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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.

Delaware Valley University Beekeeping Course (Queen Rearing)

Saturday, Sunday, & Tuesday, May 12, 13, 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

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.

Ag Progress Days

Tuesday thru Thursday, August 14-16, 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 or phone 717-242-4373.

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/.

York County Beekeepers

Saturday, October 20, Banquet at the Central Market. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

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/.

Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 5 - 12, 2019 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.

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.

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar

Friday Night and Saturday, February 15 & 16, 2019, at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. Keynote Speaker is Randy Oliver of Scientific Beekeeping.

The Seminar runs Friday night from 7-9 p.m. Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs from 8:00 - 5:00. Friday night presentation topic is Randy's Research Updates. Saturday morning will include state updates along with keynotes by Randy Oliver and author Grant Gillard. Grant's presentation will be Seven Habits of Highly Successful Beekeepers: What does it take? Randy's presentation will be Reading the Combs: Understanding Bee Biology over the course of the season. Saturday afternoon will feature 9 different breakout sessions including local and national experts. The price for the Friday night and all day Saturday event is $60 if paid by January 1, 2019.

An all day Beekeeping 101 Course for new beekeepers will be offered in tandem with the Seminar on Saturday for $75. The course is being taught by several area experts. The course will include a copy of Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees. (Please note, if you register for the BK101 course, you may attend the Friday night event. Also note, you do not need to register for the main seminar if you are registered for the BK101 course).

Direct any questions to John G. Yakim at 412-576-3062 or jyakim@aol.com.    Visit their website for further details and registration.

Centre County Beekeepers

Wednesday, February 20, 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.

Centre County Beekeepers - Beekeeping 101 Workshop

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost - $15/household.   Flyer   Agenda   For more information, visit www.centrecountybees.com, or contact centrecountybeekeepers@gmail.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.

Centre County Beekeepers

Tuesday, March 19, 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.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension, 107 Water St., Coudersport. Topic of discussion; Killing mites with heat, not chemicals. For more information contact Joan at 814-697-7586, email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com or check the website at https://ncpba.weebly.com.

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.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Learning Rendezvous. (Locations of the Learning Rendezvous 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.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, April 10, 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.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, April 16, 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.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers - 8 Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Creamery. (Class 3) The classes are timely to your seasonal beekeeping needs with a hands-on training session in the apiary followed by lessons full of beekeeping insight and information in a classroom. Class # 3 will review topics from class # 2 and also cover - Varroa Mite reproduction cycle, Feeding, Looking for eggs and brood, Checking the queen, Colony development, Honey comb – good and bad, Varroa mite intervention and mite drop information, Hands on sugar roll mite assessment.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 3 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.

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. at the ACMH’s Wellness and Health Education Pavilion located at 79 Glade Road, Kittanning. (Take the West Hills exit on Rt 422.) Bill Kopar of Kopar Honey Farm near Natrona Heights will talk about making splits and building Nucs, or nucleus colonies. Bill is a complete beekeeper - operates over 120 hives, provides multi-county pollination services, sells honey and wax products, makes woodenware, lectures, teaches, and has taken on key leadership roles in local clubs and regional conferences. With his wife Jenifer, the Kopars operate the smallest and sweetest! registered farm in Allegheny County. Surprising to some, Bill underwent seven years of venom therapy to address his allergy to honey bee stings. There will also be a brief business meeting and review of the status of our feral honey bee project. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information visit visit www.pa-beekeepers-abci.com or call Secretary Anita Lynch at 724-919-2960 or President Ken Bowman at 724-859-1893. Or email the club at abcibeekeepers@gmail.com.

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.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Skippack. Dr. Underwood will discuss her current “Project Comb,” which is a side-by-side comparison of honey bee health in colonies kept using various management systems across the continuum of beekeeping; conventional, organic, and chemical free. This project includes following almost 300 colonies for two full years ending in 2020, and measuring productivity, varroa mite levels, nosema disease, and viruses, while determining the economics of each system. Additionally, association members Scott Famous and Priscilla Bonsell will demonstrate and discuss the different ways to introduce queens into a colony. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or email contact@montcopabees.org or visit their website for more information

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Saturday, April 27, 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Sisters of St Joseph, 1020 W State Street, Baden. Outyard Field Day. New beekeepers come join us! Get your hands in the hive and learn beekeeping skills from experienced beekeepers. To register, visit www.beavervalleybees.net.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Sunday, April 28, 2:00 p.m. at Altoona Lighthouse Men's Christian Fellowship, Altoona. More information at www.ccbee.org.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, April 29, 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.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, May 3, 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.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, May 8, 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.

