Free Bee & Pollinator Awareness Day: June 22

June 21, 2014 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, at the Bees, Bats, and Butterflies event on June 22, 2014.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie!

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to the Bee, Bats and Butterflies Pollinator awareness day at the Open Space Visitor Center on Sunday June 22 between 10 am and 3 pm, you do get to taste honey and see a bee hive. You can also learn about pollinator-friendly plants to grow in your garden, and meet an Albuquerque beekeeper to find out how you could do it yourself.

Other activities for adults and kids include:

  • Put on a beekeeping suit and have your photo taken (sounds fun! How will anyone know it’s YOU though?)
  • Make a native bee house
  • Make pollinator plant seed balls
  • Make rolled beeswax candles
  • See the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Life Cycle display
  • 10:30 am: Presentation on the Butterfly Life Cycle, Wings of Enchantment
  • 11:30 am: Bats as Pollinators presentation by William Gannon, a UNM Biologist
  • 1 pm: Mead Making presentation with Phil Grosfblatt
  • 2 pm: Basics of Beekeeping Presentation

They are also promising pollinator plant giveaways. See all the Bee, Bats, and Butterflies Pollinator Awareness Day info at the link.  The bee celebration takes place:

  • When: Sunday June 22, 2014
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center
  • Cost: Free!

This is part of the National and New Mexico Pollinator Week, an initiative to raise pollinator awareness of species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, and if you’re interested in keeping bees yourself, don’t forget to check out the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a great resource for anyone interested in urban beekeeping.

Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW (between Montano and Paseo del Norte).

–Tania


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Free Bee & Pollinator Celebration: June 23

June 18, 2012 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet the beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, on June 23, 2012.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie!

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to the bee celebration and pollinator awareness day at the Open Space Visitor Center you do get to taste honey, see a bee hive, feed a butterfly, see and learn about pollinator-friendly plants you could grow in your garden, and meet Albuquerque beekeepers to find out how you could do it yourself. We’re told there will be children’s activities, and (at 3 pm) a screening of the film Queen of the Sun about why bees are disappearing.

  • When: Saturday June 23, 2012
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center (see the full schedule at the link)
  • Cost: Free!

This is part of New Mexico Pollinator Week, an initiative to raise awareness of pollinator species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, so kudos to all, including the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a great resource for anyone interested in urban beekeeping.

Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW (between Montano and Paseo del Norte).

–Tania

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Free Honey Tasting & Bee Celebration: June 26

June 15, 2011 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet the beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, on June 26, 2011.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie!

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to the bee celebration and pollinator awareness day at the Open Space Visitor Center you do get to taste and compare different local honeys, explore the parts of a bee hive, see and learn about pollinator-friendly plants you could grow in your garden, and meet the Albuquerque beekeepers to find out how you could do it yourself. We’re told there will be a chef’s demonstration too and children’s games.

  • When: Sunday June 26, 2011
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free!

This is part of National Pollinator Week, an initiative to raise awareness of pollinator species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, so kudos to all, including the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a partner in this event.

Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW (between Montano and Paseo del Norte).

–Tania

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Beekeeping and Tree Pruning Seminars

March 7, 2011 by  
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Free seminars and events on trees and bees! It’s a shame I can’t find any on peas, cheese, or skis…

A free fruit tree pruning workshop at the Open Space Visitor Center this Thursday March 10, at 9:30 am is led by Joran Viers, certified arborist and director of the Bernalillo County Extension Office. He’ll demonstrate best pruning techniques on the Visitor Center apple trees, to show you how to maintain a strong tree framework and keep the tree looking good, as well as encouraging fruit production and long life for the tree.  Bring your own pruning tools to go hands-on and learn for yourself. The workshop is free, but register in advance at Open Space Visitor Center – call (505) 897-8831

I spotted these free beekeeping events at Albuquerque Beekeepers. Here’s the buzz:

Free Webinar for 2nd Year Beekeepers on Wednesday March 9, 2011, at 5 – 6 pm Mountain Time.  An internet seminar on how to manage year two with your bees, to keep them healthy, build them up and produce yummy honey. (Mmm!) It’s a national class with a panel of beekeepers including Kim Flottum, the editor of Bee Culture Magazine. Although it’s free, space is limited. Register in advance at the link.

Albuquerque Beekeepers Meeting on Thursday March 24, 2011 from 6 – 8 pm. Newbie beekeepers are welcome and you don’t need to be a member to turn up to this free event where speaker Megan Mahoney discusses techniques for catching and managing swarms. There will also be general beekeeping Q&A. The venue is NMSU Extension office at 1510 Menaul NW.

There’s also a Free Beekeeping Seminar out in Edgewood on Saturday March 26, 2011, from 10 am – 1 pm, followed by a potluck. Edgewood is about a 35 minute drive east of Albuquerque via I-40, although it’s closer for our East Mountain readers of course!

–Tania

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Free Honey Tasting & Bee Celebration: June 26

June 22, 2010 by  
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Free honey tasting, meet the beekeepers, and learn all about making your garden bee-friendly, or even keeping bees yourself, on June 26, 2010.

Oh yes, it’s a free bee freebie! (Do you know how many years I could wait for a pun like that to come along? I’ve got to take it where I can…)

So no, you don’t get free bees, but when you buzz down to this bee celebration at the Open Space Visitor Center you do get to taste and compare different local honeys, explore the parts of a bee hive, see and learn about pollinator-friendly plants you could grow in your garden, and meet the Albuquerque beekeepers to find out how you could do it yourself!

  • When: Saturday June 26, 2010
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free!

Governor Bill Richardson has apparently declared the week of June 21, 2010 to be New Mexico Pollinator Week, as part of a national initiative to raise awareness of pollinator species vital to our food systems and economy. We love the bees here at Albuquerque on the Cheap, so kudos to all, including the Albuquerque Beekeepers Group which is a partner in this event.

As an aside, we don’t know if any places are still available, but the restaurant Jennifer James 101 is holding a honey-themed dinner tonight, Tuesday June 22 and tomorrow Wednesday June 23 for $40 covering three courses and drinks, with seating at the community table at 6 pm.  Tax and tip are extra. Call pronto if you’re interested to find out about available spaces.

–Tania

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Charity Raffle & Adoption Event for NM Animal Friends

August 27, 2009 by  
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If you’re a born multi-tasker, here’s a great event!

This Saturday, August 29 (2009), from 7:00 – 11:00am, head over to the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market, where you can:

  • Shop for great handcrafted pottery, windchimes, jewelry, and much more
  • Adopt a loving pet
  • Buy a raffle ticket for just 50¢ for your chance to win one of several great, handcrafted prizes and support a non-profit, no-kill animal protection organization
  • Purchase a balloon for $2 to benefit NMAF and the market

What could be better?

New Mexico Animal Friends also will be hosting a pet adoption/fostering event, so if you could use a new buddy around the house — or you’re willing to take in a foster pet — stop by to meet your new best friend!

Proceeds from the raffle and balloon sales will be split 50/50 between NMAF and the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market.

Oh, and, by the way: while you’re there, take 10 paces to the left to shop the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market for locally produced, largely organic vegetables, preserves, honey, cheese, flowers, and much more! Be sure to get there early for best selection.

The Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market is located 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW, just north of Chavez Rd, Albuquerque.

(Full disclosure: ABQ on the Cheap is a media sponsor of the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market.)

–Elizabeth Hanes

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