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Weather Advisory: Please Use Common Sense.

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.

 

2017 March 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Dr. Meghan Milbrath, MSU, Topic: Developing a Varroa management strategy

Synopsis: Keeping our bees free from parasites like varroa is one of the best things we can do to keep our bees healthy and to improve their survival. Currently, it is really difficult to figure out how to manage varroa populations without getting on the chemical treadmill or committing to a lot of extra work and cost. We will discuss varroa biology, and how we can use our understanding of population dynamics to manage the varroa mite, and develop a plan that keeps varroa in check, and our bees healthy.

Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. She is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative at Michigan State University, where she does honey bee and pollinator research and extension and has recently worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Entomology Department, studying honey bee disease with Zachary Huang. She is an active member in the South East Michigan Beekeeping Association, the Center of Michigan Beekeeping Association, is on the board for the Michigan Beekeeping Association, is the past president of the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers and the coordinator of the Northern Bee Network, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable beekeeping in northern climates.

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

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


2017 March 21 - MCBA Beginner Class - Tuesday track 5 of 5

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:15

Syllabus:

  • Pests, Disease and Critter Issues
  • Varroa, Nosema and American Foulbrood
  • Controlling Varroa and Treatment Options
  • Wax Moth/Small Hive Beetles
  • Mice, Skunks and Bears
  • Managing Varroa
  • Honey Tasting
  • Q & A Time

The instructors for the Tuesday track are Jim Alysworth, Peggy Garnes and other members of Medina Beekeepers.

Location: Community Room at Medina County Library.

2017 March 21 - MCBA Intermediate Class - 2 of 2

MCBA-sponsored event

Tuesday, 7 - 9 pm

Session two of the intermediate class will be Making bees pay & the Business of Pollination, a discussion on how to actually make money with beekeeping.

If you missed the first session, you can still register online or by calling Ron Zickefoose at 330-466-3642 or [email protected]

Location: A.I. Root Conference Center


2017 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


2017 April 17 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Karen Rennich of BeeInformed. Topic: All About BeeInformed And Why You Should Be A Part Of It, and the Sentinel Hive, in the field if weather permits, April 17

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

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


2017 May 22 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker field day, with Jim Tew and Jim Aylsworth

Also at this meeting will be our annual Plant Exchange. Bring one, take one. 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!

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In the MCBA beeyard


2017 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.


2017 June __ - MCBA Mandatory Sellers' Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 7 pm

All members planning to sell honey or any hive product at the Fair are required to attend this mandatory seller's meeting. We will have one additional date (TBD) for those who are out of town on this date. You must attend one of these mandatory meetings in order to sell. No exceptions.

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


2017 June 19 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room.

7:00 Main Speaker - Field Day, Kim and Buzz and Jim Aylsworth

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

Location: In the MCBA beeyard


2017 July 17 - 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)


2017 July 22 - Bee Festival - Medina Library Day

joint event
joint event
Saturday, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Bee Festival 2017 will be Medina Library's 9th Annual Day of bee-filled family fun and over 1,200 people are expected to attend. The Medina Beekeepers will have an open hive on the library's front lawn and the library has planned crafts, activities and entertainment for all ages. Plan to attend and participate this year!

Location: Medina Library


2017 July 20 - 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


2017 July 30th - 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


2017 July 31-August 4 - EAS 2017

non-MCBA event

The Eastern Apicultural Society's annual Conference will again be hosted by the University of Delaware. Everything is in one big area from cafeteria to meeting rooms to vendors to shows and of course the program itself.
Presenters include: Jennifer Berry, Michael Palmer, Tom Seeley, Marla Spivak, Jay Evans (USDA), Jim Tew, Tammy Horn, Bart Smith, Maryann Frazer, Kim Flottum and Vince Aloyo. We will deliver the usual excellent speakers and variety from the very practical beekeeping to the more scientific bee talks.
The short course will have a beginner, an intermediate and more advanced beekeeping tracks.
Conference mornings will feature our award winners and keynoters of note and the afternoon will feature several options for workshops. We will have an auction night event on Thursday and our banquet on Friday night on-site. Tours will include some of the outstanding DuPont property mansions and gardens of the area. Or stroll over to the beeyard for a look at our local colonies.

For more information about this week long event visit easternapiculture.org

Location: Clayton Hall Conference Center, Newark, DE


2017 July 31-Aug 6th - 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


2017 August 6th - 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


2017 August 21 - MCBA Annual Picnic and Pot Luck Dinner

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:00 - dark

Details tbd

Location: tbd Buckeye Woods Park on 162


2017 September 18 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Speaker and topic tbd

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

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


2017 tbd - Fall Foliage Tour

non-MCBA event

Day, time

Description

Location: tbd


2017 October 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room

7:00 Main Speaker - Speaker and topic tbd

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.

MCBA Meetings are open to the public. If you are not a member of the club, please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the cost of the speaker.

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


2017 November 4 - OSBA Fall meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2017 November 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting & Honey Harvest Analysis

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beekeepers Q & A - New Location - regular meeting room 7:00 Main Speaker - Speaker and topic tbd

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.


2017 December 18 - 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.


2018 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.


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