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Christmas In November is coming to the VFW on November 15....


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NEWS - Our November 15 meeting will be at the VFW at 6:30 p.m...

  • The November 15 meeting will feature "Christmas in November", where members can reserve a half or full table to sell items to other club members. Sign up at the October meeting or contact Janet Ryan.
  • The Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 9 at the VFW with social time at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be a potluck with the main dish (ham) provided by the club. Sign up no later than at the November 15 meeting. Cost is $5.00 per person.
  • Please check your newsletter for more information on the "Pebble Pups" program for young rockhounds. This program is led by Steven Veatch and other volunteers. Check out the Pebble Pups own website. To check out this site CLICK HERE!!
  • Here is a great resource on the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum website. Check out the MMGM@HOME page link at the top of the page. To check out this site CLICK HERE!!
  • The club has a lease with the City of Traverse City to use the equipment room in the Carnegie building (Crooked Tree Arts Center)on Sixth Street. Open work room sessions are available. You must be a member, have taken the cabochon class to use the work room. You must register in advance due to the limited number of machines. E-mail to sign up for a work session. Remember, the workroom is not to be used for commercial puposes.
  • The 2023 Keweenaw Minerals Days were held August 4 - 12, 2023.... You can visit the website by clicking on the underlined event name above to find out the details. The organized events were on Friday, August 4 at the Seasman Mineral Museum. The remainder of the time was 15% off purchases at the Museum and Keweenaw Gem and Gift, and free admission to the museum for registered participants. No collecting events were offered through Michigan Tech in 2023. The event dates were changed this year to be the same as those offered by the Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club that offered collecting events.
  • The 2023 Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club show was held on August 5. There were two collecting events this year. Friday, August 4 was a collecting trip to the Republic Iron Mine. Sunday, August 6 was a trip to the Lindburg Quarry to collect Kona Dolomite. For details, check their website from our Sponsors/Links page.
  • The Copper Country Rock and Mineral Club held their collecting and social events, August 6 through 11, 2022. Collecting trips to the Cliff, Seneca, Central, and Wolverine were scheduled from August 7 through 11. Follow the link to their web site from our Sponsors/Links page. The CCRMC Rock and Mineral show was August 11, 12, and 13.
  • Various instructors will be teaching beginning cabochon classes, silversmithing, and wire wrapping classes. E-mail to sign up for a class. Remember, you must be a member of the club to participate in these or other classes. There are class size limits.
  • Be sure to check the calendar and the GTARMC newsletter for further updates!
  • The 2023 Petoskey Stone Festival was held at Barnes Park in Eastport on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Check the festival website by clicking on the event title for more information or check their Facebook page.
  • FUN

  • ROCKPUPS - YOUNG AND OLD - For some rockin' fun, click HERE for a fun word search!!
  • This page link has many fun activities for the young geologist. The rest of the site covers other fun science subjects. To check out this site CLICK HERE!!
  • Here is an great page from Canada called "Rocks for Kids". Lots of places for learning and fun. CLICK HERE!!