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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors

> Meetings

WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, fly tying at

6 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 695-1003.

Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Northwood Association, LeRoy, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call Glen Adams at (585) 768-6278.

> Archery

Wilson Conservation Club Crossbow Demo Day, 2934 Wilson Cambria Road (Route 425), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Call 731-1641, 731-9984, or 751-6267.

Double T Archery Club Summer Youth Archery Program, 1110 North French Road, Amherst, begins June 13, held 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays to Aug. 15, for youths ages 5-17 accompanied with a parent. The program ends with a potluck picnic banquet. For directions and more information, go to

Niagara Frontier 2012 3-D Traveling League, North Forest Rod & Gun Club, Lockport, 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. Call Charlie Burt at 433-0486 or 417-2544.

Extreme Cross-Country Challenge (3-D Archery Shoot), Collins Conservation Club, Conger Road, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., June 2-3. For entry details, call Glen Gawron at 992-2002.

> Shooting sports

WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Pinecrest Club at Tonawandas Sportsmen Club, Pendleton, 9 a.m. June 3. Call Bob Guyder at 695-1725.

New York SCTP (Scholastic Clay Target Program) Trap, Skeet, & Sporting Clays State Championships, Rochester Brooks International Trap & Skeet Club, Rush, 9 a.m. start, June 10. For more information, email Catherine Barney at: For details on the entire program, go to

> Certification classes


Wolcottsville Sportsman's Club, Ditch Road, Akron, 6-10 p.m. June 11 and 12. Call Dave Lavery (735-3343 evenings) or Dan Boyler (735-7314 evenings).


Jim Carr Pistol Permit Classes: A&K Gun Sales, Corfu, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, call 778-9431 and K&K Guns, Varysburg, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, call (585) 535-0248.

Firearms Training of WNY "NYS Pistol Class" (for Residents of Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties): VFW Post No. 1419, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday; and "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Quality Inn, Hamburg, 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Call 903-2558 or go to

Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, Class: "Pistol Permit Class," 6 p.m. June 5. Call 822-1043 or go to


Niagara Scuba Center "NYS Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft Class," 2105 Military Road, Niagara Falls,

9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3. For more information, call 316-8259.


S&S Taxidermy, Route 219, Springville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Pre-register in person at the store.

> Shows/Seminars

Smith Boys Seminars, 280 Michigan St., Tonawanda Island, "Partner in Command," 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Call Tom Shuell at 283-0457.

Orvis Buffalo Fly Fishing 101 Classes, Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence, 8 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. June 3. For more information, call 276-7200.

> Banquets

First Annual 5K Fun Run, American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lancaster, Lancaster High School, registrations, 7-9 a.m. Saturday. For details, call Al Runkel III at 656-0835.

Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve "Meander in the Woods" Fundraiser, 93 Honorine Drive, Cheektowaga, 4:30-8 p.m. June 16. An appetizer trail walk precedes a barbecue dinner at the preserve. For reservation information, call 683-5959.



Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java Events: "Allegany Nature Pilgrimage," Friday-June 3 (for details, go to; "Iroquois Observation Program -- Full Moon Walk at Kanyoo Trail," 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," 9 a.m. Saturday; "Observatory Public Viewing Night," Dusk-?, Saturday; and "Sunday Family Walk," 2 p.m. June 3. All programs are by pre-registration 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; and "Trek Tifft," 2-3:30 p.m. June 3. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397, ext. 338.

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Program: "After School Escape (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m. Thursday. For registration details and all programs, call 683-5959.

Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "National Trails Day -- Length of Gorge Hike," Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park, 9 a.m.-

4 p.m. Saturday. Go to To register, call 282-5154.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Event: "First Eco Tour-Paddling at Strawberry Island," Saturday. For details, call 852-7483 or go to

Buffalo Orienteering Club, Hunter's Creek Park (South), Town of Wales, "5K and 10K Trail Runs," register 9-9:45 a.m., start at 10 a.m., June 3, call 652-6197; and "90-Minute Orienteering Race," register 10-11:45 a.m. off Centerline Road, start at noon, June 3, call 652-8727. For general BOC information, go to

Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club events: For all information, visit

Foothills Trail Club Events: "Stiglmeier Park Saunter," 10 a.m. Tuesday, call 651-9877; "Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Erie Basin Marina," 6:30 p.m., call 866-1233; "Chestnut Ridge Park -- Good Cardio Workout," 6 p.m. Thursday, call 646-5034; "Buffalo's 35th Greek Festival," Elmwood Avenue and West Utica Street, 10 a.m. Friday, call 548-8039; "Evening Riverwalk -- River Road, Tonawanda," 6:30 p.m. Friday, call 833-3851; and "Explore Buffalo! Downtown Area," 10 a.m. June 3, call 835-9728.

Hamburg Natural History Events: "Children's Day at Penn Dixie Site,"

1-4 p.m., June 3, special events for children and families, viewing astronomical events and fossil identification. Call 627-4560 or go to

Paths, Peaks and Paddles Events: "Annual June Madawaska River Trip," June 15-17. For details and registration information, call 213-0350 or go to

Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally," 6 a.m. Monday; "Geology Walk," 10 a.m. Monday; "How the Gorge was Formed -- Story of the Park," 12:30 p.m. Monday; "Memorial Tree Walk," 2 p.m. Monday; "Brooks and Brambles -- Along Dishmill Creek," 10 a.m. Wednesday; "Warbler Walk-Common Species," 7 a.m. Thursday; "National Trail Day Celebration -- Canal Walk," 10 a.m. Saturday; "Friends of Letchworth -- Trail Workday," 1 p.m. Saturday; and "Gibsonville Walk," 10 a.m. June 3. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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