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If Medina Schools are closed, we will cancel the meeting or beginner’s class that night. If your roads are bad, ours probably are too.
Stay home and stay safe. Your bees need you.

 

2014 December 15 - MCBA Holiday Party

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, snacks at 6:00 pm Dinner at 6:30 pm

Kim and Peggy and Holiday Cheer! Bring a dessert to share and a gift for the exchange!

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 MCBA Beginner Beekeeper Class

MCBA-sponsored event

The class will cover basic honey bee biology, getting started with honey bees, all the equipment you will need, fundamental management skills, harvesting your crop and preparing for winter. Students will be advised on kinds of equipment to purchase, where to get bees and how to handle problems.

The class dates and the specific syllabus for each day are below. We typically cover 18 hours of classroom instruction including field days at the Club’s apiary.

Our lead instructor is Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine and author of Backyard Beekeeping and A Honey Handbook. Several members of the Medina Association will also be assisting with the classes.

Cost for the class is $75 per family. In addition to the class tuition, students receive a copy of Kim's Beginner’s Book (a $30 value), a 1 year membership in the Medina County Beekeepers Association (a $20 value), and a variety of magazines and catalogs from the beekeeping industry. Pre-registration is required so we know how many students to prepare for. Payment can be made at the first class, or by sending a check to Paul Kosmos, 6386 State Road, Sharon Twp, OH 44281. Make checks payable to MCBA. To register or for additional information, please email Paul Kosmos at [email protected] or 330-239-1379. Current MCBA members who have paid for and taken the class before may retake the beginner class for free.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 January 19 - MCBA Annual Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Main Speaker - Jim Tew, “Getting Ready for Spring”

This is also our "annual meeting" as specified in the Charter.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 Feb 14 - MCBA Beginner Class - Saturday track 1 of 3

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9 - 3:30

Syllabus

  • Registration
  • Ohio Beekeeping, a rich history
  • Beekeeping History in Medina, AI Root and Modern Beekeeping
  • Colony Location - Family & Neighbor consideration; Beeyard Attributes; What will your bees eat (Typical Medina County Honey Plants)
  • Beekeeping Equipment - Bee Space; Assembling Equipment
  • Boxes - Box size/Frame size; Wood or Plastic; Assembled/You Assemble/Build Your Own
  • Other Equipment - Hive Tools; Protective Gear; Smokers
  • What Kind of Bees - Races of bees; Italians, Carniolans, Russians, Others
  • Getting Bees - Packages; Nucs; Full-size; Swarms

Please bring a lunch.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 February 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Main Speaker - Ray Olivarez, “Where your bees come from?”

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 Feb 21 - MCBA Beginner Class - Saturday track 2 of 3

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9 - 3:30

Syllabus

  • Review of last week, Q & A
  • Honey Bee Biology - Basics and more basics; Queens, Drones and Workers (and everything they do and need and cause)
  • Examining a Colony - Front Door; Looking, Listening, Smelling; Opening/Standing/Examining; Robbing Behavior; Planning; Problems

Please bring a lunch.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 Feb 23 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 1 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 7 - 9:30 pm

Syllabus

  • Registration
  • Ohio Beekeeping, a rich history
  • Beekeeping History in Medina, AI Root and Modern Beekeeping
  • Colony Location - Family & Neighbor consideration; Beeyard Attributes; What will your bees eat (Typical Medina County Honey Plants)

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 Feb 28 - MCBA Beginner Class - Saturday track 3 of 3

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9 - 3:30

Syllabus

  • Review last week, Q & A
  • Nasties - First, Get Better Bees; Chalkbrood, European Foulbrood, American Foulbrood; Varroa; Nosema; Mice; Wax Moth; Small Hive Beetle; Skunks and Bears; Pesticides
  • Harvesting your Crop - Honey Removal/Transport; Uncapping; Extracting; Beeswax; Filtering/Straining
  • Fall and Winter Management - Feeding; Winter Protection
  • Applying Beeswax to Plastic Frames
  • Package Installation
  • Final Q & A

Please bring a lunch.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 Mar 2 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 2 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 7 - 9:30 pm

Syllabus

  • Beekeeping Equipment - Bee Space; Assembling Equipment
  • Boxes - Box size/Frame size; Wood or Plastic; Assembled/You Assemble/Build Your Own
  • Other Equipment - Hive Tools; Protective Gear; Smokers

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


Mar 9 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 3 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 7 - 9:30 pm

Syllabus

  • What Kind of Bees - Races of bees; Italians, Carniolans, Russians, Others
  • Getting Bees - Packages; Nucs; Full-size; Swarms
  • Honey Bee Biology - Basics and more basics; Queens, Drones and Workers (and everything they do and need and cause)

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


Mar 14 - MCBA Intermediate Class

MCBA-sponsored event

Saturday, 9 - 5 pm

This is not for beginners but for those who have taken a beginner's class or have been with bees for a couple of years. This class is one Saturday only with a working lunch, so bring your own.

