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Tools and Materials

White wide-brimmed straw hat (or spray-paint a regular straw hat)
White spray paint (optional)
Black tulle netting
White seam binding 
Hot-glue gun 
Wire cutters 
Millinery bees
Duct tape 
Metal bucket with handle
Letter stencils
Yellow paint pen
Light-colored shirt
Pair of painter’s coveralls
Pair of cotton work gloves with yellow accents 

1. Cut a piece of tulle 16 inches wide and as long as the circumference of the brim of the hat. Hot-glue seam binding to one long edge of the tulle. Glue tulle to underside of hat brim, and cover with seam binding (to keep glue from seeping through). 

2. Remove wires from most of the bees. Glue wireless bees to tulle. Poke a few wired bees through the top of the straw hat from the outside; bend the wires at a right angle, and glue to inside of hat. 

3. Using letter stencils and paint pen, stencil “HONEY” on bucket; let dry. Tape more wired bees to inside of bucket. 

4. Wear hat with shirt, coveralls, and work gloves. 

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NEWS: The Beekeepers of Mar Vista

“Chelsea and Rob McFarland are spearheading an effort to legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles — and to give honeybees a better name…

The Mar Vista couple behind the organization Honeylove is all about changing the way people think about honeybees… with the sustainability and garden-focused community of Mar Vista as the testing ground.

Visitors to the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market Green Committee tent this summer may have spotted Chelsea wearing a bee costume at the market’s July 4th celebrations, gathering signatures on a petition. On a single day at the market, more than 500 people signed, said Green Committee co-chair Sherri Akers…

Honeylove is also working to engage surrounding communities. On Aug 11, the Del Rey Neighborhood Council voted to support looking into its own pilot program…

Honeylove will be hosting a [FREE] screening Saturday [8/20/11] of the film The Vanishing of the Bees at the Mar Vista Public Library from 2-5:30 p.m. The event coincides with National Honeybee Awareness Day…

[ click here to read the full article by Devin Kelly on ] 

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Please fill out this bee survey and let Mar Vista Council know your opinions on our beekeeping pilot program!

Please Note: Survey responses are limited to one per person/survey and street address of respondent must be provided to be included in the results.

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Urban beekeeping is the latest buzz

“…city dwellers across the country are rapidly discovering the appeal of urban beekeeping. Large cities like Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco are even promoting beekeeping for pollination health, to keep city vegetation green and lush…

“There’s a fear factor that occurs around honeybees,” said Michael Thompson, who helped start the Chicago Honey Co-op in 2003. “People don’t understand just how gentle they really are…”

Beekeepers say any complaints they get are usually based on misconceptions about honeybees.

“In five years, we have had about two people come by and actually be angry about our hives,” Thompson said. “They thought yellow jacket wasps were honeybees.”

Even in New York City, longtime beekeeper Roger Repohl said prosecutions of beekeepers are rare and problems only arise when something bothersome happens, such as when someone topples a hive or the bees get into a building. Repohl said it’s more an issue of humans endangering bees, not the other way around.

Urban beekeepers say the few concerns are more than worth it. Many swear the honey is tastier, and they say cities are often a healthier environment for bees because there is less pesticide usage than in most farming areas.

Residents with gardens typically welcome bees, and many beekeepers say they’ve found their neighbors are very interested in their bees.

“They’re sort of like fish but better. Watching them calms you,” said Rob Hicks, who keeps four hives in Chicago. “It’s a fun way to spend time, and I think it might even have some effect on blood pressure,” he joked.

There’s also the honey. Hicks said that like many beekeepers, he’s usually able to sweet-talk neighbors into acceptance by keeping them well-supplied with honey…”

Click here to read the full article by JESSICA M. PASKO
Associated Press Writer – Seattle Times
Photo by Bob Redmond

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Help make a buzz for the bees! Come take a walk down HoneyLove’s Sustainable Yellow Carpet and get your photo taken on National Honeybee Awareness Day!! Watch a FREE film screening of “Vanishing of the Bees” – HELP LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING!! 8/20/11 (2pm-5:30pm)

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Please contact us if you would like to add your community to that list!! info [at] honeylove [dot] org

Help us legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles – please SIGN OUR PETITION below:
**you do not need to live in LA to sign

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Crazy addicting…. watch out…. Honeybee song + Honeybee game ?

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Bee + Lavender

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