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April 2008 Newsletter

     Sensei: Kunitoshi "K" Akabane (925) 736-7600

                            Issue: 04/08 April 2008

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

March Meetings

Meetings are held in the large upstairs room at the Heather Farm Garden Center, Walnut Creek, and are scheduled on the 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month, from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.  Meetings start at 7:30PM with a brief business meeting, and end at 9:30PM.
Please be ready to meet at 7:30PM.

Tuesday - April 1st - Board Meeting, Conference Room, Alamo Safeway. 7:30PM.

Wednesday, April 16th - 7:30pm. Basic Class Meeting.
                                          Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Kengai (cascade style).
                                          Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.  Please bring Kengai material for the workshop.
                                          Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Jim Green.

Wednesday, April 23rd - 7:30pm. Intermediate Class Meeting.
                                          Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Branch Development II.
                                          Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.
                                          Refreshments and help with cleanup and close:  Bob Brown.


Cherry Blossom Festival - San Francisco, April 18th - 20th:  The club is participating in a bonsai exhibit as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco's Japan Town later this month.  We need volunteers to be at our display and tell the public about our trees and our club. No expertise is required!  Shift hours will be 10:00 AM to 1:30PM, and 1:30PM to 5:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. 'K' has recommended attending this event, particularly for our Basic members, as a chance to see trees styled by members from different clubs, instructed by different sensei.  Contact Steve Huskins to sign up for a shift.

Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 - 7:30pm.  Basic Class Meeting.
                                            Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Yoseue (group planting style).
                                            Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: David Holmgren.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 - 7:30pm.  Intermediate Class Meeting.
                                            Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Balance of trees in the bonsai pot.
                                            Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Marcia Cozens.


Events Elsewhere

Saturday - Sunday April 5-6  Sacramento, California
Bonsai Sekiyu Kai of Sacramento
:  31st Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Boulevard.  Hours are 12NOON-5PM Saturday and 10AM-3:30PM Sunday.  Demonstrations at 2PM both days by John Uchida.  Refreshments, Light Snacks, Door prizes, Raffles, Plant and  Bonsai Tool Sales.

Saturday - Sunday April 12-13   San Jose, California
San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club
: 38th Annual Spring Exhibit at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street.  Hours are Saturday 12noon-5PM and Sunday 11AM-4PM. Demonstration at 1PM both days by “Mr. California Juniper” Harry Hirao from Huntington Beach.  Raffles. Plants, tools, pots, and soil for sale.  For information, call Ken Azuma (408) 730-4506.

Saturday - Sunday April 12-13 Sacramento, California
American Bonsai Association of Sacramento
: Annual Spring Show & Sale at McKinley Park Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Show hours are 10AM-5PM, both days. Demonstration at 1:30PM both days. Benefit raffle follows the demonstrations. Vendor and member sales of bonsai plants, pots, plants, and other bonsai related items. For more information, contact Timm Johnson (916) 362-8147.

Saturday - Sunday April 26-27  Chico, California
Chico Bonsai Society
: Annual Spring Show at the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) Community Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave.  Show hours are Saturday 11AM-5PM and Sunday 10AM-5PM.  Demonstrations and critiques by club guru Roberta Walters, raffles, refreshments, vendors.  No admission fee.  For more information, contact Jeannie Burgess (530) 894-7913 or Pat Gilmore (530) 343-3447.

Saturday - Sunday April 26-27  Palo Alto, California
Kusamura Bonsai Club
:  Annual Bonsai Show and Sale at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road.  Show hours are Saturday 12noon-5PM and Sunday 10AM-5PM.  Featured guest, bonsai plant sale, and a show of both established trees and educational work in progress trees.

Diablo Bonsai Club April 2008 Newsletter