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Bee Keepers Tasks and Responsibilities

$10

with Dan Donnelly

Calendar Mar 11, 2018 at 1 pm

Bee Keepers Tasks and Responsibitlies
March 11, 2018
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Tuition:$10

Come listen to expert beekeeper Dan Donnelly as he explains the basics of bee biology, identifying honeybees in the hive; Responsible beekeeping monitoring, maintaining hive health and cover bee diseases. Record keeping and season calendar planning will be discussed along with any questions and other important tasks and responsibilites. 

About the Instructor: Dan Donnelly retired from a position with the University of Minnesota Libraries in 2007 after 32 years managing audiovisual collections and services. Upon retirement Dan took up keeping honeybees near Afton, MN. In 2011 Dan took a position with the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota where he managed 40 colonies of honeybees for an experiment investigating the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on colony health. Since then Dan has continued raising honeybees in the Afton area. Three years ago Dan and his wife Marjorie moved to the Isabella area and began to explore opportunities for raising honeybees in the woods. Dan started the Ely Area Bee Club to help beekeepers share ideas and information.The club plays a vital role in helping those interested in honeybees learn about keeping bees and the diverse roles, bees and other insect pollinators play in all our lives.

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod

$405

with Kris Kristufek

Calendar Apr 20, 2018 at 5 pm

Build Your Own Custom Fishing Rod
Three-Day Class:
4/20:  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4/21:  8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4/22:  9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuitition: $180  Materials: $225

Build your first custom fishing rod under the guidance of professional rod builder Kris Kristufek from LakeLady Custom Rods. You will build a rod up to seven feet long, with choice of action and power, thread color choices, handle choices, and more, using American made component parts. Then add your own inscription and personal touches.  

This is an intensive course in which all necessary tools and equipment and supplies are furnished.  During three days of classroom instruction, you will learn how to build a fishing rod made from carbon fiber, attached the handle and reel seat, learn guide placement techniques, wrap the guides with fine thread, find the spine, apply epoxy finish and learn basic decorative techniques.

Why settle for big box store rods when you can build a much better rod yourself, custom-made to fit your measurements? 

In order to choose your custom materials which the instructor will order for you, you must register by March 4th. Registrations will be taken after that date, but selection of materials will be from the choices the instructor brings to class. Students must be 13 years old or older.

About the instructor: Kris Kristufek of Breezy Point, MN, builds award winning custom fishing rods. He uses only premium blanks and components, creating unique fishing rods for the discriminating angler at LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods. A Certified Professional Rod Builder by the Custom Rod Builders Guild, Inc., he is one of only two such Certified Pros in Minnesota and one of only 36 in the United States. He has build over 2,500 custom fishing rods. Kristufek is becoming known as the "Rod Professor" as he shares his skills, teaching others this interesting craft of Custom Rod Building.

 

 

 

Payment plan available: $275 deposit plus 2 payments of $65.00

Create a Milk Pollinator Jug

$10

with Deb Funk

Calendar Mar 10, 2018 at 4 pm

Milk Pollinator Jug
March 10, 2018
4:00 Pm- 5:00 PM

Tuition:$10

Help provide food for pollinators by making a planter filled with seeds that you can plant in the ground in the spring. The planter will be stored ouside in a snowbank until the seeds sprout and the frost danger has passed. All materials will be supplied. This class is great for adults and children. Help Save the Bees. 

About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn how important they are to our food supply. Working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Ely Area Bee Club she has obtained seed packets that contain a mix of pollinator seed. She'd love to have these seeds planted in your gardens!

Fly Tying

$42

with Bob Wagner

Calendar Feb 4, 2018 at 12 pm

February 4, 2018
12:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $12

Fly Fishing is a fun and rewarding "Lifelong Adventure." You can fly fish all water, for any fish! This class is for beginners to advanced tiers, including youth 10 and older. You will enjoy tying two simple - but effective - streamer patterns, creating a great spring-type fly for Pike and Bass that also catches Walleyes. The tying techniques covered in class can also be applied to jigs and crank baits. 

All equipment and materials are provided. 

About the Instructor: Bob Wagner is a career teacher who has taught fly fishing in community ed for years and previous classes here. Bob has also been a park naturalist and is chair of Headwaters Trout Unlimited. 

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Foraging for Diamond Willow

$40

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Apr 14, 2018 at 9 am

Foraging for Diamond Willos
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40

Fine diamond willow is a most elusive phenomenon, revealing hidden beauty when properly exposed. Students will learn how to find and identify diamond willow. This class is for people who wish to harvest their own diamond willow to carve a walking stick in the class on Sunday, April 15, or for those who wish to find some willow to carve on their own.

Meet at the Ely Folk School at 9:00. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a bag lunch, if desired.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

 

Honey Tasting

$40

with Deb Funk

Calendar Mar 10, 2018 at 2 pm

Honey Tasting
March 10, 2018
2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Tuition: $15 Matrials: $25

Good honey is just as layered and complex as wine, chocolate, and olive oil.  Become a honey connoisseur by tasting several different honeys and describing their different accents.  Honey from many locations around the world will be available for tasting.  The different grades of honey will be covered in this class, along with what foods to pair with honey.  There will also be a presentation on how honeybees make honey. Come taste the difference that each honey bee can make. 

About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn how important they are to our food supply. Working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Ely Area Bee Club, she has obtained seed packets that contain a mix of pollinator seed. She teaches the Milk Jug Pollinator class as well.

Integrated Pest Management

$10

with Kathy Cyriacks

Calendar Mar 11, 2018 at 11 am

Integrated Pest Management
Sunday March 11, 2018
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Tuition: $10

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to insect pest control. The presentation will highlight the many ways our beneficial insects are vulnerable to current gardening practices, and how to you can easily create a landscape that is a safe, chemical-free, beacon for bees and pollinators, while protecting people, property, pets, pollinators, and the environment from exposure to chemical insecticides.

About the Instructor: Kathy Cyriacks owner and operator of Gracie's Plant Works alongside Patty Richter they have provided organic vegetable plants and gardening for those concerned with preserving heritage varieties and reducing their impact on the world since 2003. In the last seven years they have incorporated flower annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs. The focus has remained on chemical free growing and controlling insect infestation through integrated pest management strategy. 

Langstroth Hive Demo

$10

with Dan Donnelly

Calendar Mar 10, 2018 at 12 pm

Langstroth Hive Demo
March 10,2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Tuition: $10

A brief history Langstroth Hive, why it works and why it's been around ever since it was introduced in the mid-19th century. Dan will bring in a fully built hive box and an unbuilt box to demonstrate the beekeepers option to save money building their own hives. 

About the Instructor: Dan Donnelly retired from a position with the University of Minnesota Libraries in 2007 after 32 years managing audiovisual collections and services. Upon retirement Dan took up keeping honeybees near Afton, MN. In 2011 Dan took a position with the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota where he managed 40 colonies of honeybees for an experiment investigating the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on colony health. Since then Dan has continued raising honeybees in the Afton area. Three years ago Dan and his wife Marjorie moved to the Isabella area and began to explore opportunities for raising honeybees in the woods. Dan started the Ely Area Bee Club to help beekeepers share ideas and information.The club plays a vital role in helping those interested in honeybees learn about keeping bees and the diverse roles, bees and other insect pollinators play in all our lives.





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