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CALENDAR
EVENTS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Meetings

Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, VFW Post, Platt Street, Albion, 7 p.m. Monday. Call (585) 765-9122.

Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Avenue, Protection, 7:30 p.m. Monday. Call 537-9167.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Harlem Road Community Center, Harlem Road and Lincoln Street, Snyder, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club, Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Hwy., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Capt. Frank Campbell will discuss Lower Niagara River trout and salmon fishing. Call 636-0519.

Buffalo Nordic Ski Club, Gander Mountain Lodge, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 743-2300.

WNY Retriever Club, Forestview Restaurant, 4781 Transit Road, Depew, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 836-5290.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Avenue, Protection, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 675-0057.

WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Gander Mountain Lodge, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 743-2300.

Niagara County Sportsmen's Association, Bond Lake Park, 2505 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville, 2 p.m. next Sunday. Call 731-4535.

Archery

S&S Archery Pro Shop Indoor 3-D Winter League starts Dec. 1-3 at S&S Taxidermy, Route 219, Springville, featuring classes for youth, women, men and IBO shooters. Call 592-2404.

Shooting sports

Evans Rod & Gun Club annual Sight-In Days, 864 Cain Road, Town of Evans, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Call 947-5251 or 549-0333.

Banquets

Fifth annual Cystic Fibrosis Parade of Stars Banquet, Rich Renaissance Niagara Atrium, 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Call 686-9400.

Certification classes

HUNTING

Franklinville Conservation Club, Elm Street, 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Call 444-7177 or 676-5630.

PISTOL

A Best Pistol Permit Course, 3976 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Classes available Wednesday or Saturday. Call 681-2248.

American Sportsmen Center Pistol Certification Classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays or noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 743-8575.

Buffalo Gun Center Pistol Permit Classes, 6-10 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 833-2581.

UAW 686 Pistol Club NRA Certified Pistol Course, UAW Hall, Walnut and Vine streets, Lockport, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16. Call 778-9935 or 434-1563.

BOATING

USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Course, Lancaster Municipal Building, Nov. 27. Call Dave Celani (694-2856).

Shows/seminars

Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen's Show, Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, 101 Third St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Admission $4, kids under 12 free.

"Handgun Hunting for Deer Seminar," Jim Carr, certified NRA instructor, will discuss gun bores and strategies. Gander Mountain Lodge, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 743-2300.

Wrights Corners Fire Co. Gun Show, 4043 Lake Ave., (Route 78) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. next Sunday. Call 434-0289 or 863-2274.

Springville Gun Show, Springville Volunteer Fire Department Rec Hall, 405 West Main St., Nov. 20 and 21. Call (800) 225-7338, 542-9929 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, "Geocaching," 3 p.m. today, and "Beneath the Leaf Litter," next Sunday. "Holidays in the Country Nature Festival and Craft Show," Saturday and next Sunday. For complete details, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve Programs, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.: "Discovery Field Kit Tours" Thursday-Saturday; "Thursday Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon. For registered programs, call 896-5200, ext. 338. For all other TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours (no reservations needed), 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. "Seasonal Changes," 2 p.m. Nov. 20. For all program information, call 851-7201 or 683-5959.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Akron Bike Path," 9 a.m. Saturday, call 759-6345; and "Conservation Trail -- Savage Road to Erie County Forest," 9:30 a.m. next Sunday, call 685-2183.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Woodlawn Beach History and Nature," Woodlawn Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, call 826-8895; and "Gorge at Low Water," Whirlpool State Park, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 745-7848.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club event: "Allegany State Park Off-Trails Hike," next Sunday. Call 532-5259 or 564-2106.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Old Growth Forest Visit -- Museum Woods," 10 a.m. Thursday; "Big Tree Tour -- Part III," 10 a.m. Saturday; and "Finger Lakes Trail Hike -- Mount Morris Canyon Section," 10 a.m. next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

Niagara Bruce Trail Hikes: "Shorthills/Pelham Road," 10 a.m. Wednesday, call (905) 934-8560; "Port Dalhousie," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, call (905) 934-8560; "Iroquoia Battlefield Park to Grimsby," 8 a.m. Saturday, call (905) 646-2461; "Shorthills," 10 a.m. Saturday, call (905) 934-8560; and "Firemen's Park," 2 p.m. next Sunday, call (905) 354-4618.
Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086, or fax to 685-0420, or e-mail to wille@pce.net.

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