Friday, June 29, 2018

July 2018 Del Air Calendar of Events

Del Air’s July 2018 Calendar
04: Independence Day: America’s 242nd Birthday.
05: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room.
07: Pot-Luck Field Trip: Wrightwood, CA for Actinolite (see article)
19: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm at Jeff Dengrove’s home.

General Meeting: Thursday July 05, 2018
The meeting begins at 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room at:
Northridge United Methodist Church - 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA            Guests are always welcome at our meetings and events however our annual Holiday Party in December requires a prepaid reservation in advance.

July 2018 Program:
Del Air’s Annual Ice Cream & Bingo Social
Presented By: Membership
As always, our last meeting before summer break (the Del Air Rockhounds Club is dark in August) is our annual Ice Cream Bingo Social. It’s fun! It’s free! And there are great rock prizes to be won. We will do our regular club business first then club member and Federation Director Bob Knox will have a quick presentation on Volcanic Bombs, picking up where Dennis Miller and Lavere Schmidt left off last month. Then we will play three games of Bingo followed by a 15-minute break for Ice Cream and when we return we’ll play another 4 or 5 games with the last one being a black-out.
Volcanic Bombs
Presented by: Bob Knox
Come learn about these volcanic oddities and see a collection of the many different types that can be found 
Support our Hobby...Attend a Local Show!  
August 3 - 5: NIPOMO, CA
Orcutt Mineral Society
Nipomo High School
525 Thompson Avenue
Hours: Fri-Sat 10 - 5, Sun 10 -4
Contact: Sylvia Nasholm, (805) 481-0923
August 4 - 5: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers)
9th Avenue & Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park
Hours: Sat. 10 - 6; Sun. 10 - 5
Contact: Ellen Nott
August 18 - 19: TEHACHAPI, CA
Tehachapi Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Tehachapi Senior Citizen Center
500 East "F" Street
Hours: 9 - 4 daily (tentative)
Contact: Chuck Overall, (661) 821-4650
September 15 - 16: CHICO, CA
Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society
           Silver Dollar Fairgrounds - 2357 Fair Street                          Sat 9:30 - 5; Sun 9:30 – 4; John Scott, (530) 321-6331
The 79th CFMS Convention
will be held alongside of the
Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society's
September 15 - 16: REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society
Community Activities Building
1400 Roosevelt Avenue
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: William Spence, (408) 398-7502
September 22 - 23: 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 6: BORON, CA
Mojave Mineralogical Society
Boron Community Center
26998 John Street
Hours: 9 - 4 daily
Contact: Bruce Davies, (760) 338-8829
Go to for more show information 

Salt is a wonder. When we think that salt is composed of two poisonous substances, we are filled with wonder. How is it possible that salt, which is necessary to life, is composed of sodium and chloride, either of which if taken individually, could kill you? We cannot answer it. It is a wonder.
Water is a wonder. Its chemical formula is H2O. That means it has two parts of
hydrogen for each part of oxygen. Oxygen is flammable, hydrogen readily burns. Unite hydrogen and oxygen into water and you put out fires with it. That is another wonder!               Via BIG ROCKS TRADER



NEVER, never, ever fill a metal gas can that’s in the back of a truck with a plastic bed liner. There is a real possibility of creating a huge explosion. This is not some rarity. Ford and Chevron have both sent out alert letters on this. WHY? The plastic bed liner does not allow the metal gas can to become grounded to the truck. As the gas fills the can, it creates static electricity. If this static electricity is discharged sometime during the conclusion of filling the metal gas can, there’s a spark and then a BIG BOOM!To avoid this, remove the gas can from the vehicle, put it on the ground and fill it. After it is filled and the lid replaced, put it back in the truck. Also, before opening or using the gasoline in the can, take the container out of the truck and put it on the ground to discharge any possible static  electricity.                                                                           Via a 1998 Del Air Bulletin 

It’s that time of year again where the Del Air Rockhounds go “DARK” for the month of August. There are no meetings and no bulletin during the month of August.

Enjoy your summer…be safe and Happy Rockhounding!

See you all on Thursday September 6 at our next general meeting where you can all bring in the treasures you collected over the summer and share with the membership.