April 3, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM:

The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

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How a Texas Teen-Ager Became New York City’s Premier Truffle Dealer

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-a-texas-teen-ager-became-new-york-citys-premier-truffle-dealer

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KPBS Broadcast on Mushrooms

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/mar/01/which-san-diego-mushrooms-are-poisonous

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Volcan Mtn Elio Poster

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March 6, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Watercolor Painting

We had so much fun creating watercolor paintings of mushrooms at the Telluride mushroom festival that we decided to have a watercolor painting class for the March 6th meeting. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. The club will provide the painting supplies. Feel free to bring mushroom specimens to use a still life displays.

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Annual Fungus Fair and Foray Feb 18, 19, 2017

Feb 18th Foray and Potluck 10 am to 1pmish
There will be a foray on Saturday Feb 18th, 2017 to collect specimens to be displayed at the fair. The foray is on private property in Santa Isabel and is for member’s only. All participants must complete a foray Release and Indemnification Liability Waiver. We will meet at 10 am and then collect mushrooms until noonish. Afterwards there will be a potluck and group identification session to try to identify the mushrooms collected.

Feb 18th Fungus Fair Setup, 5pm
Volunteers are needed to help setup for the fair on Saturday evening starting at 5pm at Casa del Prado Room 101.

Feb 19th Fungus Fair at Balboa Park
Casa del Prado Rooms 101 and 104 (lectures),
Participants and Guests, please visit our fungus fair website page for information about the fair.
Club members, volunteers are needed from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Feb 19th Mushroom Foster Program
At the end of the fair, we need foster parents to adopt the large paper mache mushrooms to keep until next year. If interested, please contact us at sdmyco@gmail.com

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Feb 6, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Lee Hamm

The guest speaker for our February 6th meeting is Lee Hamm. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Lee Hamm is the Recreation and Lands Officer for the Palomar Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest. Established in 1908, the Cleveland National Forest is the southern-most National Forest in California. Consisting of 460,000 acres, the forest offers a wide variety of terrains and recreational opportunities.

Lee’s presentation is titled: “Foraging, Hunting, and Fishing on the Cleveland National Forest”

Lee has a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Auburn University, and a M.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from Oklahoma State University where he studied gamebirds. He has previously worked for the United States Marine Corps, The National Park Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. He enjoys hunting, fishing, foraging, diving, and spending time with his (very understanding) wife.

Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 4:30 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill (3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103).

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Jan 21, 2017: 11:00 am Tour of the new 99Ranch Market

The 99Ranch Asian Market just opened a new store at Genessee and Balboa, replacing the old Albertson’s store next to the Target. Like our previous foray to Zion market, Noel Fong will again conduct a tour, followed by lunch in the food court. They have a great selection of mushrooms! https://www.99ranch.com/

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Jan 9, 2017 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Sue Van Hook (RM104)

The guest speaker for our January 9th meeting is Sue Van Hook. The meeting will be hosted in Room 104 (across the patio from our regular room), Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

Sue’s presentation is titled: “The Dawn of Mushroom Materials, The Story of Ecovative’s Mushroom Biocomposites”

Sue is a mycologist, naturalist, teacher and healer. She has been studying the taxonomy and ecology of fungi for the past 40 years, having begun her coursework in the Pacific Northwest where the mushroom season lasts 9 months of the year. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in botany and mycology at Humboldt State University under the tutelage of Dr. David L. Largent. Sue worked for 5 years in land conservation for The Nature Conservancy managing a Northern California Coastal Dunes Preserve where she also conducted her graduate fieldwork. She moved to Belgrade Maine in the mid-eighties and worked as Director of Land Conservation and Stewardship for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. For 18 years she taught biology and environmental science labs at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Sue joined the Mushroom Materials company Ecovative as a Mycological Consultant at the outset in 2007, and has worked as the Chief Mycologist and Mushroom Whisperer for the past 5 years. Her work involves cultivating fungal strains from the wild, experimenting to optimize fungal performance and material characteristics for various product applications, training and mentoring all staff members in the biology of the fungi, and maintaining a high vibrational energy for the manufacture of living Mushroom® Materials through the use of plant essential oils and Healing Touch Therapy.

Foray and Potluck
There will be a foray on Saturday Jan 7th, 2017 on private property in Santa Ysabel for member’s only. All participants must complete a foray Release and Indemnification Liability Waiver. We will meet at 10 am and then collect mushrooms until noonish. Afterwards there will be a potluck and group identification session to try to identify the mushrooms collected.
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Dec 5, 2016 Meeting: Holiday Potluck and White Elephant Exchange, 7 PM

Our December 5th, 2016 meeting is a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange. The dinner starts at 7 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Please bring a cooked or cold dish and your own beverage. (Note: there will be no kitchen access) The club will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, but feel free to bring your own. If your dish contains wild mushrooms, please provide identification of the type contained in your dish. Identification is important:
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For those that want to participate in the White Elephant exchange, please bring a wrapped present for the exchange. Mushroom themed items are always coveted and unique packaging or wrapping can make the exchange even more fun.

Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6:30pm. We need help arranging tables and chairs, placing tablecloths, and decorating. Feel free to bring greenery or decorations.

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Adopt-a-Mushroom

There a still six mushrooms left that need a home. These mushrooms need restoration work (papermache) and paint jobs along with a protective coating (urethane). You can paint them to the color or design of your choice. If interested, please contact us at sdmyco@gmail.com to arrange pick-up.

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