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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

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

Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 7 p.m. Monday. Call (585) 457-3883.

Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Louie's Lounge, Attica, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call (585) 591-0339.

Erie County Bassmasters, Nowak's Bar, 1458 Lovejoy, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 897-1220.

Allied Sportsman's Club, 12846 Clinton St., Marilla, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 937-3615.

Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, 4-H Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport, 7 p.m. Thursday. Capt. Don Rupert and first mate Scott Wind will discuss "Effective Trolling Techniques for Lake Erie Summer Walleye." Call 636-0519.

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>Archery

Niagara Frontier 2012 3-D Traveling League, 3-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. Call Dave Cosgrove (946-6625).

Double T Archery Club Summer Youth Archery Program, 1110 North French Road, Amherst, begins Wednesday and shoots Wednesdays to Aug. 15, for youths ages 5-17 accompanied by a parent. The program ends with a potluck picnic banquet.

The club also offers a Father's Day 10-Target 3-D Shoot, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 17. For directions and more info, go to ttarchery.org.

Niagara Region 2012 Sunday Summer League, Double T Archery Club, Amherst, call Linda Dawson (957-8887).

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>Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Niagara County Sportsmen Club, 8 a.m. June 17. Call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

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>Certification classes

*Archery

Erie County Conservation Society, 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24. Call 680-519.

Attica Rod & Gun Club, Route 98, Varysburg, 5-9 p.m. June 22 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23. Call (585) 535-7053.

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*Pistol

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Classes: "8-Hour In-Service Class," 9 a.m., Monday; "8-Hour Firearms Recertification," Wednesday; and "Pistol Permit Class," 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to swatstore.com.

Jim Carr Classes: "NYS Pistol Permit," Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; call 778-9431; and "Utah-Arizona-Florida Pistol Permit," K & K Guns, Varysburg, 8 a.m. Saturday; call (585) 535-0248; and Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m. June 23; call 693-4000.

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class" (for Residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties): Northtown Center, Amherst, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and 1:30-4:40 p.m. June 17; and VFW Post No. 1419, 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Northtown Center, Amherst, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 903-2558 or go to info@ftwny.com.

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*Boating

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 courses: "ABS Boating Class," 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and "GPS for Mariners Course," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in St. Patrick's Episcopal Church Hall, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Call Dan Massing (799-7182) or email: dmassing@155verizon.net.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 32 "About Boating Safety" safe boating and jet ski class, McKinley Mall, Community Room, Hamburg, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23. Call 655-1659 or email: evenick5@verizon.net. For more class dates, go to wnyboatsafe.org.

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>Shows/Seminars

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

Orvis Buffalo Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence, 8 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. June 17. Call 276-7200.

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>Banquets

Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve "Meander in the Woods" fundraiser, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga, 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Take an appetizer trail walk before a barbeque dinner at the preserve with music by the Pointless Brothers and more. For reservation information, call 683-5959.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: "Birding at Joseph Davis State Park," 8:30 a.m. Saturday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m. Saturday; "Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop-Archaeology," 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walk," 2 p.m. June 17. All programs are by preregistration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, Ext. 10, or email: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Happy Herbs (for ages 6-8)," 4-5 p.m. Wednesday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon Thursday; and "Tifft History Tour," 2-4 p.m. June 17. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397, Ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve program: "After School Escape (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m. Thursday; and "Meander in the Woods Fundraiser," 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Free Fishing Day!," Long Point State Park, 8-11 a.m. June 23. For registration details, call 549-1050.

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

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper event: "Basic Kayak and Canoe Skills and Rescue Clinics," (three sessions), Beaver Island State Park, North Marina shelter, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 23 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24. For registration details, call 852-7483 or go to bnriverkeeper.org.

Erie County Senior Services University Express free "Birding 101" class, Amherst Senior Center, 12:45 p.m. June 18. Call 636-3059.

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

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Akron Falls County Park Saunter," 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 439-0062; "Wednesday Night Mini-Hike Bird Island Pier," 6:30 p.m., call 684-4449; "Chestnut Ridge Park -- Good Cardio Workout," 6 p.m. Thursday; call 646-5034; "Akron Falls County Park, 10 a.m. Saturday; call 439-0062; and "Erie Basin Marina to Riverside Park," 9:30 a.m. June 17; call 823-8156.

Hamburg Natural History Event: Penn Dixie Site opens for fossil collection 7 days a week to Sept. 4 starting Saturday. For details and directions, call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Brooks and Brambles-DeGolyer Road to Castile Gate," 10 a.m. Wednesday; "Warbler Walk-Rare Species," 7 a.m. Thursday; and "Agricultural Day in the Park," noon Saturday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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