|Sent on:||Sunday, April 15, 2012 8:32 PM|
Bee season is here! My hives are a-buzzing and they're coming in with nectar and pollen galore. That means the queen's laying eggs and swarm season is fast approaching. We've got two honeybee classes this week, both at 6:30pm at the Venersborg Schoolhouse east of Battle Ground. Hope you can make it to one or both.
The Monday night (April 16) is WILD BEES: How to Catch a Wild Swarm. We'll also cover how to do a 'cutout' when bees take up residence in a structure, and I'll show you how to construct a bait hive. If you take this class and agree to raise the feral bees organically and without using chemicals on them, I will gladly put you on my swarm call list. If you can't make this class, I'm offering this again on Monday May 14.
The other class is Friday evening (April 20). BEE HEALTH: Help Bees Thrive Naturally.
Be proactive and build up the strength of your hives so they are the fullest expression of healthy bees. Naturally prevent CCD and other diseases with biodynamic, chemical-free methods. This is NOT how to use chemicals on bees, rather it's about providing the most bee-friendly environment possible to help strong bees thrive. If you've got bees right now, this is a good class to ask questions about their care.
Carpools -- If you're coming from Portland and would like a ride or to share a ride, please email me by noon Monday with your phone number and I'll try to connect you with someone nearby. Tell me what area of Portland you're in (NE, SW, etc).
Please use these directions. Trust me on this. GPS, mapquest and google are too often not all that good on getting you out to our rural location. I feel so bad when I get a call from someone who is nearly in tears because the road deadended and their cellphone is too far from a tower. Please, don't head off into the hinterlands on your own. Use these directions and you'll actually get here. :-)
Directions to The Venersborg Schoolhouse
1. From Portland via I-5
2. From Portland via 205
3. From I-5 coming south from Olympia
4. For everyone once they reach Risto Rd.
1. FROM PORTLAND via I-5
4.1 miles north of the bridge, take Exit 4 -- 78th St.
At about 2 miles you'll bear left and follow the sign toward 205.
You are now on Padden Parkway.
The next light is Andreson.
Just past that light is the entrance to 205.
When you pass the entrance to 205, set your odometer.
Stay on this road for 10 miles
2. FROM PORTLAND via 205
Take 205 across the bridge.
Take exit 32 Padden Parkway Eastbound.
and go RIGHT at the end of the ramp.
Stay on Padden Parkway for 10 miles
[Both of the above directions get you to the same place.]
You'll go through two stop signs. The second stop sign
is at the center of the little town of Hockinson.
Go through that stop sign and keep going straight.
The road has been straight as an arrow since that last
stop sign. When the arterial goes to the left and you
see a big yellow arrow pointing left, you turn
RIGHT onto RISTO RD.
3. FROM THE NORTH via I-5 heading south
Take Exit 11 -- Main St, Battle Ground
Go to 72nd Ave and turn RIGHT and go 1 mile.
Turn LEFT onto NE 199TH St. (newly named EATON) and go 5.2 miles
This road has been straight as an arrow since you got on it.
At around 5 miles you will go through a series of 90 degree turns.
The first one goes to the right, then another to the left.
Then the road turns to the right again, BUT
at this point rather than following the main road,
you will make a slight LEFT turn onto RISTO RD.
4. Great! Everyone is now on RISTO Rd.
Go 3.2 miles to 242nd Ave. (the old Venersborg Store is there).
Go past 242nd Ave and turn RIGHT into the next driveway which is across the street from the store.
[masked] is my home phone but I will be leaving to go to the schoolhouse shortly after 6pm.
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