Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gem Show, Speakers and Field Trips...

Experience the cool blue waters in an Aquamarine (the name means "ocean water")...visit the Dinosaur Museum exhibit and learn how a bone turns to stone...talk to the premiere paleo-botanist, Walt Wright in a room surrounded by his "Petrified Forest" made up of over 100 specimens...return to the days of the California Gold Rush and "pan for gold" on a functioning sluice.

The North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society is excited to be hosting "Hidden Treasures", the annual convention and show of their national (American Federation of Mineral Societies - AFMS) and regional (California Federation of Mineral Societies - CFMS) partners. Equally exciting is the opportunity to bring this educational and entertaining show to a new community in Whittier.

Friday through Sunday, June 18-20 2010
AFMS/CFMS Show & Convention
hosted by:
North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society

At: So. CA Univ. of Health Sciences
16200 E. Amber Valley Dr., Whittier, CA 90604
Hours: 10-5 daily

Tickets: $6 per day 14yo and up ($15 - 3 day ticket available)

Sunday ONLY - Father's Day Special!!!!
Dad gets in Free with the purchase of one ticket.

Vendors: there will be over 35 companies represented and a variety of goods available!

Who should attend? YOU! There is something for everyone at a Gem & Mineral Show...seriously! General Public - Children - Hobbyists - Professionals...

The Fossil Hall will include a "Petrified Forest" a 125 piece collection of Petrified Wood from PaleoBotanist Walt Wright. Mr. Wright is the premiere expert in this field and will share his knowledge in the Rotunda.

Demonstrations: include Faceting Gemstones, Jewelry Making, Cutting a Cabochon Gem...and more!

Speakers: We will be featuring a roster of world renowned Speakers: "A Rock Hound Tour of England" by Bob Jones, Sr. Editor of Rock and Gem Magazine; "The Great Bone Wars" by Dr. Allen Schaffert, MD; "Mount St. Helens - 30 Years After" by Tony and Sandy Fender; "Petrified Wood and Where It Grew" by Walt Wright, Paloebotanist...to name a few!

Meet the Author: Renee Newman is known world wide for her range of gem guides - from her latest "Exotic Gems Series" to field guides for the novice to indepth volumes on Pearls and Diamonds. Ms. Newman will be signing books from 1-3 pm on Sunday June 20th!

Kids will enjoy the authentic Gold panning sluice; Geode Slicer; the "New Crystal Hunters" Theater from BlueCap Productions; the Dinosaur Museum from Clark Park; Face Painting and other activities planned with them in mind.

While we are talking about children, remember that the kids will be out of school for this show and with that in mind we have planned some great Field Trips that will entertain the entire family!

Field Trip Schedule:
Two Tourmaline Mines in Two Days!
(you are not required to attend both days - but it is great fun and the camaraderie shared around a campfire can't be beat!)
Monday, June 21st:
The Oceanview - Fee Dig $50

Caravan to the Lake Henshaw Resort (overnight spaces start at $20 per vehicle)

Tuesday, June 22nd:
The Himalaya - Fee Dig $50

Precious Rubies or Fossils on the Beach - your choice!
Wednesday, June 23rd:
Trip One - Ruby near Cascade Canyon - More Strenuous Option
Trip Two - Jalama Beach - lead by Jon Meredith - less strenuous option

Rock Hound or Tourist - Which are you?

Thursday, June 24th:
Trip One - Lavic Siding - lead by Jay Valle - More Strenuous Option
Trip Two - LA County Natural History Museum - lead by Dr. Larry Barnes - less strenuous option

About Us: The North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society (NOCGMS) is a non profit (501c3) organization dedicated to the advancement of the earth sciences by stimulating interest and encouraging the study of the geological and mineral science and lapidary arts.

NOCGMS is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS), and the AFMS American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). We received the AFMS All American Club award from 1985 through 1992.

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