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THURSDAY'S MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Buffalo

Talk: The Rev. John M. Staudenmaier, editor of the international journal Technology and Culture, will discuss "In the Wake of World War II: The Crisis of Symbolic Meaning in Late 20th Century America"; 2:30 p.m., Grupp Fireside Lounge, Richard E. Winter Student Center, Canisius College. Free to the public. Staudenmaier, a Jesuit priest and professor of history at University of Detroit Mercy, is well known as a scholar of technology and its impact on society and culture. He is the author of "Technology's Storytellers: Reweaving the Human Fabric," a winner of the National Jesuit Book Award of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

Cheektowaga

Meeting: The Historical Association will focus on Crystal Beach; 7 p.m., 275 Alexander Ave. off Walden Avenue, a few blocks west of Harlem Road. The program will trace the history of what was Western New York's most popular summer playground, from its beginnings as a religious campground in 1888 through the days of the big bands, the Cyclone roller coaster and the Canadiana excursion boat. For information, call 683-1762.

Workshop: Retirement planning workshop; 6 to 9 p.m., Radisson Hotel & Suites, 4243 Genesee St. Speakers are a planner from Reliance Financial Group, one from AARP, a local CPA and an estate-planning attorney. Buffet dinner will be served. Admission is free. For required reservations, call 827-0737.

Hamburg

Blood pressure screening: High blood pressure risk reduction program; 10 a.m to noon, Red Cross Service Center, 5161 Camp Road.

City of Tonawanda

Blood pressure screening: High blood pressure risk reduction program; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Red Cross Service Center, 64 Broad St.

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