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May 1999 Newsletter 

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600
President: Ed Burns (925) 829-6463 or
Editor: Ed Burns

May Meetings

Heather Farms Garden Center
1540 March Banks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA.
All meetings are 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

Beginner:Monday May 3rd
Topic: Raft Style
Refreshments:Byron Nobriga

Board Meeting:     May 4th
California Federal Bank, San Ramon

Combined:Monday May 10th
Refreshments:Nancy Norris, Ed Burns

Advanced:Monday May 17th
Topic: Restyling older bonsai
Refreshments:Tom Fong

If you are listed to bring refreshments and cannot make the meeting,
please call Ed Burns at the number listed above.


President's Message 

Well, I hope your trees are getting more attention than mine. My work has kept me busy enough that I've barely had time to keep them watered and fertilized. Most of my recent Monday nights have been spent in computer rooms instead of bonsai workshops, so I feel a bit out of touch with the club too. We have at least a few new members that I haven't even been able to meet yet! I think things will be back to normal soon so I?m hoping to get back on schedule and catch up with my trees and the rest of the club. 

Diablo Bonasai Club participated in two very nice events recently that were successful because of the many members who gave their time to make them work. They'll be mentioned in more detail later in this issue, but let me take this opportunity to thank Norm Wanek for coordinating the bonsai display at the Danville Fine Arts Gallery, and Bob Evans for taking care of the details at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Watch out for the rising temperatures this month. We've had it easy this spring with our mild weather, but now it's time to be careful. One hot day without water is too much for most potted bonsai.

Member's Garden Tour This Month

We've got a great day of touring scheduled for Saturday May 22nd. Put the date on your calendar and be sure and join us to visit Norm Wanek, Gale Newcomb, and the Montoyas. Bob Evans contributed the following details:

The spring garden tour has been set for Saturday May 22, starting at 10am at Gale Newcomb's garden, bonsai and Koi ponds. We will then go to Norm Wanek's at 11am, and finish at Bernard and Mineko Montoya?s at 12:30pm. Gale and Norm live in Danville and the Montoya?s live in Livermore. Maps have been passed out in the combined and advanced meetings in April and will be available at all May meetings. If you don?t get to a meeting and need a map, call Bob Evans at (925) 820-0268.

We?ll be eating at the Montoya's so pack a lunch and enjoy the nice setting.

More Thanks 

Also from Bob Evans:

I wish to thank the following club members for either showing trees or doing floor watch at the Cherry Blossom Festival Bonsai exhibit in San Francisco in April:  Norm Wanek, Tom fong, Mineko and Bernard Montoya, Paul Francis, Byron Nobriga, Tami Self-Vigil, Jack Mahshi, Bill Magee, Don Meeker and Jim Stalker. 

And from Norm Wanek:

Danville Fine Arts Gallery Display 

Our exhibit at the Danville Fine Arts Gallerty was very successful.  For a six week period (4days a week) we had 3 trees on display.  The trees were rotated each week.  Many visitors and groups of schoolchildren were able to view our trees along with a wide variety of other art works.

Thanks to the following members who exhibited their threes:  Bob Evans, Tom Fong, Bernard and Mineko Montoya, Gail Newcomb and Norm Wanek.

May Bonsai Events 

May 1-2,  Sacramento Bonsai Club 53rd Annual Show at Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. Demo by Mas Imazumi at 2 pm both days. Show hours 12 noon-6 pm on Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday.

May 2,  Watsonville Bonsai Club 26th Annual Bonsai Show at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple Annex, 423 Bridge Street, Watsonville, CA. Demo by Tom Ogura at 2 pm. Show hours 10 am - 5 pm.

May 15-16, Satsuki Aikokai of Sacramento Show at the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center, 3333 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. Demo by Tatemori Gondo from Japan and sensei of The El Dorado Bonsai School. Show hours 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, 10 am-4 pm on Sunday.

May 22-23,  Bay Area Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Show at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellvue Ave, Oakland, CA. Demo Saturday at 1:30pm by Johnny Uchida, and Sunday at 1:30pm by Bob Gould and Ruben Guzman. Plant sale both days including special sale of azaleas from Mr.Umehara's Estate. Info: Kay Hardy (925) 933-9543

May 23,  Napa Valley Bonsai Club Annual Show at 575 Third Street Fairgrounds (2 blocks off Silverado Trail) Napa, CA. Demo by Bill Castellon at 2 pm. Display of trees, benefit drawings and sales area. Show hours 11 am - 5 pm.

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