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. 

Our Pebble Pup meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM.

Wednesday, November 6  – Show Preparation

We will be preparing for The 50th Annual Oxnard Gem & Mineral Show – “Gold”

Date:  November 23rd & 24th 2019
Saturday:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday:    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030

Free Admission

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

Interstellar Objects In The Solar System
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Geology 3656

Professor Dave Jewitt is an observational astronomer who has a nose for leading edge problems. He and his students were the first to document the large set of Kuiper-belt objects orbiting beyond Neptune. For the first time, we are able to study objects passing through the solar system from interstellar space. The two known interstellar objects ‘Oumuamua and Borisov are both thought to be ejecta from planetary systems elsewhere in the Milky Way galaxy but, curiously, their appearances are completely different. Jewitt will present UCLA observations of both objects and discuss their big-picture scientific significance.

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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

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