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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FEBRUARY 2020

February 2020 Calendar

I. SDMG & GSSD Meetings & Events

February 2020 – NO GSSD General Meeting in February

Mon, February 17, 2020 – SDMG Board Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, February 24, 2020 – SDMG General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, March 2, 2020 – GSSD General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Shows and events held through March 2020 appear in
The Pegmatite (March 2020)
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II. On the Go… To a Show & Other Events

Ongoing  San Diego, CA – San Diego Natural History Museum: "The Nat" [exhibition]
Hidden Gems

Fri & Sat, January 31 – February 1, 2020  Fallbrook, CA – 55th Pacific Micromount Conference (field trip on Sun, Feb 2)

SPOTLIGHT ON Tucson 2020

Details about all the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows can also be found at:
www.xpopress.com/showcase/profile/1/tucson-gem-mineral-fossil-showcase

Jan 30 Feb 16  Kino Gem & Mineral Show

Jan 30 thru Feb 16  Tucson 22nd Street Mineral & Fossil Show (Eons Expos)

Jan 31 Feb 12  The Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show

Jan 31 Feb 16  Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show

Feb 1– 16  Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase: The World's Largest Treasure Hunt

Feb 1 – 15  LLD Productions Inc – 3 locations:
Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (1) Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly InnSuites)
Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (2) Mineral & Fossil Marketplace
Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (3) Ramada Limited

Feb 7–10  Tucson Fine Mineral Show (Westward Look Resort)

Feb 13–16  66th Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (the Main Show)

 

February 14–23, 2020  Indio, CA – San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show

Sat and Sun, March 7–8, 2020 – VENTURA, CA 58th Annual VGMS Show

Fri, Sat & Sun, March 13–15, 2020  VICTORVILLE, CA – Stoddard Wells Rock Hound Tailgate

 

 

 

I. and II. All Meetings, Events & Shows

 

Ongoing  SAN DIEGO, CA– Hidden Gems [exhibition]

San Diego Natural History Museum
Balboa Park
1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Admission:  Members FREE; Adults $19.95, Seniors (62+)/Military (ID)/Students $16.95, Children 3– 17 $11.95, Kids 2 and under Free.

Hours:  10am – 5pm daily. (CLosed Thanksgiving and Christmas day.)

Website:  www.sdnhm.org/exhibitions/hidden-gems/

The Nat shows some extra sparkle with an exhibition featuring 100 gem-mineral treasures from the permanent collection. Dr. Terri Ottoway, who is the museum curator for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), in Carlsbad, provided curatorial guidance on the selection of items. The unique vertical exhibit was designed by the Nat's in-house Exhibits team and is arranged across all five floors of the Museum's northwest corner. Access to the exhibition is included with admission and free for members.

 

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Mon, Jan 27, 2020  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.

Admission and Parking:  Free.  Public Welcome.

The first meeting of the new year will feature guest speaker Lisbet Thoresen, SDMG editor and independent researcher specialized in ancient gem studies. She will talk about "The Cultural History of Garnets – The First 4,000 Years." Transparent, red to purple colored gems found in ancient glyptic (gem carving) and described in ancient literary sources have been confused for ruby since ancient times. However, with a handful of rare exceptions, they almost always prove to be gem garnet. The cultures that used them date from Naqada II in pre-dynastic Egypt through the Middle Ages in Europe. Regardless of how they were used – as beads, cameo carvings, engraved intaglios, or cloisonné inlays for jewelry or objects of practical utility – little or no information exists about where most of them were found, the location of the workshops where they were produced, or the sources where the raw materials may have originated.

The colors and quality of materials represented in the corpus of material that survives in present day museum and private collections is far more varied than many people realize. This variability attests to different sources having provided the raw material used by gem cutters and lapidaries throughout history. Analyses of garnet structure and chemistry together with observable features such as color and inclusions provide characteristic signatures that sometimes help to associate garnets with their geographic origin. Consequently, analytical provenance studies on ancient and historically significant garnets have illuminated aspects of ancient trade, throwing light on a distant past that is otherwise opaque.

