By Ricky Richardson, Contributing Writer

        (Hawthorne, CA.) – The City of Hawthorne and the Community Services Department hosted a fabulous event for the community. 

        It was a beautiful day in the community, Thursday, September 2, 2021 as a diverse crowd gathered at Memorial Park, 3901 W. El Segundo Boulevard for this event that featured fun for the entire family. The End of Summer Community BBQ Event was held from 5:00-8:00pm.        

        It was nice to see everyone engaged in the various activities at the End of Summer Community BBQ Event. Members of the Hawthorne Police Department provided and cooked the hot dogs and provided chips and water. Hawthorne Police Explorers served the hot dogs to the public. North Hawthorne Community Association served pizza to all in attendance. 

        Hawthorne/LAX/Lennox Rotary Club (740), Rotary District 5280 members  provided free books and the crowd had an opportunity to win wonderful raffle prizes throughout the evening. Parks and Recreation team members staffed the very popular game booths.

Hawhorne Councilmeber Alex Monteiro (Photo: Ricky Richardson)
Hawthorne Councilmber Alex Monteiro, Kywanna Bowie and Vontray Norris, Hawthorne Interim City Manager (Photo: Ricky Richardson)

        Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas and Hawthorne Councilmember Alex Monteiro made welcome remarks and thanked everyone for attending the event.

L.A. Love Band (Photo: Ricky Richardson)

L.A. Love Band liven up the festivities with an eclectic set of music. They opened their set with a bossa nova tinged version of “Little Sunflower,” followed by “I Feel Good,” by James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. The band continued their journey with “Get Your Kicks on Route 66,” by Bobby Troup, followed by “Be Thankful for What You Got.” The band continued to showcased their versatility on “Will the Chain be Broken” a popular Country and Western tune. “Waiting in Vain” by Bob Marley and “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, were a few of the songs performed in their first set. The band members consisted of Captain Dan Meyer-guitar and vocals, Ron Battle-bass, Andy Applegate-drums, Kai Suzuki-saxophone and Elizabeth Hangan- vocals.

Bowling for Prizes (Photo: Ricky Richardson)

        This is an event that brought the community together to network and socialize with their neighbors for an evening of fun.