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1 April: Breakfast Club at 8:30 am at Coco's on Oak Street just
south of California Avenue. 7 April: Board Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Veteran's Hall on Ridge
Road, just south of Heritage Park.

16 April: Free Admission Day at Buena Vista Museum of Natural
History, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 2018 Chester Avenue.

16 April: General Meeting, 7:30 pm at the Veteran's Hall on Ridge
Road, just south of Heritage Park.

     Tuesday, Jan 6th, 730 pm :  Board Meeting at the Veteran’s Hall on Ridge Road
     Wednesday, Jan. 7th, 8:30 am:  Breakfast Club at Coco’s on Oak Street near California Ave.
     Thursday, Jan. 15th, 7:30 pm:  General meeting at the Veteran’s Hall on Ridge Road
     Thursday, Jan. 15th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm:  Free admission day at Buena Vista Museum of 
          Natural History

Coming up in September:
    Board Meeting at Veteran's Hall, Tuesday Sept. 2, 7:30 pm.
    Breakfast Club at Coco's on Oak Street, Wed. Sept. 3, 8:30 am.
    Prepare grab bags for the Fair at Herm and Connie Rogers'
          home, Saturday Sept. 6, in the morning.
    Set up at Kern County Fair, Sunday Sept. 14 and Monday
          Sept. 15.
    General Meeting Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 pm, at the Mount
        Mernon Veteran's Hall.

BREAKFAST CLUB:  Come by the Coco's Restaurant on Oak Street just south of California Avenue this coming Wednesday, July 2nd.  The fun starts at 8:30.  Dalia Hernandez has been organizing this for 10 years now!  So much fun it should be illegal.


Dear Fans of KCMS:

I am temporarily suspending updates to this web page.  It's not "under construction", its PARALYZED.  The web company that has held our domain so far, Verio.com, uses a website design program called "easysite".  This is the most frustrating, user-hostile software I have ever experienced.  I will take a few days to see if I can migrate our domain to a user-friendly provider.  Presently I am unable to convince "easy site" to let me upload any images.


"Breakfast Club" meets Wednesday, June 4, at 8:30 am.

Board Meeting will be held in combination with Breakfast Club because our meeting hall is used as a poling place, and so will be unavailable on Tuesday.

"Bakersfield Alluvial Fan" collecting trip June 14th.  Meet at Steve and Cathy's, 6021 Shandon Lane 93306, at 8:00 am.  We will collect until it gets too hot, then gather for a potluck lunch.

General meeting:  Thursday, June 19th, at the Mt. Vernon Veteran's Hall.  ANNUAL POTLUCK DINNER, followed by an auction of donated valuable item.  TONS OF FUN, DON'T MISS IT!!!!
Dalia will begin setting up at 6:00 pm, dinner starts at 6:30, auction to follow.

Derricks to Desks

Our own Secretary, Sherlee Bailey, runs a really cool seminar about the oil and gas industry.  It's aimed at local science teachers.  Sherlee even has ways to get your participation fee paid by the industry.

Sherlee says:  "The seminar will be held at 1300 17th Street, Room B1, Bakersfield. It will start at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 14th with registration and continental breakfast. We will leave for a morning field trip at 8:00 a.m.". 

I'll show the brochure for the seminar below on this page .

Contact Sherlee at   sbailey@wspa.org

New paragraph

Carol Powers
led a dynamite local TV news promo video shot at Houchin Community Blood Bank.

It's a terrific preview of Kern County Astronomy Week, hosted by Houchin and produced by Kern Astronomical Society.  The two door prize telescopes are featured..

The link is ...


     Buena VIsta Museum of Natural History:           http://www.sharktoothhill.org/index.cfm

     Kern Astronomical Society                                http://www.kernastro.org/
     Bakersfield Mineral Mites                                   www.mineralmites.com 
     California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

     Tehachapi Gem & Mineral Society                      http://tvgmsinc.com

     Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society                  http://indianwells.weebly.com/

     Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society

     Mineralogical Society of Southern California       http://www.mineralsocal.org/

     Pasadena Lapidary Society                http://www.pasadenalapidarysociety.org/

If you are a member, or you would like to receive an e-copy (.pdf) of the latest (April) issue of our newsletter, THE PSEUDOMORPH,   PLEASE  e-mail starmstr1@bak.rr.com  (Steve Collett).


We just this afternoon (6 April) returned from a jolly collecting trip to the Clear Creek Recreation Area.  This BLM area had been closed for several years due to concerns about asbestos, and was re-opened for day use, by permit only, just recently.  Pictured are Cathy Collett, Sherlee Bailey, Dennis Huggins, and Steve Fleishauer.  Your faithful web dude is holding the camera.  Notice the magnetic sign on Judy Jeep.

