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The Southeast Beekeeping Club (SEBC) hosts a monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, at South Metro Fire Station 43, 8165 North Pinery Parkway, Parker, Colorado 80134. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., however you are encouraged to join us for the pot luck that starts at 6:00 p.m.

Members of SEBC have spoken at farmer's markets, elementary and middle schools, garden clubs, and other community groups along the Colorado Front Range. If you are interested in having a beekeeper speak for your group, feel free to contact us:

Parker Honey Festival
The annual Town of Parker Honey Festival is buzzing its way back for another BEE-utiful event in 2019. This year will be the 12th Anniversary of the festival. Southeast Beekeeping Club will have at least one booth at the festival. Each year we meet many new and wanna-bee beekeepers at this event.

Town of Parker Honey Festival
Sunday, August TBA, 2019
O'Brien Park - 10795 Victorian Drive

We will talk about this event as it grows closer on the calendar. Volunteering at the festival is always a great time. Parker Honey Festival

We will are looking for volunteers. Come to our August 1, 2018 to learn about participating in the event.


The 2019 Arapahoe County Fair is July 25‑28. Our own Joe Komperda will be doing a Honey Extraction at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday. There will be information about bees and beekeeping at the exhibition hall demonstration area. Honey can be purchased in that area as well.

The Southeast Beekeeping Club (SEBC) hosts a monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month:

South Metro Fire Station 43
8165 North Pinery Parkway
Parker, Colorado 80134

See our map here.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., however you are encouraged to join us for the pot luck that starts at 6:00 p.m.
        Next SEBC Meeting: September 4, 2019

Join us at our pot luck, or come by for the meeting. We start gathering for socializing and eating around 6:00 p.m. Our meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Speakers, member presentation, contests, equipment show and tell, and more can be enjoyed at our monthly meetings. Find information about our monthly meetings here or check our Facebook page.

September's meeting will focus on harvesting honey. What do beginners need to know? What equipment do you need, and what can you borrow or rent? Attend with your questions, experts will be on hand.

September's meeting will hold a vote on the SEBC by-laws. Members in good standing may vote.

Our August club meeting was a great success. We added several new members and welcomed back some familiar faces from summer vacation. We were privileged to host Dr. Christy Briles* from UC Denver. Dr. Briles and her assistant spoke at length on the all things pollen, finishing up with a look at their work to support bee keepers with pollen identification via color and location. It was a deep dive into what we beekeepers know is a vital source of nutrition for our busy little friends.

Of course we again hosted a fantastic pot luck, thank you everyone for contributing your favorite dish. After Dr. Briles spoke President Joe Komperda hosted a conversation about how this year's weather has influenced the nectar flow and pollen build-up in our hives, how best to treat for mites given honey supers are still on, and what we need to start thinking about as we roll into fall. As usual the room was packed and veteran beekeepers were happy to share their wisdom with the many beginner beekeepers who have joined SeBC. Or next meeting is September 4th where we will discuss best practice for managing your honey harvest, and winter hive preparation. We look forward to seeing everyone in September.

*Christy Briles, PhD
Assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences UC Denver

*Aug 7, 2019: * Christy Briles, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences UC Denver

*Sep 4, 2019: Honey Harvest - Speaker TBD + ByLaws Vote*

*Oct 2, 2019: Getting ready for Winter - Speaker TBD + Officer Elections*

*Nov 6, 2019: Bee History - Ann Atkinson*

*Dec 11, 2019: Holiday Pot Luck (Note this Month only - 2nd Wednesday)*

*I hope to see you on July 3rd and at future meetings!*

At the April 2019 meeting we featured Arapahoe County CSU Extension Horticulture Agent, Lisa Mason, as a speaker, She did a talk on honey bees and native bees.

Lisa's focus of study is entomology. She joined Colorado State University Extension summer of 2018. She is very knowledgable about all things insects.

At the March 2019 meeting we showed a video from the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) on the Apiary Sentinel Program and discussion on possible club participation with the Apiary Sentinel Program.

We then had a demonstration of nuc and package installation by Vance Hayes. Thank you Vance!

The agenda for the December 2018 Southeast Beekeeping Club meeting was a honey tasting contest. Members bought a sample of their locally produced 2018 Colorado Honey crop in a 1/2 pint to 1 pint jar. Honey Expert, Laura Benson (winner of many Honey Contests over the last few years), transfered the honey into "tasting" jars that she provided. It was a "People's Choice" award in that everyone can taste the various numbered entries and place their vote for their favorite.

We'll tallied the results and have a refractometer, which was generously donated by David & Ashley Baker at To Bee or Not To Bee, as the Prize for the People's Choice - this prize is valued at over $60! We'll even have a few minutes to talk about the use of a refractometer for testing the water content in Honey prior to extracting.

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