About Us

The San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society is located in Bakersfield, California. We are a group of rock hounds dedicated to the sharing of knowledge about the lapidary arts. We meet weekly for workshops in lapidary, silversmith, and wire wrapping/beading. We were founded in 2005, and are incorporated as a 501 (c) 3. Part of our focus is education, and offer a program for area elementary school 4th and 6th graders that supplements their geology studies.

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

Friday, April 10, 2015



25-26SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium; Corner Church St. & Center St.; Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-5pm; Admission $5, under 12 free 25-26LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Antelope Valley Gem and Mineral Club, Lancaster High School; 44701 32nd St West; Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm; Admission is Free 


2-3PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Santa Lucia Rockhounds, Paso Robles Event Center (Fairgrounds); 2198 Riverside Ave.; Sat. 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Adults $3.00, active military free, Seniors $3.00, Students Under 16 free, 


 12-14LODI, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; California Federation of Mineralogical Societies Show, Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair; 413 East Lockeford St.; Fri. 10 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm; Adults $6.00, Children under 12 Free with adult  


April 25: Mojave desert, meet at Harbor Freight parking lot at 8 am for ride sharing. Trip includes Gem Hill, and Lonely Butte

May 8-10: Hooney Claim near Bridgeport. Meet at Don Reading’s home at 6:30 am.

CFMS Field Trips - North and Sacramento Mineral Society Field Trip
DAVIS CREEK, CA, July 19 - 20, 2014 MEET - Lassen Creek Campground,  9:00 AM
DIRECTIONS TO SITE/CAMP - From Alturas go North on Hwy 395 to Davis Creek Store, obtain permit, continue to County Road 47. Go East on County Road 47 and follow COOP signs on road. MEET - Lassen Creek Campground,  9:00 AM
     The general meeting of SJVLS on March 21,2015 was called to order at 9:41 a.m. Sally asked for approval of the minutes. Bernie moved to approve the minutes, Barbara seconded, and the minutes were approved. President's report; Sally reported that Tim got the Tracphone for the club for club exclusive business. It has been paid for one year. CFMS dues have been paid for the year. Treasurer's report; there were no bills to be paid reported. There were no reports from the vice-president or the secretary. Field trip coordinator report; Bernie stated that the Jasper Hill field trip took place Mar 15, and the Area 54 field trip will leave from the parking lot at Harbor Freight at 6:00 a.m.  Mar 15. Up-coming trip on April 25 to Lonely Butte, Gem Hill, and Round Mountain Rd. will have more details at the next meeting. Garden Fest Report; Barbara stated that a meeting for the Jewelry portion of the show will take place Mar. 31, at her place. CFMS  director report; Camp Paradise will take applications after May 1st, Marvin stated. He also reported the BLM is working on closing 15 collecting sites. There were no SJVLS Director's reports.
      Unfinished business; Gene motioned that the Club get a P.O.box. Lori seconded the motion and it passed.
     New business; Sally suggested that the club take a break the day before Easter April 4th. The next general meeting will take place on April 25th due to Garden Fest being on the 3rd Sat.
Lori made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:13 a.m. The meeting was followed by a demonstration on enameling by club member Gene. Respectfully submitted, Donna Secretary


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