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January 2019 Calendar

I. SDMG & GSSD Meetings & Events

Mon, January 21, 2019 – SDMG Board Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, January 28, 2019 – SDMG General Meeting.

Shows and events held through February 2019 appear in
The Pegmatite (January 2019)
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Ongoing  San Diego, CA – San Diego Natural History Museum: "The Nat" [exhibition]
Hidden Gems

January 19–20, 2019  Exeter, CA – 2019 Gemboree Exeter Rock & Gem Show

Fri & Sat, February 1–3, 2019  Fallbrook, CA – 54th Pacific Micromount Conference

SPOTLIGHT ON Quartzsite 2019

January 1 – February 28, 2019  Quartzsite, AZ – Desert Gardens Gems, Rocks and Minerals Show

January 2 – February 27, 2019  Quartzsite, AZ – Prospector's Panorama

January 4–13, 2019  Quartzsite, AZ – Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show

January 18–27, 2019  Quartzsite, AZ – Tyson Wells Annual Sell-A-Rama

January 16–20, 2019  Quartzsite, AZ – QIA Annual POWWOW Rock & Gem Show

Sun, January 20, 2019  Quartzsite, CA – ALAA 7th Annual Cleanup (venue TBD)



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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January 1 – February 28, 2019  QUARTZSITE, AZ – Desert Gardens Gems, Rocks and Minerals Show

Desert Gardens RV, ATV and Mobile Home Park
From I-10, take Exit 17, go south to 4-way intersection with stop sign, turn left on W. Kuehn Street, go about 1/4 mile, show is on right (south) side of road.

Hours:  8:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  623-606-0053 or


With more than 200 vendors, Desert Gardens is the fifth largest and longest running Rock, Gem and Mineral Show in the world and the largest in Quartzsite! Since 1999 the Desert Gardens show has been home for hundreds of vendors from around the world selling thousands of rocks, gems and minerals to daily visitors, wholesalers.


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January 1 – February 27, 2019  QUARTZSITE, AZ – Prospector's Panorama

Tyson Wells Show Grounds
35 W. Kuehn Street, Quartzsite, AZ 85346

Hours:  9:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Admission:  Free.

Contact:  520-889-1840 or


Wholesale and retail Dealers featuring a variety of specimens, astounding collections, raw materials, finished products.


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Fri, Sat & Sun, January 16–20, 2019  EXETER, CA – 2019 Gemboree Exeter Rock & Gem Show

Sponsor:  Tule Gem & Mineral Society, Visalia

Venue:  Exeter Veterans' Memorial Building
324 N. Kaweah Avenue, Exeter, CA 93221

Hours:  Sat 10am to 5pm; Sun 10am to 4pm.

Admission & Parking:  Free

Contact:  Laura Manser 559-303-0632, or


Vendors will have a variety of gems, jewelry, rock, fossils, beads, books, and lapidary supplies. Snack bar with sandwiches, desserts, and drinks. Ongoing demonstrations including faceting, beading, and polishing rock and exibits showcasing the work of our talented club members. Grab Bags, Treasure Hunt, Wheel of Fortune, Drawings every half hour, and Silent Auction.


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January 4–13, 2019  QUARTZSITE, AZ – Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show

January 18–27, 2019  QUARTZSITE, AZ – Tyson Wells Annual Sell-A-Rama

100 W. Kuehn St., Quartzsite, AZ 85346; S.W. corner Hwy 95 & I-10 Fwy

Hours:  9:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Tyson Wells PO Box 60, Quartzsite, AZ 85346, 928-927-6364,


Wholesale and retail show featuring fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, minerals, silver and goldsmithing, rocks, minerals, lapidary tools, equipment and supplies.


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January 16–20, 2019  QUARTZSITE, AZ – QIA Annual POWWOW Rock & Gem Show

235 E. Ironwood Street; north of I-10, between Exit 19 and Hwy. 95.

Hours:  7:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  928-927-6325,


This annual Show has vendors of gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry coming from all over the world. More than 500 vendor spaces inside and outside the building in the huge parking lot area, plus three home-cooked meals are served daily.


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Mon, January 28, 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, Wayne and Peggy Leibitzke make a presentation on their road trip last summer to Wisconsin and Michigan. They took the opportunity to visit the historic Vulcan Iron Mine near Norway, Michigan, and the picturesque hamlet of Wisconsin Dells, which has attracted many tourists over the years due to the amazing geologic formations.

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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Fri, Sat & Sun, February 1–3, 2019  FALLBROOK, CA – 54th Pacific Micromount Conference

Presented by:  Mineralogical Society of Southern California

Venue:  Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Museum
123 W. Alvarado St.
Fallbrook, CA 92028
760-728-1130 (Driving directions and local hotels, including nearby Temecula, are listed on the registration form)


Schedule:  54th Pacific Micromount Conference program


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