Monday, January 1, 2018

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.

Member of the California & American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7618, Van Nuys, CA 91409 - Phone # 818-714-0321



Thursday, May 25, 2017

June 2017 Del Calendar of Events



June 2017 Events:
01: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular Meeting Room.
09-11: AFMS/CFMS Annual Show & Convention: Ventura Fairgrounds. (see article)
18: Father’s Day: Time to give some love to the old man.
21: The First Day of Summer: Jinkies… It’s gonna be a hot one.
22: Board Meeting: At the VanWinkle’s home. (The 4th Thursday this month) 
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June’s Special Person

June 21 – Lenny Hellenthal
 We love you and miss you, Lenny & Ethel! Stay Well and Be Happy!
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General Meeting: Thursday June 01, 2017
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 and events however our annual Holiday Party in December requires a prepaid reservation in advance. 

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June 2017 Program: Come See the New Dinos On the Block” 
Come join us for an interactive, hands on presentation of the programs our Outreach Team presents to elementary schools throughout the San Fernando Valley area. We will have dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and minerals and so much more. We will have a number of the team’s educational games we play with the students where they can win a free polished stone. All members and guests in attendance will get a chance to play these games and learn how to operate them so volunteering in the future won’t be so scary. And yes, everyone will get a polished stone to take home because all rockhounds need a good pocket rock! Most have no idea exactly what our Outreach Team actually does so make a point of attending this meeting and see how fantastic our Outreach Team really is. 
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Support our Hobby...Attend a Local Show
 

June 2 - 4: LA HABRA, CA
North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society
La Habra Community Center
101 W. La Habra Blvd.
Hours: Fri 5 - 8; Sat & Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Armando Perdoza, (909) 455-6800
Email: forestandson@yahoo.com
Website: www.nocgms.com
June 3 - 4: ESCONDIDO, CA
Palomar Gem & Mineral Club
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Dawn Vickers
Email: dawnjvickers@gmail.com
Website: www.palomargem.org

June 3 - 4, 2017: GLENDORA, CA
Glendora Gems
Goddard Middle School
859 E. Sierra Madre Avenue
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Bonnie Bidwell, (626) 963-4638
Email: ybidwell2@aol.com


June 9, 10 & 11, 2017: VENTURA, CA VENTURA ROCKS THE NATION!
2017 CFMS-AFMS Show & Convention
Hosted by VGMS
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 West Harbor Boulevard
Hours: Fri & Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Diane Cook, (805) 312-8467
Email:      info@vgms.org
June 17 - 18: CAMBRIA, CA
San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club
Cambria Vets Hall
1000 Main Street
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Kim Noyes, (805) 610-0603
Email: kim@slogem.org
July 8 - 9: CULVER CITY, CA
Culver City Rock & Mineral Club
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Blvd
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Janice Metz, (310) 850-4398
Email: janicemtz@yahoo.com
Website: www.culvercityrocks.org

August 4 - 6: NIPOMO, CA
Orcutt Mineral Society
Nipomo High School
525 Thompson Avenue
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4
Contact: Wayne Mills, (805) 481-3495
Email: wwmills50@hotmail.com
Website: www.omsinc.org

 

August 19 - 20: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society
San Francisco County Fair Building
9th Avenue & Lincoln Way
Hours: Sat. 10 - 6; Sun. 10 - 5
Contact: Ellen Nott
Email: ellen_nott@yahoo.com
Website: www.sfgemshow.org


go to www.cfmsinc.org for more show information 
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Exploring: Pinnacles National Park
Born of Fire!
        Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is a unique landscape. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life: prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor.
Pinnacles National Park is a U.S. National Park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, about 5 miles east of Soledad and 80 miles southeast of San Jose. People come to Pinnacles to hike, rock climb, watch and study wildlife, view wildflowers, and experience nature. Pinnacles offers solitude, challenge, and escape from the urban interface of both the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.  
Unlike many national parks, Pinnacles is most popular in the cooler months. During the spring, when the grasses are green and a variety of wildflowers can be seen along any trail, hiking is at its best. Fall and winter are also excellent times to visit. During the summer, extreme heat can make hiking uncomfortable at best, and possibly dangerous for those who are unprepared.
Trails at Pinnacles National Park have a very distinctive look, they are surrounded by Rhyolitic Breccia, a unique rock that combines volcanic & sedimentary rock. The giant boulders you see at Pinnacles today were formed as a result of volcanic activity that occurred over 23 million years ago.   
Since 1908, Pinnacles National Monument increased in bits and pieces to its present size of about 26,000 acres. On January 10, 2013 President Barack Obama signed legislation passed by Congress that re designated the monument as a National Park. Many visitors come to hike, picnic, bird watch, rock climb, learn about geology and plants, see wild animals or perhaps to simply enjoy the wilderness which offers peace and quiet.
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“Behind the Scenes”
This month we recognize member Julie Marin as our “Rock Star” for June 2017. Julie never fails to show up at every Outreach Team event and acts as a stand-in without question when one of our Outreach Team members can’t make it to a class presentation. Over the years, Julie has been club president many times, treasurer a few times plus she currently maintains our annual club roster.  Congratulations to Julie Marin…our June 2017 “Rock Star” of the month! Thank you for all you do!
All our monthly “Rock Stars” will be entered into a special drawing at the end of the year where the lucky winner will receive 2 free admissions to our annual Holiday Party.               (a $50.00 value) Plus a mystery mineral specimen donated by the club.
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