January 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

  • Wed. Jan. 15: Monthly Meeting 7:00-9:00 PM, Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, Refreshment providers: A-M
  • Sat. Jan. 18: Workshop: 9:00 to Noon, Maruyama Bonsai Nursery, 1423 47th Ave., Sacramento
  • Fri. Jan 24: Annual New Year Banquet 7:00-9:00 PM, Aviator’s Restaurant, 6151 Freeport Blvd (in Sacramento Executive Airport)

Happy New Year! 

After a 2 month break,  2014 BSK activities resume with the 3 events listed above.  At the monthly meeting on Jan. 15, Yuzo Maruyama will discuss harvesting black pines, fertilizer, repotting, pot selection and stands.  The following Sat. will be the year’s first workshop at his nursery.

The  Friday after that, we will have our annual club dinner.  The cost is $20 per person, which covers an American-style buffet, coffee and tea, and the all-important ticket to a raffle of bonsai booty.  If you plan to attend the dinner – and we hope you do! – it is important to RSVP to Treasurer Steven Fat at bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com by Friday January 10th.

Another New Year reminder: please pay your 2014 dues to Steven at the next meeting: $20 individual dues or $35 family dues.

Upcoming Events in Northern & Central California

Jan. 18 – 19, Oakland.  Bay Island Bonsai: 15th anniversary show “Born in the USA!”, Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Hours: 10AM – 4PM Auction Saturday, at 1 PM, preview Noon auction. Only trees started in the US displayed. Bonsai demonstration by Boon on Sunday at 1PM. Guided tours of the exhibit Saturday and Sunday. Vendor, Club, and Educational bonsai material for sale. Entry to exhibit is free, donations accepted. For more information: (510) 919-5042 or http://www.bayislandbonsai.com

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Santa Nella.  California Shohin Seminar at the Hotel Mission de Oro, Santa Nella California. Friday (Jan 31): Registration, Demonstrations, and Exhibit and Vendor areas. Everyone is invited to share their treasured Shohin Bonsai in the Exhibit.  Saturday (Feb 1): Exhibit Opens for Viewing, Vendor Sales Critiques, Workshops, Bazaar & Benefit Drawing Sunday (Feb 2): Exhibit Open 10:30-Noon. Critique and Demonstration, Business Meeting Registration Forms available on the website on November 1st 2013.  For information email: calshohin@yahoo.com, website: http://www.calshohin.org/ or phone: Randi Keppeler 650-598-0127

Feb. 22-23,  Oakland.  GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: Mammoth Fundraiser, GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue.  Saturday (Feb 22): Auction of fabulous bonsai 1PM-4PM with preview at 12 Noon. Sunday (Feb 23): Mammoth Plant Sale and a huge gathering of Vendors, 9AM-4PM. Round Robin Demonstrations noon to 3PM by Collection Curator, Kathy Shaner and Team. For general information email: www.bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com, website: www.gsbf-bonsai.org/lake-merritt/NewHome.htm or phone: Randi Keppeler 650-598-0127.


BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to developing skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $25 per year for individuals, $35 for families. We meet at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more info, go to https://bonsaisekiyukai.wordpress.com  or email bonsaisekiyukai@gmail.com.

OFFICERS  Yuzo Maruyama, President; Alvin Lee, Vice PresidentMark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter EditorSteven Fat, TreasurerTimm Johnson, Immediate Past PresidentJim Fujii, President Emeritus

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