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For seniors, it’s “Hub City”, Hagerstown

UnknownHagerstown, seat of Washington County, is by many definitions the largest city in a region known as Western Maryland. The population runs right at 41,000. Today, in keeping with its rich history, senior travelers will find the “Hub City” at the crossroads of two major interstates I-70 and I-81. It serves as gateway to the Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area as well as the “hub” of government, commerce and recreation for the tri-state area.

Hagerstown was founded in 1762 by Jonathan Hager, a gunsmith, fur trader, farmer and politician. After settling he quickly increased his wealth and expanded his land holdings, acquiring over 10,000 acres which he used to layout plans for the town. It was originally named Elizabethtowne, in honor of his wife, but was later changed to Hagerstown in his own honor.


Hagerstown was situated at the crossroads of the “Warrior Trading Path,” the Eastern Native American North/South Trading Route, which is modern day Route 11 and the First National Road, now Route 40. The town grew quickly and was a prized location for transportation of all kinds from covered wagon to nearby river navigation.

Seniors Relax in Most Beautiful City Park


Ask locals if necessary, seniors, but search out the Burnside’s Bridge, a site of heavy combat in the Battle of Antietam, which occurred south of Hagerstown. Hagerstown has been a major crossroads for railroads and for highway traffic for over two hundred years.

One of the best kept secrets of this city is its city park where seniors will find the Hager House, the original home of Jonathan Hager, the founder of the city, the Mansion House Arts Center, a huge lake and fountain, and, for the railroad lovers, a railroad museum. 

The Hagerstown City Park has been rated by many as the Most Beautiful City Park In America. Stop at the park and judge for yourself. Pack a picnic for an even better experience.


Good ‘ol TripAdvisor has lined up 30 things to do in Hagerstown starting with Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Seniors In The Middle Of Rich History

Washington County is known for its rich history. Located in the crossroads of the Civil War, it is home to South Mountain State Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield, and the July 1863 Battle of Hagerstown. Washington County also has a rich cultural scene.

The Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Maryland Theatre which offers year-round performances and events, including Maryland Symphony Orchestra concerts.


Hagerstown is also home to the Western Maryland Blues Fest. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, located in scenic City Park, boasts an outstanding permanent collection with an active schedule of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films, and special events for all ages.

Senior visitors can enjoy a big city type of nightlife. So plan to check out Hagerstown when you are in western Maryland. You will enjoy the visit.  -jeb

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Seniors Depart For Northern Ireland


Belfast from Irish: Béal Feirste, (meaning “mouth of the sandbanks”) is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, the second-largest city on the island of Ireland after Dublin. Senior travelers find it situated around the River Lagan, which runs through the city. Get your coffee my friends and let’s visit Belfast this morning.

The site of Belfast has been occupied since the Bronze Age. The Giant’s Ring, a 5,000-year-old henge, is located near the city, and the remains of Iron Age hill forts can still be seen in the surrounding hills.


During its early history, Belfast was a center of the Irish linen, tobacco processing, rope-making and shipbuilding industries. In the early 20th century, Harland and Wolff, which built the RMS Titanic, was the biggest and most productive shipyard in the world.

Belfast played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, and was a global industrial center until the latter half of the 20th century. Belfast was granted city status in 1888.

Industrialization and the inward migration it brought made Belfast the biggest city in Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, Belfast remains a center for industry, as well as the arts, higher education, business, and law, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland.


Seniors Visit Titanic Exhibition

Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital, has a population that runs right at 290,000. It is a port city known in part for its political murals, documenting the ‘Troubles’ of the 20th century.

In the city’s renovated dockyards, the Titanic Quarter includes the Titanic Belfast Museum, an aluminum-clad edifice reminiscent of a ship’s hull, shipbuilder Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices and the Titanic slipways, which now host open-air concerts.


Senior visitors will find the world’s largest Titanic exhibition, the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and one of the top attractions in all of Ireland. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of Belfast.

After that visit, I’d head off to Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past, the Ulster Folk Museum. Take this video visit with my travel hero Rick Steves as we visit Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland.

