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BEEKEEPING & HONEY-MAKING LECTURE AT FRESNO FLATS

Doug Mendonca removes a comb from the hive.

Fresno Flats Historical Museum is stretching its wings, much like bees emerging from a honey-filled hive. In fact, next Saturday, June 12, Fresno Flats offers a lecture and q & a session on exactly that—as part of its series on homesteading.

Conducted by local beekeeper, Doug Mendonca, the event takes place from 10 am to 12 noon at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park, 49777 School Road, Oakhurst.

Doug, a software developer by trade, became interested in bees in childhood through his grandfather’s regular shipments of honey, as well as being drawn in by the aura of hives and bee tech during his visits. He began to research beekeeping via reading and internet and initiated his own adventure into the activity in 2013.

“You have to love bees,” Doug cautions. “Beekeeping is hot, messy, and sometimes painful work, so newcomers will generally quickly decide whether or not they want to continue after their first year.”

Bees fly up to 6 miles, so their foraging range covers tens of square miles and thousands of acres, but a hive can be kept almost anywhere.

Expect to receive general knowledge on beekeeping—some history, biology, how-to, show-and-tell and anecdotes of Doug’s experiences along the way. There will be a question-and-answer session available.

The center opens at 9 am with coffee and treats, with Doug’s lecture beginning at 10 am. Admission is free; however, donations are always welcome to further Fresno Flat’s missions.

Upcoming events at Fresno Flats include Community Flea Markets scheduled for June 19, July 17 and August 21, from 8 am to 2 pm.

For further information on this or other Fresno Flats events, please contact them at 559/683-6570 or via email at fresnoflatsmuseum@gmail.com. Their website can be found at fresnoflatsmuseum.org. Donations (and volunteers) are always welcome.

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