County Fair Infield Farm Division Display (June 3rd to July 4th)

SDMS will have a permanent display at the Infield Farm throughout the course of the San Diego County Fair. The Farm Supervisor, Jennifer Galey, is looking for volunteers to be at the display for a few hours on the weekends to talk to people about mushrooms. You do not need to be an expert, you just need to talk to people and tell them what you love about mushrooms and why you are a member of SDMS. You also do not need to volunteer for every weekend nor for a whole day, you only need to volunteer for the day and hours you can spare. All volunteers will receive a free admission ticket for each day they volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please directly contact the Infield Farm Supervisor at jgaley@sdfair.com or by phone at 858.755.1161 x.2498 to arrange dates, times, and receiving your ticket.

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June 25, 2016 Gardenshow Info Day at the SD Fair

SDMS was invited back to the San Diego County Fair to have an informational booth promoting interest in mushrooms and SDMS. Volunteers are needed to staff the information booth in shifts from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday June 25th. A free admission ticket will be provided to each volunteer. If interested in participating, please contact sdmyco@gmail.com with your name and volunteer time frame so that we can ensure we receive enough fair passes.
Here is the County Fair map and booth location.
Here is a picture of last years booth:
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May 2, 2016 Meeting: Potluck

The May 2nd meeting is our last meeting of the season and will be a potluck dinner. The dinner will start at 6:30 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Please bring a cooked or cold dish and your own beverage. (Note: there is no kitchen access)
The club will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, but feel free to bring your own.
Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6pm.

We will also have t-shirts, key chains, jewelry, and other items for sale at the meeting:
SDMS T-shirts: Short sleeve ($20) and Long Sleeve ($25)
Key Chains: $5
Morel Board Game: $25
Glass Mushroom Pendants by JeriLyn Hobson-Alderman $10
Hand-etched Dichroic Glass Pendants by Chris Stell: $15

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April 4th, 2016 Meeting – 6:30PM: Elio Schaechter

The guest speaker for our April 4th meeting will be Dr. Elio Schaechter. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.
Elio Schaechter is a distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of Tufts University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor Emeritus, at SDSU, visiting scholar at UCSD, and a founding member of SDMS. Elio is an actively retired microbiologist living in San Diego. He spent most of his research career working on growth physiology and bacterial cell organization. He has a deep love of teaching and has authored several textbooks and co-edited treatises. In retirement he is satisfying his curiosity in broader microbiological phenomena, especially those related to ecology and symbiotic relationships. His hobbies include studying wild mushrooms.
Dr. Schaechter’s presentation is titled: “Mushrooms in Books Through the Ages”
For a short account of his activities, follow Elio and associates on the Micro Blog “Small Things Considered” at http://schaechter.asmblog.org/schaechter/ as they discuss/share their appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on planet earth.
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Join us before the meeting as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at 5PM at Chi Extraordinary Kitchen on 2789 Adams Avenue (http://www.chi-kitchen.com)

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March 12, 2016 – Members only Foray and Workshop with Christian Schwarz

There will be a members only foray on Saturday March 12th on private property in Santa Ysabel at 10:00 am. Everyone in attendance will need to complete a waiver specific to this property in order to participate in the foray. The waivers will be emailed to club members along with directions to the location. If you have not received an email by Thursday March 10th please email sdmyco@gmail.com to ensure we have your current email address.

We will forage from 10 am until about noon and then have a potluck lunch so please bring a dish to share. After lunch, Christian Schwarz will be guiding us on the use of iNaturalist and mushroomobserver.org as well as fungus identification with keys and microsopes. To augment our fresh study materials, it could not hurt to bring any mushrooms you may have popping in your local neighborhood parks or landscaping. We should be finished by 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

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March 7, 2016 Meeting: Christian Schwarz – 6:30 PM

The guest speaker for our March 7th meeting will be Christian Schwarz. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

The title of Christian’s presentation is “Mushroom Mysteries – A Guide To What We Don’t Know about the Kingdom Fungi”

From hydrothermal vents to the insides of our brains, fungi are found everywhere. From microscopic single-celled organism to ancient an gargantuan individuals, fungi span a large range of sizes. There is much that we have yet to learn about the identities, ecology, and physiology of fungi. We’ll talk about some fascinating recent findings and ponder the questions that remain unanswered!

Christian Schwarz is a mushroom enthusiast and taxonomist and citizen science advocate from Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, and making scientific collections of macrofungi. He is coauthor of “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast”, and is slowly building a mycoflora of Santa Cruz County (www.scmycoflora.org). He also writes a blog called Notes of a Mycophile (mycobratpack.tumblr.com). Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms (from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublime). He has travelled in search of fungi throughout the United States, as well as central America, Indonesia, and Europe. Besides mushroom taxonomy citizen science, and mycofloristics, he’s an excitable birder and tidepool investigator.
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Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill (3667 India St, San Diego, CA 92103).

