Below we have highlighted our Momecast™ – a mom’s forecast of what to do and where to go across Connecticut for the next 7 days; except for Hartford County – click here for Hartford happenings! Kids have off of school on Monday but don’t worry we have plenty of options if you are stuck at home. Get out and celebrate the Holiday!
Monday, January 18 – Saturday, January 23:
Taste of Middlesex County The inaugural restaurant week is designed to highlight the numerous and diverse dining experiences within the greater Middlesex region. Taste of Middlesex County will feature a fixed price three-course meal for just $20.16, (does not include beverages, tax or gratuity). Click here for a list of restaurants.
Monday, January 18:
Happy Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
9am – 1pm: Nuts Over Squirrels This is Thursday is Squirrel Appreciation Day! Learn all about our furry friends who stay active all winter long! We’ll become squirrel detectives and head outside to see how many squirrels we can spot. We’ll play games, make a craft, and learn everything there is to know about these often misunderstood animals. Dress for the weather. Bring a bagged lunch. Ages 5-12. $30 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.
9:30 – 11am: Early Childhood Education: Chickadees Explore the DPNC with your little one in our classic parent and child class. Activities, circle time, and time outside bring nature to life for your child! Ages 2-5, with a caregiver. Led by Marianne Goddard. $10 per non-member. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.
9am – 3pm: Martin Luther King Vacation Workshop Kids in grades kindergarten through 5th are invited to come to Flanders to experience “ A Flanders Adventure” where they will spend the day discovering the many ways animals adapt to winter. Dress for the weather because we will be taking a hike to find tracks to see who is active in the snow. Who will we find!? This will be a fun filled day packed with exploring the great outdoors, and age appropriate stories, games and crafts. $45 non-members. The Trail House, Flanders.
9am – 3pm: Vacation Program We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rhetoric that condemns whole cultures is reckless. It creates divisions and enemies. Martin Luther King argued that we can build peace and security only when we work to understand the beliefs and dreams of those we perceive as different from us. This Martin Luther King Day, explore the art and history of Islam. Construct a Dhow, a triangular sailed scow that explored and traded from the Red Sea to the South China Sea centuries before European navigators arrived. Build a Whirling Dervish a dancer who finds peace in meditative spinning from the Sufi tradition. Finally, join students who are new to New Haven, (sponsored by IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Service) and students from Dwight Hall at Yale, to work on a mosaic in interlaced geometric patterns built round a calligraphic interpretation of the word Haven. This distinctive tiling appeared in Islamic art and architecture seven centuries ago. This is not a workshop of doctrines. It is an opportunity to create art in new forms and to make new connections. Designed for ages 6 to 14. $65 for non-members. Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden.
9am – 4pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Join us as we honor the civil rights leaders’ life and achievements by offering $5 admission for all guests. Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport.
9am – 4pm: Martin Luther King Day Vacation Program A variety of creative, fun, stimulating activities in a friendly atmosphere. Swimming, crafts, outdoor play and more. $68 non-member. Before 7-9am and after care from 4-6pm is available. Kosher morning and afternoon snack provided. JCC of Greater New Haven, Woodbridge.
10am – 1pm: Kids Can Cook a Culinary Rainbow Join Nancy Stuart, Silo Director of Youth and Family Programming as you “cook by color” learning skills, techniques and having fun at the same time. $45 per child. Ages 6-9. Kindly let us know in advance of any food allergies. The Silo Cooking School at Hunt Hill Farm, New Milford.
10am – 2pm: Martin Luther King Day – Peace, Love and Understanding Westport Historical Society will celebrate Peace, Love & Understanding on Martin Luther King Day with a program for children ages 6-11. This happening will include baking, yoga and crafts. Make love beads, peace sign wreaths and folk art hearts. Learn about civil rights from Jeff Miller, formerly of the Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division. $55 for non-members. Bring lunch. Snack provided. Westport Historical Society, Westport.
10am – 4pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Day Fun, family activities for all ages and performances by Bright Star Theatre Company. Performances and activities are free with Museum admission and no registration is required. However, limited space Is available. Free tickets for each performance will be available upon entry on January 18. Museum doors open at 10 am, please get a ticket for each person when you arrive. Seating for the performance begins 10 minutes before each show. 11am George Washington Carver and Friends (best for ages 3-8). 1pm Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King (best for ages 8 and up). Bruce Museum, Greenwich.
10am – 4pm: 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice The Yale Peabody Museum will open its doors once again in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people. The weekend’s activities will include world-class performances and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Click here for a schedule of events. The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, New Haven.
