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Oct
9
Wed
Western CO Beekeepers Meeting @ Jockey Club at Mesa County Fairgrounds
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our AGENDA will be—
1.How to winterize your hive(s)
2.Local HONEY tasting– if some of you could bring a little of your honey for us to sample. Please bring some for all to enjoy.
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3.Q & A time
4.Door prize
You will find the minutes from our last meeting attached.
Hope to see you there.
WBCA Board

 

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Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  •  As always we will meet at To Bee Or Not To Bee: 725 W. 39th, Denver, CO 80216 (303)728-4422. We will be discussing ways to give our girls the best chance to weather the coming Winter.
    If you are in need of bee help for the winter, let me know and I will include it in the reminder next week.

    The Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: from our members

    Eleven Honey Facts and Myths

    1. Fact: Honey is sweeter than table sugar.
    So use less of it. Such as in drinks and as spreads on food like bread, buns, and pastries.

    2. Myth: Honey is best taken when mixed in hot water.
    Pouring hot water into honey would not only reduce its aroma and flavor, but also destroys the natural enzymes present in it.

    3. Myth: Honey should not be scooped using a metal spoon.
    While Honey is acidic, scooping it with a metal spoon is such a quick action that corrosion of the metal is unlikely. If in doubt, use a wooden or porcelain spoon.

    4. Myth: Honey never spoils, even when it’s stored opened.
    Honey absorbs moisture from the air when left opened, and this leads to fermentation. Keep the lid tightly sealed and in a cool place.

    5. Myth: Honey comes in cream, liquid and powder form.
    Honey comes in cream and liquid form, but not in powder form.

    6. Fact: Honey’s quality is not affected by crystallization.
    Crystallization does not affect the nutritional value and quality of honey. Crystallization can occur when honey is kept refrigerated.

    7. Fact: Honey is healthier than artificial sugar.
    Artificial sugars can cause harm to our bodies.

    8. Fact: Honey contains no cholesterol.
    Honey is cholesterol free. (This is good news for people with high cholesterol and a sweet tooth)

    9. Myth: Honey contains a tiny amount of fat.
    Honey has zero fat.

    10. Fact: Honey helps burn fats when we sleep.
    According to the Hibernation Diet, honey acts as a fuel to burn body fats while we are asleep.

    11. Fact: Honey is a natural preservative.

    Honey looks like liquid.  However it has a very low water content.  That is why it can prevent water preferring bacteria from growing. Some scientific research indicates that honey creates a viscous barrier against bacteria and infection. It creates a sticky barrier between itself and other ingredients in a product.  The barrier acts as a trap and it prevents bacteria from contaminating the ingredients which could easily spoil when exposed to air and water based bacteria.

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Oct
14
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year

Instuctors

  • Tom Theobald
  • Tom Nangle
  • Suzanne Connolly
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Phil Bradbury
  • Tracy Bellehumeur
  • Julie Finley-Ridinger
  • Whitney Cranshaw
  • Miles McGaughey

– See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

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Oct
16
Wed
WAS Conference @ La Fonda Hotel
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm

Stay tuned for more details!

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Oct
21
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year

Instuctors

  • Tom Theobald
  • Tom Nangle
  • Suzanne Connolly
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Phil Bradbury
  • Tracy Bellehumeur
  • Julie Finley-Ridinger
  • Whitney Cranshaw
  • Miles McGaughey

– See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

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Oct
26
Sat
Spanish Peaks Beekeeping Association Meeting @ La Veta Library
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Oct
28
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year

Instuctors

  • Tom Theobald
  • Tom Nangle
  • Suzanne Connolly
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Phil Bradbury
  • Tracy Bellehumeur
  • Julie Finley-Ridinger
  • Whitney Cranshaw
  • Miles McGaughey

– See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

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Oct
30
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s time for another meeting!

October 30, 7 – 9 pm Meeting, To Bee or Not To Bee, 725 W. 39th, Denver (303)728-4422
The last meeting of the year will be a members only* viewing of “More Than Honey”, a film by Markus Imhoof.

This film has won a lot of awards and is very compelling.  What’s weakening our bee populations world wide?  Come watch the movie and see what the experts think.
“If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live.”  Albert Einstein

Please bring a snack and a beverage to share if you have time and are so inclined.

*We’re not trying to be exclusive; the screening room available to us has limited seating.  Not sure if you’re a member?  Email Stephanie (stephaniewilsonthomas@gmail.com) and she’ll tell you if you’ve paid your dues.  Want to be a member?  Bring your dues to the meeting on the 30th!  $20 annual dues ($13 if you are a dues paying member of another state affiliated bee keeping organization).

No meeting November and December due to 3rd Wednesday being so close to holidays.

 

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Nov
4
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year

Instuctors

  • Tom Theobald
  • Tom Nangle
  • Suzanne Connolly
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Phil Bradbury
  • Tracy Bellehumeur
  • Julie Finley-Ridinger
  • Whitney Cranshaw
  • Miles McGaughey

– See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

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Come Rain or Come Shine a benefit for Front Range Farm Relief @ Balistreri Vineyards
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Grow Local Colorado, Waste Farmers, Slow Food Denver and The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for a night of fun, food, and music to benefit front range farmers affected by the floods.

