Friday, January 26, 2024

February 2024 Del Air Calendar of Events

Thursday February 1: General Meeting 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room @ NUMC

Wednesday February 14: Valentine's Day

Thursday February 15: Board Meeting

Friday February 16: Stanley Mosk Science Night

Monday February 19: President's Day

Friday February 23: Chatsworth Park Starry Starry Night

Saturday February 24: Shop Day


February 2024 General Meeting

Pipe Stone; Presented by Bob Dearborn

Geologically, pipestone is a claystone (argillite). Its scientific name is catlinite (named after George Catlin). The red color results from oxidation of trace amounts of iron (hematite). The pipestone formation began over 1.5 billion years ago when a braided river covered what is now southwest Minnesota. The pipestone quarries have been visited for centuries by American Indians to acquire the red pipestone used to craft pipebowls for their sacred ceremonial pipes. This month, Bob Dearborn will show us this wondrous stone and explain how American Indians accomplished this arduous task.


A Special Silent Auction

The Del Air Rockhounds Club was fortunate enough to have recently acquired a collection of high end crystal and mineral specimens generously donated to the club by a very nice lady named Taryn from Rancho Cascades, CA. The Board has made the decision to offer these specimens for sale to the membership at a special silent auction at our February meeting. There will be 15 or so very beautiful and unique specimens up for auction. There will only be one auction this time and all items will have a pre-assigned starting bid. So bring your checkbooks and be ready to add that special high end specimen to your own collection.


Del Air Shop Day                                                                  

Saturday February 24, 2024 - 10 am to 4 pm @ Jeff Dengrove's Home.         

The Del Air Club has scheduled our first SHOP DAY for 2024. As usual, it will take place at Jeff Dengrove's home on Saturday February 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. We can accommodate only 10 people at this event. Due to liability and insurance issues, this event is open to paid members only. I will notify each respondent regarding the status of their request to attend and will send out a blast email reminder to the membership a time or two prior to the date of the event advising of any openings or cancellations.