Things to do: Thursday, Jan. 10


    Celebrate the official release of the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s newest wine, its 2016 Grenache, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Weisinger Family Vineyard, 3450 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Winemaker Eric Weisinger and 2019 AIFF artist Matthew Picton will be on hand to discuss their work. Also look for a tasting of AIFF’s Tempranillo and a barrel tasting of the Weisinger Family Winery’s next vintage. Light bites will be served, and door prizes include one Friend Pass to the film festival in April and one ticket to its Oscar Night fundraising gala on Feb. 24. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at ashlandfilm.org.

    Line Dancing: Jeannette Bournival leads line dancing Thursdays at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. Beginners meet at 1 p.m. and intermediate dancers meet at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $3. No partners necessary. Call 541-857-6819 or see jbournival.wordpress.com.

    Phoenix Book Club: Discuss books on select topics at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Phoenix Library, 510 W. First St. Readers can choose fiction or nonfiction as monthly topics. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6408.

    Spanish Conversation: English speakers learning Spanish can attend free conversationals from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-744-6996.

    Comedy Improv Sessions: Mighty Medford Improv-ers host free improvisational comedy practice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The sessions are led by Thomas Hartmann, new to the Rogue Valley from Chicago, where he trained with Second City. All levels of experience are welcome. Email forinfoman44@gmail.com for information.

    Men’s Barbershop Singing: Men interested in singing four-part harmonies can meet with the Rogue Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Society from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. See rvhsings.com or call 541-840-2055.

    Author Talk: Octavio Solis will discuss his debut memoir, “Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

    Stafford Poetry Celebration: Join in the 22nd annual commemoration of late Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Meese Room at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Diana Morley, Jim Flint, Lisa Baldwin, Philip Newton, Richard Lehnert and Alma Rosa Alvarez will read poety to honor Stafford. Audience members are invited to join in and share their favorite Stafford poem. Admission is free. Call 541-552-6816 or email at libraryevents@sou.edu for information.

    Dart Tournament: Dart matches for skilled and novice players start at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Entry is $5, and the pub will match the pot up to $50. Call 541-482-6414.

    Trivia Night: Smithfields Pub & Pies hosts free trivia games from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at 23 S. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-482-7437.

    Game Knights: No matter what kind of “knight” you are, there is a board game to play at 8 p.m. Thursdays at The Black Sheep Pub, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. All ages welcome until 11 p.m. Call 541-482-6414.

    Friday, Jan. 11

    Center for the Visual Arts: New student and community art exhibits will be displayed through Friday, Jan. 25, in the Art and Marion Ady buildings, corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Look for Cara Despain’s paintings, “it doesn’t look like paradise,” in the Retzlaff Gallery; “Sculpt It,” a group exhibition in the Thorndike Gallery; Jae Lamar’s “Don’t Say Your Heart’s Not In It” in the Meyer Memorial Gallery; a photography exhibit by Medford Photography Collaboration in the Boise-Cascade Gallery; and Patrick Winfield Vogel’s ink drawings, “Sadhana,” in the Art Department Chairs Gallery. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 541-621-6605.

    Jacksonville Carvers: The club meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays for carving and coffee at the Jacksonville library, 340 West C St. Admission is free. Call 541-899-5571.

    Book Nook Sale: A book sale is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Friday at the Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62. Look for new or gently used books, DVDs and CDs. Proceeds help fund programs, activities and library collections. Call 541-878-2270 or see jcls.org.

    Color Happy Fridays: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Preschool Puppet Theatre: See what Brenda Bear and friends are up to at 10:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $6. A short environmental lesson will be followed by the puppet show and playtime. A snack and craft or activity will follow. No late seating is allowed.

    Slopes & Trails: Slopes & Trails will hold a free meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at JD’s Sports Pub and Brewery, 690 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass. The nonprofit organization provides social and recreational activities. See slopes.org.

    Ashland International Folk Dancers: The group meets Fridays at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, to perform dances from Eastern and Western Europe, Greece, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and the Middle East. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. No partners necessary. Admission is $5. Call 541-535-6397 or 541-482-8249.

