Thursday, January 26, 2017

Feb 2017 Del Air Rockhounds Calendar of Events

Feb 2017 Events:
02: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular Meeting Room.
14: Valentine’s Day: Remember your sweetheart on this day!
16: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm at the Julie Marin’s home.
20: President’s Day: Time to honor George and Abe!
General Meeting: Thursday Feb 02, 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. 
 February 2017 Program:    

Total Solar Eclipse 2017  
             Presented by: Keri Dearborn & Michael Lawshe

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States, from Oregon to North Carolina. 1979 was the last time such a cosmic event was visible in the continental USA.

If you haven't seen what’s pictured in the photographs above with your own naked eyes, then you have not seen a total solar eclipse.

Club members Keri Dearborn and Michael Lawshe have traveled from Australia to Mongolia to experience six total solar eclipses and two annular solar eclipses. They will give a presentation answering all of your questions. How is a solar eclipse different from a lunar eclipse? What is a total solar eclipse? Where will you be able to see this coming solar eclipse? Will it be visible in Los Angeles? Where are Keri and Michael going? Do you need special equipment? How can you watch it safely? And what kinds of phenomena might you experience in conjunction with the eclipse?

There is nothing like a total solar eclipse and each one is unique. Come and discover why you should be excited...
Emmy Silverman-Program Director

February 2017 Multi Club Field Trip:
If you are interested in joining this multi-club field trip, please contact Del Air field trip chairman Jeff Dengrove either at the February meeting or via e-mail at: and he can provide the details and directions to this collecting site.
Support our Hobby.....Attend a local show! 
February 17 - 26: INDIO, CA
              San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society
              Riverside County Fair & National Date     
              82-503 Highway 111
              Hours: 10 - 10 daily
              Contact: Bert Grisham, (915) 849-1674
February 18 - 19: ANTIOCH, CA
               Antioch Gem Club
               Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
               1201 West 10th Street
               Hours: 10 - 5 daily
               Contact: Brenda Miguel, (925) 301-6957
February 25 - 26: VALLEJO, CA
               Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society
               Solano Co Fairgrounds, McCormack Hall
               900 Fairgrounds Drive
               Hours: 10 - 5 daily
               Contact: Dan Wolke, 707 334-2950
March 3 - 5: 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) 305-4196

March 4 - 5: ARCADIA, CA
               Monrovia Rockhound
               L. A. County Arboretum & Botanical                                                                                  
               301 North Baldwin Avenue
               Hours: 9:00 - 4:30 daily
               Contact: Jo Anna Ritchey, (626) 359-1624
March 4 - 5: LEMOORE, CA
                Lemoore Gem & Mineral Society
                Lemoore Trinity Hall
                470 Champion Street
                Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 4
                Contact: Christopher Wertinberger,
                (559) 309-3433
March 4 - 5: VENTURA, CA
               Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
               Ventura County Fairgrounds
               10 W. Harbor Boulevard
               Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
               Contact: Terry Wilson, (805) 312-8467
March 11 - 12: 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
  go to for more show information


1995 Newsletter:
Candle Your Montana Agate as You Would Eggs:
Punch a small hole in the bottom of a large coffee can and place a light in it. It is surprising how a light coming through the hole will show the dendrites within the agate. This saves cutting time.

A Gemstone with Two Personalities
Alexandrite is a gemstone with two personalities. It displays various shades of green in natural light and red under artificial lights. Ideally Alexandrite shows a very distinctive change, from grass green to raspberry red. One of the rarest of gemstones, larger ones showing the distinct change of color are extremely hard to find and are very costly. It
was discovered in 1830 in the Ural region of Russia on the day Prince Alexander of Russia came of age. It is found in limited quantities in Russia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

A Handy Hint
After a tube of epoxy glue has been opened, dab a bit of Vaseline on the threads. The cap will not stick and mess up your tube.

Welcome to Our New Del Air Members…

…Voted into our club at our January 2017 meeting, they are:

Sheranne Davidson
Sierra Kemme
Joseph Kemme
Ashley Kemme
Teresa Sanders
Eitan Kalma
Tricia Kalma
Kais Kalma – Pebble Pup
                   Noah Kalma – Pebble Pup