CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SDMG Calender of Events

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 Calendar of Events

Septebmer 2016 Calendar

No meeting in September  – GSSD General Meeting

Mon, September 12, 2016  – Fall Classes start

Sat, September 17, 2016  – Junior Division Classes start

Mon, September 19, 2016  – Gem Diego Committee Meeting, 6pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, September 19, 2016  – SDMG Board Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, September 26, 2016 – SDMG General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Shows and events held through the summer months are listed in
The Pocket Pegmatite (next issue due Sept 1, 2016)
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On the Go… To a Show & Other Events

DENVER SHOWS 2016

September 10–18, 2016  – Denver Coliseum Gem Show

September 11–20, 2016  – Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show

September 16–18, 2016  – 49th Annual Denver Gem & Mineral Show

 

Fri, Sat and Sun, Sept 16–18, 2016 – Placerville, CA 77th Annual CFMS Show & Convention "Strike Gold!"

Wed thru Sun, Sept 28 – October 2, 2016  Joshua Tree, CA – 41st Annual Gem, Mineral & Craft Show

 

Events on the Horizon

Sat & Sun, October 1–2, 2016  Boron, CA – Mojave Mineralogical Society Annual Show

Sat & Sun, October 1–2, 2016  Vista, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show

Mon, October 3, 2016  GSSD General Meeting,  7:00pm, SDMG Building

Fri, Sat & Sun, October 7–9, 2016  Big Sur, CA – 25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival

Sat & Sun, October 8–9, 2016  Trona, CA – Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society 75th Annual Gem-O-Rama

Sun, October 9, 2016  Fallbrook, CA – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

Sat & Sun, October 15–16, 2016  Whittier, CA – Whittier Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show

Fri thru Mon, Oct 28–31, 2016  Randsburg, CA– 2016 PLP/MMAC Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Sat & Sun, November 5–6, 2016  San Diego, CA – SMDG Annual Gem Diego Show

Sat, April 8, 2017 – Fourteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Sapphire – postponed to 2017

 

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What's On …
Meetings, Shows, Field Trips & Events

 

September 10–18, 2016  DENVER, CO – 2016 Denver Coliseum Gem Show

Venue: Denver Coliseum
4600 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO

Hours:  9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Website:  www.coliseumshow.com/

See 150 booths inside(both levels) and 150 tents outside.

 

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September 11–18, 2016  DENVER, CO – Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show

Venue:  Ramada Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn - Central Denver)
4849 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80216-1813

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Sunday, 9/18, 10:am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free admission and parking.  Free shuttle bus to shows at the Denver Mart.

Website:  www.mzexpos.com

200 dealers from around the world.

 

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Fri, Sat & Sun, September 16–18, 2016  DENVER, CO – 49th Annual Denver Gem & Mineral Show

Venue:  Denver Mart Expo Hall
451 E. 58th Avenue (I-25 at Exit 215)

Hours:  Fri 9:00am – 6:00pm; Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Adults $6.00; Teens and Seniors (65+) $4.00; Kids under 12 free w/ Adult.

Website:  www.denvermineralshow.com

This year's theme is African Minerals.  Special exhibits with over 140 dealers, featured presentations, competitive cases and non-competitive cases, plus scheduled presentations.

 

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Fri, Sat and Sun, September 16–18, 2016  PLACERVILLE, CA
77th Annual CFMS Show & Convention

Sponsor:  California Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Venue:  El Dorado County Fairgrounds
   100 Placerville Dr., CA 95667

Hours:  10:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Admission:  Adults $7.00/day; Seniors (60+) & Active Military $6.00/day; or get 3-day passes and save; Kids under 12 Free with paid Adult admission.

Contact:  Barbara Terrill, 530-676-2375

Website:  eldoradomineralandgem.org

This year's theme is "Strike Gold!"  Discover over 50 dealers featuring a wide variety of gems, minerals, jewelry, beads, rough and finished stones, fossils, petrified wood, fluorescents, gold, opal, amber, spheres, cabs, slabs and other lapidary, supplies, equipment, books and kits.

 

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Mon, September 26, 2016  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

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

The first meeting of the Fall will be a two-part presentation by Lisbet Thoresen.  Part One is a report on the May 2016 meeting of the Desert District Advisory Council (DAC) and field trip held in Barstow and Lavic Siding, respectively.  The status of the collecting areas within the newly designated Mojave Trails National Monument (MTNM) was an important topic discussed at this meeting.  In Part Two, Lisbet will profile Bill Depue, founder of Diamond Pacific Tools, who led a field trip at the end of May to the "Top Notch" claim, which he owns with his friend and fellow rockhound, Joe SumnersBill is a legend in the rockhound community.  He has lived in the Mojave Desert and collected agates there for 77 years.  His company has been selling equipment designed specifically for lapidary artists for more than 40 years.  Lisbet will bring specimens to share which were collected from the Cady Mountains by John Pickett and Bill.  Please bring treats to share.  The Club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 

 

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Wed thru Sun, September 28 – October 2, 2016  JOSHUA TREE, CA – 41st Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Sponsor:   Hi-Desert Rockhounds/JT Sportsman's Club

Venue:  Sportsman's Club
6225 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Hours:  Wed noon – 6:00pm; Thu thru Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Vendor contract/reservation form

Saturday night Vendor's dinner & Silent Auction: one ticket $15 or two tickets for $25.

