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  • Roxy Ann Gem Show

  • The 55th annual Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Show is for geologists of all kinds — professional scientists to backyard enthusiasts.
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  • The 55th annual Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Show is for geologists of all kinds — professional scientists to backyard enthusiasts.
    The event, hosted by the Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Society, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway.
    The show will feature more than 50 exhibits of gems, rocks and minerals, along with jewelry, fluorescent minerals, fossils and lapidary arts.
    Southern Oregon University professor emeritus Monty Elliott will be on hand to identify gems and rocks of all kinds, and he will present a talk titled "Geology of the Rogue Valley." SOU professor Charles Lane will discuss how to tell the difference between real gold and fools' gold.
    Dealers will be on hand to sell gems, jewelry, fossils, minerals, tools, books and supplies. Techniques of stone-cutting, flint- knapping, carving, jewelry- making, wire-wrapping and rock-painting will be demonstrated.
    Other activities will include a silent auction, a raffle, door prizes and hands-on demonstrations of soapstone carving and gold panning.
    Admission is $3, 50 cents for ages 12 to 18 and free for children 11 and younger. Food will be available. Proceeds from the show provide scholarships for SOU, Rogue Community College and Crater High School students and help maintain the Crater Rock Museum, 2002 Scenic Ave., Central Point.
    The museum, which was founded in 1954 by Frieda and Delmar Smith, houses one of the best rock, gem and mineral displays on the West Coast. Most of the artifacts at the museum have been collected locally. For more information, call 541-878-1445.
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