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Community Preparedness Week: Purchase emergency supplies at a discount April 22 through April 29. Throughout the week, Mercer Island QFC stores are offering a discount on bottled water (three cases of 24 for $10). True Value is offering a 15-percent discount on 6-volt lantern flashlights, battery included. Also, discounted emergency kits will be available for purchase at the Emergency Preparedness Roundtable Discussion on April 25, 7 to 9 p.m. at CCMV. For a complete list of Community Preparedness Week events, please visit www.mercergov.org For questions regarding this community event, please contact Joy Bueling, City of Mercer Island communications coordinator at 236-7238.

Community Art Walk is Thursday, April 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the town center. Join participating merchants and enjoy art, demonstrations, snacks, wine tasting, raffle and fun. Look for the orange balloons and flyers. For more information please contact Nola Nevers at 391-5903.

IslandVision open discussion on creating a sustainable Island community will be at CCMV Room 101 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Please bring your ideas. Call Callie at 232-8402 for more information.

A Treasure Trove Tea, sponsored by the Senior Foundation, will be held Saturday, April 21 at the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Shores from 2 to 4 p.m. Harold and Sharry Broman will present their evaluations of antiques, collectibles, and other treasures, based on forms submitted in advance. The Antique Kids will do some line dancing. Please park at the City Hall where shuttle service will be available at 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, and 2 with corresponding return shuttles after the event. For forms and reservations, call Leslie Scott 232-4597. Cost is $10 a person.

Boy Scout Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser will take place Sunday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Have breakfast with the Boy Scout Troop #457 at Mercer Island Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 4400 86th Ave. S.E. A menu of pancakes, sliced ham, fruit salad, juice, coffee and tea is prepared and served by the Boy Scouts themselves. Proceeds benefit Troop members for upcoming summer camp and provide funding to replace worn-out equipment. Tickets are available now from Troop members and they will be selling tickets soon at various locations around the Island. Prices are $15 for a family, $5 for an individual, and $3 for senior citizens. Please contact parent coordinator 230-9634 for more information and tickets.

MIHS Baseball Team Annual car wash is Sunday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until noon. Come get your car washed and help support the Mercer Island High School Baseball teams. The funds will be used to help purchase uniforms and other needed supplies. Contact Mark Scalzo MIHS Baseball Booster Club, 232-7509.

Dr. Suniya Luthar presentation on April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Mercer Island High School auditorium. As a follow-up to “The Culture of Affluence: Psychological Costs of Material Wealth for Our Youth,” she will present findings from research she conducted last fall at Mercer Island schools. For questions regarding this community event, please contact Suzanne Tedesko, Communities That Care Coordinator at 236-3525, suzanne.tedesko@mercergov.org.

Island Children’s Choir auditions will take place April 28 and May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mercer Island Covenant Church. All children currently in third through fifth grade are invited to audition. No appointment necessary and nothing needs to be prepared. For more information contact Marsha Woener at 232-8007 or islandsound@comcast.net.

Spring paperback book sale will be held at the Mercer Island Library on Friday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a silent auction with winners announced April 29. For more information call 236-3537.

Island Books Second Saturday Music and Story Time: Gather for storytelling and musical events at Island Books. Events are free, and are recommended for ages 3 and up. May 12: Nancy Stewart — Sing Along! June 9: Recess Monkeys — School’s Out Jam! Island Books is located at 3014 78th Avenue S.E., call 232-6930 for more information.

Lively Saints luncheon program is May 15 at noon. All who are 50-year-old and up are invited to “Lovin' the Lord's Little Lambs.” The cost is $6 for sign-ups by May 11 and $7 thereafter. Located at Mercer Island Covenant Church, 3200 78th Ave. S.E. Call (425) 392-4655 or e-mail jeannehenning@msn.com.

MEOW benefit is Sunday May 20 at CCMV. “Fine Wines and Felines Too,” a wine tasting and silent auction benefiting MEOW, a nonprofit cat rescue organization that promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals. There will be more than 300 unique items to bid on, including vacations, art, jewelry, crafts, spa services, local museum passes and much more! Admission is free; wine tasting is $15 per person. For more information, please visit www.meowcatrescue.org.

