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Pasadena Lapidary Society
Monday, January 22, 2007
  For current activities and events, visit our Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PLS_RockHounds/ 
Sunday, November 13, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, November 16th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is topaz. The program for this meeting will be a presentation given by our own Tony and Sandie Fender titled "Silver Casting." They will discuss the history, techniques and applications of Silver casting. 
Monday, October 10, 2005
  PASADENA LAPIDARY SOCIETY

INVITES THE PUBLIC
TO IT’S FIRST
“OPEN HOUSE”
WED. OCT 19. 2005

“HANDS-ON”

FABRICATION
OF
SEMI-PRECIOUS
GEMSTONES &
JEWELRY BY
ARTISIAN MEMBERS

MASONIC CENTER
33 E. SIERRA MADRE BLVD
SIERRA MADRE
7:30 – 9:00 PM
(626) 355-6964

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Sunday, September 11, 2005
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 14th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Sunday, August 28, 2005
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, September 4 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. 
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, August 17th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is peridot.

For the August general meeting we will have the video program "RUSSIAN GEM TREASURES," hosted by Robert (Bob) W. Jones. Discover the wonderful World of Russian Gem Treasures! Beautiful Interiors of Russian palaces. Treasures of the Tsar's Family and Court. Famous precious stones from the Diamond Fund and other Russian Museums. The best of modern Russian lapidary and jewelry art. Outstanding specimens - emeralds, alexandrite, topaz, tourmaline, charoite and others from Urals and Eastern Siberia. A visit to an underground mine in Siberia and views of world-famous Urals Mountains and Eastern Siberia deposits. Famous artist's work - Faberge and Konovalenko. All this and much more! 
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, July 3 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe.

We will also have a show meeting at 11am at the same place on the same day. Come and help plan our next annual club show. 
Monday, June 13, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, June 15th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities.

For the program, we we will have guest speaker Toy Sato give a presentation titled "SUISEKI -APPRECIATION OF NATURE IN MINIATURE." Toy Sato is a Past President of CFMS. She says, "I became interested in Suiseki in 1966. Made many trips to Japan and was taught the art form by a very fundamental collector who rigidly followed the guidelines of the art. Also led numerous trips to Japan, meeting with club members who took us on collecting trips. Those on the trips were members of different societies in the CFMS. Having been to Japan 18 times, I learned a great deal about the culture and have an appreciation of Suiseki." Suiseki is an ancient Japanese art form of naturally shaped stones representing landscapes and living things. Slides are shown to teach the various aspects of this art. Specimens are taken to the program, and ideas for displaying are given.

For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is pearl. We will also have our silent auction at this meeting, so bring anything you would like to donate to the club for the auction.

We will also vote for "Rockhounder of the Year 2005" at this meeting. We will accept nominations until the break, then we will have ballots after the break. Previous winners are Harry and Arlene Billheimer, Vern and Sylvia Cliffe, Dolton and Mary Cotter, Ivan and Dot Grieve, and George Snyder. 
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 8th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Thursday, June 02, 2005
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, June 5 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. 
Monday, May 23, 2005
  On Saturday, May 28th, we will have a day trip to Clear Creek. For more information, call our field trip chairman Joe Goetz at (626)914-5030. 
Saturday, May 14, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, May 18th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program will be a video presentation titled "SOAPSTONE CARVING." This 1989 AFMS winner takes the viewer through all the steps required in producing a simple figurine. All the tools needed for the project are shown from those needed to block out and shape the basic form to items used to achieve the final polish. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is emerald. 
Monday, April 25, 2005
  For our field trip this month, we will join the California Federation at the Calico Mtns. / Green Ash Hill this weekend. You can get more information about the field trip here. If you want to go for just one day, make it Saturday the 30th. For more info, you can call the PLS Federation chair Vern at (626) 355-6964. 
Monday, April 18, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, April 20th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting will be "Morrisonite Jasper," a video about this valuable jasper of eastern Oregon. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is diamond. 
Saturday, April 09, 2005
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 13th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome 
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, April 3 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. 
Sunday, March 13, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, March 16th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is aquamarine.

