MARCH 2015 Calendar

March 2015 Calendar


Mon, March 2, 7:00pm  GSSD General Meeting  SDMG Building

SDMG General Meeting  NO Meeting in March (Annual Banquet instead)

Sat, March 14, 11:30am  SDMG 81st Annual Banquet, 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Mon, March 16, 7:00pm  SDMG Board Meeting, SDMG Building



On the Go… To a Show


Sat & Sun, March 7–8  ARCADIA, CA – Monrovia Rockhounds 55th Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Sat & Sun, March 7–8  VENTURA, CA –Ventura Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show

Fri, March 13, 9:00am Borrego Springs, CA – Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Lecture on Paleontology

Fri, Sat & Sun, March 13–15  VICTORVILLE, CA – 38th Annual Stoddard Wells Rock Hound Tailgate

Sat & Sun, March 14–15  SAN MARINO, CA – 2015 Pasadena Lapidary Show

Sat, March 21  FALLBROOK, CA – FGMS Rough, Cut & Carved: A Special Auction/Sales Event

Shows and events held thru April 2015 are listed in
The Pocket Pegmatite
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Fri, Sat & Sun, April 10–12 – Vista Gem & Mineral Tailgate

Sat, April 18 –Thirteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Opal

Jun 5 thru July 5 –2015 San Diego County Fair – "A Fair to Remember"


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


Mon, March 2, SAN DIEGO, CA – GSSD Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

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

The March meeting will be the club's annual "Show and Tell" theme, so bring specimens from this year's shows in Quartzsite and Tucson.  Please be on the look out for any equipment or books that the Society should get for its long-time members and students.

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Sat & Sun, March 7–8  ARCADIA, CA – Monrovia Rockhounds 55th 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,


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 7–8  VENTURA, CA – Ventura Mineral & Gem Society 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:  Krishna Juarez, or 805-323-6725.


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


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Fri, March 13, BORREGO SPRINGS, CA – Lecture on Paleontology

Sponsor:  Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Paleontology Society

Venue:  Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP) Visitor Center park map | driving directions
200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Time:  9:00 to noonish.

Admission:  Monthly Certification Class lectures are open to the public.

Contact:  Dr. Lyndon Murray, District Paleontologist at 760-767-4974 or



The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert park in America.  Classes for the Paleontology Certification program began on November 7 and includes 160 hours of instruction.  Lectures on paleontology and geology, fossil curation and laboratory preparation workshops, and field surveys are held each Friday, November thru May – enrollment in the Certification program is not required to attend the lectures, and the public is welcome. 

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Fri, Sat and Sun, March 13–15  VICTORVILLE, CA – 38th 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.


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,

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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Saturday, March 14, 2015  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG 81st Anniversary Banquet

Venue:  94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

Cost:  $35.00 per person.

Tickets:  On sale beginning Feb. 1, 2015, available through Wed, March 11 at:
    · The Village Silversmith's shop in the SDMG Building, open 11:00 am to 4:00pm daily
    · Paul Williams at the General Meeting held on Friday, February 20
    · Bob Hancock at his faceting classes on Wednesdays
    · Chairlady Charlene Churilla, by sending a self-addressed envelope with your check for $35.00
        make check payable to: SDMG and send to PO Box 124, Temecula, CA 92593 (post-marked no later than March 6)

The annual luncheon will feature a great program and door prizes.  This year's guest speaker will be Roger Merk, on jade. 


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Sat & Sun, March 14–15  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, or 626-260-7239.


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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Sat, March 21  FALLBROOK, CA – Rough, Cut & Carved: A Special Auction/Sales Event

Sponsor:  Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society.

Address:  FGMS Building
123 W. Alvarado St., Fallbrook, CA 92028

Silent Auction & Sale:  begins 1:00pm, ends 2:30pm.

Admission:  Plenty of free parking in lot across from building. Free FGMS Museum and Gift Shop open 11:00am to 3:00pm

Contact:  760-728-1130.


Come find a treasure at our "Spring Cleaning" event!  Offering at Auction and For Sale rough mineral material for lapidary and faceting projects, small carvings, faceted gemstones, plus minerals to carve along with a large selection of slabs.


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Fri, Sat and Sun, April 10–12, 2015  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, or 760-726‐7570.

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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April 18, 2015  CARLSBAD, CA – Thirteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Opal

Venue:  GIA World Headquarters and The Robert Mouawad Campus
5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Registration :  Open to ALL now.

Registration Fee:  $95.00/person thru March 17; $105.00 from March 18 through April 13.  Includes box lunch and a copy of the printed proceeedings, no on-site registration.

Online Registration:  13th Annual Sinkankas Symposium at Benchmark Events (no paper forms this year)


An impressive roster of speakers is scheduled, including keynote speaker Eloise Gaillou, Raquel Alonso-Perez, Meg Berry, Andrew Cody, Alan Hart, Jack Hobart, Bill Larson, Renee Newman, Nathan Renfro, George R. Rossman and Robert Weldon.


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Jun 5 thru July 5, 2015  DEL MAR, CA – 2015 San Diego County Fair – "A Fair to Remember"

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

Contact:  Fair Coordinator at

General Info:

Projected calendar through opening day

· Online Brochure: Available at beginning in early-February.

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

Online entry registration only – first time ever!

· Online entries begins:  Sometime in mid-February.

· Online entries deadline:  Friday, April 24, 2015, 11:59pm.

· Delivery of exhibits:  Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, 9am to 6pm.


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