We will have some great door prizes, and the club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 

 

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Fri, Sat & Sun, January 31 – February 2, 2020  FALLBROOK, CA – 55th Pacific Micromount Conference

Presented by:  Mineralogical Society of Southern California

Venue:  Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Museum
123 W. Alvarado St.
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Contact:  rhousley@its.caltech.edu

Website:  http://bit.ly/2020-pac-micromin-conf

Lectures by Paul Adams, Joe Marty, and Herwig Pelckmans. Giveaway and one dollar sales tables, Silent Auction, a Verbal Auction of fine micro specimens, and a field trip on Sunday, Feb 2.

Website:  www.mineralsocal.org/pacific-micromount-conference/

Tucson 2020

January 30 – February 16, 2020  Kino Gem & Fossil Show

Where:  Tucson Electric Park, Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way
(Ajo Way & Kino Parkway) TUCSON, AZ 85702

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb 16 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Acres of free parking, free shuttle service; handicap accessible.

Contact:  info@as-shows.com

Website:  www.as-shows.com

Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Beads, Findings, Jewelry, Lapidary equipment supplies and tools.

 

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January 30, – February 16, 2020  Tucson 22nd Street Mineral & Fossil Show (Eons Expos)

Where:  Corner of I-10 & 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ

Hours:  9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Admission:  Free.

Parking:  $5.00.

Website:  www.22ndstreetshow.com

Wholesale and retail, 220 dealers, plus food vendors, handicapped accessible.

 

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January 31– February 12, 2020  Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show

Where:  Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing Street (Congress St., South Frontage Rd.)
Tucson, AZ 85745

Hours:  10:00am – 6:30pm daily

Parking:  Onsite and valet.

Contact:  info@pueblogemshow.com or 310-586-6816

Website:  www.pueblogemshow.com

Centrally located in downtown Tucson one block from the Convention Center in "The Golden Triangle."  It is known as the most diverse gem, jewelry and mineral show in Tucson, with US and international exhibitors of designer and fine jewelry, cut and rough gemstones, pearls, beads, silver, turquoise and amber, as well as rough and fine mineral specimens.

 

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February 1–17, 2019  Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show

Where:  292 S. Freeway Ave.
(S. Freeway Ave. between Congress St. & Starr Pass Blvd.) TUCSON, AZ 85713

Hours:  9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Admission & Parking:  Shuttle service; handicap accessible.

Contact:  Lynn Arriaga at rapagem@yahoo.com or 520-256-2079; Tyo Leonard at 480-593-3439

Website:  www.rapariver.com

If you can't find it here you won't find it anywhere.  Rapa River dealers offer a wide variety of many unique and unusual products from all parts of various countries represented by 34 vendors.

 

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February 1–16, 2020  Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase: Join The World's Largest Treasure Hunt

Hours:  Varies according to venue (check website)

Admission & Parking:  Cost varies according to venue.

Contact:  800-638-8350

Website:  www.visittucson.org/visit/events/featured-tucson/tucson-gem-mineral-fossil-showcase

For detailed listings of all the dealers, venues, and show dates, search the schedule at the visittucson.org website

 

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February 1–15, 2020  Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (1)

Sponsors:  LLD Productions Inc

Where:  Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly InnSuites Hotel), 475 N. Granada Ave.
(St. Mary's Rd and Granada Ave.) Tucson, AZ 85701

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb. 10 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Open to the public, no charge.

Website:  www.mineralshowslld.com/tucson

Over 330 Dealers, Fossil Hall, Meteorite Dealers, Minerals, Gems & Jewelry.  Artists Gallery and Art in Stone display.  Ballrooms at Hotel Tucson City Center will be open from January 31st to February 13th. Room and tent dealers set their own schedules. If there is a particular dealer you want to see, contact them in advance.

 

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February 1–15, 2020  Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (2)

Sponsors:  LLD Productions Inc

Where:  Mineral & Fossil Marketplace, 1333 N. Oracle Rd.
   (Oracle Rd. & Drachman St.) Tucson, AZ 85705

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb. 10 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Open to the public, no charge.

Co-sponsor Contact:  In cooperation with Adam Aaronson Properties LLC mineralfossilmarketplace@gmail.com

Website:  www.mineralshowslld.com/tucson

Retail and wholesale, with vendors specializing in minerals and fossils. Room and tent dealers set their own schedules. If there is a particular dealer you want to see, contact them in advance.