 Seniors Find Easy City to Visit


They say that it’s never been easier to tour the city, thanks to a number of bus, taxi, boat and pedestrian options. Don’t miss the Belfast Cathedral, and make sure to experience some of the award-winning restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and theaters.

TripAdvisor offers over 200 things for senior travelers to do. They feature Crumlin Road Gaol, a former prison situated on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast. It is the only Victorian era prison remaining in Northern Ireland.

Senior travelers can fully enjoy the plethora of amenities and historic sites this exciting city has to offer visitors. -jeb


Senior Stop In Lake Zurich

Lake_Zurich_SignSenior travelers find the village of Lake Zurich in Lake County, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. The population runs right at 20,000. The village is named after Lake Zurich which is completely located inside the village.

In 2006, Lake Zurich was named by Frommer’s as one of the top hundred “Best Places to Raise Your Family” and by U.S. News as one of the “Top Twenty-five Affordable Places to Live in the Country”. In 2013, Lake Zurich achieved national recognition when Sandra Bullock’s character in Gravity name-dropped the village as her character’s hometown.

The area of Lake Zurich was first settled by European descendants in the 1830s. Two early pioneers were George Ela, after whom the Ela township is named, and Seth Paine, who established a number of commercial ventures in the town. New England farmers moved to the area in the 1830s and 1840s, and German immigrants began to move to the area from the middle of the century.


The lake now known as Lake Zurich was named Cedar Lake in the 19th century. The village of Lake Zurich was incorporated on September 29, 1896. By the way, I discovered another Lake Zürich in Switzerland, extending southeast of the city of Zürich. We’ll stick with this one today.

Seniors And Grandkids Find A TreeHouse


TripAdvisor suggest that you be sure to take in several things to see and do in and around Lake Zurich  starting off with the Copper Fiddle Distillery.

Seniors, bring along the grandkids and enjoy the TreeHouse, a 7,700-square-foot facility offers a multi-level climbing structure with swinging bridges, enclosed slides, padded mats and ramps, swings, and a soft basketball court. Kids will love this.

The TreeHouse provides grandpa and grandma a place to relax with constant eyeshot of the climbing structure, and gives kids a place to exercise their bodies and minds. The TreeHouse is pioneering a new concept called “unplugged” indoor play for children.

Seniors And Grandkids Land at Six Flags


Lake Zurich offers numerous local parks and playgrounds such as Buffalo Creek Park, Paulus Park, Breezewald Park, Betty Park, Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, Heatherleigh Park, Kuechmann Park, and Old Mill Grove Park. So do some local shopping and have a picnic in one of Lake Zurich’s beautiful parks.

Two higher educational institutions close to Lake Zurich include William Rainey Harper College and College of Lake County. Nearby attractions include Fort Hill Heritage Museum, Lake County Discovery Museum, Racing Rapids Water Park, Santa’s Village – Illinois, Six Flags Great America, and Moraine Hills State Park.

Seniors, set your GPS for Lake Zurich and spend some quality time in a setting where hospitality is as legendary as the Lake landscape. -jeb


Seniors Stop In Schererville

schererville_in Schererville is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population runs right at 30,000.  The town was named one of the “100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” by Money Magazine in 2007. Senior visitors will find Schereville 7 miles southeast of Hammond, Indiana and 28 miles south of Chicago.

Long before Indiana became a state, long before the founding of Schererville, people called the settlement the “Crossroads.” Several Indian trails intersected that later became routes for the wagons of settlers traveling west.

One of these early settlers was Nicholas Scherer, who came to the U.S. from Germany in 1846. He arrived in this area in 1866 and established Schererville.

The town abounds in interesting history. The “crossroads” of Schererville lie at the junction of U.S. Routes 30 and 41. U.S. 30, the old Lincoln Highway, where it runs through the center of the old business district is now Joliet Street. This land located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan goes back to the earliest recorded history of the area.

Aerial photo of Schererville, Indiana

At least five Indian tribes, including Pottawatomie and Fox Indians, had their trails in the area. In 1816, Indiana became an official State of the Union, and in 1832, much of the northwestern part of the state was purchased from the Indians.

