Hawthorne Happenings January 12, 2017

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

Celebration of Life – John Baker
This Saturday, January 14th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Hawthorne VFW, there will be a Celebration of Life event held in honor of John Baker, a true Hawthorne champion, who facilitated Cougartown.com and knew more Hawthorne High School grads than anyone around.  He passed away last month from a heart attack at his home in Lomita. There will be a time for sharing memories with John’s family.  The Hawthorne community will surely miss John and his contributions to building a community of friendship.  We all can celebrate his pride in the city that he loved. 

 Ramona Neighborhood Association Open Meeting
You are invited to attend an open meeting of the Ramona Neighborhood Association to be held on Thursday, January 19th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Ramona School, located at 4617 W. 136th Street. The main presentation will be made by Constance Turner, a Southern California Edison Community Affairs officer for the Hawthorne area.  Her talk will include: dealing with electrical outages (includes filing claims if necessary). This is an open meeting for all Ramona Neighborhood Association members, and other residents and neighbors of the Ramona Tract in Hawthorne.

 Hawthorne Historical Society Meeting
The first meeting of 2017 for the HHS is set for Tuesday, January 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Library’s community room.  This is an invitation to all those interested in building our community and celebrating the history of Hawthorne.  We have many upcoming events to plan for and we continue to pursue a site for the Hawthorne Museum.  We need your help.  By attending you will get to know some of your Hawthorne good neighbors.

 Pancake Breakfast
The Hawthorne Historical Society will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 25th.  We hope to host it over at the Beach Boys Monument. More details will be forthcoming.

Golf Tournaments
I will be hosting our annual golf tournament this year for Lutheran High School on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20th and then a few weeks later on Monday, April 3rd the Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation will be conducting their tournament.  Both tournaments will be held at Coyote Hills Golf Club in Fullerton.  If you are interested in playing in either tournament, please email me at the address listed below.  

Hyperloop Competition
SpaceX will be hosting a Hyperloop student competition on Saturday, January 28th. The event is by invitation only and will feature 30 teams from colleges across the country and one high school team that will test their skills on the Hyperloop tube that is 3/4th of a mile long outside of the SpaceX factory.  Along with Tesla and building rockets, SpaceX is promoting land speed innovation. Some day I may be able to zip up to San Francisco in 30 minutes to catch my Giants win another game and then get back faster than getting out of the Dodger Stadium parking lot and driving home on the 110.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day
This is MLK weekend with the civil rights leader’s birthday being celebrated on Monday.  Most government agencies will be closed that day. My granddaughter asked me if I had ever been in jail.  I asked why?  She learned in kindergarten that Martin Luther King had been in jail 20 times for protesting.  Her class had reenacted the Rosa Parks bus event and Jordan had learned that Ms. Parks was discriminated against because of her skin color.  This whole event was reenacted in the Spanish language since Jordan is enrolled in a “dual emersion” program that teaches in both English and Spanish.  We really do live in a multicultural world.  It’s great that our kids are growing up to respect each other and other cultures.  Of course my solution to world peace, racial harmony and global warming is to have a cold one. Come to think of it, that basically is my solution to all of the world’s problems.  Personally, just having a cold one doesn’t quite do it all for me.  I have to rely on a higher being to put my trust in.  This week’s advice: have a cold one, put your trust in God, and let it rain and rain and rain. Stay dry, my friends.     

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