Hawthorne Happenings March 8, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Hawthorne Leads the Way with Building Blocks
Our fine city has been the leader in everything from airplanes to rockets to electric cars to tunnels to now preassembled hotels.  Over 300 VIP’s came to downtown Hawthorne on Tuesday to see our new $86 million Marriott Hotel complex be assembled.  The hotel rooms are ready to go.  By this summer we will be welcoming the next wave of tourists and business people to the center of our city.  Until recently the 4.2 acre site was full of downtrodden buildings and parking lots that used to be the old HPD station.  Now, we will be the host to thousands of people who come to SoCal for pleasure or business.  Once again Hawthorne is the trend setter.  We are on the cutting edge.  We are years ahead of our neighboring city who is building a football stadium or our beach city friends with their average homes so pricey that you have to play in the NFL to own. 

Hawthorne’s “Hometown Pancake Breakfast”
Make a point to get out of bed early and come on over to the Hawthorne Museum on St. Patrick’s Day morning, Saturday, March 17 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The Hawthorne Historical Society will be holding our 4th Annual Hawthorne Hometown Pancake Breakfast.  How much better can it get than hot cakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee?  Bring your friends and family.  The price is right, $5 is all that you pay.

Golf Tournament
I would like to invite you to the Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Foundation’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, April 16th.  This year’s tournament is being held at the Industry Hills "Babe Course". The schedule is as follows: 10 am Registration, 11 am BBQ Lunch, 12 noon shotgun start, 5 pm dinner. If you are interested in playing or your company would like to be a sponsor, please contact Dick Huhn at 310-643-9157. All proceeds goes to the improving of our parks.

The “State of the City” Luncheon
Mayor Alex Vargas will deliver his annual “State of the City” address on Wednesday, March 21st over at the Memorial Center.  Tickets to the luncheon are $50 per person and can be obtained by calling the Chamber of Commerce office.

My Memoirs
As I am about to wrap up my teaching career, only 63 more days left as of today, I have been asked by several people whether I was going to write a book about my 41 years of being inside the confines of the educational community.  I never have thought of myself as a scholar, an author, or even a newspaper columnist.  I have never thought that I knew that much more than the average Tom, Dick or Norbert. I consider these weekly submissions as my “memoirs”. All of you receive this as a free gift. Some of you feel obligated to read it out of courtesy to me. Some of you feel sorry for me so out of pure pity you glance over it in between sips of your cold ones. I have never thought that people would want to pay to read a big collection of what not thoughts. However, lately I have been made aware of an uptick in my core readership.  We may be up at double digits soon.  I’ve been thinking of a title for my swan song reflections, “Shut Up and Have a Cold One!”, “Lost in Hawthorne”, “I’m not Good, You not Good, but God Is”: How I won by being a big loser.  Some questions that I would like to pose would be: Where in the heck will I be when I get where I’m going?  Why am I so blessed?  Why can’t I have more than one cold one before I get sauced? I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to clear my mind of these random thoughts once a week for the past eight years.  I’ve learned much about myself. I hope that I have brought something to your life. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life’s journey.  No matter where our paths lead us, I will look back with fond memories of these times that we have shared. A favorite scripture of mine is a source of much comfort: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.  Keep the faith folks.  Enjoy a cold one and I will certainly let you know when my publisher releases the initial release of the hard copy edition on Amazon with a list price of $29.99 plus the 10% Hawthorne sales tax.  I have not decided on which one of our two breweries to have my book signing event at. I’ll let you know.         

Model Railroad Society Open House
The Los Angeles Model Railroad Society invites you to their Open House on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 over at their facility located at 14005 S. Crenshaw Blvd. in Hawthorne.  The demonstrations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 310-675-3361.