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Calendar / Events in the great outdoors


• WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, Fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday. Ms. Margaret Wooster of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will discuss "Water Resource Facts about our Area once considered ‘dead.'" Call 695-1003.

• WNY Emerald Ash Borer Task Force Meeting, Ecology and Environment, Walden Ave. at Ransom Rd., 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday. Call 652-5400 (ext. 150).


>Shooting Sports

• Five Point Rod & Gun Club House League, Wyoming, begins Jan. 6, 2013, a 10-week league of trap, skeet or both, with practice rounds after each scoring round. A banquet is set for March 23. Call (585) 739-5661.


>Certification Classes


• LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Rd., Niagara Falls, 6 p.m.,
Jan. 2 and 6-10:30, Jan. 3, 9 and 10. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m.



• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, "NYS Pistol Permit Class," 6 p.m., Tuesday; and "8-Hour Annual In-Service Class" 9 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Classes: "NYS Pistol Permit Class," Northtown Center, Williamsville, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Dec. 5; and "Utah, Florida & Arizona Conceal Carry Class," Monroe Ambulance Service, Rochester, 6-10 p.m., Dec. 3. Call 903-2558 or go to

• Jim Carr Utah/Arizona/Florida Pistol Permit Class, Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Rd., Batavia, 9 a.m., Dec. 8. A range behind the church is available for the required live-fire portion of instruction. Call 778-9431.


>Shows / Seminars

• Niagara Frontier Clarence Show: The Events Building, 11177 Main St., Clarence, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 2. Call 542-9929 or go to


>Fundraisers / Banquets

• 18th Annual Safari Club International Game Feast, Michael's Banquet Facility Hamburg, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14. For reservations, call Marvin Winter (984-2773), Mark Mann (655-1784) or Robert Keicher (668-1332 ext. 311).

• New York State Conservation Council Fundraiser, Southtowns Walleye Association Clubhouse, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Dec. 15. For ticket information, call 655-0975 or 640-2776.


Hiking / Nature

• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java Events: "Origin of Species Long Trail Hike with Naturalist Mark Carra" 10 a.m. – noon Wednesday; "Walk at Knox Farm State Park," Knox Winterland, 9 a.m., Saturday and "Annual Breakfast with Santa at Beaver Meadow," 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday. All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all BAS programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: "Full Beaver MoonStroll, (for adults)," 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday; "Wellness Walk," 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday; and "DIY Holiday Gift Wrap and Tag Session," 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday. 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 to 5)" 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and "Nature Journaling, a Guided Walk and Journaling Session," 10 a.m., Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.

• Buffalo Museum of Science Event: "First Birthday Party for Seymour (the mastodon) and Stanley (the albertosaurus) 9 p.m., Friday. For all program details, call 896-5200 (ext. 312) or visit

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: "Deck the Halls," New York Power Authority, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 8, call 286-6661.

• Foothills Trail Club Events: "Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, Hike, Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski," 10 a.m., Thursday, call 208-6319; "Williamsville Escarpment Holiday Lights Walk," 6:30 p.m., Friday, call 866-1233; "Sprague Brook Park —Hike or Snowshoe (depending on conditions)," 9:30 a.m., Saturday, call 316-4388; and "Eighteen Mile Creek - Hamburg," 10 a.m., Dec. 2, call 646-5034.

• Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: For all club events and extended weekend outings, visit

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: "Crepuscular Series, Full Moon Over the Gorge," 4 p.m., Wednesday; "Old Growth Forest Visit — Bishop Woods,"10 a.m., Saturday. For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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