Friday, August 30, 2019

September 2019 Del Air Calendar of Events

September 2019 Calendar
Sept 02: Labor Day: Celebrate America’s Workforce!
Sept 05: General Meeting: in our regular meeting room.
Sept 11: Patriot Day: We Will Never Forget
Sept 19: Board Meeting: TBA
Sept 23: The First Day of Fall: The Autumnal Equinox
Sept 29: Rosh Hashana Begins: Celebrate with all our Jewish Friends!
General Meeting: Thursday Sept 05, 2019
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.

Sept 2019 Program

“Rubies and Sapphires of North America”
Presented by: Walt Lombardo 

Rubies and sapphires are varieties of the mineral corundum, which is made up of the elements aluminum and oxygen. Although corundum is commonly used as an abrasive because of its extreme hardness, the gem varieties ruby and sapphire have long been known for their beauty and durability. Most people are not aware that there are significant resources of these gems in North America. The talk will focus on three major geographic areas: the sapphire deposits of central Montana; the ruby deposits of North Carolina; and the recently discovered ruby deposits of Greenland. We will discuss the geology and origin of the deposits, the history of mining, and the color range and beauty of these gemstones.

Walt Lombardo is a geologist and owner of Nevada Mineral & Book Company, an earth science bookstore and natural history gallery in Orange, CA. He previously worked as a project manager for a group of mining companies in Tucson, AZ where he managed exploration projects for uranium, gallium and germanium. He also managed the Las Vegas Office for the Nevada Division of Minerals for 16 years, worked as a geologist for American Borate Company's Billie Mine in Death Valley, and for the University of Nevada's Desert Research Institute. He has been collecting minerals and geologic publications for more than 35 years.

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  • Prepare NOW! Secure items such as televisions and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
  • Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On with family and coworkers. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only as far as needed to reach cover from falling materials. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
  • Create a family emergency communication plan that has an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated.
  • Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Consider earthquake insurance policies. Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquake damage.
  • Consider a retrofit of your building if it has structural issues that make it vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake.
  • If in bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow. If inside, stay there until the shaking stops. DO NOT run outside.
  • If in a vehicle, stop in a clear area that is away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses, or utility wires.
  • If you are in a high-rise building, expect fire alarms and sprinklers to go off. Do not use elevators.
  • If near slopes, cliffs, or mountains, be alert for falling rocks and landslides.
  • Expect aftershocks to follow the largest shock of an earthquake sequence.
  • Check yourself for injury.
  • If in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.
  • If you are trapped, send a text or bang on a pipe or wall.
  • Cover your mouth for protection and instead of shouting, use a whistle.
  • If you are in an area that may experience tsunami, go inland or to higher ground immediately after the shaking stops.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and work gloves.
  • Take an Active Role in Your Safety. Go to and search for earthquake.
  • Download the FEMA app to get more information about preparing for an earthquake.
Source: FEMA website

It is hoped that members of the CFMS clubs in
Ridgecrest and Trona did not sustain personal injury and that damage to property was minimal.
Reprinted from the August 2019 CFMS Newsletter

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September 7 - 8: ARROYO GRANDE, CA
San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club
South County Regional Center
800 West Branch Street
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
September 21: LONG BEACH, CA
Long Beach Mineral & Gem Society
Expo Arts Center
4321 Atlantic Avenue
Hours: 10:00 - 5:00
Contact: Carol Kron/Karin Alvarez, (562) 577-9044
September 21 - 22: CHICO, CA
Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
2357 Fair Street
Hours: Sat 9:30 - 5; Sun 9:30 - 4
Lori Millard, (530) 533-2968
September 21 - 22: MONTEREY, CA
Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairgrounds Road
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Janis Rovetti, (831) 372-1311
September 28 - 29: LODI, CA
Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
413 East Lockford Street
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Mike Mathis, (510) 301-3612
October 4 , 5 & 6 VISTA, CA
Vista Gem & Mineral Society
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 North Santa Fe Avenue
Hours: 10 - 4 daily
Contact: Kurt Kluey, (760) 917-5781
October 5 - 6: GRASS VALLEY, CA
Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Hours: Sat 10 - 5, Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Mitchell Frank Van Hecke, (530) 575-4252
October 12 -13: LOS ALTOS, CA
Peninsula Gem & Geology Society
Los Altos Youth Center
One North San Antonio Road
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Steve Jobe, 707 328-5778
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Aileen Beckers Submitted the Following Recipe:                                               
Actinolite Cabbage Salad
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup oil (canola)
6 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 teaspoon each salt & pepper
mix together and set aside. 
2 Tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
toast almonds and seeds in oil, cool, then add to the dressing and set aside.
1 head of cabbage shredded
8 green onions sliced
2 cups cooked cubed or shredded chicken (optional)
2 packages ramen noodles broken up (put season packet in your cabinet for something else)
mix shredded cabbage, sliced green onions and chicken in large bowl. 
2 hours before serving add the dressing and ramen noodles
Chill and enjoy...

Aileen brought this salad to our field trip to Wrightwood, CA in July and to our Ice Cream Bingo-Palooza in the Park also in July and it was a BIG hit with everyone. Now you can make it yourself…Thanks Aileen!