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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

Meetings

Niagara River Anglers Association, LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, Niagara Falls, 7:30 p.m., Monday. Call 731-4780.

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3-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 791-3809.

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Siberian Husky Club, Grand Island, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 826-0361.

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Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, B. Leo Dolan American Legion Post No. 410, 42 Niagara St., Lockport, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 772-2261.

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Southtowns Walleye Association, Armor Fire Hall, 4932 Clark St., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 649-8202.

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Shooting sports

Elma Conservation Club Leagues: Fall Trap League, 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; Five-Stand League, 6-10 p.m. Mondays, 600 Creek Road Call Brian McCarthy (655-4665).

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Boston Valley Conservation Society Fall Pistol League shoots at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. For late registration, call 377-3555 evenings.

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West Falls Conservation Society 15-Target 3-D Shoot, Thursdays, 4 p.m. - dusk. Call 655-5030.

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Alden Rod & Gun Club Fall Trap League 12 County Line Road, individuals and teams welcome, sign-ups 6-9 p.m., Fridays. Call Tom Ess (937-6612).

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Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club Winter Trap League, Pendelton, captain's meeting Nov. 6, league begins Nov. 15. Call Fred Maliszewski (625-9419).

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WNY Practical Pistol League September Match winners: Open, Mike Auger; Limited, Gary Schlict; Limited-10, Mike Lao; Production, Brent Holmes; and Revolver, Dan Morkeberg. October Match today, 9 a.m. at TSC. For league information, call Jim Kosecki (675-4301).

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Certification classes

*Hunter

Machias Surplus, Route 16, 6-10 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday. Call 676-5630.

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Holland Rod & Gun Club, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oct. 21 and 28. Call 692-7660.

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Johnson's Country Store, Hamburg, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 23, 24, and 25. Call 646-5606.

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Little Ridge Archery Shop, Gasport, 6-10 p.m., Oct. 23, 25, and 27. Call 434-8683 or 772-7598.

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Franklinville Conservation Club, Nov. 3 and 4. Call 444-7177 or 676-5630.

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*Archery

Nick's Sporting Goods, Kenmore, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Call 875-9218.

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*Pistol

Maryvale Community Education Pistol Permit Course, 6 - 10 p.m., Oct. 23. Call 635-4666.

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Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Gander Mountain Lodge, 10 a.m., Oct. 28. Call 743-2300.

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To schedule an appointment for a pistol permit class, call: Jim Carr, 778-9431; T.J. & M., 626-4953; Ronald Meegan, 875-4547; Michael Repko, 652-0374; Buffalo Gun Center, 833-2581; Den's Gun Shop, 675-9621; or Easy Aim, 668-7875.

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*Trapping Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, Cassadaga, 6-10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday. Call 595-3418.

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*Waterfowl identification

Bass Pro Shops, Finger Lakes Mall, Auburn, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call (315) 258-2700.

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*Boating

Coast Guard Captain's License Course, Bass Pro Shops, Auburn, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29. Call (866) 883-9366.

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Shows / seminars

Springville Fire Hall, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., today; Erie County Fairgrounds AgriCenter, Hamburg, Oct. 21 and 22; and Akron Fire Hall, Oct. 28 and 29. Call 1-800-225-7338, 542-992 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

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Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen's Show, Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Nov. 4 and 5. Call Jim Miller (938-6928).

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Hiking / nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Sunday Family Walks and Talks, 2 p.m.; "Advanced Tour Leader Training," 10 a.m. - noon, Friday; "Walk at Knox Farms State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday; "Babes in the Woods," 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday; and "Observatory Public Viewing Night," dusk, Saturday. Call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

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Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Open 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For information on TNP group nature programs, tours, or workshops, call 896-5200, ext. 338.

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Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. Public guided tours 10 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday; Lily Pond Loop and State Symbols Self-Guided trails, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday. "Colors of Fall," 2 p.m., next Sunday. For all programs, call 683-5959.

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Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Halloween Fall Foliage Hikes," 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Oct. 28, Niagara Falls State Park. Call 745-7848.

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Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Emery Park Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 649-3653; "Emery Park Hike," Saturday, call 832-1921; and "Lewiston Hike," 1 p.m., next Sunday, call 735-7302.

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Earth Spirit Events: "Erie County Forestland Hike," 1-4 p.m., next Sunday, call 941-6267.

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Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Events: "Annual Letchworth Gorge Hike," Saturday, call 759-7443; and "Tifft Farm Hike," next Sunday, call 852-3090.

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Heartwood Wilderness Workshop, Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora, "Delicious Dutch Oven Cooking," 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., next Sunday. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

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Hamburg Natural History Society Events: Call 627-4560 or go to: www.penndixie.org.

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Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Thursday Nature Walk -- St. Helena," 10 a.m.; and "Finger Lakes Trail -- Dishmill Section," 10 a.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3625.

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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