Thursday, February 26, 2015

March 2015 Del Air Rockhounds Calendar of Events

Mar 2015 
05: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room. 
08: Daylight Savings Begins: Set your clocks ahead one hour.  
17: St Patrick’s Day: Wear your green or you’re gonna get pinched! 
19: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm at the Marin’s home 
20: 1st Day of Spring: Spring showers brings May flowers! 
21: Grab Bag Filling Day: 10:00 am at the Dearborn’s home. Come help out!
 Del Air General Meeting: Thursday Mar 05, 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.
Mar 2015 Program: "The Del Air Education Team" 
Each year, our dedicated education team visits thousands of 2nd, 4th and 5th grade students in dozens of schools throughout the San Fernando Valley and beyond. Come to our March 2015 general meeting where you’ll see our fabulous education team put forth the same presentation they bring to all those schools. See our team recreate earth’s timeline from the initial formation of our planet all the way up to the appearance of modern man. You’ll see why many of the schools book this presentation as much as a year in advance.                              Emmy Silverman-Program Chairwoman
 Upcoming Field Trip 
MARCH 13-15  2015 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily 
In March the Victor Valley Rock and Mineral Club will be hosting a tailgate rock and mineral swap meet. It is close enough for a day trip, but you can also camp out and spend the weekend. 
DIRECTIONS: Take the I-15 north thru Victorville toward Barstow. Turn off to the right at Bell Mountain-Stoddard Wells Road off-ramp and go north on Stoddard Wells Rd. at the intersection. (NOTE: DO NOT 
THIS IS AFTER THE STODDARD WELLS RD. EXIT.) Go 4 miles to next STOP at Dale Evans Pkwy. Continue 7 miles on Stoddard Wells Rd. to "Tailgate." Road becomes a graded dirt road about 4/10 of a mile from the Dale Evans Pkwy Intersection. Cars & RVs can make it with ease and care. "Tailgate" signs along route. You can park at the swap meet and start browsing or if you are going to camp, drive on up past the sellers and amp at the top of the road, just next to the mountain, where the club members will be. This a dry camp, so bring your own water. There are plenty of portable toilets provided by the host club. If you come up for the day, just pack a sandwich and drinks, and enjoy sampling the many home baked goods for sale by the Victor Valley Club. What to look for: Verde Antique Marble, “black jade”, Hematite, and Epidote MAP AVAILABLE AT:  
(Reprinted from the March 2015 South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society Agatizer)

 Support our Hobby! Attend a Local Show 
March 6 - 8: NEWARK, CA
Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Avenue
Hours: Fri & Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Cathy Miller, (510) 887-9007

March 7 - 8: ARCADIA, CA
Monrovia Rockhounds
Los Angeles Arboretum
301 Baldwin Avenue
Hours: 9:00 - 4:30 daily
Contact: Jo Anna Ritchey, (626) 359-1624
March 7 - 8: VENTURA, CA
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 West Harbor Blvd.
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Krishna Juarez, (805) 323-6725

March 13 - 15: VICTORVILLE, CA
Victorville Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Stoddard Wells Road & Hwy 15
Hours: 9 - 5 daily
Tele: V.V.G.M.C. (760) 243-2330

March 14 - 15: SAN MARINO, CA
Pasadena Lapidary Society
San Marino Masonic Center
3130 Huntington Drive
Hours: Sat 10 - 6, Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Marcia Goetz, (626) 260-7239
March 14 - 15: SPRECKELS, CA
Salinas Valley Rock & Gem Club
Spreckel's Veterans Hall
5th & Llano Streets
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Karin Salomon, (831) 375-5233

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, cell (209) 484-4416
March 21 - 22: LEMOORE, CA
Lemoore Gem & Mineral Society
Trinity Hall
470 Champion Street
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Keith Olivas (559) 622-9440

Go to for more show information.
March 2015: State Rock of the Month
“Kentucky Agate” 

Agate became Kentucky's Official State Rock in the year 2000. This might be confusing, because scientifically agate is considered a variety of the mineral quartz. Minerals are the building blocks of rocks. Although rocks are generally thought of as sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous types, collectors and hobbyists call varieties of some minerals rocks as well. Quartz has many varieties. Naturally occurring chemical impurities in the quartz can cause it to be colored. When different impurities occur in bands within quartz, the quartz will have a colorful, banded appearance, and it is then called agate.

Beautiful specimens of red, black, yellow, and gray banded agate have been discovered in Estill, Jackson, Powell, Madison, and Rockcastle Counties. These Kentucky agates are derived from the Renfro-Borden Formation of Early Mississippian age and can be collected along some river drainages where the Renfro-Borden formation is exposed to weathering.
Chris Ward & Bob Knox’s Quartzsite Trip
We started out on our 3 day road trip to Quartzsite on Saturday morning January 24th at 9:00 am enjoying a leisurely 4 and a half hour drive. We arrived in Quartzsite around 2:00 pm and proceeded to go directly to the main show area. We visited many vendors and saw row after row of spectacular specimens. Since they pretty much roll up the sidewalks at dusk, we only had a couple of hours to look around before we had to leave and go check-in at our motel, The Budget Inn, in Parker, AZ, approximately 20 minutes from Quartzsite. We had a great room with a full kitchen, two queen size beds and a big flat screen TV…..all for $59.00 a night! We got up early the next morning and headed out to Quartzite where we spent the day exploring and shopping. I was able to find many different types of rocks and crystals for our new Gumball Vending Machine which will make its debut at our March general meeting. We met up with Bob & Maxine Dearborn and Bill & Gert Miner on Sunday and enjoyed a nice fish & chips lunch. All in all, it was a very enjoyable trip. If you’ve never gone yourself, try and make it next year. You’ll have a great time.
Lapidary Jokes for the Discerning Rockhound by Suzanne Day

Did you know the rear end of a trilobite is called a trilobutt?

Q: Why did the prospector throw his ore samples away?
A: He took them for granite.

Q: Why did the prospector take a bath with his rock samples?
A: Because they were soapstone.

Q: Why did the prospector make his mother carry his ore samples?
A: He thought it was the mother lode.

(Reprinted from the March 2015 South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society Agatizer)