Saturday, March 7, 2015

#SilentSaturday One More #TucsonGemShow and I already can't wait for February!

The Tucson Gem Show Experience starts a the end of January 
and runs through the first two weeks of February. 

 You can find 2016 dates and the most current information
 on the Tucson EZ-Guide website 

Facebook page:
EZ-Guide to Gem and Mineral Shows Blog:

There are Wholesale ONLY Shows 
- Trade Shows that require you to qualify for entry - 
Shows for the Public - and basically, Shows all over town!

There were Jewelry Shows that featured completely Finished Jewelry...

...Fine Mineral Shows, 

It was all about the Aqua in the Rocksaholics Room at the Pueblo Show,

...Shows for Makers,



....Fine Gem Shows,

...and Shows that have a great balance of everything!


MORE From the Tucson Gem Show:

Twitter:  @Tucson_Gem_Show
Twitter Hub:

For the Glitterati... iDazzle was on the scene:

Jordi Fabre's Mineral Forum:

Dr. Don Lum's Tucson Report

Gail Spann's Tucson Report

...there are several Show Reports on Mindat

...and one of my favorites is John's over at Trinity Minerals

Monday, June 24, 2013

Do You Have A Little Meteor Hunter? You are going to LOVE this!

Just in time for the Holiday Gifting Season comes a fabulous kid's book called  "How the Meteorite got to the Museum" by Jessie Hartland.

"This science-as-entertainment book chronicles how a meteorite ended up in the American Museum of Natural History, detailing the steps that brought it from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited in the hallowed halls of the AMNH. Hartland describes the space rock's path by showing how it connected to people-e.g., fans at a football game noticed it, the police attributed its crash to vandals, firefighters cooled it off, etc."
Author: Jessie Hartland is an illustrator, cartoonist, artist, packaging and window display designer with an illustrious worldwide clientele. Among her many acclaimed non-fiction picture books are How the Meteorite Got to the Museum's predecessors How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum and How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.

...look for it at the beginning of October (around the 8th)!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 Tucson EZ-Guide - Download Yours TODAY!

View free online "FlipBook" versions of Xpo Press's guides to the 2013 Tucson gem shows

• Click here to view the 2013 Tucson EZ-Guide, then click the Tucson EZ-Guide cover image or the text that reads "Click here for online Flipbook" to open it.

• Click here to view the 11" X 17" Tucson Show Map "pull-out" that is inserted between pp. 36-37 in the Tucson EZ-Guide.

• Click here to view the 16-page Tucson Shuttle Route Guide, sponsored by

There is still time to receive a copy of the printed version of the 2013 Tucson EZ-Guide in your mailbox if you want your copybefore the show. Click here to subscribe. Cost is $9.99, and your copy will be mailed first-class to you immediately after you subscribe.

Printed copies of the 2013 Tucson EZ-Guide and the Tucson Shuttle Route Guide will be available FREE, Jan. 29 - Feb. 17, on racks at the entrances to all of the shows in Tucson*, at the Tucson International Airport, on the shuttle buses and hubs, and in select local businesses, hotels and restaurants.  

* AGTA is the only show in Tucson where the Tucson EZ-Guide is not available, but it is available at AGTA's preferred hotels.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CA: BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Ridgecrest


CALIFORNIA - BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Ridgecrest

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held April 20-21, 2012, in Ridgecrest, CA. The council will participate in a field tour of nearby BLM-managed public lands on Friday, April 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Carriage Inn, 901 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA.

Agenda topics for the Saturday meeting will include updates by council members, the BLM California Desert District manager, five field office managers, and council subgroups.  Friday tour information and final agenda topics will be posted on the BLM California state website, info/rac/ dac.html.  

All DAC meetings are open to the public. The public will be invited to comment at the beginning of the meeting Saturday morning, during the presentations, at the discretion of the DAC chair and at the end of the meeting.  While the meeting is tentatively scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., it could wrap up earlier should the council conclude its presentations and discussions.

Written comments may be filed in advance of the meeting and should be addressed to the Desert Advisory Council, c/o Bureau of Land Management, External Affairs, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Written comments also are accepted at the time of the meeting and, if copies are provided to the recorder, will be incorporated into the minutes.

For more information regarding the DAC meeting, contact David Briery, BLM California Desert District External Affairs at (951) 697-5220 or dbriery@blm. gov.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Thanks in advance for your support,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition

Source: LA Rocks post and email notification

Monday, March 26, 2012

CFMS - Half a Million Nickels Drive!