We fond abundant serpentine (it's everywhere up there, and pretty much defines the area) and some nice jaspers, and something Dennis is calling plasma jasper.  There were some strange and lovely cross-banded rhyolites.  Lots of laughs also.  It was a really fun trip.  Time to fire up my slab saw.


  After this morning's Breakfast Club, Dennis Huggins and I went by J & L Graphics, the same folks who helped us with the shirts and caps, to pick up some magnetic signs I had ordered.  I have a few examples available for members who want them.  The photo shows it on the door of my van.  I have also ordered some 3" by 5" bumper stickers with a very similar design.


     Calling all KCMS members and friends:  Do you have e-pictures from KCMS events and activities that I can use to promote KCMS? 

     I'm working on a brochure to spread around town, and I need some better art.  We have in effect four promotional vehicles: 
          This web page
          Our Facebook page
          The Pseudomorph, and
          any paper brochure I can get out there for us. 

As your Publicity chairman, I ask you to comb through your old directories, and send any interesting pics to:
                                          starmstr1@bak.rr.com  (Steve Collett)

A club based in Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Mineral Society is a not-for-profit gathering of rockhounds and lapidary artists.  Our primary purpose is to promote education in the earth sciences.

Erika Bowen sent me this picture via the Kern County Mineral Society's Facebook page.  It shows Michael Jeude at Carrizo Plains National Monument.

This is a lateral offset of Wallace Creek on the San Andreas fault line. Erika and Mike were scoping out a potential field trip to the Carrizo Plains.

   March 28th 6pm -10 pm “Spectacular World of Science” was a SPECTACULAR success!!  Congratulations to Museum Director Koral Hancharick and all of the Buena Vista Museum people who made it possible for this event to come off almost without a hitch. 

Kern County Astronomy Day is being hosted by Houchin Community Blood Bank at their new facility on Bolthouse Drive, just off of Buena Vista Road, a mile or so south of Stockdale High School.

Astronomy Day is being presented by Kern Astronomical Society.  For detailed information, go to www.kernastro.org.

     The Kern County Mineral Society, Inc. was organized in 1935 to promote the study of mineralogy and allied earth sciences, to collect and sturdy minerals and rocks, to study and practice the techniques of jewelry making, to promote good fellowship, and good citizenship and to promote education in the earth sciences. We are a not-for-profit social group, interested in collecting rocks and minerals, learning lapidary techniques, sharing our experiences with each other and with our community, and promoting rockhounding and jewelry making hobbies throughout our community. We are a significant presence in hobby exhibits at the Kern County Fair.  Everyone is welcome to join KCMS.


      KCMS meets monthly, September through June. July and August are "dark" because those summer months are usually too hot for desert collecting trips.
      We have a newsletter, The Pseudomorph, edited and published by member/artist Gene Stirm.  To receive an e-copy (.pdf) of the most recent edition of the newsletter, or for any other information about KCMS, e-mail starmstr1@bak.rr.com

         KCMS meets the third Thursday of the month at the Mt. Vernon, Veteran’s Hall,  2101 Ridge Rd., Bakersfield, CA 93305 (just south of Heritage Park). Meetings begin at 7:30 pm, with a business meeting generally followed by an informational program, refreshments, and good fellowship.

It took four of us to load this rock!

      We try to do at least one field collecting trip each month. Many members also do additional collecting trips on their own. 

          Our KCMS also has a breakfast club, which meets the first Wednesday of every month. Breakfast club is a fun, social event, held at 8:30 am at Coco's at 955 Oak Street (south of California Avenue) in Bakersfield. 

Here's Gary Paddock, Co-Chairman (together with Herm and Connie Rogers) of Lapidary Exhibits a the Kern County Fair.  Gary was instrumental in our success at the 2013 Fair back in September, spending many hours each day at our exhibit area and representing Buena Vista Museum of Natural History.  Gary is currently interim President of the Board for Buena Vista Museum.  If you have an opportunity, visit the Museum!  Many excellent Buena VIsta exhibits deal with fossils, minerals, and geology.

As long as we're talking about the Fair, here's a shot of Steve Collett's Best-In-Show exhibit about Jaspers, Kern County Fair, September 2013. Steve is your not-so-humble webdude.

                KCMS is proud to support Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

                                    Visit http://www.sharktoothhill.org.


     I've just come back from J&L Custom Embroidery.  They'll be starting on our screen-printed T-shirts and embroidered caps very soon.  Watch this space!

         Kern County Mineral Society is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
                        and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

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