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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. October 2017, Volume 55, Issue 10

    K. Kish

    OGMS Editor

    P.O. Box 246 Oxnard, Ca.


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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. October 2017, Volume 55, Issue 10

    The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society is a non-profit organization formed to increase our knowledge in geology, mineralogy and other such related fields in the earth sciences. We classify, cut, grind and polish rocks and minerals for

    our personal collections and to display at club shows. We learn from each other through club speakers, programs and

    monthly fieldtrips. We co-operate with other clubs to encourage others to participate in our activity.

    The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society is a member of the State of California Federation of Mineralogical Society and the

    National Federation of Mineralogical Society.

    Meeting held: 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. Potlucks: 6:30 P.M.

    Pebble Pups meet each month at 6:00 P.M. prior to the meeting

    Place: Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA (Thousand Oaks Room)

    Dues: $15.00 per adult; $2.00 per junior member (age 12 to 18 years)

    OGMS Officers for 2017 President Stephanie Hagiwara 1st Vice President (Program) Stephanie Hagiwara

    2nd Vice President (Show) Diane Cook

    3rd Vice President (Field trips) Bob Driskell

    Recording Secretary Laura Driskell Treasurer

    Miriam Tetreault

    Appointed Officers Corresponding Secretary Laura Driskell


    Displays/Exhibits Open

    Editor Karen Kish

    e-mail:info@oxnardgem.com Education Director Donna Knapton


    Federation Director John Cook

    Historian open Hospitality Janice Albertsen

    Librarian Kathy Scharf

    Member at Large Adrian Ruiz

    Membership Secretary Carolyn Howe Publicity Stephanie Hagiwara


    Pebble Pups

    Laura Driskell

    Louisa Carey

    Refreshments Scholarships

    Candy Marshall Kay Hara

    Sergeant at Arms Larry Knapton


    Shop Steward Ways and Means

    Stephanie Hagiwara

    Jean pSmith Larry Knapton

    Classes: Silversmithing & Casting: Nancy Bogart, Jean p-Smith, Kirsten Meeker

    Lapidary, Opal & Wirewrap: Kay Hara, Brett Johnson

    Location: Durley Park, 950 West Hill Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

    Editor: All members are encouraged to offer an article of interest or any suggestions as to what their interests

    are and what they’d like to see in the Rock Bag. Remember it is your bulletin! Articles can be submitted by

    an e-mail attachment or in writing by the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Thanks, Editor

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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. October 2017, Volume 55, Issue 10

    President’s Message

    Fall has arrived and it is Trona time. The 76th Annual Gem-O-Rama is fast approaching at Searles Lake.

    This month, OGMS members will be among the first to learn how pink halite research will be used in finding

    life on Mars. I have to say, anyone who also attends this year’s Gem-O-Rama, will be a wellspring of

    knowledge for our fellow rockhounds.

    It is hard to top the opportunity to learn about and collect our Show’s featured mineral as we get ready for

    our 2017 Show. I would like to thank Adrian Ruiz for his Tourmaline Presentation and leading the field trip

    to the mines.

    We are starting the process of nominating officers. Now is the time to let Carolyn Howe and Louisa Carey

    know if you are willing to serve as an officer. We can always use fresh ideas in making our club a fun place

    for everyone interested in all areas of our hobby.

    Stephanie Hagiwara - President

    October Program

    “Pink Halite – Bacteria In The Brine” - Join us on October 4th, as Aaron J. Celestian, Ph.D., of the Natural

    History Museum of Los Angeles, gives us the latest research that is being conducted at Searles Lake, CA.

    Pink halite is more than a pretty rock salt. Here is a look at why Trona is such a unique place. Research at

    Trona is being used as a model for astrobiology and searching for life on Mars.

    Stephanie Hagiwara – 1st VP Programs

    October Pebble Pups Program Calling all Pebble Pups!

    Wednesday October 4th 2017

    Join us on October 4th , as Aaron J Celestian PhD shares with the Pebble Pups about Pink Halite.