For the program, we will have special guest speaker Liz Johnson
discuss her research on the origin of color in diamonds. On October 1,
2003, the Smithsonian's Hope and Blue Heart diamonds were removed from
their settings for comparison to the Steinmetz Heart of Eternity, part of
the Splendor of Diamonds exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. This
event provided a unique opportunity for her to study these three fancy
deep-blue diamonds! Here's Ms. Johnson's description of her talk:

"The many colors of diamond"
Although many people think of diamonds as being colorless, natural
diamonds are found in every color of the rainbow. This talk will examine
the causes of color in diamonds, including chemical impurities and defects
in atomic ordering within the crystal structure. I will also discuss the
use of infrared spectroscopy to study the defects that cause yellow and
blue coloring in diamonds. This technique can be used to determine the
thermal history of diamonds and to characterize the color of rare gems
such as the Hope diamond. 
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
  And now a word from our publicity chair about the annual club show this weekend:

The Pasadena Lapidary Society's 47th Annual "Tournament of Gems" show is scheduled to be held on March 12th and March 13th at the San Marino Masonic Center, 3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA. The show hours are: Saturday, March 12th 10am to 6pm and Sunday, March 13th at 10am to 5pm. Admission and parking are free.

This year's show theme is "Magic from the Earth." The show will feature alluring displays of remarkable gems, minerals, and jewelry from members of the PLS, along with dealers offering a wide variety of materials, such as beads, precious stones, gems, jewelry, and tools. Several current members of PLS will be demonstrating the lapidary art, the art of silver work, gemstone carving, bead work, and wire wrap.

There will be raffle tickets sold at the door, six for $5 or $1 each. There will also be grab bags, and for the little tikes in the family, the "Sand Scoop," where they can sift for gems and other prizes. The snack bar will be open to offer a light lunch or dinner and refreshments. Also while you are there come try our famous chili. Come join us and discover the beauty in the colorful and exciting world of gems and minerals.

For more information, call Marcia at 626-914-5030 or e-mail her at joenmar1[at]gte[dot]net 
Friday, March 04, 2005
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, March 6 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. 
Thursday, February 17, 2005
  Update on this weekend's fieldtrip to Opal Mountain: This field trip may be postponed or relocated to the Paul Bunyan agate area depending on weather. Check the forecast before heading out or call our field trip chair Joe Goetz at (626)914-5030. 
Saturday, February 12, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, February 16th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting will be part 2 of "Custom Wire Wrap Jewelry." The projects we will learn will be a prong pendant for faceted stones, a simple chain, and a decorative butterfly for pendants or earrings. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is amethyst.

For President's Day weekend (Feb 19-21) we will have a field trip to Opal Mountain. There will be more details at the general meeting. 
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Feb 9th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Sunday, February 06, 2005
  Today's workshop will postponed due to rain. We'll try again same time same place next week (Feb13th). 
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, February 6 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. 
Friday, January 21, 2005
  A Fieldtrips Planning meeting was held on Jan. 16, 2005 at Joe &
Marcia's house. In attendance were: Vern & Sylvia, Ed, Marlena, and
Marcia & Joe (Of Course). After a lot of discussion this is the
outcome for Field Trips for 2005:

Jan. 29 - 30 : Quartzsite
Feb. 19 - 20 : Opal Mountain
Mar. 19 - 20 : Broadwell Dry Lake
Apr. 30 - May 1 : Calico Mountains / Green Ash Hill
May 28 - 30 : Clear Creek
Jun. 10 - 12 : CFMS Show @ Roseville
July ? : Gold Panning (Day Trip)
Aug. ? : (Open for Suggestion) (Day Trip)
Sep. 24 - 25 : Castle Butte
Oct. 22 - 23 : Club Claim
Nov. 24 - 27 : Stonewell Pass, Nevada
Dec. : No Trips (Merry Christmas)

So there you have it folks, the lineup for 2005. At the meeting the
subject of daytrips came up. So for those who could not make it to the
meeting, but you may have a place that would work out for a Day Trip,
don't keep it to yourself, contact Joe Goetz (Field Trips Chair) about
it and he will see if he can schedule it soon after.

Some of the suggestions for Day Trips have been to go to the Felix
Flourite Mine, some exploratory trips in the local mountains, to
return to the Oceanview Tourmaline Mine, or maybe the Steward
Tourmaline Mine.

It has been said you get out what you put in to something. So where
we go on Day Trips is truely in your hands.
 