Community Yogathon Benefit will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at CCMV. It will include a variety of class styles taught by local instructors. Fees will be donated to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. All levels of experience are welcome, but classes will be taught with the beginner in mind. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or beach towel, water and a light lunch. For questions, call 236-3525. There is a minimum donation of $20 at the door.

Kindergarten registration continues through April at all elementary schools.

Mercer Island Thrift Shop needs volunteers of all ages for sorting, pricing and displaying donated items. Training is under way for evening and Saturday cashier and customer service positions. Call Suzanne Philen at 236-3454 for an interview.

Clubs

Mercer Island Preschool Association circus art party is Wednesday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Mercer gym. Come make posters for the annual circus fair. MIPA Circus is coming — the annual event will be from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. Everyone is invited. Admission is free, and tickets for games are $.50 each. Most games cost one ticket. Kids can earn prizes by simply enjoying the games.

Mercer Island Women’s Club newcomers event on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. — “Ladies Night Out.” Please RSVP to Fiona Skelly at 275-3342 or Debbie Constantine at 232-6677. Club Luncheon will take place Tuesday, May 8. Social time begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. The speaker will be Peter Boal, artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. At Overlake Golf and Country Club, 8000 N.E. 16th St. Medina. Please contact Joyce Ford at (425) 453-3159 or Janet Hornbecker at 230-8384 for information and reservations before Monday, April 30.

All Island Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. April 26, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson; May 31, “The Highest Tide” by Jim Lynch.

Grief and Loss Support Group is a support group for senior adult widowed men and women who have lost a spouse or partner meets this month on April 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Group meets at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 S.E. 24th Street. If you would like to join, please call Betsy Zuber at 236-3525. It is free.

Senior Foundation of Mercer Island: Entertainment 2007 books are on sell for $30 each. They are available at: The Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, 7605 S.E. 27th St.; Mercer Island Thrift Shop, 7710 S.E. 34th St.; and Hair It Is!, 7420 S.E. 24th St. Proceeds go to Senior Foundation of Mercer Island. Contact Alanna Burdell at 236-7668 or 232-0997.

Probus Club of Mercer Island meets Wednesday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. The speaker, Dr. Terry Bergeson, Washington state superintendent of public instruction, will discuss her views and goals for public school education in the state and how the WASL supports their achievement. The public is welcome. For information, e-mail probobus@comcast.net.

Mercer Island Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m., the first Monday of each month at: Market House Deli & Catering, 7525 SE 24th St. Island Corporate Center Suite #100. Come for an informative discussion on community affairs and enjoy lunch of your choice. Virginia Hale will provide additional information 930-1564.

Classes/Schools

Youth Theatre Northwest registration is underway for spring classes for children and teens, ages 3 to 18. Call 232-4145 or go to www.youththeatre.org to register online and for more information or to buy tickets for the theatre’s latest production, “King Arthur.”

Computer classes are on-going at the Community Center at Mercer View. Learn Tech basics and computer maintenance and security. All donations will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. A $20 donation per class is suggested. Contact 512-825-7549 or crazycrystal@gmail.com to reserve a space.

Little Acorn Sprouts Toddlers program for 1- to 2-year-olds has part-time and full-time openings. Call 232-0940 or e-mail Denisepaquette@msn.com for more information.

Mary Wayte Pool: For schedules and information on upcoming classes and events at the pool see the new City Parks and Recreation Spring Catalog.

  • April Pools Day is Monday, April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Join in on this annual day of education and water safety that is fun for the whole family. Everyone who walks through the door for this free event will be entered to win a Mustang life jacket and a free session of swim lessons.

  • Adapted aquatic lessons for children and adults with special needs are now being offered. Instructors are trained through the Children’s Hospital Adapted Aquatics program. Lessons are one-on-one for optimal individualization. Cost is $9 per lesson. Call 296-4370 for more information.

    Library

    The following events take place at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., unless otherwise noted. Please call 236-3537 for more information.

