Arizona
Mineral & Fossil Show

Jan 30 – Feb 13, 2016

400 dealers
wholesale and retail

3 locations:
Mineral & Fossil Marketplace
Hotel Tucson City Center
Ramada Limited

10am – 6pm
(10am – 5pm on 2/13)

Free Admission & Parking

www.mzexpos.com

Tanzanite.
Photo: © Jeff Scovil

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Jan 30 – Feb 13

Arizona Mineral
& Fossil Show

Hotel Tucson City Center
475 N. Granada
Rm #235

Facet Rough
Cabbing Rough
Jewelry
Mineral Specimens

www.johngarsow.com

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SDMG Calender of Events

 

FEBRUARY 2016 Calendar of Events

February 2016 Calendar

No February Mtg   GSSD General Meeting

Mon, February 15  – SDMG Board Meeting, – 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Fri, February 19, 2016 SDMG Joint Min Div & General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Sat, March 5, 2016 SDMG 82nd Annual Banquet, 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Mon, March 7  GSSD General Meeting, 7:00 pm, SDMG Bldg.

Shows and events held thru the end of February 2016 are listed in
The Pocket Pegmatite
download a membership application » to receive the bulletin

 

On the Go… To a Show & Other Events

January 1 – February 28, 2016  Quartzsite, AZ – Desert Gardens Gems, Rocks and Minerals Show

Wed, January 27, 2016  San Diego, CA – San Diego Museum of Natural History NatTalk:
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton

Fri & Sat, January 29–30, 2016  Redlands, CA – 51st Pacific Micromount Conference

January 29 – February 7, 2016  Quartzsite, AZ – Tyson Wells Art & Craft Fair

SPOTLIGHT ON TUCSON 2016

Details about all the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows can also be found at:
www.xpopress.com/AZ-show-schedule.html

January 28 – February 14  Tucson 22nd Street Mineral & Fossil Show (Eons Expos)

January 29 – February 10  The Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show

January 29 – February 14  Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase: The World's Largest Treasure Hunt

January 30 – February 13  Zinn Expos – 3 locations:
Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (1) Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly InnSuites)
Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (2) Mineral & Fossil Marketplace
Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (3) Ramada Limited

January 30 – February 14  Kino Gem & Mineral Show

January 29 – February 14  Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show

February 5–8  15th Annual Westward Look Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

February 11–14  62nd Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (the Main Show)

 

February 12–21, 2016  INDIO, CA – San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show

Sat, February 27, 2016  SANTA ANA, CA – Lecture: Bead making history of Germany, by Floor Kaspers

Sat, February 27, 2016  Santa Ana, CA – BSOC Jewelry Workshop: Nefertiti's Royal Collar, by Doris Weinbaum

 

Sat & Sun, March 5–6  ARCADIA, CA – Monrovia Rockhounds 56th Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Sat & Sun, March 5–6  VENTURA, CA –Ventura Mineral & Gem Society 54th Annual Show

Fri, Sat & Sun, March 11–13  VICTORVILLE, CA – 40th Annual Stoddard Wells Rock Hound Tailgate

Sat & Sun, March 12–13  SAN MARINO, CA – 2016 Pasadena Lapidary Show

Fri, Sat & Sun, April 8–10 – Vista Gem & Mineral Tailgate

Jun 3 thru July 4 – 2016 San Diego County Fair – "Mad About the Fair"

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

 

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

 

Mon, January 25  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

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

The New Year starts with a new meeting date – the 4th Monday of the month – it's not a misprint.  Denise Nelson is a certified gemologist and apprasier who will be visiting from Maryland.  She will make a presentation on "Precious Heirlooms, a Message from the Past: The gem/jewelry version of genealogical sleuthing."   This promises to be a great talk by a speaker with a great deal of experience and knowledge about the subject.  Please bring treats to share at the General Meetings; the Club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 

 

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Wed, January 27, 2016 SAN DIEGO, CA – Lecture on The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World, by Oliver Morton

Sponsor:  San Diego Museum of Natural History (SDMNH/the Nat)

Venue:  1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Time:  7:00pm.

Admission:  $9 for members and $12 for non-members.

