Monday, September 23, 2013

Jewelry, Gem, Fossil & Mineral Show- Freeport IL

Click here for directions: Map to HCC (Pearl City Road is closed at Kiwanis)

PSA for Gem, Jewelry, Fossil and Mineral Show and Sale

“Northwest Illinois Rock Club will hold its annual Holiday Gem, Jewelry, Fossil and Mineral show and sale, November 9th &10th, at Highland Community College Student/Conference Center in Freeport, IL. Vendors from the Midwest will offer an array of fossils, minerals, gem stones, beads, jewelry, and gift items perfect for holiday gifts. Also featured are displays, lapidary demonstrations, a fun-filled children’s area, and geode opening.

Prestigious speakers for the event include:

Saturday, November 9 (in H127)

10:30 a.m. Volcanoes of the Solar System: From Earth to Neptune and Beyond

Steven M. Battaglia, Graduate Student, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

1:30 p.m. Dinosaurs on the Rocks: New Fossil Discoveries and Insights from the Frozen Continent

Josh Mathews, Research Assistant and Antarctic researcher, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

3:30 p.m. Close Encounters of the Solar Kind: Comet Ison’s November Rendezvous with the Sun

James Dole, Highland Community College Astronomy Instruction

                                                Sunday, Nov. 13 (in H127)

11:00 A.M.  The Business of Rocks: Stone Excavation, Cutting, Engraving and Sales in NW Illinois

Brandon Farnsworth, Fischer Companies, INC., Freeport, IL

2:00 p.m. Highway to Hell Creek 2013: An Example of Successful Collaboration, Education and Big Discoveries.

Scott Williams, Collections Manager, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL

Show hours are from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday and 10-4 p.m. Sunday in the Student/Conference Center. For more information call Brian Green at 815-745-2228.”

Monday, September 16, 2013

September 2013 meeting

Well gang it's time for summer to come to an end and for fall to creep in so that means our September meeting time is here, this Thursday the 19th 7:00PM at the Community Reformed Church 1421 W. Galena Ave. Freeport. If you have any new finds from the summer or even some old ones bring them along for show and tell to share with everyone. We have the show to discuss and get rolling on as well as other business. This weekend is the big lapidary auction out in Amana Iowa sat the 21st and sun. the 22nd. They have about anything you can think of for equipment and material to fine specimens. I will have the auction flyers at the meeting. Hope to see you Thursday.