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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) (6 reads)

The "Shelter In Place" order that forbids any social, non-essential gathering at all has been extended until April 30th - 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) (51 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.

“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) (33 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.


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) (17 reads)

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!

(the 5th Friday of the month)

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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Events News & Events : Mar 19th Educational Meeting: Forget Dinosaurs, Insects Rule
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, March 03, 2020 (06:48:27) (56 reads)

The educational meeting for March will be "Forget Dinosaurs, Insects Rule" presented by Frank from Fossils for Fun a lecture about insect fossils which will be around forty minutes, and fossil insect displays for hands on viewing.

There will be a question and answer period after the presentation. Bring paper and something to write with to take notes and write down any questions you may have so as to NOT interrupt the presentation.

Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!

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