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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

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

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

Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, Nike Base Community Center, 3287 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Visit shcnf.com.

Western New York Chapter of Bassmasters, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 695-8717 or 743-2300.

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>Honor roll

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association presented two prestigious awards during its fall conference at Old Forge on Oct. 4. The Keesler Memorial Award went to Dennis Money, environmental activist best know for his Seneca Army Depot Whitetail Deer programs. Ted Dobs, Oneida Lake guide from Verona, received the Pass It On award for his founding and ongoing efforts with Future Anglers Outreach. Leo Maloney of Sherrill accepted the Hans Paller Award for outstanding, lifetime achievements as an outdoor writer.

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>Certification classes

*Hunting

Gander Mountain, 880 Young St., Town of Tonawanda, 6-10 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Register at store before class.

*Pistol

Jim Carr Pistol Permit Class, Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 6 p.m., Tuesday. Call 542-4429.

Security Weapons and Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Owl Prowl: Guides Chuck Rosenburg and Paul Fehringer lead a walk through the preserve," 6-9 p.m., Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, ext. 10, or e-mail info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Tree Identification Workshop, 2-4 p.m., today. Hiking trails open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays; guided nature tours, 2 p.m., Sundays. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "Habitat Hunt-Learn About our Resident Wildlife (for ages 12 and under)," 2 p.m., today. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and for self-guided trails (Lily Pond Loop and State Symbols), 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Environmental Education Center hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: "Doors Open Niagara," Niagara Falls State Park, 9a.m.-4:30 p.m., Today, call 745-7848, or visit nysparks.com.

Buffalo Ornithological Society Event: "Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip," 8 a.m. Saturday. Call Willie D'Anna (751-3637).

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: "Chestnut Ridge Park Very Fast Hike," Wednesday evening, call 648-9027 or 857-2071; and "Friday Evening River Walk," 6:30 p.m., call 833-3851.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Tifft Farms Nature Preserve Saunter," 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 693-6045; "Evening Riverwalk-Mississippi Mudds (Last Riverwalk of the season)," 6:30 p.m., Friday, call 833-3851; "Irish Hill Road to Hencoop Hollow," 9 a.m., Saturday, call 828-0282; and "Carpenter Hill Road to Vermont St.," 10 a.m., next Sunday, call 828-0282.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Penn Dixie Exhibit at Rochester Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show, Saturday and Sunday. Call 627-4560 or make a visit to penndixie.org.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Highbanks Hike-Mt. Morris Entrance Gate," 10 a.m., Saturday; and "Finger Lakes Trail Hike-Mt. Gardeau Section," 2 p.m., next Sunday. Call (585) 493-3600.

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Shows/seminars

Gander Mountain Outdoor Education Series: "Concealed Carry of Defensive Handguns," Jim Carr, 6:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 743-2300 or visit gandermountain.com.

Niagara Frontier Collectors Akron Fire Hall Gun Show, 1 Main St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. Call 569-6810 or visit nfcshows.com.

Cleveland Gun Show, Cuyahoga Fairgrounds, Berea, Ohio, Saturday and Sunday. Call (330) 539-4227.

Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 9777 Bernd Road, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525, or e-mail willodrs@gmail.com

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