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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.

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.

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.

Lycoming County Beekeepers

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Montoursville Borough Hall. Contact Aaron Kolb at 570-323-8670 for more information.

North American Beekeeping Conference

January 10 - 14 at the San Luis Resort & Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, TX. This is a joint conference of the American Beekeeping Federation, the American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council. Visit the ABF website: abfnet.org for registration and additional information.

West Virginia Beekeepers Spring Conference

April 21 & 22, Olglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV, sponsored by the Tri-State Beekeepers Association. Reduced rates for early registration. Visit the website for more information and to register.

Kids and Bees "Beekeeping Academy"

Thursday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.at the University of Delaware. The Beekeeping Academy is a one day camp for up to twelve kids going into grades four through six. Students will spend their day in a fun and educational immersion into the world of the bee. The 2017 Bee Academy is a collaboration between the Eastern Apicultural Society, the American Beekeeping Federation, University of Delaware, and the Bee Girl organization. Tuition for the academy is $60 per student. Details

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, November 13, 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.

Country Barn Farm Bee Club

Thursday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 403 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh. For futher information contact joe@countrybarnfarm.com.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W Grove St, Clarks Summit. All are welcome. Date of meeting is occasionally changed due to Library activities--please use facebook or email (see info links below) to make sure of meeting dates. For additional information, contact Renee Czubowicz, 570-335-3091 or Dr. Maggie Miller, 570-877-3064 or visit the club’s Facebook page or email lackawannabackyardbeekeepers@gmail.com.

Burgh Bees

Saturday, June 16, PA Queen Improvement Field Day (Day 1 of 2) Nuc Building Workshop. In cooperation with the PA Queen Improvement Project and Burgh Bees, this two-part event will provide an outstanding educational opportunity and daughter queens reared from instrumentally inseminated queens of Purdue improved genetic stock. (Day 2 is June 30.) Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=7168 for additional information.

Burgh Bees

Saturday, June 16, Open Apiary. Want to learn more about bees and beekeeping? Want to see inside a beehive? Want to tour our Certified Pollination Gardens? Then, come out to our monthly Open Apiary.

Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Queen Grafting Workshop

Sunday, June 24, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Always Summer Herbs, 199 Magill Rd, Slippery Rock. sponsored by the Purdue C.A.R.E Grant in conjunction with the PA Queen Bee Improvement Project. Instructors: Jeff Berta and Steve Repasky.
Class: This is a hands on workshop so bring your veil. The creation of starter and finisher colonies will be discussed and demonstrated along with techniques for queen breeding and improving local PA stock. You will be grafting under the direction of Jeff and Steve. Bring a well ventilated queenless nuc with lots of nurse bees and take home any grafts that you make!
Cost: $75.00 – Includes instruction, a grafting tool, grafting cups, cell bar and frame.
Registration: Space is limited to 20 people so register now by emailing your name and phone number to meadowsweetbees@gmail.com with the words PA Queen Improvement in the subject line. Payment will be collected the day of the event.

Burgh Bees

Monday, June 25, at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery, 1291 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh. Monthly Meet Up & Discussion. Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Burgh Bees

Saturday, June 30, PA Queen Improvement Field Day (Day 2of 2 ) Queen Distribution Workshop. In cooperation with the PA Queen Improvement Project and Burgh Bees, this two-part event will provide an outstanding educational opportunity and daughter queens reared from instrumentally inseminated queens of Purdue improved genetic stock. Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=7168 for additional information.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Burgh Bees

Sunday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Settlers Cabin Park – Gilbert Love Shelter. Annual Picnic. Cost: $10 per adult. Kids under 18 are free (The Cooked Goose will provide a buffet.)

Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Delaware Valley University Beekeeping Course (Introductory Beekeeping)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 20, 21, 22, at the Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Doylestown, DE. By Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper.
View Flyer   Further Details and Registration.

Burgh Bees

Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery, 1291 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh. "Special Evening Lecture Event" Kirsten Traynor, PhD, Editor American Bee Journal.

Contact Jeff Shaw jeff@burghbees.com (412) 576-3590 or visit http://burghbees.com/?page_id=4568 for additional information.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Indiana PA Honey Bee

Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at St. Andrew's Village 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana. For further information, email indianacountypahoneybee@gmail.com.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Empire State Honey Producers Fall Meeting

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 1 - 3, at the at the Embassy Suites by Hilton - Syracuse Destiny USA, 311 Hiawatha Blvd West, Syracuse, NY.   Details

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Berks-Schuylkill Beekeepers

Wednesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m. at Berks Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Reading, For more information visit https://berksandschuylkillbeekeepers.org/.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers - Introduction to Beekeeping

January 26, February 13 & 27, March 13 & 27, Informational and sign-up meeting - Saturday, January 26 at the Lehigh County Ag Center - 1:00-3:00 p.m. Class is scheduled for 4 sessions on Wednesday evenings. All classes are at the campus of LCCC in Schnecksville from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.. One additional session at our club apiary in early April. Cost is $70 per adult until 1/26/19; $75 thereafter. Student and Youth rates available. See all the registration information at www.lehighvalleybeekeepers.org or call Steve Finke, LVBA President at 610-737-7676.

