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Bee Afraid!

Friday, Feb 5: NM Beekeepers 2016 Conference

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Thanks to the overly graphic doctor who diagnosed me with a bee allergy at the age of five—describing how my throat would close so tight that a hair wouldn't be able to squeeze through should I ever get stung by one of those rascally jerks—bees scare the crap out of me. Which is why you won't find me anywhere near the New Mexico Beekeepers' Association 2016 Annual Conference Friday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 6, at the South Broadway Cultural Center.

I totally get that bees are like little flying robots that communicate in weird ways that we don't fully understand, and that they have the most bizarre symbiotic relationship with plants and all that. I also know that Dr. Stephen Rankin and Dr. Don Hyder will be at the conference explaining their research into the medicinal qualities of honey, along with keynote speaker Mark Winston, author of Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive. But I just can't endorse anyone who would befriend these stripey, death-inducing beasts.

Nevertheless, if you're going to the conference (to hand out anti-bee leaflets or something), you'll be happy to know there will be a hands on area, vendors and giveaways all weekend. Admission is a recommended $30 family membership to the NMBKA for 2016, found at alibi.com/link/18804.  South Broadway Cultural Center • Fri Feb 5 • Noon-4pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar