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2016 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


2016 April 18 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:15 Main Speaker - Dr. Tom Seeley, Professor Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornel University. Author, Honey Bee Ecology, Honey Bee Democracy and Wisdom Of The Hive, and to be released in April, Hunting Honey Bees.

Tom will be here to discuss his new book Hunting Honey Bees, also known as beelining. The biology and behavior of foraging honey bees, techniques and tricks and equipment to use and the challenge of the hunt. Weather permitting we will have a beelining event the evening of the meeting. Watch the web page and newsletter for additional information.


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


2016 April 21 - MCBA Website Training

MCBA-sponsored event
MCBA-sponsored event
Thursday, 7-8:15 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.


2016 May 16 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:00 Main Speaker - Steve Repasky, Burg Bees President, author of Swarm Essentials.

All about Swarming, biology, prevention, capturing, care for after, and the benefits to the colony. For more visit the publisher’s page http://wicwas.com/Swarm_Essentials


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


2016 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.


2016 __ - OSBA Summer meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2016 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 June __. 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.


2016 June 20 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Pollinator Evening (National Pollinator Week is June 20 – 26)

The sponsors of the A.I. Root Pollinator Garden will be giving us a tour of their garden. New this year will be the buffer strip gardens created by the Pollinator Protection organization, and the roadside seeding gardens created by the Ohio State Beekeeper’s Association, and a pollinator prairie seed mix created by Ohio Prairie Nursery from Hiram, OH. www.ohioprairienursery.com. These compliment the gardens already there including the pollinator prairie mix from Ernst Seeds, the Monarch Watch garden from Pollinator Protection, and the Phylogeny garden by OSU and Medina Master Gardeners.

Also present will be Denise Ellsworth (OSU Pollinator Extension), Mary Galea (Pollinator Protection), Ashley Kulhanek (Medina County Extension), members of the Master Gardeners who provide the phylogeny garden, members of Medina County Soil and Water, seed company representatives, The Pollinator Stewardship Council and others.

June 20th is the longest day of the year and the meeting will run from 6:30 till dark.

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!

Location: the A.I. Root Pollinator Garden, behind the office buildings on the North side of W. Liberty Street (weather permitting)
In case of bad weather, in our regular meeting room at A.I. Root Co.


2016 July 18 - 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)


2016 July 16- Library Day

joint event
joint event
Saturday, times tbd but probably 10-2(-ish)

Details - please visit the website of the Medina Library (MCDL)

Location: Medina Library


2016 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


2016 July 25-29 - EAS 2016

non-MCBA event

Mon-Fri times tba

The Eastern Apicultural Society's annual Conference and Short Course will be hosted this year by the Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. Read more at easternapiculture.org

Location: Stockton University, Galloway, NJ


2016 July 31 - 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


2016 Aug 1-7 - 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


2016 Aug 7 - 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


2016 August 15 - MCBA Annual Picnic and Pot Luck Dinner

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:00 - dusk

Details: Burgers, Brauts to be furnished by the club, members will bring sides and desserts. Games for members and children!

Location: Buckeye Woods Pavillion Buckeye Woods Park on 162


2016 September 19 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:00 Main Speaker - Joann Dunlevey, Ohio Department Of Agriculture, will discuss the new honey label laws and the new food safety laws at both the federal and state level and how they affect beekeepers.

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


2016 October __ - A Case For Honey

non-MCBA event

times tba

Details to follow.

Location: The BeeCulture Conference Center at A.I. Root Co. (our regular meeting room)


2016 tbd - Fall Foliage Tour

non-MCBA event

Day, time

Description

Location: tbd


2016 October 17 - MCBA Monthly Meeting

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 - 9 pm

6:30 Beginners half hour - The Beginner half-hour will be held in the bee yard in March, April, May, September, and October beginning at 6:30 sharp until 7:00, WEATHER PERMITTING, with the regular meeting beginning at 7:15 instead of the regular 7:00. If weather does not cooperate the Beginners half hour will meet across the street from our regular meeting room. A veil is required in the bee yard.

7:00 Main Speaker - Karen Rennich, of the Bee Informed Partnership

Bee Informed Partnership is dedicated to working with beekeepers to better understand which management practices work best. They gather survey data from thousands of beekeepers every season to understand how different management practices affect honey bee health, and report those findings back to the industry. Medina County Beekeepers is a data gathering club, sharing data from hives in our beeyard. Karen is the day to day get it done person at BIP. Find out what they have to share.

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.


2016 November 5 - OSBA Fall meeting

non-MCBA event

Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

See www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org for details


2016 November 21 - 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 Honey Harvest Analysis and General Q&A with members of the group

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.

Also during the November meeting, we will vote on the club's officers for the next year.

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


2016 December 19 - MCBA Holiday Party

MCBA-sponsored event

Monday, 6:30 pm

Details tbd

Location: tbd


2017 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.


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


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