Oct 3, 2016 Meeting – 6:30PM Telluride Mushroom Festival

The presenters for our October 3rd meeting are SuzAnn Hertzler (President), Pat Nolan (Treasurer), and Michelle Innis (Secretary). They will be talking about their adventures at the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Telluride Colorado.
The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. There will NOT be a dinner before the meeting.

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San Diego County Fair Garden Show; Adopt a Mushroom

June 25th, 2016. The Society also had a booth in the Garden Show section at the county fair.
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At the end of the fair, the Garden division gave SDMS ten of the papermache mushrooms that had been on display at the fair so that we could display them at our February Fungus Fair. The mushrooms need a home where they can be stored out of the weather (they are currently stored outside my garage). We are looking for volunteers to take one or two mushrooms home to be stored until needed for the Feb. Fungus fair. Some of the mushrooms also need some restoration and new paint jobs. We are also looking for volunteers willing to add more papermache, paint them to the color or design of your choice, and cover them with a protective coating (urethane). If interested in storage or restoration of a mushroom, please contact sdmyco@gmail.com.

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San Diego County Fair Farm Division Permanent Display

June 5th, 2016. The Society had a booth at the county fair today! We had a great time discussing mushrooms with everyone who stopped by our booth. The county fair extended an invitation for us to return to the fair any day this summer. If you would like to volunteer, please directly contact the Infield Farm Supervisor, Jennifer Galey, at jgaley@sdfair.com or by phone at 858.755.1161 x.2498 to arrange a date, time, and receiving your free fair ticket.
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Lichen Article about Kerry Knudsen

Here is an interesting article on world-renowned Lichenologist Kerry Knudsen, Southern California’s only professional lichenologist:

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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.

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.
Christian Schwartz
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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