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PRESENTATION: "Memories of World War II," by Sylvia Schwarts from the Holocaust Resource Center; 7 p.m. Thursday, Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave., Cheektowaga. Presented by the Cheektowaga Historical Association. Call 683-1762.

SESSION ON CHILD ABUSE: A New York State-mandated training session for professionals on identifying and reporting child abuse, maltreatment and neglect; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Room 215, Ormsby Educational Center, Center Road, East Aurora. Participants should bring their license or certificate number. The fee is $30. To register, call 672-4371, Ext. 2145.

ENTRANCE EXAM: For St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, 8:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, contact Paul Bartell, director of admissions, at 627-1200, Ext. 461.

CONCERT: Heart to Heart, a folk group from St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Harvest House, 1782 Seneca St.

LECTURE: Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College. Gioia is a poet, anthologist and past winner of the American Book Award. The lecture, "American Arts and Public Policy," is free and open to the public. For more information, call 888-2162.

RAILWAY MEETING: Western New York Railway Historical Society public meeting; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Masonic Community Center, 2379 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Rich Carlson will present "Railroads of the Old West" in a contemporary format from 1993 through 2001.

HOLY CROSS OPEN HOUSE: Holy Cross Head Start will mark its 35th year of service with a reception and open house; 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, 150 Maryland St.. Representatives from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's office and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples' office and other community members will be on hand. For more information, call 695-0936.

THANKSGIVING DINNER: The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers' 24th Thanksgiving dinner, sponsored by Citibank, will be held in three sittings, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday in Moot Senior Center, 292 High St. The dinner includes entertainment and raffle tickets. For further details, visit

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: HSBC Center Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, 1 HSBC Center, and 10 a.m. to noon Friday in St. Augustine's Center, 1437 Main St. For details, call 858-8965.

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