October Meeting: The Great Seed Bomb + Beekeeping 101

Past Event

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:00-9:00 pm
Q&A Session at 6:45 pm
Beekeeping101 from 6-6:45; details below
The Point at C. C. Young
4847 W Lawther Dr, Dallas TX
Join us for our October meeting featuring Jillian Jordan, founder of The Great Seed Bomb. The Great Seed Bomb is a 15-mile fun ride benefiting bees, monarch and other pollinators. During the ride, seed balls – made of clay, organic compost and native, non-GMO milkweed and wildflower seed – are launched from bikes. A portion of the money raised is donated to local environmental nonprofits and organizations to keep the work going. This event will leave something permanent behind – wildflowers and milkweed that will bloom in the spring – and resources to empower our dedicated local environmental groups. Join us to learn more about this worthy cause and how you can support our pollinators.

The Q&A Session starts at 6:45. Come early to get your beekeeping questions answered by our more experienced members in a more informal setting. Also, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” and Alan Eynon with our monthly “In the Hive” to refresh your memory of the beekeeping seasons. See you there!

All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month and are free and open to the public. You’re encouraged to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to see what it’s all about!

Also, this month is the start of TV Bees’ Beekeeping 101 Seminar, So You Want To Be A Beekeeper. This two-part series is intended to help prospective beekeepers decide whether they are ready to take the plunge into beekeeping and, if so, to help with the planning process. Spring is the best time to start a new hive, and therefore fall is the time to gather the things you need. Bees tend to sell out early, and you will want to have your hive set up well before your bees are set to arrive, so the time to plan is now!

These classes will be held before our regular monthly meetings in October and November so that you can attend the class and come to the club meeting afterward. The October class will present topics to consider before deciding to start a beehive, helping you to weigh the pros and cons of beekeeping. The November class will focus on planning for your new hive and developing a list of supplies you will need to start your hive in spring 2017.

So You Want To Be A Beekeeper Series
When: October 11 and November 8 at 6 pm
Where: The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas 75214
Cost: Each class is $10 per family ($5 for current members); pay at the door via cash or check.
RSVP to info@tvbees.org so that we can plan for handouts and seating

Hope to see you there!

Volunteer Opportunities

Several of our members have expressed an interest in getting more involved with the club, and we are pleased to present several opportunities to get involved in community outreach or club meetings. We had so much fun at Dallas Green Fest and the C. C. Young Health Fair; come on out to the State Fair or Coppell Wild Sunday! You will have a great time chatting with other TV Bees members and the public about bees.

What: Texas Beekeepers Association Booth at Texas State Fair
When: Various times throughout the State Fair
Where: Fair Park, Dallas
Contact: John Talbert of the Collin County Beekeepers Association is coordinating the sign up list. Email him at john@sabinecreekhoney.com for details and available volunteer times

What: Coppell Biodiversity Center Bees & Butterflies Wild Sunday. We are looking for folks to help staff our booth and chat with the public at this family event. Experienced beekeepers will be there too, so do not be intimidated if you are a newbee! This event will be lots of fun.
When: Sunday, October 23, from 2:30-4
Where: The Biodiversity Education Center, 367 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, 75019
Contact: Bob Richie at rgrichie@sbcglobal.net to sign up

What: CPA and attorney with nonprofit experience who could advise us on obtaining nonprofit status and filing tax statements.

What: Volunteers interested in reading a brief poem at one of our club meetings or in presenting a brief book review of a book that you have checked out from our club lending library.

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