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Events News & Events : August 15th Educational Meeting: How To Create a Display Case
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 (21:05:09) (28 reads)

This month the educational meeting will be “How To Create a Display Case” presented by Glenda Green and Toni Barry who will demonstrate how to use your personal collection to create a dazzling display. We will show you that whether you have an extensive collection, or just one fine piece, an eye catching display is easy and rewarding.

The club has upward of 25 cases for use by members and non-members alike. They have recently been painted and rewired with LED lighting. Volunteers will lug those monsters to the show and all you need to do is put your personal touch and pretty rocks inside. They are then closed and secured and ready for your beauties to be admired.

Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!

From Glenda: On September 1st we will be heading up to Black Butte Lake Recreational Area to gather agates and
jaspers. In preparation for this field trip, our next meeting will be focused around Field trip preparedness and field trip safety, which is necessary for the Field Trip badge.

We will also have a brief presentation about famous gemstones as part of a continuation for earning the "Gemstone Lore & Legend" badge. Also you don't want to miss this meeting as we will have special prize drawings at the end – you can only earn tickets by attending!

Please bring a snack for the Kids Potluck after their activity has concluded!



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Events News & Events : July 18: Educational Meeting: Ametrines
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (23:35:36) (51 reads)

Jim Hutchings will be giving a presentation on "Ametrines - very unique gemstones, with a love story!" Ametrine, a marketing name for a natural Quartz. Variety Amethyst and Citrine. The unusual geological conditions, in only one location, in Bolivia, produces this very expensive gemstone!

Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!

From Glenda: This month we are going to learn about fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals! If you are wondering what those fancy words mean: Fluorescent means that it glows under Ultraviolet light. Phosphorescent means that it glows in the dark. A phosphorescent mineral will glow briefly even after the UV light source is removed.

Please bring a snack for the Kids Potluck after their activity has concluded!



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Events News & Events : June 20th Educational Meeting: Rock Tumbling Basics
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 (02:00:03) (121 reads)

This month our speaker is Inga Holmquist, who is doing a presentation on "Rock Tumbling Basics" - her tumbled rocks are just exquisite and she gives such a fantastic presentation and directions on how to get that extraordinary polish that she gets on her tumbled rocks

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)



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Events News & Events : April 18th Educational Meeting: Gold Mining with Rich Hussy
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 (19:44:25) (192 reads)

This month our speaker is Rich Hussy from the Mother Lode Goldhounds, who is doing a presentation on gold mining. Rich has been panning since 1998 and will tell tales and maybe some secrets!

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Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!
Please bring a snack for the Kids Potluck after their activity has concluded!

From Glenda: It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the March meeting! We talked about the mineral of the month, Wulfenite, and I enjoyed learning about and making miniature rock collections with you. I hope you are inspired to continue to collect miniature and thumbnail specimens in the future. When it comes to rocks, remember, bigger isn’t always better!

This month we will be learning about GOLD!
Join us for an activity with Justin Ferrell where we will learn the techniques of gold panning, using pyrite as our material. You will even get to keep the pyrite!

April is here and spring is in the air... which means warm weather that will be perfect for going on rockhounding field trips. Hooray! Spring is also a great time to go rock hunting because the rain can wash away sediments and reveal new layers of minerals. Alyssa and I will be planning some field trips just for you, to be announced at the May Jr. Rockhounds meeting.

Please make sure your membership is up-to-date so that you can join in on all the fun!

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After the presentation there is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live Rockhound Auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)



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Events News & Events : March 21st Educational Meeting: Fossils for Fun
Posted by Alyssa on Thursday, March 07, 2019 (08:14:37) (286 reads)

This month our speaker is Debbie Bun from the Sacramento Fossils for Fun club, who is doing a presentation about fossils!

This is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)



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