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.
On July 5th we will be having our Member Pot Luck. This is an opportunity for our Members to hang out and socialize! Please bring a side dish to share.
Saturday June 3 – Sunday, June 28, 2017
It’s Time to Think About Displaying at the Ventura County Fair
Reserve Your Display Case at the Gem & Mineral Department at the Ventura County Fair Fair. Cases and spaces for personal cases are limited. Please call for reservation of space or case between June 3 and June 18, 2017 to Diane Cook at (805) 889-1209 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. No one is guaranteed a space or case without confirmation from Diane Cook, Superintendent. Here is the Gem & Minerals Department Entry Guide.
Competitive & Non-Competitive Entries Accepted: Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23, 2017
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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!
$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 Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society meets at the:
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Thousand Oaks Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030