• Niagara River Anglers Association Annual Christmas Party. Meeting, Sanborn Historical Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Route 31, Sanborn, 7 p.m., Monday. Call 998-8910.

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

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

• Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs Meeting and Christmas Party, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, 7 p.m., Wednesday.

• Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE, American Legion Post No. 830, Ransomville, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 791-4628 or (585) 733-5968.

• Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Call 649-8202.

• Lake Erie Chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers, American Legion Post No. 735, 35 Legion Pkwy., West Seneca, fly tying at 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 675-4766.

• Erie County Chapter of SCOPE, VFW Post No. 8113, “The Chicken Coop,” 299 Lydecker Road, West Seneca, 7 p.m., Thursday. Call 825-4174, 655-4665 or 846-5448.

• Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Bison City Rod & Gun Club, Ohio St., 7:30 p.m., Thursday. Drawings for youth lifetime licenses. Call 440-6995.


• Niagara Region 2014 3-D Winter League begins January 5 at Allied Sportsmen in Alden, shooting for 12 weeks at clubs around Western New York. For the nearest club site and league details, call John Peters at 585-496-5819.

• 2014 WNY 3-D Winter League begins January 5 at West Falls Conservation Society, 55 Bridge St., breakfast starting at 7 a.m. For the closest club participating in this league and entry details, call league president Mike Matala at 337-0126.

• Alden Rod & Gun Club Indoor Archery League, 12 County Line Road, January 12 to March 23, shooting every other week. Practice shooters welcome. Sign up time is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For details, call Phil Williams (553-4775).

Shooting sports

• Allied Sportsmen Club of WNY, Winter Trap League, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, starts Jan. 5, 2014, running every other Sunday starting Jan. 5 and ending on March 16, the day of the league banquet. Shooting times, noon to 3 p.m. in any weather conditions. Call 937-3615.

Certification classes


• Perry area, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 26, 27 and 28. To register and for class location details, call (585) 237-2345, 7-9 p.m.


• Security Weapons & Training Institute, 659 Ridge Road, Lackawanna: “NYS Pistol Permit Classes,” 6 p.m., Tuesday and 10 a.m., Saturday; and “8-Hour Pre-Assignment Class,” 8:30 a.m., Thursday. Call 822-1043 or go to

• Firearms Training of WNY Class: “NYS Pistol Permit Class,” Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Dr., Amherst, 5:45-9:45 p.m., Tuesday.

• Mike Repko Basic NRA Pistol Course, by appointment in the WNY area. Call 652-0374.


• Riga Town Hall, 6460 Buffalo Road, Churchville, Saturday. To pre-register, call (585) 293-3742 (ext. 4).

• Portville Fire Dept., Main St., Saturday. To register, call 378-1718.

• Public Safety Training Center, 1190 Scottsville Road, Rochester, Saturday, To pre-register, call (585) 467-1056.

• Swormville Fire Co., 6971 Transit Road, Saturday. To pre-register, call 213-8843.


• Federation of Fly Fishers Ray Markiewicz Fundraiser, American Legion Post No. 880, 2912 Legion Drive, Eden, 1-6 p.m. Jan. 11. For donations, call Jim Bailey (649-9714); for tickets, call David and Joan Rosner (675-4766).

• Wilson Conservation Club Vintage and Newer Fishing Tackle Raffle, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Rd. Lots drawn at the club’s January, February and March meetings. For details on entering the raffle, call Chris Schotz (731-1641).


• Buffalo Audubon Society/Beaver Meadow Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java. Events: “Walk at Knox Farm State Park-Tree Tales,” 9 a.m., Saturday; and “Junior Audubon Club (for Middle and High School Students),” 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Most events require registration. For details, call (585) 457-3228, (ext. 10) or go to

• Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Event: “Wellness Walk,” 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday and “Winter Solstice Walk,” 6-7:30 p.m., Saturday. Registration required. For all details, call 825-6397 (ext. 338).

• Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, Programs: “After School Escape (for students in K-to-grade 5),” 4:30 p.m., Thursday; “Solstice Day Walk,” 11 a.m., Saturday, a walk through the woods to learn about the winter Solstice. Registrations required, call 683-5959.

• Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks Program: “Winter Solstice-The Official Start of Winter,” Evangola State Park, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, call 549-1950.

• 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; “Conservation Trail-Vermont Street to Matteson Corners Road,” Saturday, call 826-1939, and “Boston Forest County Park”, 9:30 a.m., Dec. 22, call 646-5034.

• Paths, Peaks and Paddles Program: “Tuesday Evening Hike,” 1000 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda, 5:55 p.m.-9 p.m. Call 213-0350 or go to

• Buffalo Ornithological Society Christmas Bird Count site: “Beaver Meadow”, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, call Jackie at Beaver Meadow (585) 457-3228.

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

• Hamburg Natural History Society Event: “Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing or Nature Walk at the Penn Dixie Site,” 10 a.m., Dec. 28. To register call 627-4560 or go to

• Letchworth State Park Interpretive Program: “Crepuscular Walk-Equinox Sunset (at River Road junction),” 3:30 p.m., Saturday. For all programs, call (585) 493-3625.

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