September 2015

Tuesday 15– MINERAL MEETING Annual Show & Tell/Swap & Sale! 7:00 – 9:00 pm, in the Downstairs Meeting Room of the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618.  Members can show and tell what they collected or purchased over the summer, and sell or swap items they would like to get rid of.  Also for sale will be numerous specimens donated to the club at very reasonable prices, plus some giveaways. Come early to set up your items. Refreshments.  Club members only for the sale.  For more info, please contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp(at) or 585-288-5683.

Wed 16 RAS BOARD MEETING – 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

October 2015

Saturday 10– HERBARIUM WORKSHOP, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Life Sciences section will hold a workshop at the RAS Herbarium, located in the basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). We will continue work on replacing torn and damaged genus folders, as well as repairing specimens as needed. No experience needed! The Museum café is open until 2 pm, if you wish to buy lunch. If you plan to attend, please send an RSVP to Elizabeth Pixley. Then, at RMSC, go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368, phone in the Herbarium. For more information, contact Elizabeth Pixley, herbarium curator (334-0977 or

Saturday 17 ANTHROPOLOGY, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Rochester Museum and Science Center. We will have a display of our Mayan posters/language decoding and Sustainability projects. These will be part of the National Archeology Day Celebrations held around the country and will include displays put on by the AIA Rochester Section. Contact Karen Wolf if you would like to help. Admission to the Museum will be free to helpers. This would also be a good time to check out the Herbarium collection that is stored at RSMC. For more information call Karen Wolf at 670-9709.

Tuesday Oct. 20-- Mineral Section Meeting, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave. Downstairs Meeting Room. David K. Joyce will talk about the Mineral Occurrences in the Paleozoic Rocks of South-Western Ontario.
Join us and learn about the geology and mineralogy of the sedimentary rocks of Canada that have produced beautifully crystallized mineral specimens.

Wed 21 RAS BOARD MEETING – 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

Saturday 24 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP, 10:00 a.m. Thousand Acre Swamp, driveway of Penfield Ambulance Corps. Wear long pants for poison ivy protection. Fall foliage including should be in full fall color. The leaders will be Frank Crombe, members of BANC, and Ken Wolf. For more information, call either Karen Wolf 670-9709 or Larry Hirsch 429-6199.

The Astronomy Section will operate the telescope, or one on the sidewalk, at Strasenburgh Planetarium on mostly clear Saturday nights. Contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876.

November 2015

Saturday,November 7 - 42nd Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science
will be hosted by Finger Lakes Community College on from 8:30 AM to 2 PM.

7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

ONGOING EVENT Astronomy Seection of the RAS (ASRAS)will operate the telescope, or one on the sidewalk, at Strasenburgh Planetarium on mostly clear Saturday nights. Contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876. Note: We have a new Celestron 11 inch SCT permanently mounted on the deck outside the Cave observatory. Come and check it out!

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April 2015

Thursday–Sunday 23–26 42nd Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport at 175 Jefferson Road Rochester, NY 14623.  Thursday evening program is free to all RAS members.

May 2015

7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. UR Professor Eric Mamajek will speak about extra-solar J1407 Eclipsing Ring System and the closest known flyby of a star near our solar system. For more information, contact Valerie Rapson at (585) 301-3424.

6:45 a.m - noon. Penfield Quarry Open House, 746 Whalen Road. All ages welcome - open to the public! Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets), safety glasses, sturdy foot-wear, & long pants required. Expect to find fluorite, calcite, selenite, sphalerite, dolomite, gypsum, galena & fossils. For more information, contact Stephen Busschaert at or 585-732-5321.

7:30 p.m. Brighton Recreation Center off Winton Road north of 590 interchange. Our speaker will be Dr. Gordon Baird of SUNY Fredonia and he will be giving us an update of his ongoing work in the Upper Devonian of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The first half of the fieldtrip schedule is in the process of being finalized and will appear in the May issue of the Fossil newsletter. Refreshments will be served immediately following the talk. For more information, contact Dan Krisher at 293-9033.

Thursday May 14 and Friday the 15th, 2015.  Science Exploration Days  
St. John Fisher College, Student Life Center (gymnasium).
2:00 p.m. Thursday: RAS sets up exhibit tables.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday: Exhibit Hall Open and Free to families.
9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Friday: Junior and High School Students Program includes time in the Exhibit Hall and 2-3 short classroom lectures.
1:00 p.m. Friday: Free luncheon for presenters and exhibitors.
This event is sponsored by the Central-Western Section of the Science Teachers Association of NY.  RAS sections exhibit here.

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Downstairs Meeting Room. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14618.
Join us for a talk and film about "Gold Mining Today in California" by Brian McGrath. To add to the fun, bring along your own minerals for display. Door prizes and refreshments. For more information contact Stephen Busschaert at or 585-732- 5321.

Wednesday May 20 RAS BOARD MEETING
7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

9:30 - 10:45 p.m. Mendon Ponds Park Youth Camping Area. For more information, contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876.

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Last Updated October 6, 2015