Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society, Chicago, IL
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society

Calendar of Events
Club events are highlighted in yellow.
Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday
of the month (except July & August)

(Just click on the green "+" sign to see the month's events.)
Last Updated: 10/12/2017


OpenSeptember 2017
September 9, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: Dave Rice of the Rock River Valley Gem & Minerals Society
Topic: Coal Mining

Welcome back!! It is that time of year again for us to get together and discuss what we did on our summer vacations. Write your "What I Did Over Summer Vacation" paper and have Rachele publish it in the newsletter.

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

September 16, 2017
(Sa)

Rock River Valley Gem & Mineral Society — Rock, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Swap Meet
Sa: 9:30am - 4pm. Rain or Shine. Free Admission.
Bring it, Swap it, Buy it, and Sell it. $20 space donation for 10 ft. by 10 ft.

Odd Fellows Hall, 6219 Forest Hills Rd. Rockford, IL

Info: John Wood, 815-978-6960; rrvgms@gmail.com.

OpenOctober 2017
October 14, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: Mark Kuntz, Geology Unit Adjunct Faculty at Elgin Community College
Topic: Mazon Creek and the Tully Monster

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

October 11, 2017
(Sa-Su)

National Fossil Day
For more information, go to http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday

October 20-22, 2017
(Fr-Su)

Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society's Annual Show
Fr: 10am-6pm, Sa: 10am-6pm, Su: 10am-5pm

Allen County Fairgrounds, Home & Family Arts Bldg 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, IN.

Info: Visit their website at http://3riversgem_mineral.tripod.com/annualshow/

October 20-22, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Central Michigan Lapidary and Mineral Society Rock Swap
Fr: 6pm-9pm Sa: 10am-6pm, Su: 11am-5pm

Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, MI.

Info: Visit their website at http://www.michrocks.org/annual-show/show-info.html

October 21-22, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Des Moines Lapidary and Central Iowa Mineral Societies' Show
Sa: 9am-5pm, Su: 10am-4pm
Vendors, youth activities, exhibits, and more.

Iowa State Fairgrounds, Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Ctr., 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA.

Info: Visit their website at www.dmlapidary.org

October 21-22, 2017
(Sa-Su)

South Suburban Earth Science Club Fossil, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Sa: 10am-5pm, Su: 10am-5pm

Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL.

Info: Daniel & Peggy Bolm (708) 822-0361, email: peggyjanekb@comcast.net.

October 28-29, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Black Hawk Gem & Minerals Club's Fall Show
Sa: 10am-6pm, Su: 10am-3:30pm

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA.

Info: Kellie & Craig Moore, (563) 445-3034, email: kalsinean@gmail.com

OpenNovember 2017
November 4-5, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Racine Geological Society Rock, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Sa: 10am-5pm, Su: 10am-4pm
Dealers, club displays, rock and mineral identification, hourly silent auctions.

Fountain Banquet Hall, 8505 Durand Ave. (Hwy. 11), Sturtevant, WI

Info: Visit their website at: http://racinegeologicalsociety.weebly.com/ Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/racinegeologicalsociety/ or contact John Lowman at: 262-989-9193, e-mail: racinegeological.soc@gmail.com.

November 11, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

November 11-12, 2016
(Sa-Su)

Northwest Illinois Rock Club Annual Gem & Mineral Show
Sa: 9am-5pm, Su: 10am-4pm
Dealers in gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads and more. Lapidary demonstrations, children's games, speakers and displays.

Highland Community College, Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport IL.

Info: Visit their website at http://nwilrockclubfrpt.blogspot.com. Or, contact Brian Green (815) 745-2228, e-mail: bgreen57@hotmail.com.

November 17-19, 2017
(Fr-Sa)

St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show
Fr; 3pm-7pm, Sa: 10am-7pm, Su: 10am-5pm

Affton White Rogers Community Center, 9801 McKenzie Rd., St. Louis, MO

Info: Visit their website at http://www.stlrockclub.com, or contact Melissa Pernica (636) 861-3865, e-mail: meliss5301@aol.com.

November 21-22, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Madison Gem & Mineral Club Annual Show
Sa: 9:30am-5pm, Su: 10am-5pm
Mineral specimens, jewelry, crystals, beads, cabochons, rough rock, and fossils, special exhibits, and more.

Alliant Energy Center, Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI

Info: Visit their website at http://www.madisonrockclub.org. Or, contact Nevin Franke (608) 251-2601.

OpenDecember 2017
December 8-10, 2017
(Fr-Su)

International Gem and Jewelry Show
Fr: 12pm-6pm, Sa: 10am-6pm, Su: 11am-5pm — $8 admission or free with prepaid admissions card with club membership. Active military FREE with current ID (offer includes immediate family). No children under 8 or strollers allowed.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont,IL.

Info: Visit their website at: https://www.intergem.com/shows/upcoming-shows/chicago-il-december-8-10

December 9, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM! It's a Party!!
We're celebrating the Holidays! It's our annual Holiday Potluck Dinner! Bring your appetite & a dish to pass.

