Author Archives: John Chesnut

Crafts Day

Some pix from our annual Crafts Day. Lovely warm sunny afternoon before the rains came.
Sue brought complete supplies for her “Pine Cone Bees” complete with Ukrainian Maple seed wings, and cast beeswax ornaments in Sugar cookie molds.
The Balloon mold votive candle shells were a huge hit with the kids.
Mindy supervised the “Lip Balm” mix with recipes for Coconut, Shea butter, and Cocoa mixes.
Crafts Day marks our end-of-season wrap up, we will meet again for the spring kick-off in January.
Dip candles were run by Mike Lindsey and Judy Neuhauser.

Honey straws
Balloon Votives
Sue’s Pine Cone Bees and her “Hexagon Box”


Mike L. cleaning wax

2022 Autumn Newsletter

Our Autumn Newsletter, courtesy of editor Ryan Alaniz.

August 2022 Newsletter

Full Newsletter in PDF format linked below >>>

Apiary Visit, August 23

Mike Lindsey leads a workshop on Varroa Mite monitoring and management on Tuesday, August 23, starting at 6 PM, at the Paso Bamboo Farm, 5590 North River Rd, Paso Robles, Ca.

Mike will teach mite sampling techniques to assess colony parasitism.
Mike will demonstrate major Varroa management tools and techniques.

We will be opening hives to sample the colonies, bring your suit and veil.

July Newsletter

Ryan Alaniz has stepped up to edit a monthly newsletter for the Beekeepers Alliance on an ongoing basis. Hat tip to Ryan for his contributions.
The July issue in .pdf format available here for download.

Summer Apiary Visit


Tuesday, June 28th starting at 6:30 PM
Kathy Longacre’s Apiary – 6440 Corral de Piedra Rd (near Edna x Price Canyon)

DW Schoenthal presents on “Public Space Swarms”

(Photo by DW Schoenthal, Removing a chimney swarm using a “throne”)

DW Schoenthal leads a very active and successful swarm management practice in the Sacramento, Ca region.  
DW will present his lecture, Public Space Swarms, via a Zoom link on
Tuesday, March 1st, starting at 6:30 PM. We will host a round-robbin warm-up starting at 6 PM. Hope to see lots of smiling faces.

Time: Mar 1, 2022 Starting 06:00 PM 

Join Central Coast Beekeepers’ Zoom “Public Space Swarms”

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86501857363?pwd=b3IyeFNKcTZtdngwL1ljVm5aVnc5dz09

2022 Kickoff, Digital Round-Table

Kicking off our beekeeping year, a Zoom meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan 25 starting at 6:00 PM.

We will be wide open to beekeeping questions and concerns.

Planning and strategies for the coming season will be our focus.

We will introduce the beekeepers offering nucleus hives and queens for local pickup.

We will re-energize our club swarm list for the spring season.

A short primer on equipment and practices for free-flying swarm capture will be given.

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Topic: 2022 Spring Kick-off

Time: Jan 25, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86389835811?pwd=bE16L1hBaUZHMmZ4emViSXd3b0I1QT09

Meeting ID: 863 8983 5811
Passcode: 355821

Meeting ID: 863 8983 5811
Passcode: 355821

Golden Oak Honey and Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Oct 23rd in Paso Robles downtown City Park

Central Coast Beekeepers Alliance has contributed a booth, speakers and kids activities to the fun fall event for years.
After a ‘pandemic break’, we are back this year on Saturday, October 23rd.

September 2021 Monthly Meeting

Membership meeting — Tuesday, September 28 at the garden behind the SLO City Guild Hall, 2880 Broad Street.
Meeting begins at 5 PM and wraps up at dark, bring a lawn chair and a warm jacket.

Jodi Tellier will update on plans for the Paso Robles Golden Oak Honey Festival

John Chesnut will lead a presentation on late fall and winter colony management.