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Join ‘Clara the beekeeper’ to ‘Bee the Change’


Young girl in beekeeper suit and bees in yellow hive
Beekeeper Clara will present her bee marathon on Facebook this weekend. (Photo courtesy Clara)

Girl Scout Junior hosts marathon virtual event, dedicated to helping bees

One enterprising Girl Scout Junior is doing her part to help bees, and she’s inviting other kids – and grown-ups, too – to improve their bee IQ.

“Bee the Change with Beekeeper Clara” is a two-day online marathon, hosted by a youthful backyard beekeeper. Set for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9 , to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 10 , the virtual event is free and open to anyone with Facebook access.

Karysa LeAnn, Clara’s mom, shared the event to the Sacramento Garden Group on Facebook. Karysa also is monitoring and managing the event to make sure it’s safe (both around the bees and the Internet). But Clara is leading the project and the content.

According to Clara’s webpage, it will be a “weekend of total brain pollination – instead of pollen, we're transferring knowledge! Learn about different types of bees, a little about what backyard beekeeping looks like for our family, and how you can ‘bee’ a friend to these fuzzy pollinators. We'll have live broadcast presentations, interactive live Q&A sessions, informative pictures and posts, and instructions for easy DIY projects.”

The projects and information will be “great for kids and grown-ups alike,” says Clara. “Times for live broadcasts to be announced; replays will be available if you're ‘buzzzy’.”

This project combines Clara’s love of bees and scouting. Clara is a Girl Scout Junior and backyard honey beekeeper, “who loves to create a buzz about the things she cares about,” says her mom. “This educational event is the final step in her path towards earning her Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior level Girl Scout can receive.”

Girl Scout Juniors are girls in grades 4 and 5.

“You may want to keep notetaking supplies handy,” suggests Clara. “DIY projects can usually be completed with household objects and items found easily in most yards.”

Clara’s bee-class idea is catching. As of Tuesday morning , 32 people are “definitely attending,” with another 144 interested.


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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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