Cactus Courier
Newsletter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose

Tour of Growers for July

Back by popular demand, we will be having a tour of local growers for our July meeting. This tour will focus on two growers in the Monterey Bay area. Many are known by their vendor activities at our and other cacti and succulent sales, but their growing yards have not been visited by most of our members.

The tour will start at Anne Shein's house at 3360 Drew Street in Marina (831-384-7765). Please get to Anne's house around 10:00am. Next we will meet at the Central Texan BBQ for buy-your-own lunch at 10500 Merritt Street in Castroville. After lunch, we will be going to California Succulents (Frank, Naomi , and Lisa Bloss) at 134 Trabing Road in Watsonville (831-722-1446). (Directions at the end of this Courier.)

NCCSA Banquet, Show, and Sale
By Kathy Hendig

The Northern California Cactus and Succulent Association invites you to their Saturday Night Banquet on July 26, 2003 held at the show site, 9th avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Happy Hour is at 5:00pm. Dinner is at 6:00pm. There will be an Audio/Visual program presented by Mike Massara followed by an Auction of rare plants. Admission is by Advance Reservation only. Please make check for $15.00 per person payable to NCCSA. The deadline for reservations is July 14, 2003. If you have questions, please phone Karla Munkacsy at 925-935-5213.

Karla Munkacsy
300 Miranda Lane
Alamo, CA 94507
Name of person(s) attending: ______________________
Number of reservations at $15.00 per person ________
Check enclosed: $________

The 10th Annual Show and Sale will take place at the San Francisco County Fair Building, July 26 and 27, 2003.

If you have ever shown your plants or ever thought about showing your plants, we invite you to come and join us in presenting a spectacular display of quality cactus and succulents.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with staffing the show and sale. For all those exhibitors and other interested parties, we will be paying $5.00 (in Showbux), redeemable at the sale. If you commit to helping us before July 10th, 2003, you will be entered in a very special raffle. We are asking the vendors to donate these special raffle items.

If you are interested in being a volunteer and/or are interested in showing your plants, please contact Kathy Hendig at: 408-395-5622 or e-mail at

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Maps and Directions to Places on the Tour

10:00am (approx.)

Anne Shein
3360 Drew Street
Marina, CA, 93933

Take 101 south to Highway 156. Go south on 156 to Highway 1. Go south on Highway 1 to Marina. Take the Reservation Road exit to the east. Take a left turn on Cardoza Road. Take a left at the stop sign at Abdy Way. Abdy Way becomes Drew Street.

3360 Drew Street

12:00pm (approx.)

Central Texan BBQ
10500 Merritt Street
Castroville, CA, 95012

From Anne Shein's house, get back to Highway 1 and head north. Take the 156 exit. At the stop light, turn left into downtown Castroville. This is Merritt Street. The restaurant is about five blocks down and on the left side of the road.

10500 Merrit Street

2:00pm (approx.)

California Succulents
134 Trabing Road
Watsonville, CA, 95076

From the restaurant, take Merritt Street left to Highway 1. Take Highway 1 north to Buena Vista Drive. Turn right on Buena Vista Drive. After a very short distance, turn left onto Trabing Road.

134 Trabing Road