All tickets are donations to support the Front Range Farm Relief Fund, supported by The Local Food Shift, The Boulder Community Foundation and the Boulder County Farmers Markets.   All funds will go into a special Front Range Farm Relief Fund for grants and low-interest loans to farms, ranches and food producers impacted by the floods.

Select whichever donation amount is meaningful to you.  Let our local farmers, ranchers and food producers know how important they are to each of us and to our community!

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Nov
6
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Niwot Grange Hall
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In this meeting we will discuss the WAS meeting that was in October and we will also talk about the WAS meeting we will host in 2015 (State of Colorado). We also plan on talking about wintering your bees and beekeeping in the early spring.

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Nov
8
Fri
CSBA Winter Meeting
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Friday night “Meet and Greet” is back for a second year after meeting with resounding success the first year.  Stay tuned for more details as the event draws near.

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Nov
9
Sat
CSBA Winter Meeting @ Douglas County Fairgrounds
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Colorado State Beekeepers Association Winter Meeting

The Colorado State Beekeepers Association Winter Meeting will be held at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm.  The Fairgrounds are located just east of I-25 off Exit 181.

On Friday evening from 7-9 pm, we will have the “Meet and Greet” at the Lowell Ranch at Plum Creek. Dave Mendes will be in attendance as will Senator Gail Schwartz of Aspen.  There will be light food and beverages as well as a bee trivia contest.  Prizes will be awarded.

The featured speaker on Saturday is Dave Mendes.  Dave is former president of the American Bee Federation.  Dave is also a large—very large—migratory beekeeper from North Fort Myers Florida and he will be delivering two talks:  “A Year in the Life of Headwaters Farm” and “Honeybee Nutrition 101”.

While Dave is the “Main Event”, he is not the only event.  We have a full day of interesting speakers!

The meeting will also feature the BIG MONEY HONEY contest.  The top honey entry winner will take away a prize package worth $300, a beautiful hand carved wooden plaque and the traveling trophy with their engraved nameplate.  Rules and entry forms can be found on the CSBA website.

The CSBA would like to invite ALL Colorado beekeepers to the meeting and look forward to seeing you there.  Take advantage of discounted pre-registration fees by returning the form by October 31st or register online at: http://coloradobeekeepers.org/wintermeeting/

I hope to see you there!

Beth Conrey

CSBA President

970-213-3099

president@coloradobeekeepers.org

 

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Nov
11
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year

Instuctors

  • Tom Theobald
  • Tom Nangle
  • Suzanne Connolly
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Phil Bradbury
  • Tracy Bellehumeur
  • Julie Finley-Ridinger
  • Whitney Cranshaw
  • Miles McGaughey

– See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

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Nov
18
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year

Instuctors

  • Tom Theobald
  • Tom Nangle
  • Suzanne Connolly
  • Doyen Mitchell
  • Phil Bradbury
  • Tracy Bellehumeur
  • Julie Finley-Ridinger
  • Whitney Cranshaw
  • Miles McGaughey

– See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

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Dec
6
Fri
NCBA Bee-zaar! Holiday Craft Sale and Sustainability Fair @ Chilson Center
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bee-zaar Holiday Sustainability Fair and Craft Sale

Friday, December 6th 5:00 – 9:00 PM at the Chilson Center in Loveland, NCBA is sponsoring its first large-scale event intended for participation by the general public. A combination Holiday Craft Sale and Sustainability Fair!

Our Bee-zaar will feature:

  • A wide spectrum of local crafters selling their products (not limited to bee-based products),
  • A variety of information tables sponsored by local non-profit and sustainability-oriented organizations,
  • Two free showings of the award-winning film “More Than Honey” (Maximum 50 viewers per showing)
  • and possibly, mead tastings!

For more information about the event or to apply as a vendor, see http://nocobees.org/beezaar

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Jan
4
Sat
Bee Safe Neighborhoods @ Janet Kilby's home
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

You are invited to my home at 1571 Judson Drive at 10 AM on Saturday, January 4th to learn how to make your neighborhood Bee Safe one for our families and our pollinators. We can reduce health risks for people and pollinators living in neighborhoods by establishing greatly reduced or pesticide free zones. Two items will be covered:

1. Nancy Griffith of Bee Safe Neighborhoods | Living Systems Institute / Honeybee Keep / Nice World will present a model for approaching neighbors in an outreach to reduce or eliminate pesticide use and to increase pollinator plantings. Our focus is friendly, listening based, educational outreach which offers tools to make it easier for people to consider going pesticide free.

After hearing the presentation, if you decide you would like to approach your neighbors, we will have sample print outs and electronic links to information to support you such as:

  • brochure on the importance of pollinators;
  • list of neonicotinoids and related systemics so people can check labels;
  • list of plants that support pollinators and make lovely landscape additions;
  • handout on cancer and pesticides, especially child health
  • list of eco friendly garden centers or landscape management companies
  • a pledge sheet to track address of people committed to a pollinator friendly yard.

We hope you will decide to join us the adopting the goal for your neighborhood of reaching 75 contiguous homes pledged to Bee Safe. Bring a neighbor or a few from your area and we can work as teams. Many hands make light work, as they say!

