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2016 Upcoming Area Events

* Denotes Official CMS Function

Sun., Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., a short Geology & nature hike on Green Mountain, led by Pete Modreski, USGS, will be the monthly meeting program of the Florissant Scientific Society (FSS). Meet at 12 noon for an (optional) potluck picnic lunch at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center, 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison (meet in back, on picnic tables under the “grape arbor”), followed by driving 0.65 miles north to the Hayden Green Mountain Park, Rooney Road Trailhead at about 1:30 p.m. for the hike—you may meet us at either place.; the hike will last from about 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. This will be an easy, short (1.5 mile round trip) hike on a good, gently rising trail, ending at about 3:30 p.m.; elevation gain will be only about 150 feet. The main goal of our hike will be some interesting trailside outcrops of conglomerate composed entirely of lava pebbles within the Denver Formation, including a “window rock. The FSS is an informal group that holds monthly meetings or field trips anywhere in the Front Range area; anyone is welcome to join in their lecture meetings and trips, and there are no membership dues.

Wed., Oct. 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m., The Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas: What We Know, Don't Know, and Argue About Endlessly, by Dr. David J. Meltzer, Dept. of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. A free public lecture sponsored by the CU Museum of Natural History and presented as part of the Unearthed: Ancient Life in the Boulder Valley exhibit. Hale Science Building #270, CU campus, Boulder. “Join Dr. David Meltzer as he explores ongoing questions about the first people to arrive in the Americas: where they came from, how and when they made it here, and what they did once they reached this vast landscape. Meltzer shares evidence from archaeology, genetics and geology that points the way toward resolution of some still-disputed matters.” Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

October 29 & 30, Colorado School of Mines Mineral, Fossil and Book sale, 1310 Maple Street, Golden, CO, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Hundreds of minerals, fossils, books, maps, etc. Prices vary by item or box. Most prices will be reduced throughout the event. Information: 303-273-3815

Wed., Nov. 2, 4:00 p.m., CU Geology Colloquium, What does the deglacial carbon isotope minimum tell us about changes in atmospheric CO2 and climate?, by Jean Lynch-Stieglitz, Georgia Tech. Benson Earth Sciences Building, Auditorium (Room 180), CU Boulder campus. All are welcome; refreshments at 3:30 on the 3rd floor. See for the full colloquium schedule.

Thurs., Nov. 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Hydrologic and structural controls on crystalline basement hosted, low-temperature geothermal systems along the Rio Grande Rift in southern New Mexico, by Mark Person, New Mexico Tech. Van Tuyl Lecture Series, Colorado School of Mines, Berthoud Hall, Room 241. All are welcome.

Thurs., Nov. 3, The Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Annual General Meeting and "First Thursday" lecture series, Ben H. Parker Student Center, Ballroom E, Maple Street, Golden CO. Socializing and munchies begin at 6:00 p.m., Annual General Meeting at 6:45 and First Thursday lecture will at approximately 7:15. “The Potential for Transformation in the Geosciences & Engineering disciplines, in the Mining Industry, and even in Academia using the Principles of Applied Neuroscience”, by Dr. M. Stephen Enders, Interim Department Head for Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Fri., Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m., the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge holds its annual “Rock Out for the Ridge” dinner, lecture, and fundraiser at Pinehurst Country Club, W. Quincy Ave., Denver. The after-dinner speaker will be Dr. Ken Carpenter, on “Acrocanthosaurus, Inside and Out”. For details see .

*November 4, CMS November General Meeting at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lakewood, 7:30pm

Tues., Nov. 8, 3:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Colloquium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Exploring the Eocene Forests of Colorado, by Steve Manchester, Florida Museum of Natural History. In the VIP Room. All are welcome, museum admission is not required.

Thurs., Nov. 10, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Van Tuyl Lecture, by Pete Rose, AAPG Distinguished Lecture; topic TBA. Colorado School of Mines, Berthoud Hall, Room 241. All are welcome. . See for this and other series topics.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 12-13, 37th annual New Mexico Mineral Symposium, at New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Socorro, NM; Always a very interesting and worthwhile weekend program and rendezvous for mineral collectors, mineralogists, geologists, and rockhounds; it includes a day and a half of lectures, a Sat. eve. banquet a Sunday afternoon silent auction, mineral dealers, and some optional field trips on Thursday and Friday. See for full program and registration information.

Thurs., Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. Colorado Scientific Society November meeting, Terrestrial ecosystems during the Mesozoic, by Joe Sertich, DMNS. Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO.

Thurs., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter bimonthly meeting, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, VIP Room, The originally planned program, about the rare-earth mineral thalénite from Colorado by Dr. Markus Raschke, needs to be rescheduled due to his travel schedule; but you are invited to come anyway to see what mineralogical program will be given instead. The updated topic will be posted on FMCC’s website, .

Fri., Nov. 18, Colorado Science Teachers Conference (full title, Colorado Science Conference for Professional Development), at the Denver Mart, sponsored by the Colorado Association of Science Teachers and other science education organizations. For full program and registration information see

Fri.-Sat.-Sun., Nov. 18-20, Gem and Mineral Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building, sponsored by Denver Area Gem and Mineral Dealers. 10-5 Fri., 10-6 Sat., 11-4 Sun. Free admission.

Sat., Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Silent Auction, held by the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club. All are welcome. Columbine Hills Church, 9700 Old Coal Mine Avenue, Littleton, CO. “Setup 11 a.m., silent auction starts at noon, verbal auction starts at 1 pm, checkout starts at 3:30 pm.”

*December 2, CMS Holiday Party at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lakewood, 7:30pm

Tues., Dec. 6, 3:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Colloquium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Pterosaur paleobiology: Insights from photogrammetric Ichnology, by Brent Breithaupt and Neffra Matthews, BLM.. In the VIP Room. All are welcome, museum admission is not required.

Wed., Dec. 7, 4:00 p.m., CU Geology Colloquium, Colorado’s geothermal resources and thermal springs: a simple groundwater flow model, by Paul Morgan, Colorado Geological Survey. Benson Earth Sciences Building, Auditorium (Room 180), CU Boulder campus. All are welcome; refreshments at 3:30 on the 3rd floor. See for the full colloquium schedule.

Fri-Sun., Dec. 9-11, Gem and Mineral Show/”Rocks and Rails”, sponsored by the Flatirons Gem and Mineral Club; together with the Boulder Model Railroad Club; at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Main Exhibit Building, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, CO. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Please see the latest monthly newsletter for additional upcoming events or more details of these events!
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Monthly CMS Meetings: General membership meetings start at 7:30 PM on the first Friday of each month, Oct - May at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 10th and Garrison (9200 W 10th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215) in Lakewood, CO
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Visitors, guests and kids are always welcome!!

Displays are set up by members about one half-hour before meetings. Specimens may be available for sale and trade.

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