• Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, 4-H Bldg, Lockport, 7 p.m., Monday. Call 434-7176.
• WNY Chapter of Bassmasters, Gander Mountain Lodge, Town of Tonawanda, 7 p.m., Wednesday. Call 695-7717 or 734-2300.
• Chautauqua County Federation of Conservation Clubs, Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association, Celeron, dinner, 7 p.m., meeting, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Call 483-3002.

Shooting sports

• North Forest Rod & Gun Club Ladies Shoot ‘N Hoot, 6257 Old Niagara Rd., Lockport, 2 p.m., Saturday. For ladies and junior ladies (ages 12-17), firearms safety lesson, shooting trap, skeet or archery, dinner. Registration deadline is Wednesday. For complete details, call 439-1464 or email:
• Evans Rod & Gun Club Annual Sighting-in-Day, Cain Rd., Angola (between Routes 5 and 20), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 3. Open to all shooters; sight in ranges for deer slugs, rifles, handguns and muzzleloaders. The club offers a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches and targets are provided at 25, 50, 75 & 100 yard distances. NRA certified range safety officers and experienced shooters will provide assistance; $5 fee per gun. Refreshments will be available in the Clubhouse.

Certification Classes

• Olean Rod & Gun Club, 2023 Wayman Branch Road, 5:40-9:15 p.m., Nov. 6 and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 10. Call (585) 268-7322 evenings.
• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, Classes: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” 6 p.m., Tuesday; and “8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,” 9 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to
• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center, Williamsville, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 28; and “Utah, Florida & Arizona Conceal Carry Classes,” Northtown Center, Williamsville, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesday. Call 903-2558 or go to
• Jim Carr Class: “NYS Permit Class,” Freeman’s Sport Shop, Akron, 6 p.m., Thursday, call 778-9431.


• Sportsmen’s Show, Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept., Route 353, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 3 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 4. For info, call Jim Miller (938-6928).
• Niagara Frontier Collectors Show: Steamboat Landing Ballroom, 205 Lakewood Dr., Canandaigua, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 28. Call 542-9929 or go to
• Cattaraugus County Houndsmen & Conservation Club First Annual Trapping Contest, West Valley, Nov. 3. For registration info, call 570-0025.
• Midstate Arms Collectors Show, Holiday Inn, Oneonta, Nov. 4. Call (607) 748-1010.


• 47th Annual SCOPE Awards Banquet, Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, 5:30 p.m., Saturday. Call 931-9780.
• Penn Dixie Site 17th Annual Fundraiser, Romanello’s South, Hamburg, 6-9 p.m., Nov. 1. For reservation details, call 627-4560.
• Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve “Nature’s Gathering: An Evening of Art, Wine and Cheese,” 5-8 p.m., Nov. 3 at Father Justin Knights of Columbus, Cheektowaga. For ticket information, call 683-5959.


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Rd., North Java, Events: “Walk with Director Loren Smith,” 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday; “Sunday Family Walk at Beaver Meadow,” 2 p.m. today and Oct. 28.
All programs are by pre-registration unless noted. For all programs, call (585) 457-3228 (ext. 10), or go to
• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Activities: “Nature’s Circle: Life in a Log (for ages 2-3),” 10:30-11:15 a.m., Monday; “Wellness Walk,” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday; and “Trek Tifft (for all ages),” 2-4 p.m., Oct. 28. For all programs and registration details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).
• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: “Busy Beavers,” 6 p.m., Wednesday; “After School Escape – Halloween Edition (for grades K-5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; and “Halloween Forest Hike,” 6 p.m., Saturday. For registration details and all Environmental Education Center programs, call 683-5959.
• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Programs: “Halloween Spooktacular,” New York Power Authority, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, call 286-6661; “In Search of Owls,” Golden Hill State Park, 6-8 p.m., Saturday; call 282-5154; and “Autumn Moonlit Hike,” 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28, call 282-5154.
• Foothills Trail Club Events: “Woodlawn Beach Saunter,” 10 a.m., Tuesday, call 208-6319; “Zoar Valley Hike – North Rim,” 9:30 a.m., Saturday, call 254-4285; and “Margaret Louise Park,” 10:30 a.m., Oct. 28, call 405-7121.
• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: “15th Annual WNY Earth Science Day at Penn Dixie,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday. Call 627-4560 or go to for more information on the event.
• Niagara Frontier Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club Event: “Very Fast Hike at Chestnut Ridge Park,” 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, call 997-2349. For all extended weekend outings, upcoming gatherings and all club and outings information, visit
• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Programs: “Weekday Nature Hike – St. Helena: Ghost Town of the Genesee,” 11 a.m., Thursday; “Finger Lakes Trail Hike – Guardeau Section,” 10 a.m., Saturday; “Big Tree Tour – Part I,” 10 a.m., Oct. 28; and “Indoor Ed-Venture – Fruits, Nuts and Seeds,” 2 p.m., Oct. 28.
For all LSP programs, call (585) 493-3625.
Send items 15 days in advance to Will Elliott, 9777 Bernd Road, Pavilion, N.Y., 14525 or email