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January 2009 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 01/09 January 2009

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

January Meetings

Meetings are held in the large upstairs room at the Heather Farm Garden Center, Walnut Creek, and are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 7:00PM to 9:30PM. 

Saturday, January 10th, 2008 - Field Trip to Sumigawa Nursery and Lone Pine Gardens.  See Notes section below.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2008 - 7:00pm.  Joint Meeting.
                                            Basic Lecture 7:00 - 7:20pm: Chokkan (Formal Upright) and Moyogi (Informal Upright).
                                            Intermediate Lecture 7:30 - 8:00pm: Maintaining Conifers through Winter.
                                            Workshop 8:10 - 9:30pm.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Eddie Ballesteros and Bob Brown.

Saturday, January 17th, 2008 - 9:30am  Potting Session at Tassajara Nursery.  See Notes section below.

Tuesday, January 27 - 7:00pm:  Board of Directors Meeting  Location TBA.


Dues for 2009 are due by December 31st; Individual - $50, Couple/Family - $75.  Dues should be sent to Treasurer Jim Stalker at: 87 Tuscany Way, Danville, CA  94506.

Meeting Dates for 2009 - For 2009, the club will hold Joint Class meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. To allow K to address a lecture to both the basic and intermediate members, there will be a basic level lecture at 7:00, and an intermediate level lecture at 7:30.  Basic members should arrive before 7:00; intermediate members should arrive either before 7:00 or between 7:20 and 7:30.  Please do not arrive between 7:00 and 7:20, when you would disturb the basic lecture.

Field Trip to Sumigawa and Lone Pine Nurseries - We are planning a field trip to these two bonsai-specialty nurseries in Sonoma County on Saturday, January 10th.  Please plan on attending if at all possible, particularly if you are a basic member. You will have the opportunity to see a lot, learn a lot, and bring back material not readily available closer to home.  See the enclosed flyer for trip details.  RSVP to Steve Huskins at (925) 937-4216.  If you are interested in participating in a carpool (driving or riding), let Steve know that as well.

Potting Session - We will hold the first of our annual potting sessions at the Tassajara Nursery on Saturday, January 17th at 9:30am. (Yes, the busy season for bonsai has begun!)  It's another don't-miss event.  Bring your trees, tools, and pots; potting medium will be available from the club for a small charge. Members' trees only, please.


Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, February 10th - 7:00pm.  Joint Class Meeting.
                                            Basic Lecture 7:00 - 7:20pm: To be announced.
                                            Intermediate Lecture 7:30 - 8:00pm: To be announced.
                                            Workshop 8:10 - 9:30pm.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Marcia Cozens and Astrid Eiland.

Saturdays February 7th and 28th - Potting Sessions at Tassajara Nursery.


Events Elsewhere

Saturday - Sunday, January 17-18.  Hayward, California
Bay Island Bonsai:
10th Anniversary of “An Exhibit of Fine Bonsai” at Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd. Hours 10AM-4PM both days. Admission fee: $5 for both days and all events. Saturday: High quality auction from 1PM-3PM; Preview will be at 12PM. Sunday: Silent auction from 10AM-1PM; Demonstration at 1PM. Vendors will be available both days. For more information at (510) 865-1008 or visit


Saturday - Sunday, January 31-February 1, Oakland, California
Bay Area Bonsai Associates:
25th Annual Bonsai Exhibition at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue. Hours are Saturday, 4:30 PM-8:00PM and Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00PM. Demonstration by Boon Manakitivipart Saturday at 5:30PM, followed by a raffle of the demonstration tree as well as numerous other bonsai items. Sales area is open all hours (except during the demonstration) and will include bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, books and magazines, tools and wire. Admission is Free.

Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

Steve Huskins - President,      Byron Nobriga - First Vice President,
Secretary - Open,                   Jim Stalker - Treasurer,
Lois Naye - Club Historian,    Helen Salmon - Newsletter Editor & Webmaster.