The April Pikes Peak Beekeepers General Membership Meeting will be on SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH.  (This is instead of the usual Thursday meeting, which would have been on the 17th of April.)  We have a special guest speaker scheduled:  Mr. Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally. 

Here’s Mr. Bush’s biography:  “Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them. He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has a web site on beekeeping at www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

Here’s the schedule of events on April 19th:

10:00 - 12:00 AM: Bee yard visit at Steve Hench’s apiary (1150 Gold Camp Road).  Steve will have one or two on his hives available for Mr. Bush to inspect.  Mr. Bush will address  whatever he sees or feels should be presented at this hands-on event.

1:00 - 3:00 PM: Lecture by Michael Bush entitled:  "Spring Management with Emphasis on Swarm Prevention."  A Question/Answer session will follow the talk. This meeting will be in the Community Room at the Village at Skyline.

6:00 - 8:00 PM: Lecture by Michael Bush entitled:  " Queen Rearing:  Management, Equipment, Timing, and How-to.”  This lecture will also be in the Community Room at Village at Skyline. Even if you are not planning on raising your own queens, this will be an informative lecture on how queens are “reared” and should be of value to all our beekeepers!

FYI – the Community Center at the Village at Skyline (2365 Patriot Heights, off of Lower Gold Camp Road) is in the Administration building. While there is some parking in front, if you continue to drive around the facility, there is more parking in the back (on the north side).

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The Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association is a not-for-profit organization providing information and support for commercial and hobby beekeepers in the Pikes Peak region, including the cities of Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Canon City and Monument.

The PPBA generally meets from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm on the third Thursday of the months of January, April, July, and from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm the third Thursday in October.  SEE SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOVE FOR INFORMATION ON THE APRIL 2014 MEETING!

The January, April and July meetings are the Village at Skyline Community Center room. Village at Skyline is at 2365 Patriot Heights, which is off Lower Gold Camp Road (between 21st Avenue and Gold Camp Road).

Directions: Off Lower Gold Camp Road, turn in to the complex and take an immediate right turn. Proceed about 500 feet and the Community Center building is on the left. There’s a parking area on the right side of the building. There is additional parking on the back side of the building. Just continue on Patriot Heights and circle around to the back of the complex to the additional parking area.

The Meeting Room is on the north side of the building. If entering through the main doors, continue straight back until you see the meeting room on the right.

The October Fall Harvest Festival meeting is held at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 North Hancock, Colorado Springs.

Meetings are open to the public.

Annual membership dues are $15 per family.  For more information about PPBA, contact mandshalby@comcast.net or call 719-528-5483.

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