    Evergreen Ballroom: Dance to a mix of ballroom, Latin and swing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Evergreen Ballroom, 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. Dance Instruction is at 7:30 p.m. No partner or experience required. Admission is $8, $6 after 8:30, and $6 for kids. Ages 12 and younger get in free but must be accompanied by an adult. See evergreenballroom.com or call 541-826-8000.

    Saturday, Jan. 12

    Mountain Stars Quilt Guild: The guild will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Live Oak Grange, 120 Gardiner St., Rogue River, to celebrate its founding day. Learn how to make a quilted postcard; bring a 4x6 inch background piece of fabric and scraps for the front. A potluck lunch will be held at 11 a.m. Bring a dish to share and win fat quarters by bringing in a blue colored quarter. See msquilters.com or email mfinch@charter.net.

    Genealogy Lecture: Denise Salthouse will discuss how to begin a genealogy project from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or stop by the library for more information.

    Lego Builder Time: Children ages 4 through 12 can build with Legos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238. Lego Duplo brinks will be provided for younger children. Call 541-899-7438 or see jcls.org.

    Family Art Day: Kids and families can create and explore art from noon to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford. All ages are welcome and materials are provided. Admission is free. No preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 541-772-8118 or see roguegallery.org.

    Woodcarvers Club: Woodcarvers offer instruction from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. Second St., Central Point. The first visit is free, then club dues are $5 a month. Call 541-944-4535 or see centralpointwoodcarvers.com.

    Maker Day: Teens 11 to 18 can explore LEGO Mindstorm, Littlebits and Sphero electronics and robotic sets from noon to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Children 8 through 10 may join in if accompanied by an adult. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

    Game Club: Play Scrabble, chess or cribbage for free from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

    Introspective Writing Group: Join the group and learn tools and techniques for exploring your inner self through writing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Saturday Handweavers Guild: Those interested in weaving, spinning and other fiber arts can meet at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month through June at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. All skill levels are welcome. Email at Just4this716@gmail.com or call 541-292-7879.

    Teen Random Fandom: Teens can discuss anything and everything related to the Marvel Comics Universe and DC Universe. and vote which Stan Lee cameo is best, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8685.

    Movie Matinee: Family-friendly films are shown from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Free popcorn is served. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Wii Teens: Kids 11 and older can play a Wii video games from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Library Tour: The Southern Oregon Historical Society will offer free tours of its research archive library from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the library, 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. The collection includes the original 1883 Medford town plan, the Pinto Colvig (Bozo the Clown) papers, and the Peter Britt collection of 5000 glass plate negatives and prints, along with thousands of original newspapers, maps and photographs. Following the tour, visitors can stay and ask questions, conduct research, or ask library volunteers to retrieve particular documents, photos or files. Regular library hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 541-773-6536.

    Children’s Craft Time: Kids can create a dinosaur-themed art project at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541- 774-6980.

    Star Promenaders: The club hosts A-1 and A-2 dancing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Pre-rounds are from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and plus dancing is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Square-dance attire is appreciated. Bring finger food to share. Suggested donation is $4. Call 541-855-7884.

    Sunday, Jan. 13

    Breakfast: Lake Creek Grange will host a breakfast and farmers market from 8 to 10 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the grange, 1565 S. Fork Little Butte Road, Lake Creek. Biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, fruit, juice coffee and tea will be served. Cost is $7; $3 for children. Look for local jams, breads, pickles, crafts and more. Call 541-951-5681.

    Ice Skating: The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will be open every day through Feb. 18, weather permitting. Skate rentals, snacks and hot drinks are available. Call 541-488-9189 or see ashland.or.us/icerink for schedule and admission information.

    Pioneer History in Story and Song: David Gordon will kick off a four-concert series, “A Stephen Foster Encore: Back by Popular Demand.” at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. Gordon’s performance will feature songs such as “Camptown Races,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “O’ Susanna” and “Beautiful Dreamer,” and include readings about Foster from abolitionist Frederick Douglass and others. Admission is $5, and reservations are required. Proceeds benefit preservation and maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings. Email at info@historicjacksonville.org or call 541-245-3650.

