Seminar on beekeeping — how sweet it is! [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

According to Winnie the Pooh, "The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey." Of course, bees also pollinate crops and prove vitally important to the human food chain.

If you would like to learn more about honeybees, check out the Howard County Beekeepers Association's one-day seminar on beekeeping, Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, in Columbia.

Topics will include Honey Bee Biology, the Benefits of Keeping Bees, Obtaining and Installing bees, Getting and Setting up Beekeeping Equipment, Inspecting Bees, and Products of the Hive. For more information, go to

The seminar costs $20. Email to reserve your spot.

Back by popular demand — the Howard County Conservancy will offer its free Creepy Creatures program again this year! Come out on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m., and get in the "spirit" of Halloween by studying all manner of creepy, crawly critters.

Ashley Jarvis, from the Conservancy, will partner with Billy "Box Turtle" Heinbuch, from the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center, to introduce a variety of warty, slimy, hairy, scaly, slithery animals guaranteed to intrigue you and your little goblins.

The Conservancy's address is 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock. Go to to learn more, or call 410-465-8877 with any questions.

Caregivers' responsibility may feel overwhelming at times. On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours will offer "Uncovering the Blessings of the Long Goodbye: A Retreat Day for Caregivers." Gordon Creamer will guide the program. The day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a cost of $55.

Bon Secours will also offer "The Reality of Trust" on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Herm Trabbic and Roy Cougle will explore how trust works in our lives.

Finally, Patricia Clarke will lead "Release, Relax, and Renew: Cycle of the Seasons Retreat" on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will explore the cycle of the seasons. Dress comfortably for time outdoors and bring a journal, if desired. The program costs $60.

Call 410-442-1320 to register, or go to to learn more. The address is 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville.

Neighbor Ride needs your help. A panel of judges has chosen Neighbor Ride as the Maryland finalist in Tom's of Maine "50 States for Good" program. Your daily vote can help it become one of 15 nonprofits nationwide to win $10,000 in funding!

It's easy: go to and select Maryland on the map. Neighbor Ride will pop up as your option; click "Vote Now." Voting ends on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

At the time I wrote this column, Neighbor Ride ranked sixth in the nation; let's "get out the vote" to make sure it maintains its strong position. Good luck, Neighbor Ride!

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