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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association established in 1873.

LA COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 is the entire season of beekeeping classes. Classes are held at The Valley Hive, 9AM-Noon, the 3rd Sunday of the month from February through October 2018 (no class in September). All the information you need in order to attend Beekeeping Class 101 is posted on the Beekeeping Class 101 page on our website including the two Valley Hive locations. 

CURRENT EVENTS

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH
Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://lacountyfair.com/

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs August 31- September 23, 2018 (Wed-Sun)
Fair Hours: https://lacountyfair.com/visit/get-started


From August 31 through September 23, 2018, volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand at the LA County Fair Bee Booth educating thousands of school children and the general public about honeybees and their importance in our lives. The LA County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country and the most-visited event in the Los Angeles region in September. It's an end-of-summer tradition for many.

OBSERVATION HIVE:
Gather round our fabulous HONEY BEE OBSERVATION HIVE. See if you can FIND THE QUEEN! Let us spark your interest in honey bees, their amazing lifestyle and social structure, how they help feed the world, how they have survived for millions of years, and learn what you can do to help the bees.

Honeybees are responsible for nearly 1/3 of our entire diet in regards to the pollination services they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.

On view is the beautiful honey bee photography by international photojournalist & bee photographer Kodua Galieti http://www.koduaphotography.com/

HONEY! HONEY! HONEY!
Delicious pure, natural, 100% raw local honey direct from Los Angeles County beekeepers is available for purchase. Pick up HONEY STIX in YUMMY flavors and vibrant colors. 

2018 AMERICAN HONEY QUEEN!

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is once again honored and priviledged to host the American Beekeeping Federation's national spokesperson, the American Honey Queen.

Kayla Fusselman, the 2018 American Honey Queen, will be at the Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth on Wednesday, September 19th, from 9:00 - 4:00. 

Kayla's very knowledgeable about honey bees and will be speaking to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees in California agriculture and how honeybee pollination directly shapes our livelihood.  She will also share information how honey's beautiful spectrum provides endless possibilities and the many treats that honeybees provide.

Kayla will be available to answer questions and help educate the thousands of school children who visit the bee booth.

Kayla’s trip is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Welcome, Kayla!

 


VOLUNTEERS - LACBA & BASC MEMBERS

Come help educate your community about bees! Mingle with fellow beekeepers! You'll learn more than you could ever imagine about bees by being a part of the LA County Fair Bee Booth. This is a great opportunity to share what you've learned in Beekeeping Class 101. We guarantee you won't be bored - and we could use your help at the Honey Table and with the Observation Hive.


Bee Booth Sign Up
: Sign up IS NOW available online through Evite.  Cyndi Caldera (our splendid Fair Coordinator) has been sending out email inviations with the link to Sign Up Now. If you have not received your email invitation, please contact Cyndi via email at: Cynthia.Alvarado56@yahoo.com and give her your email so she can send you and Evite. If you do not have access to email, you can call Cyndi at 323-243-0756 and you can sign up with her directly. If you have any questions regarding sign up or the fair, please contact Cyndi via email or telephone.

Bee Booth Set Up - Saturday & Sunday (August 18 & 19) 9AM: Come help set up the Bee Booth from 9AM until we're done (approx. mid-afternoon). Enter through Gate 1. Drive to the Bee Booth across from the Big Red Barn. On Bee Booth SET UP DAY ONLY you can park near the Bee Booth. Lunch will be provided. There's plenty to do and we have lots of fun!!!

Bee Booth Volunteer Fair Days: The fair runs from August 31 - September 23 (Wed thru Sun) except for Labor Day Weekend (Fri thru Mon). We have 3 shifts per day (no less than 4 volunteers per shift). Shifts available: All Labor Day Weekend and all Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00-1:00, 12:30-5:30, 5:00-10PM. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30-1:00, 12:30-5:30, 5:00-10.

Bee Booth Take Down - Sunday, 9/23/2018: We start taking down the Bee Booth in the evening. The more help we have, the quicker we're done. We need to be finished and off the fairgrounds by 11PM.

Parking for Bee Booth Volunteers:
Lot 9 (across the street from the fair): Walk across the street, enter through the gate, go under the tunnel, turn right. We're across from the Big Red Barn.

Lot 17: Go across the race track to the far side of the Big Red Barn.

Tickets for Bee Booth Volunteers: Volunteer Tickets will be at WILL CALL at the McKinley Entrance. They will be under Bee Booth Exhibit under your name. Please allow approx. 15 min. to get your tickets.  

We had a great time at last year's fair. See our 2017 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook.

