Friday, March 18, 2011

Local Gem & Mineral Shows!

Corundum from Fieldtrip to
Cascade Canyon in California

All Shows are open to the PUBLIC - most are associated with a local Gem and Mineral Club - meet new friends - go on trips "Field Collecting" with experienced people - monthly meetings with guest speakers!
17-20—SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale; OrangeBelt Mineralogical Society; Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters, 6707 Little League Dr.; Thu. 12-5, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-3; free admission; rocks, minerals, jewelry, gems, tools, rock auction; contact Ann Mansfield, (909) 297-6652;; Web site:
18-20—ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO: 42nd annual show, Treasures of the Earth”; Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club; Creative Arts Center Bldg., State Fair Grounds, EXPO NM (San Pedro entrance); Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10–6, Sun. 10–5; adults $1 Fri., $3 Sat. and Sun., kids 12 and under free; more than 40 dealers, displays, door prizes, silent auctions, mineral and gem identification, juniors’ booth, live wolf, geode cracking, faceting demonstration, gold panning and more; contact Paul Hlava, (505) 255-5478; e-mail:
18-20—HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA: 41st show, “Unifour Gem, Mineral, Bead, Fossil and Jewelry Show”; Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Hickory Metro Convention Center, I-40 Exit 125; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $4, children and school groups free; contact Baxter Leonard, 2510 Rolling Ridge Dr., Hickory, NC 28602, (828) 320-4028; e-mail:
18-20—JACKSON, MICHIGAN: 49th annual show; Michigan Gem & Mineral Society; Jackson County Fairgrounds, 200 W. Ganeson St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; jewelry, minerals, fossils, dealers, demonstrations, silent auctions, geode cracking; contact John LaMont, (765) 647-4894, or Dan Hovater, (517) 518-1045
18-20—SPANISH FORK, UTAH: 52nd show, “Spring Parade of Gems”; Timpanogos Gem & Mineral Society; Spanish Fork Fair Grounds, 475 S. Main St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; displays, dealers, jewelry, fossils, equipment, Mr. Bones, door prizes, touch table, rock sales, kids’ grab bags, Wheel of Fortune, instructions on polishing rocks, metal detectors, lapidary equipment, demonstrations, faceting, knapping, wire wrapping, beading, fluorescent mineral display, silent auction; contact Keith Fackrell, 2295 East 700 South, Springville, UT 84663, (801) 489-7525; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA: 10th annual show, “Rendezvous”; Lewis M. Helfrich; Kern County Shriners, 1142 S. P St.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; free admission; free drawings, demonstrations, sphere making, cabochon making, silversmithing, wire wrapping, grab bags, Wheel of Fortune, raffle, silent auction, General Store, dealers, rocks, fossils, gems, jewelry, rough rock, diachronic glass, lapidary equipment, beads and beading supplies; contact Lewis M. Helfrich, (661) 323-2663 or (661) 378-4450; e-mail:
19-20—CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA: Annual show, “Treasures form Iowa’s Ice Age”; Cedar Valley Rock & Mineral Society; Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th St. SW; Sat. 8:30-6, Sun. 9:30-5; adults $2, students $1, children under 12 free; displays, Stegadon, Ground Sloth, Saber-tooth Cat, Wooly Rhino, agates, programs on Ice-Age animals, Lake Superior agates, demonstrations, tumbling, faceting, glass bead making, cabbing, beading, wire wrapping, flint knapping; contact Thomas Whitlatch, 1147 Staub Ct. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, (319) 551-3870; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale; Palomar Gem & Mineral Club; Orfila Vineyards, 13455 San Pasqual Rd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; dealers, gems, jewelry, minerals, demonstrations; contact Michael Nelson, 1341 Rincon Villa Dr., Escondido, CA 92027, (760) 580-5902; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND: 47th annual show; Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County; Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children under 12 free; 45 exhibits, demonstrations, free cabochon-polishing workshop, door prizes, raffles, fossils, kids’ Touch Table with specimens, fluorescent display tent, kids’ mini-mine, more than 20 dealers; contact George Durland, 8600 Bunnell Dr., Potomac, MD 20854; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—LIVE OAK (SAN ANTONIO), TEXAS: 50th annual show, “Fiesta of Gems”; San Antonio Gem & Mineral Society; Live Oak Civic Center, 8108 Pat Booker Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, seniors $3, students $2, children 50 cents; 25 dealers; minerals, fossils, jewelry, gemstones, crystals, club exhibits, silent auction, games, hourly door prizes, silent auction; contact Robert Bowie, 1324 Kings Point Dr., Canyon Lake, TX 78133; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: 57th annual show; North Seattle Lapidary & Mineral Club; Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; junior activities, demonstrations, club member displays, grab bags, Rockosaurus rides, Rockhound Dinner, dealers, door prizes; contact Susan Gardner, 15428 62nd Ave. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, (425) 483-2295; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA: Show, “Spring Bling”; Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society; Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., County Bldg.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children under 14 free with adult; gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, findings, hourly door prizes, silent auction, “wheel of fortune”, grab bags; contact Dan Wolke, P.O. Box 706, Vallejo, CA 94590, (707) 644-9764; e-mail:; Web Site: