Friday, February 1, 2019

February 2019 Del Air Calendar of Events

 February 2019 Calendar
05: Groundhog Day: Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Six more weeks of Winter?
07: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room
14: Valentine’s Day: Candy & Flowers for your Sweetheart!
18: President’s Day: Thank George & Abe for the paid day off!
21: Board Meeting: At the Dearborn’s Home
General Meeting: Thursday Feb 07, 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.

February 2019 Program
Channel Islands Pygmy Mammoth - Fossils Tell A Story 
Presented by: Keri Dearborn   
Over the past year and a half, Del Air Rockhounds member Keri Dearborn has been working with the Education Department of Channel Islands National Park on a project about the Channel Islands pygmy mammoth.

Standing only six-foot-tall at the shoulder, the pygmy mammoth is a unique local fossil species. Keri will share with us new information on how mammoths arrived on the islands, how geology impacted and transformed a giant species into an island dwarf, and the behind-the-scenes process of excavating the latest mammoth fossil discovery on Santa Rosa Island. Every fossil tells a story and we’ll follow the Larramendy Mammoth from discovery to the laboratory.

February Birthstone: Amethyst
For individuals with February birthdays, the amethyst makes a perfect birthstone. This month is often cold, dark and short for many people around the world, so the amethyst—which is often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability—is the right gem for individuals who need a little extra warmth and strength this time of year.
       For more insight into amethyst go to:
(reprinted from the Feb 2019 edition of the Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society’s The Rock Bag)

Our January 2019 Field Trip Report

 We had a wonderful day at Refugio Beach on Saturday January 19. After 5 days of rain, it was a beautiful, sunny day in the mid 70’s. Members present were Chris Ward, Bob Knox, John Meredith, Joseph Kemme and Sierra Kemme. Sierra brought along a friend and the Kemme’s father was also there.

Everyone found whalebone along with a plethora of other rocks. The storms of a couple of days earlier really stirred up the rocks and presented a wonderful selection to comb thru. We will be planning a late spring return to Wrightwood, CA for actinolite and jaspers. Most Likely kid to late May. We will advise more details as we get closer to the date.

 Support our Hobby...Attend a Local Show 

February 15-24: INDIO, CA
San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
82-503 Highway 111
Hours: 10 - 10 daily
Contact: Bert Grisham, (915) 849-1674
February 16-17: ANTIOCH, CA
Antioch Lapidary Club
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
1201 West 10th Street
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Brenda Miguel, (925) 301-6957
February 23-24: VALLEJO, CA
Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society
Solano County Fairgrounds, McCormack Hall
900 Fairgrounds Drive
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Dan Wolke, 707 334-2950

March 1-3: 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 2 - 3: VENTURA, CA
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 West Harbor Blvd.
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Diane Cook, (805) 312-8467

Mark Your Calendars Now!
March 8, 9 & 10, 2019
Hosted by the Pasadena Lapidary Society
Fairplex, Building 6
Pomona, California

Hours: Fri Sat, 10am - 5pm - Sun, 10 am - 4pm
Visit Pasadena Society's Show Page for details and forms including dealer information.
March 8 - 10: VICTORVILLE, CA
Victorville Valley Gem & Mineral Club
Stoddard Wells Tailgate
Stoddard Wells Road off Dale Evans Pkwy
Hours: 9 - 5 daily
Contact: Sandy Skidmore, (760) 617-6001
March 9 - 10: SPRECKELS, CA
Salinas Rock and Gem Society
Spreckel's Veteran's Memorial Hall
5th & Llano Streets
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Kirk Brock, (831) 402-1143