The Del Air Rockhounds Club, Inc
Los Angeles - San Fernando Valley, California, United States
- We are a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing knowledge of the lapidary arts and techniques, geology, mineralogy and related fields.
TheDel Air Rockhounds Clubwas founded in 1952 with members mostly residing in the San Fernando Valley area of California. Our club is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing knowledge of the lapidary arts and techniques, geology, mineralogy and related fields. We own our own lapidary equipment with members available to teach and demonstrate lapidary techniques to other members. Our members enjoy lapidary related programs, demonstrations, exhibitions, displays and lectures. We also take monthly field trips to our local deserts & mountains for exploration and the study and collection of lapidary and mineral specimens.
Member of the California & American Federation of Mineralogical Societies
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7618, Van Nuys, CA 91409 - Phone # 818-714-0321
03: Daylight Savings Time Ends:
Turn those clocks back one hour.
07: General Meeting: 7:30
pm in our regular meeting room.
11: Veteran’s Day: A day
to honor our military veterans.
16: Field Trip to Jewel
Tunnel Imports: See Article.
Meeting: 7:30 pm at
Julie Marin’s home.
Thursday 28: Thanksgiving:
Give thanks for all the good in your life.
General Meeting: Thursday November 07, 2019
The meeting begins at 7:30 pm
in our regular meeting room at:
United Methodist Church - 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA Guests are always welcome at our meetings and events however our
annual Holiday Party in December requiresa prepaid reservation in advance.
November 2019 Program:
by the Don Buchanan
Dr. Don Buchanan received a B.S. Degree in Geology from University of
Missouri in June 1969 and completed a one-year Air Force Technology Institute Meteorology
Training program at the University of Texas in June 1970.He completed a MS in Oceanography/Climatology
from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1975, CA and Doctorate in
Educational Leadership from USC in 2006.His career included meteorological forecasting and doing research and
applied Earth Sciences for the USAF and other branches of the military for 20
years until retirement in July 1989. Don will be giving us a presentation on
making minerals work in our day to day lives.
…asked us all to bring sedimentary and metamorphic
rocks or any other item of geologic related interest for our show and tell.
Remember, you’ll get a free rock from the bucket if you do!
Support our Hobby...Attend a Local Show!
2 - 3: ANAHEIM, CA
American Opal Society
Business Expo Center
1960 S. Anaheim Way
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Veronica Purpura, (714) 501-9959
9 - 10: YUBA CITY, CA
Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Franklin Hall
442 Franklin Blvd
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Karen Horita, (916) 677-6696
November 23 - 24: OXNARD, CA
Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way
Hours: Sat. 10 - 5; Sun. 10 - 4
Contact: Laura Driskell, (805) 394-8002
7 - 8: BARSTOW, CA
Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Society
Cora Harper Community Center
841 S. Barstow Road
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Danny Watts, (760) 373-1309
Email: vivlea22@ yahoo.com
18 - 19: EXETER, CA Tule
Gem & Mineral Society, Visalia
Exeter Veterans' Memorial Building
324 N. Kaweah Avenue
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Gayle Bingaman (559) 802-6029
Please start planning your
budgets early so you will be able to turn in your 2020 annual dues to our
treasurer, Shellie VanWinkle, no later than December 31st, 2019. You
may pay this in person with Shellie at the November general meeting or at the
December Holiday Party. You may also mail it directly to Shellie at any time prior to December 31, 2019. $26.00
members, $13.00 associates & $10.00 children 17 & under (with paid
adult membership) There will be a special raffle drawing in January for all
members that have paid their dues prior to Jan 01, 2020
2019 Chatsworth Kiwanis Holiday Parade & Festival
December 15, 2019 – 11 am to 5 pm –Set-up begins at 9 am on Canoga Ave @
All club members: Our meeting room and
storage come at a high rental and have
been paid in advance. This puts our
account lower than normal. We need these
activities to keep our Youth Outreach Program
going and to also bring GREAT
SPEAKERS to our meetings. We need your
help at these activities when you can. The
Kiwanis Holiday Parade & Festival is a long one and an hour here and an
hour there can really help so everyone can have time for a lunch break. Please
put this date on your calendar.
Rock! Opens at the County Museum
A new exhibit, “Minerals
Rock! Unearthing the Human Element,” tracing the science, value, and impact of
minerals in our society, opens at the San Bernardino County Museum on Thursday,
The exhibit tells the
story of minerals: what they are, where they come from, and their role in human
culture. Minerals are all around us in modern life; they are a critical
component of our cellphones, roadways, and toothpaste, yet these same minerals
can have significant global impact. The exhibit includes exquisite examples of
fluorescent minerals, crystals, and ore, and features the mining equipment that
extracts the minerals and the mineral-based products that result. Digital
microscopes allow visitors to view fragments magnified. A small theater shows various
“Minerals do indeed
rock!” said Ian Gilbert, the museum’s curator of earth sciences. “The
importance of minerals in our lives is so much more than just beautiful
crystals. In fact, life as we know it would not exist without them. From the
first stone tool to the modern mobile phone in your pocket, minerals and
elements they contain have allowed us to interact with and explore our world.
Their impacts on art, science, culture, and technology have made us who we are
Melissa Russo, museum
director, said, “Minerals Rock! illustrates how vital minerals are to our
county, from the colorful history of exploration and scientific discovery, to
the mining industry that fuels economic prosperity, to the numerous products
that benefit our everyday lives, and the ways in which our choices in the
disposal of these products can have significant impact on our environment. The
goal of this exhibit is to enrich our visitors with an understanding of the
‘life’ cycle of a mineral, and inspire positive choices.”
Unearthing the Human Element” is a multidisciplinary exhibit curated by Ian
Gilbert with Tamara Serrao-Leiva, curator of anthropology; Jennifer Dickerson,
curator of history; Jessika Vazquez, curator of integrated science; and David
Myers, curator of visitor engagement and exhibits. It contains mineral
specimens, photographs, and artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection.
The San Bernardino
County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the
Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of
Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and
education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.
The San Bernardino County
Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from
Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7
(student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum
Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information,
visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with
disabilities. Contact: Jennifer Reynolds
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