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Pre-Fair Foray and Set-up

There will be a members only foray on Saturday 20th on private property in Santa Ysabel at 10:00 am. Everyone in attendance will need to complete a waiver specific to this property in order to participate in the foray. The waivers will be emailed to club members along with directions to the location. If you have not received an email by Thursday, please email sdmyco@gmail.com to ensure we have your current email address.

Please try to collect entire specimens including the portion underground for display at the fair.

We need baskets to display the mushrooms at the fair. If you could bring extra baskets either to the foray or the fair it would be greatly appreciated. We also need easels and duff (leaves).

Set-up for the fair is Saturday night at 5pm and Sunday morning at 8:30am. Break-down on sunday is 3:30pm. Volunteers are needed for set-up, break-down, and during the fair.

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SDMS 2016 Fungus Fair: Feb 21 10:30-3:30 Balboa Park

The next Fungus Fair will be on February 21, 2016 at the Casa Del Prado, Room 101 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. We have a great line-up of speakers and vendors. With the rain we have had recently, we should also have a good collection of mushroom specimens to view.

2016 Fungus Fair Flyer

We will have the following presentations in Room 104:
*** 10:30 am – Michael Wood speaking on California Mushrooms
*** 12:00 pm – Elio Schaechter presenting “Mushrooms Through the Ages”
*** 1:30 pm – Britt Bunyard speaking on Edible Mushrooms and lookalikes

Below is a list of some of the vendors that will be present at the fair:
*** Mushroom Matrix
*** Britt Bunyard from Fungi Magazine,
*** Michael Wood co-author of “California Mushroom The Comprehensive Identifications Guide”, Mykoweb
*** Lucy Warren and Greg Rubin co-authors of “The California Native Landscape: the Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance,
*** Mary Ann Hawke with the Mushroom Barcoding Project
*** Mushroom growing kits and product by Mueller’s Mushroom
*** Mushroom dyed yarn by Grace Spath, SpathDesigns
*** Face painting by Erik Folchick
*** Mushroom themed Arts and Crafts by: Michelle Richmond, Cassandra Ablola, Erik Folchick, 5th Kingdom, JeriLyn Hobson-Alderman, Chris Stell, plus SMDS members will also be showcasing their creative wares.

Our bookstore will also have new items for sale (please the SDMS club accepts cash or checks, but can not accept credit cards, though some of our vendors can). Click the following link to see a posting of new fair items for 2016: Fungus Fair.

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Feb 1, 2016 Meeting: Greg Rubin – 6:30 PM

The guest speaker for our February 1st meeting will be Greg Rubin. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

The title of Greg’s presentation is “The Ties that Bind: the Essential Relationships Between Native Plant Communities and Soil Fungi.”

Greg Rubin, President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor (C-27 No. 717147) who has been working with California native plants since 1985. By 1993, Greg was able to transition out of his career as an aerospace engineer to devote all of his time to his successful and unusual landscaping business. His company has designed over 700 residential, commercial, and institutional native landscapes in Southern California. Specialties include year round appeal, low maintenance, water efficiency, rich habitat, and fire-resistance. Greg has been featured in a number of periodicals including the Wall Street Journal, San Diego Union Tribune and Los Angeles Times, and magazines such as Sunset, San Diego Home and Garden, California Gardener and Kiplinger’s. Media coverage includes appearances on all of San Diego’s local news outlets, CNN & MSNBC. Greg regularly gives presentations and workshops on native plants to conferences, garden clubs and other organizations throughout Southern California.
Greg is co-author, with Lucy Warren, of “The California Native Landscape: the Homeowners’ Design Guide to Restoring its Beauty and Balance,” published by Timber Press, 2013. This popular native horticultural literary work covers all aspects of native landscape design. Greg has also served on the boards of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, California Native Plant Society, the Lux Art Institute, and the Garden Native foundation. His website is: www.calown.com.

Greg Rubin chaperral

Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill 3667 India St.

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New Fungus Fair Items and T-shirts – 2016

2016 SDMS T-shirts: Short sleeve ($20) and Long Sleeve ($25) {$21.70 & $27.13 with tax}
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Morel Board Game: $25 {$27.13 with tax}
http://www.twolanternsgames.com/the-morels-story.htmlMorel Board game

Glass Mushroom Pendants by JeriLyn Hobson-Alderman $10 {$10.85 with tax}
http://www.firechildeglassstudio.com
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Hand-etched Dichroic Glass Pendants by Chris Stell: $15 {$16.28 with tax}
http://www.chrisstell.com
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