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CALENDAR <br> UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 648-9732.

Pointing Dog Club of WNY, Gander Mountain lodge, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 743-2300.

Archery

S & S Archery Pro Shop Indoor 3-D Winter League, S & S Taxidermy, Route 219, Springville, begins Dec. 1-3, 40-yard range with Rhinehart targets. Call 592-2404.

Shooting sports

Elma Conservation Club Muzzleloaders Shoot, 600 Creek Road, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. next Sunday. Call 655-4665 (6-10 p.m. Wednesday or Friday).

WNY Practical Pistol League final outdoors shoot, Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club, 9 a.m. next Sunday. Call 675-4301 or e-mail: wnyppl@yahoo.com.

Wyoming Valley (Java) Rod & Gun Club Fall Trap League shoots 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 7-10 p.m. Fridays. Call 652-9049.

West Falls Conservation Society Weekly Wednesday Trapshooting, 55 Bridge St., 7 p.m., all shooters welcome. Call 652-4650.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Fall Trap League, 6-10 p.m. Fridays, walk-ins welcome. Call 626-4953.

Allied Sportsmen's Club Fall Trap League shoots at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 688-1367.

Evans Rod & Gun Club annual Sight-In Days, 864 Cain Road, Town of Evans, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7. Call 947-5251 or 549-0333.

Dog clubs

National Cocker Championship National Competition A-ON-DO-WA-NUH-Sportsmans Club, Leicester, noon Thursday to Saturday evening. For details call 649-6181.

Certification classes

Hunting

Johnson's Country Store, 4783 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Register at store.

Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Mullet Street, Dunkirk, 5-10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4. Register at first class.

Franklinville Conservation Club, Elm Street, 6-10 p.m. Nov. 12 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 13. Call 444-7177 or 676-5630.

Pistol

Basic NRA Pistol Course, Alden Rod and Gun Club, 12 hours, Thursday, Saturday. Call 683-3677.
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.

Easy Aim Pistol Permit Course, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Call 668-7875.

Boating

USCG Safe Boating Course, Tonawanda City Hall, Saturday, 694-2856.

Shows/seminars

Hamburg Gun Show, Erie County Fairgrounds Agri-Center, 5820 South Park Ave., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Call (800) 225-7338 or 542-9929, or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

Fishing Seminar: "Choosing the Right Rod," Tom Marks and Southtowns Walleye Association personnel will discuss construction and action, keying on bass and walleye rods, Gander Mountain lodge, 880 Young St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 743-2300.

WNY Chapter of the International Dutch Oven Society Cooking Class, Gander Mountain lodge, 880 Young St., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Call 743-2300.

Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen's Show, Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, 101 Third St., Nov. 6 and 7. For exhibitor information, call Jim Miller 938-6928.

North Eastern Arms Collectors Show, American Legion Post 22, Babylon, Nov. 7. Call (631) 587-3566.

Wrights Corners Fire Company Gun Show, 4043 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Nov. 13 and 14. For exhibitor details, call 434-0289 or 863-2274.

Honor roll

During its October meeting, East Aurora Fish & Game Club presented an honorary membership to Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, for his contributions to conservation concerns. The club will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2005.

John Guida of Lancaster finished in 15th place in Limited Divison shooting in U.S. Pistol Shooters Association national competitions held in Illinois.

Banquets/dinners

East Aurora Chapter of Ducks Unlimited 20th annual Fund Raising Dinner, Nov. 4. Call 652-1420.

Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 3 p.m.: "Naturalists Choice," today and "Halloween Stories of Nature," next Sunday. "Volunteer Day," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday; "Environmental Science Merit Badge Workshop," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; and "Iroquois Observations Owl Prowl," Kanyoo Trail, 7 p.m. Saturday. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve Programs, 1200 Fuhrman 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. "Backyard Birds," 1 p.m. Nov. 6. Call 851-7201 or 683-5959.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Niagara Gorge - American Side," 9 a.m. Saturday, call 775-3510; and "Letchworth State Park," 9 a.m. next Sunday, call 759-6345 or 832-1921.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing," Fort Niagara State Park, 8 p.m.-midnight, Wednesday; and "Raptor Ecology and 'Live' Birds of Prey," Fort Niagara State Park, 6-9 p.m. Friday, call 745-7848.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "Bruce Trail and 40-mile Creek Trails Hike," Saturday; and "Backpack - Allegany National Forest, Pa.," Saturday and next Sunday. Call 532-5259 or 564-2106.

Heartwood Wilderness Skills Workshop: "Autumn Survival," Kenneglenn, East Aurora, Nov. 6. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Buffalo Orienteering Club Meet: "Chestnut Ridge Park," Nov. 6, three courses. Call 875-4550.

Hamburg Natural History Society Program: "Halloween Eve Astronomy Program," Penn Dixie Site parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

The Rock Environmental Center, Delevan, Programs: "Volunteer Training Session," 6-7 Friday; and "Play it and Take it Mountain Dulcimer Workshop," 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 353-4015 or go to: www.Learn.to//therockenc.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Thursday Nature Walk - Old Woods of the Upper Canyon," 10 a.m. Thursday; "Crepuscular Series," 5:30 p.m. Thursday; "Big Tree Tour - Part I," 10 a.m. Saturday; and "Finger Lakes Trail Hike - St. Helena Section," 10 a.m. next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

Niagara Bruce Trail Hikes: "Fenwick - Lions Park," 10 a.m. Wednesday, call (905) 892-6279; and "Port Dalhousie/Lighthouse," 2 p.m. next Sunday, call (905) 935-5996.
Send items to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086, or e-mail to wille@pce.net.

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