October 9 Monthly Meeting

Join WCBA to hear NCSU PhD student Steven Reyna speak on small hive beetle biology, RNAi in agriculture and apiculture, and how he is using RNAi to control the small hive beetle. The meeting will be held in Apex at The Oaks at Salem, 6304 Old Jenks Road, Apex NC 27523. The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30. Please dress to be outside. Elections for 2019 Officers will be held at the October meeting.

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Canceled Sep 11 BBQ at The Oaks in Apex

Due to the need to make Hurricane preparations at the planned venue, we have canceled the WCBA annual BBQ dinner that was scheduled for Tuesday, September 11. There are no plans to reschedule the BBQ.

Bug Fest, sponsored by the NC Museum of Natural History, is canceled on September 15, but rescheduled for October 20.

WCBA canceled the September “Hands on in the Hive” with Ben Crawley. Please join us next spring when we will resume this activity. Anyone who needs to take the Certified Beekeeper written or practical test, please contact

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August 14 Monthly Meeting and August 19

Join WCBA on Tuesday, August 14 in Apex for our monthly meeting at The Oaks at Salem, 6304 Old Jenks Road, Apex NC 27523. This venue is owned by club member April Maness http://theoaksatsalem.com Parking will be in the grass near the tree line, so follow instructions. The gathering begins at 7:00 and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm. Rick Bordeaux will speak on preparing hives for winter and Kim Rossi will discuss entries for the NC State Fair.

August 19
The next “Hands on in the Hive” with Ben Crawley is Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 pm . All are welcome to attend at 1:00 pm at the Historic Oak View Park. Anyone who needs practical instruction and/or needs to take the practical portion of the Certified Beekeeper test is encouraged to attend.

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July 10 Monthly Meeting and July 15

Join us on Tuesday night at the Wake County Commons Building, upper level conference room to fellowship with other beekeepers and enjoy an evening with Beekeeper Jason Cirioli. Jason has a long background in Pollinator landscape design, structural extraction, raising bees, beekeeping instruction and consultation. He will cover Summer/Fall Preparations and also have a Q&A afterwards, so be thinking of your questions. The gathering begins at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.

July 15 “Hands on in the Hive” with Ben Crawley
The next “Hands on in the Hive” with Ben Crawley is Sunday, July 15 at 1:00 pm . This monthly program is part of our educational outreach. All are welcome to attend. It is generally held each 3rd Sunday beginning 1:00 pm at the Historic Oak View Park at the beehives near the demonstration cotton field. Anyone who needs practical instruction and/or needs to take the practical portion of the Certified Beekeeper test is encouraged to attend. Additionally, the written practical test will be offered upon request.

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June 12 Monthly Meeting and June 24 “Hands on in the Hive”

Join us at the Wake County Commons Building, upper level conference room, for our monthly meeting, which includes a Honey Extraction demonstration. The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.

The next “Hands on in the Hive” is Sunday, June 24 (the week after Father’s Day) at the Historic Oak View Park, starting at 1:00 pm. Come to learn how to inspect a beehive. The written and practical tests for NCSBA Certification will be offered.

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May 27 Hands on in the Hive

The gathering scheduled for May 20 is postponed to May 27. Join us on May 27 for “Hands on in the Hive” with Ben Crawley at 1:00 pm .  Learn the practical side of beekeeping at the beehives located near the demonstration cotton field beginning 1:00 pm at the Historic Oak View Park.  All are welcome to attend.  Bring your veil and dress to handle bees.  The practical portion of the Certified Beekeeper test will be offered.  Additionally, the written practical test will be offered upon request.

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May 8 meeting in Apex

May 8 Meeting

Join WCBA on Tuesday, May 8 in Apex for a meeting with more than 10 guest speakers for our “Break-Out” style meeting.  Program Director Justin Wahrenburg has arranged an interactive Q&A session from a wide array of Beekeepers from all backgrounds and schools of thought.  The meeting will be held at the The Oaks at Salem, 6304 Old Jenks Road, Apex NC 27523.   http://theoaksatsalem.com  Parking will be in the grass near the tree line, so follow instructions.  The gathering begins at 7:00 and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  The t-shirt design will be chosen and orders for t-shirts will be taken.

May 20

The next “Hands on in the Hive” with Ben Crawley is Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 pm .  All are welcome to attend.  It is held each 3rd Sunday beginning 1:00 pm at the Historic Oak View Park.  Anyone who needs practical instruction and/or needs to take the practical portion of the Certified Beekeeper test is encouraged to attend. Additionally, the written practical test will be offered.

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April 15 Hands on in the Hive

As part of our educational outreach, Vice President Ben Crawley will lead our monthly “Hands on in the Hive” each 3rd Sunday beginning 1:00 pm at the Historic Oak View Park.  Anyone who needs practical instruction and/or needs to take the practical portion of the Certified Beekeeper test is encouraged to attend. The first session is Sunday, April 15.  You may park in the lot near the visitor’s center, or in the large lot near the Commons Building and walk to the park.  Look for the hives near the demonstration cotton field.  If you need more directions, please call Susan Benton at 919-961-5600

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April 10 meeting at Greystone Baptist Church

Join us on April 10 as speaker Dana Stahlman teaches us anyone can raise a queen.  How and why!  The meeting location is Greystone Baptist Church, 7509 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh NC 27615, in the fellowship hall.  (This is the same location where we held the beginner beekeeping school in February).  The gathering begins at 7:00 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.  Data is a retired commercial beekeeper.  He sold package bees, raised queens, and produced honey in Ohio, Indiana, and Georgia.  He is an EAS Master Beekeeper and mentor, now a member of our club since moving to North Carolina.

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March 18 Hands on in the Hive

This event is postponed until April 15 because the weather forecast for March 18 is too cold to open the hive for the inspection.

Join us on each month on the 3rd Sunday at 1:00 pm at the club’s hives in Historic Oak View park as we learn to inspect the hives.  The instruction and the practical test for the Certified Beekeeper will be offered.  Wear a veil and dress to examine a beehive.  All are welcome.

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