Meetings

Guests are always welcome at our meetings!  They are held on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 7:30 PM at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (map below).  The format includes an educational presentation, followed by refreshments, and a short business meeting.

Wednesday, August 2nd

On August 2nd, instead of having a meeting, our members will be volunteering on the opening day of the Ventura County Fair. It is a pleasure sharing the excitement of family and friends finding ribbons on the display case of someone they know on the first day of the Fair.  Volunteering involves cleaning glass on the display cases and asking that people enjoy their food & drinks outside.  I consider it an opportunity to look at the display cases without being rushed.  Volunteers receive free entry to the Fair.  Can’t make it on Wednesday?  It is possible to volunteer on other days at the Fair.  Schedule your volunteer time with Diane Cook to receive an entry ticket before your arrival.

 

 

 

Take a class at Oxnard College

Physical Geology 101 Laboratory, Tuesday Night
“Where the Laboratory and Field Extraordinaire is Formed”

The course is a traditional 3-hour laboratory class that uses lectures, a textbook, and field exercises. Students explore and study the processes that shape the Earth. The course gives students a hands-on approach to learning about mineral and rock and mineral identification, interpretation of topographic maps, and aerial photographs, geologic maps, interpretation of surface land features, earthquakes, and geologic processes. Field trips will be offered as extra credit to examine local streams and diversion dams, waste water treatment plants, beach erosion, and hazardous waste sites, and geomorphic processes.

Course Details:
Physical Geology Lab – GEOL RIOIL 002
CRN: 72953
Duration: AUG 14, 2017 -DEC 15, 2017
Days and Time: Tuesday, 7:00pm to 9:50 pm
Transfer Credit: 1 unit to UC and CSU

For more information contact Joseph Saenz at jsaenz   @ vcced.edu

On-line registration go to: http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/

The 2017 CFMS – AFMS Show and Convention
June 9 -11 2017
Ventura County Fairgrounds

A big THANK YOU to all of the Oxnard Members who came out and helped with set up; volunteered in a booth, and helped with take down.  We really appreciate everyone who came to help out.  Thank you!

Congratulations to everyone who exhibited and those who entered Competitive Exhibits.

NON-Competitive Exhibitors:  Gail Sanford and Kay Hara

Competitive Exhibitors:  Nancy Bogart, Stephanie Hagiwara, Adrian Ruiz, Jennifer Haley, Brett-Allen Johnson, Ron Wise, Diane Cook, John Cook, Oxnard Pebble Pups, Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society

WINNERS OF CFMS-AFMS Trophies:

CFMS – Ron Wise – Specialized Lapidary – Knapping Master
CFMS – Adiran Ruiz – Open Division Advanced
AFMS – Brynleigh Elliott – Junior
AFMS – Stephanie Hagiwara – Educational I Master
CFMS-AFMS – John Cook – Self Collected Fossils
AFMS – John Cook – Lapidary
AFMS – Jennifer Haley – Specialized Lapidary II

CFMS Bulletin Contest Winner:  Bob Driskell – for an Article in VGMS – Rockin’ the Castle

EVERYONE IS A WINNER – A THANK YOU TO ALL!

Death Valley National Park Fossil Thieves

$1,000 Reward – Death Valley National Park

Fossil Thieves stole several fossilized footprints, which had been left in a lakebed by mammals and birds, were missing. Now, Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports for Gizmodo, the National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of backpackers who may have information on the ancient tracks.  In a statement, the National Park Service released the photos of three men who might have witnessed the crime or have knowledge about the disappearance of the footprints. Investigators are offering an award of up to $1000 “for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible,” the statement reads. According to Mandelbaum, investigators are planning to interview visitors who frequented the Park at the time of theft, in the hopes that someone will be able to provide valuable clues.

Destroying—or pilfering—the property of national parks is prohibited by law. “It’s illegal to collect fossils, rocks, or anything else in National Parks,” Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said in a statement about the fossil thefts. “The purpose of National Parks is to conserve the landscape and everything it contains for the next generation. I ask that visitors come and enjoy all there is to see, and to leave it unimpaired for others to enjoy.”

The National Park Service has asked anyone with information about the stolen fossils to call the Investigative Services Branch at 1-888-653-0009.

Wednesday, September 6th

Join us as Adrian Ruiz shares the adventure of collecting Tourmaline, the OGMS Show’s featured Mineral, in the field in SoCal.  The Dowager Empress of China owned a California Tourmaline mine. Today’s collectors continue to find quality gemstones in the same part of our State.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 4th

Pink Halite – Bacteria in the brine

Join us Aaron J. Celestian, Ph.D., of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, gives us the latest research that is being conducted at Searles Lake, CA.

Pink halite is more than a pretty rock salt.  Here is a look at why Trona is such an unique place. Research at Trona is being used as a model for astrobiology and searching for life on Mars

 

 

The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society meets at the:

Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Thousand Oaks Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030