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Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST WINNING ENTRIES

December 2017 - January 2018

 December 2017 - January 2018

The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

 

This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.

 

Show these students your support for their creations!

 

Holiday Closures
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Sunday, December 31
Monday, January 1, 2018

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Art 1 and 2
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Wed, Th and Fri (Jan 11-May 24)
Ages: 5-7; 8-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Art 1: We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here! A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

Art 2: Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. Students will find more freedom in their practice as they are familiar with studio materials and basic techniques. We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, sculpture, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic and tempera paint. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.

 

Wed (Jan 10-May 23) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Th (Jan 11-May 24) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Art & Play in Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Preschool and Kindergarten Fun Activities
Date: 01/11/2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddlers, preschool & kinders Admission Fees: Free

Parents of toddler, preschool and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Club Kanopy
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Library Boulder Creek
Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Club Kanopy is a movie club that screens quality films from SCPL's hottest movie platform, Kanopy. Join us monthly for fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward.

 

Starts January 11 • Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30pm

 

January 11- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Watch Trailer here: https://youtu.be/n8Xvsjy57X0
February 8- Mother of George (2013) (rated R)
March 8- Gold (2014)
April 12- East Side Sushi (2015)
May 10- The Beautiful Fantastic (2016)
June 14- Almost Adults (2017)

Can't make it to the club? Stream Kanopy movies anytime with your library card and PIN/Password from home!


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On the Spot Docent
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
We offer interesting and enriching volunteer experiences for all ages, talents, and skill levels
Date: Every day (Jan 9-Feb 28)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE with Museum Admission (18 and under FREE)

Volunteer

Our Museum needs you! Volunteering your time and energy is one of the many ways you can support the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. We offer an interesting and enriching experience for all ages, talents, and skill levels.

Already a Volunteer?
Sign in to the online volunteer calendar, HERE.

Interested in volunteering?
Please read through our volunteer opportunities and consider which position(s) best aligns with your interests, schedule, and level of commitment. The link to our Volunteer Application can be found at the bottom of the page. Join us for Docent Training from 9 a.m. to noon January 11 at the Museum. Please RSVP by January 9.

Interested in an internship?
Please read our Education Program Internship description and complete our Internship Application.



Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Events

Beach Cleanups
Description: Clean up Seabright Beach!
Duties: Pick up trash and recycling and take data to support ongoing research
Relevant Skills and Interests: Environmental stewardship, recycling
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Cleanups are hosted by the Museum 4-6 Saturdays per year.

NEXT CLEANUP: Saturday, January 27, 11:00-1:00.
Email volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org to sign up

 

Special Events
Description: Help before, during, and after events, including Naturalist Night lectures, walks, and workshops.
Duties: Set up (tables, chairs, activities), greet guests, serve drinks, help with crafts/activities, clean up and other duties as assigned by staff.
Relevant skills and Interests: Friendly and outgoing, knowledge about the Museum and its mission, event coordination, fundraising, photography. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
Commitment: No commitment necessary. Events occur 1-4 times per month, usually on weeknights and weekends.

 

Education 

Museum Programs Docent
Programs: Ohlone Program (K-4th grade), Our Animal Neighbors (K-2nd grade)
Description: Facilitate students in investigating Museum exhibits, artifacts, and specimens through inquiry-based learning curriculum. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, anthropology, working with children, storytelling, Ohlone culture, animal biology and ecology, wildlife biology.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available

Wednesday-Friday, 8:45 - 10:15am or 10:45am - 12:15pm

 

Field Programs Docent
Programs: Wetland Walk (3rd grade), Nature Rangers (4th grade), Watershed Walk (5th grade)
Description: Lead students in exploring their natural surroundings and the life within them by facilitating making observations and recording data. Programs are held outdoors at Pogonip or Neary Lagoon. Training provided. Detailed program descriptions here.
Duties: Attend training and enrichments, teach programs to achieve learning objectives and collect data. Ensure student safety.
Relevant skills and interests: Teaching, natural science, geology, biology, ecology, wetlands, birding, hiking, working with children, outdoor education, watersheds, water quality.
Commitment: Preferred commitment of one year; average of teaching 2 programs per month. Shifts are available Wednesdays and Friday, 8:45 - 12:15pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 - 11:15 am.

 

Exhibits

Exhibit Care: Cleaning and/or Live Animal Feeding
Description: Help us keep our exhibits clean and fed!
Duties: Feed snake (California Kingsnake), change snake's water, clean snake enclosure. Clean all glass cases in Museum.
Relevant skills & interests: Museum operations, reptiles, wildlife.
Commitment: Six-month commitment. Flexible scheduling. Snake feeding and care once a week. Case cleaning twice a month.

 

Gardens

Garden Learning Center
Description: Help us keep our Garden Learning Center thriving for visitor to learn from. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting.
Duties: Watering, pruning, edging, weeding, planting, sign maintenance and restoration
Relevant skills and interests: gardening, landscaping, native plants
Commitment: Saturday mornings, once per month.

