CELINA — The Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association will offer a beginning beekeeping class on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Richardson Bretz Memorial Building in Celina.

Topics will include: “Honey Bees and the Products From Their Hives,” “Equipment Every Beekeeper Needs,” “Assembling Your Frames,” “Basic Biology and Nutrition,” “Management of New Colonies in All Seasons, “Diseases and Pests of Honey Bees,” “Varroa Mite Integrated Pest Management,” “An opportunity to Network with Fellow Beekeepers.”

Dwight Wells, an OSBA Master Beekeeper instructor, will be this year’s presenter. Wells is the current president of the West Central Ohio Beekeepers Association (WCOBA) and a founding member of the Heartland Honeybee Breeders Cooperative (HHBBC). His passions include promoting sustainable beekeeping, mentoring and educating beekeepers.

Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

Pre-registration is $40 which includes the book “Bee Essentials” by Dr. Larry Connors, a one-year membership to Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA), a one-year membership to the Ohio State Beekeepers Association (OSBA) and various literature and catalogues. Cost at the door (based on availability) will be $45.

Registration will be limited to the first 30 people to register. Preregistration deadline is Jan. 27. Make checks payable to Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association and send to: Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association, C/OMark Watercutter, Attn: Beekeeping Class, 1980 Fleetfoot Road, St. Henry, OH 45883.

Call Mike Doseck: 419-394-4215 for directions or questions.