    Author Talk: Author Peter Gibb will present “The Art of Mindful Conversation” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The talk will explore four styles of conversation, how to identify one’s dominant style, key skills for deep listening and speaking authentically, and tools to help enjoy every conversation. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

    LUKEs: An instructive, play-together library ukulele session will be held at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Sessions will be led by Barbara Meredith, Patty Devon and Marlene Riegel of the Plaza Players. Ukulele kits are available to checkout from the Medford library for three weeks at time, with two possible renewals. Sheet music with uke chords and refreshments will be provided. Call 541-774-8689.

    Community Chant: Explore chants from various global traditions at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of every month at the Jacksonville Community Center, 160 E. Main St. No singing experience necessary. Admission by donation. Call 707-382-8641.

    Monday, Jan. 14

    Library Story Time: Story times for babies, toddlers and children are available Mondays through Fridays at branches of Jackson County libraries. See jcls.org.

    Color Mondays: Coloring sessions for adults will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Coloring supplies will be provided. Call 541-744-6996 or see jcls.org.

    Stitchers of All Kinds: Bring needle-craft supplies and participate in embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, quilting, knitting, crocheting and more at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St. Call 541-864-8850 or see jcls.org.

    Kid Time!: Kids in elementary school and younger can explore interactive exhibits and learn about the history of Oregon, construction and engineering, water systems and more at Kid Time! 106 N. Central Ave., Medford. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $10 for kids. Call 541-772-9922 or see kid-time.org.

    Bilingual Story Time: A combined English and Spanish story time is held at 11 a.m. Mondays at the White City library, 3143 Avenue C. Call 541-864-8880 or see jcls.org.

    Line Dancing for Seniors: Line dancing for ages 60 and older is held at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave. Advanced line dancing is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the center. Admission is $2. Call 541-488-5342.

    Movie Classics: Classic films will be shown at 1 p.m. Mondays at the Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Author Talk: Eugene Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch will discuss his book, “The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution,” at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Admission is free. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8689.

    Homework Hub: Children 5 through 12 who need help with homework, studying and comprehension can drop in and work with small groups and experienced tutors from 3 to 5 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Admission is free, and one-on-one sessions are available with advanced scheduling. Call 541-774-8678.

    Teen Gamer Time: Teens ages 11 through 18 are invited to play a variety of Wii and PlayStation 4 games from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

    Siskiyou Koi and Pond Club: Those interested in koi and koi ponds can attend a potluck meeting at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Club meetings are held to educate, support and assist other members with the hobby. Learn about building a pond or solving problems in an existing pond. Call 541-772-8721 or 541-601-5525 for directions to the meetings and information.

    Pub Trivia: Family-friendly games of trivia are available from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. Participation is free, and there are prizes for winning teams. Call 541-779-4455.

    Clog Dances: Dance with the Misty Mountain Cloggers at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Southern Oregon Performing Arts Center, 930 Summit Ave., Medford. Instruction is available. Admission is $8. Call 541-772-1431.

    The Ashland Country Dancers: English and Scottish country dancing will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. These community dance forms inspired square and contra dances. Instruction is available and no partner is necessary. Admission is $4.

    Tuesday, Jan.15

    ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum: A variety of interactive science exhibits are available at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. Find upcoming events, shows and activities at scienceworksmuseum.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $12, $10 for ages 2 through 12 and 65 and older. Admission is $3 the first Sunday of every month. See scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.

    Classical Recorder Group: Bring your recorder and join in the group that plays primarily classical selections at noon every Tuesday at the Talent library, 101 Home St. An ability to read music is required. See jcls.org or call 541-535-4163.

    Coloring and Cookies: Coloring is available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Coloring supplies and refreshments are provided. Call 541-826-3313 or see jcls.org.

    Medford Cribbage Tournament: Compete at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 2640 E. Barnett Road, Medford. Admission is $4.50. Call 541-773-2898.

    History Lecture: Rod Medinger, board president of the Talent Historical Society, will discuss the history of Talent and its museum from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. The Talent museum works to research and preserve the history and artifacts of the Talent area, including stories about its famous tomatoes. Admission is free. Call 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or stop by the library for more information.

