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January 2001 Newsletter

Web Page Address Issue:                                  01/01 ¨ January 2001

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600

President: Bob Evans (925)-280-0268

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

January Meetings:

Heather Farms Garden Center,

1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

All meetings are 7:30pm – 9:30pm


January 8 - Basic Class (7:00 pm to 7:30 pm) – Business meeting and library open; (7:30 pm to 8:00 pm) Class Instruction - topics are Chokkan (formal upright) and Moyogi (informal upright) styles of bonsai, and Winter Care; (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm) Workshop. 

Refreshments: Alan Jones and Patricia Hines

January 15 - Joint Meeting (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm) Potluck Dinner and Installation of Officers for 2001.     At the potluck dinner there will be pots and stands from the estate of former member Phil Hermann for sale.

January 29 - Intermediate Class (7:00 pm to 7:30 pm) business meeting and library open; (7:30 pm to 8:00 pm) Class instruction topic - Winter Care in General and this year's project; (8:00 pm to 10:00 pm) Workshop.

Refreshments:  Hollis Hardy and Rebecca Harris

January 2 - Board Meeting at 7:30 pm at the CalFed Bank on Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon.

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

January 27 - Field Trip to Bonsai Nurseries:  a) El Dorado Bonsai Nursery (9:30 am to 11:30 am), 3201 Newtown Road, Placerville, CA.  (530)-295-0200; and b) Maruyama Bonsai Nursery (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm), 1423 47th Avenue, Sacramento, CA, (916)-421-6888. 

Carpooling from Montgomery Wards parking lot on Monument Boulevard departing at 7:30 am.  Signups and detailed information will be available at the January 8 and 15 meetings.

Club News

Starting in January there will be separate meeting dates for the basic and intermediate classes from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  There will be joint, basic/intermediate classes scheduled in March, June, August and December.  As a reminder to everyone, bring a piece of plastic to cover the table during workshop and bring a tree to work on.  Also before you leave, clean-up around your table and help put away the tables and chairs at the end of class.  The two rows of tables and chairs on the south end of the room have to be put away.

Please welcome the following new members:

Richard Crawford of Danville

Nick Nickelson of Brentwood

Colin and Lou Anne Whitley of San Ramon

Cathryn Thompson of Martinez


The 2001 Schedule of Activities was finalized in the December Board Meeting and will be distributes with the February Newsletter.  We would like to finalize the club memberhsip roster in February as well and get it distributed to the membership.  If you haven't paid your dues yet, please use the form at the end of this newsletter and mail a check to Tom Fong by January 31st.

New members should attend the field trip on January 27, as it will be an opportunity to buy bonsai material for the first potting session scheduled for February 10th.  You can also get material for your personal use in class.  Experienced members of the club will be on the field trip as well to help you select material.

Events Elsewhere

January 6th & 7th, 2001 - Bay Island Bonsai’s first show, "an Exhibit if Fine Bonsai", Centennial Hall 22292 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA Show hours - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days. Admission $3.00.  Free gift to the first 50 attendees each day. An auction of refined bonsai on Saturday - preview at noon, auction at 1:00 pm.   Call Boon at (510)-865-1008 for more details.

Golden State Bonsai Collection - North Lakeside Park Garden Center

666 Bellevue Avenue (Lake Merritt)

Oakland, CA.

Garden House Hours

Wed, Thurs, Fri - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sat. - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sun. - 12 Noon to 4:00 PM

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

February 3rd & 4th  - Bay Area Bonsai Associates 20th Annual Bonsai Show at Lakeside Park GArden Center, 666 Bellview Avenue, Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA.

Hours Saturday:   6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Demo by Kahty Shaner at 7:30 pm.

Hours Sunday:     9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Demo by Bill Hilvers at 1:00 pm.

February 25 - Golden State Bonsai Collection North Mammoth Bazaar at Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue, Oakland, CA.  Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Garden Classes at Heather Farms:

1.  Vegetable Gardening - February 7, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  Fee $17.00 for members and $21.0 for non-members.

2.  Planting Design - February 14, 21, & 28, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  Fee $45.00 for members and $55.00 for non-members.

3.  Watering your Garden - February 24, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Fee $15.00 for members and $20.00 non-members.

See the last page of this newsletter for a form to use for these classes if interested.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

February 5 - Basic Class - Fukinagashi and Kengai Styles.  Refreshments: Dimitri and Nick Kooshinoff

February 6 - Board Meeting

February 10 - Potting Session

February 12 - Intermediate Class - Discussion on Individual Expression about what is Bonsai Art.  Refreshments:  Fred Kovar and Bob Lausten

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.


Annual Dues

January 2001 is the start of the new year and Diablo Bonsai Club dues need to be paid again. Please Fill in the following form and a check made out to: Diablo Bonsai Club and mail it to: Tom Fong, 126 St. Joan Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, or bring it to the club meeting in January.

Please remember that payment must be made by January 31, 2000, as we do not want the process to drag out as it typically has in the past.


Diablo Bonsai Club

2000 Dues Payment Coupon - Return before January 31, 2000

Circle One Single - $40.00 Couple - $ $65.00

Name _____________________________________


City _______________ State _____ Zip _________

Phone No. _________________________________

eMail Address ______________________________

Occupation ________________________________

Please Return to Tom Fong, 126 St. Joan Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523



Class Registration Form                                Send to: The Gardens at Heather Farms

                                                                      1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598

                                                                       Phone: 925-947-1678        Fax:  947-1726


Name ________________________________________        Phone  _____________________________

Address  __________________________________        City  _______________________    Zip  ___________

Name of Class                                                          Date & Time                                                               Fee                                  




                                                                                                                                                                              Total  _________________

_____ Member        _____  Non-Member        _____  Check Enclosed                    _____  Visa          _____  Mastercard

Card Number  _________________________  Expiration Date  _______________

Signature:  _______________________________________

                                                                                Make checks payable to:  The Gardens at Heather Farms

                                                                Refunds for canceling attendance will be made only until one week before class