South Pasadena Beautiful and The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library invite the community to come socialize with us and learn about nature’s best socializers: bees! The free event, presented in partnership with the South Pasadena Public Library, will take place Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. The program features fascinating presentations by local beekeeper Michael Pusateri and native bee expert Hartmut Wisch.
Pusateri is a longtime South Pasadena resident, television engineer, and person with many hobbies. He took up beekeeping in 2018 and has been keeping bees in his backyard, learning a lot of lessons and getting a few stings and a little honey along the way. Pusateri will be speaking about the basics of bees, their lifecycle, and his experience as a local beekeeper.
Wisch is a retired naturalist-guide. After leading European visitors through natural areas of the U.S. and Canadian West for 35 years, he discovered a love for macro photography. His principal interests are insects, mostly our native bees. He has taken several bee-identification classes with the late Robbin Thorp, is a member of the Lorquin Entomological Society, Pacific Coast Entomological Society, and a contributing editor at Bugguide.net (hosted by Iowa State University Entomology).
He has contributed photos to numerous books and journals, has given talks on native bees, is a volunteer docent at Eaton Canyon Natural Area and a past docent naturalist at California Botanic Garden, Claremont.
South Pasadena Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to planting a sustainable future in our community through such projects as the low-water landscape project at the South Pasadena Post Office. This event is SPB’s annual meeting. For more information about South Pasadena Beautiful, visit www.southpasbeautiful.org.
The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1950. Its mission is to raise money and public awareness in the community to support the services and programs of the Library. For more information about The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, visit www.friendsofsopaslibrary.org.
The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street in South Pasadena. The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Visit the Library website at www.southpasadenaca.gov/library for information about services and programs. The Library is open Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified person with disability to have equal access to the event. Please call (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form available at www.southpasadenaca.gov and email the form to Human Resources at HR@southpasadenaca.gov.