Seniors Enjoy Schererville’s Celebrations

The “Old Sauk Trail” criss-crossed the area and was known by the early pioneers as the “Main Road.” St. John Township, then known as “Prairie West”, was “matted with thick, green spongy grass, and almost surrounded by boggy marshes, where the fallen rotted trees and matted leaves had dammed the swamps into bodies of water resembling lakes.

The Schererville Parks and Recreation Department maintains 23 parks spread over 130 acres. The Corn Roast at Reder Park is always a fun time and brings in folks from the entire area.


The various parks have a number of facilities including sports courts and fields, playgrounds, paved trails and picnic shelters. Senior visitors enjoy some of the seasonal celebrations in the area: the Celebrate Schererville Festival, Country A-Fair and Movies in the Park. 

Seniors Discover Escape Room


TripAdvisor suggests that seniors not miss the Escape Room NWI on Cedar Parkway. Escape room games are among the fastest growing new entertainment concepts in the world.

They are exciting real world adventure games in which people find themselves in a room surrounded with clues. Sometimes the clues are hidden and sometimes they are in plain view. Sound like fun! Give it shot.

Nearby attractions include Illiana Racetrack, Eldredge Park, Scherwood Golf Club Golf Lake, Briar Ridge Country Club and The Crossroads Shopping Center. Seniors plan to stop by Schererville when you are in the Chicago area. -jeb

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Seniors Stop In Mexico

Sign2Moments after being so overcome with emotion that he kept his head buried in his hands, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was called on to speak Sunday night on national television. Somehow, he had the presence of mind to give two shoutouts to his hometown, Mexico, Missouri. Senior travelers will find Mexico about 28 miles from Columbia and is 94 miles northwest of St. Louis. So this time we head for Historic Mexico for a visit to Coach Lue’s hometown.

Mexico was laid out as “New Mexico” in 1836 and was a major stop for settlers heading to the Republic of Texas. The first settlers found a wooden sign along the trail. It pointed southwest, and on it had been painted “Mexico.” To avoid unnecessary labor, the sign was left in place. “It was easier to call their town ‘Mexico’ than to take down the old sign,” thus the present name of the city.


Mexico, Missouri’s population is around 12,000. A claim to fame here is that Mexico hosts the annual Miss Missouri Pageant and the winner goes on to represent the state of Missouri in the Miss America pageant.

Seniors Find Museums, Parks and Lakes

Senior visitors can enjoy the American Saddlebred Horse Museum, Graham Cave State Park, Graceland Museum, Mark Twain  Home and Museum and Deutscheim State Historic Site. The city has several quality parks for you and for your grandkids.


And lakes…including Blackmore Lake, Lakeview Park Lake, Burlington Lake, and Teal Lake. I discovered that Missouri Military Academy is located in Mexico. A  former colleague of mine at the University where I taught was an instructor at MMA.  Small world.


The annual Soybean Festival held in August is a fun time. I would not want to miss Graceland Museum located in the 11-acre Robert S. Green Park. Graceland Museum, listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, was built in 1857 by John P. Clark.

This stately antebellum mansion was host to Colonel Ulysses S. Grant during the early years of the Civil War. Today nine of Graceland’s rooms house displays that allow senior visitors to experience the Victorian elegance of the past as well as the rich history of the country.

Seniors Visit Saddlebred Horse Museum


For those of you interested in horses, don’t miss the Saddlebred Museum.  Mexico was once noted as the ‘Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World”. The American Saddlebred Horse Museum was established in 1970 to complement Graceland. It is the oldest Saddlebred Horse Museum in the nation.

Featured in the museum are Tom Bass, a famous black horseman, George Ford Morris, Art Simmons, a local trainer, and Callaway Hills stallion, Will Shriver. The invincible Saddlebred Horse, Rex McDonald, is buried on the grounds.

