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  • 17 Jan 2016
    Tucson Gem & Mineral Show - Starting January 20, 2016 The annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is called the “largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world” and for good reason. Just the sheer size of the 40+ shows is mind boggling, not to mention the tens of thousands of visitors, top mineralogists, gem experts, dealers and collectors. The shows are spread all across the city in sprawling exhibit tents, hotel ballrooms, motel meeting rooms, and several convention arenas. Some of the best and most expensive museum-quality gem stones, minerals, fossils, beads and jewelry can be found at these locations. The shows sell everything from small bags of polished rocks for a few dollars to gemstones for thousands of dollars. Many major museums and private collectors attend displaying the outstanding specimens in their collections, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Most of the shows feature some very unique items, such as the world's largest meteorite or a five-foot tall geode. The shows also provide a great way to meet and network with people from around the world. A complete list of shows, locations, and opening and closing dates can be found at www.tucsongemshows.net. Most of the shows are open to the public, however, there are a few wholesale only shows. Lecturers and symposiums are open to the public and free of charge. Non-profit mineral and earth sciences organizations are invited to participate at the show and each organization staffs their own booth and meets with the public to share an abundance of information. Entry to most of the shows is free and free parking is available for the most part. Free shuttle transportation is available between many of the shows as well. If you enjoy treasure hunting, you’ve hit the jackpot!  
    669 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • Tucson Gem & Mineral Show - Starting January 20, 2016 The annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is called the “largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world” and for good reason. Just the sheer size of the 40+ shows is mind boggling, not to mention the tens of thousands of visitors, top mineralogists, gem experts, dealers and collectors. The shows are spread all across the city in sprawling exhibit tents, hotel ballrooms, motel meeting rooms, and several convention arenas. Some of the best and most expensive museum-quality gem stones, minerals, fossils, beads and jewelry can be found at these locations. The shows sell everything from small bags of polished rocks for a few dollars to gemstones for thousands of dollars. Many major museums and private collectors attend displaying the outstanding specimens in their collections, including the Smithsonian Institute and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Most of the shows feature some very unique items, such as the world's largest meteorite or a five-foot tall geode. The shows also provide a great way to meet and network with people from around the world. A complete list of shows, locations, and opening and closing dates can be found at www.tucsongemshows.net. Most of the shows are open to the public, however, there are a few wholesale only shows. Lecturers and symposiums are open to the public and free of charge. Non-profit mineral and earth sciences organizations are invited to participate at the show and each organization staffs their own booth and meets with the public to share an abundance of information. Entry to most of the shows is free and free parking is available for the most part. Free shuttle transportation is available between many of the shows as well. If you enjoy treasure hunting, you’ve hit the jackpot!  
    Jan 17, 2016 669
  • 26 Apr 2015
    MAKE “EARTH DAY” EVERY DAY Earth Day was celebrated by thousands of people on April 22 but why not observe it every day. One way you can contribute throughout the year is to repurpose, reuse, recycle, or redesign things you already have rather than going out and buying new items. The earth’s natural resources will appreciate it and our future generations will benefit. For me, it’s a good reminder to clean out the closets, drawers, basement and attic, and rid myself of items I no longer want or need. Why not take some time to go through your house, garage, or attic and look for items you have stored for a long time and no longer need or want. I’m betting you will find some items that can be reused in another way or that can be donated to local charities or given to friends. Need a few new ideas? Well, if you’ve never gone to the web and taken a look at repurposing/reusing, you will be amazed at the ingenous ideas people have come up with. You’ll probably say to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that”. I was blown away by the creative ideas I found. But if by some crazy fluke you don’t find a way to repurpose an item at home, take a trip to The Brass Armadillo. They literally have tons of furniture, household items, outdoor décor for your yard and garden, etc. I’m betting you will come up with a great idea for an item which can be repurposed or used in a different innovative way. Not only might you find new uses for old items, but you will likely clear space in your in your house. It seems like we’re all looking for added space. You will benefit as will our Earth!
    832 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • MAKE “EARTH DAY” EVERY DAY Earth Day was celebrated by thousands of people on April 22 but why not observe it every day. One way you can contribute throughout the year is to repurpose, reuse, recycle, or redesign things you already have rather than going out and buying new items. The earth’s natural resources will appreciate it and our future generations will benefit. For me, it’s a good reminder to clean out the closets, drawers, basement and attic, and rid myself of items I no longer want or need. Why not take some time to go through your house, garage, or attic and look for items you have stored for a long time and no longer need or want. I’m betting you will find some items that can be reused in another way or that can be donated to local charities or given to friends. Need a few new ideas? Well, if you’ve never gone to the web and taken a look at repurposing/reusing, you will be amazed at the ingenous ideas people have come up with. You’ll probably say to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that”. I was blown away by the creative ideas I found. But if by some crazy fluke you don’t find a way to repurpose an item at home, take a trip to The Brass Armadillo. They literally have tons of furniture, household items, outdoor décor for your yard and garden, etc. I’m betting you will come up with a great idea for an item which can be repurposed or used in a different innovative way. Not only might you find new uses for old items, but you will likely clear space in your in your house. It seems like we’re all looking for added space. You will benefit as will our Earth!
    Apr 26, 2015 832