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenJanuary 2018
January 13, 2018
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenFebruary 2018
February 10, 2018
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!
Come celebrate our 71st Birthday!!

Speakers: TBD
Topic: TBD

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenMarch 2018
March 10, 2018
(Sa)

CRMS 69th Annual Silent Auction, 6 to 9 PM!
First table closes at 6:30 PM. Free admission and parking.
Bid on rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils, geodes, handmade jewelry, lapidary materials, books, magazines and much more! Special selection just for kids. Families welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments available.

No Geo Juniors Meeting due to the auction.

St. Peter's United Church of Christ — Gymnasium
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton, across from the Skokie Public Library).

Info: Visit our Auction page

March 24-25, 2018
(Sa-Su)

Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI) Mineral and Fossil Show
Sa: 10-5, Su: 10-4. Free admission and parking. Dealers, live and silent auctions, demonstrations, museum and special exhibits, book sales, kids' corner, and geode cracking.

DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL.

Info: Visit their website http://www.esconi.org/esconi_earth_science_club/esconi-gem-mineral-show/

OpenApril 2018
April 7-8, 2018
(Sa-Su)

Des Plaines Valley Geological Society's 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry and Lapidary Arts Show
Sa: 9:30-5, Su: 10-4. Admission - Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.00, Students with School ID $1.00, Children under 12 FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Gem, mineral, fossil and jewelry dealers, silent auction, educational exhibits, lapidary demonstrations, gold panning, kids' room, and raffles.

Des Plaines Park District Leisure Center, 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines, IL.

Info: Visit their website at http://www.desplainesgeologyclub.org.

April 14, 2018
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: Chris Clemens Chapter President, Midwest Chapter of the Fluorescent Mineral Society
Topic: Expect a glowing presentation at this meeting! Chris will give us a dazzling presentation about the different types of rocks and minerals that glow under different types of ultraviolet light. Chris is also bringing some UV lights so if you have ever wondered if a certain specimen of yours fluoresces bring it to the meeting and find out.

This is also the night of our Spring Pot Luck So bring your appetitie & a dish to pass!

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

April 20, 2018
(Su)

Lecture by Dr. Ted Daeschler from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia
Title: "Great Steps in the History of Life: The Origin of the Limbed Vertebrates"

Sponsored by ESCONI, College of DuPage STEM Outreach, the Field Museum, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Paleontological Society.
Fri: 7:30 pm. Free admission.

Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1234, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn

Info: http://www.esconi.org/ or http://www.cod.edu/STEMinar.

OpenMay 2018
May 5-6, 2018
(Sa-Su)

21st Annual Art in the Park
Sa: 10-5 Su: 10-5. Admission is free.
Members of the West Suburban Lapidary Club demonstrate their lapidary skills and share lots of information with visitors inside the Lizzadro Museum, while in the park there are more than 100 juried artists from the Midwest in the art fair.

Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect, Elmhurst, IL.

Info: Call (639) 712-6541 or visit their website at: https://www.rglmarketingforthearts.com/art-in-wilder-park.php.

May 12, 2018
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: CRMS member Lyle Backus
Topic: The most magical and mysterious of gems - opals.

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

May 26-27, 2018
(Sa-Su)

Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association (CGMA) 42nd Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show
Sa: 10-6, Su: 10-5.
Adults - $5.00, seniors - $3.00, students (13-17) - $3.00. Active service personnel with ID, scouts in uniform, and children under 13 free.
2-day passes also available.
Free parking. Camping Available - Call (630) 377-0197.
Over 30 retail and wholesale dealers of gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, books, and much more. Special exhibits by museums and private collectors, gold panning, Kids Korner, silent auction, and door prizes. Live demonstrations of jewelry making, opal cutting, metalsmithing, glass fusing, gem tree creation, and wire-wrapping. Air-conditioned. Food available. Wholesale room requires state tax ID and trade credentials.

The clubs that make up CGMA are Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society (Skokie), West Suburban Lapidary Club (Elmhurst), Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI, Glen Ellyn), South Suburban Earth Science Club (Park Forest), Des Plaines Valley Geological Society (Des Plaines), Elgin Rock Club (Elgin), and Northeast Illinois Gold Prospectors (Mokena).

Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174

Info: Visit Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association website at: http://www.cgma.rocks/. Or, contact them at (630) 377-0197 or e-mail cgma41@gmail.com.

OpenJune 2018
June 9, 2018
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM! Potluck dinner so bring your appetite and a dish to pass.

CRMS Officer Elections will be taking place at this meeting.

Speaker: Paul Mayer, Fossil Invertebrate Collections Manager, Field Museum
Topic: 430 million year old Silurian reefs of Northeastern Illinois including common fossils found in the Chicago area.

Geo Juniors Meeting at 6:15pm!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenJuly 2018
OpenAugust 2018


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