Thursday, April 30, 2015

Del Air Rockhounds May 2015 Cslerndsar of Events

May 2015 
07: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room. 
10: Mother’s Day: Don’t forget to say I Love You!  
21: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm at the Chris Ward’s home 
25: Memorial Day: Lets kick off a great Summer & honor those that served their country.
Del Air General Meeting: Thursday May 07, 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.

May 2015 Program: "The Magic of Metal Clay "                presented by Marylou Wencloff

This Month’s presentation will be on The Magic of Metal Clay featuring Art Clay Silver. Marylou Wencloff, a certified Art Clay Silver Senior Level Instructor, will be showing the different products, going over the creative process, and showing samples in the "greenware" state. Marylou will also fire a few pieces with a hand torch to show the transition from greenware to .999 Fine Silver. She will bring some finished pieces for display.  Q&A will be conducted after the demonstration. 
Emmy Silverman-Program Chairwoman

Fantastic April Education Events
To say our two April events were a rousing success would be an understatement. At Lorne St Elementary School’s Spring Fest on April 18th, Bob & Maxine Dearborn, Jim & Shellie Van Winkle, Chris Ward, Marilyn Murata, Bob Knox, Lenny & Ethel Hellenthal & Julie & Oscar Marin and their two granddaughters all showed up and helped man our booth. We debuted our new Gold Premium Grab Bags at this event and they sold like gangbusters. We had a very busy and quite successful time thanks to all those that showed up and volunteered to help.

On Saturday April 25 at the Paramount Ranch Science Fest, members Chris Ward, Marilyn Murata, Bob Knox, Bob & Maxine Dearborn, Jim & Shellie Van Winkle and Jeff Silverman volunteered their valuable time to make this the single most successful year at this event so far. We presented geology and earth sciences to literally thousands of kids and their parents. We had two 10 x10 foot pop ups and the visitors were 6 to 7 people deep all around it for most of the day. We debuted our agate necklaces and agate magnets and fairy garden rocks at this event and they all proved to be extremely popular. We completely emptied the gumball machine and sold hundreds of grab bags, both regular and Gold Premiums. We had a great location smack dab in the middle of the old west town and the weather was cool and comfortable the whole day.

These events help raise money for our spectacular education team and provide them the opportunity to renew old and worn out supplies & props as well as purchase new and exciting items that keep their programs fresh and timely. You truly do not know what you are missing by not working one of these events. There is this great feeling of community and meaningful accomplishment that we all experience while working these events. I urge those of you that have never worked one to find the time and volunteer. You will not regret it.
Chris Ward-Editor


Distributed to the representatives of the Delvers, Long Beach, North Orange County, Pasadena, Whittier, Searchers & Del Air Rockhounds Gem, Mineral and Lapidary Clubs

MAY 9th & 10th to PRIMM, NV
Magma Chamber Minerals & Pyrites
Visit to the Copper World Mine.

For up-to-date information and to learn how to join in on this field trip please see Del Air club’s field trip chairman Jeff Dengrove or call Pasadena Lapidary Society club member Joe Goetz at (626)-622-9420.
Support Our Hobby...Attend a Local Show

May 1 - 3: LA HABRA, CA
North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society
La Habra Community Center
101 W. La Habra Blvd.
Hours: Fri 4 - 8; Sat & Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Don Warthen, (562) 330-8974
May 2 - 3: ANAHEIM, CA
Searchers Gem & Mineral Society
Brookhurst Community Center
2271 W. Crescent Avenue
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Margaret Hogarth, (909) 815-3045

May 2 - 3: JACKSON, CA
Amador County Gem & Mineral Society
Kennedy Mine
12594 Kennedy Mine Rd (off Hwys 49/88)
Hours: 10 – 4 daily
Contact: Gaylene Lichty, (209) 245-5388

May 2 - 3: YUCAIPA, CA
Yucaipa Valley Gem & Mineral Society
New Location:
Adams St. & Yucaipa Blvd. - Tent in street
Hours: Sat 11 - 7, Sun. 12 - 4
Contact: Dennis Anderson, (951) 845-9195

May 9 - 10: ESCONDIDO, CA
Palomar Gem & Mineral Club
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Gayle Hamilton, (760) 743-0809

May 9 - 10: RENO, NV
Reno Gem & Mineral Society
Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center
1350 North Wells Avenue
Hours: Sat 10 - 4; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Steve Norman, (775) 358-7322

June 6 - 7: GLENDORA, CA
Glendora Gems & Mineral Society
Goddard Middle School
857 East Sierra Madre
Hours: Sat. 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Bonnie Bidwell, (626) 963-4638
California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
2015 SHOW & CONVENTION "Rocks & Vines"
June 12 –14 2015

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10-5; Sunday 10-4
Contact: Margaret Kolaczyk,

Go to for more show information


May 2015: State Rock of the Month
“Oklahoma Barite Rose”
Oklahoma designated rose rock (barite rose) as the official state rock in 1968. These rocks were formed by barite rock crystals during the Permian Age. Barite rose rocks can be found in clusters with only two roses to as many as hundreds of roses (some clusters weigh hundreds of pounds). Rose rocks, the reddish-brown sandy crystals of barite that resemble a rose in full bloom, are more abundant in Oklahoma than anywhere else in the world. They have been reported in small quantities in California, Kansas, and Egypt, but are in greatest concentration in the Permian Garber Sandstone in a narrow belt that extends 80 miles through the central part of Oklahoma between Pauls Valley and Guthrie. The most abundant and well-formed specimens are found in an area just east of Norman, near Noble, also known as the “Rose Rock Capital of the World”. In Oklahoma, the distinctive red soil colors them in hues ranging from reddish brown to cinnamon - rose rocks are sought after and prized worldwide. An old Cherokee legend says the rocks represent the blood of the braves and the tears of the maidens who made the devastating "Trail of Tears" journey in the 1800's to Oklahoma. Most rose rocks are 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter and consist of 5 to 20 radiating plates. The largest known single rosette is 17 inches across, 10 inches high, and weighs 125 pounds. Clusters of rosettes 38 inches tall and weighing more than 1,000 pounds have been found.