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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors


*WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St. Cheektowaga, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Annual picnic meeting with DVD showings. Call 695-1003.

*Genesee County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Godfrey's Pond, Stafford, 7 p.m., Tuesday. Call (585) 768-6278.



*Niagara Frontier 2012 3-D Traveling League, North Forest Rod & Gun Club, Lockport, 3:30-7 p.m., Tuesday. Call Charlie Burt (443-0486 or 417-2544).

*Niagara Region 2012 Sunday Summer League, Erie County Conservation Club, Miller Ave., Holland, call Greg Gattie (560-9613).

*Tri-County Kingdom Archers Youth Camp in Delevan, free for ages 11-16, July 13-14. For registration details, call 474-5703.


>Shooting sports

*WNY Outdoor Pistol League, Postal Match No. 1. For details, call Bob Guyder (695-1725).

*Alden Rod & Gun Club Fall Trap League begins July 13, shooting 6-9 p.m. Fridays. For details, call Tom Ess (cq) (937-6612).


>Certification classes


*Hornell Sportsman's Club, 6924 Dennis Avenue Extension, 6-9:30 p.m., June 26 and 28, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., June 30. Call (607) 324-0963 or (607) 698-2394.



*LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Rd., Niagara Falls, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday and June 27 and 7 a.m., June 30. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.

*Attica Rod & Gun Club, Route 98, Varysburg, 5-9 p.m., Friday and 8 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call (585) 535-7053.

*Erie County Conservation Society, Miller Ave., Chaffee, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 24. Call 680-2519.



*Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, Classes: "8-Hour Annual In-Service Class,"; 9 a.m., Monday; "8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,"; 9 a.m., Thursday; and "NYS Pistol Permit Class," 10 a.m., Saturday. Call 822-1043 or go to

*Firearms Training of WNY "Utah/Florida/Arizona Concealed Carry Class," Fayetteville Manlius Rod & Gun Club, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ?Saturday. Call 903-2558.



*U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Divison 3 Buffalo "About Boating Safely Class," St. Patrick's Episcopal Church Hall, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call Don Hassenfratz (684-5336).

*Maryvale Community Education "Personal Water Craft Boating Class," 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 635-4666.



*Buffalo Museum of Science Theater Venture, National Geographic Films, starting Monday: "Meerkats"; and "Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West"; shown daily. For film trailers, descriptions and show times, go to

*Erie County Senior Services University Express Class, "Identifying WNY's Feathered Friends and Their Life Histories,"; by Brittany Rowen ?at Baptist Manor, 2 p.m., Tuesday. ?Call 819-1820.

*Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper "Kayak/Canoe Instructor Certification," Beaver Island State Park, Friday-Sunday. For details, call ?852-7483 or go to



*Eighth Annual Big Toys, Trucks and Bikes Event, Penn Dixie Site, Big Tree Rd., Hamburg, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., July 1, a fundraiser for programs, events and operations of the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for children under age 12, and special rates for Penn Dixie members. For details and directions, call 627-4560 or go to



*Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java. Events: Summer Day Camp begins July 2 (call the center for details); and "Iroquois Observations Program- Purple Martin Next Checks and Banding,"; 10 a.m.-noon, July 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: "Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp (for ages 3-5),"; 9:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, to register, call 825-6397 (ext. 338); and "Fins, Fur and Feathers (at Erie Canal Harbor Canalside)"; free and no registration required, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday. For all TNP programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

*Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (RWNP), 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: "After School Escape (for grades K-5)," 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and "Secrets of the Hidden Pond," 10 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

*Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Lost! Find Your Way Without a Map or Compass,"; Evangola State Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday. For registration details, call 549-1050.

*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: "Tillman Nature Preserve Saunter,"; 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 684-4449 or 633-7697; "Wednesday Night Mini-Hike-Lockport Canalway,"; 6:30 p.m., call 693-2274; and "Conservation Trail-Poverty Hill Rd. to Irish Hill Rd.", 9 a.m., Saturday, call 652-6190.

*Hamburg Natural History Event: Science Adventure Summer Day Camps at Penn Dixie Site for ages 8-12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10, and Aug. 20-24. For registration details, call 627-4560 or go to

*Paths, Peaks and Paddles Event: "Almost Full Moon Wine & Cheese Paddle,"; Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 7:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 213-0350 or go to Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Brooks and Brambles - Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate,"; 10 a.m., Wednesday; "Early Summer Walk Highbanks Trail,"; 10 a.m., Thursday; "Ed-Venture-Butterfly Beauties,"; 2 p.m., Saturday; and "Nearby Excursion to Rattlesnake Hill State Wildlife Management Area,"; 10 a.m., July 1. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.