Hi everybody! My husband, Ray and I are chairpeople for the CFMS Endowment fund.

If you don't know what that is...well, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies is a part of the American Federation, which is a collection of 7 Regional Federations in America! The CFMS covers California, Nevada, and Hawaii! The other seven Federations cover the rest of America. Each Federation is a collection of local clubs from the area that they cover.

So, if you belong to a club or society in your area, you are probably a part of one of the Federations! If not, you should be!

Our job as the CFMS Endowment Fund chair people, is to collect donations for the Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is the life blood of the CFMS, the money goes into a fund that earns interest, and the CFMS lives on the interest earned.

Now, I am sure that you all know what interest rates are these days, so you know that unless our endowment fund is pretty big, we don't have much to live on!!

Ray and I are trying to come up with some fun fund raisers for the year, something that will get all the clubs and societies involved!

This year we have come up with the Half a Million Nickels Drive!  We are going to raise half a million nickels (hence the name) for the Endowment Fund!

That's where you all come in! If you belong to a CFMS affiliate, then you should have already known about the drive, if not, then you do now!
We need each of you to go to your club/society members and let them know of the drive!

There are going to be some really cool prizes for the winning club too! The prizes are currently being collected, and will be announced at the CFMS Show in Riverside in July. The club that collects the most nickels, PER MEMBER, will win!

We are also looking for donations of rock items to sell at the shows. We are running very low on supplies!

I have noticed a whole bunch of estate sales lately, and would like to appeal to all of you that go to these sales, or hold these sales!

If you could find it in your hearts to donate anything that you have left over, or Whatever, it would be greatly appreciated!

Ray and I don't have a lot of free weekends these days, but Ray is retired and can go just about anywhere during the week to collect donations.

I am only asking that you keep us in mind! We have had some really nice donations in the past from private collections, and it really helps us to have SOMETHING to sell during the shows!

I am also collecting show/club pins for an Endowment Fund project, so if you have any old pins from shows or clubs/societies, that you don't want or need, or have found at one of these sales, please consider donating to the CFMS Endowment Fund!

OK, I am done...thanks for reading all the way through, and thanks for your donations*, past and future!!!

CJ and Ray Quitoriano

* if you or your club would prefer to send in a direct donation the form is at:

Friday, February 10, 2012

ALAA ALERT - Clear Creek

The Clear Creek district of central California has long been a popular rockhound destination for a variety of beautiful and rare minerals, including some found nowhere else on earth, such as our California State Gem, benitoite.  Also found there:  jadeite boulders, green garnets, amethyst, cinnabar, neptunite, natrolite, swirling green plasma agate, and more.  It was also once a major source of asbestos, which was mined there for many years, and that's where problems have arisen.  Although the mines have been shut down, asbestos rock and fibers remain and can be kicked up by vehicles traveling the roads in this remote area.  As a result, the entire area was shut down to vehicular travel and various studies have been conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Some believe, however, that any danger to a casual collector traveling in the area for just a day or two of rockhounding is minimal, and there's a move to have the area reopened--not just for rockhounds, but for hunters, off-road enthusiasts, and others.  Shirley Leeson is an officer of the American Lands Access Association (ALAA), a lobbying branch of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, and OGMS has a society affiliation with ALAA.  Shirley has issued the following alert.....

CORVA has a meeting on February 22nd with the new State Director of the BLM, along with his Associate State Director and Deputy State Director. There are a lot of issues, but I think we can get some traction on Clear Creek, and defend the right of rockhounders to access Clear Creek.

We've started a petition that we will present to them showing them all the people who want Clear Creek reopened.

Please send this to everyone on your email lists  - we need thousands of signature to make a difference.

Send this link out far and wide:

If you’re concerned about Clear Creek, and you and your club and your friends want to help, we have time sensitive  information below….please help.  YOU can make a difference.  Do it now.
Shirley Leeson, ALAA
Rockhound Activist

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (part of Columbia U.)
is having its annual Open House 
on Oct. 1st, from 10 AM to 4 PM
at their campus on Route 9W in Palisades, NY.

Talks on the bill are:

11:30 AM - "The World's Mega Quakes"

12:45 PM - "A Role for Siesmology in Nuclear Arms Control

1:45 PM - Climate Change and Extreme Weather

3 PM - A discussion of careers for students w/science degrees.

For more info:

or call 845-365-8998