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YELLOW TIE EVENT tickets on sale NOW!

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Join us for Yellow Carpet photos, fun drinks, local honey tasting, games, prizes and special musical performance in support of HoneyLove’s mission to protect honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers!

DATE: June 8th, 7-11pm
LOCATION: Writers Boot Camp @ Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building I, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/343396772412699/
Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/HoneyLove/events/98303182/

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TICKET PRICES:
Individual Ticket ($20) – BUY NOW
Pair of Tickets ($35) – BUY NOW
Children dressed as honey bees get in FREE!

*HONEYLOVE MEMBERS get 20% OFF
PURCHASE YOUR DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE!

**VIP Members (we know who you are!!) get 2 tickets FREE
Click here to learn how to become a VIP Member!

Check out the photos below from last year’s Yellow Tie Event!!

Proceeds from the Yellow Tie Event directly support HoneyLove.org - Los Angeles based 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers.

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WATCH: Honey Bee Rescue – Next Day
featuring Honeylove.org (Santa Monica, CA)

“The bees like their new location. I think we will have a strong and productive hive. Thanks goes out to Honeylove.org for making it so easy and for my friend Lisa Zolner of Whole Foods Market that made this all happen so quickly with her efforts of bee awareness.” -Paul [paulsitive.com]
 

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out last week for our 5% day at Whole Foods!! 

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VIDEO: Bee Aware – Share the BUZZ
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HoneyLove Outreach @ Whole Foods Market Venice - 6/24/12

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ARTICLE: Collecting Nature’s Bounty: Honeybees

By Libby Motika, Senior Editor [Palisadian-Post]

A triumph of nature and nurture, the queen honeybee is the head and heart of the hive. Plumped on royal jelly (secretion from the glands of worker bees) and pampered by worker bees, the queen is the colony’s big mama, whose sole mission is produce up to 2,000 eggs a day. 

??Royal distinction for the queen bee can be traced to ancient times, some say 10,000 years ago, when human beings became beekeepers. In India, Persia, Rome Egypt and Babylonia, bees were considered sacred animals, symbols of life and fertility.

??In the 21st century, bees are no less important: they are responsible for the variety of our food, and ultimately our survival. ‘Four out of 10 bites of food we eat are dependent on the honeybee,’ says Michael Pollan, professor of science and environmental journalism at Berkeley…

When a swarm of honeybees showed up in Rob and Chelsea McFarland’s backyard, they called Backwards Beekeepers, a group of organic, treatment-free beekeepers in Los Angeles who remove and relocate honey bees. ‘It was pure magic for me seeing the swarm and gentle nature of bees,’ said Rob, a featured speaker at the Pali Cares program. The McFarlands are the founders of HoneyLove, a nonprofit organization with two goals: to inspire urban beekeepers and to help legalize beekeeping in Los Angeles.

??Contrary to popular lore, honeybees are too busy to be vicious. In the spring, when the nectar flows, bees are working overtime. ‘There is lots to forage on in our landscape,’ McFarland said. ‘Our cities are a banquet for bees. It is estimated that there are nine to 11 colonies for every mile in L.A.’

…in the last three years, more than one in three honeybee colonies nationwide has died in a phenomenon know as collapse colony disorder. For farmers, this is a not only a great worry but potentially catastrophic. According to the Natural History’s Brown, you need a certain number of colonies to pollinate orchards. Michael Pollan points to the loss of diversity in agriculture as contributing to the bees’ demise.

??’Monoculture wreaks havoc on honeybees’ diets, limiting options once the dominant crop is no longer flowering,’ he says. ‘Bees can’t survive on a continual cornfield; there is nothing to eat.’ 

??The industry is now transporting hives over long distances in order to pollinate orchards. Working the bees nonstop for up to three months causes tremendous stress on the bees. Pesticides and fertilizers further contribute to their demise.

??This is where backyard beekeepers can help make up a little for the loss and increase awareness of the problem, the McFarlands say. 

??’We believe that the city is the last refuge of the honeybee. Our home gardens are free of pesticides, and in city like Los Angeles, there is year-round availability of pollen and nectar.’

??While beekeeping is legal in Los Angeles County and in certain cities, such as Santa Monica and Redondo Beach, ‘the city of L. A. has no official policy; therefore it is illegal,’ Chelsea says. 

??Los Angeles currently outlaws beekeeping in residential areas, and the city’s policy is to exterminate all feral honeybees. 

??Eight Community Councils within Los Angeles (Mar Vista, Del Rey, Greater Griffith Park,  South Robertson, Silver Lake, Hollywood United, Atwater Village, and West L.A.) have already voted in favor of supporting an urban beekeeping program in residentially zoned districts. 

[CLICK HERE TO SIGN HONEYLOVE’S PETITION TO LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES!!]

??Legalizing beekeeping in Los Angeles would enable better bee management, control and public safety as compared to only having wild hives, which is the current situation, reasons Danny Jensen of Backwards Beekeepers. ‘More beekeepers actually mean fewer swarms, fewer feral bee colonies taking up residence where they aren’t wanted and fewer grumpy bees.’ 

??For more information on urban beekeeping and upcoming events, visit honeylove.org

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Come Get Buzzed with HoneyLove @ Fraiche in Santa Monica!
June 30th @ 6pm!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/317878618295417/
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/HoneyLove/events/66985152/

*Event sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Santa Monica Wilshire & 5th

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HoneyLove Outreach @ Whole Foods Market El Segundo – 6/16/12

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HoneyLove Outreach @ Whole Foods Market Sherman Oaks East - 6/16/12

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Thursday, JUNE 28TH!!
5% Day Supporting HONEYLOVE ?!!!

SHOP ON THIS DAY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! 5% of Whole Foods Market El Segundo’s net sales will be donated to HoneyLove. HoneyLove is a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honey bees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. To find out more, please visit their website at http://honeylove.org/

Customers are encouraged to support Bee Awareness by wearing black & yellow. Everyone who shows their support will be entered into a raffle to win fun bee-inspired prizes. DRESS LIKE A BEE this day, and get LUNCH ON WHOLE FOODS (up to $10)!!
 

MEETUP: meetup.com/HoneyLove/events/69337922/
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/events/425487094149635/


ADDRESS: 760 South Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA

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