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

Federated Sportsmen's Clubs of Cattaraugus County, Little Valley Legion, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Call 532-5082.

Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier, NIKE Base Community Center, Grand Island, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Go to

Chautauqua County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For meeting site, call Floyd Prine (483-3002).

Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, George Washington Club, 2805 Niagara St., 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 440-6995.



Niagara Region 2012 Winter 3-D League, Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, sunrise to 1 p.m. Feb. 26. Call 698-3396 or 930-7500.

WNY 2012 Winter 3-D League, West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 26, walk-on shooters always welcome. Call 432-6035.

Double T Archery Club Annual Cabin Fever Traditional Shoot, 1110 North French Road, Amherst, Saturday and Feb. 26; venison lunch Saturday and breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Call 693-0331 or go to


>Shooting sports

Niagara Frontier Pistol League, at Lockport club, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Ten-X Shooting Club, 835 Ransom Road, Lancaster, invites pistol shooters to its indoor range, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Call Peter Vasilion (316-6119).

Ladies Shoot 'N Hoot, North Forest Rod & Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, Saturday, sign-up deadline Wednesday. For format and registration details, call Colleen Gaskill (439-1464).

Niagara Frontier Pistol League, Twin City at Ten-X Shooting Club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 316-6119.

WNY Practical Pistol League February Match, Tonawanda Sportsman's Club, Killian Road, Pendleton, Feb. 26, indoor range (no jacketed ammo). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Call Joe Forcucci (400-4081) or go to

Sheridan Transit Rod and Gun Club 12 Week Spring Trap League, 551 Ransom Road, Grand Island, starts Feb. 29. Eight shooter teams or individuals welcome. Shooting on Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-9:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-3:30 p.m. Call 773-2622.


>Certification classes


Pearce Memorial Church, 4322 Buffalo Road, North Chili, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Call (585) 594-9488 (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday).

Hawkeye Bowman, 13330 Clinton St., Alden, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18. Home Study Course. Students must pre-register and pick up study materials at Hawkeye Bowman, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Call 684-1120 (5:30-8 p.m.)



S&S Taxidermy Pistol Class, 455 S. Cascade Drive (Route 219), Springville, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, cost $55, register at class. Call 592-2404.

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: "NYS Pistol Permit Class," 6 p.m. Tuesday. Call 822-1043 or go to

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class for Residents of Erie, Niagara and Genesee counties," Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Amherst, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday; and "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Old Sarge's Drop Zone, Dunkirk, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 903-2558 or go to

Jim Carr Classes: "NYS Pistol Permit Class," Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, call 778-9431; and "Utah and Florida Pistol Permit Class," Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 10 a.m. Saturday, call 693-4000.

Modern Defensive Training Systems "Combative Pistol Low Light Skills," Niagara Gun Range, North Tonawanda, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, call (315) 404-1923 or email:



U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 32 "Safe Boating and Jet Ski Class," McKinley Mall, Community Room, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3. Call 655-1659 or go to

NYS Safe Boating PWC (Personal Water Craft) Class, Niagara Scuba Center, 2105 Military Road, Niagara Falls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4. Call Mike McCormick (316-8259).



Capt. Tony Buffa Bass Pro Shops Seminar, 1570 Clark Street Road, Auburn, "Lowrance HDS 10 (Fish Finding and GPS)," 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to all.

Niagara Frontier Gun Collectors Show, Springville Volunteer Fire Department, 405 W. Main St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 26. Call 542-9929 or go to

Rochester Sportsman's Expo, Dome Center, Henrietta, March 2-4. Go to



Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner, Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, Cheektowaga, 6 p.m. March 3. Call Dan Tone (655-0975).

Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever Banquet, Alexander Firemen's Recreation Hall, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 7, March 3, featuring gun raffles and a live auction. Call Tom Kelsey at (585) 993-6120.

Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA 2012 Fundraising Dinner, Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Lancaster, March 31. Call 201-1708.



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java events: "Niagara County Winter Tree ID Workshop," 9 a.m. Saturday; "Zoar Valley Hike with Naturalist Mark Carra," 1-3 p.m. Saturday. All programs are by preregistration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228, Ext. 10, or email:

Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon Thursday; "Family Snowshoe Hike (for families with kids ages 5 and older)," 7-8:30 p.m. Friday; and "Leap Night Nature Hike," 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 29. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397, Ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, programs: "Outdoor Adventure Club: Winter Adaptation Walk (for kids ages 10 and older)," 10 a.m. Thursday; "Learn to Snowshoe (for ages 5-8)," 10:30 a.m. Saturday; and "Cross-Country Ski Tour," 1 p.m. Feb. 26. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Ice Volcanoes of Lake Ontario," Fort Niagara and Wilson Tuscarora State Parks, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday. For details and registration, call 282-5154.

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: For all extended weekend outings, upcoming gatherings, and all club and outings info, visit

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Park Country Club -- Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe," 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 833-3851; "Ice Skating -- Rotary Rink, downtown Buffalo," 6 p.m. Wednesday, call 675-3989 (before Wednesday); "Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Cross-Country Ski (weather permitting)," 6:30 p.m. Thursday, call 646-5034; "Walton Woods Hike or Snowshoe," 10 a.m. Friday, call 548-8039; "Knox Farm State Park-Hike or Snowshoe," 10:30 a.m. Saturday, call 652-6190; and "Hunters Creek Park-Hike or Snowshoe," 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26, call 684-6732.

Haburg Natural History Event: "Penn Dixie Program on Geology of WNY by Stan Radon of NYSDEC," Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Call 627-4560.

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Class: "Map and Compass," starts Feb. 29. For dates and details, call 213-0350 or go to

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: "Silver Lake Outlet Valley Trek," 10 a.m. Thursday; "Nearby Excursion to Silver Lake State Park," 9:30 a.m. Saturday; and "Indoor Ed-Venture -- Moss and Lichens," 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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