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June 2003 Newsletter

Web Page Address:                            Issue: 06/03 June 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

June Meetings:

June 3 - Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30pm, CalFed Bank, San Ramon.

June 9: 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 -Review the five basic styles. Summer care.

       8:00 - 10:00pm Workshop.                    Refreshments - Nick Nickleson and Norma Knowles.


June 16: 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, review and summer care.

       8:00 - 10:00pm Workshop.                    Refreshments - Rebecca Harris.

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

Diablo Bonsai Club October Show - October 18 & 19, 2003

Set up for the show will be late afternoon, Friday the 17th. We will need as many members as possible to help with the set up. Plan on being at the San Ramon Community Center to help.

Nick Nickerson has the sign up sheets for the several committees for the Club Fall Show. Please sign up this month, if you have not done 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.

Bring your Display Trees and Donation Trees to the June Meeting

All Club Members, even the newest members, are expected and invited to have two display trees for the show. 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, this for all of us. In addition remember to bring your donation trees to your class.

We will be expected to have shown our display trees and our donation trees to K at, or before the August Joint Meeting. Since we will not have a July meeting, if you need, you may want to call K and make an appointment to meet him at the nursery to review your trees. The Tree Sales Committee will need to get all sale trees inventoried. If you have K review them before, be sure to bring a written record identifying the trees and the price K has suggested for the Committee.

The San Ramon Juniper - As most of you know the San Ramon Parks Department has asked the Club to undertake the task of restyling an old Juniper Tree. Sensei K, estimates it will take at least five years to complete. It is a great situation for us all to learn how to train and style an old tree. All members are invited to participate. K has requested that Club Members gather and study the tree and bring their ideas on how to approach the work to class. We will try to have pictures available to make notes or sketches on so you can be clear in your suggested ideas. There will be a signup sheet at the June Meetings for participating in this project. The date is August 2, 9:30 am. Details will be available at the June Meetings and in the July and August Newsletters.

Events Elsewhere

June 7 - 8, San Mateo Sei Boka Bonsai Kai, 20th Annual Show at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo. Show will feature "Sumo" Bonsai. Hour, 11 AM - 4:30 PM both days. Demonstrations 11 AM - 3PM both days.

June 11, Oakland, East Bay Bonsai Society Harunobu Tokita Demonstration on juniper at 7:30PM, at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Mr. Tokita is a student of Yasuo Mitsuya of Japan. Free admission and parking

July 2 - 6, San Rafael, Marin Bonsai Club Annual Show in the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium at the Marin County Fairgrounds, Highway 101 (exit N. San Pedro Rd.). Hours 11A - 10PM. Demonstrations at the Home Arts Stage in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, July 3, 1PM; Friday, July 4, 1 PM; and Saturday, July 5, 5PM. Admission to the fair is $11 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and children 4 - 12 years, under 4 are free.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

July 8 - Board Meeting, 7:30PM, CalFed Bank, San Ramon

No July Meetings., August 2 - San Ramon Juniper Project, 9:30AM

August 11 - Joint Meeting. Bring Show material & donation material to class. Refreshments Marcia Couzins & Robert Lausten