UPCOMING EVENTS


PAST EVENTS

RANDY OLIVER WORKSHOP
August 25th & 26th, 2018

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED,
if you didn't receive an evite, please contact:
lacba.membership@gmail.com

MAKE SURE YOU RSVP BY AUGUST 20TH.

Download and Print Flyer pdf

Randy Oliver regularly updates articles on his site as new information becomes available, and solicits constructive criticism or comments.  Perhaps the best venue for such discussion is at the Informed Discussion of Beekeeping Issues and Bee Biology.  Be sure to subscribe to updates, and you'll receive an email you monthly when content is added to the site http://scientificbeekeeping.com/scientific-beekeeping-newsletter/


Thank you to all the volunteers from the Beekeepers Association of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association for coming out today and helping to set up the Bee Booth.  Thanks to your efforts, we got it all done today, and we won't need to work on the booth tomorrow.
Thank to the following volunteer worker bees:
Eva Andrews, Chris Boswell, Cynthia Caldera, Manny Caldera, Joan Day, Steve Day, Jim Honodel,  Dave Lehmann, Jon Reese, Jay Weiss, Dave Williams.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY
AUGUST 18, 2018

Bee Booth Set Up -
Saturday & Sunday (August 18 & 19)
9AM - Approximately 2PM
Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://lacountyfair.com/

 

Volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will celebrate National Honey Bee Day by setting up the
Los Angeles County Fair - Bee Booth.

Enter through Gate 1. Drive to the Bee Booth across from the Big Red Barn.
On Bee Booth SET UP DAY ONLY you can park near the Bee Booth.
Lunch will be provided.
There's plenty to do and we have lots of fun!!!
For more information:
Scroll down to the LA County Fair - Bee Booth Event!
or visit our Bee Booth Page:
http://www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/bee-booth-la-county-fair/

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The Valley Hive
10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Sunday, August 12th 4-7pm
https://www.facebook.com/thevalleyhive/

https://www.facebook.com/events/471608013283828/

Looking for a little old fashioned summertime fun? Stop by The Valley Hive on Sunday, August 12th from 4-7pm for the 3rd Annual Honey Competition & Recipe Contest. Taste honey from local backyard beekeepers and sample dishes made with honey. Kids activities, workshops, and local vendors will be on hand as well. To enter the competition or submit a recipe, send an email to info@thevalleyhive.com.
This event is FREE to the public.

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JANUARY 9 - 13, 2018
ABF CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW

CELEBRATE the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the ABF
at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow,
January 9-13, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.
http://abfconference.com/

Discover the many facets of the ABF
with four days of spectacular educational sessions, networking and fun.

SHINE BRIGHT IN RENO!
Hear from experts, trendsetters & influencers.
Learn best practices.
Shop a tradeshow full of the latest beekeeping innovations.
Showcase your skills in the 2018 Honey Show.
Have next-generation fun at the Kids and Bees program.
Network with 900+ fellow beekeepers

2017 PAST EVENTS

December 4, 2017 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER 
 

WHERE: Pickwick Gardens
1001 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
Conference Center 

WHEN: Monday, December 4, 2017
TIME: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  (Doors open at 6, we dine about 6:30)

PLEASE RSVP: LOOK FOR YOUR EVITE IN YOUR EMAIL INBOX. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EVITE, PLEASE CONTACT OUR LACBA SECRETARY, MERRILL KRUGER, AND REQUEST SHE SEND YOU AN EVITE: lacba.secretary@gmail.com. Thank you!

WHO: This is a family-friendly open event - feel free to bring your spouse, partner, kids, and friends.

HOW MUCH: $10/person.  

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring either an appetizer or dessert to share (6-8 servings is plenty).
Potluck by last name: A-M Desserts  N-Z Appetizers    

RAFFLE: Tickets are $1. Members renewing for 2018 get 5 free tickets. (2018 LACBA membership dues are $20.) Please bring any items you'd like to contribute to the raffle on the night of the dinner.

CATERING: Once again, we are so pleased to announce our wonderful dinner will be provided by Outback Catering (LACBA Member, Doug Noland).  Beverages will be provided by Pickwick Gardens. 



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CELEBRATE the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the ABF
at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow,
January 9-13, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.
http://abfconference.com/

Discover the many facets of the ABF
with four days of spectacular educational sessions, networking and fun.

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   NOVEMBER 14-16, 2017
CALIFORNIA STATE BEEKEEPERS CONVENTION

 http://www.californiastatebeekeepers.com/events.html

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR BEE BOOTH
Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://lacountyfair.com/

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun)
FAIR HOURS

From September 1 through September 24, 2017, volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand at the LA County Fair Bee Booth  educating thousands of school children and the general public about honeybees and their importance in our lives. The LA County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country and the most-visited event in the Los Angeles region in September. It's an end-of-summer tradition for many.

