Pollinator Events

It’s always a great time to learn more about why you need pollinators and how pollinators need you!   Bee City USA – Hendersonville, along with our partners, are pleased to present the next series of pollinator education events. You may also keep up with the latest news and events by liking our Bee City USA - Hendersonville Facebook page and following our Bring the Hive Alive! initiative to paint a bee mural in downtown Hendersonville.

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Bring the Hive Alive! Crowd-Funding Campaign
Bonus $20 coupon from B.B. Barns The Garden Company offered through November!

Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville, Hands On! Children's Museum
Now through the end of November, donors who make supporter level contributions to the “Bring the Hive Alive!” crowd-funding initiative will receive a special bonus!  In addition to other thank-you gifts such as jars of local honey from the Henderson County Beekeepers Association, stickers from The Good of the Hive, honey bee window clings from Hendersonville’s Bee City USA affiliate, and enrollment in the “How to Grow a Pollinator Café” online course from Gardens That Matter, donors will receive a $20 coupon from B.B. Barns The Garden Company.  B.B. Barns is a destination garden center located at 3377 Sweeten Creek Rd. in Arden. (Coupons may be redeemed by 12/24/19 for $20 off a purchase of $40 or more on a vast selection of non-sale merchandise.)
Location: Online at www.handsonwnc.org/hive
Audience Served: All
Cost:  Donation of $25, $50, $100 or any amount in-between or above!


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359 Club Social Gathering
Presented by Wine Sage and Gourmet
Friday, November 1, 3:59 – 7:00 PM
Join us on Friday starting at 3:59pm - or whenever you can get here! We gather together to share stories, laugh and get to know one another. All are welcome!  Snacks are put out for all to enjoy and you can bring your own if you like. Outside food is welcome. We are also dog friendly!  We donate 10% of the sales from 359 Club to local and regional non-profits. Have you heard the buzz? On November 1, we'll be donating to the "Bring the Hive Alive!" initiative to paint a bee-autiful mural in the heart of downtown Hendersonville. Come out, have a glass, buy a bottle or just make a donation! You'll be supporting public art plus healthy ecosystems for people and pollinators! Can it get much better? Well, did we mention the landmark bee mural will be located on the exterior walls of the Hands On! Children's Museum?  In addition, 10% of the entire day’s sales from the wine cellar as well as the kitchen and gourmet shop upstairs will be donated to help fund the mural project!
Location:  Wine Cellar (downstairs) at Wine Sage and Gourmet, 416 N. Main Street, Hendersonville
Audience Served: Adults 
Cost: Varies. Beer and wine sold by the glass during the 359 Club Social Gathering.


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Annual Harvest Celebration: Growing a Stronger Community
Presented by Hendersonville Community Co-op
Friday, November 8, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Every fall, Co-op owners, staff, and guests get together to participate in one of our most cooperative traditions - the Annual Harvest Celebration. Plan to visit the many community tables, sample wines & cheeses, enjoy appetizers provided by our Co-op, meet the Board of Directors & candidates, vote, get a raffle ticket & listen to music provided by the Apple County String Band.  Also, BEE sure to visit the joint Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA community table staffed by volunteers from the City of Hendersonville’s Tree Board & Environmental Sustainability Board and Blue Ridge Community College.  We’ll have information on pollinator-friendly gardening, gift bags for donations made to the Bring the Hive Alive! downtown bee mural fund, pollinator crafts and coloring pages for the kids, honey samples, and more!
Location:  Hendersonville Community Co-op Courtyard & Community Room, 60 S Charleston Lane, Hendersonville.  Additional parking will be available at Self-Help Credit Union and Duke Energy after 5:00 PM.
Audience Served:  All ages
Cost: This event is free!


