The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society, which was organized in 1949, holds it meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz. The first half hour of the meeting is the social time where members and guests display and discuss their specimens. This is followed a short business meeting including public announcements and open discussions. After a short social break and a raffle for various rocky items, an organized educational presentation by club members or outside experts on various topics identified to be of interest to members. Junior participation is encouraged and guests are always welcome.
Applications for membership may be made at the meeting. Dues are $25 for individuals, $35 for families at the same address. Dues are due October 1st of each year.
Our monthly newsletter, “The Lapidarian”, includes announcements of field trips and other club related events, upcoming rock and mineral shows, interesting and informative articles on geology, lapidary and other aspects of our hobby.
In addition to our annual shows, field trips, and lapidary shop, we have a library which includes a large variety of books on geology, paleontology, Jewelry fabrication, gemstones and many more topics.