Friday, January 14, 2005
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, January 19th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting will be a video presentation titled "Custom Wire Wrap Jewelry." In this program, you will learn to make a cabochon pendant, a cabochon ring, and bead earrings use precious metal wire. This program is very easy to follow and is great for beginners. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is garnet, and since there was no display case at the december meeting, december's birthstones are turquoise, hyacinth, and blue zircon. 
  This Sunday, January 16th, our field trip chairman Joe Goetz will have a planning meeting for this years field trips. If you want to take part, stop by his house at 1pm. If you need directions, call him at (626)914-5030. 
Monday, December 13, 2004
  The Christmas party will be in the same place as our usual meetings (the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd) but will be at 6:30 pm. The usual time is a bit late for dinner. 
Thursday, December 09, 2004
  On Wednesday, December 15th, instead of our regular meeting we will have our Christmas party. Bring a dish for potluck, and remember to bring a place setting (plate, fork, spoon, knife, mug). We will also have a gift exchange, so if you want to participate, bring a wrapped gift ($5 limit) marked "His, "Hers," or "Either." Hope to see you there! 
  Want e-mail reminders of upcoming PLS events? Want an online forum to talk with your fellow rockhounds? Join the new Pasadena Lapidary Society Yahoo Group! Just go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PLS_RockHounds/ to join. 
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Dec 8th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Saturday, November 27, 2004
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, December 5 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. 
Thursday, November 11, 2004
  Since the last workshop was rained out, we will have a workshop this Sunday, November 14th (unless it rains again!).

We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, November 17th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting will be a presentation titled "Authenticating Amber." Allan Burns, Whittier GMS's resident "internet rockhound", shares his experiences in obtaining specimens of an unfamiliar gemstone from far away places. He will discuss various methods for determining whether something is really amber or just a clever glass or plastic fake; and present examples for members and guests to examine. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is topaz. 
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, November 7 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe 
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
  Quick update on the field trip this weekend (Oct 23-24) to the Whittier Club claim: there will be a choice of campgrounds. You can camp at the Calico campgrounds, which is off the Ghost Town Road exit from the I-15 (north east of Barstow). This campground has showers and toilets, and costs $18/night. You can also camp at the Paul Bunyan Agate area camp, which does not have running water. To get there, take the Irwin Road exit off the I-15, go 7.1 miles north, turn left at Old Fort Irwin Road and go west 0.5 miles, turn right on the dirt road and go north for 1.9 miles up to the small hill, then take the road on the right for 1.1 miles heading east, then take the road on the left for 0.3 miles heading north, then turn right and you'll see the campground straight ahead. Joe Goetz (626-914-5030) has maps and GPS coordinates. If you don't want to camp, you can also stay in Barstow, which is only about 5 miles down I-15. There will be a potluck on Saturday evening. 
Thursday, October 14, 2004
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, October 20th. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting will be a video called "Minerals: The Materials of Earth." The variety of minerals, their atomic and crystalline structures and their physical properties, such as hardness and luster are discussed. Petrologists' methods of sectioning rocks are shown and gems, precious metals, ore excavation and the value of silicates are also included. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is opal. 
  The votes are in and we have a winner! The theme for the 2005 club show will be "Magic from the Earth." 
Saturday, September 25, 2004
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, October 3 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe.

Our next field trip will be to the Whittier Club claim on Oct 23-24. For more information about field trips, please contact our field trip chairman, Joe Goetz, at (626)914-5030.

We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Oct 13th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome.
 
Saturday, September 11, 2004
  Our field trip to the Paul Bunyan agate area has been cancelled. Our next field trip will be to the Whittier Club claim, after their show (Whittier Gem and Mineral Society show Oct 16-17, see here for details).

We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, Sept 15. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting will be a video called "Introduction to Intarsia. Stone intarsia was first made centuries ago in Florence, Italy to rival the glass mosaics made in Venice. The stones used in intarsia are accurately cut and precisely fitted to form intricate designs. This program will demonstrate how to make a basic intarsia. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is sapphire. 
Sunday, August 29, 2004
  Our next field trip will be a return to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River for more gold panning. We'll meet around 8:30 or 9am on Sept 4th at the parking lot at the end of the road (parking costs $5).
On Sept 25th and 26th we will go to the Paul Bunyan agate area north of Barstow. For more information about field trips, please contact our field trip chairman, Joe Goetz, at (626)914-5030.

Our next workshop will be postponed one week from Labor Day weekend to the following week. Workshop will be Sunday, Sept 12 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. We will also have files and grinders at this meeting so we can sharpen tools, so if you have any rock picks or other tools you want to sharpen, bring them to the workshop.

We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Sept 8th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Thursday, August 12, 2004
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, August 18. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting will be a presentation by special guest speaker Dick Flaharty on "The Sapphires of Montana." He will discuss rockhounding locations in the Copper Basin, Castles, El Dorado Bar, and Lovestone areas. Mr. Flaharty will also bring a display of materials he collected in these areas. For the club display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is peridot.
 
Sunday, August 08, 2004
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, August 11th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
  It's time to pick a theme for next year's club show! Send your ideas to davidkelty[at]juno.com. We will vote at the August general meeting to select a winner.

