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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Meadow View Beekeeping (Keeney Apiary) Open House

Tuesday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 9351 Old Rte. 22, Bethel. See the queen yard in action. Update and tour of the Keeney Apiary. Presentation on Oxalic Acid. Light refreshments. Contact: Steve Finke, owner – 610-737-7676

Chester County

Saturday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. at ChesLen Preserve, Coatesville. Visit the website for more information.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 18-20, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Rt. 45. Admission and parking are free. More information at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.

Hours
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

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Saturday, August 22, Check with your local association.

Centre County Beekeepers

Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m. at the O’Donnell Apiary, Bellefonte. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

Chester County

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. at ChesLen Preserve, Coatesville. Visit the website for more information.

New Beekeeping Classes

Saturday, October 17, (1st of 4 classes) held at the Penn State Extension in Coudersport. The remaining three classes will be held in the spring of 2016. These classes will cover the very basics in beekeeping. More information will be available after Sept. 1 Pre-registration is required before Oct. 2nd. For more information contact northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, October 18, 2:00 p.m. at the Hollidaysburg Public Library Community Room, Hollidaysburg. More information at www.ccbee.org or by email.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. at Union County Government Center, Lewisburg. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 p.m. at Dutch Gold Honey, Lancaster. Honey Round Up and Election of officers For additional information, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email or visit the website www.lancasterbeekeepers.org.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Saturday, November 7, at the Keystone Restaurant, Ebensburg. Annual Banquet and election of officers. Reservations required. More information at www.ccbee.org or by email.

Central Counties Beekeepers

Monday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14, at the Best Western Inn/Country Cupboard, Lewisburg. Speakers: Marla Spivak, Clare Densely (Buckfast Abbey), Dewey Caron, Maryann Frazier, Erin Forbes and James Neih. Details   Agenda   Registration

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 p.m. at Union County Government Center, Lewisburg. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Central Counties Beekeepers

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. Annual Banquet. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

North American Beekeeping Conference

January 5 - 9 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, FL. The theme for this year’s conference is Palm Trees & Healthy Bees. For additional information, visit www.abfnet.org

Pennsylvania Farm Show (100th Anniversary)

January 9 - 16, 2016 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Exhibit Entries must arrive at the Farm Show on Thursday, Jan 7th, between 9:00AM and 6:00PM.

For Extracted Honey it is strongly suggested that you enter the color class below and above what you think it is. Honeys will be placed in color classes using a digital color grader. If two entries are in the same class, one will be set aside.

Exhibits may not be removed before 5:00PM on closing Saturday, Jan 16th.

Pre-entry must be done on-line
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There are openings left for Individual and County Exhibits. Late entries are being accepted on-line. Contact Charlie at vbeefarm@windstream.net for questions.

If interested in volunteering, contact Aaron Fisher at 717-242-4373 or Stu Mathias at 717-533-2231 for more information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m., at Lehigh County. Ag. Bldg., Allentown. Topic: Bees ON a tree! Presenter: Greg Kuebler – “A different kind of bee tree”. Contact Brett Dyer at 484-553-2967 or visit the LVBA website for more information

15th Annual Honey Bee Expo

Saturday, January 30, on the WVUcampus in Parkersburg, WV. Held by the Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers’Association along with the WV Extension Services. This year’s keynote speaker will be EAS master beekeeper and author, Stephen J. Repasky. Also scheduled to attend will be Dr. Greg Hunt and Christian Givens of Purdue University. Cost will be $20.00 if pre-registered by January 13th or $25.00 at the door. Contact (304) 437-1221 or visit movba.org/2016_honeybee_expo.htm. Many vendors will also be present.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at ASCC, 15 Ogleview Road, Cranberry. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Beginning Beekeeping Class

Wednesday, February 3, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. Instructor: Master Beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski. Fee: $115 Details

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers - Introduction to Beekeeping

Wednesdays, February 3 & 7 and March 2 & 16, 7:00-9:30 p.m., at Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, Pa. 18078. The class will be held in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) building in rooms 103 & 111.

If you are considering becoming a beekeeper or just want to learn more about the hobby consider registering for these classes. Registration fee is $60.00 for adults, and youth under 16 accompanied by a registered adult, are invited to attend at a fee of $10.00. Adults who register and pay before January 16, 2016 will receive a $5.00 discount off their registration fee. The instructors will be experienced Association beekeepers including several who are Certified Master Beekeepers.

More information at the LVBA website or contact class coordinator Blaine Holden at blaineholden@hotmail.com

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m., at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville. Contact Brett Dyer at 484-553-2967 or visit the LVBA website for more information

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, February 11, 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, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Montrose. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

North East PA Beekeepers - Intro to Beekeeping Seminar

Saturday, February 13, 11:00 a.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. Seminar will be conducted by Charlie Kinbar, President of the NEPA Beekeepers, former State Bee Inspector, and Former VP of PSBA. Topics covered will be "How to start out" and "What you will need to Become a Beekeeper". The NE PA. Beekeepers Assn., will mentor all starting beekeepers through their first year "Hands On". For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Saturday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. at the Town & Country Grill, Tunkhannock. Susquehanna Beekeepers Board Meeting. Reservations by Feb. 10th to Dave Taylor, 570-378-3728, or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates. All members welcome.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 p.m. Penn State Extension Bldg., Water St.,Coudersport. For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley 814-697-7586.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday and Saturday, February 19 & 20, at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Monroeville, 101 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, Pa. (Note the location change.) A trade show featuring major beekeeping supply companies will be held on-site in conjunction with this seminar.

