2017 Meeting Calendar and Directions

Meeting Schedule:

The San Diego Bead Society meets the third Saturday of the month at the Mingei International Museum.  The refreshments and socializing period of our meetings lasts from 10:00-10:30 A.M., and the meeting is generally from 10:30 A.M. to about 12:00 noon.

At each meeting, we host a dynamic program speaker, who presents a lecture and slide show about her or his work.  Past speakers for instance, have included Diane Fitzgerald, David Chatt, Kate McKinnon, Melanie Potter, and Cynthia Rutledge.  For an inside look at who will be speaking each month, please see the Upcoming Programs page, and for details about our past guests, please see the Past Programs and Activities page.  Meeting these talented artists and luminaries of the beading world is one of the highlights of our monthly programs!

Our speakers generally give a presentation on Saturday, and then teach a class for us on Sunday.  For a list of the classes that will be taught, please check our Classes page, which has sign-up information and class details.

Our 2017 meetings will be held:

  • January 21 –Sandy Swirnoff
  • February 18 — Virginia Blakelock
  • March 18 — Open beading session
  • April 8  — Phil Fischman
  • May 20 — Tracy Stanley
  • June 17
  • August 5 & 6 — Bead Bazaar at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley
    • Cynthia Rutledge will be teaching two half-day projects for us at the Bazaar!
  • August 19 — Jayashree Paramesh
  • September 16 — Melanie Potter
  • October 21 — Betty Stephan
  • November 18no speaker; annual member potluck and budget and officer elections

We are dark in July and December each year.

Additionally, in June, we also have our Demo Days at the San Diego County Fair.

We’re also excited to have some of our 2018 presenters already lined up.  Kinga Nichols will be back in January, and Jill McKay will be presenting in April.  Huib Peterson will also be visiting us, too, at some point in 2018, as will Nancy Cain.

Directions to Our Meetings and Information about the Mingei:

The Mingei International Museum is located in the Plaza de Panama of Balboa Park, across from The Prado restaurant.  Its address is 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.

Please click here for a printable map of Balboa Park that shows the location of the Mingei.  If you are unable to walk long distances and are worried about parking far away, a free tram system is now available to Park visitors. Click here to learn more information about parking at Balboa Park and the free tram service. Since parking at Balboa Park can sometimes be challenging, it is a good idea to leave yourself plenty of time to find parking and to check the Balboa Park traffic alerts page a day or two before the meeting.

Since our meetings are held inside the Mingei International Museum, please note that visitors to the Mingei are subject to their policies and admission fees.  Please visit the Mingei’s website for more information.

If you haven’t yet been to a SD Bead Society meeting and don’t know where our meeting room is, please don’t worry, for the staff at the front desk of the Mingei can point you in the right direction when you enter the museum.


Part of the fun of coming to a Bead Society meeting (besides the fabulous speakers) is the time to socialize and enjoy delicious food before the meeting starts. We are always looking for volunteers to bring snacks, which may be home-cooked or store-bought. Two volunteers each month have a $30 allotment total to purchase food. You are also expected to arrive early to set up the hospitality table and to break it down after the meeting. If you are a member and have not yet taken a turn at feeding hungry beaders, please check out our Hospitality page for more information. All members are expected to participate. Please sign up in person at one of our meetings!

Bead Jar:

Are you looking for a mind boggling collection of beading treasures? Each year we have a drawing for the Bead Jar. To be eligible for the drawing, bring beautiful beads left over from a project or that special bead you bought in a moment of insanity that just isn’t your color or style. Drop it in the jar, take a ticket and you may be this year’s lucky winner!