Friday, May 8
OLA FIESTA The OLA Fiesta at Our Lady of the Assumption Church returns to Claremont for a 68th year on May 8, 9 and 10 at 435 Berkeley Ave. Historically among the most popular events in the city, the fiesta attracts 15,000 visitors over the weekend to its renowned international food booths, big carnival rides and live entertainment, including evening headliners The Ravelers (Friday), The ACE Band (Saturday) and The Way Back Machine (Sunday). Ethnic food is prepared by OLA’s own Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities. Quieter, afternoons attractive to young families and seniors feature a Christian band, The Falconers (Saturday), and Sgt. Peppers Beatles Tribute Band (Sunday). Admission is free. Hours are Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. Discount ride tickets are available through the parish office at (909) 626-3596 until that Friday at noon. Visit olaclaremont.org for details.
NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY Free admission 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.?Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,? 1500 N. College Ave. Claremont.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB Jerry Fenning, local resident and author, will discuss a method to stop importing oil along with the obstacles preventing the solution. The luncheon cost is $17. Attending the program is free and open to the public. Luncheon buffet begins at noon. Program begins at 1 p.m. Darvish Restaurant, 946 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont.
FRIDAY NOON CONCERT SERIES The Claremont Chamber Choir conducted by Charles W. Kamm present “Madrigals and Folk Songs.” 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.
AN EVENING AT PADUA 2015 Claremont Heritage Annual Gala featuring cocktails, dinner, auction, jazz, dancing and more. 6 to 10 p.m. For ticket information call (909) 621-0848 or visit claremontheritage.org/gala.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 9
RELAY FOR LIFE The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. The Claremont/La Verne event takes place at 10 a.m. at Claremont High School, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont with the theme “Relay Around the World.”
BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Kick off the Butterfly Pavilion season with family activities and educational fun. Included with general admission or membership. The Butterfly Pavilion, which runs through August 2, combines science education with interactive fun to teach visitors about California native butterflies and conservation. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.
BOUQUET WORKSHOP A hands-on workshop on making a native-plant themed gift. Production manager Antonio Sanchez will lead participants to gather flowers and foliage fresh from the garden, and then help you arrange it into a lovely bouquet to take home in an upcycled vase. $25 per bouquet: register for the number of bouquets you wish to make. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.
OPHELIA’S JUMP THEATER Espíritu Gitano, celebrating the flavor, music and passion of Spain featuring performances by some of LA’s top Flamenco artists, musicians, singers and selections of the translated works of Federico Garcia Lorca. This one-night-only event is a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day Eve with tapas and sangria surrounded by a gathering of professional international talent for a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. For ages 10 and older. This special event ticket of $35 includes the tapas selection and a glass of sangria or non-alcoholic beverage. Additional wine will be available for purchase through donation. 8 p.m. Women’s Club of Claremont, 343 W. Twelfth St., Claremont.
Sunday, May 10
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH Fantastic food, live music and free tickets to the butterfly pavilion. Brunch at 9:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m. 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont.
* Source: Claremont Courier