 

Outreach

Mobile Museum
Description: Engage with the community through educational activities and conversation to promote awareness of our mission, events, and opportunities.
Duties: Attend events such as Farmers Markets and community fairs to staff a booth. Engage attendees in conversations about our mission, exhibits, and events. Answer questions and foster interest. Encourage museum support through membership and volunteerism.
Relevant skills and interests: Communications, marketing, community engagement
Commitment: One event per month.

 

Interested in Volunteering?  Please fill out a Volunteer Application.

For more information please contact: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org

 


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Dec 2017) Quilt-Flowers.jpgThe quilts are back!
The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


http://www.pgmuseum.org/.../wildflowers-through-a-quilters-ey...


Pictured are quilts from last year's reception.
#Quilts #Quilters #Monterey #PacificGrove

 


Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium
A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street

(0 Nov 2017) Exloratorium_CuriousContraptions.jpgExplore small, surreal worlds at Curious Contraptions, a temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Like complex mechanical toys, these whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama reflecting its maker's worldview and sense of humor. Take a look at their exposed inner workings and investigate the low-tech mechanisms that make these automata move.

 

This year, Curious Contraptions features the varied viewpoints of artists including Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, and Fi Henshall, plus artist residencies with Zapata, Hernán Lira, and Noga Elhassid.

 

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Location: Pier 15, San Francisco Map
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Free Zoo Days for Children
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San Francisco Zoo
FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission
Date: Every day (Jan 8-Jan 31)
Ages: All

(0 January 2018) SFZoo_PenguinsFree.jpgWe wanted to kick off 2018 with something big, that’s why we are excited to celebrate the New Year with a very special gift to the entire Bay Area.

 

From January 8-31, we are pleased to be offering families FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission.

 

For many children, meeting a giraffe, bear or lion is the highlight of their year and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a Zoo visit.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7236 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Coastal Art & Poetry Exhibition
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
A Special Family Friendly Science Sunday
Date: Every Su, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 1-Jan 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: $6-$8

COASTAL ART & POETRY CONTEST WINNING ENTRIES

December 2017 - January 2018

 December 2017 - January 2018

The Seymour Center is happy to display winning entries from the 2017 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.

 

This beautiful art and poetry features a California coastal or California marine theme, all done by K-12 students from across the state.

 

Show these students your support for their creations!

 

Holiday Closures
Sunday, December 24
Monday, December 25
Sunday, December 31
Monday, January 1, 2018


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Mission Strategy Game
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: Every Mon and Th (Jan 4-Jan 15) at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Strategy Game

Thursday, January 4 from 11am to 12:30pm

Monday, January 15 from 11am to 12:30pm

Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Th (Jan 7-Jan 28) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk

Sunday, January 7 at 10am

Sunday, January 28 at 10am

On this dog-, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly walk, we travel on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, three-mile, two-hour roundtrip walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water and meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Internet Skills
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Library Central
Visit the library for an adventure in learning -
Date: Every Th (Jan 4-Jan 25) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: Free

Join us for a hands-on guide to using the Internet for research, work, education, social interaction and more. We're starting with browsers and working our way up.

 

Thursdays: January 4th,11th,18th and 25th

4:30pm-5:30pm

Downtown Branch: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Always free!

 


Location: Downtown Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 15-Jan 28) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 Dec 2017) slvmus_CabinetCuriosities.jpgCabinet of Curiosities Exhibition

An exhibition of the strange, weird, unusual, fantastic, and FUN objects we collect in our life's adventures.

Have something unusual to share - what have you collected on your life's adventures? Something from a relative, bought on a trip, found in the yard, made at work - let us make this the most unusual collection of exhibited items - younger, older, and in-between-er's are encouraged to share their treasured possessions.

 

Contact slvmcollections@sbcglobal.net.

Opening Reception December 16, 2-4pm

This special holiday exhibition will be on display from Friday December 15 through January 28, 2018.


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Free First Friday
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit".
Date: Every day from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

FREE First Friday 11am-4pm. Enjoy the Museum for FREE with your family on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy our intertidal touch pool, large-screen microscope, and geology exhibit and "dig pit". Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. 1305 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 420-6115


Location: East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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San Jose Downtown
Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 29)
Admission Fees: 15 10-under $17 11-older $10 bring your own skates

Downtown Ice is not only located in a spectacular setting - the Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the rink

 

Our goal is to take care of all customers and make this ice rink the best skating experience anywhere.

 

If you've never been to the ice rink, here's what to expect, a step-by-step guide to ensure a cool Downtown Ice experience.

 

Downtown Ice is part of San Jose's Downtown for the Holidays traditions

 

Downtown Ice is located in the core of the South Bay's leading winter attractions and family friendly activities, which include the traditional Christmas in the Park and Winter Wonderland. Park once and make a day of it in downtown San Jose: dine, dance, laugh, and enjoy the spirit of the season swirling about you.

 

Parking is affordable and easy. Find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m., seven nights a week in city-owned lots and garages. After 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, receive validation from a participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more information.

 

November 17 - 18
Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight
Saturday: Noon - midnight

November 19 - 25
(Thanksgiving Week)
Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 5 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. - midnight
Thursday/Thanksgiving: 2 p.m. - midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - midnight


See website for January schedule


Location: 120 S. Market St., San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 610-4055 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
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