    Shakespeare’s 443rd birthday is Saturday, April 21 at the Mercer Island Library. At 11 a.m. there will be a showing of classic cartoons; 11:30 a.m. cake and ice cream; noon, a renaissance magician (Tony Comito) will perform; 1 p.m. film showing of “Merchant of Venice” starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons with commentary by Lance Rhoades.

    Opera preview is May 2 at 7 p.m. Join Opera expert, Norm Hollingshead, for an engaging lecture on Puccini's “La Boheme.” Held in the large community room to the left of the lobby. Free.

    Great Singers: George Gershwin Part I is Monday, May 7 at 6:45 p.m. Join music enthusiast and educator, Norm Hollingshead, for an engaging three-part lecture on the life and work of George Gershwin. The lectures take place at the Mercer Island Library in the large community room on the left side of the lobby. Free.

    Teen Zone is Mondays at 1:30

    Teen Academic Mentors are available from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. for children in second through eighth grade. Stop by for some casual homework help. High school students are available in nearly every subject.

    Teen Advisory Board is at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Voice opinions on materials, services and programs the library should provide for teens. Earn one volunteer credit hour.

    Teen Anime and Manga Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.

    Toddler story time is Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. Ages 2 to 3 are welcome with caregiver. How does your garden grow? Stories, songs and activities about gardening. Plant a little seed, too! Registration required.

    Preschool story time is Tuesday May 1 at 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5 are welcome with caregiver. Gardening fun! Stories, music and activities. Start your own garden! Registration required.

    SCORE Counseling for business owners is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noon the third Thursday of each month. Call to register.

    Boys & Girls Club

    Unless noted, all events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way. Register online at www.mipositiveplace.org or call 232-4548.

    Summer camp registration is now underway. Check out www.mipositiveplace.org for weekly day camps for all ages between 5 and 14 — Island Adventures for 5 to 9-year-olds; Adventure Camp for 10- and 11-year-olds; and Teen Camp for middle school students. All camps include well-trained and positive leadership, many diverse weekly themes, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, snack and an opportunity to make new friends! Adventure and Teen Camps include daily field trips, and overnight trips.

    Lego Building from 5 to 6 p.m. on April 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 14, 21. For ages 6 through 10. Self-paced course designed for builders using LEGO System, Technic, Znap, Bionicle, and more. Get exposure to working on miniatures, mechanics, mosaics, and beginning sculpture. Instructor Dan Parker is a LEGO Certified Professional. Materials provided. Cost is $55. Contact 232-4548 for more information.

    Smart Girls for third- through fifth-grade girls is from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Session 2: May 3, 11 and 12, sleep-over. Session 3: May 17, 24, 31 and June 7 and 14. Fee is $15.

    Guitar basics for 11-year-olds and under, from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturdays, through May 19. Bring half or three-quarter size acoustic guitar. Books provided. Maximum five students. Fee is $210.

    Teen guitar for 12-year-olds and up, from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturdays, through May 19. Bring an acoustic guitar and a small amplifier. Books provided. Fee is $230.

    Teen Scene after school for middle school students, is from 3 to 6 p.m. Register on line. The cost is $75 per month per person.

    Teens: Need a place to hang out on Saturdays? Visit the Boys & Girls Club. The cost is only $3. Open gym, movies, XBOX, Internet, karaoke, and open mic nights. Play foosball, Ping-Pong or pool. Free pizza and soda. Sponsored by Sahara. Call Nate at 232-4548.

    Preschool Rainy Day Gym, indoor playground for pre-schoolers accompanied by parents, is from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Trikes, scooters, balls, and climbing equipment provided.

    Preschool Messy Arts & Crafts, stuff you won’t do at home is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. April 24: Make flower gardens. The cost is $5 per session. Call 232-4548 to reserve or drop-in. Limited to 10 parent/child.

    Parks & Recreation

    Call 236-3545, or register online at www.myparksandrecreation.com to receive a catalog of the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department events.

    All events are held at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St. unless otherwise specified.

    Boating classes and programs registration is now underway. Visit www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/Mtbaker.htm for more information and to register.

