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December 2011 Newsletter

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

                            Issue: 12/11 December 2011

Web Page Address:

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-760


December Meetings


Tuesday, December 13th Joint Class Meeting


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

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.
Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Byron Nobriga and Richard Pollock-Nelson.

Diablo Bonsai Club Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday, December 13th Joint Class Meeting


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

Workshop 8:00 9:30 p.m.
Refreshments and help with cleanup and close: Maria Sargent and Jim Stalker.

From the President

Dues for 2012 are now due, and must be submitted by December 31st.  The amount remains unchanged: $50, or $75 per couple or household.  You can pay your dues to Jim Stalker directly at the December meeting, or send them in using the form at the end of the newsletter.

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, December 3  Fresno, California
Fresno Area Bonsai Clubs: Fourth Annual Bonsai Yard Sale at 736 West Browning Avenue from 8AM-3PM. There will be a very large selection of raw materials, some finished bonsai, used pots, books, magazines, and stands, all at very reasonable prices. Everyone is welcome to participate. If you wish to sell or trade bonsai related items or need a table, please contact us in advance so that we may plan space accordingly. Lunch will be available. Contact Ralph Schroeder at 559 271-8299 or

Saturday - Sunday, January 14-15  Oakland, California
Bay Island Bonsai:  Annual Bonsai Exhibit
at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue. Hours are 10AM-4PM, both days. On Saturday at 1PM there will be an auction, with a preview at 12Noon. Guided tours of the exhibit both days. Benefit Drawing (need not be present to win). Vendors; club member and educational bonsai material will be for sale. Free entry to the exhibit. Donations accepted. For more information call 510-919-5042 or visit 

Saturday - Sunday, January 28-29  Oakland, California
Bay Area Bonsai Associates: 31st Annual Bonsai Exhibition
at the Lakeside Park (Lake Merritt) Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue. Show hours are Saturday, 5-9PM and a demonstration by Ryan Neil starts at 6:30PM, followed by a raffle of the demonstration tree. Sunday hours are 10AM-4PM. A plant sale (including bonsai related items such as pots, tools, soils, wires, books, etc.) will be continuous both days. Admission is free. For more information contact John Roehl at or 707-827-3206.


Diablo Bonsai Club Officers

Byron Nobriga President                Jim Stalker - Treasurer
Steve Huskins - Secretary                

Diablo Bonsai Club 2012 Dues Payment Coupon - Return before December 31, 2011

 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