An “Open House” that will include several glass observation hives with live bees and other beekeeping equipment will be hosted by the Central Texas Beekeepers Association on Thursday, Feb. 26. Anyone that is interested in bees, the good things they do for us and the plight that they face is encouraged to attend.

The presentation will be for children as well as adults. This type of demonstration has been recently given to the second grade classes in all three Brenham elementary schools. The children were enthusiastic and asked many good questions. You are encouraged to bring your children of all ages.

The information will include the pollination services the bees provide, the life of the bee, products of the hive, and who to contact if you have bees that you don’t want. We will also discuss what you need to do if you are interested in keeping bees yourself.

The Beekeepers Association will also have a Beginners Beekeeping Class on April 18 that is open to the public. The class will include information about equipment needed for beekeeping as well as a “hands-on” session where we will “suit up” and open a live hive for a look inside.

If you are curious about what goes on in a bee hive or would like to see if beekeeping is for you, please make plans to attend the meeting on Feb. 26. The meeting will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds at the Gathering Place at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

You can also e-mail the association at or call (979) 277-0411 or the Washington County Extension Office at (979) 227-6212.