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February 2019 Calendar

I. SDMG & GSSD Meetings & Events

Mon, February 18, 2019 – SDMG Board Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, February 25, 2019 – SDMG General Meeting.

Mon, March 4, 2019 – GSSD General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Shows and events held through March 2019 appear in
The Pegmatite (February 2019)
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II. On the Go… To a Show & Other Events

Ongoing  San Diego, CA – San Diego Natural History Museum: "The Nat" [exhibition]
Hidden Gems

Sat and Sun, March 2–3, 2019 – VENTURA, CA 57th Annual VGMS Show

Fri, March 8, 2019 – PASADENA, CA MSSC General Meeting, Stephen P. Mulqueen, "The Golden Age of Rockhounding: 1946– 1927"

Fri, Sat and Sun, March 8–10 – POMONA, CA 2019 Annual CFMS Show & Convention

Fri, Sat & Sun, March 8–10, 2019  VICTORVILLE, CA – Stoddard Wells Rock Hound Tailgate

Sat & Sun, March 30–31, 2019  TORRANCE, CA – South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society Annual Show – "Nature's Treasures"

Fri, Sat & Sun, April 5–7, 2019  VISTA, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Tailgate

Sat, April 27, 2019  Carlsbad, CA – Sixteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium



I. and II. All Meetings, Events & Shows


Ongoing  SAN DIEGO, CA– Hidden Gems [exhibition]

San Diego Natural History Museum
Balboa Park
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Admission:  Members FREE; Adults $19.95, Seniors (62+)/Military (ID)/Students $16.95, Children 3– 17 $11.95, Kids 2 and under Free.

Hours:  10am – 5pm daily. (CLosed Thanksgiving and Christmas day.)


The Nat shows some extra sparkle with an exhibition featuring 100 gem-mineral treasures from the permanent collection. Dr. Terri Ottoway, who is the museum curator for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), in Carlsbad, provided curatorial guidance on the selection of items. The unique vertical exhibit was designed by the Nat's in-house Exhibits team and is arranged across all five floors of the Museum's northwest corner. Access to the exhibition is included with admission and free for members.


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Mon, February 25, 2019  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.  Free Admission and ample Parking.  Public Welcome.

Jim Parrish presides over the Annual Show 'N" Tell of your finds from Quartzsite and Tucson this year. Bring in some of the treasures you acquired at the 2019 shows and regale your friends with your tales of discovery

There will be great door prizes, and after the presentation, we'll have some great snacks. Please bring treats to share.  The Club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 

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2019 VGMS Show poster


Fri, Sat and Sun, March 2–3, 2019  VENTURA, CA
57th Annual Gem Mineral, Fossil & Lapidary Show

Hosted by:  Ventura Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Ventura Fairgrounds
   10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001

Hours:  Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission:  FREE.

Fairgrounds Parking:  $5.00/car


60 displays of gems, minerals, meteorites, fossils and award-winning handcrafted jewelry. Includes educational exhibits of fossils collected locally in and around Ventura County, as well as a display of the California State Rock, Mineral, Fossil and Gemstone, featuring a gold nugget and Ice Age saber-tooth cat. Demonstrations include gemstone cutting, silver work and jewelry making, beading, and other arts. Raffle prizes and hourly silent auctions. Expert prospectors will guide you through the steps of gold panning, and you can purchase "pay dirt" to pan for real gold in your own backyard. You'll also see displays that include meteorites, handcrafted jewelry, and "Auggie," the California State Dinosaur.


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Fri, March 8, 2019  PASADENA, CA – Mineralogical Society of Southern California (MSSC) General Meeting

Venue: Pasadena City College
Building E, Lecture Hall (room 220)
1570 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106

Time:  7:00pm.  Free Admission and Parking.  Guests Welcome.


Retired geologist Stephen P. Mulqueen will give a presentation on the period during the 20th century when access to hobby collecting sites was open to Rockhounds almost anywhere they wanted to go on public lands. Things changed drastically when landmark statutes began to be legislated from 1972 until the present day. The regulations drafted in compliance with the new laws were aimed at protecting conservation values, but in the process they forbade or overlooked making exceptions for low impact recreational activities such as casual collecting.

Steve Mulqueen is a past president of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society. He is a longtime supporter of Rockhounding and leads geology-focused field trips to many parts of the United States. Always on the go, he currently resides in St. George, Utah. It will be great to see Steve back in Southern California in March.

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 CFMS logo 



Fri, Sat and Sun, March 8–10  POMONA and CLAREMONT, CA
2019 Annual CFMS Show & Convention

Hosted by:  Pasadena Lapidary Society

Venue:  Fairplex Bldg 6, Pomona, CA
   1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

Exhibit and Dealers' Hours:  Fri & Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission/registration: Admission is for a 1-day ticket. Or save per day with a 3-day pass. Advance registration is available for 1-day tickets and required for 3-day passes by downloading the registration form and mailing it to the Pasadena Lapidary Society with payment by February 25, 2019.
Adults $5/1-Day Pass; Seniors (60+) & Active Military & Juniors (12–17) $4.00/day; Child under Age 11 is FREE with paid Adult admission. Get 2- or 3-day passes and save.

Awards Banquet:  Saturday, March 9, 2019, 6pm, Doubletree Inn in nearby Claremont, CA
Advanced Reservations REQUIRED and DUE BY February 25, 2019. Download the registration form »

Contact:  Marcia Goetz at 626-260-7239


Registration Form: DEADLINE: Mon, February 25, 2019.

Educational displays, activities for kids, fine jewelry, and lapidary crafts – rock-related fun and demonstrators plus a Raffle.


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Fri, Sat and Sun, March 8–10, 2019  VICTORVILLE, CA –Stoddard Wells Rock Hound Tailgate

Sponsor:  Victor Valley Gem and Mineral Club.

Address:  Stoddard Wells Rd. near I15  Get Directions »

Hours:  9:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Admission:  Free.  Public welcome.


Dealers:  All Vendor spaces are FREE on a first come basis.

Saturday FAMILY Field Trip: Tri-Colored Marble  9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact: Wagon Master (TBD)

Handcrafted and faceted jewelry, slabs and cabs, findings and equipment, minerals and fossils and TONS of Rough Material.


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Sat and Sun, March 30–31, 2019  TORRANCE, CA
Annual Gem & Mineral Show – "Nature's Treasures"

Sponsor:  South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society

Venue:  Ken Miller Recreation Center
3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA (entrance on Madrona)1

Hours:  Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission and Parking:  FREE.

Show flyer »

Guest artisan demonstrators, silent auctions, raffle tickets, slabs, rough and polished stones, children's rock crafts, books and food. Club members exhibit includes their latest lapidary work, mineral specimens, jewelry and collections. The show also features a fluorescent mineral display and gold panning outside on the patio.


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Fri, Sat and Sun, April 5–7, 2019  VISTA, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Annual Tailgate

Venue:  Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
   2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA

Hours:  Fri and Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm daily

Admission & Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Vendor spaces at; Kurt Kluey at or 760-917-5781.


This is Southern California largest outdoor gem, mineral and jewelry show with free parking and free admission. Up to 80 sellers, jewelry, slabs, cabs, and rough stones of all kinds. Other items for sale include tools, equipment, and other lapidary related things. There will be a Huge Raffle.


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Sat, April 27, 2019  CARLSBAD, CA – Sixteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Pearl


The Sixteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium, celebrates Pearl. The all day event will convene at the GIA worldwide headquarters and Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad, California, which has been the venue for the previous 15 events.

Online Registration:


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