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April 2004 Newsletter

Web Page Address:                            Issue: 04/04 April 2004

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600,

President: Jim Stalker,                                         Vice President: Nick Nickelson

Editor: Don Meeker,                                           Webmaster:

April meetings:

Note: Please bring plant material appropriate to the topic for the class. Either something already in development or to be developed, (for example a cascade, basic class, or for branch development, intermediate).

Monday - April 5th - Basic Class Meeting, 7:00 - 7:15PM Library Open, 7:15-7:30 Business Meeting.

7:30 Class Instruction by Sensei Akabane, Topic: Kengai Cascade style. 8:00-10:00PM - Workshop.

Refreshments: Jon & Katie Wheat

Monday - April 19th - Intermediate Class Meeting 7:00 - 7:15PM Library open, 7:15-7:30PM Business Meeting.

7:30PM Class Instruction. Topic: Branch Development II. 8:00 - 10:00PM Workshop.

Refreshments: Bob Brown.

From the President

Heather Farms Gardens - Saturday April 3, 9:30am Don Meeker will organize a work party to trim and clean up the Club's display of in-ground bonsai trees at the Heather Farms Gardens. Call Don if you can help, 925-933-4472.

San Ramon Park Juniper. Saturday morning, April 17. A sign up sheet for the first work-study meeting of this long term Club project will also be available at the April class meetings.

Please help with the clean up and storing of the Club materials. People are encouraged to leave in groups of two or more and be sure that Lois is not left to close alone.

Club Library, Carol Lynn Hansen Bassett, is the Club librarian. Please assist Carol in maintaining the Library. Always checking out materials when you borrow them and be sure to return them on time. There are a lot of valuable resources available in the Club Library for study and review.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

Board Meeting - April 6, 7:30pm. Tassajara Nursery, Danville

Note: Basic meeting scheduled for May 10th is changed


Monday, May 17th - Joint Basic and Intermediate Class Meeting. 7:00-7:30PM - Library and Business Meeting. 7:30 - 8:00PM -Lecture - Basic Topic: Yoseue; Group plantings styles. Intermediate Topic: Balance of trees in the Bonsai pot. 8:00 - 10:00PM Workshop.

Refreshments: Marty Arreguin and Dimitri Koovshinoff.

Events Elsewhere

April 3-4. Sacramento Bonsai Sekiyu Kai. 27th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church Betsuin, 2401 Riverside Boulevard. 12 noon - 6pm Saturday, 10am - 5pm Sunday. Demonstrations 2pm by John Uchida.

April 3-4. Modesto. Modesto Spring Bonsai Show at Thomas Downey High School, 1000 Coffee Rd. 10AM to 4PM both days. Demonstrations at 10:30AM by club members and at 1:30PM by George Fujita both days.

April 10-11. Sacramento. American Bonsai Association of Sacramento Annual Spring Bonsai Show. Sacramento Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. 10AM to 5PM both days. Demonstrations at 1:30PM both days. Saturday by Bob Shimon on redwoods, Sunday by Club Members.

April 17-18. San Jose. San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club 34th Annual Spring Exhibit at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street. Saturday 12Noon-5PM , Sunday 11AM-4PM. Demonstrations at 2:00PM both days by Harry Hirao.

April 24-25. Cupertino. 44th Annual Kusamura Bonsai Club Show at the Campus Center, De Anza College, 21250 Steven Creek Blvd. (across the street from the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival). Saturday 12Noon-5PM , Sunday 11AM-5PM. Demonstrations at 1:30PM both days.

April 24-25. San Francisco. Cherry Blossom Festival 2004. Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition in the Sakura Room of the Radisson Miyako Hotel, Japan Town, Post and Laguna Streets. 10AM to 5PM both days.

April 25. Napa. Napa Valley Bonsai Club 26th Annual Bonsai Show at the Napa Senior Activity Center, 1500 Jefferson St. Sunday 11AM-5PM. Demonstrations at 1:30PM by Jim Gremel.

May 1-2. Sacramento. Sacramento Bonsai Club 58th Annual Show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Boulevard. Saturday 12Noon-5PM , Sunday 10AM-4PM. Demonstrations at 2PM both days.

May 2. Watsonville. Watsonville Bonsai Club 31st Annual Show at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge Street. Sunday 10AM-4PM. Demonstrations at 2PM by Katsumi Kinoshita.