    Thai Cooking Class on Wednesday, April 18 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost is $51.

    Beginning Guitar for Adults is on Mondays April 16 - June 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $141.

    Improv Acting for Adults is on Tuesdays April 17 through June 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $451.

    Young Actors Improv for ages 9 through 12. Classes held on Tuesdays April 17 through June 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $451.

    Beginning Guitar for Youth ages 7 through 11. Classes held on Mondays April 16 through June 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $76.

    Video Gamemaker for ages 9 through 10. Classes held on Thursdays April 19 through June 7 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Cost is $146. For ages 11 through 14, classes held on Thursdays April 19 through June 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $146.

    Sogetsu school of Ikebana Japanese flower arrangement classes are at 10 a.m. every Friday beginning March 23. Contact Shirley at (425) 558-0889.

    Bridge lessons are at 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $63 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Aidee Pokroy. Call 236-3545 for more information.

    Caregiver’s support group is Thursday, April 19 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Slater Room.

    Parkinson’s disease caregiver’s support group is Thursday, April 12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Health Room.

    Adult children of loved ones with Parkinson’s disease, support group meets Monday, April 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Board Room.

    Investing workshop, “Everything You Need to Know About Investing You Learned in Kindergarten” is Monday, April 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Luther Room.

    Seniors

    Niner’s 9-hole senior golf program, Mondays, April 2 through Oct. 22. Call 236-3545 to register.

    Solemates: Four miles of walk and talk followed by a stop at a coffee shop. From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Meet in the lobby at the CCMV. The fee is $2 per person, per walk.

    Low-vision support group is Thursday, April 26 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Meeting will take place at the Community Center at Mercer View in the Calkins room.

    Grocery shopping transportation: Pick up every Wednesday at your home, take you to one grocery store and a quick errand on the Island. Will carry your groceries into the house. Call 236-3456 and leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. The cost is $1 round trip.

    Senior lunch program is Tuesdays and Thursdays. Served in the Covenant Shores dining room. Transportation provided from CCMV. Call us if you need a ride from home. Call 236-6845 to register. The cost is $4.25.

    Senior Adult Newsletter mailing list. Contact 236-3545 if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

    JCC

    Unless noted, all events take place at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. For more information, call 232-7115.

    Junior Sports skills on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for 4- to 5-year-olds.

    Mighty Movers I for 1- to 3-year-olds on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Mighty Movers II for 4-year-olds on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Tot Shabbat is on Fridays from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. April 20 through June 8. Children up to 3-years-old are welcome.

    Needle point and knitting class is on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. April 17 through May 16. Second- through fifth-graders are welcome.

    Pottery with Adrien is on Tuesdays 4:15 to 5:15 April 17 through May 15. Kindergarten through fifth-graders are welcome.

    Pilates classes are on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:$5 to 10:45 a.m., and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m.

    JCC Seniors:

    All senior social programs will be held in the auditorium.

    Seniors making art: Free collage art class is Thursdays, April 19 to June 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will be provided with all materials and absolutely no artistic experience is necessary. Class is limited to 15 participants. Please register at 232-7115 ext. 269.

    Mah Jongg ongoing from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Please bring a Mah Jongg set if possible. Free for members. $2 for non-members.

    Bridge games: will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of each month. Free for JCC members, $2 for non-members.

    Sunday matinee movies: Are from 2 to 4 p.m. Call extension 269 for information. Preregistration is required.

    Ongoing programs, Mondays and Thursdays:

  • Senior chair exercises is from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays free for Basic members.

  • Silver Sneakers Cardio is from 11 to 11:45 a.m. offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Religion

    Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Adult Class, “A Hidden Wholeness, the Journey Toward an Undivided Life” by Parker Palmer takes place Sundays at 9 a.m. Tuesdays will feature Living the Questions Video Series at 7 p.m. LOGOS is on Wednesdays after school until 6:45 p.m. Youth group grades six through nine is on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Bible Study group is on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. The church is located at 4545 Island Crest Way. Call 232-7800 or visit www.ucc-ccmi.org.

