Brookhaven STEM Fair, Farmers Branch, Texas

STEM Fair Spring 2016

STEM Fair Spring 2016

February 20-21, 2016  10am-5pm

Learn about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math while participating in hands-on activities

Bldg. K, Room K224

For more information, contact Kathryn Wetzel at 972-860-4751 or by email at


Sponsored by: Society of Petroleum Engineers and STEM Fair

Fun for All Ages!

Free: Admission, Parking and Popcorn

All Scouts in uniform receive a gift at no cost.

Scouts can earn a patch or rocker.

Lego and K’nex Design/Build Contests

(Age Groups: 6-8, 9-13 and 14-18)

Museums Clubs Professional STEM Lecture Series

Vendors Food Trucks And More


20TH ANNUAL East Texas Gem and Mineral Society Show

January 22-24, 2016

Friday- 9am to 5pm
Saturday- 10am to 6pm
Sunday- 10am to 5pm

Tyler Rose Garden Center
400 Rose Park Drive
Tyler, Texas  75702

Featuring Demonstrations, Exhibits, Educational Displays, a Fluorescent Mineral Display, Silent Auction, and the Nationally Renowned Rock Food Table Display.

The finest dealers offering everything that concerns the lapidary arts, from Jewelry, Gemstones, Works of Art, Beads, Mineral Specimens, Fossils, tools, supplies, and more.

Colorful Fluorescent Mineral Display
Silent Auction Table
Hourly Door Prizes
Grand Prize Drawing

Adults – $5.00
Students – $1.00
Scouts in uniform get in free.




Denise Dodge had a rock and gemstone collection stolen.

They were all wrapped in white paper towels in gray Rubbermaid totes. The collection included 10 pounds of ruby, tourmaline, opals, jasper cubes, broken geodes, azurite balls and 50 pounds of emerald rough.

More detail –

The theft occurred between 12/31 and 1/3 in the Love Field area of Dallas.  For my stones, there were at least 16 3 gallon silver/gray Rubbermaid totes full of specimens and rough.  Rough contained at least 50 lbs of emerald, and 3 – 10 lbs each of citrine, rose quartz, amazonite, amethyst, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, fluorite and others.  Rough was in 1 qt ziplock freezer bags.  All other stones/specimens were wrapped in paper towels and most had the original labeling from the vendor I bought them from showing the specimen type, mine it came from, price and vendor info inside the wrapping.  This was a loss of at least 1/3 of my collection gathered over the years.  Most specimens were not cheap ones, some being rarer stones with values of $100 – $450.

Any help is appreciated.  We have a report filed with the Dallas Police dept, but they are saying it’s doubtful that they will be able to produce any results.

If you have any info please contact Lisa Botell (469-279-6009) or Denise Dodge ( , 214-680-9103)

Duck Creek Mosasaur Exhibit at the Heard Museum—Grand Opening: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

The grand opening of the Duck Creek mosasaur exhibit at the Heard Museum in Mckinney is scheduled for October 4. The bones of this large marine reptile that lived in earth’s oceans when dinosaurs walked the land will be debuted. Presentations in Laughlin Hall will describe this 85 million-year-old mosasaur and how a team of devoted volunteers took it from the rock in Garland to the museum floor.
Schedule of Events in Laughlin Hall
1:30 Opening Remarks by Sy Shahid, Heard Museum Director;
Dr. Louis Jacobs, Professor of Earth Sciences, SMU;
Mike Polcyn, Lecturer & Researcher, SMU;
Rocky Manning, President, Dallas Paleontological Society
1:50 Duck Creek, Garland Mosasaur Presentation Darlene Sumerfelt, Director and Lead Preparator, Heard Museum 2:30 Ancient Turtle Prep Presentation Pat Kline, Lead Preparator, Heard Museum
2:45 Mosasaur Exhibit Unveiling
3:00 – 4:00 Meet the Preparators Table – Exhibit Hall

Other exhibits are included with the admission fee including the impressive outdoor dinosaur animatronics display.

The museum is located at 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX.

Sep-Oct 2014 SCFMS Newsletter

The newsletter for the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies is now on the Internet.  In the past it was available in print and sent to one member in each club.  Enjoy!


Bill Henderson has photographed all of the Fluorescent Minerals of DGMS, Aug 5, 2014

Bill Henderson has photographed all of the Fluorescent Minerals which belong to the DGMS Club. These are the minerals which Milton displayed at the annual DGMS show.
You know Bill’s photography. He is able to capture specimens and bring every detail into focus. He does this by making 20 to 80 photos of each mineral specimen and then using a “stacking” program to make the beautiful photo you see. Bill photographed each specimen in white light and in fluorescent light (both long wave and short wave at the same time).
Bill also has all of these images available on CD for your own personal use.