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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors


New York Walleye Association, American Legion Frontier Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Plans for the Amara Can Tournament July 7-8. Call 875-8148.

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 225-3816.

Western and Central NYS Chapter of Safari Club International, Michaels Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Kurt Myers will discuss "Fall Turkey Hunting with Dogs." Call 652-9460.



Niagara Frontier 2012 3-D Traveling League, LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Niagara Falls, 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. Call Mike Martin (583-2561).

Niagara Region 2012 Sunday Summer League begins with a shoot at Wood and Brook Conservation Club, June 17. For details, call Marty Handley (870-2653). For all league information, call John Peters at (585) 496-5819.

NYS 2012 IBO 3-D Archery Challenge (3rd leg), Deerslayer Bowman's Association, Oswego, Saturday and June 10, walk-ons welcome. Call Jim Burdic at (315) 529-5995.


Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Tonawandas Sportsmen Club, Pendleton, 9 a.m., June 3. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).


>Certification classes


Wayland Rod & Gun Club, 2222 Dieter Rd., 6-9 p.m., Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 384-9383.



Wolcottsville Sportsman's Club, Ditch Rd., Akron, 6-10 p.m., June 11 and 12. Call Dave Lavery (735-3343 evenings) or Dan Boyler (735-7314 evenings).

LaSalle Sportsman's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Rd., Niagara Falls, 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 20, 6:30-10 p.m., June 27, and 7-10 a.m., June 30. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.



Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, Class: "Pistol Permit Class," 6 p.m., Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or go to

Jim Carr Classes: Pistol Permit, LaRock's Outdoors, Newfane, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday; and Pistol Permit, Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 5:30 p.m., June 12. Call 778-9431; and Utah-Arizona-Florida Pistol Permit Class, K & K Guns, Varysburg, 8 a.m., June 16, call (585) 535-0248.

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class" (for Residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties): Quality Inn, Hamburg, 1-5 p.m., Saturday; and "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Northtown Center, Williamsville, 5:30-9:30 p.m., June 14. Call 903-2558 or go to



Maryvale Community Education "Personal Water Craft Boating Safety Course," 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. To register or for more information, call 635-4666.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 Courses: "ABS Boating Class," 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 16; and "GPS for Mariners Course," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16 at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church Hall, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Call Dan Massing (799-7182) or email:



Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Rd., 6-10 p.m., June 23, and 7 a.m.-done, June 28. Call Frank Miskey Jr. (681-5690).


*Waterfowl Ident.

Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Ave., Holland, 6 p.m.-done, June 21. Call 655-2328 or 807-5116.



Gander Mountain Store Seminar, 880 Youngs St., Town of Tonawanda, John Siejak, rep for SPRO, Gamakatsu and Pinnacle Fishing will discuss "Getting Started in Tournament Fishing," 6 p.m., Wednesday.

Orvis Buffalo Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville, 8 a.m., June 16 and 10 a.m., June 17. Call 276-7200.

Alexander Charity Gun Show, Alexander Fireman's Rec Hall, Route 98, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., June 17. For exhibitor details, call 542-9929 or go to



Batavia Rod & Gun Annual Take Out Chicken BBQ, June 10. For ticket information, call (585) 343-7759.



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java Events: "Lecture Series -- Meet John James Audubon," 1-2 p.m., Wednesday; "Junior Audubon Club (for middle and high school students)," 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; "Summer Tree Hike at South Park Botanical Gardens," 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; "Cadettes Girl Scout Workshop -- Outdoor Survival Badge," 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; "Bugs by Night," 9-11 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walk," 2 p.m., June 10. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or email:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Full Strawberry Moon Stroll (adults)," 8-9:30 p.m., Monday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; Department of Environmental Conservation and Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Free Family Fishing Day Clinic (for ages 8-12), 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday (to register, call the DEC at 851-7010; and "Trek Tifft," 2-3:30 p.m., June 10. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "After School Escape (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m., Thursday; "Outdoor Adventure Club: Insects of the Night (for adults and kids ages 12 and older)," 8:30 p.m., Friday; and "Dragonflies in Your Back Yard (for adults and kids ages 8 and older)," 10:30 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Fairy House Festival," Earl W. Bridges Artpark State Park, noon-4 p.m., Saturday and June 10. For registration and fees, call 754-4375.

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Program: "Astronomy Event (Venus across the Sun) at Cayuga Overlook," 6 p.m., Wednesday. For this and other programs, call (585) 250-2135.

Swiftwater Sail & Power Squadron "Lock Training Cruise," along the Erie Canal from the City Of Tonawanda to Middleport, Saturday and June 10, a picnic will be held in Middleport Saturday, $12 per person. For preregistration, call Dominic Florio (909-1312).

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: For all extended weekend outings, upcoming gatherings, and all club and outings info, visit

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Niawanda Park Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 873-7941; and "Williamsville Escarpment to Glen Park," 10 a.m., June 10, call 691-6750 or "Finger Lakes Trail," 9 a.m., June 10, call (585) 365-5807.

Hamburg Natural History Events: "Special Astronomy Program -- Partial Transit of Venus," 5:30 p.m., Tuesday; and "Penn Dixie Nature Cruise and Buffalo Lighthouse Cruise," 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., June 10. Call 627-4560 or go to

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: "Annual June Madawaska River Trip," June 15-17. For details and registration information, call 213-0350 or go to

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Crepuscular Walk-Full Moon Beaver Walk," 7:30 p.m., Monday; "Brooks and Brambles -- Griffith Road to Pennycook," 10 a.m., Wednesday; "Warbler Walk -- Uncommon Species," 7 a.m., Thursday; "Photographer's Dream Day," 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, call (585) 658-4790; and "Friends of Letchworth -- Trail Work Day." 10 a.m., June 10. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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