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March 2011 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 03/11 March 2011

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-760


March Meetings

Tuesday, March 8th Joint Class Meeting


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

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.

Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Jeff Heffel and Steve Huskins.




Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, April 12th Joint Class Meeting


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

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.

Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Lois Naye and Byron Nobriga.



From the President

Member Projects - For this month each member has been asked to bring in a formal and informal upright into class to work on. K will demonstrate informal in front of the class. Each class member then will work on their own formal and informal upright tree throughout the year and bring to class for K to evaluate month-to-month progress and the development of the trees. Members can also bring in any other materials to class if the individual wants help on any type or style of their own trees. Please participate; it will be interesting to see how well we do in one year's time.

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.


Events Elsewhere

Saturday - Sunday, March 12-13 - Oakland, California
Bay Area Bonsai Associates: 29th Annual Show at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue. Show hours are Saturday: 5-9PM and Sunday: 10AM-4PM. There will be a 6:30PM, Saturday demonstration by Ryan Neil, who apprenticed with Masahiko Kimura and is noted for his teaching excellence, followed by a raffle of the demonstration tree and general prizes. A plant sale during exhibit hours both days will include pre-bonsai, bonsai, pots, tools, soils, wire, literature and other bonsai related materials. Admission is free, and parking is free after 5PM. For more information contact John Roehl at or at 707-827-3206.

Saturday - Sunday, March 19 - 20 - Palo Alto, California
Kusamura Bonsai Club: 51st Annual Show at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Admission is free. Show hours are Saturday: 12-Noon to 5PM, and Sunday: 10AM-5PM. There will be demonstrations, raffles, and club member tree sales both days. Jim Gremel will be the guest demonstrator. For more information, contact Jerry Carpenter at 408-557-0166; 408-823-9525 or

Wednesday - Sunday, March 23 - 27 - San Mateo, California
Bonsai Society of San Francisco: Annual Bonsai Exhibit located in the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive. General admission to the show is $20.00. The hours are: Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-7PM and Sunday 10AM-6PM. For more information visit our website For general information on the Flower and Garden Show visit:

Saturday - Sunday, March 26 - 27 - Scotts Valley, California
Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai: 22 Annual Bonsai Exhibit and Show at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road from 10:30AM-4:30PM both days. Demonstration by Mr. Katsumi Kinoshita will be at 2PM each day. Plant Sales, door prizes, raffle and much, much more. For more information call 831-469-0688 or e-mail


Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

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