Intro to Beekeeping offered

Posted March 6, 2017

Plymouth School District Community Education & Recreation is offering an Intro to Beekeeping class as part of its Pollinators Series.

Participants will explore the ecological role that honey bees play, the management of bees by season, and which plants and forage are important for honey bees. Learn where to get honey bees and how to get started with your new hobby. Class will meet with instructor John Holzwart of Plant Based Services from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 in the Food Science & Agriculture Center at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave. The fee is $25 until March 10, then $35.

Intro to Beekeeping is part of the Pollinators Series, which also includes:

  • Family Bee Films: The Pollinator Series kicks off with this opportunity to gain awareness about the current pollinator declines in a family-friendly environment. The evening will begin with “A Ghost in the Making,” a short film about a bumblebee on the brink of extinction, and follow with the charming animated film “Bee Movie.” Popcorn will be provided, but you are welcome to bring snacks. The shows will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 17 in the media room at Horizon Elementary School, 411 South Highland Ave. There is no fee, but please register by March 10.
  • Bring Back the Pollinators: Native pollinators are in serious decline, with some on the brink of extinction. In this workshop, learn the issues around native pollinators, as well as ways you can support these very important invertebrates. Plan to make and take a simple bee nest to start building pollinator habitat in your community. Class will meet with instructor Carrie Caselton Lowe, who holds a master’s degree in agro-ecology, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8 in the Food Science & Agriculture Center; fee is $20 until March 24, then $35.

There’s also still room in the following:

  • Numerous fitness and aquatics classes: Among them are Core Training, Group Cycling MWF, PiYo, Top Flight, Yoga, Daytime Aqua (Deep only), 20/20, In The Deep, Water Walking and Lap Swim. Click here for details.
  • Tree Grafting: Graft and take home two semi-dwarf trees of your choice (apple, pear or plum). Root stocks and scion wood (fruit tree cuttings) will be provided. If you want to graft more trees, additional materials will be available for a fee. Class will meet with John Holzwart of Plant Based Services from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 13 in the Food Science & Agriculture Center; fee is $35.
  • Scion Wood Exchange: Join fellow fruit tree enthusiasts to swap stories and trade scion wood from various trees. Bring as many types of cuttings as you wish. This event, which immediately follows the Tree Grafting class and is free and open to anyone, will run from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 13.
  • Cheese - Mozzarella & Ricotta: Join a veteran home cheesemaker to curdle milk and stretch the curd. Participants will make mozzarella and two styles of ricotta and leave with recipes and cheese. Class will meet with Linda Conroy, herbalist and owner of Moonwise Herbs, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14; fee is $50.
  • “Salam Neighbor” screening: This 2015 documentary, made by two Americans who lived among refugees along Syria’s border, is the final component of the Cultural Perspectives Series. A presentation on refugees living in Sheboygan County will follow the movie. The free showing will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 in the PHS Auditorium.
  • Retire Right: This comprehensive preparation course is for anyone looking at retiring in the near – or even not-so-near – future. It covers topics such as Social Security, pension choices, Medicare, legal issues, long-term care, and investment management. Class will meet with Jeremy Burri of Veritas Financial from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays from March 16 to 23; fee is $16.

Learn more:
Register online; this option, which no longer carries a service charge, allows you to pay with a credit card and to receive immediate confirmation of enrollment.
Print a registration form to mail or bring to Community Ed & Rec, 125 Highland Ave., Plymouth WI 53073.
View or download the complete Winter/Spring 2017 course guide.
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• Call (920) 892-5068, email commedrec@plymouth.k12.wi.us or visit the Community Education and Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.