Website:  the Nat website

 

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Fri & Sat, January 29–30, REDLANDS, CA – 51st Pacific Micromount Conference

Presented by:  Mineralogical Society of Southern California

Venue:  San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, CA 92374

Friday, Jan 29:
  3:00–6:00pm On-site Registration, greeting friends and microscope time, sales tables open
  6:00–7:00pm Famous POTLUCK BUFFET Dinner; Please bring an hors d'oeuvre, salad, hot dish, dessert, etc.
  7:00-8:00pm  Lecture by Herwig Pelckmans, "The Minerals of Belgium"

Saturday, Jan 30:
  8:00–9:00am Doors Open, On-site Registration, microscope set-up, filling "GIVE-AWAY" and sales tables, greeting friends
  10:00am Welcome, Introductions and Special Announcements
  10:15pm  Lecture by Paul Adams, "Some Other Mineral Localities in Nevada"
  noon  Lunch served at museum (no cost).
  1:30pm  Verbal auction followed by silent auction of member donated materials
  3:15am  Lecture by Dr. Henry Barwood, "Minerals of Indian Mountain, Cherokee Co Alabama"
  6:00pm  Buffet dinner served at Museum, $5.00 (advance reservations required).

Sunday, January 31: Field Trip (destination TBD)

Registration:  $15 before conference; $20 at the door.
Please provide the names and home towns of all members of your party. In addition to Conference registration, reservations required for Saturday buffet dinner.

Registration/Reservations: Robert Housley
  210 S. Catalina Ave. #3
  Pasadena CA 91106

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January 29 – February 7  QUARTZSITE, AZ – Tyson Wells Art & Craft Fair

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, tysonwells@tds.net

Website:  www.TysonWells.com

 

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Tucson 2016

January 30 – February 14, 2016  Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase: Join The World's Largest Treasure Hunt

Hours:  Varies according to venue (check website)

Admission & Parking:  Cost varies according to venue.

Contact:  800-638-8350

Website:  www.visittucson.org/events/gem-show/

For detailed listings of all the dealers, venues, and show dates, search the schedule at the visittucson.org website

 

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January 28, – February 14, 2016  Tucson 22nd Street Mineral & Fossil Show (Eons Expos)

Where:  Corner of I-10 & 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ

Hours:  9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Admission & Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Advertising/Sales: Lowell at LowellCarhart@yahoo.com
   Booth Sales: Heather at Heather@EonsExpos.com

Website:  www.22ndstreetshow.com

Wholesale and retail, 180 booths, plus food vendors – Guero Loco's Bubba-Que and Jozarelli's Italian Street Food.

 

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January 29 – February 11, 2016  Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show

Where:  Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway (Congress St., South Frontage Rd.)
Tucson, AZ 85745

Hours:  10:00am – 6:30pm daily

Parking:  Onsite and valet.

Contact:  info@pueblogemshow.com or 310-586-6816.

Website:  www.pueblogemshow.com

Centrally located in downtown Tucson one block from the Convention Center in "The Golden Triangle."  It is known as the most diverse gem, jewelry and mineral show in Tucson, with US and international exhibitors of designer and fine jewelry, cut and rough gemstones, pearls, beads, silver, turquoise and amber, as well as rough and fine mineral specimens.

 

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January 30 – February 13, 2016  Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (1)

Where:  Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly InnSuites Hotel), 475 N. Granada Ave.
(St. Mary's Rd and Granada Ave.) Tucson, AZ 85701

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb. 13 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Open to the public, no charge.

Contact:  mzexpos@gmail.com.

Website:  www.mzexpos.com

Over 400 Dealers, Fossil Hall, Meteorite Dealers, Minerals, Gems & Jewelry.  Artists Gallery and Art in Stone display.  NEW in 2016 – Silver and Copper Ballrooms at Hotel Tucson City Center will be open from Thu, January 28th to Wed, February 10th.

 

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January 30 – February 13, 2016  Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (2)

Where:  Mineral & Fossil Marketplace, 1333 N. Oracle Rd.
   (Oracle Rd. & Drachman St.) Tucson, AZ 85705

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb. 13 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Open to the public, no charge.

Contact:  mzexpos@gmail.com

Website:  www.mzexpos.com

Retail and wholesale, with vendors specializing in minerals and fossils.

 

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January 30 – February 13, 2016  Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (3)

Where:  Ramada Limited, 665 N. Freeway
   Tucson, AZ 85745

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb. 13 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Open to the public, no charge.

Contact:  mzexpos@gmail.com

Website:  www.mzexpos.com

Retail and wholesale, with vendors specializing in minerals and fossils.