Finally, in midsummer, anyone from our January gathering who has collected pledges to create a Bee Safe Neighborhoods will be invited to a mid summer picnic to celebrate our success.

 

  1. We will also provide an update on the status Mesa Park at Hartford and Table Mesa in Boulder. Discussion will center around promoting a family and pollinator healthy park design.

We are planning a quick and concise meeting with plenty of written handouts to support your efforts. We expect the business to be done by 11, but if you wish to stay to network until noon, you are welcome to do so. Please do RSVP so I know how much tea and goodies to provide. Janet Kilby at jskilby@gmail.com

 

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Jan
7
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Jan
8
Wed
Western CO Beekeeping Association Meeting @ Mesa County Jockey Club
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

To Start the year off right, our first meeting of 2014 will be January 8th at 6:30pm, at the Jockey Club, and will address what beekeepers should be doing right now and planning for spring.  We’ll talk about different types of honeybees and ways to obtain bees. We are hoping local beekeepers who have packages, nuks, queens or other supplies will come to the meeting to pass out cards or info. or post on our FB page. We would like to hear from members that have had experience with bees other than Italians or Carniolans. We would also like to hear about members experiences with obtaining bees (how, where, etc.). 

Hope to see you all soon! 

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Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello all,
Hope you are all ready to get the year going! Our first meeting of 2014 will be held at To Bee or Not To Bee on Wednesday 1/8/14. We start, upstairs, at 7 PM.
Dues
Attached is a membership form.  Please, complete the form, print it and bring a check or cash to the meeting.  Dues are $25 which is inclusive of the $7 for CSBA membership.  At the meeting, Mitch will field questions about dues and the membership form.
Bylaws
Also attached are the proposed bylaws for the club.
Meeting agenda
We will be watching the movie “ More than Honey” and looking at logo ideas for the club, during the meeting. Please bring your ideas for a logo.
Bringing food and drink to share during the meeting would be fun.
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I apologize for the short notice. You all know my heart is in a better place than this.
Here is a US News and World Report article on a new study: study-bee-venom-kills-hiv

 

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Jan
11
Sat
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm

Beekeeper Classes

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 CLASS!  Learn a new hobby! Each January the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association offers a beekeeping course that will provide beginners with enough knowledge and assistance to assemble a bee hive, populate it with bees and safely manage the hive. Students also have the option to participate in the group purchase programs NCBA volunteers make happen each spring.

2014 NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class

Enroll now for the 2014 Beginning Beekeeping Class!  The class dates are Saturdays January 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.  This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm. We will meet at the THE RANCH – the Larimer County Fairgrounds & Events complex in the Thomas McKee Building – Berthoud Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with some doughnuts.Registration is now open – click here for the registration form in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format.   Registrants MUST PRE-REGISTER and pre-pay for the class.

Fees are: $70.00 for a student, $80.00 for an individual and $120.00 for up to three members of the same household (living as family at the same address) ages 12 and over.  The spaces in the class are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Course content recommended for children over 12.
For more information or to enroll: call Carolina Nyarady (970) 663-7305 or email
education@nocobees.org

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4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All classes will be held at the Exhibition Hall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

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Jan
14
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Jan
15
Wed
NCBA January Meeting @ Fort Collins Council Tree Library, Community Room
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Program: an open panel discussion with some of our more experienced members. We had a similar program two years ago that proved to be very popular, and this week’s program will feature Alan Epperson, Kris Holthaus, David Litoff, John Maday and John Pohly.

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Jan
18
Sat
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 18 @ 8:30 am – Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm

Beekeeper Classes

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 CLASS!  Learn a new hobby! Each January the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association offers a beekeeping course that will provide beginners with enough knowledge and assistance to assemble a bee hive, populate it with bees and safely manage the hive. Students also have the option to participate in the group purchase programs NCBA volunteers make happen each spring.

2014 NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class

Enroll now for the 2014 Beginning Beekeeping Class!  The class dates are Saturdays January 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.  This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm. We will meet at the THE RANCH – the Larimer County Fairgrounds & Events complex in the Thomas McKee Building – Berthoud Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with some doughnuts.Registration is now open – click here for the registration form in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format.   Registrants MUST PRE-REGISTER and pre-pay for the class.

Fees are: $70.00 for a student, $80.00 for an individual and $120.00 for up to three members of the same household (living as family at the same address) ages 12 and over.  The spaces in the class are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Course content recommended for children over 12.
For more information or to enroll: call Carolina Nyarady (970) 663-7305 or email
education@nocobees.org

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4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All classes will be held at the Exhibition Hall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

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Jan
21
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Jan
25
Sat
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm

Beekeeper Classes

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 CLASS!  Learn a new hobby! Each January the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association offers a beekeeping course that will provide beginners with enough knowledge and assistance to assemble a bee hive, populate it with bees and safely manage the hive. Students also have the option to participate in the group purchase programs NCBA volunteers make happen each spring.

2014 NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class

Enroll now for the 2014 Beginning Beekeeping Class!  The class dates are Saturdays January 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.  This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm. We will meet at the THE RANCH – the Larimer County Fairgrounds & Events complex in the Thomas McKee Building – Berthoud Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with some doughnuts.Registration is now open – click here for the registration form in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format.   Registrants MUST PRE-REGISTER and pre-pay for the class.

