The Melody-Catalpa Bee Safe Neighborhood has slated an informational meeting for Wednesday evening at the Boulder Elk's Lodge.

The Melody-Cartalpa neighborhood of Boulder qualified earlier this year as the state's first "bee-safe" neighborhood, with at least 200 of its households pledging to avoid use of systemic pesticides believed harmful to honeybee colonies. After receiving the bee safe designation, MCBSN received so many requests for assistance from other parts of Boulder -- city and county -- that it decided to form an umbrella organization under which the Bee Safe Neighborhood certification is one segment.

The group is now hoping to spur additional neighborhoods to follow suit, and wants to share its experiences and activities, offering information about bees and other pollinators, the health risks of systemic pesticides, and more materials to help others build a bee-safe community.

The meeting is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Boulder Elk's Lodge, 3975 28th St., Boulder.

Bee Safe Boulder is sponsored fiscally by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and can accept tax deductible donations through the RMPJC, earmarked for Bee Safe Boulder.