 

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January 30 – February 14, 2016  Kino Gem & Fossil Show

Where:  Tucson Electric Park, Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way
(Ajo Way & Kino Parkway) TUCSON, AZ 85702

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb 14 & 15 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Acres of free parking, free shuttle service; handicap accessible.

Contact:  Chris Hickman at info@as-shows.com or (520) 468-8383.

Website:  www.as-shows.com

Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Beads, Findings, Jewelry, Lapidary equipment supplies and tools.

 

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January 29 – February 14, 2016  Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show

Where:  1179 - 1211 S. Freeway Ave.
(S. Freeway Ave. between Congress St. & Starr Pass Blvd.) TUCSON, AZ 85713

Hours:  9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Admission & Parking:  Shuttle service; handicap accessible.

Contact:  Lynn Arriaga at rapagem@yahoo.com or 520-256-2079; Tyo Leonard at 480-593-3439

Website:  www.rapariver.com

If you can't find it here you won't find it anywhere.  Rapa River dealers offer a wide variety of many unique and unusual products from all parts of various countries represented by 34 vendors.

 

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February 5–8, 2016  15th Annual Westward Look Mineral Show

Where:  245 E. Ina Rd.
TUCSON, AZ 85704

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm, except on the final day, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission & Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Dave Waisman at SVLDave@aol.com or 509-458-2331

Website:  www.westwardminerals.com

Thirty-six international dealers of the finest mineral specimens.

 

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February 11–14, 2016  62nd Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (the Main Show) "Minerals of Western Europe"

Sponsor:  Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.

Venue:  Tucson Convention Center; 260 South Church Avenue.
TUCSON, AZ 85701

Hours:  Thu thru Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  $10.00 for Adults, Children 14 and under Free with paying Adult (2-day ticket available for $17.00).

Contact:  tgms@tgms.org or 520-322-5773.

Website:  www.tgms.org/

250+ dealers. 

 

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February 12–21, 2016  INDIO, CA – San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
  Gem & Mineral Building
  82-503 Hwy. 111, Indio, CA 92201

Hours:  10:00am – 10:00pm daily.

Admission and Parking:  Adults $9, Seniors $8, Students $7, Children 5 & under Free.

Contact:  Bert Grisham, 1029 N. 8th St., Banning, CA 92220; 951-849-1674 bert67@verizon.net

Sixteen indoor dealers, with 108 showcases, jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, geodes, jewelry repair, lapidary demonstrations and geode cutting.  Free polished rocks for the children.

 

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Fri, February 19  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG Joint Mineral Division & General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.

Admission and Parking:  Free.  Public Welcome.

Mark your calendar, it's the annual Show 'n' Tell meeting where everyone brings their treasures and stories from Quartzsite and Tucson 2016.

Please bring treats to share; the Club will supply coffee, tea, and punch.  And, wait there's more – there will be door prizes.

 

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Sat, February 27, 2015 SANTA ANA, CA – Lecture: Bead making history of Germany
   by Floor Kaspers

Co-sponsored by:  Bead Society of Orange County

Venue:  Bowers Museum, Kershaw Auditorium
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Hours:  11:00 am

Admission:  Free

Website:  Bowers Museum

European bead history expert and author Floor Kaspers will discuss three towns in Germany that have prominent places in German bead-making history. She will explain how three "normal" towns became "bead" towns via discussion of their history and personal stories.

 

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Sat, November 7, 2015 SANTA ANA, CA – Jewelry Workshop – Nefertiti's Royal Collar

Presented by:  Bead Society of Orange County (BSOC) at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Venue:  Bowers Museum, John M. Lee Court
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Hours:  1:00–4:00pm

Registration:  Advanced registration required, contact instructor for details about what you need to bring.

Fee:  $15. BSOC members; $25. all others (incl. Bowers members). Kit price: $20.

Instructor:  Doris Weinbaum

Contact/Reservations:  dorisweinbaum@gmail.com

Website:  www.bowers.org

This handwoven necklace is a variation of right angle weave that works up quickly and lays elegantly on the neck. Some seed beading experience is helpful, but beginners are welcome. Students need to bring: a bead mat or other beading surface, scissors, Nymo D or up to 6 lb. Fireline thread (your choice) and a size 10 or 11 beading needle.

 

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EVENTS ON THE HORIZON…

Saturday, March 5, 2015  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG 82nd Anniversary Banquet

Venue:  94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Cost:  $35.00 per person.

