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April 2006 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 4/06 April 2006

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

April Meetings:

All 2006 meetings will be Joint meetings and will be in the large upstairs room at the Heather Farm Garden Center, Walnut Creek. Meetings are scheduled on the 3rd 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 4th - Board Meeting, Charlotte Wood School, Danville.

Wednesday - April 19th - Joint Class Meeting. Lecture 7:30-8:00PM - Final review and care of exhibit & project plants.
8:00-9:30PM - Workshop. Bring show and donation trees to work on. Sensei K will review Show trees and review and price donation trees.
Refreshments - Steve Huskins and Dimitri Koovshinoff.

Friday, April 28th, 6:00-9:00pm, Danville Community Center - Show set up. Bring trees for display and donation trees for sale. There will be pizza and soft drinks.

Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th. Danville Community Center - 9:00am to 5:00pm Spring Show. Preparation, show and cleanup. Show hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday, and 10:00am to 4:00pm Sunday.

From the President:

Our meeting this month on Wednesday the 18th is only ten days before the show. There is a lot yet for everyone to do in preparation.

The two most significant problems we have are regarding the Donation Trees and the Display Trees.

First, we have recorded only 46 donation trees as of March 31. Twelve of these have not yet been priced by Kay. Remember that donation tree sales are the primary means of raising the money to pay for the more than $2500 cost of putting on the show. Last year we had over 200 trees for sale and still lost money. We have asked for four donation trees from each member and if everyone complies we will still have only 80 trees. I think everyone can see we have a problem here. We need to have everyone bring their trees that have not been priced. A few members have not presented any trees for donation and as indicated above 12 trees have been offered but not priced. I will have the donation tree list at the meeting. Remember we will not have time during the show setup on Friday evening to have trees priced.

Our second significant problem is with the number of display trees. We normally have at least 60 trees on display to make it worthwhile for the public and it is K’s expectation that this year will be no different. As of March 31 we only have 38 trees which have been offered and reviewed by K for display. Again we have several members who have not listed their trees and this information is necessary to plan the layout of the tables for the show. I will also have the list of display trees we know about to date at the meeting.

Lastly we need to be sure everyone is signed up with the various committee chairpersons for there assignments during the show. Our hope is that, just as last year, all members will turn out for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday and we will have a successful show.

Jim Stalker

Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, May 16th. - 7:30pm. Board Meeting, Charlotte Wood School, Danville.

Wednesday, May 17th, - 7:30pm. Joint Class Meeting. Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Fukinagashi and Kengai. 8:00 - 9:30pm - Workshop.
Refreshments: Rober Lausten and Jack Mahshi.

Events Elsewhere

April, 2006

April 8-9, Saturday and Sunday, Sacramento - American Bonsai Association of Sacramento Annual Spring Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Garden & Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Show hours are 10AM-5PM both days. DemonstratiSalons at 2PM. a. For more information, check the web site

April 22-23, Saturday and Sunday, San Francisco - Cherry Blossom Festival 2006 Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition in the Sakura Room of the Radisson Miyako Hotel, Japan Town. Show hours are 10AM-5PM both days. Participation by several GSBF member clubs. Bonsai demonstration at 1:30PM Saturday. Suiseki presentation at 3:30PM Saturday. Benefit drawings at 4PM.

April 29-30, Saturday and Sunday, Palo Alto - Kusamura Bonsai Club 46th Annual Bonsai Show at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road (at Embarcadero Road). Show hours are Saturday 12noon–5PM and Sunday 11AM–5PM. Demonstrations both days at 1:30PM. Plant sale and raffle.

April 30, Sunday Napa - Napa Valley Bonsai Club 28th Annual Bonsai Show & Sale at the Napa Senior Center Building, 1500 Jefferson St. Show hours are 11AM-5PM. Demonstration at 1PM by Johnny Uchida using Satsuki Azalea.

James Stalker - President,    Steve Huskins - First Vice President
Sylvia Roemer - Secretary,     Rebecca Harris - Treasurer,
Club Historian - Lois Naye.    Editor - Don Meeker -