Seniors, saddle up the sedan and set your GPS for Mexico, Missouri and enjoy all the amenities that the city has to offer. -jeb

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Seniors Check Out Historic Cortez

bbI read recently that a 96 year old Navajo woman was awarded her lifelong wish by an organization called Wish of a Lifetime. It was simply to visit some beloved sheep in Colorado. She grew up with sheep… it was her life. Seniors, let’s follow her to Cortez and enjoy Colorado with her. We won’t visit any sheep, however we will discover Cortez.


Cortez Colorado, the county seat of Montezuma County, Colorado, has a population of just under 9,000. Back in 1886, the town was built to provide housing for the men working on the tunnels and irrigation ditches required to divert water out of the Dolores River and into Montezuma Valley. The town was named for Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

Today it is a popular stop for senior tourists, because of its surrounding attractions: Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, and the famed Four Corners of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. A visit to these locations will leave you steeped in the history of the Ancestral Puebloan people, from the places they lived to the tools they used in everyday life.


Seniors Find The Trail Of The Ancients

Ancestral Puebloans lived in the Mesa Verde area for more than eight centuries. Mesa Verde Park is most famous for its cliff dwellings, but many of the surface sites also tell the story of the people who inhabited this area for centuries.

I’d want to check out the prehistoric sites in the Cortez area listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. They include parks or centers, like the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Hovenweep National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park. The Archaeological Center preserves the history of ancestral Pueblo Indians, as well as the Anasazi who lived there 700 years ago.

bywaysoverview_topoftherockiesCortez is famed for historic trails or byways such as the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, the San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway and what is known as the Trail of the Ancients.  The Crossroads Culture Walk in downtown Cortez guides you through the history of the town with buildings dating from the 1890s to the 1930s.

And for you oenophiles, a short drive south of Cortez is McElmo Canyon, the location for the growing micro-industry of viticulture. Enjoy wine sipping from one of the local vintners.

Seniors Visit Canyons of the Ancients National Monument


TripAdvisor suggests that seniors visit the Cortez Cultural Center, located in a beautiful historic building with an unusual painted pressed-metal facade. Don’t miss the Hovenweep National Monument and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

The Canyons is a rugged and breathtaking landscape containing the highest known density of archaeological sites in the United States covering over 175,000 acres. More than 6,000 ancient sites including cliff dwellings, kivas, and rock art have been identified.

Seniors, now you know that Cortez is scenic, loaded with ancient monuments and provides excellent local food and quality wine. It will be an enjoyable visit! -jeb


Seniors Take In Boone

boone-water-towerToday we take in a city in Jim’s home state of Iowa. Senior travelers will find Boone 13 miles west of Ames. There are 12,000+ residents in the city. Boone is the  seat of Boone County which was founded in 1846.

The county was named in the honor of Captain Nathan Boone, a veteran of the War of 1812, a delegate to the Missouri constitutional convention in 1820, and a captain in the 1st United States Regiment of Dragoons. Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower, the wife of President Dwight Eisenhower, was born in Boone.

Pufferbilly Days

The city is home to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, which was started in 1893 and contributed to the growth of the city. Coal mining played an important part in the early history of the Boone area.

Coal in Iowa? Yes, at one time lots of it. In 1849, local blacksmiths were already mining coal from the banks of Honey Creek, south of what became Boone.

 Seniors Invited to Pufferbilly Days

Boone was platted as a town in 1865 by John Insley Blair. It was incorporated the following year, when the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company railroad station was built there. Originally named “Montana”, it was renamed Boone in 1871.


Events are ongoing all year and one that senior visitors might enjoy is Pufferbilly Days. This annual event celebrates Boone’s railroad heritage, is held the week after Labor Day and is one of Iowa’s top five community festivals.

Boone has several museums well worth the visit: Boone County Historical Center, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum and another railroad museum, the James H. Andrew.

The Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace Museum is popular, the Brunnier Art Museum has an ensemble of the decorative arts and the Octagon Center for the Arts all await your visit.

The Big Creek State Park and the Ledges State Park offer facilities for camping, fishing, canoeing and swimming. In this video senior visitors will discover Trains, Trails and Treasures.