We will have a workshop on Sunday, August 1 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe. There will be a demonstration at this workshop on how to recover sapphires from Montana sapphire concentrate.

 
Friday, July 16, 2004
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, July 21. As always, the

meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E.

Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about

up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program

for this meeting is a presentation with slides and mineral samples titled

"The Rainbow Deposits of Flint," which introduces the colorful chert found

in this region of eastern Ohio. For the display table, please feel free to

bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen

you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the

month is ruby.



 
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 14th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
  We will have a general meeting on Wednesday, June 16. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, field-trips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting is a video program titled "The Recovery of the Hyde Park Mastodon," about how a family in Hyde Park, New York unearthed a mastadon skeleton in their backyard. For the display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is pearl.

The July workshop will be postponed one week, from July 4 to July 11. It will be at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe.

The next field trip will be to the east fork of the San Gabriel river to pan for gold and garnets. That will be Saturday, July 17. Please contact our field trip chairman, Joe Goetz, for more details at (626)914-5030. 
Monday, June 07, 2004
  We will have a board meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, June 9th at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Sunday, May 23, 2004
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, June 6 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe.

Reminder: The CFMS show for 2004 will be May 28-30 in Mariposa. The show will be at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds (one hour from Yosemite National Park). There will be a number of field trips in that area leaving from the show. For more info go to http://www.cfmsinc.org/Shows/cfmsshow.htm
 
Thursday, April 22, 2004
  We will have a workshop on Sunday, May 2 at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe.

At this workshop, George Snyder will demonstrate how to make a bumble-bee bracelet. If you have 16 and 24 gauge wire (copper or silver) or pliers and cutters, please bring them.

On May 12 we will have a board meeting at 7:30pm at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome.

We will have a general meeting on May 19. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, fieldtrips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting is a slide show (plus some mineral samples) about the "Rainbow Deposits of Flint Ridge." For the display table, please feel free to bring anything you'd like to share with the club, whether it be a specimen you've collected or a piece of jewelry you've made. The birthstone of the month is emerald. We will have our annual silent auction at this meeting instead of the raffle. Any item contributed to the club for the silent auction would be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming field trips: The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS, of which we are a member club) is having its annual show May 28-30 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds (an hour from Yosemite National Park). There will be many field trips in that area during the show. Please contact our field trip chairman, Joe Goetz, for more details (626)914-5030. This summer, there may also be a field trip to go panning for gold and platinum, and for Labor Day weekend there will be a trip to the Paul Bunyan agate area.
 
Monday, April 19, 2004
  We will have a general meeting on April 21. As always, the meeting will be at 7:30pm at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, fieldtrips, and other club activities. The program for this meeting is a video titled "The Stewart Tourmaline Story: A Look Into the Secrets of a World Renowned Gemstone Mine."  
Thursday, March 18, 2004
  On March 20 and 21 we will have a field trip to Lavic Siding off the I-40. Come and collect jaspers in red, green, yellow, orange and brown. Some are mixed color, others have agate "windows" with flecks of color in them. Jaspers are abundant on the campground (!) and in the surrounding area. Also we will visit the nearby abandoned Baghdad-Chase gold/copper mine and look for malachite, azurite, and chrysocolla. Guests are welcome.

On April 4 we will have a workshop at Todd and Christine Neikirk's house (1369 Hepner Ave in Eagle Rock, (323)256-4992). We'll start at 1pm and have a potluck at 4:30pm (please bring your own place settings). Society members will help guide new and regular members working on the projects of their choosing. Equipment on hand includes slab saws, trim saws, cabbing machines, and work tables. Feel free to bring your own equipment and materials as well. Cost is $1 per person to cover electricity at the workshop. Guests are welcome to observe.

On April 14 we will have a board meeting at 7:30pm at the Indy-Mac Bank on the corner of Santa Anita and Foothill in Arcadia. All members are welcome. 
Saturday, March 06, 2004
  General meetings will be held at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of every month at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, fieldtrips, and other club activities.  
  Our annual club show for 2004 will be held Saturday, March 13 10am-6pm and Sunday March 14 10am-5pm, at the San Marino Masonic Center at 3130 Huntington Drive in San Marino. For more information call (626) 355-6964 or (626) 914-5030. 
The Pasadena Lapidary Society is an educational non-profit community oriented organization dedicated to the American and California Mineralogical Societies standards in collecting, designing, assembly, and display of gem stones and minerals.

General meetings are held at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of every month at the Masonic Center in Sierra Madre at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Non-members are welcome. Please join us to learn about up-coming workshops, fieldtrips, and other club activitie

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