Hawthorne Happening February 1, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Fake News
The results are in: 3 of my readers voted for me to continue this want-to-be comedy column and 0 readers want me to be a boring communicator of Hawthorne events. Even with those overwhelming results, I have been accused of being the greatest perpetuator of Hawthorne “fake news”.  Believe me, I do not make this stuff up.  I ran a campaign eight years ago on transparency and I have been brutally honest with you folks ever since. So, not to be deterred, here we go with another week’s worth of gems and another opportunity to share my insights, my views, my worldly wisdom, my prescriptions for living the good life, and my efforts to convince you that God loves you and me, so why should we worry. The only fake parts of my story line is the size of my opposition.  When I say I have accusers, I basically am referring to my extended family members who I am unlucky enough to be related to through marriage.  They, my accusers, are the ones that think I’m full of it.  They think I’m Mr. Hawthorne and wish to erect a memorial statue on the Blvd. for the birds to crap on. Don’t worry, I sift through their comments and keep on writing for all of you who are on my side. We look at life with a full and overflowing glass of suds. Keep on being “real” folks.  Or if you can’t be real, fake it, I do.   

Super Sunday
Like I have said in the past, who needs a reason to party?  This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday.  It’s a national party day.  More pizza, more Doritos, more dip, more guacamole and more cold ones are consumed on this day than any other all year long.  So what if a few players have taken a knee?  So what if former players have had lifelong debilitating brain injuries from getting hit hard in the head too many times?  So what if the commercials are too political or to weird to figure out what they are advertising?  This Sunday is a day to indulge and have a good time with friends and family.  It’s time when betting on anything is accepted, when gambling is just a fun thing to do to make the game more interesting.  It’s time to stop talking about whether our president knows the words to the national anthem or not. In the not too distant future, this international attention will be focused on our surrounding community.  Our house values are going up.  Our infrastructure is getting repaired.  We have more restaurants to choose from.  All because the NFL has two teams located within five miles of Hawthorne.  Multiple Super Bowls will be played in our backyard.  People will want to rent our houses for the big game in 2022 and for the 2024 Olympics.  Millions of dollars are expected to be poured into Hawthorne’s economy.  Yes, it may be Super Bowl Sunday this Sunday, but we have a super decade to look forward to.  So, let’s party.  How can we complain when we have 80 degree sunny weather and a cold one in hand?

 Historical Society Meeting
The Hawthorne Historical Society will meet on Monday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the new Hawthorne Museum located at Jim Thorpe Park. Our guest speaker will be Gary Evans the owner of Pizza Show.  Gary and his family have owned the popular restaurant on Hawthorne Blvd. for over forty years.  The HHS will also be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, February 24 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Museum.  The breakfast is $5.  I look forward to seeing all of my loyal readers there.

Model Trains
Did you know that Hawthorne has one of the largest model railroad clubs in the South Bay?  Yes these hobbyists have been having fun over at their warehouse for over 40 years. They have over 2100 square feet of HO standard and narrow gauge on their layout.  The Los Angeles Model Railroad Society invites you to an open house at their facility on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 14009 S. Crenshaw Blvd. There is no admission charge.  Free fun!

March 21: The State of the City Luncheon, April 21: Service Provider Fair/Earth Day-Memorial Park   April 22: Volunteer Appreciation Day,   April 28-29:  Relay 4 Life,   May 12:  Hawthorne 5K Run and Health Fair, May 24: Community BBQ Dinner in support of HPD K9 Units.