Contact:  760-366-2915 or jtsportsmans@ymail.com

Website:  www.jtsportsmansclub.com/gem.html
   download the PDF flyer at: www.jtsportsmansclub.com/ShowFlyer2016.pdf

Over 60 Dealers featuring rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, jewelry, beads, lapidary supplies and items, mining equipment, gemstone rough, findings, geodes, slabs, meteorites, crystals, carvings, jewelry boxes, New Age items, gifts, collectibles, books, tools and more!

 

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EVENTS ON THE HORIZON…

Sat and Sun, Oct 1–2, 2016  BORON, CA – Mojave Mineralogical Society Annual Show

Venue:  Boron Recreation Park
26998 John St., Boron, CA 93516

Hours:  Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sun 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Free

Contact:  Bruce Davies, 760-338-8829 or daviesb@yahoo.com

 

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Sat and Sun, Oct 1–2, 2016  VISTA, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show

Venue:  Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA 92083

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

Admission & Parking:  Free

Contact:  Ray Pearce, 760-726-7570 or raysrocks@cox.net

 

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Fri, Sat and Sun, October 7–9, 2016  BIG SUR, CA – 25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival

Venue:  Pacific Valley School
69325 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9612 (across from Sanddollar Beach)

Hours:  Fri noon – 6:00pm, Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Kirk Brock, 831-402-1143

Website:  www.bigsurjadefest.com

The Big Sur Jade Festival features jade and other lapidary arts by artists from the US, Canada and New Zealand.  Vendor art, lectures, demonstrations, fine food and three days of live entertainment.

 

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Sat and Sun, October 8–9, 2016  TRONA, CA – Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society 75th Gem-O-Rama 2016

Venue:  SLG&MS Lapidary and Show Building
13337 Main St., Searles Valley, CA 93562 (corner of Main and Trona Rd.)

Hours:  Sat 7:30am – 5:00pm, Sun 7:30am – 4:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Jim or Bonnie Fairchild, 760-372-5356 or slgms@iwvisp.com

Website:  www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/FLYER.htm (includes accommodations listings)

Collect Searles Lake saline minerals (by permission of Searles Valley minerals), purchase premium Searles Lake pink halite, 20 dealers, 50 exhibits, geode cutting and sales, demonstrations, snacks & drinks, prizes, Old Guest House Museum, Trona's History House.  Pancake breakfast at Trona Community Church on Sat 6–10, and on Sun 6–9, tickets for Adults are $5.00 and Children under 7 are $3.00. .

FIELD TRIPS –  (you drive your own car )
Registration (required):  7:30–9:00am and 1:30–2:30pm

Searles Dry Lake – 2.5 hour trips on Sat and 4.5 hours on Sun
Mud Trip – Sat Only – Departs ONLY at 9:00am – Cluster and barrel hanksite, trona, borax – $15 per car
Blow Hole – Sat Only – Departs ONLY at 2:30pm – Hanksite, halite, borax, sulfohalite – dry surface – $15 per car
Pink Halite – Sun Only – Departs ONLY at 9am – In brine, beneath hard salt – $20 per car
Pinnacles National Natural Landmark – self-guided (get information at show) – FREE
Searles Valley Minerals' Plants – Sat only: 10:40am, 11:25am, 12:10pm, 12:55 and 1:40pm – in bus – FREE

 

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Sun, October 9, 2016  FALLBROOK, CA – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Facility
123 West Alvarado St., Fallbrook, CA 92028

Hours:  9:00am – 4:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  760-728-1130 or fgms@sbcglobal.net

Website:  www.fgms.org

 

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Sat and Sun, October 15–16, 2016  WHITTIER, CA – Whittier Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show

Venue:  Whittier Community Center
7630 Washington Ave., Whittier, CA 90606 (corner of Mar Vista and Washington)

Hours:  10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Frank Winn, 626-239-5457 or rkhndfw@gmail.com

Vendors selling minerals, jewelry, gems and collectibles; also display cases, demonstrators, silent auction and raffle.

 

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Fri, October 21, 2016  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG Mineral Division Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

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

The October Mineral meeting welcomes and ,   Please bring your gems for discussion and treats to share, the Club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 

 

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October 28–31, 2016  RANDSBURG, CA – 2016 PLP/MMAC Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Sponsors:  Public Lands for the People (PLP), (Minerals & Mining Advisory Council (MMAC), Sleepy Bear Mining and American Prospector Treasure Seeker

Venue:  Sleepy Bear Mine
Randsburg, CA

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm Friday thru Monday, 10:am – 5:00pm Sunday

Registration:  Adults 18 and over $50.00.  Contact Walt Wegner at 818-652-3016.

Contact:  Walt Wegner at 818-652-3016

Website:  www.publiclandsforthepeople.org/links/2016-octoberfest/ and flyer at: www.publiclandsforthepeople.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Octoberfest-Flyer.pdf

This event is open for gold prospecting, metal detecting, hiking, off-roading, dirt biking and camping. ALL outdoor enthusiast groups welcome.  There will be vendors, huge prize give away, music, and dancing.  Registration/donation includes camping, Saturday night BBQ, and prospecting for 4 days.  Participants will receive $10 worth of Saturday raffle tickets and $10 worth of 2017 PLP Grand Raffle tickets

 

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April 8, 2017  CARLSBAD, CA – Fourteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Sapphire

Website:  www.sinkankassymposium.net

The 14th Annual Sinkankas Symposium, originally scheduled for April 9, 2016, has been postponed due to the untimely passing last November of the event organizer, Roger Merk. It has been re-scheduled for April 8, 2017, and will convene at the GIA worldwide headquarters and Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad, California, which has been the venue for the previous thirteen events. The gem theme for 2017 will be Sapphire.

Stay tuned to the official website for updates in the coming months at: www.sinkankassymposium.net

 

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