Hawthorne Happenings April 19, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Hawthorne Parks Foundation Golf Tournament:
Just a little wind didn’t prevent us from having a great day of golf out at Industry Hills Golf Course this past Monday for the 29th Annual Hawthorne Parks Foundation Golf Tournament.  The results are in:  Team Huber: 4th Place, Team Bare Elegance: 3rd Place, Team Miller: 1st Place and Team HPD: Last Place.  The takeaways: Me and my team members are working too many hours and have no time to practice. The strip club guys were distracted by their employees.  Miller always wins.  And the men in blue are better shots with their guns than their clubs. It was a fun day and we raised $10K for the refurbishing of the Hawthorne swimming pool’s locker rooms.

Upcoming Events on Hawthorne’s Calendar
April 21: Earth Day/Service Providers Fair at Memorial Park; April 22: Volunteer Appreciation Day at Memorial Center – 2 p.m.; April 28: Relay for Life 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hawthorne HS Track (12 hours only this year); April 28: Resolve to Rise Workshop; May 12: Hawthorne 5K Run and Health Fair at Hawthorne HS Track; May 19: Hawthorne Hall of Fame Banquet – Ayres Hotel; May 24: K-9 Community BBQ Dinner. There are a lot of activities coming up in Hawthorne, get out and participate.

Earth Day and the Annual Service Provider Fair
This Saturday at our Memorial Park will be our annual Service Provider Fair and Earth Day Celebration.  Exhibitors, entertainment and food will all be on the agenda for that day.  Councilwoman Angie Reyes English has sponsored this event for the past nine years.  As always, there will be bikes raffled off to the kids. 

Veterans Benefits Day
The Hawthorne Veteran Affairs Commission is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Veterans Benefits Day on Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hawthorne Memorial Center located at 3901 W. El Segundo Blvd in Hawthorne.  There will be presenters from the DAV, UCLA Family Therapy, US Vets, WLA VA Hospital and many more.  There will be exhibitors from many organizations that are there to help vets.  Lunch will be provided to the first 250 people who register.  Look them up on Facebook and register early. 

 National Night of Prayer
The Hawthorne/Lawndale Ministerial Association invites you to attend their annual National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday, May 3 at the South Bay Celebration Assembly beginning at 7 p.m. The theme for the service this year is Unity in faith based on Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

 Hall of Fame Banquet
The Hawthorne Historical Society will be holding their fourth Hawthorne Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, May 19th at 6 p.m. at the Ayres Hotel located at 14400 Hindry Avenue in Hawthorne. The class of 2018 inductees include:  Joe Contestabile, The Hawthorne Kiwanis Club, Phillips Plumbing and Heating, Chet Pipkin, and Emitt Rhodes.  The MC for the evening’s program will be Christina Pascucci, KTLA anchor.  It looks like another great event for the residents of Hawthorne to celebrate the accomplishments of some great people and organizations. For more information: hawthornehistorical@gmail.com.

Bittersweet, Mixed Emotions or Just Enjoying the Final Stretch?
A friend asked me if my final days of teaching were bittersweet?  I think anyone who has worked at a career for any length of time goes through a period of mixed emotions.  I really have enjoyed my time in the classroom.  I look back at how much the kids have given back to me.  They have kept me young, at least I feel younger than my looks.  Yes, there have been “pains” along the way.  There have been stress filled, outright disasters of days, and days that I have hurt people with my words.  But through it all, maybe a few young minds have been inspired. Teaching has allowed me to be me. I try to be real.  High school students can see right through you and know if you are a phony.  As all 14 of you know, I like to have fun.  I like to laugh and maybe get others to laugh with or at me. I guess I can say the same thing about you folks.  Most of you have figured out that my self degradation is simply a way of amusing, entertaining and setting the hook for you to keep reading until I can drop the God loves you and have a cold one line. I’m blessed.  Blessed by God to have friends, family and cold ones in my garage refrigerator ready to pop open when life gets tiring.    

Email Norb at norbhuber@gmail.com