35th Annual Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show in Hillsboro


The 2015 Portland Regional Gem Mineral Show Association is the 35th Annual event hosted by the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Association October 9-11, 2015.

This is one of the largest rock, gem, and mineral shows in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together over 40 dealers and hundreds of exhibits. There will be demonstrations, lectures, workshops, educational programs, specimens, and more through out the entire weekend.

Admission is $5 per day for adults. Children 12 and under are free accompanied by an adult.

The event will be at the Washington County Fair Complex across from the Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro, Oregon.

For more information, see the 2015 Portland Regional Gem Mineral Show Association announcements and news.

TONIGHT: Watch “Unprepared” documentary on OPB

This evening, Thursday, October 1, at 8 PM, OPB will be broadcasting the documentary “Unprepared.” It investigates the state of Oregon’s earthquake preparedness, and, according to OPB’s summary, finds “that when it comes to bridges, schools, hospitals, building codes and energy infrastructure, Oregon lags far behind…”

Watch this evening to learn what Oregonians need to do to become resilient in the face of our seismic threats.

FREE admission during Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! September 26, 2015

Smithsonian-Magazine-Museum-Day-LiveThe Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors who present a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Get your Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive Each ticket will allow two guest to be admitted at no charge. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. The Rice NW Museum is just one of 29 participating Oregon Museums.  For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a list of other participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive/venues. And remember, the Rice Northwest Museum is open Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Support the Rice NW Museum with Amazon Smile!

Do you already like to shop with Amazon.com? You can now use Amazon Smile to have Amazon donate money to the Rice Museum each time you make a purchase. It’s easy! Just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Go to Amazon Smile and sign in with your usual Amazon username and password.
    Amazon Smile Login
  2. When prompted, type “Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals” into the charity search box. Select our museum as your preferred charity.
    Amazon Charity Selection

Use smile.amazon.com to log into Amazon every time you shop.

And that’s it! Each time you make a purchase using Amazon Smile, the Rice NW Museum receives a small donation.

Sign up now and support our museum by using Amazon Smile!

Scenes from Summer Festival 2015

Fred and Wilma Flintstone and Summer Fest guest in Flintmobile.Summer Fest 2015 at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals was a resounding success with more than a thousand in attendance in spite of high temperatures and road closures in the area.

Rock clubs and groups from around the Pacific Northwest were there to provide educational fun as well with geode cracking and gold panning among the many highlights. Vendors from around the country offered a wide range of rocks, minerals, and gems for every type of interest for collector or jewelry lover. The children’s area brought glue, paper, ribbons, and beads together with rocks for some creative artwork.

Fred and Wilma Flintstone were there for the entire weekend, entertaining children in the Flintmobile and exploring the ancient rocks and fossils on display. Many children enjoyed exploring the rock cave.

Leslie Moclock, museum curator.Curator Leslie Moclock and volunteer Barb Epstien kept the silent auction going through the busy weekend, with many auction winnings bringing treasures back with children and adults. Many people went home with more rock and jewelry prizes in the hourly drawings.

Thanks to all the vendors, rock clubs, exhibitors, sponsors, and the many volunteers for a great weekend. Without all of you, this special annual event would not happen. Much of the thanks go to you, our members, and fans. Your continuing support keeps us going and helps to provide world class exhibits and diverse educational programs all year long. If you are not a member, consider becoming a member. Continue reading

Support the Rice Museum by Shopping at Freddy’s

Fred Meyer Community Rewards logo.

Want to know a super easy way to support the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals? You can now help the Rice NW Museum earn donations just by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card!

To link your Rewards Card to the Community Rewards program:

  1. Register your card
  2. Search for the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals by our unique non-profit organization number: 85221 or by name.

That’s it. Every time you shop using your Fred Meyer Rewards Card you earn points and you are donating to the museum. On a quarterly basis, Fred Meyer sends a donation check to the Rice Northwest Museum. Your shopping supports our programs and activities.

If you don’t already have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk at any Fred Meyer store. Remember, you earn rewards points, fuel points, downloadable coupons, and more, and the Rice Northwest Museum can earn donations. It’s a win-win!

While shopping at Fred Meyer, be sure and let them know how much you appreciate this easy way to donate and support local charities.