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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 11, 2017






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10 a.m. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Challenging yoga workout that links breath with movement to create a dynamic flow of postures. This class will move quickly and is best suited for those with a strong yoga practice. Drop in and multi-class package rates available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Adult Coloring for Relaxation & Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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All adults invited to color. Supplies provided or bring your own.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477, ext. 120. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Early Stage/Mild Memory Loss Social Meet-Up: Alzheimer's Association.

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The Alzheimer's Association Early-Stage Social Engagement Programs offers a fun and comfortable way for people in the early stage of the Alzheimer's or a related dementia to get out, get active, and get connected with like individuals through a variety of community-based activities and social events. On every 2nd Wednesday of each month, we meet-up for coffee and/or lunch. From 11am-12pm, there's a discussion group topic and activities for early stage participants and from 12pm-1pm, we have lunch (care partners are invited to join). Advance registration is required.
Silver Maples, 100 Silver Maples Dr, Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org https://goo.gl/njA0vf [map]



 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m., Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hearing Race and Music in Communist East Germany ": U-M Center for European Studies Conversations on Europe.

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Talk by U-M Germanic Languages & literatures professor Kira Thurman.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. This class is included as part of the Better Living Fitness membership package, which ranges from $39.00 -- $99.00/month.
The drop-in, non-member rate is just $15, so give us a try!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to join CDL librarian Emily Meloche to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How the Library Works": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL librarians introduce families to the library's various resources for elementary age children and how to access and use them.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Positive Links Speaker Series: Center for Positive Organizations.

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Adam Grant Presents: Originals: How non-conformists move the world
Gain inspiring and practical research-based strategies for building organizations that are high performing and bring out the best in people. Learn from leading positive organizational scholars and connect with our community of academics, students, staff, and leaders.
Adam Grant is Wharton's top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, Fortune's 40 under 40, and the 100 most creative people in business. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver, and a professional magician.
Grant is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink and Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success.
Michigan Ross Campus - Ross Building, 701 Tappan Ave. Free. 7347640544. edolski@umich.edu http://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/events/originals-how-non-conformists-move-the-world/ [map]



 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing (except early Jan., location TBA while Arbor Brewing is renovating), 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
All ages, fitness levels welcome.
This class is included in every Better Living Fitness Center membership, which start at just $39.99.
Non-member walk-in price just $15.
Better Living Fitness Center. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com



 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: SUN SHEN.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Alexis Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or alexis@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 6-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Family Matters: Dawn Farm.

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Dawn Farm Family Matters is a free, six-session education, skill-building and support group for family members, loved ones and friends of people with alcohol and other drug addiction (including family/friends of people struggling with addiction, in treatment, or in recovery from addiction, and people who are concerned about another person's substance use.) Topics repeat every six weeks and include, "Addiction 101," "Treatment and Twelve Steps," "Relapse and Recovery," "Communication," "Family dynamics," and "Boundaries." People can join the group at any phase in the cycle. The group provides an opportunity to learn about addiction and family dynamics, and share your experiences with others who understand. You are not alone!
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. Does not meet on the day of or day before Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty Street. Free. 734-821-0216. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/family-support [map]



 6-9 p.m. 

Four Week Childbirth Education Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Our four week childbirth class is our most comprehensive childbirth education option. This class meets on four consecutive Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. We are proud to partner with UM and offer this class at the Family Center at Von Voigtlander Hospital. This class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and covers a wide range of topics including: anatomy of late pregnancy, signs of labor, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor, common medical interventions, pain relief options, newborn procedures, and the early postpartum period. The emphasis is on informed decision making and working with your healthcare provider to create a birth plan that is right for you and your family.
Von Voigtlander Hospital Family Center, 1540 East Hospital Drive. $200. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting (and Crocheting) Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to bring their current projects to work on.
6 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri., except Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]


 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Potluck & Talk: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Club members Carl Fuerst and Jenn Mills discuss a cross-country bike ride they did last summer. The program begins with a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
6:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 769-1052. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m. 

U Family - Mindful Parents (Intro Course): The U School.

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MINDFUL PARENTS is a comprehensive and rigorous system of attentional training. It can help you develop mindful awareness skills by working smarter, not harder. The goal of this program is to help grown-ups become more mindfully aware especially when in the presence of children (who learn a lot from the subtleties about us). There are two bottom lines: 1: A solid mindfulness practice makes us happier. 2: When we are happier, our children tend to be happier and healthier too.
In this eight session course, we will begin with core practices and focus on how to get your practice off to the best possible start. We will learn specific applications geared towards parenting challenges, and how you can share mindfulness practice with your family. By the end of eight sessions, you will focus and adjust your attention in real time to adapt and respond to life in a more optimal way. This class is for beginners, but people with previous mindfulness practice are welcome and will also benefit!
The U School, 3630 Plaza Dr. 5A & 6A. $104/indivdual, $156/couple. 734-368-9551. ryan@theubuntuschool.org https://goo.gl/forms/vC1XFlaaSnpOmazv1 [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Nabucco": Fathom Events.

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Jan. 7 & 11. Live broadcast (Jan. 7) and rebroadcast (Jan. 11) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's early opera based on biblical stories of the Jews being exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco. Its best-known number is "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves," which often gets an encore in contemporary productions. Stars Plácido Domingo. Italian, supertitles.
12:55 p.m. (Jan. 7) & 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 11), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $25 (Rave) in advance at fathomevents.com/event/nabucco-live. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Seed Cleaning and Exchange: Wild Ones.

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Demonstration of seed cleaning techniques, including ritual fire for milkweed. All invited to bring seeds to clean and exchange. Seeds available to take home.
6:45 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. 604-4674. [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Jan. 11: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Jan. 25: Readings by WSU English professor Caroline Maun, a widely published poet whose collections include The Sleeping and What Remains, and Cruel Garters journal editor Glen Armstrong, an Oakland University writing professor who has published several chapbooks. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

Feb. 8: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Feb. 22: Reading by Grand Valley State University creative writing professor Amorak Huey, a widely published poet and former Grand Rapids Press assistant sports editor whose most recent collection is Ha Ha Thump. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

Mar. 8: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Mar. 22: Readings by Jennifer Clark, a Kalamazoo poet who has a forthcoming 2nd collection Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project (Detroit) interim director and Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Detroit project coordinator Alise Alousi, whose work is featured in Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

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7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Blues Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to play, learn, and/or listen to blues and roots music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Blues-Jam. 794-6250. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Clothespin Trivets & Wall Hangings": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a piece of functional art using clothespins and glue.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cooking 101: How to Buy on a Budget": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers discusses how to shop well on a budget, including meal plans, grocery lists, how to save money at the grocery store, and how maximize use of ingredients and minimize food waste.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Rise Again Community Sing-Along": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a sing-along, led by Jeanne Mackey, of some of the 1,200 songs in various genres from the Rise Again Songbook, a new edition of the popular Rise Up Singing group singing songbook compiled by Annie Patterson and Ann Arbor native Peter Blood.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $5 suggested donation. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion led by Oakland University history professor emerita Renate Gerulaitis of Bruce Levine's The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's The Karma of Vocation, a cycle of ten 1916 lectures given in Dornach, Switzerland.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). The Sept. 9 Open Stage is free to students. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Treetown Swingtette: Old Town Tavern.

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The Treetown Swingtette features leader Myron Grant (guitarist/singer), Paul Winder (fiddle), Paul Keller (bass) and Cary Kocher (vibraphone).
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). Free admission. (734) 662-9291. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the free lesson at 8 p.m.). 945-8428. [map]




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