Thursday, April 15, 2010

Visit Your Local Gem Show This Weekend!

16-18--ALPINE, TEXAS: Show, "Wonders from our desert and beyond"; Chihuahuan Desert Gem & Mineral Club; Kokernot Lodge, Rte. 223 bypass; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 11-5; free admission; Kids' Corner, door prize, dealer demonstrations, video "What's Hot in Tucson"; contact Mary Brogan, P.O. Box 1111, Alpine, TX 79831, (432) 837-3824; e-mail:; Web site:

16-18--RICKREALL, OREGON: Show, "Rocks of Oregon"; Willamette Agate & Mineral Society of Salem; Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Hwy. W; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4:30; contact Kristi Edwards, 1236 SE Seaport Circle, Corvallis, OR 97333, (541) 738-6811; e-mail:

16-18--ROSEVILLE, MICHIGAN: Annual show; Mount Clemens Macomb Gem & Lapidary Society; Roseville Recreation Center, 18185 Sycamore; Fri. 9-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 11-4; adults $3, students $1, children under 12 free; contact Jacqueline Swain, 20719 Wendy Ln., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236, (313) 469-7868; e-mail:

16-18--SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA: Show, "The Art of Stone"; Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society; 344 Tully Rd.; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children under 12 free; dinosaur speaker, antique appraiser, kids' education program, demonstrators, flint knapping, fluorescent minerals, dealers, displays; contact Marc Mullaney, (408) 691-1584; e-mail:; Web site:

17--NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: Annual swap; Central Arkansas Gem, Mineral & Geology Society; Burns Park, Elder Johnson Pavilion, I-49 Exit 150, Military Dr.; Sat. 8-5; free admission; bring your own table or tailgate; contact Pat Kissire, 4900 Sparks Rd., Little Rock, AR 72210, (501) 821-2346; e-mail:; Web site:

17-18--COLUMBUS, OHIO: Show, "Central Ohio Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show"; Columbus Rock & Mineral Society, Licking County Rock & Mineral Society; Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $7, seniors $6, ages 6-16 $3, children under 6 and Scouts free; exhibits, speakers, demonstrators, ID booth, silent auctions, swap area, 27 dealers; contact Ken Harsh, 297 E. Selby Blvd., Worthington, OH 43085; e-mail:

17-18--DAVENPORT, IOWA: Spring show; Black Hawk Gem & Mineral Club; Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatre, 1717 W. 12th St.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; rocks, minerals, fossils, agates, geodes, tumbled stones, carved stone, beads, silver and beaded jewelry, spheres, arrowheads, demonstrations, bead making, faceting, flint knapping, arrowhead making; contact Craig or Kellie Moore, 718 Franklin Ave., Davenport, IA 52806, (563) 445-3034; e-mail:; Web site:

17-18--DOTHAN, ALABAMA: 3rd annual show; Dothan Gem & Mineral Club; Westgate Park James Grant Center, 501 Recreation Rd.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; door prizes, silent auction, jewelry, minerals, cutting rough, slabs, gem trees, tumbled stones, mineral displays, equipment demonstrations; contact Arnie Lambert, 920 Yorktown Rd., Dothan, AL 36301, (334) 792-7116; e-mail:

17-18--EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN: 47th annual show; Chippewa Valley Gem & Mineral Society; Eau Claire County Expo Center, Lorch Ave. (Hwy 93 and I-94); Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; silent auction, minerals, fossils, crystals, gems, rocks, artifacts, jewelry, demonstrations, hands-on booth; contact Mike Schoenfess, (715) 456-0664

17-18--HELENA, MONTANA: 62nd annual show; Helena Mineral Society; Helena Civic Center, corner of Neill Ave. and Park Ave.; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $1, children 12 and under free with adult; more than 20 dealers, mineral specimens, equipment, jewelry, faceted gems, facet rough, fossils, beads, cabbing rough, fluorescent display, 20 display cases, children's garnet hunt, ball toss, grab bags, silent auction; contact Gary Parisi, P.O. Box 736, Helena, MT 59624, (406) 442-1226; e-mail:; Web site:

17-18--IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO: 45th annual show; Idaho Falls Gem & Mineral Society; Idaho Falls Recreation Center, B St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $2, children under 12 free; contact Greg Hayes, (208) 521-8885

17-18--KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON: Annual show; Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club; Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; contact Mickee Madden, (509) 582-8599; e-mail:

17-18--PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA: Show; Monongahela Rockhounds; West Mifflin Volunteer Fire Co. #4 Skyview Hall, 640 Noble Dr.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; free admission; contact Bret Howard, (724) 327-8618; e-mail:; Web site:

17-18--YAKIMA, WASHINGTON: 49th annual show, "Parade of Gems"; Yakima Rock & Mineral Club; Central Washington State Fairgrounds, Modern Living Bldg., Fair Ave. and E. Nob Hill Blvd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; dealers, demonstrations, gold panning, silent auction, junior activities, grab bags, door prizes, raffle, Spin A Wheel; contact Marti Sondgeroth, (509) 248-6401 or (509) 910-3484; e-mail:

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