There will only be 4 topics covered in this class.

  1. Surviving winter and now into spring
  2. Serious honey production
  3. Making bees
  4. Professional Varroa control

The fee for this class is $50 for MCBA members and $75 for non-members. The fee includes <text book tba> and 8 hours of instruction. Instructors include Kim Flottum, author and editor of Bee Culture magazine, Peggy Garnes and several other MCBA members. Other books will be available at the class, all of which will be referenced in the instruction.

Pre-registration is required so we know how many students to prepare for. Payment can be made at the first class, or by sending check to <tba> for the correct amount.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 March 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Main Speaker - Reed Johnson, “Toxins in our lives”

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 Mar 23 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 4 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 7 - 9:30 pm

Syllabus

  • Examining a Colony - Front Door; Looking, Listening, Smelling; Opening/Standing/Examining; Robbing Behavior; Planning; Problems
  • Nasties - First, Get Better Bees; Chalkbrood, European Foulbrood, American Foulbrood; Varroa; Nosema; Mice; Wax Moth; Small Hive Beetle; Skunks and Bears; Pesticides

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 Mar 30 - MCBA Beginner Class - Monday track 5 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 7 - 9:30 pm

Syllabus

  • Harvesting your Crop - Honey Removal/Transport; Uncapping; Extracting; Beeswax; Filtering/Straining
  • Fall and Winter Management - Feeding; Winter Protection
  • Applying Beeswax to Plastic Frames
  • Package Installation
  • Final Q & A

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 tbd - Beginner Beekeeper Field Day

MCBA-sponsored event

Date and time to be confirmed

Details tbd. Subject to change based on weather. Please check here the morning of the event to confirm.

Location: In the MCBA beeyard


2015 tbd - MCBA Website Training

MCBA-sponsored event
MCBA-sponsored event
Wednesday, 7-9 pm

MCBA hosts an "open website" that any member can edit. You can ask questions on our website - or answer them. You can create a beeyard report, write a page about the latest pesticide research, comment about different kinds of beekeeping equipment, or just help keep the list of Current Events up to date. Our website depends on the effort of volunteers and will be as much or as little as we, the members, make of it. Mike Rossander will host an open session on how to use our website. We will set up your account, edit a page, start a discussion, create new pages and learn lots of tricks so you can get started making the club's website a better, more useful tool.

Location: Medina County Library computer room. The Computer Lab has 18 computers available first-come, first-served but you can also bring your own laptop and connect to the library's internet connection.


2015 April 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Main Speaker - Larry Connor, “The Self Sustaining Apiary”

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 May 18 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Main Speaker - Jim Thompson, “Preparing honey and honey products for the fair”

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 June 1 - Deadline to register your Apiary

/non-MCBA event

June 1 is the annual deadline to register your apiary with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Registration costs $5 per apiary. The proceeds from registration go to fund the inspection program.

If you have registered before, you should have received a renewal form in the mail. If not, you can download a copy of the form here.


2015 __ - OSBA Summer meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2015 June 15 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Instead of having a main speaker, this will be a field evening in the bee yard and plant exchange with bees and pollinator plants with Denise Ellsworth
(Denise and/or Kim inside if it rains)

Also at this meeting will be our annual Plant Exchange. Bring one, take one.</br> Please label your plant with its variety and how tall it gets or spreads so we know where to plant it in our flower beds. Bring a plant that the pollinators love!

Location: In the MCBA beeyard


2015 July 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Preparation for the Fair
We will be doing a thorough clean-up of the booth, organize the sales and display areas, hang up posters and beekeeping information, etc. Please bring cleaning products to the meeting - brooms, pails, paper towels, rags, etc.

Beginner Class
For the newcomers to the club, we will have you set up in a separate section to learn the fair booth procedures for selling, explaining the observation hive, and candle rolling instructions.