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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. October 2017, Volume 55, Issue 10

    Field Trips

    2017 Field Trip Information (by sponsoring club): (VGMS) Field Trip Leader; Luther Brown. Phone: 805-312-8467 E-mail: ravenwolf2@att.net (OGMS) Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society - www.oxnardgem.com or Facebook Field Trip page: www.facebook.com/OGMS.Excursions/events Use the new sign-up page so we know you plan to come! Pick a trip, get location information, maps, and sign up! http://whoscoming.com/vgms

    Upcoming Events

    Trona Gem-O-Rama, Searles Lake, CA

    October 14-15.

    Saturday 7:30AM to 5PM -

    Sunday 7:30AM to 4PM

    SLG&MS Lapidary and Show Building

    13337 Main St. (corner of Main & Trona Rd.) A fun, if messy, trip. Bring buckets, shovels,

    gloves, and clothes you don’t mind throwing away (the salts destroy them). Halite,

    hanksite, trona and various other salt minerals will be collected. This is a FEE site. See

    flyer for more information at: http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/FLYER.htm

    25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival, Big Sur, CA

    October 6th-8th: Fri. (12am-6pm),

    Sat. (10am-6pm), Sun. (10am-5pm).


    There were extensive road closures due to rock slides; Hwy. 1 route is inaccessible. You

    will need to come from inland towards Hunter Liggett. Check their website for further

    information. http://bigsurjadefest.com/

    http://whoscoming.com/vgms http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/FLYER.htm

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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. October 2017, Volume 55, Issue 10

    Rock Shows

    October 7 - 8: BORON, CA

    Mojave Mineralogical Society

    Boron Community Center

    26998 John Street. Hours: 9 - 4 daily

    Contact: Bruce Davies, (760) 338-


    Email: daviesb@yahoo.com

    Web Site:



    October 7 - 8: GRASS VALLEY,


    Nevada County Gem & Mineral


    Nevada County Fairgrounds

    11228 McCourtney Road

    Hours: 10 - 5 daily

    Contact: Anita Wald-Tuttle, (530)


    Email: anitaw1t3@gmail.com

    Website: www.ncgms.org

    October 8: FALLBROOK, CA

    Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

    Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Building

    123 West Alvarado Street

    Hours: 9 - 4

    Contact: Janice Bricker, (760) 728-


    Email: fgms@sbcglobal.net

    Website: www.fgms.org

    October 14 - 15: TRONA, CA

    Searles Lake Gem & Mineral


    Gem Show Building

    13337 Main Street

    Hours: Sat 7:30 - 5; Sun 7:30 - 4

    Contact: Jim & Bonnie Fairchild,

    (760) 372-5356

    Email: slgms@iwvisp.com



    October 21: WEST HILLS, CA

    Woodland Hills Rock Chippers

    First United Methodist Church

    22700 Sherman Way

    Hours: 10 - 5

    Contact: Virginia Rotramel, (951)


    Email: ginigem1@gmail.com

    Website: www.rockchippers.org

    October 21 - 22: PLACERVILLE,


    El Dorado County Mineral & Gem


    El Dorado County Fairgrounds

    100 Placerville Drive

    Hours: 10 - 5 daily

    Contact: (530) 676-2472

    Email: info@rockandgemshow.org

    Club Website:


    The Birthstone for October is Opal

    Source: File:10 7cts Brazilian Crystal Opal.jpg -


    Source: File:SLOVAKIAN OPAL 12.jpg -


    http://www.ncgms.org/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:10_7cts_Brazilian_Crystal_Opal.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SLOVAKIAN_OPAL_12.jpg

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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. October 2017, Volume 55, Issue 10



    Dimensions on some features of a design can be fluid while others must be accurate for the design to work. When precision on a piece is important, good layout techniques are essential. These are the tools that I rely upon to get holes in the right place, to achieve correct angles, and to cut pieces the correct length. I like crisp sharp lines to follow, so I often coat surfaces with a dark marker and scribe my layout lines onto the metal. A square makes quick work of checking right angles or marking where to cut, and the t