorial Center.  This year’s event will be held on Sunday April 24 beginning at 2 p.m.  Volunteerism is good for the body and soul.  It makes you feel good helping others.  We look forward to saying thank you to all of those who have worked hard this past year, not for money or benefits, but for the sear joy of giving back to the community.

Second Place Again
The Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation Golf Tournament was held this past Monday, with my foursome finishing second once again.  We just can’t quite get over the hump and win.  The neat thing about golf is there is always another day, another course, or another hole to play.  You get a fresh, new start each time you tee it up. Life is like that.  Some days we try but we still come in second place.  But, the key to winning is to keep on trying.  A favorite scripture of mine relates to this: “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 ESV)

Religion and Beer Day
I really missed it last week.  I missed telling you all about National Beer Day.  It is celebrated on April 7th each year and is an official holiday in the USA marking the first day in 1933 that people could legally buy, sell, and drink beer following 13 years of prohibition. National Beer Day is a celebration of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer”. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. Wow! That’s a lot of cold ones!  So, I’m not the only one that likes to celebrate with a cold one.  We have freedom to drink beer here in our country.  My Baptist friends will disagree, but my freedom in Christ allows me to drink a cold one in “moderation”.  Drinking beer is not a sin.  Getting drunk is. Like the commercial says, “please drink responsibly”.  I would extend this biblically to say, “please live responsibly”.  Something to ponder on while sipping your next cold one. 

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