On Saturday, March 23, Robert and Janet Hawken will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their family and friends at an open house in their home in Cornville. The couple moved to the area two and a half years ago from their home in San Diego County. Desiring a more relaxed atmosphere for a retirement home, they had been in the area many times over the last 10 years. They were surprised to find a builder who would help them build a new home to suit their unique needs. Both Bob and Jan were long-time residents who were active in activities in local outreach efforts, including the food bank, scouting and their church. The couple found a warm and friendly congregation at the Faith Baptist Church, who helped them acclimate to the slower-paced retirement community. The couple enjoy the outdoors, and were excited to find a city that hosts a yearly “Verde Birdy” event. Their family includes two adult children, including a daughter and her husband and their two children living in California and a son and his young son. The couple’s siblings both line in California and will be attending the celebration on Saturday, March. 23.