Fees are: $70.00 for a student, $80.00 for an individual and $120.00 for up to three members of the same household (living as family at the same address) ages 12 and over.  The spaces in the class are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Course content recommended for children over 12.
For more information or to enroll: call Carolina Nyarady (970) 663-7305 or email
education@nocobees.org

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4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All classes will be held at the Exhibition Hall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

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Jan
28
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Feb
2
Sun
9-hour Introduction to Beekeeping (aka Beekeeping 101) Class @ Lockheed Martin Club House
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm

The class will be held at the Lockheed Martin Club House from 8 am to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd. This class will give you all the basics needed to start beekeeping in 2014. The cost is $100.00 for the 9 hours. This price includes a flash drive containing information pertinent to every aspect of beekeeping. No one under 18, please, due to insurance constraints.

Please e-mail HLBKC1@gmail.com to reserve your spot or for further information. Class size is limited so you’ll want to sign up soon. Payment must be made by January 15th to attend the February 2nd class.

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Feb
4
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Feb
11
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Feb
12
Wed
Western Colorado Beekeepers MEETING @ Jockey Club
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dues are now due for everyone who hasn’t renewed for 2014!! We’re cleaning up our membership list, so to keep receiving e-mails and such, please renew at the February meeting (2/12/14, at the Jockey Club, 6:30pm!) or mail your dues to us at PO Box 2954, GJ, CO, 81502. The cost is a mere $25 per person or $40 for a family!

We are also considering hosting a booth at Fruita Farm and Ranch Day, which is March 16th, and at The Palisade International Honeybee Festival. No dates for that yet, but usually mid-April. We’re looking for volunteers to help with a booth for 2-3 hours at a time, and you don’t have to be an expert! We just need people to help answer questions and hand out information, so please consider donating some of your time! Just let us know if you’re interested – Thanks in advance!

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Feb
18
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Feb
19
Wed
Diana Sammataro @ Plaza Event Center
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The CSBA, in conjunction with the Front Range beekeeping association members, is pleased to bring Diana Sammataro, author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, back to town for a series of presentations along the Front Range.  Diana was here 4 years ago–believe it or not! Her expertise is in mites, both tracheal and varroa, and fungicide effects on colony health.  Diana is an easy going and knowledgeable speaker who will put you at ease during her presentations.  Her knowledge is vast yet accessible.

On Wednesday, February 19th, she will be speaking at the Longmont Plaza Event Center from 7-9 pm.

On Thursday, February 20th, she will be speaking to the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association at their monthly meeting at the Berthoud Community Center from 6: 30 to 8:30.

On Monday, February 24th, she will be speaking in Denver at Denver Urban Homesteading from 7-9 pm.

Diana’s curriculum vitae may be found here.

Here is a synopsis from the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Thanks to Allan Brown, the most well read man I know, for the synopsis!

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Feb
20
Thu
Diana Sammataro @ Berthoud Community Center
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The CSBA, in conjunction with the Front Range beekeeping association members, is pleased to bring Diana Sammataro, author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, back to town for a series of presentations along the Front Range.  Diana was here 4 years ago–believe it or not! Her expertise is in mites, both tracheal and varroa, and fungicide effects on colony health.  Diana is an easy going and knowledgeable speaker who will put you at ease during her presentations.  Her knowledge is vast yet accessible.

On Wednesday, February 19th, she will be speaking at the Longmont Plaza Event Center from 7-9 pm.

On Thursday, February 20th, she will be speaking to the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association at their monthly meeting at the Berthoud Community Center from 6: 30 to 8:30.

On Monday, February 24th, she will be speaking in Denver at Denver Urban Homesteading from 7-9 pm.

Diana’s curriculum vitae may be found here.

Here is a synopsis from the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Thanks to Allan Brown, the most well read man I know, for the synopsis!

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NCBA Monthly Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Feb 20 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Diana Sammataro and Miles McGaughey

Diana Sammataro will be in the area in February, and has agreed to speak at our meeting on February 20th in Berthoud. She is a nationally-known researcher at the Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ. If you are unfamiliar with Diana’s work, a profile/biography can be found here:http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=31186. She also co-wrote the Beekeeper’s Handbook which used to be the text reference for the NCBA beginning beekeeping class. She was here about 4 years ago and was very well received. Our thanks goes out to Beth Conrey, who is helping to coordinate Diana’s Colorado schedule, and let us know of this opportunity. Our meeting will start with BCBA President Miles McGaughey telling us about “Shaking Bees” – how he and Tom Theobold produce packages of bees for local beekeepers each year out at Koehnen’s in California.

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Feb
22
Sat
Brighton Beeginning Beekeeping Class @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mr. Izaguirre will offer a beginning beekeeping class on Saturday, February 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Agfinity’s upstairs room.  The fee is $20.00 per student, and a Subway lunch will be provided.  Even those of us who are old hands at beekeeping could probably use a refresher and pick up a couple new ideas.
Click here for a printable flyer.
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Feb
24
Mon
Diana Sammataro @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The CSBA, in conjunction with the Front Range beekeeping association members, is pleased to bring Diana Sammataro, author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, back to town for a series of presentations along the Front Range.  Diana was here 4 years ago–believe it or not! Her expertise is in mites, both tracheal and varroa, and fungicide effects on colony health.  Diana is an easy going and knowledgeable speaker who will put you at ease during her presentations.  Her knowledge is vast yet accessible.