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Sacrament meeting is at 9 a.m. Sunday School is at 10:10 a.m. and Priesthood, Relief Society and Young Women meet at 11:10 a.m. Church is located at 4001 Island Crest Way. Call 236-2957 for more information.

    Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday services: 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II, Church School and nursery care; 11:30 a.m. children’s choir. 5 p.m. A new Contemporary service with guitar and piano, storytelling, and Holy Eucharist in the Chapel. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Healing service. The church is located at S.E. 44th Street and 86th Avenue S.E.. Contact: 232-1572 or e-mail mail@emmanuelmi.org

    First Church of Christ, Scientist: Church Services and Sunday school are held at 10 a.m., Wednesday evening meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Child care is available at all services and meetings. The community is welcome. The Reading Room, a place for individual worship and prayer, as well as study, and research is open to everyone on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7605 S.E. 27th St. Call 232-0175 for more information, or e-mail fccsmi@attglobal.net. The church is at Island Crest Way at S.E. 47th Street.

    Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: Services Friday at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Services Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Daily Minyan 7 a.m. and Sunday through Friday Minyan at 9 a.m. FirstFridays at HNT for young adults is at 7:30 p.m. The synagogue is at 3700 E. Mercer Way.

    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Regular Sunday Services are at 8 and 10:15 a.m. The new Contemporary Service is at 5 p.m. and offers a different music style and an informal atmosphere. Sunday School is at 9 a.m., except for holidays or MI School vacations. Midweek Bible Study is on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Men's Bible Study is on the first and third Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. April 22 and 29, Adult Forums with Mark Houglum will take place. The church is located at 8501 S.E. 40th St.

    Mercer Island Covenant Church: Sunday services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 a.m. High School Youth Group meets Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Middle School Youth Group meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Community Dinner is on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. Men’s Prayer Group meets on Wednesdays at 6:15 a.m. Women’s Prayer Ministry meets on Thursdays at 8 a.m. Women’s Oasis Study Groups are Thursdays at 9:15. April 19 at 7 p.m., there will be a special seminar, “Helping Children Connect with God,” featuring Steve Berger. Tickets are $5. Friday, April 20, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is meeting at 9:15 a.m. For additional information call 232-1015, ext. 100 or check our Web site, www.micc.org. The church is located at 3200 78th Ave. S.E.

    Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship at 8:15, 10:35 a.m. and 5 p.m. On April 27, 7:30 p.m.: Organ Concert featuring Erik Floan, Directory of Worship, Music & Arts at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Bellevue. April 28 is the Habitat for Humanity work party, meet at MIPC at 8 a.m. Work on Snoqualmie Ridge site and return by 5 p.m., contact Sally Garrett for more information 206-236-0954 or sally.garrett@gmail.com. May 17-20 is Men’s Weekend in Malibu, BC, contact Dale Sewall at 206-232-5596, ext. 202 or dales@mipc.org. For general information contact Ruth Ann Biggers at 232-5596, ext. 203 or ruthannb@mipc.org. or Dale Sewall at dales@mipc.org. The church is at 3605 84th Ave. S.E.

    Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. All are welcome. The church is at 7070 S.E. 24th St.

    New Hope International Church: Services at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays. The speaker is Dr. Peter Wyns. A prayer session for those who need healing in their family is available. The church is located at 170 S.E. 64th St. Call 275-1042, ext. 3 or www.newhic.org.

    Redeemer Lutheran Church: Worship and Kid’s Church services are at 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study is at 11 a.m. The church is located at 6001 Island Crest Way. Contact Pastor Bill Clements at 232-1711.

    St. Monica Catholic Church: Daily Masses: Monday through Friday 6:05 and 8 a.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. Weekend Masses: Saturday Vigil at 5 p.m., Sunday, 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary and Benediction at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Moms’ Group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Juliana Stachurski at 275-9706 or Michelle Klecan at 425-373-1237. Rosary makers meet from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. in Rectory room. Church office phone number is 232-2900. Pastor is Father Dennis Kemp. The church is at 4301 88th Ave. S.E.

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