You know the stuff, minerals, gems and lapidary. Monrovia Rockhounds are having their 49th Annual Gem & Mineral show at the LA Arboretum this weekend. Its not a huge event, but it is jam-packed with all sorts of gems and minerals including geodes and fossils that makes it worth the time it takes to go through it all.
I have known Janie Duncan a very active member and vice-president of the group for years. The Rockhounds’ booth at the Celebrate the Arts held each fall in town is extremely popular with the kids. As with this weekends event, the $2 buck grab bags are always cheap way to entertain the kids and teach them a thing or two about rocks.
Even more popular with the kids, especially middle-school aged boys is the polished hematite. They are shiny silver. They are magnetic. Two hematites together can be tossed lightly in the air and they will connect and bounce off each other until you catch them. The noise is not unlike the pops and cracks of little firecrackers increasing in staccato as they drop. Grab a pair and see for yourself.
Details: March 7 & 8, 2009, 9AM – 4:30PM daily. Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia CA 91007.