On Wednesday, February 19th, she will be speaking at the Longmont Plaza Event Center from 7-9 pm.

On Thursday, February 20th, she will be speaking to the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association at their monthly meeting at the Berthoud Community Center from 6: 30 to 8:30.

On Monday, February 24th, she will be speaking in Denver at Denver Urban Homesteading from 7-9 pm.

Diana’s curriculum vitae may be found here.

Here is a synopsis from the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Thanks to Allan Brown, the most well read man I know, for the synopsis!

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Feb
25
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Mar
1
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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Mar
5
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting TONIGHT! @ The Grange in Niwot
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beekeepers,
Please remember that tonight is our meeting! It will be 7pm at the grange in Niwot, please bring your friends and treats for the rest of the beekeepers.

We also ask that you bring any old bee packages you wish to recycle.

Peace!
Miles McGaughey

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Mar
20
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will have Laura Phillips, (our awesome treasurer and fabulous nurse), do an Epi-Pen demo and then let everyone practice. This is a recommended refresher for ALL OUR BEEKEEPERS! Everyone should have and know how to operate an Epi-Pen. If not for yourself, for anyone else that might take a random sting and go into anaphylactic shock. Our motto with this training is: better prepared than dead or scared!

Then, we will have our Buzzapaloosa. Bring any of your bee equipment, hardware, craft items, inventions, or any and all bee stuff that you have. New or used, it doesn’t matter. We will then buy, sell, and trade everything. Just like a flea market.

Bring food if you like – we will have an EXCELLENT TIME!!! See you there!

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Protecting Your Backyard Bees @ East Boulder Recreation Center
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 7:00 pm
East Boulder Recreation Center
5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder, 80303

A forum on the importance of bees, how to protect bees, and what kills bees—and other pollinators. Honey bees are in trouble. Butterflies and bumblebees and other pollinators are in trouble. We can help.

Forum Panelists:
Rella Abernathy, PhD, City of Boulder’s Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
Carol Kearns, PhD, CU researcher and teacher and expert on bees and other insects
Diana Oliveras, PhD, CU researcher and teacher and expert on bees and other insects
Tom Theobald, beekeeper, plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop bee-killing pesticide use

We’ll also show a short film clip from More than Honey, a recent documentary on bees. Q&A afterward.

Come learn what you can do to protect bees and other wonderful insects.

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Mar
22
Sat
Wyoming Bee College Conference @ Laramie County Community College
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is hosting the Wyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, over the weekend of March 22-23. This is two days of hands on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to everyone and anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products.

The first day session one is for beginner’s or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company). The second session on Saturday will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues. Several of the advanced classes will be taught by our keynote speaker, USDA ARS Utah Bee Lab entomologist Dr. James Strange.

The second day, Sunday, March 23, will cover marketing finding a place for your product hands on workshop for value added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. Native Bees and building an Orchard Masson hive. There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis.

The conference cost of $50 for both days includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner on Saturday night, or you can register for one day at $35/day. Go to eventbrite.com Wyoming Bee College to register.

Our speaker line up:

Keynote speaker and instructor Entomologist Dr. James Strange, from the USDA Agriculture Research Station at the Utah Bee Lab.
Michael Jordan, Beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming
Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming, Berry Bio-Diversity Center
Cole Ehmke, Agriculture Economics and Extension Specialist, UW
Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees
Jeff Edwards, Pesticide Specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyoming. Owner operator of Wind Harvest Farms a raspberry ranch east of Torrington, Wyoming.
Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she developed an amazing rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, flourished and supports a wide range of good insects

For more information contact Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

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Mar
26
Wed
Women Who Bee March Meeting @ To Bee or not To Bee
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hello Beekeepers!

Quick reminder that our next meeting is this Wednesday, 7-9P, at To Bee or Not to Bee.

Topic: What to Look For In Your Hive in Spring / Investigating Winter Losses

Plan: Gregg McMahan will rejoin us and asks that we dig into any colonies that *didn’t* over-winter, and pull some brood frames. Then bring that or those frames to the meeting. Intent is to show us how to look at frames as we pull them out of our hives. Also: What to be doing for your bees in Spring. And a general orientation to the season.

It’s going to be plenty warm enough to get into our hives on Wednesday afternoon, so if you can make it work, have a look and bring your questions/frames.

Lastly: Bring a snack / beverage if your schedule permits.

Thanks and see you then!

Leslie Ellis
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Please join us at To Bee or Not To Bee on Wednesday, March 26, from 7-9P, to gear up and get prepped for the 2014 beekeeping season. We’re grateful for and excited to welcome back Gregg McMahan, The Bee Guru, to guide the discussion.

