Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Del Air Rockhounds Club Welcomes You!!





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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.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

September 2015 Del Air Calendar of Events

Sept 2015 
03: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room. 
07: Labor Day: Celebrate America’s Workforce!  
10-13: Field Trip: Greenhorn Mtns for rose quartz & more (see article)  
17: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm at the TBD home 
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Del Air General Meeting: Thursday Sept 03, 2015 
The meeting begins at 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room at:
Northridge United Methodist Church - 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324 Guests Are Always Welcome At Our Meetings & Events.
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Sept 2015 Program: The Del Air Annual Silent Auction 
presented by: The Membership 
The famous Del-Air Rockhounds annual Silent Auction is here at our September meeting. Many items start at only 25 cents! This is one of the fundraising events for our club. We will make sure you are going to have a blast in bidding on all the fabulous minerals and rocks. Just to name a few, there will be Blue Forest petrified wood, Wyoming Green River fish fossil, Texas Bouquet Agates, fossil plates of Horn Corals, Archimedes Bryozoans, sea fossils from the 325 million year old Bangor limestone deposits of Alabama, Pliocene aged "jewel-box" shells, etc. There will be a "Kids Only" table, so you can bring the kids and they can enjoy bidding for treasures too!  
Emmy Silverman-Program Chairwoman
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 Support Our Hobby...Attend A Local Show
September 19 - 20: CHICO, CA
Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society, Oroville
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
2357 Fair Street
Hours: Sat 9:30 - 5 daily
John Scott, (530) 343-3491

September 19 - 20: REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society
Community Activities Building
1400 Roosevelt Avenue
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Carol Corden

September 26 - 27: DOWNEY, CA
Delvers Gem & Mineral Society
Elks Lodge
11233 Woodruff Avenue
Hours: Sat 9 - 5; Sun 9 - 4
Contact: Dale Hardwood (310) 217-0551

September 26 - 27: LODI, CA
Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
413 East Lockford Street
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Jerold Kyle, (209) 368-9411

September 26 - 27: MONTEREY, CA
Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairgrounds Road
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Janis Rovetti, (831) 372-1311

September 26 - 27: SANTA ROSA, CA
Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Jolene, (707) 528-7610
Website: www.srmgs.org 

September 30 - October 4: YUCCA VALLEY, CA
Hi-Desert Rockhounds
Sportsman's Club of Joshua Tree
Hours: 9 - 6 daily
Contact: Judy Thompson, (760) 902-5340

October 3 - 4: BORON, CA
Mojave Mineralogical Society
Boron Park
12000 Boron Avenue
Hours: 9 - 4 daily
Contact: Steve Breckenridge, (760) 559-0872

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 Sept 2015: Florida State Stone of the Month “Agatized Coral”
Coral is the outside skeleton of tiny ocean animals called polyps, which live in colonies attached to hard underwater surfaces. When alive, polyps combine their own carbon dioxide with the lime in warm seawater to form a limestone-like hard surface known as coral. Agatized coral occurs when silica in the ocean water hardens, replacing the limy corals with a form of quartz known as chalcedony. This long process (20-30 million years) results in the formation of a "pseudomorph," meaning that one mineral has replaced another without having lost its original form. In 1979 agatized coral was designated the official state stone of Florida. Agatized coral is found in three main Florida locations: Tampa Bay, the Econfina River, and the Withlacoochee and Suwannee river beds. 
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Once again, The Del Air Rockhounds have chosen “Operation Christmas Child”, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, as our holiday charity. We ask members, friends and guests to “Pack a Shoebox” for an underprivileged child this Christmas.  
 
Here’s how it works:
  
  1. Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box & lid separately, but is not required.
  2. Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Pick-up a label from club member Emmy Silverman or download one from http://www.samaritanspurse.org. Use the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.
  3. Fill with gifts. Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. See below for gift ideas.
  4. Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 for each gift you prepare. You can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation.
  5. Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to our general meeting on Thursday November 5, 2015 and club member Emmy Silverman will deliver them to Samaritan’s Purse for delivery to children around the world.

Gift Ideas:  
  • Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.                                                                                                                                  
Do Not Include: 
Used or damaged items; war-related items like toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out of date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers or aerosol cans.