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CALENDAR /EVENTS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Meetings
Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 4-H Building, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Niagara County Fairgrounds, Lockport, 7 p.m., Monday.

Pioneer Conservation Club Meeting/Christmas Party, 4-H Building, Cornell Cooperative Center, Lake Avenue, Lockport, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday. Call 434-8432.

Central and WNY Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 675-9171.

WNY Snowmobile Club, Boston Valley Am Vets Post, Route 391, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 941-6076.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, McKinley Park Inn, Blasdell, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 839-2269.

Archery
S&S Archery Pro Shop Indoor 3-D Winter League begins Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at S&S Taxidermy, Route 219, Springville. Unlimited scoring entry each shooting day, 15 Rhinehart targets, in four shooting classes. For details, call 592-2404.

Shooting sports
WNY Practical Pistol Club shoots today indoors at Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club, 5657 Killian Road, North Tonawanda, starting at 9 a.m. October match winners: Open, Josko Kovic; Production, Dennis Williams; Revolver, Peter Doll; Limited, John Guida; and Limited 10, Stephen Russell. For shooting information, call Jim Kosicki (675-4301) or e-mail: wnyppl@yahoo.com.

Hartland Conservationists Club Sunday Trap Shooting starts at 10 a.m., next Sunday. Open to all shooters. Call 434-7271. Winter Silhouette Shoots begin on Dec. 18. Call 434-9774.

Wyoming Valley Rod & Gun Club Friday Night League begins Jan. 7. Call Brian Usher (652-9049).

Certification classes
PISTOL

A-plus 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.

Shows/Seminars
"Super Trapping Seminar," Gander Mountain Lodge, 1-3 p.m., next Sunday. Call 743-2300.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Show, Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, Cheektowaga, Dec. 11-12. Call (800) 225-7338 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Banquet/Dinners
Southtowns Walleye Association Harry A. Smith Awards Banquet, Lucarell's Banquet Center, Blasdell, Feb. 12. Call 825-7619.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Annual Awards and Fundraising Banquet, Father Justin's, Cheektowaga, March 5. For reservations, call 655-0975.

Hiking/Nature
Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, "The Long Trail Hike," 3 p.m., today and "Muskrats and Beaver," next Sunday. "Niagara Focus Program," Elise Able will discuss coyotes and foxes at the 4H Training Center, Niagara County Fairgrounds," 7 p.m., Wednesday. Iroquois Observations program: "Owl Pellet Dissection," 7 p.m., Wednesday, 4H Training Center, Building, Lockport. Call (585) 457-3228, ex. 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, ex. 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. "Cross County Ski Tour," 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 851-7201 or 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Wild Holiday Craft Workshop," Woodlawn Beach State Park, 1-3:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 826-8895.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Niagara River Trail to Goat Island and back," 10 a.m., Saturday, call 882-3488; and "Tifft Farm Nature Preserve," 1 p.m., next Sunday. Call 651-0545.

Buffalo Nordic Ski Club Free Cross Country Skiing Workshop, Daemen College Wick Center, 4380 Main St., Amherst, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday. Admission free.

Hamburg Natural History Society Program: "Penn Dixie Exhibit at the Cultural Market Place," Saturday and next Sunday. Call 627-4560.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club event: "5th Annual Friday Night Christmas Hike," Friday, and "Hike -- Tifft Farm Nature Preserve," next Sunday. Call 532-5259 or 564-2106.

Heartwood Wilderness Skills Workshop: "Braintan Buckskin," 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday and next Sunday, Kenneglen, East Aurora. Call 655-7662 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Old Growth Forest Visit -- Bishop Woods," 10 a.m., Saturday; "Indoor Ed-Venture -- Evergreens," 2 p.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

Niagara Bruce Trail Hikes: "De Cew House," 2 p.m., today, call (905) 935-9777.
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.