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Program: Travis Goldstein: Prostrata Juniper Part II

As you may recall, Travis Goldstein, the owner of California Bonsai Studio, 4015 N. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, did a demo last June on a prostrata juniper and promised to work on the tree again the next time he was here. The picture shows Travis and the tree after its initial styling. The tree was raffled off at our summer potluck in August with the proviso that the new owner bring it back for Travis’s next styling. Your ever-vigilant newsletter editor doesn’t remember who won the tree, so let’s hope the lucky winner is reading this and remembers to bring it in for the presentation. Travis will include some grafting as part of his demonstration.

President’s Message:

No president’s message this month. Tom Post and his wife Patti are home recuperating from having recently been hit by a car as they crossed the road, and I just couldn’t bring myself to nag him about a message this month.

Last Month: Party At Keith Mautino’s House

A big Thank You! to Keith Mautino for hosting the club’s last event of 2015. Regretfully, I wasn’t able to attend, but here are a description and pictures that Susanne Barrymore kindly provided:

Keith’s new place is wonderfully remote, in a manner of speaking. I wasn’t aware of nearby houses, and there is pleasant vegetation screening all his surroundings. Now in the pictures I can see some nearby roof tops. Getting there was a much longer windy route than the map indicated, but we got there about 12:08, and Steven Yee was already there, and Colin Purcell, too, as well. Later Allen and Gabi King, Ann Erb and John Kopp, Margaret and Ronald Dolkart, Daniel and Christy and Hayden Martinez, Glenn Griffin, and Carol and Mike Hicks all came. Glenn brought a lot of material about the new table covers for our show, and had a chance to show them to me and to Ann. There were only 4 items for the raffle. Keith had some very nice things out for hors d’oeuvres, and an assortment of things to drink, red and white wine, cold tea, and Colin brought hard cider.

These pictures well illustrate the wonderful set-up Keith has for his bonsai. The deck they are on was already there! The weather was fine and sunny. Carol Hicks said it was very windy down at their place, and remarked how much nicer it was without wind at Keith’s.

Dues And Class Fees Are Due

Yes, the New Year is upon us and it’s time to pay annual dues, and fees for the workshops too, if you plan on participating in them. Please complete the accompanying Membership Renewal Form and bring it to the meeting or mail it to the club’s PO Box. Dues and class fees are unchanged for last year. Dues: $30.00 for individuals, $45.00 for families. Class fees: $108.00 per semester. In addition to our long-standing 3rd Saturday classes, Ann Erb will continue her 2nd Saturday classes again this year. Separate fees apply for both series of classes.

Coming Events:

January 9:

Bonsai Club Of Santa Barbara: 2nd Saturday Workshop With Ann Erb. 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM, Room 8, Goleta Valley Community Center. New Semester, fees are due. Subsequent dates for 1st semester classes are February 13, March 12, and April 9.

January 16:

Bonsai Club Of Santa Barbara: 3rd Saturday Workshop With Guest Instructor. 9 AM until noon or 1 to 4 PM., Room 7, Goleta Valley Community Center. Roy Nagatoshi, guest instructor. New Semester, fees are due. See accompanying schedule for the entire year.

February 9:

Bonsai Club Of Santa Barbara: Regular Tuesday Evening Meeting
Program to be announced.

DEC. 26-JAN. 3, 2016 (closed New Year’s day):

ANNUAL AISEKI KAI SHOW at THE HUNTINGTON, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. The California Aiseki Kai presents its 26th annual show featuring more than 100 outstanding examples of suiseki and other viewing stones. Brody Botanical Center. Free entry to exhibit with club badge.

January 16-17:

Baiko-en Bonsai Kenkyukai’s Winter Silhouettes Show. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Ayers Hall. Hours 10 AM until 4:30 PM. 52nd annual celebration. Demos both days at 1:00 PM. Bonsai material for sale.Trees will be displayed in their leafless form during Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend. Ann Erb will show a tree as our club’s representative. There will be a benefit dinner and auction on Saturday January 16, 2016. It is one of the oldest shows running in the Southern California region and has been a tradition for 50 plus years. For more information, contact Lindsay Shiba at (626) 806-0937 or

February 5–7:

California Shohin Seminar. Hotel Mission de Oro, Santa Nella. Feb 5: Registration 10 AM – 5 PM with demonstrations from Noon to 6 PM, Exhibit and Vendor areas set-up 11 AM – 5 PM; everyone is invited to share their treasured
Shohin Bonsai in the Exhibit. Feb 6: Exhibit opens for Registration, Viewing, Vendor Sales, Workshops, Raffle & Benefit Drawing 8 AM – 5 PM. Feb 7: Exhibit Open 9 AM – Noon with demonstrations, and business meeting. Registration Forms available on the website. Attendees who only want access to vendor and exhibit may purchase a day pass. For more information see our website:, email:, or phone: Randi Keppeler (650) 598-0127.

February 27–28, 2016:

Bonsai-A-Thon XX Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Annual fundraiser for the GSBF Collection at The Huntington. Admission to the event is free with Bonsai-A-Thon “early bird” registration between 8 AM – 9 AM. Event hours are 8 AM – 4:30 PM both days. Pancake breakfast, a tour hosted by Jim Folsom (Director of the Garden), demonstrations, lunch, bonsai exhibits, large sales area, raffle and auction. Sunday only: a behind the scenes tour of The Huntington Bonsai Nursery with Ted Matson. For more information, contact Bill Wawrychuk at (818)790-9415 or email: