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Diablo Bonsai Club


Web Page Address:                                                Issue 00/05      May 2000

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600

President: Bob Evans (925)-820-0268

Editor: Daryl Bunch (925)-830-8790 email - bunchs or

May Meetings


Heather Farms Garden Center,

1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

All meetings are 7:00pm 10:00pm

Potluck - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

May 1st

Basic Class 7:00 to 7:30pm Lecture

"Branch Development I"

7:30pm - 8:00pm - Start basic workshop

Intermediate Class - 8:00 to 8:30pm

Lecture - "Continuation of Basic Workshop"

8:30pm - 10:00pm - continue basic and begin intermediate workshops.

Refreshments: Don Meeker, James Merrill and Byron Nobiga

May 8th

Basic and Intermediate Workshop - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Refreshments: Billie Morenz, Sandra Morenz and Nancy Norris


Note:    If you are listed to bring refreshments and cannot attend the meeting, please call Bob Evans at (925) 820-0268.

Important: Bring the trees you are planning to donate to the October Show plant sale for K to look at. Also bring your regular workshop material to class as well.

May 8th - Orientation for prospective new members downstairs 6:30 to 7:00pm. Twenty three invitations were mailed out to those who signed up at the millenium "Garden Exhibit" indicating an interest inlearning more about Diablo Bonsai Club. Also one person at the Cherry Blossom Festival has contacted us expressing and interest.

Tuesday May 2nd Board Meeting at CalFed Bank on Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon at 7:30pm.

This board meeting will be devoted to the planning of the October Show. All show committee chairs should attend. As a reminder the following is a list of the committee chairs:

Construction/Display - Bob Eden

Greeting - Rebecca Harris

Hospitality - Don Meeker

Publicity - Norm Waneck

Education - Scott Couture

Plant Sales - Renee McGowan

May 20th - Spring Garden Tour to the homes of Bob Lausten, Gale Newcomb and Norm Wanek.

Bob Lausten 10:00am to 10:45am

Gale Newcomb 11:00am to 12 noon

Norm Wanek 12:15pm to 1:00pm

Maps and direction to these homes will be passed out in the May monthly meetings. If you plan to attend and don't get to one of the meetings, call Bob Evans (925)-820-0268. The Spring Garden Tour is a great way to see how other members set up their yards and gardens for their bonsai, so don't miss this opportunity. Also Gale's Koi ponds are always a favorite.

Club News

We had another successful exhibit at the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco April 15 and 16. Thanks to those who made the trek to SF on Friday night and Sunday to show their trees. Also thanks to those who went over to watch the trees and be at the exhibiton Saturday and Sunday. Again we had a good turnout of volunteers for the exhibit and your efforts are appreciated.

Please welcome the following new member:

Barbara Richards of Pleasant Hill

Events Elsewhere

Golden State Bonsai Collection at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA.

Garden House Hours

Wed, Thurs, Fri - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Sat. - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sun. - 12 noon to 4:00pm

Call ahead to be sure they are open. (520)-763-8409

May 7th - Watsonville Bonsai Club's 27th annual Bonsai Show will be held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple Annex, 423 Bridge Street, Watsonville. Show Hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm with a demonstration at 2:00pm.

May 20th & 21st - Shikishima Bonsai Club's 42nd Annual Bonsai Exhibition will be held at the Japanese American Cultural Center, 3165 Treat Blvd, Concord. Show hours Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Demonstrations both days at 1:30am by George Fujita.

Diablo Bonsai look ahead schedule

June 5th - Basic Class topic "Review of past six months studies and summer care, and workshop.

Intermediate Class topic "Discussion of jin and shari, and workshop.

Refreshments - John Rabinowitx, Alex Schneider and Linda Soliven

June 6th - Board of Directors Meeting.

In the future please call Tom Fong at (925) 825-9737 if you change your address, e-mail or telephone number so that the club roster can be kept up to date.

Members desiring to use the web page for their monthly newsletter instead of having it mailed to their house should contact Daryl Bunch either by phone or email locations shown above.