Pizza and soda will be served.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds (710 West Smith Rd in Medina - the entrance is across from the corner of W. Smith Road and S. State Road)


2015 date tbd - Deadline for entries to the Fair

non-MCBA event

tbd, 4:00 pm

If you are entering honey, remember to sign up for all the honey categories, white, light amber, or dark amber, as you may not know what color your honey will be if you have not already extracted and bottled it. You may view all the entries, rules and enter on-line this year at www.medina-fair.com.

Location: Medina County Fairgrounds Main Office


2015 Aug 2 - Fair set-up

MCBA-sponsored event

Sunday, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Set up your entries for the Medina County Fair and bring your honey and hive products for sale. All entries must be in on-time and in compliance with the Fair's rules. Please have all your honey and hive products in by 5 so we can get them properly tagged and inventoried. The building closes at 6:00 pm.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds

Please note: The drop off hours for entering your honey/wax/baked goods into the Fair is noon – 4:00 pm at the Fairgrounds Main Office


2015 Aug 3-9 - Medina County Fair

joint event
joint event

Monday - Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Buy and sell honey, candles and other bee products. Watch the bees in the Observation Hive. Roll a candle. Learn about bees and beekeepers, their lives and equipment. Sample all the great honeys produced in our area. Taste the difference.

Then go to see the rest of the Fair.

Location: Building 5 in the Medina County Fairgrounds


2015 Aug 9 - Fair tear-down

MCBA-sponsored event

Sunday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Tear-down and clean-up from the Fair. Pick up your entries and any unsold honey.

Dismissal time for your entries and our display is from 6 PM – 9 PM on Sunday, August 8th. Entries not picked up by 9 PM Sunday, will be donated to the Medina Co. Fair Board Auction for fund raising, unless previous arrangements are made with the Medina Co. Beekeeper’s President. No exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.

Location: Building 5 in the ections Medina County Fairgrounds


2015 Aug 10-15 - EAS 2015

non-MCBA event

The Eastern Apicultural Society's annual Conference and Short Course will be hosted this year by the University of Guelph at Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Read more at [1]

Location: University of Guelph at Guelph, Ontario, Canada


2015 August 17 - MCBA Annual Picnic and Pot Luck Dinner

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:00 - dark

Details tbd

Location: tbd Buckeye Woods Park on 162


2015 September 21 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Main Speaker - Jerry Hayes, Monsanto, RNAi and Varroa control, or Phil Craft, TBD

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 tbd - Fall Foliage Tour

non-MCBA event

Day, time

Description

Location: tbd


2015 October 19 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Main Speaker - Dave Duncan and Ellen Harnish – Lotions and potions and soap, oh my!

Also in October, we need nominations for the Club's officers. All officers (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer) and one of the three Directors are up for grabs. See the bylaws for a description of the duties of the respective officers. If you'd like to give back to the club, this is a great opportunity.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 __ - OSBA Fall meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2015 November 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting & Honey Harvest Analysis

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - Topic tbd The Beginner half-hour is across the street from our regular meeting room.

7:00 Monthly Round-table - Bring your problems and we'll solve 'em.

7:30 Beekeeper Panel

Also during the November meeting,

  1. We will vote on the club's officers for the next year.
  2. We will conduct our annual Honey Harvest analysis. Bring your notes about how many hives and how much honey you pulled off in the past year. We will look for trends by area and over time. Remember that we track new and established colonies separately.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2015 December 21 - MCBA Holiday Party (tentative)

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 pm

Speaker and topic tbd

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2016 MCBA Beginner Beekeeper Class

MCBA-sponsored event

The class will cover basic honey bee biology, getting started with honey bees, all the equipment you will need, fundamental management skills, harvesting your crop and preparing for winter. Students will be advised on kinds of equipment to purchase, where to get bees and how to handle problems.

The class dates and the specific syllabus for each day has not yet been confirmed but we typically cover 15 hours of classroom instruction plus field days at the Club’s apiary.

Our lead instructor is Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine and author of Backyard Beekeeping and A Honey Handbook. Several members of the Medina Association will also be assisting with the classes.

Cost for the class is $<tbd> per family. In addition to the class tuition, students receive a copy of Kim's Beginner’s Book (a $30 value), a 1 year membership in the Medina County Beekeepers Association (a $20 value), and a variety of magazines and catalogs from the beekeeping industry.

Location: In our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


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