News for the City of Good Neighbors from an Old Guy named Norb Huber
25 Years Ago
It is hard to believe that the Rodney King Riots were 25 years ago this weekend. I was the principal of South Bay Lutheran High School at the time and we had a thrift shop located at the corner of 130th Street and Prairie Avenue. On the morning of May 1st I was sitting at home and received a phone call from the City of Hawthorne indicating that our thrift shop had been fire bombed the night before. I have never thought that our shop was a specific target for the racial tension. The thrift shop was simply full of old clothes and was easy to set ablaze. This paradoxical act of destroying a shop that was set up to support the education of African American teens was demoralizing just for a short time. Our volunteers were determined to reopen and we did by moving two short blocks south on Prairie. The local NBC-channel had a brief clip on our rebuilding effort when we held our grand re-opening two months after the fire. The aftermath of the fire gave us the opportunity to really show others that our Christian faith community was color blind and we worked across any racial barriers to reach out to again motivate and inspire youth to make something better for their lives. The quote, “Can’t we all get along?” was joked about, but our answer was, “Yes we can” when we know the love of God.
Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society’s local chapter is sponsoring the annual “Relay For Life-Hawthorne” this weekend at the Hawthorne High School track. The event begins at 9 a.m. this Saturday, April 29th and concludes 24 hours later at 9 a.m. on Sunday. It’s a great event to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those loved ones who have fallen to cancer. There are groups of high school kids and adults who camp out overnight and there is food and games for all ages throughout the event. Your monetary donations go to help the Cancer Society’s ongoing efforts to find a cure.
Hazardous Waste Roundup
There will be a FREE Los Angeles County Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Recycling Roundup at the Betty Ainsworth Sports Center located at 3851 W. El Segundo Boulevard this Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This is a great way to dispose of items that are too toxic to trash. Sometimes my old lady thinks I’m toxic but she keeps me anyway.
Agreement Signed for New Hawthorne Museum
The Hawthorne City Council approved an agreement with the Hawthorne Historical Society at Tuesday’s city council meeting to allow for the reopening of the Hawthorne Museum. The new site is located at 14100 S. Prairie Avenue. The Jim Thorpe Park building was used for many years as a dance practice hall. The City has renovated it and installed security measures to insure that the history of Hawthorne will be proudly displayed for many years to come. Now, the task of setting up the museum displays and memorabilia begins. The Society is hoping for a grand opening sometime this summer. If you would like to help us with the setup of the museum, please shoot me an email.
Historical Society’s Hall of Fame Banquet- Friday, May 19th
The Hawthorne Historical Society is sponsoring their annual Hawthorne Hall of Fame banquet on Friday, May 19th at the Ayres Hotel. The 2017 inductees include: Mr. John Baker, founder of “Cougartown.com”, John Baker, long-time community volunteer, city employee and friend to many, the 100 year-old Woman’s Club of Hawthorne, Mihaly "Michu" Meszaros, longtime resident of Hawthorne, was a circus performer/entertainer and stuntman and is best remembered as a performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and for his role in the NBC sitcom ALF. He was 2 feet 9 inches (84 cm) tall. The shortest street in Hawthorne is named after him. Eddings Brothers has been selected as the business honoree for their long time service to the community. Tickets to the banquet are now on sale. For more information regarding this festive evening, please contact the Historical Society at 310-643-9157.
Coming This Summer: A Bigger and Better Good Neighbors Day
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 22nd for one of the biggest events in Hawthorne this year. We are moving Good Neighbors Day to Memorial Park and adding some more attractions. We are expecting to have a much larger crowd with some great live music on stage for everyone’s entertainment. Food vendors, a bike show and even a “beer garden” are all planned to join our popular car show.
Another Pancake Breakfast
This old guy invites you to another pancake breakfast to be held this Saturday, April 29th at Ascension Lutheran Church located at 17910 S. Prairie Avenue in North Torrance. (Just a few blocks south of Artesia Blvd.) We serve about 500 people at our 12th annual breakfast that goes to support our preschool and day school programs. The raffles and silent auctions are very good this year. So, come out and have a “hot breakfast” and some “cold oj” this Saturday. The price as usual is only $5.
National Day of Prayer
The Hawthorne/Lawndale Ministerial Association will be holding a National Day of Prayer event at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 4783 W. 130th Street on Thursday, May 14th at 7 p.m.
Hawthorne 5K Run and Health Fair
Saturday, May 13th at 9 a.m. at the Hawthorne High School Track.
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