Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 2017 Del Air Rickhound Calendar of Events

Apr 2017 Events: 
06: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular Meeting Room. 
10: Passover: Begins @ Sundown 
16: Easter: Color those eggs and hide them well. 
20: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm at Jeff Dengrove’s home.  
29 & 30: Field Trip: Stoddard Wells for tri-colored marble & Verde Antique.
General Meeting: Thursday Apr 06, 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.
April 2017 Program  
Diamonds in North America  
Presented by: Walter Lombardo
 Diamonds are found in a variety of rock types and from a wide range of geologic ages throughout the world.  Recent advances in the geology of diamonds has led to the discovery of many new diamond fields. These discoveries have led to Canada becoming one of the world's leading diamond producers.  Several diamond-bearing areas are known in the United States, and more are suspected.  This talk will cover the geology of diamond host rocks, diamond indicator mineralogy, areas of known diamond fields, and areas of future potential (including California).

Walter Lombardo is a geologist with more than 35 years of experience working with or in the mining industry. For 16 years, he managed the Southern Nevada Office of the Nevada Division of Minerals, a state agency which oversees the mining, oil, gas, and geothermal industries. He also worked as geologist for American Borate Company (Death Valley), Cyprus Minerals Company (California Mother Lode), and Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas. More recently he was Manager of North American Exploration for War Eagle Mining Company, where he was involved in projects in Arizona, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and the Czech Republic. A mineral collector since he was 8 years old, Walter has been dealing in minerals and gems since he graduated from college. In August 2009, he relocated Nevada Mineral & Book Company (an earth science bookstore and natural history gallery) to Orange, California.
                                                           Emmy Silverman-Program Director
Pebble Pups March Program: “Mineral Identification”
For our three pebble pups, Kai, Noah and Coriolis, we will be working on our first of three activities towards your “Rocks & Minerals” badge. We will be showing you how to identify basic rocks and minerals.
April 2017 Multi Club Field Trip:  
April 29 & 30 at Stoddard Wells area near Barstow for Tri-Colored Marble & Verde Antique.
If you are interested in joining this multi-club field trip, please contact Del Airfield trip chairman Jeff Dengrove either at the April meeting or via e-mail and he can provide the details and directions to this collecting site. Please note these field trips are for those of you who are current members of a CFMS affiliated gem & mineral society because, as a member, you are fully covered by the CFMS liability insurance policy while on these trips.  
Not a member? Why not join our club, The Del Air Rockhounds. In addition to our terrific monthly programs presentations you’ll be able to attend all the field trips. 
Jeff Dengrove – Filed Trip Chairman


Support Our Hobby...Attend a local Show

April 1 - 2: CHICO, CA
Paradise Gem & Mineral Society
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
2357 Fair Street
Hours: Sat 9 - 5; Sun 9 - 4
Contact: Kevin Wright, (530) 990-0211
April 1 - 2: TORRANCE, CA
South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society
Ken Miller Recreation Center
3341 Torrance Blvd (entrance on Madrona Ave)
Hours: Sat. 10 - 5; Sun. 10 - 4
Contact: Nancy Pekarek, (310) 257-8152

April 7, 8 & 9: VISTA, CA
Vista Gem & Mineral Society
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 North Santa Fe Avenue
Hours: 9 - 5 daily
Contact: Ray Pearce, (760) 535 5524

April 8 - 9: MARIPOSA, CA
Mariposa Gem & Mineral Society
Mariposa County Fairgrounds
5007 Fairgrounds Rd/Hwy 49 So.
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Meredith Meehan, (559) 868-3535
April 22 - 23: PASO ROBLES, CA
Santa Lucia Rockhounds
Paso Robles Event Center
2198 Riverside Avenue
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 – 4
Contact: Tina Clark, (805) 305-0246
Website: www.slrockhounds.or

April 22 - 23: THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Conejo Gem & Mineral Club
Borchard Park Community Center
190 Reino Road at Borchard Road
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Robert Sankovich, (805) 494-7734

April 29 - 30: LANCASTER, CA
Antelope Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Lancaster High School
44701 32nd Street West
Hours: 10 - 5 daily


April 29 - 30: SANTA CRUZ, CA
Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Dean Welder

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"Behind the Scenes"                                                           This month we recognize Roy Ridenour for the countless thousands of polished stones he has produced for our Education Outreach team over these past many years. His efforts have been invaluable to the club. We also recognize newer member LaVere Schmidt for his contribution of polished stones, necklaces and showing up and working at almost every outside club event since becoming a member. Congratulations to Roy and LaVere…our April 2017 “Rock Stars” of the month! 
     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 club president Chris Ward.