Hawthorne Happenings April 26, 2018

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

Relay For Life
The Hawthorne Chapter of the American Cancer Society will be conducting their annual Relay for Life this Saturday, April 28th starting at 9 a.m. at the Hawthorne High School track. This year’s event will go for twelve hours instead of the usual 24 hours.  The culminating event, the luminaria, with candle lit displays to honor those who have died from cancer will be held at 9 p.m. that evening. It’s a celebration of life and a fight to find a cure. 

 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.

Qualifications
For the past nine years I’ve been asked, “What in the heck does a City Clerk actually do?”.  Now that I’m retiring I’m being asked, “What are the qualifications for being City Clerk?”  Those are both interesting questions. The ability to read might be one of the city clerk’s qualifications. Did you know that the position of city clerk is the second oldest profession in the world, second only to ladies of the night. To be honest, that profession sounds more exciting than sitting through long meetings, listening to long-winded politicians who think they are the experts on everything from smoking weed to sewer infrastructure. Throughout our lives we are asked to qualify.  I didn’t speak until I was four years of age so I qualified for the special kindergarten speech programs which seems to have worked since now I enjoy talking and rambling on. As I got older, qualifying for the sports teams in high school and college were big life changers for me.  I’m not sure what qualifications my old lady saw in me 38 and ½ years ago that led her to vow to love and cherish me til death do us part. What qualified me to be a father, my ability to make three babies?  By convincing enough voters in 2009 to vote me in, I was suddenly qualified to be city clerk.  The best things in life we don’t have to qualify for.  Being a friend simply requires us to care about someone other than ourselves.  Having a marriage that lasts simply means we can love and forgive each other even when we don’t want to.  Being a Christian simply means that we acknowledge that we are sinners, and that we put our trust in God.  Caring for our community qualifies us as engaged, worthwhile citizens. When it’s all said and done, I want people to know that they are qualified. If you care, you are qualified.  After a long day or week or career of caring, you all deserve a cold one or two.  It’s all worth it. You too can make it like me to your great heavenly man or woman cave to kick off your shoes and enjoy life. I’m ready, how about you?          

Upcoming Events on Hawthorne’s Calendar
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.

Email Norb at norbhuber@gmail.com