Saturday, January 9, 2021

January 2021 Del Air Calendar of Events

Friday January 1: New Years Day                                                              2021 can’t possibly be worse than 2020!

Thursday January 07: ‘Zoom’ General Meeting @ 7:30 pm                        Meeting invites to be sent out to all members with an email address 2-3 days before the meeting.              

Monday January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.                                 Let’s all have a dream in 2021!                                                                                     

Thursday January 21: Board Meeting @ 7:30 pm                                 Via Zoom

Saturday January 23: Fossil Whale Bone Field Trip 


President’s Message

Well, 2021 is finally here and we get to leave the disaster that was 2020 in our collective rearview mirrors. I have high hopes for the new year what with the vaccines making their way around the world and expectations that we will be able to get back to our regular rockhound activities very soon. I, myself, am looking forward to the CFMS 2021 Convention & Show in Lodi, CA where Bob Knox and myself will be bringing our Volcano & Sedimentary Displays and Kids Educational Games to the show. (barring any unforeseen Covid complications) As of this writing, the show, that was postponed in June 2020 due to Covid, was rescheduled for late June 2021 and is still scheduled to go forward. (again, barring any unforeseen Covid complications) So, here’s a very Happy New Year to all our members, friends and families!

Best, Chris


January’s ‘Zoom’ Program: “Adventures in Prospecting”

Detecting Treasures: Beaches, Buried & Below                       Presented by:    

Join us at our January 2021 Zoom Meeting for a video presentation on metal detecting for gold and treasured relics with Pat Keene and friends from the Learn about the equipment and techniques used to locate gold and other valuables on beaches, in the surf and under the water at many Southern California locations. A fun and educational 44-minute video sure to teach us all a trick or too.


January’s Birthstone: Garnet

Those born in January are lucky to have the beautiful and diverse garnet as their birthstone. Garnets are commonly red but also come in an extraordinary range of beautiful colors, including orange, yellow, purple and vibrant green. There are even garnets that change color from blue to purple in different lighting. Some believe the true value of the garnet birthstone is its power to bring the wearer good health, wealth and happiness.

Garnet is actually a group of several minerals. Five of these – pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular and andradite – are important as gems. Pyrope and almandine range from purple to red. Spessartine is found in exciting oranges and yellows, while andradite is mostly yellow to green (the gem variety demantoid). Grossular may have the widest range, from colorless through yellow to reddish orange and orangy red, as well as a strong vibrant green called tsavorite.                                                                                                                                    Courtesy of


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Upcoming Club Shows

The first scheduled show of 2021, the Antioch Lapidary Jewelry, Gem & Rock Show that was set for February 20-21 has now been cancelled due to Covid 19. The next scheduled show still on the calendar is the Mariposa Gem & Mineral Club’s show set for April 10-11 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The show calendar will be updated again in our February 2021 issue.                        Chris Ward – Editor