Franklin County Beekeepers

Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Ag Heritage Building Rooms 7 & 8, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Guest Speaker: Mark Gingrich, Gingrich Apiaries- Dover PA, PA Queen Bee Improvement Program. Speaker: Kristy Grissom, FCBA, Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. Visit the FCBA website or email info@fcbapa.org for more information.

North East PA Beekeepers - Intro to Beekeping

Saturday, February 9, 11:00 a.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. The seminar will cover all aspects of beekeeping and will be led by Charlie Kinbar, President of the NE PA beekeepers. Duration of the seminar will be 4 hours. Please register early as space is limited. Fee will be $10.00, which also includes a 1 year membership in the club. Register by contacting Dale at delep44@aol.com or call 570 497-6402.

Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild - Natural Beekeeping Symposium

Saturday, February 9, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This year's symposium is focused on 'Management Methods for Small-Scale Beekeepers'. Speakers are Mel Disselkoen, Landi Simone, Vince Aloyo, George Datto, and Brian Walsh. Reduced online pricing available until January 29th. Tickets will also be available at the door! For updates and further information visit https://phillybeekeepers.org/9th-annual-natural-beekeeping-symposium-february-2019/ or email JnJShiffler@yahoo.com.

Chester County Beekeepers' Annual Conference

Saturday, March 9, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Merion Science Center, West Chester University, in West Chester. Featured speakers include:

  • Margarita M. López-Uribe, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Grant Stiles, owner-operator of Stiles Honey, a commercial operation of 4,000+ beehives located in Fords, NJ.
  • Samuel (a.k.a. "Sammy") Ramsey, Ph.D., Entomologist, USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab, Beltsville, MD.

For more details visit www.chescobees.org.   Register at EventBrite.

Annual Spring Hive Irradiation Event

Monday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. at Sterigenics, 75 Tilbury Road, Salem, NJ 08079. The hive irradiation program will safely kill disease and harmful bacteria in your hives that could harm new bees you put into your dead out equipment. This program has operated successfully for years allowing beekeepers from OH, PA, NJ, NY, and DE to sterilize second hand equipment and dead out hives and put them safely back in their operation without the threat of infecting new bees in that equipment. For further information and complete details about how to prepare and palletize your hive equipment, visit www.montcopabees.org/services-resources/irradiation You MUST follow all of the instructions to palletize your equipment. If you plan to take part, contact Mark Antunes at honeyhillfarm@verizon.net to let him know how many pallets of equipment you will bring.

Franklin County Beekeepers - Beginner Beekeeping Basics

March 7,14,21,28 & April 4 & 13, Classes are 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. April 13 is a field day. Visit the FCBA website for more information.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI), 540 North Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap. Vendors for packages and nucs will be present and there will be discussions about various topics. For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.com.

PSBA Summer Picnic

Saturday, July 13, at Fisher Bee Farm, located at 1 Queen Bee Lane, McVeytown. North Western Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association will sponsor the picnic.

The Executive Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. Clubs are encouraged to send a representative.

Lunch will be served around 12:30 p.m. The North Western PA BKA will provide the entrée and W. Fisher Bee Farm will provide drinks, cups, plates, cutlery, and napkins. Members are requested to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be a Queen Swap and Sale, so bring your best genetics to trade or prepare a queenless colony before the picnic and purchase a queen to improve or diversify your stock. Remember, queens reared after the summer solstice will be less likely to swarm next spring.

More details including directions on our picnic page.

Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) Society Conference

July 8 - July 10, at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Details at www.heartlandbees.org

Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Conference and Short Course

July 15 - July 19, at Greenville, SC (Hilton Greenville, 43 West Orchard Park Drive).    Registration   Additional information, including speakers, events, volunteer opportunites, and accomodations, available at the EAS website. You may also view the flyer.

Delaware Valley University Introductory Beekeeping Course

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, July 26, 27, 28, at the Delaware Valley University Main Campus, Doylestown, DE. By Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D., Master Beekeeper.
View Flyer   Further Details and Registration.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 13-15, 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.

Volunteers needed to scoop and serve honey ice cream at Ag Progress Days. The proceeds from this event go directly to support the Pennsylvania Honey Queen program. For more information, please contact Aaron Fisher at aaron@fisherbeefarm.com or phone 717-242-4373.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 7 of 8 classes from February to September; 4th Tuesday of month) There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00 followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00. Please note - veils will be mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives. Details and Tickets For more information e-mail: info@bucksbeekeepers.com.

APIMONDIA 2019

September 8 - 12, in Montreal. For additional information, visit www.apimondia2019.com/.