    Ballroom Dancing: Keyboard and horn player Dave Flick plays live music for ballroom dancing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road, Medford. Lessons are offered for $3, sign-ups at 12:15 p.m. with lessons beginning promptly at 12:30 p.m. First-time visitors can dance for free, otherwise it’s $5. No partners are required. Call 541-664-3176.

    Children’s Movies: Free kids’ films are shown at 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Free snacks are available. Call 541-535-7090 or see jcls.org.

    Tuesday Afternoon Knitters: Crocheters, knitters and tatters of all skill levels can gather, share ideas and create new pieces from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-326-2035 or find Tuesday Afternoon Knitters on Facebook.

    Lego Time: Ages 5 through 12 can build with Legos from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Call 541-664-3228 or see jcls.org.

    Teen Origami: Teens can learn to fold origami creations from 4 to 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Sweet Adelines: The Southern Oregon Sound Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an a cappella chorus for women, offers instruction on vocal technique, musical accuracy and showmanship. Rehearsals are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. The group, under the direction of Martha Segura, performs locally and in an annual regional competition. Call 541-595-8247 or see southernoregonsoundchorus.com.

    Trivia Night: Tuesday Night Team Trivia is held at 7 p.m. at Louie’s Restaurant, 41 N. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free, and winning teams will receive prizes. Call 541-482-9701.

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Jacksonville Museum Quilters: The group meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. Call 541-941-2463.

    Hands-All-Around Quilters: Work on individual projects or sew quilts for charity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Call 541-482-4692.

    Dinosaur Storytime: Kids can hear a dinosaur-themed story and take part in a craft time from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. See jcls.org or call 541-774-6980.

    Guild Lecture Series: Ean Roby, professor emeritus at Ohlone College, present a three-part series of lectures on early Roman emperors begining at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The first lecture, on Jan. 16, will focus on the remarkable series of events that begin with the assassination of Julius Caesar and culminate in the improbable rise of his grandnephew Octavian, to become Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome. Subsequent lectures will be given on Feb. 23 and March 20. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Origami: Children can practice the art of Japanese paper folding, or origami, at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Materials and instruction are provided. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    Afternoon Movies: Free films are shown at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Talent library, 101 Home St. Free refreshments are available. Call 541-535-4163 or see jcls.org.

    Yarnia: A knitting and crochet group for all ages meets at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Materials and instruction are provided or you can bring your own supplies. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    Digging Dinos: Children can go back in time and learn about dinosaurs with Bugs ‘R Us expert John Jackson at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Explore real fossils, teeth, claws and imitation skin. Kids can take part in a dinosaur fossil dig and take home whatever they find. Registration is required. See jcls.org or call 541-774-8679.

    Ballet Barre: Dance with the Medford Civic Ballet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dance Arts Center, 9 Hawthorne St., Medford. Instruction is available. Admission is $8. Call 541-772-1362.

    Trivia Night: Howiee’s on Front hosts trivia games from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 16 N. Front St., Medford. Call 541-773-5767.

    Thursday, Jan. 17

    Community Conversation: Marla Estes and Rob Schläpfer will lead a free conversation about fake news and media bias from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Examine how media can sometimes distort information and why viewpoint diversity is important. See jcls.org or call 541-826-3313.

    AIFF Wine Release Party: Celebrate the official release of the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s newest wine, its 2016 Grenache, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Weisinger Family Vineyard, 3450 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Winemaker Eric Weisinger and 2019 AIFF artist Matthew Picton will be on hand to discuss their work. Also look for a tasting of AIFF’s Tempranillo and a barrel tasting of the Weisinger Family Winery’s next vintage. Light bites will be served, and door prizes include one Friend Pass to the film festival in April and one ticket to its Oscar Night fundraising gala on Feb. 24. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at ashlandfilm.org.

    Author Talk: Jane Battenberg will discuss her book, “Change Within, Change the World,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-0029 or see bloomsburyashland.com.

    Open Mic Without a Mic Poetry Reading: The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association will host its open-mic readings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Downtowne Coffee House, 200 Talent Ave., Talent. Registration is at 6:30 p.m., and readings at 7 p.m. The suggested theme for January is “L’Chaim! To Life!” Call Dave Harvey at 541-512-1007 for information.

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