Sunday, January 5, 2020

January 2020 Del Air Rockhounds Calendar of Events

Del–Air Rockhounds Calendar of Upcoming Events     
January 2020 
Thursday 02: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room.
Thursday 16: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm TBD.
Saturday 18: Field Trip: Our annual fossil whale bone trip.                          Monday 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Remember to always keep dreaming!

General Meeting: Thursday January 02, 2020
The meeting begins at 7:30 pm, SHARP, 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.
January 2020 Program:
                 Minerals of the DeGrussa Copper Gold Mine               Presented by Dick & Mary Pat Weber
This month’s program will explore the geology and minerals of the DeGrussa Copper and Gold mine. The DeGrussa deposit is the largest copper mine in Australia.  Discovered in 2009 and put into production in 2012, the mine produces 45,000 ounces of gold and 200,000 tons of copper per year. Shortly after the deposit was discovered, a geologist and mineral collection curator was hired to collect and preserve mineral samples during the development and production of this mine.   

This allowed thousands of rare mineral samples to be saved and made available to the research community and the general public.  This material is usually destroyed by modern mining techniques or would typically be crushed and destroyed during milling and processing of the ore.  This unique situation has enabled the fabulous copper minerals and beautiful lapidary material to be preserved.

Dick Weber, a Conejo Gem & Mineral club member and retired exploration geologist, has traveled extensively in Australia and along with his wife, Mary Pat, are personal friends with DeGrussa Mine geologist Murray Thomson. Dick will have on display his personal collection of DeGrussa minerals and additional material on loan from the DeGrussa Mine.
Support our Hobby...Attend a Local Show
January 18 - 19: EXETER, CA
Tule Gem & Mineral Society, Visalia
Exeter Veterans' Memorial Building
324 N. Kaweah Avenue
Hours: Sat 10 - 5;  Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Gayle Bingaman (559) 802-6029
February 14 – 23: INDIO, CA
San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
82-503 Highway 111
Hours: 10 – 10 daily
Contact: Bert Grisham, (951) 849-1674
February 15 – 17: ANTIOCH, CA
Antioch Lapidary Club
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
1201 West 10th Street
Hours: 10 – 5 daily
Contact: Brenda Miguel
February 22 – 23: VALLEJO, CA
Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society
McCormack Hall, Solano County Fairgrounds
900 Fairgrounds Drive
Hours: 10 – 5 daily
Contact: Debra Duhon , (415) 254-1506
March 6, 7 & 8: NEWARK, CA
Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Avenue
Hours: Fri 10 – 4, Sat 10 – 6; Sun 10 – 5
Contact: Cathy, (510) 305-4196
March 7 – 8: VENTURA, CA
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 West Harbor Blvd.
Hours: Sat 10 – 5; Sun 10 – 4
Contact: Richard Slyker, (805) 312-8467
March 13, 14 & 15: VICTORVILLE, CA
Victorville Valley Gem & Mineral Club
44th Annual Rockhound Tailgate
Stoddard Wells Road/Dale Evans Pkwy
Hours: 9 – 5 daily
Contact: Ruben Martinez, (760) 429-8263
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
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