Claremont OUR TOWN: Places to be, people to see

Vocal harmonies to fill Bridges during music fest

The 17th annual SCAMFest (Southern California A Cappella Music Festival) will showcase the best of collegiate a cappella music on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring 12 of southern California’s most prestigious a capella groups, the event is expected to draw some 1000 attendees.

The festival will include vocal harmonies from 9 Claremont Colleges ensembles, including the Claremont Shades, the After School Specials, the Kosher Chords, the Men’s Blue and White, Midnight Echo, Mood Swing, Women’s Blue and White and the 9th Street Hooligans. Visiting performers scheduled to take the stage include Bruin Harmony and the Scattertones from UCLA and Reverse Osmosis and SoCal Vocals of USC.

The Claremont Shades, which produce SCAMFest, have been featured on 2 Best of College A Cappella (BOAC) compilation CDs. Founded in 1995, they have produced 5 CDs. Their most recent album, All Things Go, was released in 2010.

Tickets for the event are $10 at the door, plus fees. Presale tickets, available at the Bridges Auditorium box office or via, are $5 plus fees. For more information, email the Claremont Shades at shades@ or visit www.claremont


Get friendly with your iPad

Learn the mechanics of your iPad and become acquainted with a few of the 600k applications available for use at a new class offered at Claremont’s Joslyn Senior Center.

Bring your iPad to class, held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, November 12 to 16, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Joslyn Center Annex Building. Registration is $30. To register, please contact the instructor, Michael Rosenthal, at 626-2045 or via email at


Local doctor recognized for going above and beyond

Dr. Timothy Dauwalder, DO, medical director for the VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California, received Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative’s (SCCPI) highest honor, the Robert T. Angola Award. This award is presented to the individual who has made the most significant contributions to pain management and cancer pain relief.

The award was announced at SCCPI’s awards gala luncheon ceremony on October 27 at the Glendale Hilton Hotel.

“I am honored to be recognized by such thoughtful and kind professionals, “said Dr. Dauwalder. “My goal to temper suffering one patient at a time will always be my priority.”

Dr. Dauwalder is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine and has dedicated his career to pain relief and symptom management. He practices at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and San Antonio Community Hospital, working to provide comfort and relief to his patients. Dr. Dauwalder earned the honor for his “compassionate and gentle approach to care and [for his] willingness to go the extra mile for his patients.”


Acting up at the city’s After Work program

Thomas Leabhart of the Pomona College Theatre Department will talk about actor training in the 21st century on Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m. This presentation will be held at the Seaver Theater Large Studio, 300 E. Bonita Ave.

The Committee on Aging hosts the After Work program for those approaching retirement, newly retired, or still in the work force. This program is free and includes light refreshments. To register for this presentation, call 399-5488.


Countdown art exhibit to pop up in Claremont

Two Sisters Productions is bringing a 3-day themed art exhibit to the Claremont Village, opening on Friday, November 9 with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m.

Each year, local artists Helen Feller and Jan Wheatcroft arrange a fall exhibit with a changing theme. This year, the art on display—ranging from ceramics to paintings, drawings, fiber art, mosaics and photographs—takes the theme of numbers.

More than 30 local artists will take place in the Countdown show, a “pop-up” exhibit to be held in the old Curves space on First Street, located at 250 N. First St. #116 next to the First Street Gallery.

“It is always exciting to see the creative way that each artist chooses to interpret the yearly theme,” notes Ms. Wheatcroft, a fabric artist.

After its Friday evening opening, the number-themed works will be on view and available for purchase on Saturday, November 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sustainable Claremont Garden Club explores composting

Composting 101: The Science and Magic of Turning Waste into Soil will be presented by Jennifer McCharen and Daniel Pearce at the meeting of Sustainable Claremont’s Garden Club, next Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m.

Attendees will learn about this simple but fascinating way to turn vegetable scraps and other organic waste into a valuable soil amendment, perfect for feeding a home garden. The compost pile may look like a heap of dirt, but teams of hungry microorganisms are at work beneath the surface, breaking molecular bonds and transforming trash into nutritious treasure. 

The free lecture will be held at the Pilgrim Place Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. Attendees are encouraged to bring plants or cuttings to share at the plant exchange. For information, visit www.sustainable



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