NOTE: If you already know you’ve lost a colony over the winter, and want to bring a brood frame for examination, please do! One of the harder things to learn, as new beekeepers, is what to look for. Gregg will show us, and share his knowledge about what we should be doing with our hives, new bee packages, and feeding activities in the month of April.

Vicki and I will provide beverages (water, wine), plates, cutlery, etc., and a few things to nibble on. Please feel free to do the same, if your schedule permits.

Because it probably won’t be warm enough out for us to meet under the pergola outside of the actual store, we’ll be meeting in the upstairs classroom of the building adjacent to the store. It’s the building closest to the entrance into the lot. We will remember to put up directional signs this time for any late arrivals!

Directions to To Bee or Not to Bee here: www.tobeeornottobee.us

LASTLY: BEE PEOPLE, the backyard beekeeping film produced by Women Who Bee Co-Founder Leslie Ellis, and starring BEE GURU Gregg McMahan, was selected by the Denver Film Society’s WOMEN+FILM week and will be shown at the Sie Entertainment Center at 12:30 on Saturday, March 22. Ticket info here (enter “VOICES14″ for $2 off): http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/detail.aspx?id=26306

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

leslieE

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Apr
6
Sun
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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Apr
9
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Our Wednesday night club meeting on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. will feature the return of Miles McGaughey from Boulder. He will cover package bees installation, has some slides to share, and lots of answers to our questions.

This will be a fantastic talk, covering everything we need in anticipation of the arrival of the package bees on April 26.

PLEASE, if you are to receive bees and want ANY information or help with installing them, ATTEND. Let me know whom to anticipate attending. Dave Swanson anticipates a lot of new beekeepers, and a lot of experienced beekeepers to attend, since Miles has years of knowledge to share. We want to make sure we have room for everyone.

ATTENTION DAVE SWANSON!!! I’ve received many requests for a meeting time this Saturday at Sue’s, for hive inspection and splitting. What time should we meet? Because we’re disrupting the happy lives of the hive we wish to split, everyone attending should wear their bee suits and veils.

Spring has begun, let’s celebrate it together by giving bees a warm, knowledgeable welcome!

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Apr
27
Sun
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session III: Honeybee Colony Care I @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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May
2
Fri
Spring 2014 Pollinator Lecture Series: Dr. Tom Seeley
May 2 – May 4 all-day

Northern NM Sweet Spring Sting Pollinator Symposium featuring:

Dr. Tom Seeley- renowned Conservation Biologist from Cornell University & author of Honeybee Democracy will be visiting NM.

Venue and time to be announced soon!

Dr. Tom Seeley Workshop

*Sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative with grant support from NM Dept. of Agriculture

The RMSQB Cooperative is an educational based service organization with the mission to promote Capacity Building through Professional Development Opportunities, Rural Entrepreneurship, Honeybee Stock Improvement Programs, Alternative/Native Pollinator Production & Apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products). All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in mindful pollinator stewardship. Que Viva Las Abejas!

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May
23
Fri
Spring 2014 Pollinator Lecture Series: Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel
May 23 – May 26 all-day

Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel, President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists & The American Bee Research Conference from Texas A&M

Venue and time to be announced soon!

Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel Workshop

*Sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative with grant support from NM Dept. of Agriculture

The RMSQB Cooperative is an educational based service organization with the mission to promote Capacity Building through Professional Development Opportunities, Rural Entrepreneurship, Honeybee Stock Improvement Programs, Alternative/Native Pollinator Production & Apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products). All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in mindful pollinator stewardship. Que Viva Las Abejas!

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May
24
Sat
Brighton Bee Club Monthly Meeting: Meet At Our Hives
May 24 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Brighton Bee Club President, Dave Swanson, has plans to get us all out and about this summer, with weekend club meetings in field, saving the enclosed classroom setting for winter months.

This month, Mr. Studinski will meet with us at our hives on Saturday, May 24. He states: “I would allow 1 hour to 90 minutes per hive. I generally expect a lot of questions in this role. I have blocked off the whole day for you all. Starting at 9AM or later is fine. How many hives is up to you. The timing suggests we check for queen health. I had not planned on checking for mites. I think of that as a July or August activity.”

We will meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts while receiving a preparatory discourse from Don, then dive into a couple hives, enjoy lunch before moving on to other hives, and wrap up by 5:00 p.m., that would afford maybe 3 stops for the day (more if the hives we look at are in perfect order). Please let me and Dave know who would like to have their hive(s) checked that day. One of the stops we wish to make is Berry Patch Farms, to cover a couple hives. But, we’ll need to know where else we wish to visit, so we can get an efficient route mapped for the day.

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May
31
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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Jun
6
Fri
Spring 2014 Pollinator Lecture Series: Dr. Wyatt Mangum
Jun 6 – Jun 9 all-day

Dr. Wyatt Mangum, Top Bar Beekeeping Columnist for American Bee Journal, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington, and author of “Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom and Pleasure Combined”

Venue and time to be announced soon!

Dr. Wyatt Mangum Workshop

*Sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative with grant support from NM Dept. of Agriculture

The RMSQB Cooperative is an educational based service organization with the mission to promote Capacity Building through Professional Development Opportunities, Rural Entrepreneurship, Honeybee Stock Improvement Programs, Alternative/Native Pollinator Production & Apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products). All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in mindful pollinator stewardship. Que Viva Las Abejas!