VOLUNTEERS LACBA and BASC Members:
Come help educate your community about bees! Mingle with fellow beekeepers! You'll learn more than you could ever imagine about bees by being a part of the LA County Fair Bee Booth. This is a great opportunity to share what you've learned in Beekeeping Class 101. We guarantee you won't be bored.  We could use your help at the Honey Table or at the Observation Hive.

Bee Booth Sign Up is available online through Evite. Cyndi Caldera (our splendid Fair Coordinator) has sent out email inviations with the link to Sign Up Now. If you have not received your email invitation by 8/14/17, please contact Cyndi via email at: Cynthia.Alvarado56@yahoo.com and give her your email so she can send you and Evite. If you do not have access to email, you can call Cyndi at 323-243-0756 and you can sign up with her directly. If you have any questions regarding sign up or the fair, please contact Cyndi via email or telephone.

Bee Booth Set Up - 8/26/17 9AM: Come help set up the Bee Booth on 8/26/2017 from 9AM until we're done (approx. mid-afternoon). Enter through Gate 1. Drive to the Bee Booth across from the Big Red Barn. On Bee Booth Set Up Day ONLY you can park near the Bee Booth. There's plenty to do and we have lots of fun!!!

Bee Booth: The fair runs from September 1st-24th (Wed thru Sun) except for Labor Day Weekend (Fri thru Mon). We have 3 shifts per day (no less than 4 volunteers per shift). Shifts available: All Labor Day Weekend and all Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30-1:00, 12:30-5:30, 5:00-10PM. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30-12:30, 12:00-5:30, 5:00-10.

Bee Booth Take Down - 9/24/2017: We begin taking down the Bee Booth in the evening. The more help we have, the quicker we're done. We need to be finished and off the fairgrounds by 11PM.  

Parking for Bee Booth Volunteers
: Lot 9 (across the street from the fair) Walk across the street, enter through the gate, go under the tunnel, turn right. We're across from the Big Red Barn.
Lot 17: Go across the race track to the far side of the Big Red Barn.

Tickets for Bee Booth Volunteers: Tickets will be at WILL CALL at the McKinley Entrance. They will be under Bee Booth Exhibit under your name. Please allow approx. 15 min. to get your tickets.

HONEY! HONEY! HONEY!

Delicious pure, natural, 100% raw local honey direct from Los Angeles County
beekeepers is available for purchase. 
HONEY STIX in delightful colors and YUMMY flavors!


See our 2017 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook.

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AUGUST 27, 2017 - THE VALLEY HIVE


Grand Opening Celebration

Join us on Sunday, August 27th to celebrate the grand opening of our new location at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Chatsworth. In honor of National Honeybee Day, we will also be hosting our Annual Honey & Recipe Contest.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/892262614244944/?ti=icl

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MEAD MAKING CLASS
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9AM-11AM
18217 Parthenia Street
Reseda, CA


Limited Space
Take Home a Gallon
$50 per person
Contact Roger Taylor to Attend: 818-400-9017 meadmaker@gmail.com


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JUNE 10, 2017 - 6th Annual 2017 California Honey Harvest Festival & BBQ Championship

9:00AM-5PM  Central Park in Downtown Fillmore, CA

CALLING ALL BEEKEEPERS!

ALL ABOARD FOR A TRAIN RIDE!

Every year LACBA member beekeepers hop aboard the Fillmore and Western Railway and ride the rails from the Honey Harvest Festival over to Bennett's Honey Farm.  Beekeepers love talking about "BEES" and sharing their beekeeping adventures and knowledge with the general public. The California Honey Harvest Festival is one of our most entertaining and rewarding club events.  

Train Rides: 10AM, 12:30PM, 3PM

Maybe you've only had a couple beekeeping classes and might not think you know much about bees -- you'd be surprised how much you learn in the doing.  You don't need to be an experienced beekeeper to help out at our Honey Bee Table:

(Shifts available: Table Setup: 8:30AM / Ready: 9AM  Close: 5PM)

Contact our king docent, El Rey Ensch, at (818) 480-2228 cell or (818) 790-3236,
or sign up with El Rey at our next LACBA Meeting. 

It's a wonderful, fun, learning experience!
- Join Us!


MEAD MAKING CLASS
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9AM-11AM
18217 Parthenia Street
Reseda, CA


Limited Space
Take Home a Gallon
$50 per person
Contact Roger Taylor to Attend: 818-400-9017 meadmaker@gmail.com