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January 2008 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 01/08 January 2008

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 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 - January 8th - Board Meeting, Conference Room, Alamo Safeway. 7:30PM.

Wednesday, January 16th - 7:30pm. Basic Class Meeting.
                                          This month only, the Basic Class Meeting will be held downstairs at Heather Farm Garden Center.
                                          Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - "Essence - How to Approach the Art of Bonsai".
(informal style).
                                          Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.  Please bring Moyogi material for the workshop.
                                          Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Kathy Souther.

Saturday, January 19th - Field Trip to Sumigawa and Lone Pine Gardens Nurseries.

Wednesday, January 23rd - 7:30pm. Intermediate Class Meeting.
                                          Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Review of Basic Styles.
                                          Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.
                                          Refreshments and help with cleanup and close:  Jim Stalker.

Saturday, January 26th - 9:30am.  Potting Session at Tassajara Nursery.


2008 Club Dues:  Dues for 2008 are now past due.  The dues remain unchanged from last year at $50 ($75 couples/household).  If you have not yet paid, please submit your payment to Jim Stalker as soon as possible.

Board of Directors Meeting Site: The Board of Directors has found a new home!  We will now meet in the Conference Room at Alamo Safeway.  We normally meet the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30.  All members are welcome to attend.

Spring Show 2008 - April 4-6:  On February 5th, the club is required to pay the City of Walnut Creek the full total for the rental of the Community Center for our Spring Show.  In order to hold our show, we need to have the full participation of nearly every member of the club.  So far, of the 33 club members on our roster as of December 31, only 10 have signed up to be on a show committee, and only 14 have renewed their memberships!
At our January meetings, members will be asked if they are going to fully participate in the show.  Based on the responses, the Board of Directors will decide if we have the resources we need to put on our Spring Show.  Please be ready to make a commitment at the January meetings.  If you cannot attend your January meeting, please contact one of the Board members and let them know if you want to be involved in a show.  If we don't hear from you, we will assume that you are not interested.

Assuming that we will have a Spring Show this year, please bring donation and display trees with you to this month's meeting.  All this material should be seen by 'K' by the end of February.

Field Trip  - January 19th:  The club is organizing a field trip to two nurseries in Sonoma County, Sumigawa Nursery and Lone Pine Gardens.  These are both excellent spots to pick up that material for this year's projects.  A map and details about the trip are included with this newsletter. Please let Steve Huskins ((925) 937-4216, know if you'd like to attend.

Potting Sessions - January 26th, February 2nd and 16th:  The club will hold three potting sessions at the Tassajara Nursery during the next two months to assist you in preparing donation and display trees for our show.  Potting soil will be provided for a small charge, and other bonsai supplies are available at the nursery. Sessions start at 9:30am.


Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Saturdays, February 2nd and 16th, 2008  - 9:30am Potting Sessions at Tassajara Nursery.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - 7:30pm.  Basic Class Meeting.
                                            Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Chokkan (formal upright style).
                                            Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Eddie Ballesteros.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - 7:30pm.  Intermediate Class Meeting.
                                            Lecture 7:30-8:00pm - Arrangement of Roots..
                                            Workshop 8:00 - 9:30.
                                            Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Norm Wanek.


Events Elsewhere

Saturday - Sunday, January 19-20  Hayward, California
Bay Island Bonsai:  Annual show “An Exhibit of Fine Bonsai” at Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd. Hours are 10AM–4PM both days. $5 admission. Free parking. Guided tours of the exhibit. Auction of quality bonsai and suiseki on Saturday: Preview at noon, auction at 1PM. For information call Boon Manakitivipart at (510) 865-1008 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, January 19-20  Arcadia, California
Baikoen Bonsai Kenkyukai
: 44th Annual Bonsai Exhibition “Winter Silhouettes” at Ayers Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Avenue.  Show hours are 10AM-4:30PM both days.  Demonstrations at 1PM both days.  Plants, pots, and tools for sale.  Reception for our bonsai friends Saturday evening 6:30PM.  Food, Entertainment, Raffle, and Live Auction.

Saturday - Sunday, January 26-27  Oakland, California
Bay Area Bonsai Associates
: 27th Annual Bonsai Exhibit at Lakeside Garden Center (Lake Merritt), 666 Bellevue Ave. Show hours are Saturday 5PM-9PM and Sunday 10AM-4PM.  John Thompson will critique Oak trees, many from his personal collection at 7PM Saturday. No admission charge.


Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

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




Diablo Bonsai Club 2008 Dues Payment Coupon - Return ASAP

 Circle One Single - $50.00 Couple/Household - $75.00

Name _____________________________________
City _______________ State _____ Zip _________
Phone No. _________________________________
email Address ______________________________

Please Return to: Jim Stalker, 87 Tuscany Way, Danville, CA  94506

Diablo Bonsai Club January 2008 Newsletter