Saturday, September 25, 11am-4pm — “Green on Green” Garden Tour benefiting the Portland Reading Foundation. Tickets are $20 and are available online and at Portland Nursery-Stark Street, GardenFever!, Oxalis, Market of Choice and Cornell Farms. Stunning gardens in southeast Portland, Eastmoreland, Garthwick and the Burlingame neighborhoods are showcased on this tour paying homage to the season of fiery foliage and fantastic flowers.
Saturday, September 25, 1-4pm — Celebrate Honey Bee Week with Portland’s first “Tour de Hives!” Visit a variety of Portland’s backyard beehives and beekeepers and fall in love with the honeybee. Tour stops in NE, SE and N Portland. See different hive set-ups and learn from new and experienced beekeepers. Free. Register by September 23 with Lauren at Tourdehives@gmail.com with your name, phone, and the number of people in your group. Maps of the tour stops will be emailed on Sept. 23.
Through October 3 — Queen of the Sun, a documentary film juxtaposing the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive. The film looks at the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world, revealing both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Showing at the Hollywood Theater, Portland. For more information visit www.queenofthesun.com.
Friday, October 8 & Monday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30pm— Lore of the Bees: from ancient times to today, a multi-media presentation about the bonds between bees and people. Core Source Studio, 4821 NE 14th Ave., Portland $5-15 (includes honey treats). Also at New Seasons (7 Corners, 1954 SE Division) on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7-9pm (no charge).
Saturday, October 30, 2:30-5:30pm—Introductory Beekeeping class covering bee biology, hive equipment and clothing, the beekeeping “calendar,” disease and treatment (with an organic/biodynamic focus), beeswax and honey production, hive styles, etc. Other classes scheduled for Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Portland Bee Center at Livingscape nursery. To register, call (503.248.0104) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).