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October 2019 Calendar

I. SDMG & GSSD Meetings & Events

Mon, Oct 7, 2019 – GSSD General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

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

Mon, Oct 28, 2019 – SDMG General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg

Sun, Nov 3, 2019 – SDMG Cab & Slab Sale, 9am to 1pm, SDMG Bldg

Shows and events held through November 2019 appear in
The Pegmatite (October 2019)
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II. On the Go… To a Show & Other Events

Ongoing  San Diego, CA – San Diego Natural History Museum: "The Nat" [exhibition]
Hidden Gems

Fri, Sat & Sun, October 4–6, 2019  Vista, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Fall Show

Sun, Oct 13, 2019 – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society Festival of Gems, 9am –4pm, FGMS Facility

Sat & Sun, November 5–6  Anaheim, CA – American Opal Society 49th Annual Opal, Gem & Jewelry Show

Sat, November 5–8  Cady Mts, CA – CFMS Field Trip: Cady Mountains

Sat & Sun, November 5–6  Ridgecrest, CA – Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Show

Sun, November 6  Ridgecrest, CA – Rainbow Ridge Field Trip (non-SDMG field trip)

Fri, Sat & Sun, November 22–24, 2019  Costa Mesa, CA – LLD Productions Inc. (Fall) West Coast Gem & Mineral Show

Sat & Sun, Nov 23–24, 2019  Oxnard, CA – Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society 50th Annual Galaxy of Gems Expo – Gold



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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Fri, Sat and Sun, Oct 4–6, 2019  VISTA, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show

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

Hours:  Fri 10:00am–4:00pm; Sat 10:00am–5:00pm, Sun 9:00am–4:00pm

Admission & Parking:  Free


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Mon, October 7, 2018  SAN DIEGO, CA – GSSD General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

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

Cathy Davis will present a short video program on "Gems and the way we see them." Also, members will make brief presentations on new finds and/or trips of interest over the summer months.

Please bring treats to share.  The Club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 

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Sun, October 13, 2019  FALLBROOK, CA – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

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

Hours:  9am – 4pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  760-728-1130



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Mon, Oct 28, 2019  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.

Admission and Parking:  Free.  Public Welcome.

Wayne and Peggy Leibitzke will make a presentation on their tour of the Mollie Kathleen Mine, in the Cripple Creek area of Colorado. The Mollie Kathleen is a famous lode gold mine dating back to the 1890s. It's been open for tours since shutting down gold production in 1961. Roughly 40,000 people a year enjoy this tour, which descends 1,000 feet into the mountain. Wayne will regale us with details.

We will have some great door prizes, and the club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 


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Sun, Nov 3, 2019  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG Cab 'N' Slab Sale

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  9am to 1pm.

Admission:  Free.  Public Welcome.

Parking is Free but limited behind the SDMG Building. Parking available on first come, first served basis starting at 9am. Additional parking should be available in the Carousel parking lot near Park Blvd. or in the Zoo parking lot.

Come one, come all! Bring a friend, relative or neighbor. Everyone is welcome.

There will be lots of stuff: We will be setting up tables in the SDMG Museum and rearranging the desks in the SDMG Library to hold lots and lots of bins full of all kinds of slabs, rough lapidary material and agates, various tools, jewelry findings, waxes for casting, and carving rough. We plan on including some small equipment, too. In fact, whatever has gotten donated to the club in the last six months may just show up for sale: small display cases, tool boxes, sphere blocks, little carvings, flats of attractive yard rock, petrified wood, egg cartons of mineral specimens for kids, and so on. There will be a display case with polished cabs and faceting rough, as well.

Please be prepared to pay by cash or check.


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Fri, Sat & Sun, November 22–24, 2019  COSTA MESA, CA – LLD Productions Inc. West Coast Gem & Mineral Show

Venue:  Hilton Inn Orange County / Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

Admission:  Free. Open to the public.

Customer Parking:  $10.00 per day.


75 vendors dealers, wholesale and retail featuring gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, meteorites, decorator items, lapidary, and more. (Resale certificate needed or admission to wholesale.)


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Sat & Sun, November 23–24, 2019  OXNARD, CA – 50th Annual Galaxy of Gems Expo – Gold

Sponsor:  Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030

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

Admission & Parking:  Free


Fifty display cases showcasing the talents and artistic skills of members and guest exhibitors. Educational Displays; Demonstrations; Silent Auction. Dealers will offer gems, minerals, fossils, stone beads, Idaho opals, silver craft, finished jewelry, tools, lapidary supplies and books about earth science and more.


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