CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MARCH 2014 MEETINGS & EVENTS
GSSD Meeting Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:00pm
No General Meeting in March (Annual Banquet instead)
SDMG Board Meeting Monday, March, 17, 2014, 7:00pm
GSSD Meeting Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00pm, SDMG Building.
SDMG General Meeting Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:00pm.
SDMG Board Meeting Monday, April 14, 2014, 7:00pm.
SDMG Mineral Div. Meeting Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:00pm.
San Diego County Fair: Gems & Minerals Dept. deadline for entries – 11:59pm, Fri, April 25
On the Go… To a Show
MARCH 2014 – SHOWS & EVENTS
Fri, Sat and Sun March 7–9 – Victor Valley Stoddard Wells Tailgate
(and Tri-Colored Marble Field Trip on Saturday), Victorville
APRIL 2014 – SHOWS & EVENTS
April 5 – Twelfth Annual Sinkankas Symposium, Carlsbad, CA
Shows and events held in March and April 2014 are listed in
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Meetings, Shows, Field Trips & Events
Sat and Sun, March 1–2 VENTURA, CA – Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Lapidary Show
Sponsor: Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
Address: Ventura County Fairgrounds at Seaside Park
10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA93001
Hours: Sat, 10:00am – 5:00 pm; Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: Free. Parking is $5.00.
Contact: Krishna Juarez, email@example.com or 805-323-6725
Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Jewelry, Exhibits, Dealers, Demonstrators, Silent Auctions, Kids' Activities, Raffle Prizes, Country Store and Plant Sale.
Mon, March 3, 2014 SAN DIEGO, CA – GSSD Meeting
Venue: SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park
Time: 7:00pm. Free Admission and ample Parking. Public Welcome.
There will be several topics discussed at the meeting. First, we will discuss the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and any new items such as books or gems that were offered this year. Second, members will present some of the phosphate and carbonate gemstones such as Variscite, Turquoise, Malachite, and Azurite. Third, we will prepare for the upcoming Sinkankas Symposium and assign volunteers to various tasks. Lastly, we will discuss the future of the GSSD website and it uses.
Fri, Sat and Sun, March 7–9 VICTORVILLE, CA – Annual Stoddard Wells Rock Hound "Tailgate"
Sponsor: Victor Valley Gem and Mineral Club
Address: Stoddard Wells Rd. near I15
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm daily.
Admission: Free. Public welcome.
Contact: (760) 243-2330.
Dealers: All Vendor spaces are FREE on a first come basis.
Handcrafted and faceted jewelry, slabs and cabs, findings and equipment, minerals and fossils and TONS of rough material.
Saturday, March 8: Tri-Colored Marble Field Trip 9:00am
Sat and Sun, March 8–9 SAN MARINO, CA – 2014 Pasadena Lapidary Show
Sponsor: Pasadena Lapidary Society
Address: San Marino Masonic Center
3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108
Hours: Sat., 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sun., 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission and Parking: Free. Free rocks for kids.
Contact: Marcia Goetz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-260-7239
Displays, dealers and demonstrations. Faceted gems, jewelry, minerals, bead, fossils, treasure wheel, grab bags, silent auction, sand scoop, lapidary material, supplies, club and field trip information, raffle prizes.
Sat, April 5, 2014 CARLSBAD, CA – Twelfth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Peridot & Uncommon Green Gem Minerals
Sponsors: GSSD and GIA
Venue: GIA, World Headquarters and The Robert Mouawad Campus
5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
S. Tasaki Student Lecture and Graduation Hall
Badging: 7:30–9:00am. Program starts at 9:00am sharp.
Perhaps the first comprehensive program devoted to gem olivine with presentations by well-known authorities on its fascinating history, sources, mineralogy and crystallography, causes of color, inclusions, and use as a carving material. And, not to be overlooked, other green-colored gem minerals that are not quite as familiar as emerald or jade to the public but deserve to be!
An impressive roster of speakers is scheduled, including Dr. Raquel Alfonso-Perez, Dr. George Harlow, Dr. James A. Harrell, Bill Larson, Nathan Renfro, Dr. George R. Rossman, Dr. Skip Simmons, Dr. James Shigley, Lisbet Thoresen and Robert Weldon.
Note that registration is open to all (no pre-registration this year). Space is limited, so register early to secure a space.
Register online: Register online using Benchmark event (with payment processing by Paypal).
Register by mail: Download a registration form and mail it to Roger Merk with your check payable to "GSSD".
Registration Fee: $95.00/person post-marked no later than March 12, includes box lunch and a copy of the printed proceeedings; $105.00 after March 12.
Absolute Deadline: March 28. No on-site registration.
Contact: Roger Merk, organizer, email@example.com
Fri, Sat and Sun, April 11–13 Vista Gem & Mineral Society Tailgate and Meetup
Venue: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA
Hours: Fri and Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 9:00am – 4:00pm
Admission & Parking: Free.
Contact: Aleta Dirdo, firstname.lastname@example.org
This tailgate is quickly becoming one of the largest rockhound events in Southern California. More than 50 dealers in rough, slabs, cabochons, gems and finished jewelry. Raffle, speakers and other activities.
Fri, Sat and Sun, April 18–20 DENVER, CO – Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show
Venue: Ramada Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn – Central Denver)
4849 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80216-1813
Hours: Fri and Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission & Parking: Free. Public welcome.
Display case rental: www.dynamiceventsdenver.com
Dealer List: www.mzexpos.com/colorado_spring_dealer_list.html
More info: www.mzexpos.com/colorado_spring.html
Retail and wholesale dealers selling minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and lapidary materials.
EVENTS ON THE HORIZON…
Sat and Sun, May 10–11 LANCASTER, CA – 2014 Spring Show
Sponsor: Antelope Valley Gem & Mineral Club
Venue: Lancaster High School
44701 32nd Street West (at Ave J and 32nd Street West)
Hours: Fri and Sat, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Admission & Parking: Free. Public welcome.
Beads, rocks, gems, minerals, jewelry and fossils, with demonstrators, vendors, children's touch table and a scavanger hunt. Auction table and a raffle with two grand prizes: an amethyst cathedral and a crisp $100 bill.
Fri, Sat and Sun, May 30 – June 1, 2013 POMONA, CA
2014 California Federation Show
Sponsors: Pasadena Lapidary Society and California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
Venue: L.A. County Fairplex
1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Hours: Fri and Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sat and Sun, May 31 – June 1 ESCONDIDO, CA – Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Sponsor: Palomar Gem & Mineral Club
Venue: The California Center for the Arts in Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Hours: Sat., 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun., 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: Adults $3.00; Children Free with Adult.
Displays and sales of gems, minerals, fossils, and jewelry.
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