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Gem & Mineral Tailgate Party Like a Swap Meet for Rocks

The Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club held their annual tailgate campout over the weekend of March 8-9. The event is like a swap meet of sorts, with the attendees being “rock hounds,” and the coveted items being, well, rocks!

The venue for this event is a plot of sand in the desert seven miles out towards some hills, on a graded dirt portion of Stoddard Wells Road.


I’ve been interested in gems and minerals since I was a small child, after our neighbor gave me a “kit” identifying many different minerals and stones. He was a geologist, and to this day I wonder what my life would be like had I opted to become one, too. Instead I became a graphic designer, an art form of sorts, but not the lapidary arts, which I still find fascinating.


So, I packed up my 4-year-old granddaughter, Angelina, into my low-profile vehicle, and we headed out to the rock hound tailgate party. To my delight, she was quite taken with the different varieties and the many colors that rocks come in. For a girl who wants to be a ballerina, it was fun to see her eyes light up at the pretty sights, and also that she plopped right down on the dirt to play with some of her purchases.


Vendor Row was a series of trailers, tents and motor homes with folding tables set up to display the wares being sold. Mostly these items were of the gem and mineral category, including chunks of raw material, polished stones, faceted gems, figurines, jewelry, beads, and more. There were beautiful crystals and gemstones from as far away as Iraq and the Orient. If you’re into this kind of thing, it was pure pleasure to browse among the vendors. And the prices were beyond reasonable! What fun. The only problem with buy rocks is that they are heavy. We had to make three trips to the car to dump off our purchases.


There was one vendor that offered more than just rocks, and was reminiscent of your typical swap meet seller. He offered me the biggest bargain of all: 50 cans of Playdough in every color imaginable for $5 bucks! Angelina was thrilled with this purchase, but only was able to carry it about half-way to the car before admitting it was too heavy (this is where grandmas really come in handy).


In addition to the stones themselves, there was all kinds of equipment for sale to be used to manipulate them into all of their beautiful final products. And, some of the vendors were using their equipment to give demonstrations on this very subject.


This was much more fun than just picking up a rock or two when out traveling. The satisfaction of seeing so many varieties in one place made it a field day (literally)!


The club has regular meetings, educational lectures and workshops for those interested in this fun hobby. The VVGMC Tailgate Party is an annual event. You’ll definitely want to put this event on your calendar for next March. The clubhouse is located at 15056-B 7th Street, Victorville. You can get more information about the club, by calling (760) 243-2330.


March 1st Registration for Free Workshops for Youth to Include Dance, Drama, Music, Writing, and Visual Arts

FREE workshops in the Artsl are being offered by tpsCreative Expressions, Inc. a 501-C-3 Corporation promoting the arts. The workshops are open to all youths ages 9-12, with a family member 18 years and older. The theme of these educational sessions will be “Justice- Expressed in African American and Hispanic American Art.”

The following subjects will be taught:

Dance (Hip-Hop, Line Dance, Salsa, Step)

Drama (Reader’s Theatre)

Music (Songwriting, Instrument making)

Creative Writing (Poetry, Personal Stories)

Visual Arts (Painting, Print-making, Collage)

The workshops are lead by a group of professional, upbeat and committed instructors of the arts.

Dates of workshops are:

~ Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music and Drama: March 8, 15, 29 and April 5

~ Cultural Dance: March 22, 29 April 5, 12, May 3, May 17

Work produced through these workshops will be displayed or performed through public exhibits in the community.

Exhibition of works will be presented during the Cinco de Mayo celebration to be held at Victor Valley College on May 3.

The Grand Finale and Celebration will be held on May 17, 2014

Workshop space is limited. Registration is being held on Saturday March 1, from 10am-1pm at the Burning Bush Baptist Church located at 15028 7th Street, Victorville, CA 92395.

Late registration may be possible if space is still available after the March 1 signups. For more information call (760) 261-7605. The programs are made possible through grants and funding by the following organizations: The James Irvine Foundation, The Arts Re-granting Program, Inland Empire, and The Community Foundation Serving the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside

New Website Brings You News – FASTER, EASIER, BETTER!

We’re excited and proud to unveil a new website!

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You probably have a few questions, so let us answer the ones we’ve already been asked.

  • Why isn’t it just simply called Senior News?
    We actually offer more than just the Senior News! We publish the Jess Ranch Bulletin, the High Desert Community News, and now… the Desert News Post weekly (formerly Community News Weekly) (Read more in Side Bar).
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    We wanted to do something really exciting for our Sweet 16 birthday. Our readers (you) have been wanting more than the printed version could give. You asked for certain things, and we listened:
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    There is always more information than can be published in print each month. Also, articles have been cut short to make room for more photos. The website will include lengthier versions of articles and some articles that didn’t fit into the printed version.
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    People are always asking us to mail/email them photos at events. We felt bad… We are so busy, that sometimes we forgot. We wanted to solve the problem. There just isn’t enough room in the printed paper to publish them all! On the website, there are Galleries where you will be able to find your photo from an event, and keep it for your own personal use. Note: photos are copyrighted and not be used for any commercial purpose.
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