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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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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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