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SMS Shop Closure and Meeting Cancelation

ATTENTION:
The SMS shop will be reopening on June 27, 2020.

Summer hours are in effect:
Sundays: 10am-3pm
Tuesdays: 6pm-9pm
Saturdays: 10am-3pm

There are some stipulations:
• Maximum 10 people in the shop at one time (including stewards).
• Masks covering both nose and mouth are mandatory.
• Social distancing needs to be adhered to.

Our monthly Educational Meetings are canceled until further notice.

Posted on Friday, March 20

Welcome!


The Sacramento Mineral Society (SMS) is a lapidary club located in Sacramento, CA which was organized in 1936 dedicated to increasing interest and knowledge of mineralogy and other geologic sciences, as well as lapidary arts and crafts, and a variety of jewelry arts.

To this end we conduct a variety of activities such as educational presentations in our monthly meetings, promoting and organizing field trips (to collect specimens, study geology, as well as learn about minerals as they occur in nature), a club house / lapidary shop run by our members. We provide the Sacramento community a resource by offering on-going education and practice in lapidary techniques and the related arts.

Our Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show attracts vendors from all over the western United States.

We also award geological scholarships each year to individuals from local colleges.

Members volunteer their time throughout the year for community service-related events, gem shows, and other activities.




Monthly Meetings

We have educational meetings that are open to the general public and members alike, and are held at the Sacramento County Cooperative building on the THIRD Thursday of every month at 7pm.

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meetings are on the same evening, and they start at 6pm!

The address for the Sacramento County Cooperative Building is:
4145 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, CA 95827

Read more about our meetings » HERE «

If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and see what a meeting is like.

           


Posted on Saturday, December 29


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News & Announcements News & Events : SMS Shop Closed and May Meeting Canceled
Posted by Alyssa on Thursday, April 30, 2020 (21:58:28) (455 reads)

The "Shelter In Place" order that forbids any social, non-essential gathering at all has been extended until May 31st - so until further notice, the clubhouse/workshop and all classes and meetings have been canceled.

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and look forward to when we can get back to hanging out and playing with rocks!

https://fox40.com/news/local-news/sacramento-county-extends-health-order-through-may-22-some-restrictions-relaxed


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News & Announcements News & Events : SMS Shop Closed and April Meeting Canceled
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, April 01, 2020 (06:11:01) (356 reads)

The "Shelter In Place" order that forbids any social, non-essential gathering at all has been extended until May 3rd - so until further notice, the clubhouse/workshop and all classes and meetings have been canceled.

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and look forward to when we can get back to hanging out and playing with rocks!


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News & Announcements News & Events : Update on the COVID-19 "Shelter In Place" Order
Posted by Alyssa on Friday, March 20, 2020 (01:55:46) (435 reads)

Sacramento on Thursday joined several other Northern California counties in formally ordering residents to remain in their homes and to only go out for essential chores — a drastic curtailment of societal functions that public health officials say is essential to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The order carries the force of law. Earlier this week, County Health Director Peter Beilenson announced the same restrictions, but issued them in the form of a directive, which did not have the force of law. A violation of the order can be treated as a misdemeanor crime. Yolo County issued the same order on Wednesday.

Beilenson and other county leaders said the intent is not to cite or arrest anyone, but to have the ability to require bars to close and restaurants to only serve take-out of delivery food.

The video shows Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones talking about how the sheriff's office intends to enforce the “shelter in place” order the county issued on March 19, 2020. The order directs residents to stay home except for essential activities.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article241332696.html


“As of March 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the Sacramento County Health Officer is directing all individuals living in the county to stay at their place of residence except for essential activities,” officials said in a statement. “The legal order is based on the same directives of social distancing issued this week to slow the transmission of the disease, but it provides more detail and enforcement ability.

“To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, the legal order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and is intended to protect those most vulnerable to the disease, and preserve local healthcare capacity.”

The order includes all incorporated cities — Sacramento city, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Galt and Isleton — and unincorporated areas including Arden Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Foothill Farms, North Highlands, Antelope, La Riviera, Gold River, Vineyard, Elverta, Rio Linda, Orangevale, Mather, Rancho Murieta, Walnut Grove, Wilton and the Delta areas east of the Sacramento River.

The order will be in effect until April 7 unless county officials announce a shortening or lengthening of the order. Gov. Gavin Newsom in a Wednesday evening video update said the next two months are a critical period for slowing the rising curve of the coronavirus spread.


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News & Announcements News & Events : SMS Shop Closed and March Meeting Canceled
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (06:39:29) (434 reads)

Just a reminder that the March SMS Educational Meeting has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreaks. The Educational Meeting in April will be held on April 24th, the 5th Friday of the month due to scheduling conflicts. May's meeting will then revert back to the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Additionally the decision has been made to close the club shop completely until April 1st, in keeping with the Governor's directive that ALL non-essential meetings and gatherings be canceled.

Earlier today Sacramento County health officials on Tuesday afternoon called on all residents, not just the elderly, to stay at home effective immediately unless they have essential chores to do, such as grocery shopping, banking, restaurant food pickups, or health appointments.

https://www.saccounty.net/news/latest-news/Pages/SacCounty_COVID-19_Update_March_17.aspx

and

https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article241260471.html

As such, this decision was out of our hands at this time. We will re-evaluate the situation as April approaches and follow the health guidelines that are being relayed to the public to follow in order to minimize the spread of this virus.


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News & Announcements News & Events : ANNOUNCEMENT: March Educational Meeting has been CANCELED!
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (06:36:14) (316 reads)

NOTICE:
Due to the government requesting and urging that all non-essential social events be canceled due to concerns of the recent coronavirus outbreaks in our state, the
March Educational Meeting and Junior Rockhounds Meeting has been canceled!

NOTE: APRIL'S MEETING IS ALSO ON APRIL 24TH
(the 5th Friday of the month)
DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS WITH THE SAC COOPERATIVE BUILDING!!


We have rescheduled our speaker for the April Educational Meeting.

April's presentation will be presented by Frank from Fossils for Fun. "Forget Dinosaurs, Insects Rule" is a lecture about insect fossils which will be around forty minutes, and fossil insect displays for hands on viewing.


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