OLA FIESTA KICKS OFF The 70th annual OLA Fiesta at Our Lady of the Assumption Church returns to Claremont today, tomorrow and Sunday. The event at OLA, 435 Berkeley Ave., attracts some 15,000 visitors to its international food booths, carnival rides and live entertainment. Headliners for Friday are The ACE Band, Satisfaction Unlimited tops the bill on Saturday and Johnny Starr and the Galaxy close out the festival on Sunday.
ORALÉ! It’s Cinco de Mayo, a day wherein Americans drink tequila and eat Mexican food or, in my house: Friday. The Mexican holiday commemorates its army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. A solemn event in Mexico, with military parades and the like, it’s a less reverential affair here in America.
SCRIPPS FACULTY/STUDENT EVENTS Scripps College presents its Faculty-Student Research Collaboration from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Humanities Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Scripps faculty and students from diverse fields will discuss their work together and students will present their research.
RECORD STORE DAY Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a way to celebrate and spread the good word about the unique culture surrounding the nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the US and the thousands internationally. There are now stores that celebrate RSD on every continent except Antarctica, and today marks the 10th anniversary of the event.
GET YOUR CLASSICAL ON Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Todor Pelev, violin, and Douglas Ashcraft, piano, will perform Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE The Seventh Annual Collegiate Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIR) conference takes place at Pomona College from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. The event, at Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont, is $35 and is hosted by Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success (IDEAS) at the Claremont Colleges.
I SPEAK FOR THE TREES The Claremont Museum of Art’s new exhibition, “Tree Speak: Interpretations of the Rustlings,” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 200 W. First St. A CMA press release explained the show will present visual interpretations “which ascend from the concept or image of trees and leaves in nature.”
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.