HOMELAND SECURITY AT HOME Claremont McKenna College hosts a lecture today, “Homeland Security at the Local Level: A Public Policy Conference,” from 8 a.m. to noon at McKenna Auditorium, 390 E. Ninth St. The Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy at CMC is hosting the conference on the role of local governments in the fight against terrorism.
THE ‘PIES’ HAVE IT Today is Claremont’s annual Pie Festival from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the?Village, from city hall to the public plaza. Activities include a pie-eating contest, bakers’ stage demos, a recipe card hunt, a vendor market and live music. See the pie festival special guide included in this edition.
FLOWER SHOW: The Woman’s Club of Claremont and the Claremont Garden Club will showcase local floral and gardening talent in a flower show at the Woman’s Club, 343 W. 12th St. Entries will be judged in the morning and the show will be open to visitors from noon to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 11. For more info or an entry form go to womansclubofclaremont.com or sustainableclaremont.org.
YOUNG FEMALE ENGINEERS, SCIENTISTS CONFERENCE Harvey Mudd College’s Shanahan Center hosts The Women Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow (WEST) Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Shanahan is at 320 E. Foothill Boulevard. The conference offers young women the opportunity to learn more about careers in the fields of engineering, math and the sciences.
DIGITAL PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP–The Hive at Claremont Graduate University hosts a free Digital Pedagogy Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 130 E. Seventh St. The two-hour workshop blends design thinking with a focus on digital pedagogy. “In the first hour, participants will brainstorm current teaching and student learning challenges they face and use the design thinking process to develop potential solutions to at least one of their challenges,” a press release stated.
CLAREMONT AUTHOR TO SPEAK Claremont resident Simon Wood will speak at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church’s annual library coffee. The free event is open to the public, and will include “gourmet refreshments first, followed by the speaker,” a press release stated. After the discussion there will be an opportunity to purchase copies of Mr. Wood’s book, Deconstructing Jack: The Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders, about popular culture’s fascination with Jack the Ripper.
KSPC CD AND RECORD EXPO Claremont’s long-running, beloved and vital radio station that could, KSPC 88.7 FM, is hosting its 45th semi-annual CD and Record Expo. More than 30 independent vendors will be selling new and used records and CDs from all genres, as well as posters, videos and music memorabilia from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. 6th St. Admission is only $2 or free with current Claremont Colleges ID.
Nostalgia can be a tricky business. Sure, there is joy to be found in re-living pleasant memories, but if you choose to stay in the past you run the risk of becoming a novelty.
Janet Klein, who appears tomorrow at Claremont’s Folk Music Center, has solved this conundrum. Ms. Klein, with her band the Parlor Boys, brings a charming authenticity to the music of the early part of the 20th Century.
FREE NOONISH CONCERT Scripps College’s Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. with a free performance at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., with guest artist Dr. Gustavo Lovato (Musical director, Casa de la Música, Quito, Ecuador) on flute; Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; and Tatian
PICKLE BALL Blaisdell Park in Claremont will host a free pickle ball lesson and match from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. “Join us as we learn about America’s fastest growing sport, pickle ball!” a press release enthused. Pickle ball is a fun, low-impact racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and is suitable for all ages and abilities.” The park is located at 440 S. College Ave. Open court time for pickle ball at Blaisdell is Saturdays at 9 a.m. More information is available via email at richard.smith@ ucr.edu.
FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS Pomona College’s fascinating Free Speech in a Dangerous World series continues this evening with Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge for Our Time. The free lecture begins at 4:30 at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., and concludes at 6 p.m. “In recent years, colleges and universities across the nation have experienced growing conflicts over the meaning of limits of academic freedom and of the right of free expression,” a press release stated.
A TALE AS OLD AS TIME Claremont’s long-running dinner theater haven, the Candlelight Pavilion, opens its production of Beauty and the Beast tonight. The Pavilion is at 455 W. Foothill Blvd. According to Mentalfloss.com, the Beast has the mane of a lion, the beard and head of a buffalo, the brow of a gorilla, the eyes of a human, the tusks of a wild boar, the body of a bear, the legs and tail of a wolf and a little something extra.
CATCH THE SPIRIT OF IRELAND Michael Ryan returns to the Candlelight Pavilion with his annual Spirit of Ireland concert, an evening of song, music and dance. No meal is included, but there are beverages and desserts available for purchase. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Saturday, January 7 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call (909) 626-1254 or visit candlelightpavilion.com.