Seniors Take A Train Ride

TripAdvisor has paid a visit to Boone and suggests a ride on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad that takes seniors back in time over High Bridge. Seven Oaks Recreation is a family-owned, year-round outdoor recreation center offering skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing, paintball, mountain biking and tent camping.

photo1jpgThen there is Boone Valley Brewing Co. that started with a simple wish to try brewing beer. Toss in your clubs and play a round or two at Honey Creek Golf Club, an 18 hole championship golf course nestled in the beautiful trees, rolling hills, and scenery of the Ledges State Park.

I’d wander over to nearby Madrid and visit the The Iowa Arboretum, located on 415 acres in Boone County’s Des Moines River Valley. Hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants are showcased in a tranquil setting and woodland and prairie trails provide wonderful outdoor walking opportunities.

Enjoy Boone folks!  -jeb


Seniors Visit The Other “Sidney”

signThis senior did a search on the Best Small Cities in Nebraska, and up came Sidney, the seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska with a population of 7,000. Founded in 1867 by the Union Pacific, Sidney was named for Sidney Dillon, a railroad attorney.

The city grew up around the Sidney Barracks, a military outpost with a primary function of protecting the Union Pacific Railroad track layers against the threat of hostile Indians.

The post was initially a block house on a bluff with soldiers residing in nearby tents. In 1869 the post was relocated to the present site and the following year it was renamed Fort Sidney.

During Sidney’s boomtown years, it was a colorful mixture of settlers, freighters, cowboys and soldiers and was also the center of the cattle industry. After the gold rush, Sidney became dependent on farming and ranching.


Deadwood Draw is where you will see some old wagon ruts. The old wind mill and water tank are 20th century “intrusions”.

 Seniors Enjoy An Old Wild West Town

Seniors, be sure to check out “Boot Hill” Cemetery, or the original Sidney Cemetery that has existed since 1868.  It was first created to bury soldiers of Fort Sidney, who died in gun battle.  Sidney eventually became the wildest old west town on the rugged untamed frontier, with many colorful characters.

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Toss in the golf clubs and play a round or two at Hillside Golf Course. Sidney invites senior visitors to experience one of Nebraska’s finest municipal golf courses with a breathtaking view of the beauty mother nature has provided.

Stop by the Cheyenne County Community Centre, the recreational sports hub for Sidney and Cheyenne County. TripAdvisor has paid a visit to Sidney and has several attractions that senior visitors will enjoy. A “must see” is the Fort Sidney Museum that shows the Officers’ Quarters and reflects Sidney’s colorful past. The Post Commander’s Home has been restored with original and other period furnishings.

 Seniors Find The Old Lincoln Highway

the-national-pony-expressThe National Pony Express Museum is a lasting memorial and a tribute to one of the most dangerous and essential occupations in American history – mail delivery in the wild, wild west, the Pony Express.

Historic Downtown Sidney is well worth your time and the old Lincoln Highway, one of the earliest transcontinental highways across the US, runs right through the middle of town.

Sidney is known as “A Small Town with Big Time Opportunities”. Yours truly being a Master Gardener, would head over to Sidney Memorial Gardens, home to Nebraska’s first Angel of Hope Memorial.

Legion Park houses the War Memorial commemorating veterans from all American wars, a 141-ft flagpole and one of the country’s largest American flags. Take a few shots of that flag and enjoy the scenic wonders in and around Sidney. -jeb

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Seniors Find A Home Away From Home

maxresdefaultI have met several people who have exchanged homes with folks all over the world.  They categorically have told me that it was a wonderful experience. They traded houses, cars and some cases their dogs. My wife and I at seniorcitzen.travel want to help senior travelers discover several means for doing so, if you are so inclined. It takes a little bravado to carry this off, but it works for many vacationers.

I know of three right off the top of my head and perhaps you know of others  as well. They are Airbnb, Home Away and VRBO. So let’s take these and see if you might be interested in any for your first travel experience .

