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, May 3rd

Join us on May 3rd as we will be having the “Final” LuNeal Auction.  Both of LuNeal’s husbands were charter members of OGMS.  Her second husband, Ed, traveled the world in the merchant marine, collecting hard to find now shells.  After their spouses passed, LuNeal and Ed got married and began their travels.  LuNeal donated her collection to OGMS to sell to the members with the proceeds going to the CFMS Scholarship fund.  This last sale will have rocks, unopened geodes, fossils, shells and coral.

 

 

 

Exhibit at the 2017 AFMS/CFMS Show

Competitive Exhibit Entry Form  –  Entry Deadline: May 15, 2017

Non – Competitive Exhibit Entry Form – Entry Deadline: May 22, 2017

Sunday May 14, 2017   2:30 PM

The Great American Eclipse of 2017
Lecture by Prof. Kevin McKeegan
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years. During a total eclipse the Sun is completely hidden by the Moon, the sky becomes dark, and the faint atmosphere (corona) becomes visible – looking like a beautiful halo. The eclipse will be total along a track stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. In Los Angeles the eclipse will be only partial with 2/3 of the Sun being eclipsed. Kevin will discuss a few historically important eclipses, some general eclipse phenomena, and where and how to view the total eclipse.

UCLA Meteorite Gallery
595 Charles Young Drive East
Geology, Room 3697
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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.

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

Attend the nationwide CFMS-AFMS Show and Convention.   Each year the CFMS (California Federation of Mineralogical Societies) holds a Show and Convention somewhere in California, and likewise, each year the AFMS (American Federation of Mineralogical Societies) joins with one of the 7 regions for its annual show. Hence, every 7 years it lands in California.

There will be lots of things to do throughout the three days. (Exhibits and dealer hours are Fri. & Sat., 10-5; Sun., 10-4. Check schedule page for additional activities before and after those hours.) Immerse yourself in all things rock and mineral related:

Dealers
Exhibits (competitive and non-competitive)
Kids’ activities
Speaker Programs
Raffles
Continuous silent auctions
For more information visit:  http://2017cfms-afmsshow.com

The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society meets at the:

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