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Bucks County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)

Tuesday, March 13, at the Plumbsteadville Grange, Plumbsteadville. Contact Gary Schongalla-Bowman at gschongalla@verizon.net for more information, ** (previous email) email ** or visit their website

Franklin County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course

Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Office, located at 181 Franklin Farm Lane in Chambersburg. There will also be a field day at a local apiary on Saturday, March 24 or 31 (depending on weather). For additional information or to register, contact Penn State Cooperative Extension at 717/263-9226.

Heartland Apicultural Society Annual Conference

Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13, at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN. Details at the HAS website

EAS Conference and Short Course

Monday-Friday, August 5-9, at West Chester University, West Chester, Pa. More information at the EAS website.    EAS Speakers
EAS Planning Committee Update
EAS Planning Committee Update 2
EAS Planning Committee Update 3
EAS Planning Committee Update 4
EAS Planning Committee Update 5
EAS Planning Committee Update 6

Central Western Beekeepers

Saturday, October 5, 6:00 p.m.at St. Johns Reformed Church. Pot Luck Dinner. For more information, contact Robert McMillin, email rmcmill@zoominternet.net.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes, Catholic church social hall at 128 Sunset Drive, Edinboro, PA, 16412. For further information, email Tara Miller at beecharmer1@verizon.net.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), Pleasant Gap, PA. Elections and social gathering. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

Jefferson County Beekeepers

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. at Hartzell's Honeys and Bee Supplies, Brookfield, Pa. For more information call 814-653-2054.

Beginning Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 101

Three classes will be held on Monday, January 13, Wednesday, January 15, and Monday, January 20 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be held at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh.
Registration: http://burghbees.com/?product=beekeeping-101

Honey Bee Expo 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the West Virginia University/Parkersburg WV. Early registration $20.00 per person if received by January 3 ($25.00 per person at door). Sponsored by the WVU Extension Services and the Mid-Ohio Valley Beekeepers’ Association. For application or information call (304)375-4919 or visit www.angelfire.com/nb/movba/expo2014.html.

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, Pa. Registration required by January 25, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

PennApic Essay Contest

Entries required by Saturday, March 1. The Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association is sponsoring an essay contest for youth to win a free beehive complete with honeybees or, as an alternative, $100 in vendor credit at its Spring Workshop! Any young person up through the age of 17 may enter the contest by writing an essay about the value of honeybees and why he or she is interested in owning a hive. All entrants will receive a free one-year membership to PennApic. View Details

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Penn State Extension Westmoreland County 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, Pa. Registration required by February 1, 2014. Details and registration at http://extension.psu.edu/beginning-beekeeping.

Advanced Beekeepers Class – Beekeeping 201

Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. at the Penn State Extension of Allegheny County Pittsburgh. “What to Expect in Your Second Year and Beyond". See information at the Burg Bees Website.

Spring Honey Bee Assessment and Care

Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Wiley Apiary on the Penn State Campus, University Park. With all the issues affecting honeybees today, it is important to monitor hives closely. Maryann Frazier, Senior Research Associate at Penn State will show participants how to assess the post-winter health of hives, prep hives for a new season, feed bees until the pollen is plentiful and install nukes or packages of bees. Participants will open and "read" hives and assess feeding needs, queen health and size of hives to insure strong hives for the coming season. Maryann will also discuss recent research focusing on monitoring and managing mites in the hive. She will discuss whether nukes or packages work best and where to order these as well as new queens. Further details and registration.

Ag Progress Days

August 13-15, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, 2710 W. Pine Grove Rd.,Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865. Details at agsci.psu.edu/apd. To volunteer at the PSBA Booth, contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com or call 717-242-4373.

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Saturday, August 16 Check with your local association, as there are multiple associations hosting special events.

Honey Bees and Blooms Swap Meet

Saturday, September 6, 11:00 a.m. at Kingsland Apiary, 7920 Ward Dr., Mercersburg. Bee and flower themed flea market, food, games, buy, sell, trade, fellowship with beekeepers. Details and directions

Fifth Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 5,6,7, at Bartram’s Gardens, Wyck Historic House, and Wagner Free Institute of Science. The 3-day festival is free, educational, and open to the public!   Flyer  Visit Website

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Saturday, November 8, at Keystone Restaurant, Ebensburg. Annual Banquet and Election of officers. More information at their website or by email.

North American Beekeeping Conference

January 6 - 10, 2015 at Anaheim, CA. For more information, visit http://nabct15.com.

12th Annual Honey Bee Expo

Saturday, January 31, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 a.m.) at the Campus of WVU, Parkersburg, WV. Sponsored by Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers' Association. Cost: $20.00 if pre-registered by January 13th, 2015/ $25.00 at the door. Children 12yrs. and younger/ $8.00. Contact Teresa Wagoner at 304-375-4919 or visit their website for more information

5th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Sunday, February 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Temple University, Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. Details and registration at the event's website.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday and Saturday, February 13 & 14, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry, Mars, Pa. (Hotel name has changed but physical location is same as last year.) Main speakers include Jerry Hayes, former Chief of Apiary Inspection for Florida Department of Agriculture and author of, “Classroom” Q & A column for the American Bee Journal and Dr. Diana Sammataro, researcher and one of the authors of The Beekeeper’s Handbook.

Along with break-out sessions on value-added products, bee biology, cooking and disease and pest control, a special Beginning Beekeeping workshop will be offered all-day Saturday as a separate track of the seminar. (Additional $25 fee over the registration cost).

All of the major beekeeping suppliers will be on-hand in a special Vendor Area. Participants can pre-order their 2015 supplies and pick them up at the seminar.

Registration is $50 and opens at the beginning of January 2015. Call 724-774-3003 or visit the event's website for details, agenda, directions, and to register.