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All November Tips Donated to Bring the Hive Alive!
Presented by: Sideways Farm & Brewery
All of November during Bottle Sales Hours (Mon-Thu: 2-6 PM) and Tasting Room Hours (Fri: 4-8 PM, Sat: 12-8 PM, Sun: 12-6 PM)
Through utilizing homegrown ingredients from their own farm and other local farms, buying local honey, restoring soils, and donating 100% of all tips, Sideways Farm & Brewery is local business that gives back to the community.  Sideways is also one of just a few breweries in the nation using honey instead of corn sugar to add carbonation to their bottles of small batch artisan brews.  Be sure to try Small Batch #54, Light Honey Ale, a refreshing light ale fermented with local wildflower honey for the essence of honey in each bottle. All tips received during the month of November will be donated to the "Bring the Hive Alive!" initiative to have a landmark bee mural painted in the heart of downtown Hendersonville.
Location:  Sideways Farm & Brewery, 62 Eade Rd. (off Old Hwy. 64), Etowah
Audience Served: Adults 
Cost: Varies


beekeepers association logoIntroduction to Beekeeping
Presented by Henderson County Beekeepers Association, Hendersonville Community Co-op
Saturday, December 7, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Learn about the Bee School:
Equipment and terminology
Getting your bees - nuc, package, or swarm?
Beekeeper responsibilities
Benefits of joining a bee club, especially HCBA
Joys of your local honey
Contact: Jim Poe at director1@hcbeekeepers.org for additional details or questions.
Location:  Hendersonville Community Co-op Community Room, 60 S Charleston Lane, Hendersonville
Audience Served:  Adults and families
Cost:  Free!
Registration:  Bring a guest or two, but please pre -register online (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egor7750959cb764&llr=a8feghcab) so we know how many to expect.


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Henderson County Beginner Beekeeper Education Course
Mondays, January 13 - February 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Presented by Henderson County Beekeepers Association
The Henderson County Beekeepers Association (HCBA) is pleased to announce the schedule for their 2020 beekeeping school. You will learn about bee biology, care and feeding, equipment selection and use, honey and wax production, pest control and resources for continued education. The course objective is to prepare you to successfully care for your bees during the first year of beekeeping. Classes will be held every Monday evening for 7 weeks beginning January 13, 2020.
Location:  Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive in Mills River
Audience Served:  Adults and families
Cost: The $75 fee includes a textbook, course materials and one-year membership to HCBA.
Registration:  Enrollment is now open online (http://hcbeekeepers.org/education/2019-beginner-beekeeper-education-enrollment-2-2/)

bee city USA logoPollinator Exploration Kit (Available for Loan) 
Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville
Calling all educators: teachers, naturalists, gardeners, park rangers, camp counselors, outdoor/environmental educators, home-school parents, childcare professionals, and more!  Bee City USA – Hendersonville is eager to help you share the wonder of pollinators with children you teach.  Whether exploring your own backyard, schoolyard, or a local park, you’ll find many helpful tools in our Pollinator Exploration Kit.  The kit includes sets of 12 sturdy child-size insect nets, special bug capture bubbles, bug boxes with magnifying lids, and magnifying glasses.  Two pop-up insect habitats and two sets of laminated fold-out field guides (NC Trees & Wildflowers, NC Butterflies & Moths, Bees & Other Pollinators) are also included.  As available, the kit is available for loan for up to a week. 
Location: Kit may be picked up (reservation required) and returned on weekdays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the City of Hendersonville Operations Center, 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville
Audience: Educators of all kinds 
Cost: Free! 
Registration: Please email to check availability and reserve the dates you’d like to borrow the Pollinator Exploration Kit. 

bring the hive alive logoBring the Hive Alive! Downtown Bee Mural Initiative 
Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville and Hands On! Children’s Museum
Bee City USA - Hendersonville is thrilled to be partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community members to bring The Good of the Hive to paint a BEEautiful bee mural in downtown Hendersonville. In addition to the many benefits provided by public art, we believe this mural will draw attention to the importance of pollinators and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems.  You can support this community-wide effort by making a tax-deductible donation to help bring the bee mural to life in downtown Hendersonville! Donations may be made online or checks made payable to HANDS ON! may be mailed to 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Bee mural sponsorship opportunities are also available. 
Questions: Please email or call 828-697-8333, ext.223
Location:  The mural will be located on the side and back corner of the Hands On! building, between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Street. This heavily visited area is located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville and included in the Azalea Public Parking Lot