New this year, we are partnering with the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory to bring you science and family fun at Volcano Day at the Rice Museum.
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, CVO scientists will give short talks throughout the day on our Cascades volcanoes and volcano science. Have a question about the volcanoes in your backyard? Wondering what’s going on with the eruption in Hawai’i? Ask the experts!
Hands-on activities for all ages will take place in our galleries and on the lawn. And don’t miss Trash-Cano, the explosive eruption demonstration that will happen after each talk!
Local collector Mike Medvec will also be displaying his extensive collection of memorabilia from the famous 1980 eruption at Mt. St. Helens.
Don’t miss the fun! Event runs 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Included with regular museum admission.
This class introduces the theory and techniques of faceting gemstones. During the course, students will facet one or two gemstones with material and equipment provided by the Columbia Willamette Faceters’ Guild. Students will gain sufficient knowledge and techniques to continue faceting on their own.
Where: Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Faceting Lab, 26385 NW Groveland Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Class Fees: $150.00 per person and advanced payment is required to reserve your spot.
When: Consists of four classes from 12:00 PM -5:00 PM for a total of 20 hours of instruction. Classes are either 4 weeks of all Saturdays or 2 weeks of 2 Saturdays/2 Sundays. New this year! Session 5 (January) is a class of 4 Sundays.
You can cut, polish, and keep your own gemstone. All equipment and materials are provided.
2018-2019 Class Schedule:
First Session: September 15-16, 22-23, 2018- FULL
Second Session: October 3, 13, 20, & 27, 2018- FULL
Third Session: November 10-11, 17-28, 2018
Fourth Session: December 1-2, 8-9, 2018
Fifth Session: January 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2019
Sixth Session: February 16-17, 23-24, 2019
Seventh Session: March 9-10, 16-17, 2019
Eighth Session: March 30-31, April 6-7, 2019
Ninth Session: April 27, May 4, 11, & 18, 2019
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals is hosting a benefit dinner. Please join us July 14, 2018 at 5:00 PM as we honor Mary and the late Dennis Murphy for their contributions and many years of support of the Rice Museum. Visit our event page to purchase tickets.
Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC, will give a presentation about the creation of gold in the universe through the collision of neutron stars. Other evening highlights will include a silent auction, a special appeal (paddle raise) to support our educational programs, a tribute to the late Rudy Tschernich, and dinner from The Hive Catering Co.
Tickets are $100 per seat. The event will take place at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro.
Margaret & Bob McMillan
William H. & Diana Dameron
Gail & Jim Spann
Sharleen Rice Harvey & Family
Gene & Roz Meieran
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