The Importance of Urban Honeybees

Cricket Aldridge

Starla Kramer and Barbara Kiley

Cricket Aldridge is a beekeeper and founder of the Arizona Backyard Beekeepers and the Honeybee Festival. Ms. Aldridge will be the featured speaker on May 16, at the Sun Lakes Garden Club.

Do you know what to do if an Africanized hive appears in your garden? We’ll discuss the biology and behavior in the wild and in managed hives. We’ll learn about the challenges for bees throughout the world, and especially in Arizona.

Visitors are always welcome.

Meetings are held every month (including summer) on the third Tuesday. Attendees gather at 9:30 a.m. to socialize and enjoy refreshments and coffee. During this first half hour, we greet visitors and check out gardening books from our reference library and purchase any raffle tickets. There is also a “Free Stuff” table to review, where members donate citrus or herbs or plants for other members. The meeting is called to order at 10 a.m. The meeting ends at approximately 11:45 a.m., and members and visitors often go across the street to the Sun Lakes Country Club for lunch afterward.

Check out our monthly newsletters and membership options to join the club on our website, The meeting location is the Chapel Center (house next door to Sun Lakes All Faiths Community Church and across the street from the Sun Lakes Country Club), at 9230 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N., in Sun Lakes.