Stunning agates and jaspers were found on the Lavic Siding fieldtrip…thanks to Jay Valle for leading the trip and to all the folks who braved the heat on this last day of Fieldtrips from the 2010 AFMS/CFMS Show and Convention.
Click thru to see more shots from the trip…courtesy of Christopher Lesso.

Stunning agates and jaspers were found on the Lavic Siding fieldtrip…thanks to Jay Valle for leading the trip and to all the folks who braved the heat on this last day of Fieldtrips from the 2010 AFMS/CFMS Show and Convention.

Click thru to see more shots from the trip…courtesy of Christopher Lesso.

Join Renee Newman on Sunday June 20th from 1-3pm in the Herb Garden at the AFMS/CFMS Gem Show & Convention.

Meet The Author - Renee Newman, GG

This is the opportunity that all you gem lovers, collectors, cutters and sellers have been waiting for!  Get the latest from popular author and gemologist, Renee Newman.

Sunday, June 20th from 1pm to 3pm in the Herb Garden

Ms. Newman will be signing books - she will have all of her books available for sale but especially her two latest!  The widely acclaimed “Exotic Gems Vol. 1” and the newly updated “Pearl Buying Guide”.

The AFMS/CFMS Gem Show & Convention is proud to welcome an author of this magnitude. 

Speakers Schedule

Speakers Program

Friday,  June 18th:

    1:00 PM:  Walt Wright  -   Petrified  Wood and Where It Grew - understand what turns wood to stone…in this talk with Walt Wright, a premiere paleo-botanist will talk about Petrified Wood and will have time for a question and answer session.

Saturday, June 19th:

    10:30 am: Sandie & Tony Fender - Mount St. Helens 30 Years Later!   …this couple has made many trips to St. Helens to check the results of the devastation and the slow ecological comeback of the area following the eruption of Mount St. Helens 30 years ago.

    1:00 pm: Bob Jones  -  A Rockhound Tour of England - freshly back from a tour on London and the surrounding areas…this trip was captured in the Oct 2009 edition of Rock & Gem magazine where Bob is the Senior Editor.

    2:30 pm: Dr. Allen Schaffert -  The Great Bone Wars - …also known as the “Great Dinosaur Rush”, refers to a period of intense fossil speculation and discovery during the Gilded Age of American history, marked by a heated rivalry between two of the leading paleontologists of the era.

    3:30 am: Walt Wright  -  History of Petrification of Trees and Plants - Walt will draw from his display of 125 specimens of petrified wood from around the world for this talk - there will also be time for a Q&A - don’t miss this chance to talk to one of the leaders in this field.

Sunday, June 20th:

Junior Rockhound Theatre

All day we will be presenting short films for the kid in all of us!  Thanks to the wonderful people at BlueCap Productions we will be bringing their popular Tucson premiere of “Rockhound Theatre” to Southern Calif.

We will present a “Jr. Rockhound Theatre” all day - join us for a range of video about crystal treasure hunting, digging for gems and their bestseller “What’s Hot In Tucson - 2009”…all the fun without the dirt.

The New Crystal Hunters series brings kids together as they dig in the dirt hunting for crystals in several locations - we will see Pala and Arkansas.

http://www.newcrystalhunters.com/

Photos courtesy Mindat.com - Photo Copyright © The-Vug.com and http://www.zzyzxgallery.com

Moorpark College photos from http://www.edmar-co.com/adriano/field/CascadeCanyon/CascadeCyn.html

Locality: Cascade Canyon, San Antonio Canyon, San Gabriel Mtns, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

Cascade Canyon Corundum Wed., June 23rd

The Cascade Canyon Corundum deposit has been known about for over a century, yet never included in field guides or well known to the mineral collecting community.

Justin Zzyzx will guide you on a half mile paved/rocky path and across a river where you can cool off after a June day collecting red and purple corundum crystals embedded in matrix. The crystals glow a bright red under SW and LW light and in addtion, small pyrite and epidote crystals are also found along with the red corundum.

This is June - remember to dress in layers bring a pack to carry out your finds and lots of water.  (Hard Hike - not for beginners) 

Tools: Bug Spray, sunscreen, backpack, any size hammer (from rockhammer to any size short handle sledge), Chisels, However, no tools are really needed as the best collecting tip is to pick up promising small boulders and hand sized pieces to be worked at home. 

You will have to; hop off a dirt trail into a wild canyon, cross a briskly refreshing stream 8 feet wide (rock hopping) and walk in a rugged river valley. It is a very short hike, but a trail-less wilderness near the collecting spot.

We are going to the San Antonio Canyon/Mt. Baldy Fee area, you will need an Adventure pass, which can be purchased in advanced at a location pointed at here http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/vendors.php 

Google map of the area:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114302160509418778244.0004886bafe1879f0d76e&z=16

Check out event page for more details and come by the Zzyzx Gallery (http://www.zzyzxgallery.com) any Thursday - Saturday 12-5 for a free map to the collecting location. 

Reservations can be made by emailing Robyn Hawk at:

robynahawk at yahoo.com

2010 AFMS/CFMS Show and Convention

2010 AFMS/CFMS ShowAT: So. CA Univ. of Health Sciences16200 E. Amber Valley Dr., Whittier, CA 90604Just once in every seven years does the West Coast get the chance to host the National Show & Convention…Vendors, Games, Speakers, Jr. Rockhound Theatre, Gold Panning, Fossils, Minerals, Gems and a Petrified Forest!
http://rockgemmineralclubs.blogspot.com/2010/05/gem-show-speakers-and-field-trips.html

Jalama Beach field Trip - Wednesday, June 23rd

AFMS/CFMS Show & Convention  June 18th - 20th