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Richard Birt, geologist and rockhound enthusiast, will be hosting a Classic California Rockhounding Sites presentation at the San Clemente Community Center on Wednesday, August 21. Birt’s presentation comes as part of the monthly South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society meeting, also held in San Clemente.

As an active gem and mineral collector, Birt will be bringing several rock and mineral samples as part of the presentation. The samples include rocks he has collected over his 50-year career, as well as from some of his recent trips and excavations.

According to the press release, Birt will be “including geodes and fire agate from Wiley Well, lapis lazuli from Mount Baldy,  petrified wood from Boron Dry Lake and blue agate from Acton” in his presentation. All of these rocks and minerals will be open to the public as observations.

Birt’s presentation will be followed with refreshments and snacks for the audience, as well as an opportunity to meet and speak with society members. A raffle will also be held after the presentation.

The Gem and Mineral Society meetings are held on a regular basis, every third Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at San Clemente’s Community Center.

The Gem and Mineral Society meeting will be open to the public. There is no RSVP or charge necessary to attend. For more information on the meeting and the Society, visit socgems.com/.

Richard Birt. Photo: Courtesy of South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society
Richard Birt. Photo: Courtesy of South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society

 

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