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Jun
14
Sat
CSBA Summer Meeting @ Western CO Honey
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The CSBA Summer Meeting will be held at the beautiful property of Paul and Nanci Limbach is Silt, CO.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Jim Tew.

 

More info soon!



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Jun
24
Tue
Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Jun 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The next meeting will be January 8th at 6:30pm at Crest Academy located at 12th & G in Salida. I think it would be great if we could discuss our mission for our club and possible goals or plans for 2015. I know there has been a lot of interest in spreading info to the community on the non-use of pesticides and dangers in our area.

I hope everyones bees are tucked away for the winter. I know the honey supply was low this past year and feeding is a good idea. I will bring a recipe I got for feeding patties to put in the hives.

Our newest member John Babb has offered great info from his prior club in Oklahoma. He has offered to share some of this info with us.

I look forward to seeing everyone! Please bring your ideas and information.

I will also be forwarding info from the extension office, WAS conference and other misc items.

Please let me know if you have any questions and if you think you will be able to attend!

Keep warm!
Fellow Beekeepers
Kris & Dave Bielak
719-207-3357

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Jul
12
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session V, Practical Lab I @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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Jul
16
Wed
NCBA Meeting @ Loveland Public Library
Jul 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Joyce Durol on Best Practices for handling honey products at home.  Beth Conrey on the Colorado Cottage Industry Act – how to be compliant; Kris Holthaus on Varroa, how to inspect and treat.  Venue: Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, Loveland, Colorado 80537 in the Gertrude Scott room.

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Aug
2
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session VI, Practical Lab II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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Aug
14
Thu
Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The meeting for this month will CHANGE (one month only). We are meeting on THURSDAY, August 14, 2014. We will meet, as usual, at To Bee Or Not To Bee at 7:00 PM.

1. Tim Brod has agreed to discuss re-queening hives – something many of have had to do this year. He will also discuss honey extraction and qualities. I know some of you are wanting to enter into the various contests at fairs and festivals. Don’t forget the Honey Jubilee next month (more on that later).

2. For those members who want to bring a sticky board for Varroa mite inspection: Please, coat your sticky board with a substance the mites will stick to (Kristina mentioned Crisco at the last meeting, others have mentioned vegetable oil – sprays may be too thin) and leave it in your bottom board for 48 hours. This way we will all be the same. We will bring out the magnifying glasses so everyone attending can tell what they are looking at. Bring your glasses as well. We will also discuss ways to treat before winter sets in.

3. Plan ahead, I am being told to be ready to remove all supers the third week of August so that the hives can build up for winter.

Next month, Beth Conrey from CSBA will speak and we will talk extracting honey, and winter issues.

Blessings,
Bruce Walker
Secretary – Mile Hive Bee Club
milehivesecretary@gmail.com
milehivebeeclub.org

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Sep
4
Thu
Central CO Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Crest Academy
Sep 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We had a GREAT meeting with Jamie and Mike from Beeyond the hive. We learned so much about disease and many other questions were answered! We did not have time for Jamie to get into the harvest, but hopefully at a later date.

At our last meeting it was decided to just accept donations of about $20 to put in a kitty for expenses and if we have a large expense we can ask for more donations. I will keep a running list of who donates and what our balance is. It would still help to have the membership forms completed as this will give us an idea of interests etc of our members. I know Carol & Jim took the traveling beekeeper to dinner and if you can let me know the amount I will get the money to you to reimburse. We will talk about a 501C at a later date, as we do not have the manpower right now to do this.

If you would like to donate, please bring to meeting or you can mail to me at:
Kris Bielak
87 E Zabrisky Lane
Howard, Co 81233

Thanks everyone and let me know if any other suggestions fo the September meeting!

Happy almost fall!!!
Kris Bielak

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Sep
6
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session VII: Fall and Winter Care @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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2nd Annual Honey Bee Jubilee @ To Bee or not To Bee
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”
Henry David Thoreau

Thank you to our Sponsors: Mile Hive Bee Club ● To Bee or Not to Bee ● Swingle ● Highland Honey Bees ● Rocky Mountain Bee ● Women Who Bee ● Alameda Wholesale Nursery ● City Floral ● Ace on the Fax ● House of Chiropractic ● Citrus Solutions ● and Others

• Free Admission
• Honey and Product Judging
(entry fee $5.00)
• Beekeeper Speakers
• Activities for Kids
• Live Music
• Food and Beverages for
purchase

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Sep
11
Thu
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Agfinity
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

500 Cooperative Way Brighton Co 80601
Tim Brod Highland Honey Bees will be the featured speaker

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Sep
17
Wed
WAS Conference
Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day

Western Apicultural Society Conference
Sept 17-20, 2014
The University of Montana – Missoula

