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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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

June 2, 9, 16, 30 (every Tue. in June) 6:00 p.m. Bee yard visits. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Capital Area Beekeepers

Friday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Farm Show Bldg., Harrisburg, Maclay St. entrance, 2nd floor. Speaker will be Vincent Aloyo; topic TBA. Contact information: Deborah Buckfelder at deb.bee.caba@gmail.com

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

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Friday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Claverack Bldg., Montrose. "Overwintering Nucleus Hives begins in July” with Frank Licata, Master Beekeeper. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Capital Area Beekeepers

Friday, July 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Dept. of Agriculture, 2301 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. Speaker and topic TBA Contact information: Deborah Buckfelder at deb.bee.caba@gmail.com

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Saturday, July 25, 12:00 p.m. at Sunnybrook Park, Danville. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

PSBA Summer Picnic & Queen Swap

Saturday, August 1, at the Dundee Farm, 528 Scaife Rd., Sewickley Pa. 15143. The picnic is being hosted by Burgh Bees. Come enjoy great fellowship with your neighbor beekeepers! Our hosts are planning to roast a pig and will provide all paper products. All guests are asked to bring a side dish/desert or drink to share and their own lawn chairs.

A Queen Swap will take place (details to follow soon!) and a short educational program is being planned. The PSBA 110th Anniversary T-Shirts will also be available. More details including schedule and directions on our picnic page.

Susquehanna Beekeepers of NEPA

Saturday, August 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Harford fair grounds. Work day; short business meeting & picnic lunch afterwards; bring dish to share; tableware & entree furnished. Contact Jim Perkins at 570-967-2634 or check www.susquehannabeekeeping.com for updates.

Chester County

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

EAS Conference and Short Course

Monday-Friday, August 10-14, at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Speakers include: Mark Winston, Robert E. Page Jr., Phil Craft, Robert Currie, Ernesto Guzman, Pierre Giovenazzo,Tammy Horn, Zachary Huang, Greg Hunt, Doug McRory, Heather Mattila, Medhat Nasr, Gard Otis, Steve Pernal, and Nigel Raine.

Workshops include: Queens Rearing, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Introductory Beekeeping Workshop, Mead and Beer Making, How to Win at Honey Competitions, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Beekeeping.

Technical Tour: Full day bus tour featuring Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, Rosewood Estates winery and meadery, and two of Ontarios largest commercial apiaries.

Details    Registration

Monroe County Beekeepers

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, Stroudsburg. Visit their website: www.monroecountybeekeepers.org for more information.

Central Counties Beekeepers

Thursday, August 13, 12:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. Annual Picnic. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

Thursday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Keystone College, Harris Hall, room 104, LaPlume. For additional information, contact Jared Jaffe at jared.jaffe@keystone.edu

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

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, August 18, 6:00 p.m. location TBD. In the bee yard. Contact Jim Aucker at 570-458-6027, email info@thebeeyard.org or visit www.thebeeyard.org for more information.

Lancaster County Beekeepers

Tuesday, August 18, 6:00 p.m. at the Seldomridge’s, Leola. For additional information and RSVP, contact Jim Pinkerton at 717-653-5911 or email or visit the website www.lancasterbeekeepers.org.

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Saturday, August 22, Check with your local association.

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeepers

Saturday, August 22, 10:00 a.m. at the Canoe Creek State Park Pavilion 3, Hollidaysburg. Annual Auction and Picnic. More information at www.ccbee.org or by email.

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.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Speaker: Mark Antunes “Overwintering Your Bees and Getting Ready for 2016”. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. at the York County School of Technology, York. Presenter: Bonnie Raindrop on Pesticide Use and Control. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, September 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

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. Penn State Extension Bldg., Coudersport. For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com.

Monroe County Beekeepers

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

Central Counties Beekeepers

Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

Lackawanna Backyard Beekeepers

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

Chester County

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

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, September 14, 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.

Beekeepers of Susquehanna Valley

Tuesday, September 15, 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, September 15, 6:00 p.m. at the SSoutheast Ag Research & Extension Center, Manheim. Discussion on wintering and feeding techniques. 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, September 17, 7:00 p.m., at the Kutztown University. Beekeeping Movie. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 or email sjfinke@msn.com for more information.

Montgomery Co. Beekeepers

Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Skippack. Speaker: Jeremy Barnes; Topic: Toxic House Syndrome. Contact Dan Boylan at 610-906-6182 or dpboylan@comcast.net or visit their website: for more information

York County Beekeepers

Thursday, September 24, at the York County School of Technology, York. Visiting David Hackenburg’s Apiary. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers

Monday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver County Conservation District Education Center (Wetlands), Aliquippa. Contact Pattie Zyroll at 412-848-3506; email pattie.zyroll@elkem.com for more information.

Wayne County Beekeepers

Monday, October 5, 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.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, October 7, 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, October 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Keystone College, Harris Hall, room 104, LaPlume. For additional information, contact Jared Jaffe at jared.jaffe@keystone.edu

Central Counties Beekeepers

Thursday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office, Huntingdon. Baked Goods & Show-and-Tell Event. For additional information visit www.centralcountiesbeekeepers.org.

York County Beekeepers

Saturday, October 10, at the Winterstown Fire Hall, Winterstown. Banquet. Visit the website www.ycbk.org for more details.

North Central PA Beekeepers

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. Penn State Extension Bldg., Coudersport. For directions or information email northcentralpabeekeepersassoc@gmail.com.

Monroe County Beekeepers

Thursday, October 15, 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

Friday, October 16, 6:00 p.m., at the Fullerton Fire Co., Whitehall. Banquet. Contact Steve Finke at 610-737-7676 or email sjfinke@msn.com 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.

North East PA Beekeepers

Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. at 32 Comm St., Honesdale. For more information, contact Charles Kinbar at purepahoney@gmail.com or call 570-497-6402.

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. Agenda

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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