Capital Area Beekeepers 32nd Annual Short Course

Saturdays, May 4 & 11, 8:00 a.m. (May 4 - Part 1) at Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin. Part 2, (noon, May 11) at Strites Orchard, 1000 Strites Road, Harrisburg. The cost of the Short Course is $50 which includes a CABA membership and the Penn State Book, "Fundamentals of Beekeeping". For additional information visit cabapa.org, or email deb.bee.caba@gmail.com.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Building, Rt. 706 East, Montrose. Topics: Catching swarms with Dave Taylor; monthly beekeeping Hints & Tips. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or visit susquehannabeekeeping.com for further information.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Saturday, May 11, 1:00 p.m. at apiary to be announced. Field Day - to demonstrate "How to Split a Hive". Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or visit susquehannabeekeeping.com for further information.

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Sunday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. at the barn behind the Penn State extension, 214 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg. Learning Rendezvous. (Locations of the Learning Rendezvous 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.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. at E Compton Hall, 210 E Normal St, Edinboro. Further information at www.nwpabeekeepers.com/events-calendar.html.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, May 21, 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.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers - 8 Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Creamery. (Class 4) The classes are timely to your seasonal beekeeping needs with a hands-on training session in the apiary followed by lessons full of beekeeping insight and information in a classroom. Class # 4 will review topics from class # 3 and also cover - Feeding Bees, Growing the colony, Adding brood boxes, Pollen and Nectar sources, Reading the honey comb, Analyzing the colony, Hands on sugar roll mite assessment.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Skippack. Dr. Gyan Hardwood will present via webcast on the mechanisms underlying transgenerational immune priming (TGIP), illustrating how pieces of pathogens can be transferred from workers to queens and larvae in royal jelly. Understanding these mechanisms has led to the development of medical treatments, or "vaccines", that can be administered to colonies to increase their resistance to diseases and Dr. Hardwood has been involved in this research. Additionally, Brian Walsh of Salix Springs Landscaping will be sharing updated information about the Spotted Lanternfly and focusing on the threats that it's presence has created for our agriculture, woodlands, and backyards Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or email contact@montcopabees.org or visit their website for more information

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at the ACMH’s Wellness and Health Education Pavilion located at 79 Glade Road, Kittanning, PA 16201. (Take the West Hills exit on Rt 422.) The educational speaker will be PA Bee Inspector Bonnie Hall. Bonnie covers at least ten counties in SW PA and includes three of ABCI's four counties. She's been inspecting bees for PA for 20 years. She is very responsive for providing answers and guidance to beekeeper’s questions. She is also very willing to rearrange her schedule to visit a beekeeper when they want an inspection or when they are having a problem they want help with. Bonnie will describe the importance of the PA Bee Inspection Program and will bring other messages she believes our club should know. For more information visit visit www.pa-beekeepers-abci.com or call Secretary Anita Lynch at 724-919-2960 or President Ken Bowman at 724-859-1893. Or email the club at abcibeekeepers@gmail.com.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 4 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.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, June 12, 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.

Central Western Beekeepers

Tuesday, June 18, 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.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers - 8 Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, June 18, 6:00 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road (Route 113), Creamery. (Class 5) The classes are timely to your seasonal beekeeping needs with a hands-on training session in the apiary followed by lessons full of beekeeping insight and information in a classroom. Class # 5 will review topics from class # 4 and also cover - What your bees should be doing, Brood patterns, Pollen & nectar storage, Mite Controls – IPM, VHS Bees, Treatments, hard or soft vs. organic, Hands on sugar roll mite assessment

Westmoreland Beekeepers

Friday, June 21, 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.

Northwestern PA Beekeepers

Saturday, June 22, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Vorisek’s Bee Yard, 15834 Linesville Rd, Linesville. Bee Yard Field Day. Further information at www.nwpabeekeepers.com/events-calendar.html.

Beekeepers of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m. at the ACMH’s Wellness and Health Education Pavilion located at 79 Glade Road, Kittanning, PA 16201. Take the West Hills exit on Rt 422. For more information visit visit www.pa-beekeepers-abci.com or call Secretary Anita Lynch at 724-919-2960 or President Ken Bowman at 724-859-1893. Or email the club at abcibeekeepers@gmail.com.

Bucks County Beekeepers Association - 8-Month Beginner Beekeeping Course

Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Presbyterian Church 1856 Forest Grove Rd., Forest Grove. (Class 5 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.

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.

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.

Please note that to find the 1 Queen Bee Lane address, use the directions above and/or view it on the map, rather than using a GPS. If the GPS has not been updated, it will route to a different location in McVeytown.

Planning is ongoing and additional details will be provided as they become available.

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). For details on the conference and volunteer opportunites, view the flyer.

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.

PSBA Annual Membership Meeting and Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 1 & 2, at the at the Ramada, State College. Mark those dates on your calendar and look forward to more information in the coming months.

If you are a representative of a local PA bee association and would like your event listed here, please contact webmaster@pastatebeekeepers.org with the date, time, and location of the event. Preferably include website link or contact information for further details.

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