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December 2010 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 12/10 December 2010

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-760


December Meetings

Tuesday, December 14th Joint Class Meeting


Lecture 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.

Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Jim Stalker and Norm Wanek.


Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, January 11th Joint Class Meeting


Lecture 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.

Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Bob Brown and Casey Campbell.

Potting Sessions - There will be potting sessions upcoming in both January and February.  Dates to be announced.


From the President

Demonstrations - This year K will bring into the meeting untrained material that he will prune, and wire into a certain style that he has selected. This will give us the opportunity to ask questions about the entire process of selecting, pruning, and wiring into the chosen style. This demonstration will be posted in the newsletter 1 to 2 months in advance there will be 3 to 4 of this type of demonstrations during the year. This will be great to watch a master at work.

Member Projects - Each member to bring a one gallon or five gallon plants to design as bonsai. This material must be selected from standard nursery material. The member must explain what they see in the plant to make it a beautiful bonsai and know what style tree influenced their purchased material. Every month the member is to bring the same plant in for one year to show and discuss progress. 

Tree Exchange - To start off the new year with new plants we thought a tree exchange should be tried. This would give members the opportunity to thin out their collection of growing material, pre bonsai, or already established bonsai. The Idea is to give plants to one another just to share. If you have material to donate to the club to be sold then K will price to sell but if it does not sell you must take it back.

Membership - Our club needs new members!  If you have any ideas on how we might increase our membership, let us know.  And if you know anyone who might be interested in bonsai, bring them with you to one of our upcoming meetings.


Dues for 2011 are due by December 31st.  Treasurer Jim Stalker will collect dues for next year at the December meeting.  Dues my also be sent to him at: 87 Tuscany Way, Danville, CA  94506. The dues remain unchanged from last year at $50 ($75 couples/household). 


Events Elsewhere

Saturday December 4 - Fresno, California
Fresno Bonsai Society Fourth Annual Bonsai Yard Sale: Plants, pots and stones. Bring tables if you wish to sell, no fee. Food and drink available. For more information and address call Ray Thieme; 559-439-3420 or 559-352-8069.

Saturday - Sunday January 15-16 - Pleasanton, California 
Bay Island Bonsai: Annual Bonsai Exhibit. Hall of Commerce, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue. Admission $ 5.00. Free Parking. Same great auction on Saturday, with preview at Noon and auction at1 PM. NEW: Numerous bonsai education programs all day on Sunday. Guided tours of the exhibit on both Saturday and Sunday. Benefit Drawing (need not be present to win). The largest number of vendors ever. Hours: 10AM-4PM, both Saturday and Sunday. For more information: (510) 919-5042 or



Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

Byron Nobriga President                Jim Stalker - Treasurer
Steve Huskins - Secretary                 Jeff Heffel - Publicity 


Diablo Bonsai Club 2011 Dues Payment Coupon - Return before December 31, 2010

 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