2019 LA County Fair Ticket Winners

As a thank you for holding the 2019 CFMS Annual Show & Convention at the Fairplex, the management had given PLS complimentary tickets to the LA County Fair. We wanted to pass these tickets on to two lucky PLS members (two tickets each). Joe and Marcia Goetz recently picked names out of a hat and the winners were Marlene Kyte and Jim Robb. Congratulations to both!

The LA County Fair runs from August 31 to September 23.

2019 CFMS Annual Show & Convention Announcement

Representing 100 gem and rockhound clubs statewide, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies proudly presents its 2019 CFMS Annual Show & Convention – California’s Natural Treasures. We invite you to attend and experience…

Mountains, deserts, and the Pacific Ocean have endowed our state with uniquely rich geological resources – and a richly diverse history, with people coming from all over the world to mine, study, build, and make things of beauty. We celebrate them all.

Educational displays, activities for kids, fine jewelry, and lapidary crafts – from stone pendants in colors chosen by Mother Earth to polished spheres like planets – you’ll find rock-related fun on all sides and demonstrators to show you how it’s all done. For the whole family, we’re sharing an exciting way to enjoy Nature through the rockhounding hobby. Don’t miss the Raffle!

June Events

June 9th – 2019 Show Committee Meeting at Peppertree Cafe, 1020 E. Rte. 66, Glendora beginning at 11:00 am

June 10th – Workshop

  • At the PLS Workshop Rock Carving for Beginners – Have you ever thought you might like to try your hand at making a cameo or other pictorial carvings? There’s a great opportunity coming to the PLS Workshop this summer, starting this Sunday, June 10.

June 16th – 2018 Picnic

June 19th – Program Meeting 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm Pasadena Central library

  • Paolo Sanchez- Micrometeorites and where to find them
  • Alyson N – Blue Forest Petrified Wood Deposit in Wyoming

2018 PLS Picnic

PLS Annual Picnic!!!

Saturday, June 16th
Arcadia Park, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia 91006
Enter the parking lot on west side of Santa Anita Ave. near the tennis courts, look for blue and yellow streamers.


  • 10:00 am – Set Up
  • 11:00 am to 2:00 pm – Fun
  • 2:30 pm – Clean Up

Please bring a dish to share and chairs or blankets.
Contact Mona Ross to sign up.

2018 Show Announcement

Pasadena Lapidary Society Holds Annual Gem Show, March 10-11

60th Annual ‘Tournament of Gems’ Returns to San Marino

Pasadena Lapidary Society (PLS) presents its 60th annual Tournament of Gems, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 2018. Titled “Can You Dig It!!!”, this year’s show will feature Society members’ display cases of beautiful gemstones, mineral and fossil specimens, member-created jewelry and artwork; demonstrations of lapidary techniques such as wire wrapping, bending, cabochon grinding, and other jewelry-making skills. Several dealers will be present, selling goods that range from minerals to beads and gems, lapidary tools and everything in between. In the kids’ corner, children can try their luck at the Treasure Wheel and Sand Scoop for goodies. There will be grab bags for sale, a silent auction will be held both days and raffle tickets can be purchased to win some impressive prizes, many of which are hand-made jewelry and other treasures produced by PLS members. Club field trips and other information will be available, along with a new member sign-up table.

Inspiring and educational, the gem show provides an opportunity for families and individuals to explore the world of gem, mineral, rock and fossil hunting, earth sciences and the lapidary arts without leaving town. Pasadena Lapidary Society members go on field trips, find and identify specimens, then bring them home to turn dull (or pretty) stones into works of art.

This event will be held Saturday, March 10 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, March 11 from 10 am to 5 pm, at the San Marino Masonic Center, 3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino, 91108. Admission and parking are free. For information, please call (626) 260-7239, talk/text to (727) 512-0381; email info@pasadenalapidary.org. Visit our website at https://pasadenalapidary.org/events/2018-03.

About PLS: The Pasadena Lapidary Society serves to educate its members and the community in mineralogy, earth sciences and training in the lapidary and jewelry arts – while promoting sound mineral resource stewardship based on environmental awareness and ethical behavior. Now in its 72nd year, the Society fulfills its mission year-round with a variety of activities, including field trips, lapidary workshops, outreach presentations, public mineral displays, an annual club show and monthly informational meetings open to the public. Visit our website at https://pasadenalapidary.org, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pasadenalapidarysociety and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PasaLapidary. Our monthly program meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month (except December) in the Donald Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library at 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101, from 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm, and are open to the public. Free admission.

Scam targeting rockhounds!

CFMS sent this notice out to clubs. Please be cautious! Your personal information is valuable!

Dear CFMS Societies,

Warning! It has been brought to our attention that there is a SCAM out there targeting rockhounds. It’s an e-mail with Subject: “2018 Gem and Mineral Show Volunteer Sign Up Invite”, From: “Nancy Howerter” info@signupgenius.com. Please ignore it.

As always, when the CFMS sends you an email announcement the subject will always state; CFMS Electronic Communication Announcement: (and title of the announcement).

If you are planning on registering for the 2018 AFMS/EFMLS Show & Convention go to the AFMS website, click on SHOWS, then click on 2018 SHOW. The registration forms for the various events will be there.