G. PHILIP HUGHES PRESENTATION
Interest is high, as expected, in the announcement of G. Philip Hughes as a speaker and there have been questions about how a White House Writers Group guy has the expertise to speak to us on neonics.
No, Hughes isn’t a scientist. That’s not the point. What he will tell us is what information was originally given to the Press Corps, and what they did with it to get us to the point of pure confusion we are currently seeing. That he does know about, and how political and personal motivation can persuade a journalist to ‘bend’ the information to suit a particular purpose.
When I started as a journalist, the basic rule was, “The facts, Ma’am, just the facts.” The journalist was expected to portray both sides of a question faithfully, equally, without judgment and to maintain sound sources for his/her information. “Everybody knows” was a big red flag and we were expected to hit the research trail right now, because such a declaration meant only that someone hadn’t done their homework. One doesn’t see a lot of that attitude today. I am anticipating a stimulating presentation from Mr. Hughes.
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE
The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring and the 2014 WAS conference will be held in the University Center (UC) building on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. PLEASE DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY. Though UM will be in full session during the dates of the conference, the campus is easy to get around on and for anyone who is less agile, there is a drop-off point at the UC and an elevator to the third floor where the meetings will be held.
The August issue of the WAS Journal has just been mailed and is also posted on the WAS website. Maps and directions are contained in it. Click ucnar.edu/sites/was2/WAS_Journal and then on the link at the bottom of the paragraph on the right to get to the digital version.
For a downloadable registration form, speaker agenda etc., visit the Conference Information section.
If there is other information you need, email me at febach3@gmail.com or call me at 509-573-4245.

 

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Sep
23
Tue
Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
Sep 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Cortez Folks, let’s try and hold our meeting next Tuesday, 23rd, 6:30 pm Let-it-Grow Nursery. I know everyone is busy as fall closes in.

I hope everyone’s bees have had a good summer. I noticed bees on the rabbitbrush, go check your hives to make sure they have some space for this flow.
Talk to you all soon,

Curtis

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Oct
1
Wed
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We’re looking forward to a crowd again – but this time YOU all are our speakers.  Please come and bring observations about your hives/bees, questions that we can share and maybe answer, news about what’s going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

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Oct
4
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00

http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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Oct
7
Tue
Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday: October 7 – December 2, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO 80501

Registration and Cost:
$100 for 8 sessions
Pre-registration required

Register via the BCBA website:

http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Mail payment to:
BCBA Bee Class
P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544

Contact:
Tom Nangle
303-678-5631
or
Email
classes@bouldercountybeekeepers.org

Description:
Since 1998 the Boulder County Beekeepers Association has provided this multi-session class to beginning and novice beekeepers. Participants come with an interest in bees, their place in our world, and to learn what is involved in managing bee hives. Whether you are brand new to the hobby or have some experience the class provides opportunities to learn from a team of long-time beekeepers.

Topics include:

The Beekeeper’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
Hardware, Equipment and Tools
Honey Bee Health – Pests & Diseases
How to Install a Package
Bees & Wasps of Colorado

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community.

For more information or to register visit the Boulder County Beekeepers Association website http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Directions:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//40.154195,-105.129847/@40.1541899,-105.1641798,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m1!4e1?hl=en

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Oct
8
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Agfinity
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

500 Cooperative Way Brighton Co 80601
Tim Brod Highland Honey Bees will be the featured speaker

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Oct
11
Sat
CSBA Beginning Beekeeping Course (Apprentice) @ The Ranch
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Interested in becoming a beekeeper or have bees and are in need of learning more about the basics? 
 
This class, lead by a group of experienced beekeepers, will cover all the basics from: familiarizing yourself with the equipment needed for a Langstroth style hive, bee biology and understanding the members within a bee hive, how to manage and maintain a hive your first year, as well as discuss pests and diseases.
 
The class dates are Saturdays October 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm.  We will meet  at the THE RANCH-the Larimer County Fairgrounds & Events complex in the Thomas McKee Building-Loveland / Ft Collins Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with limited snacks.
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Oct
13
Mon
Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday: October 7 – December 2, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO 80501

Registration and Cost:
$100 for 8 sessions
Pre-registration required

Register via the BCBA website:

http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Mail payment to:
BCBA Bee Class
P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544

Contact:
Tom Nangle
303-678-5631
or
Email
classes@bouldercountybeekeepers.org

Description:
Since 1998 the Boulder County Beekeepers Association has provided this multi-session class to beginning and novice beekeepers. Participants come with an interest in bees, their place in our world, and to learn what is involved in managing bee hives. Whether you are brand new to the hobby or have some experience the class provides opportunities to learn from a team of long-time beekeepers.

Topics include:

The Beekeeper’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
Hardware, Equipment and Tools
Honey Bee Health – Pests & Diseases
How to Install a Package
Bees & Wasps of Colorado

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community.

For more information or to register visit the Boulder County Beekeepers Association website http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Directions:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//40.154195,-105.129847/@40.1541899,-105.1641798,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m1!4e1?hl=en

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Oct
15
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting TONIGHT! @ YMCA
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Beekeepers,
Our next meeting will be on October 15th at the Longmont YMCA in the meeker room at 7pm. The address for the YMCA is 950 Lashley St. Longmont, CO 80504. I hope to see you all there.

Peace,
Miles

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Oct
16
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Roxborough Community Center.http://gallery.mailchimp.com/faab5d795f2a24e9abc494c09/files/Directions_to_Rox._Comm._Cntr.pdf

Halloween party and Honey Contest

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