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May 2003 Newsletter

Web Page Address:                            Issue: 05/03 May 2003

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600,

President: Jim Stalker,                                         Vice President: Nick Nickerson

Editor: Don Meeker,                                           Webmaster: Sam Edge

May Meetings:

May 6 - Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30pm, CalFed Bank, San Ramon.


May 12: Basic Class Meeting.

      7:00 - 7:15pm Library open, 7:15 - 7:30 Business Meeting

      7:30 - 8:00 pm Class Instruction by Sensei Akabane: Fundamentals of bonsai styles.

      Subject matter - Kengai style (cascade). Branch development 2.

       8:00 - 10:00pm Workshop.                    Refreshments - Lois Naye and Jane Wirth.

May 19: Intermediate Class Meeting.

      7:00 - 7:15pm Library open, 7:15 - 7:30 Business Meeting

      7:30 - 8:00 pm Class Instruction by Sensei Akabane: Subject matter - Branch development.

       8:00 - 10:00pm Workshop.                    Refreshments - Bob Brown.

Meeting Location:The Diablo Bonsai Club class meets in Science Room at Charlotte Wood Middle School. 600 El Capitan Drive, Danville.

Notes:Please bring a plastic sheet or other cover for the tables. After the meetings help clean up. If you are listed to bring refreshments and cannot attend, call your Class Representative. Wear your name tags to class every month to make it easier for everyone to meet each other. If you need a name tag, ask your Class Representatives to order one. The cost is $2.00.  

Club Notes

A couple of reminders. Nick Nickerson has the sign up sheets for the several committees for the Club Fall Show. If you have not signed up, please do so so your fellow club volunteers can do the planning work needed to produce a show we can all be proud of and learn from.

Also, all Club Members, even the newest members, are expected and invited to have two trees for the show. It is a lot easier to start now. Pick two or three candidates from your collection and bring them to each class meeting so you can work with K on developing and refining your trees for the show. Even if you have only very young trees to show that is fine. Remember it is a learning experience and not a big competition. In addition remember to bring your donation trees in to work on in the workshops.

Lucky Nick won the demonstration Boxwood tree and a handsome suiseki stone at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival.

Events Elsewhere

May 3-4, Concord, Shikashima Bonsai Club, 45th Annual Show at the Japanese American Cultural Center, 3165 Treat Blvd, Concord. Hours, Saturday 11AM-5PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM.Demonstrations start at 1:30PM each day. Free admission.

May 3-4, Sacramento Bonsai Club, 57th Annual Show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento. Hours, Saturday 12Noon-5PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM.

May 4, Watsonville Bonsai Club, 30th Annual Bonsai Show at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St., Watsonville. Hours 10AM-4PM. Demonstration at 2PM by Tom Ogura.

May 17-18, Oakland, Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai, 9th Annual Satsuki Bonsai Show at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. Hours 10AM to 5PM both days. Demonstrations at 1:30PM both days.

May 17-18, Sacramento, Satsuki Aikokai of Sacramento, Annual Show and Sale at the Sacramento Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento. Hours 10AM to 5PM Saturday, 10AM to 4PM Sunday. Demonstrations at 1:30pm each day.

May 18, San Mateo Bonsai Club, 19th Annual Satsuki Exhibit at 503 East 5th Ave., (corner of South Clarement and 5th Ave), San Mateo. Hours are 10AM to 5PM.

June 1, Seaside, Monterey Bonsai Club, 40th Annual Bonsai Show at the Monterey Buddhist Church, 1155 Noche Buena, Seaside. Hours 11AM - 4PM. Demonstration at 2PM by Katsumi Kinoshita.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

June 3 - Board Meeting, 7:30PM, CalFed Bank, San Ramon

June 9- Basic Class Meeting, 7:30PM. Review the five basic styles. Summer care. Workshop.
                Refreshments - Nick Nickleson and Norma Knowles.

June 16- Intermediate Class Meeting, 7:30PM. Review and summer care. Workshop.
                Refreshments - Rebecca Harris.

No July Meetings. August 11 - Joint Meeting