Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Del Air Rockhounds Club Welcomes You!!

The Del Air Rockhounds Club was 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

Friday, April 24, 2020

Del Air Rockhounds and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Hello Friends and Fellow Rockhounds

While we all have been affected by the coronavirus lock-down, the Del Air Rockhounds are no different than anyone else.

Our club, as well as our parent organization, The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS), have been forced to cancel all events, meetings, field trips, shows and other activities indefinitely while the world deals with this tragic event. 

The Del Air Rockhounds Club encourages everyone to follow their local, state and federally imposed rules and guidelines regarding social distancing, face masks and shelter in place recommendations. 

As has already been said a bazillion times ad nauseum, "We Are All In This Together" and together, we can overcome this obstacle and gradually work our way back to a semblance of our normal lives and schedules.  

When we are given the "all clear" from the powers that be, we will resume our monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month observing whatever social distancing requirements that may be put in place. 

We are hoping to be able to hold our next scheduled meeting on Thursday August 6th, 2020. May and June meetings have already been ruled out and July is our regularly scheduled "Dark" month. Should this information change, we will post it here for all our friends and family to see.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Warm Regards,
Chris Ward
President - Del Air Rockhounds Club   

Friday, January 31, 2020

February 2020 Del Air Calendar of Events

Del–Air Rockhounds Calendar of Upcoming Events     
February 2020
 Thursday 06: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room.
Friday 14: Valentine’s Day: Don’t forget your sweetie!
Monday 17: President’s Day: Happy Birthday George & Abe
Thursday 20: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm at Julie Marin’s Home
Friday 28: Starry Night: At Chatsworth Park Elementary School (see article)
General Meeting: Thursday February 06, 2020

The meeting begins at 7:30 pm, SHARP, in our regular meeting room at:
Northridge United Methodist Church - 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324           Guests are always welcome at our meetings and events however our annual Holiday Party in December requires     a prepaid reservation in advance.

February 2020 Program:
Mars: Recent & Future; Jupiter: at the Moment       

Presented by Neil Mottinger

Neil Mottinger, a Navigation Engineer at the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory for over 52 years, will talk about a Mars lander with an ultrasensitive seismometer, and plans for the next Mars rover, carrying a helicopter, to launch in July 2020 and land on Mars in February 2021. A JPL orbiter at Jupiter is opening scientists’ eyes to a fascinating planet in our solar system.
Support our Hobby...Attend a local show...
February 14 – 23: INDIO, CA
San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
82-503 Highway 111
Hours: 10 – 10 daily
Contact: Bert Grisham, (951) 849-1674
February 15 – 17: ANTIOCH, CA
Antioch Lapidary Club
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
1201 West 10th Street
Hours: 10 – 5 daily
Contact: Brenda Miguel
February 22 – 23: VALLEJO, CA
Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society
McCormack Hall, Solano County Fairgrounds
900 Fairgrounds Drive
Hours: 10 – 5 daily
Contact: Debra Duhon , (415) 254-1506
March 6, 7 & 8: NEWARK, CA
Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Avenue
Hours: Fri 10 – 4, Sat 10 – 6; Sun 10 – 5
Contact: Cathy, (510) 305-4196
March 7 – 8: VENTURA, CA
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 West Harbor Blvd.
Hours: Sat 10 – 5; Sun 10 – 4
Contact: Richard Slyker, (805) 312-8467
March 13, 14 & 15: VICTORVILLE, CA
Victorville Valley Gem & Mineral Club
44th Annual Rockhound Tailgate
Stoddard Wells Road/Dale Evans Pkwy
Hours: 9 – 5 daily
Contact: Ruben Martinez, (760) 429-8263
March 14 – 15: TURLOCK, CA
Mother Lode Mineral Society, Modesto
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds
900 North Broadway
Hours: 10 – 5 daily
Contacts: Bud & Terry McMillin, (209) 524-3494
March 21 – 22: SAN JOSE, CA
Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Road
Hours: 10 – 5 daily
Contact: (408) 265-1422