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April 2011 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 04/11 April 2011

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-760


April Meetings

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.




Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, May 10th Joint Class Meeting


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

Workshop 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Richard Pollock-Nelson and Maria Sargent.



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 April 2 - San Francisco, California
Bonsai Society of San Francisco Bonsai: Special Sales Event in the Recreation Room of the San Francisco County Fair Building, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park. Bonsai and related items will be on sale by club members. Hours are 9AM-3PM. This sale is an addedum to the club’s show of March 23-27 at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Free admission; some parking available behind the building. For more information visit our website:

Saturday - Sunday,  April 2-3 - Sacramento, California
Bonsai Sekiyu Kai of Sacramento: 34th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are: Saturday, 12-Noon-5:00PM, and Sunday, 10AM-3:30PM. Demonstrations at 2PM, both days by Bonsai Master John Uchida. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles, and a Silent Auction. Plant and bonsai tool sales will also available. For more information contact Ron Krause at 916-481-4792 or

Friday - Sunday, April 8-10 - San Jose, California
San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club: 41st Anniversary Exhibition at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. 5th Street. Hours are Saturday, Noon-5PM, and Sunday, 11AM-4:PM. A demonstration featuring Harry Hirao, ‘Mr. California Juniper’ will be at 1PM, both days. The demonstration trees will be raffled at the conclusion of each demonstration. Plants and bonsai material will be available for sale. Free admission. For more information, contact Ken Azuma, 408-730-4506 or

Saturday - Sunday, April 30 - May 1 - Modesto, California
Modesto Bonsai Club: 30th Annual Spring Show & Saleat theModesto Centre Plaza, 11th & K Streets. Hours are: Saturday 10AM-5PM, and Sunday 11AM-4PM. Bonsai exhibit, demonstrations, auctions, raffles and sales both days. Free Admission. For more information visit us at or call Peter Camarena at 209-529-1759.


Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

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