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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

Meetings

Orleans County Chapter of SCOPE, Lake Shore Gun Club, Lyndonville, 7 p.m., Monday. Call (585) 675-9122.

Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Avenue, Chaffee, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call 537-3120.

Niagara Frontier Botanical Society, Harlem Road Community Center, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 835-6042.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club, Amherst Community Church, 22 Washington Highway, Snyder, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 839-2925.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Annual Holiday Celebration Meeting, Buffalo Museum of Science, Cummings Room, 7 p.m., Wednesday. A brief business meeting before the celebration.

Buffalo Nordic Ski Club, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 743-2300.

WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club, Pendleton, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call (585) 535-7218.

Wellsville Historical Society, Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 North Main St., 7 p.m., Thursday. Mark Klingensmith will discuss "The Secret Designs of Moths." Call (585) 593-4484.

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St., 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Annual Christmas Bash, open to all interested sportsmen. Call 675-0057.

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Certification classes

Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Classes: Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 6 p.m., Tuesday, call 542-4429; and Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 6 p.m., Thursday, call 743-2300.

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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Archery

Alden Rod & Gun Club Indoor Archery League, 12 County Line Road, shooting every other Sunday beginning Jan. 14 to March 25. Sign-ups each week 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call Jim Jozwiak at 685-1718.

Youth Archery Program, Nick's Sporting Goods, 1212 Kenmore Ave., beginning Saturday to March 31. For registration info, call 875-9218.

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Shooting sports

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club Winter Trap League shoots on Wednesdays. Teams and individual walk-on shooters welcome. Call Fred Maliszewski at 625-9419.

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).

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

Alden Rod & Gun Club 50-Bird Handicap Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, shooting every other Sunday beginning Jan. 14 to March 25. Sign-ups each week 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call Tom Ess at 937-6612.

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Shows/seminars

Niagara Frontier Gun Collectors Gun Show, Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., today. For more information on this and other shows, call (800) 225-7338, 542-9929 or go to: www.nfcshows.com.

"Coyote Hunting Seminar," Millgrove Sportsmen's Club at Alden American Legion Hall, 13145 Broadway, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call (585) 937-9284.

"Buffalo Nordic Ski Club Cross Country Skiing Free Workshop," Daemen College Wick Center, 4380 Main St., Amherst, 7:30-10 p.m., Wednesday.

Akron Gun Show, Summit County Fairgrounds, Akron, Ohio, Saturday and Sunday. Call (330) 539-4247.

PRO Gun Show, Westland Mall, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 30-31. Call Mike Duve (614) 523-7767.

Bass Pro Shops "Basic (six-week) Fly Tying Classes," in the White River Fly Shop in Auburn. A Monday class goes from 2-4 p.m. starting Jan. 8 and a Thursday class meets at 6:30-8:30 beginning Jan. 11. Bring tools and a vise. A $30 fee covers the text, hooks and tying materials. Michael DeTomaso teaches both courses. For registration details, call (315) 258-2700, ext. 4043.

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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. "Beaver Meadow Midweek: American Chestnuts," 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday; "Christmas Bird Count," 7:30 a.m., Saturday; and "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m., Saturday. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga. All trail events and public guided tours will resume when storm-damage cleanup has been completed. Call for possible rescheduling of past outings and forthcoming scheduled events. For all programs, call 683-5959.

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 info on TNP group nature programs, tours, or workshops, call 896-5200, ext. 338.

Foothills Trail Club Hikes: "Chestnut Ridge Hike/Snowshoe," 1 p.m., Saturday, call 648-9027.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: "Fifth Annual Holland Ravine Hike/Snowshoe," 9 a.m., Dec. 31.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Bird Count Sites: Beaver Meadow, Saturday, call Paul Fehringer, (585) 457-3228; Wilson-Lake Plains, Saturday, call Garner Light, 772-5110; Buffalo, next Sunday, call Bill Bogacki, 674-5781; Jamestown, next Sunday, call Bob Sundell, 484-2197; and St. Catharines, Ont. next Sunday, call Marcie Jacklin, (905) 871-2577.

Hamburg Natural History Society Program: "Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and/or Nature Walks," Penn Dixie Paleontology and Outdoor Education Center, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This program will be repeated Jan. 14 and Feb. 17. Participants must pre-register by calling 627-4560. For more details go to: www.penndixie.org.

Heartwood's Winter Workshop: "Dutch Oven Cooking," Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, East Aurora, Jan. 7. Call 655-7622 or e-mail: deaheartwood@aol.com.

Paths, Peaks & Paddles Conservation Trail Tuesday Evening Walk, for times and site directions, call 213-0350 or go to: www.pathspeakspaddles.com.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count," 10 a.m., Saturday. Interested persons may contact Douglas Bassett before Friday for territory assignments. Call (585) 493-3625.

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