 

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February 1–15, 2020  Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show (3)

Sponsors:  LLD Productions Inc

Where:  Days Inn (formerly Ramada Limited), 665 N. Freeway
   Tucson, AZ 85745

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Feb. 10 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Open to the public, no charge.

Co-sponsor Contact:  In cooperation with Himada Expositions LLC mitulpatel80@gmail.com

Website:  www.mineralshowslld.com/tucson

Retail and wholesale, with vendors specializing in minerals and fossils. Room and tent dealers set their own schedules. If there is a particular dealer you want to see, contact them in advance.

 

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February 7–10, 2020  Tucson Fine Mineral Show

Where:  Westward Look Resort
245 E. Ina Rd.
TUCSON, AZ 85704

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm, except on the final day, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission & Parking:  Free.

Contact:  info@finemineralshow.com

Website:  finemineralshow.com/tucson/

Forty world-class dealers gather every year at the famous Westward Look Resort to showcase some of the most exceptional mineral specimens found anywhere in the world.

 

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February 13–16, 2020  66th Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (the Main Show) "World Class Minerals"

Sponsor:  Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.

Venue:  Tucson Convention Center; 260 South Church Avenue.
TUCSON, AZ 85701

Hours:  Thu thru Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Adult $13.00, Children 14 and under Free with paying Adult (2-day ticket available for $22.00).

Contact:  tgms@tgms.org or 520-322-5773.

Website:  www.tgms.org/show/
Flyer with ticket prices ∧ discounts

250+ dealers. 

 

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February 14–23, 2020  INDIO, CA – San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
  Gem & Mineral Building
  82-503 Hwy. 111, Indio, CA 92201

Hours:  10:00am – 10:00pm daily.

Admission:  Adults $11, Seniors $10, Students $9, Children under 5 Free.

Contact:  Bert Grisham, 1029 N. 8th St., Banning, CA 92220; 951-849-1674 bert67@verizon.net

 

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Mon, Feb 24, 2020  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.

Admission and Parking:  Free.  Public Welcome.

SDMG President Jim Parrish will preside over the Annual "Show 'N' Tell" meeting, where members and their guests can bring specimens to show off that were acquired at the shows in Quartzsite or Tucson this year. There's so much to see that no one can take it all in, so come share your experiences visiting venues that others may have missed.

We will have some great door prizes, and the club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 

 

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Mon, March 2, 2020  SAN DIEGO, CA – GSSD Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.  Free Admission and ample Parking.  Public Welcome.

March meeting program TBD.

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2019 VGMS Show poster

 

Sat and Sun, March 7–8, 2020  VENTURA, CA
58th Annual Gem Mineral, Fossil & Lapidary Show

Hosted by:  Ventura Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Ventura Fairgrounds
   10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001

Hours:  Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission:  FREE.

Fairgrounds Parking:  $5.00/car

Contact: Richard Slyker, 805-312-8467 or info@vgms.org

Website:  vgms.org/category/gem-show

60 displays of gems, minerals, meteorites, fossils and award-winning handcrafted jewelry. Includes educational exhibits of fossils collected locally in and around Ventura County, as well as a display of the California State Rock, Mineral, Fossil and Gemstone, featuring a gold nugget and Ice Age saber-tooth cat. Demonstrations include gemstone cutting, silver work and jewelry making, beading, and other arts. Raffle prizes and hourly silent auctions. Expert prospectors will guide you through the steps of gold panning, and you can purchase "pay dirt" to pan for real gold in your own backyard. You'll also see displays that include meteorites, handcrafted jewelry, and "Auggie," the California State Dinosaur.

 

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Fri, Sat and Sun, March 13–15, 2020  VICTORVILLE, CA – 44th Annual Stoddard Wells Rock Hound Tailgate

Sponsor:  Victor Valley Gem and Mineral Club.

Address:  Stoddard Wells Rd. near I15  Get Directions »

Hours:  9:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Admission:  Free.  Public welcome.

Dealers:  All Vendor spaces are FREE on a first come basis.

Contact:  rmstonewalk54@gmail.com

Website:  vvgmc.org/tailgate.html

Saturday FAMILY Field Trip: Tri-Colored Marble  9:00am – 1:00pm

Handcrafted and faceted jewelry, slabs and cabs, findings and equipment, minerals and fossils and TONS of Rough Material.

 

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