You don’t have to travel halfway across the state to see amazing rocks and gems. The Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club will host its annual Rock and Mineral Show at the Washington County Fair Complex Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See jewelry, fossils, supplies and equipment — and head to a corner just for kids. Cost is $1. Children 12 and under are free with an adult.

There’s free parking, and the MAX line is nearby.

The Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, features Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals curator and Geologist Lara O’Dwyer-Brown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 as part of the center’s Spoken Word Lecture Series.

O’Dwyer-Brown will discuss how the Northwest became home to a plethora of captivating rocks, minerals and semi-precious gemstones that draw collectors from around the world. 

In addition to the lecture, a traveling display of these natural wonders will be in the lobby from March 4 through April 26, including thundereggs, petrified wood, quartz, agate, jasper, metallic ores, the Washington state gem and even Oregon’s state rock.

The Rice Museum itself is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 26385 N.W. Groveland Dr. in Hillsboro, just north of Highway 26 via the Helvetia exit.

Cost is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students, with children 4 and younger free.

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