Seniors Investigate Airbnb


Airbnb began in 2008 when two designers who had space to share hosted three travelers looking for a place to stay. Now, millions of hosts and travelers choose to create a free Airbnb account so they can list their space and book unique accommodations anywhere in the world.

Airbnb states that with them you may book homes from local hosts in 191+ countries and experience a place as if you lived there. With Airbnb seniors find that hosting opens up a world of opportunity, plus you can earn money sharing your extra space with travelers. Hit the RED search key and input where you would like to go. I tried it with Paris and this came up.

Seniors Check Out HomeAway, Inc


HomeAway, Inc. is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 1,000,000 vacation rental listings in 190 countries. It has operated through 40 websites in 22 languages as of December 31, 2014. This time I chose to go to Madrid, Spain.  Easy and works well.

And finally VRBO, Vacation Rental By Owner.  I learned that VRBO is part of the HomeAway family and works in the same manner. I have known several couples who have found great vacation spots on Hawaii at good prices using VRBO.

With VRBO seniors can book over 1 million listings across their family of brands. It is also perfect for Family Vacations, Reunions & Group Travel. Here is listing of what are called Last Minute Rentals. It gives you some idea of rental costs.

Finally, here is what Google came up with for Home Exchanges. Senior travelers, I wish you well in your choices and your plans for a trip somewhere in the world.  Bon Voyage. -jeb


Seniors Make A Stop In Hawthorne

hawthorne-bailbonds2Hawthorne, a city that senior travelers will find in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, has a population that runs right at 87,000 inhabitants.

Wondering, like me, how Hawthorne got its name? Well, the city was founded in 1905 as the “Hawthorne Improvement Company” by B.L. Harding and H.D. Lombard. Harding’s daughter shared her birthday–July 4th, American Independence Day–with New England author Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a decision was made to name the city after him. Hawthorne was a small-size community before being incorporated in 1922.


Today its called “The City Of Good Neighbors”. Hawthorne is located only 15 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles and 5 miles from shorefront communities such as Manhattan Beach.  Hawthorne delivers all the convenience of South Bay, so toss in your surfboard, enjoy a cool sea breeze and some awesome waves.

Northrop Corporation, founded in 1939 and headquartered in Hawthorne, became a major manufacturer of aircraft during World War II, as well as a major subcontractor to other aircraft companies. Jack Northrop developed his famous flying wings, which ultimately led to the B-2 stealth bomber.

Seniors Find Aerospace Community


Hawthorne has many amenities that draw senior visitors. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean is certainly one. Then there is the aerospace industry, with SpaceX Technologies being a major employer in Hawthorne. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.

Senior visitors can take a stroll in one of the city parks like Del Aire, a fun tree-studded green space with hard surfaced picnic areas and then you have Hawthorne Memorial and Badger Park to choose from.  Me, I’d want to take in the Hawthorne Historical Society to learn about the history of the area.

TripAdvisor has several attractions you won’t want to pass up including Beach Boys Monument. Remember them? The Beach Boys formed their band in Hawthorne in 1961. The Beach Boys Historic Landmark commemorates the site of the childhood home of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys. The house was demolished in the mid-1980s during construction of the Century Freeway.


 Seniors Enjoy “Good Neighbours Day”

Senior visitors can climb aboard a Raven II helicopter and take a tour over the city with Star Helicopters. If you have skipped your workout lately, give Hangar 18 Southdale on W. Rosecrans Avenue a shot. It features over 12,000 square feet of textured climbing terrain, two massive-free-standing bouldering areas, lead climbing, crack climbs and a large training section for you novice mountain climbers. Me, I’d skip that and head for my Snap Fitness facility.

Senior gourmands, Hawthorne has a great array of top-rated restaurants awaiting your arrival. Hawthorne locals enjoy a community-based dining scene filled with local gems ranging from authentic Mexican eateries to Mediterranean cuisine.

So set your GPS for Hawthorne and you will discover a cozy South Bay community. Plan to arrive by Saturday, July 18 and celebrate the 5th Annual Good Neighbors Day. Sounds like fun to me. -jeb

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