Tickets:  On sale beginning Feb. 1, 2016, available through Mon, Feb 29 at:
    · The Village Silversmith's shop in the SDMG Building, open 11:00 am to 4:00pm daily
    · Joint Min Div & General Meeting held on Friday, February 19
    · Hostess Pro-Tem, by your check for $35.00 per person and with a self-addressed envelope
        make check payable to: SDMG and send to (post-marked no later than February 25)

The annual luncheon will feature a great program and door prizes.  This year's guest speaker will be SDMG instructor Denny Turner, who will make a presentation on his experiences as artist-in-residence in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spent three months learning aluminum embossing (what westerners know as chasing and repoussé). 

Event info:  annualbanquet.sdmg.org

 

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Sat & Sun, March 5–6  ARCADIA, CA – Monrovia Rockhounds 56th Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Venue:  Los Angeles County Arboretum (Ayers Hall)
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91017; 1 block south of I-210, Foothill Fwy

Hours:  Sat 9:00am – 4:30pm.

Admission:  included in Arboretum Entrance Fee. Adults $9.00; Seniors and Students $7.00; Children 5-12 $4.00. Parking is $5.00.

Contact:  Joann Ritchie, joannaritchey@gmail.com.

Website:  www.moroks.com/annual-show.html

More than 15 vendors selling gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, findings. Club members will crack geodes, identify rocks in our famous Grab Bags and man the Treasure Wheel, where everybody wins.  Visitors can pick out fossils at the Dino Dig and Fossil Find.  Grand Prize Raffle on Sunday. FREE hourly drawings for prizes.

 

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Sat & Sun, March 5–6  VENTURA, CA – Ventura Mineral & Gem Society 54th Annual Show

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

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

Admission:  Free. Parking is $5.00.

Contact:  Show Chair at info@VGMS.org or 805-312-8467.

Website:  www.vgms.org

Exhibits, dealers and demonstrations featuring gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry.  Silent auctions, kids' activities, raffle prizes, country store, plant sale.

 

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Mon, March 7, SAN DIEGO, CA – GSSD Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

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

Speaker topic and theme TBA. 

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Fri, Sat and Sun, March 11–13  VICTORVILLE, CA – 40th Annual 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.

Contact:  760-243-2330.

Website:  vvgmc.org/tailgate.html

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

Saturday FAMILY Field Trip: Tri-Colored Marble  9:00am – 1:00pm
Contact: Jim Fosse, Wagon Master, info@vvgmc.org.

Handcrafted and Faceted Jewelry, Slabs and Cabs, Findings and Equipment, Minerals and Fossils and TONS of Rough Material.  Restrooms, drycamping, food, snacks and drinks, prizes and Rocks, Rocks and More Rocks.

 

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Sat & Sun, March 12–13  SAN MARINO, CA – 2015 Pasadena Lapidary Show

Venue:  San Marino Masonic Hall
3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino CA 91108

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

Admission:  included in Arboretum Entrance Fee. Adults $9.00; Seniors and Students $7.00; Children 5-12 $4.00. Parking is $5.00.

Contact:  Marcia Goetz at joenmar1@verizon.net or 626-260-7239.

Website:  www.pasadenalapidarysociety.org/Annual_Show.html

Faceted gems and jewelry, minerals, beads, fossils, treasure wheel, demonstrations, grab bags, fabulous raffle Prizes, free rocks for kids, silent auction, sand scoop, lapidary material, tools and supplies.  Club and field trip information, as well as food and games.

 

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Fri, Sat and Sun, April 8–10  VISTA, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society 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:  Ray Pearce, raysrocks@cox.net or 760-726‐7570.

Website:  www.vistarocks.org/events.html

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.

 

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Jun 3 thru July 4, 2016  DEL MAR, CA – 2016 San Diego County Fair – "Mad About the Fair"

Venue:  San Diego County Fair (Gems, Minerals & Jewelry Dept.)
   2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014

Contact:  Fair Coordinator at sdfair@sdmg.org.

General Info:  www.sdfair.com

Projected calendar through opening day

Online entry registration only

· Online entries begins:  Sometime in mid-February.

· Online Registration: www.sdfair.com/entry beginning in mid-February.

· Paper brochure:  Available in Casting Room in early February.

· Online entries deadline:  Friday, April 26, 2016, 11:59pm. (Please enter by Thursday to avoid web delays!)

· Delivery of exhibits:  Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 9am to 6pm.

· Opening Day:  Friday, June 3  Hours: 4pm to 11pm.

More Info:  sandiegofair.sdmg.org

 

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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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