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, February 6- The Changing Gemstone & Gem Bead Industries + New Finds, Fakes, Created, Dyed & Enhanced Gemstones –

An illustrated talk by KEN ROGERS

Join us for an evening with Ken Rogers who will speak on the changes in
the gemstone bead industry and how they affect jewelers, beaders,
lapidary enthusiasts and jewelry buyers.

On February 17, 1972 Nixon went to China, opened trade, and in doing so,
woke up the “Sleeping Dragon”. While China expanded its industrial growth
it looked to its own natural resources, including historic and craft
industries. China opened and expanded their mines, including Turquoise
and many other gem stones. They retrained their craftsmen and developed
new, modern, bead and gem cutting and carving facilities.

As time went on, the Chinese started designing and manufacturing new
gemstones in their factories. The Chinese went as far as buying up gem
mines in its neighboring countries and territories. Soon, the Chinese
were able to control much of the world?s gem and bead market.
In his illustrated talk, Ken will discuss what has happened in Asia,
where it is going, and how it will affect us, here in the U.S. Then, Ken
will go on to expose and discuss some of the misnamed and new factory
manufactured gemstones.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.

“The rediscovery of the site where the Old Woman meteorite was found”
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Geology 3656

Lecture by Fernando Ramirez

In 1976 two young prospectors found the 2nd largest North American meteorite, the 3-ton Old Woman iron (a large slab is now exhibited in the UCLA Meteorite Gallery). This discovery triggered a bureaucratic struggle for ownership and the find site was never properly documented. I used available evidence, especially photos of the recovery operation, to try to locate the find site. I will tell stories about my efforts that finally resulted in success. I am continuing my efforts to use similar techniques to locate the impact point higher in the Old Woman Mountains.  For more info visit:

National Park Service

2019 Fee Free Days on Federal Public Lands

Here are the 2019 fee free days offered for recreation sites under the management of the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.  While many parks, facilities and services associated with these agencies are free, some require a fee. Recreation fees, authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, enable federal land management agencies to reinvest in the management of various recreation sites.

2019 Fee Free Days

Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week / National Jr. Ranger Day
Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

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 Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society meets at the:

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