An evening with Ray Olivarez and Kim Flottum

Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. at The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes Barre, Pa. Ray Olivarez is the owner of Olivarez Honey Bees and manager of over 10,000 hives. Mr. Olivarez will be speaking about “Where Your Bees Come From” AND Kim Flottum – editor of “Bee Culture Magazine” and author of The Backyard Beekeeper, Better Beekeeping, Honey Handbook, and the Beekeeper’s Journal will be speaking about “Starting Right With Bees and More”. Book signing available. Limited seating. RSVP (required) to: Pa-Events@MannLakeLtd.com

Capital Area Beekeepers Beekeeping 101

Friday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. at Pennsylvania State Farm Show Bldg., in the Monongahela Room (2nd floor). Please use the Maclay St. Entrance. $5.00/person. Registration required by Feb. 9th. "Is beekeeping for me?" For more information, visit the website.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers - Introductory Beekeeping Seminar

Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.at Berks Ag. Center. $45 fee includes books, 1yr. association membership and more. For more information contact Bill at 610-678-7630.

Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA) Seminar

Saturday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.at the HVCC TEC-SMART Extension building at 345 Hermes Rd. in Malta NY. Guest speakers are Allen Dick of Alberta, Canada, Meghan Milbrath of Munith, Minnesota, and also Dr. Wyatt Mangum, well-known for his articles in ABJ, and author of a new book on Top Bar Hives. Further details and Registration available at their website.

Annual Spring Hive Irradiation Event

Monday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. at Sterigenics, 75 Tilbury Road, Salem, NJ 08079. This process kills nosema, EFB, chalk brood, and all other virus, bacteria, and pathogens that sicken our honey bees, shorten their lives, and weaken our colonies. The procedures are the same as before. $152.20/pallet (full or partial) based on a full capacity equipment run of 7 or more pallets. Please read the  details and contact Mark Antunes to participate.

Burgh Bees

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Coffee, Pittsburgh. Potluck social – Discussion Topic will be Installing Nucs and Packages: What to expect weeks 1-4. Contact Steve Repasky at 412-445-7872; email srepasky@gmail.com or visit the Burgh Bees website for additional information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, April 16, at the Lehigh County Ag Bldg., Allentown. Swarms, Preventing and Capturing presented by Ron Bogansky. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 or email sjfinke@msn.com for more information.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. at Aucker’s Apiaries, Millville. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. at the North Museum of Science and Natural History, Lancaster. Topics: Spring work, swarm prevention, making splits and all the other spring concerns of a beekeeper. For additional information and RSVP, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email or visit the website www.lancasterbeekeepers.org.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Speaker: Mark Antunes – Mark will present technique and strategies for swarm prevention and retrieval in your apiary. A question and answer time for the 2015 Queen Cell Program also. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. Guest speaker: Steve Repasky on swarm capture. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. at Tom McCormack’s, Aliquippa. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Queen Production Workshop

Sunday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. at the Evergreen Heritage Center, Mount Savage, MD. Steve Repasky, certified EAS Master Beekeeper and leader in the Burg Bees Association, is the featured speaker. Workshop is limited to 40 persons; early registration recommended. Details

Capital Area Beekeepers Short Course

Saturdays, May 2 & 9. Part I: Will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mt. Road, Dauphin, Pa. Part II: Will start at noon at Dave Anderson's Apiary, 7081A Colebrook Road, Palmyra, Pa. The cost of the Short Course is $40 which includes a CABA membership. For additional information please contact John Novinger, 717-365-3215, email jdnovinger@epix.net.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, May 2, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the PA RR Supervisor’s Club, Freedom. Outyard Demo. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Keystone College, Harris Hall, room 104, LaPlume. For additional information, contact Jared Jaffe at jared.jaffe@keystone.edu

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Montrose. Master Gardeners, Pollinators and Pollination. Contact Jim Perkins, Program Chair at 570-967-2634 or check on www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Chester County Beekeepers

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. at the Stroud Preserve, West Chester. Visit the website for more information.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Saturday, May 9, 2:00 p.m. near Coudersport. Topics will be about different chemicals used and offered by companies, along with different methods of going chemical free. Discussion will also include how to recognize if your colony is about to swarm and what to do. For more information, contact Joan Bradley at 814-697-7586, email: snowmobilj@frontiernet.net

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. at Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park Street, Honesdale. For more information, contact the Agricultural Extension Office at 570-253-5970 – EXT 4110.

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Contact Aaron Kolb at 570-323-8670 for more information.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, Stroudsburg. Visit their website: www.monroecountybeekeepers.org for more information.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. at Bucknell University, Lewisburg. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. at the Southeast Ag Research and Extension Center, Manheim. For additional information and RSVP, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email or visit the website www.lancasterbeekeepers.org.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Lehigh County Ag Bldg., Allentown. Topic: Nucs and Splitsl Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 or email sjfinke@msn.com for more information.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Speaker: Margaret Zittel – “Beekeeping Gadgets and Gizmos” Hear the how and when to use, pros, cons, costs, and where to get beekeeping gadgets and gizmos. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. New beekeepers share their stories. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

PSBA Summer Picnic & Queen Swap

Saturday, August 1, at the Dundee Farm in Sewickley. The picnic is being hosted by Burgh Bees. More details will be posted as the event approaches.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 18-20, at the Penn State University, State College.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you are willing to volunteer at this event, please contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com

PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, at the Best Western Inn/Country Cupboard, Lewisburg. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Pennsylvania Farm Show (100th Anniversary)

January 9 - 16, 2016 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. More details to follow as the event approaches. If interested in volunteering, contact Aaron Fisher at 717-242-4373 or Stu Mathias at 717-533-2231 for more information.

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