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October 2011 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 10/11 October 2011

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-760


October Meeting

Please note the meeting change for October!


Saturday, October 29th


Special Saturday Workshop at the Tassajara Nursery - 9:30 AM

Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, November 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: Astrid Eiland and Lois Naye.

From the President

K and the Board of Directors have set 2 goals for our club in 2012.  We would like to once again participate in the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival, held each spring.  We would have a small display at the festival of 3-5 trees.  Then in Fall of 2012, we would like to hold our own club show.  Preparing our trees for a show is something that takes 6-8 months (or more), so the time to start things about these events is now!

Events Elsewhere

Saturday, October 1 - San Jose, California
Midori Bonsai Club: 50th Annual Bonsai Show in conjunction with the Spirit of Japantown Festival at the Wesley United Methodist, Fellowship Hall, 566 N. 5th Street. Hours are 10AM-5PM. Bonsai demonstration at 1PM by Kathy Shaner with a raffle at the end of the demonstration. Admission free.

Saturday - Sunday, October 8-9 - Oakland, California
East Bay Bonsai Society: 50th Annual Show at the Lakeside Garden Club, 666 Bellevue Avenue. Hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 11AM-4PM.  There is an entrance fee to the park, but show entry is free and donations are welcome. Silent observers are welcome to the club's workshop on Saturday from 1PM-4PM. A demonstration by Kathy Shaner will from 1-4 PM, Sunday, followed by a raffle of bonsai and related items. A large selection of club member consignments will be for sale throughout the show. Contact Janice Dilbeck, 925-458-3845, or John Nackley, 510-693-2423 for more information.

Saturday - Sunday, October 15-16 - Union City, California
Yamato Bonsai Kai: 40th Annual Bonsai Exhibition and demonstrations featuring Johnny Uchida, at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Admission of $5.00 includes entry to the exhibit & sales area, viewing of the demonstration and a raffle entry for the demonstration tree. Saturday event hours are 1PM-9PM with an evening demonstration at 7PM. Yamato members will serve dinner from 5-6PM; donations accepted. Come for the Saturday exhibition, have dinner and stay for the demonstration. Sunday event hours are from 10AM-4PM with an afternoon demonstration at 1PM. Visit for additional information.

Saturday - Sunday, October 22-23 - Sacramento, California
Capitol City Bonsai Association: 12th Anniversary Show to support the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and the Sacramento bonsai clubs. Location is the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. in McKinley Park. Show hours are Saturday, 10AM-5PM and Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Demonstration both days at 1:30PM by sponsor clubs with special bonsai raffle drawings to follow. Vendor and club member sales areas. Contact Gary Judd, or 916-622-8048 for more information.




Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

Byron Nobriga President                Jim Stalker - Treasurer
Steve Huskins - Secretary