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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

>Meetings

Niagara Musky Association, Knights of Columbus, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Jan. 4. Call 832-5024.

New York Walleye Association, American Legion Niagara Frontier Post No. 1041, 533 Amherst St., 7:30 p.m., Jan. 4. Call 875-8148.

Lake Erie Chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers, Seaway Trail Center, Route 5, Hamburg, fly tying session, 6 p.m., meeting, 7 p.m., Jan. 4. Call 675-4766 or 549-1977.

Western and Central New York Chapter of Safari Club International, Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7 p.m., Jan. 5. Call 984-2773.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, 1650 Bullis Road, Elma, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 5. Call Al Gai (937-3271).

Buffalo Geological Society, Parkside Lutheran Church, Depew and Wallace streets, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 7. Don Lapham will discuss field trip dynamics. Call 656-8475.

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>Archery

Active Bowhunters of WNY in Holland hosts the first shoot of the Niagara Region Winter 3-D Archery League, team and individual classes, crossbow shooters welcome, food and beverages available. Call John Peters at (585) 496-5819.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Archery League begins next Sunday, shooting alternate Sundays, sign-ups at noon-3 p.m. For details, call Jim Jozwiak (685-1718).

S&S Taxidermy and Archery Pro Shop LLC indoor archery leagues, Route 219, Springville, Dart League starts Jan. 3; 3-D League begins Jan. 5. For details, call 592-2404.

West Falls Conservation Society Winter Indoor 3-D Archery League, 55 Bridge St., begins at 7 p.m., Jan. 7. Call 432-6035 (days) or 655-5030 (evenings).

The 2011 WNY Winter 3-D League begins at Evans Rod & Gun Club on Jan. 9 with shoots scheduled to March 27, with shooting classes for teams and individuals. For details, call: Evans Rod & Gun Club, 866-5072; West Falls Conservation Club, 432-6035; Glen Coe Conservation Club, 337-0733; or Collins Conservation Club, Ike Loretto, 337-2921.

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>Shooting sports

Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club Annual Sporting Clays Hangover Shoot,, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton, sign-ins begin at 9 a.m., Saturday. Call 692-2161.

Alden Rod & Gun Club Winter Trap League, 12 County Line Road, starts next Sunday, 300 birds, ages 12 and older welcome, instruction available. Call Tom Ess (937-6612.

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>Certification classes

*Pistol

Security Weapons and Training Institute Pistol Permit Classes: 6 p.m., Tuesday, and 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-0125 (ext. 31) or go to swatstore.com.

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>Shows/seminars

Empire State Arms Collectors Association 2011 Gun Show, the Dome Center, Route 15A and Caukins Road, Rochester, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan. 8, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 9. Call (585) 226-6211.

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>Hiking/nature

Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: "Annual Old Growth Forest Hike at Beaver Meadow," 10 a.m.-noon, today; center closed Friday and Saturday for the holiday, trails always open; "Annual Hamburg/ East Aurora Christmas Bird Count," 7:30 a.m.-?, next Sunday; and "Sunday Family Walks," 2 p.m., next Sunday. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or e-mail: info@buffaloaudubon.org.

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Family Snow Stomp," (for ages 5 and up)," 3-4:30 p.m., Tuesday; "Family Winter Wonderland Walk," 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday; and "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday. For all TNP programs, call 825-6397.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Programs: "Snowshoe Walk," 10:30 a.m., Tuesday; "Outdoor Adventure Club Series: Animal Tracking (for ages 12-16)," 10 a.m., Wednesday; "Family Night Walk," 6 p.m., Wednesday; "Alien Invaders, Non-Native Plants," 2 p.m., Thursday; and "Cross Country Ski Tour," 1 p.m., next Sunday. Registration required for all programs; no reservations needed for public guided tours or self-guided trails. For all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

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.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Class: "River Academy," a stream science, watershed management, and riparian restoration class held Thursday mornings at Erie Community College North Campus and Saturday mornings at the Riverkeeper office, Jan. 29-May 14, 2011. For details, call 852-7483.

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Ice Skating Around the Christmas Tree at Rotary Rink," 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, call 852-3090; "Ninth Annual Holland Snowshoe/Hike," 9 a.m., Friday, call 685-2183; "New Year's Day Hike or Snowshoe at Chestnut Ridge Park," 11 a.m., Saturday, call 648-9027; and "City Hike -- Stroll the Streets of Buffalo," 1:30 p.m., next Sunday, call 675-3989.

Hamburg Natural History Society Event: "Penn Dixie Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, or Nature Walk," 10 a.m., Saturday. Bring your own gear. For reservations information, call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

Paths, Peaks & Paddles, 1000 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda, "Stress Reducer Hike/Snowshoe," 5:45 p.m., Tuesday. Call 213-0351.

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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