Hawthorne Happenings February 23, 2017

News for the City of Good Neighbors from City Clerk Huber

The 2017 Historical Society’s “God Bless America Pancake Breakfast” will be held this Saturday, February 25th at the VFW Post located at 4562 W. 131st Street from 7-11 a.m.  Everything tastes better outside and this year’s breakfast will be held outside the historic water tank building of the VFW. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate.  Come early to avoid the crowd.

Another Launch for SpaceX
Congratulations to our friends over at SpaceX for the successful launching of another Falcon rocket, which hooked up with the international space station this week. Their aggressive launch schedule calls for this to be a regular occurrence in 2017 and 2018.  With a large backlog of contracts signed to deliver payloads to outer space, Hawthorne’s SpaceX will be busy making the news on a regular basis.  The next big moments will come when they reuse a rocket for the first time, send astronauts up to the space station and then on to Mars to help start to colonize the red planet.  Hawthorne will be in the news for many years to come.

Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
It’s that time of year again.  Next Tuesday, February 28th is Mardi Gras time in New Orleans with quite a few cold ones being drunk and a lot of uninhibited behavior being indulged in right before the season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent which is a solemn religious observance and ends approximately six weeks later right before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is for the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penancerepentance of sins, almsgivingatonement, and self-denial. Repentance is a good thing.  We all are sinners in need of forgiveness.  God calls us to repent of our sinful ways.  When we fast or give up things for the season of Lent this is meant to bring us closer to God.  We reflect upon our lives and realize we would be lost without God’s forgiveness. No matter how bad we have been, no matter what sins we have committed, God is there to forgive us when we come with a repentant heart.  So give up those big fat donuts, all that chocolate, or kick those addicting habits if that makes you reflect upon the life you have in Christ. Remember it’s not what we do for God that saves us. It’s what God has done for us in Christ that saves us.  Be happy my friends, enjoy the life God has given us.      

Development Update
The demolition of the old police state site will be concluding in the next couple of months.  The time frame for building and completing the two hotels is only eight to nine months following the demolition. So in a little more than a year we will have two new hotels in downtown Hawthorne.

Chamber of Commerce Events
The Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce invites you to take a “behind the scenes” tour of the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX.  The event will begin with a free breakfast at the Flight Museum at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1st, with the tour beginning at 8:45 a.m.   Please contact the Chamber at 310-676-1163 if you would like to take the tour.  The Chamber is also selling tables for the annual State of the City Luncheon to be held this year on Wednesday, March 29th beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Memorial Center.

Parks & Recreation Foundation Golf Tournament
The Hawthorne Parks & Recreation Foundation Golf Tournament is on Monday, April 10th at 12 noon at Coyote Hills Golf Club.  If you would like to play or sponsor a hole, please contact Richard Huhn at 310-643-9157.

Wiseburn Library Event
Celebrate Black History Month with Paradox.  The band will give a brief overview of black history from the 1950’s to the 1970’s while grooving to the lively sounds of the R&B music of the time.  This event will be held on Saturday, February 25th from 2-3:30 p.m.  

Contact email:  norbhuber@gmail.com