Featured speakers for the seminar include Dr. Jeff Harris, Assistant Extension and Research Professor at Mississippi State; Dr. Diana Sammataro, on the the authors of The Beekeeper’s Handbook and Dr. Christine Grosinger, Professor of Entomology and Director of Pollinator Research at Penn State University. Breakout sessions: include bear fencing, winter management, cooking with honey, pest control, and more...

Registration cost is $60.00 for participants and $45.00 for their guests and children under 18. (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant.) The deadline to register is February 14th. Registration

Visit the Western PA Seminar Facebook page or contact Lyn Szymkiewicz at lynszym@comast.net or 412-855-0710 for more information

Burgh Bees

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Penn State Center Pittsburgh, Suite A, Pittsburgh. Pot luck supper and educational discussion on Preparing for the Spring. Contact Steve Repasky at 412-445-7872; email srepasky@gmail.com or visit the Burgh Bees website for additional information.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Topic: Queen Breeding and Genetics. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. Toni Burnham, a Washington D.C. beekeeper will be speaking about Urban and Suburban beekeeping. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

North Central PA Beekeepers Seminar

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Gunzburger Building, Coudersport. Pa. Speaker: Frank from Mann Lake. (For Beekeepers with at least a few years experience) Topics include Queen Rearing, Apiary Increase, nucs, splits and combining hives, Bringing your apiary into spring, Honey Bee nutrition, Creating a sustainable Apiary. Cost: $10.00 Club Members, $15.00 non members. Registration and fee paid deadline is February 29th. Checks (made payable to the club) mailed to Joan Bradley at PO Box 635, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or contact Joan Bradley 814-697-7586.

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, March 7, 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.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, Stroudsburg. Honey Tasting. Visit their website: www.monroecountybeekeepers.org for more information.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers

Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m., at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville. 2nd & 3rd year beekeepers. Presenter: Brett Dyer. Contact Brett Dyer at 484-553-2967 or visit the LVBA website for more information

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, March 10, 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, March 11, 7:00 p.m. at theClaverack Bldg., Montrose. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Topic: Evolutionary Biology. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. Ben McKean, a West Virginia beekeeper from Honey River Meadery will be the guest speaker. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Beaver County Conservation District Wetlands. Speaker: TBA Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at PA RR Supervisors Club, Tevebaugh Road, Baden. Hands-on Demo for Prospective or Beginning Beekeepers. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Capitol Area Beekeepers Annual Short Course

Saturdays, May 7 & 14, Part I: 8:00 a.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mt. Road, Dauphin, Pa. 17018. Part II: 12:00 noon at Strites Orchard, 1000 Strites Rd., Harrisburg, Pa. 17111. Cost: $50 (includes a CABA membership and the Penn State Book, “Fundamentals of Beekeeping”). For additional information visit cabapa.org, or contact John Novinger, 717-365-3215, email jdnovinger@epix.net.

York County Beekeepers Backyard Beekeeping Classes

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, and May 18 and 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at an apiary in Seven Valleys. Six introductory classes for those with an interest in honey bees but with no prior knowledge. Participants will be provided with the information and skills needed to establish and maintain their own backyard hives.The classes will combine the theoretical (structure of a hive, honey bee biology, colony dynamics, nectar and pollen sources, common diseases and treatments, etc.) with the practical (inspecting and evaluating the growth of the bees and diagnosing the health of a colony). Handouts and suggested reading materials will be provided. Cost : $75. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. For further information contact Jeremy Barnes at honeybeewhisperer@gmail.com or call 717-428-1144.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, June 27, at Pavillion at Hereford Manor Lake, Harmony PA 16037. Speaker: Frank Licata (PA State Rep for Mann Lake) “Making Overwintering Nucs”. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, July 16, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Sisters of St. Joseph, 1020 W. State Street, Baden. BVABA Club Picnic. Speaker: TBA – RSVP by July 10th to Sr. Lyn (lynszym@comcast.net). Grilled Chicken and burgers supplied – please bring a covered dish.

EAS Conference and Short Course

Monday-Friday, July 25-29, at the Richard Stockton University, Galloway, NJ.

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PSBA Summer Picnic

Saturday, August 6, hosted by Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown. This is the same location as the picnic held two years ago, but the address has changed.

They will be roasting a pig for the main course, guests are asked to bring a side dish, dessert or drinks to share. Also, please bring a lawn chair. Fisher Bee Farm will have plating, cutlery and napkins on hand.

The location is right beside a nice creek that anyone is allowed to play in, if so desired. They also have a small zoo of a farm for anyone wishing to see live animals. The only organized activity is just breaking bread with fellow beekeepers.

The Executive Board will be meeting in the morning, time to be announced.

Directions from Mt. Union:
At the 522 and 22 merger (just outside of Mt. Union), continue on 522N, 22E for approximately 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road. Make a left hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, travel approximately 1 mile. Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.

Directions from Lewistown:
Take the 522 South bypass at Lewistown, follow approximately 11 miles to red light in McVeytown. Continue straight on 522S/22W for 7 miles to Ferguson Valley Road. Make a right hand turn onto Ferguson Valley Road, travel approximately 1 mile. Queen Bee Lane will be on your left.

2016 PSBA Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 11 & 12, at the Days Inn, State College. The theme is Audacious Ideas for the Future of Beekeeping and the key note speakers will be Mark Winston and Keith Delaplane.

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