York County Beekeepers

York County Beekeepers Association is seeking beekeepers interested in attending Apimondia 2019 in Montreal from 8 - 12 September 2019. With two more beekeepers they will be able to register at the group rate. Interested beekeepers should contact Val Hawthorne at vlhawthorne@aol.com or call 717-649-4836 by 15 February 2019. Check out the website at http://www.apimondia2019.com/ for additional information.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension, 107 Water St., Coudersport. Topic of discussion: Getting bees thru the winter, and the State of the club and voting for new officer. Questions, email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 8 of 8 classes from February to September; 4th Tuesday of month) There will be hands on activities in the apiary starting at 6:00 followed by classroom activities starting at 7:00. Please note - veils will be mandatory at the apiary. Anyone who attends the apiary sessions and does not have a veil will not be permitted near the hives. Details and Tickets For more information e-mail: info@bucksbeekeepers.com.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, September 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Soergel's Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford. Regular Club Meeting. For more information visit www.beavervalleybees.net.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg. For more information visit www.MonroeCountyBeekeepers.org, email monroecountyba@gmail.com, or 'Like' the Facebook page.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rt. 706 East, Montrose. Topics: Bob Sullivan, DVM will be speaking on various subjects relating to the honey bee; monthly beekeeping Hints & Tips Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or visit susquehannabeekeeping.com for further information.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. at the Houtzdale Firehall, Houtzdale. More information at www.ccbee.org.

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. at ACMH’s Wellness and Health Education Pavilion located at 79 Glade Road, Kittanning. (Take the West Hills exit on Rt 422.) Topic: Winterizing Hives. For more information visit www.beekeepers-of-abci-pa.com or their Facebook page. You can call Secretary Marsha Alvino at 724-822-3394 or President Ken Bowman at 724-859-1893, or email the club at abcibeekeepers@gmail.com.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Skippack. Honey Bee Management is changing and technologies first envisioned in the 1960s are finally becoming available to both small-scale and professional beekeepers and are likely to further alter how honey bee colonies are managed. Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk from the University of Montana will present via webinar an overview of what is currently available to beekeepers with recommendations for choosing appropriate devices and software and his recently released Smart Phone based Bee Health Guru App that you’ll surely want to understand before it become mainstream. Additionally, association member Tommy Gaines will discuss how he constructs his own woodenware. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or email montcopabees@gmail.com or visit their website for more information.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. at E Compton Hall, 210 E Normal St, Edinboro. Further information at www.nwpabeekeepers.com/events-calendar.html.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Saturday, October 26, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Gunzburger Building, Coudersport. Seminar with Michael Bush, author of "The Practical Beekeeper". Reservations and fees due before October 11th, for best price. Limited seats available; lunch is included. Open to everyone. For more information, check the website at https://ncpba.weebly.com or email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com.

PSBA Annual Membership Meeting and Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 1 & 2, at the Ramada, State College. Note that walk-ins will pay the same registration cost, but lunch and the banquet will not be available.   Agenda (subject to change) and Registration

Penn State is once again offering equipment for sale at the Wiley Bee Lab following the PSBA Conference on Saturday. Check out their flyer and make plans to stop by after the conference and stock up. Note that they only accept cash for the equipment.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rt. 706 East, Montrose. Topics: Earl Villecco will be speaking about his work with commercial beekeepers in SC; monthly beekeeping Hints & Tips Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or visit susquehannabeekeeping.com for further information.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Saturday, November 9, 2:00 p.m. at the Keystone Restaurant, Munster. Annual Banquet and Election of Officers. More information at www.ccbee.org.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg. For more information visit www.MonroeCountyBeekepers.org, email monroecountyba@gmail.com, or 'Like' the Facebook page.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, November 15, at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Learning Rendezvous. (Learning Rendezvous locations may change if workshops being planned do not fit well with the barn's use policies.) For further information, contact Burl Knupp at 724-493-0843.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building at the Butler County Community College located at 107 College Dr, Butler. Details at their Facebook page.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, November 23, at 10:00 a.m. at E Compton Hall, 210 E Normal St, Edinboro. Further information at www.nwpabeekeepers.com/events-calendar.html.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. at the Old Cambria County Ext. Office, Ebensburg. Christmas Social. More information at www.ccbee.org.

Capital Area Beekeepers/York/Lancaster Tri-County Meeting

Thursday, December 12, at Purcell Hall, Hershey. Speaker: Daniel C. Reynolds, University of Maryland Faculty Research Assistant & Co-head of the Sentinel Apiary Program (Bee Informed Partnership). Contact Gary Carns, homers3@comcast.net if you plan to attend.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Regular Meeting. For further information, contact Burl Knupp at 724-493-0843.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 PM in the Science and Technology Building at the Butler County Community College located at 107 College Dr, Butler. Details at their Facebook page.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 4 - 11, 2020 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers’ Association’s showcase annual event and the primary source of fund raising for the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program. See details, exhibitor, and volunteer information on our Farm Show page.

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana - Mid-winter Seminar

Saturday, February 1, at Kittanning’s Belmont Complex. Seminar will feature Dwight Wells, Jeff Berta from the PA Queen Improvement Project, and Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe and others from the Penn State Agricultural Extension. Currently in planning stage; further information will be posted at www.beekeepers-of-abci-pa.com or their Facebook page.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday Night and Saturday, February 14 & 15, 2020, at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. Speakers will include Keith Deleplane, Brock Harpur, and Ian Steppler. Visit their website for further details.

  

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