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May 2011 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 05/11 May 2011

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-760


May Meetings

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.




Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, June 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 Bob Brown.



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,  May 7-8 - Sacramento, California
Sacramento Bonsai Club: 64th Annual Bonsai and Suiseki Show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Boulevard. Show hours are Saturday, 12-Noon-5PM, and Sunday, 10AM-5PM. Demonstration by Boon Manakitivipart at 2PM both days; raffle will follow. Plants and bonsai related items for sale. Free admission. For further information contact Gary Judd, 916-630-1340.

Saturday - Sunday,  May 21-22 - Sacramento, California
Satsuki Aikokai of Sacramento: 40th Annual Show at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard. Show hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Demonstration at 1:30PM both days, followed by benefit drawings. Member and vendor sales also available. Free admission. For more information visit or contact Ronn Pigram, 916-428-8505

Saturday - Sunday, May 21-22 - Santa Barbara, California
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara: A Special 40th year Anniversary Bonsai Exhibition at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Hours are Saturday llAM-4PM, and Sunday 10AM-4PM. Demonstrations at 1PM both days. Raffles and plant sales by the Club. For more information, contact Ann Erb 805-929-4972, or visit www.santabarbarbonsai.orgJoe Olson


Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

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