10am – 4pm: Martin Luther King Day KidsPlay will be open on Martin Luther King Day. Join us for a special make-and-take project at 11 am in our Event Room and enjoy everything the museum has to offer. KidsPlay, Torrington.
10am – 5pm: Open for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Join us at 11am for a special celebration. Be moved by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the big screen then create your own dream mobile listing your hopes for yourself, your family, your school, your community and your world. Don’t forget to dream big! Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk.
10am – 5pm: Open Play at EverWonder School’s out? Looking for something to do on Martin Luther King Day? EverWonder will be open today! EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.
3pm: Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Join members of the Westport community & beyond as we commemorate the life & work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This poignant and engaging afternoon will include choral music by the Serendipity Chorale & the Staples High School Orphenians, a dramatic presentation of Dr. King’s words by students from the Regional Center for the Arts, and a keynote address by Professor Marilyn Ford of Quinnipiac University. No RSVP required. Childcare activities will be available. Free and Open to the Public! Westport Country Playhouse, Westport.
Tuesday, January 19:
4 – 5pm: PJ Library on The Road Join PJ Library and LJ from the JCC on the road for a free interactive story time and hands on activities that the whole family will enjoy! These activities are fun for all ages! RSVP. Barnes & Noble, North Haven.
6 – 7:30pm: Wine Glass Painting Class Learn the art of painting on glass while designing a wine glass with the help of talented Art Truck staff. We provide everything needed so you can enjoy a fun, creative evening with friends! Wines tastings and dinner will be available (additional fee). $25 per person. Chamard Vineyards, Clinton.
7pm: Israel and the Boycott Movement: Trends, Challenges & Opportunities on College Campuses Since its inception in 2005, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement held nothing back in its mission of boycotting, divesting and imposing international sanctions on Israel. Initially founded by a Palestinian organization, BDS has since become a global phenomenon, with branches in European parliaments and US college campuses. What are they asking for? Who are the people behind it? What is the Israeli response? What can we do to make a change? This evening is highly recommended for juniors and seniors in high school, college students and parents. All are welcome. Free of charge. Stamford JCC, Stamford.
7:15 – 8:30pm: Intro to Yoga Have you been curious to try a yoga class but felt a bit intimidated to jump into a class? Do you think you’re too inflexible or type A to be able to make it through a class? Well, here is your chance to give it a try in a room full of people just like you! In this class we will work together and learn some beginning poses, breathing techniques and even enjoy the stillness of true relaxation at the end. All body types and personalities are welcome! This workshop will be 75 minutes long. The cost is $25. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.
Tuesday, January 19 – Sunday, January 24:
Tuesday – Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 2pm: The Lion Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually, six guitars—in The Lion, a wholly original musical experience of one man’s gripping coming-of-age story. The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on his heartfelt journey to manhood, discovering redemption through the power of music. His surprising story is about courage. His songs are how he finds it. Much like its hero, The Lion mixes power and beauty in a one of a kind experience. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven.
Wednesday, January 20:
10am – 5pm: Art Lab: Shaving Cream Marbling Come create beautiful works of art with two unlikely ingredients: shaving cream and food coloring. No marbles required! Fun Fact: Marbling is the process of staining in imitation of marble stone. Included with the cost of admission. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.
1:30 – 2:45pm: Book Club As our studio family continues to grow, we would like to start a group to take on subjects that bring meaning and connection to our lives. We plan to meet monthly at the studio to share our thoughts and opinions of the reading for that month. Our January book will be: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.
7 – 8:30pm: Intro to Essential Oils Join us to find out how nature’s solutions can help you naturally combat stress and sleep issues, increase your energy and vitality, improve your immune system, support your digestion, respiratory and muscular health, all while protecting and restoring ourselves with the power of plants through doTERRA essential oils. This workshop is offered at no cost. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.
7:30pm: Healthy Marriage, Healthy Family Lecture Elissa Stein, a local psychotherapist, will lead a discussion on Healthy Marriage, Healthy Family: Staying Connected to Your Spouse Amidst the Chaos of Raising Kids. Keep the passion alive in your marriage. Strengthen the meaningful connection with your spouse. Create boundaries around your marriage, your children and your extended family. Learn how to avoid a stressful and chaotic environment that can damage your health and marriage. $12 per person. Stamford JCC, Stamford.
Thursday, January 21:
1:30pm and 7:30pm: Adventure Series — Stories of a Rescue Swimmer Randall J. Rice, Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cape Cod was awarded The Association for Rescue at Sea Gold Medal in 2012 for his heroic life-saving actions in May 2011. In response to a distress call, Rice and his crew conducted a search to locate a vessel in the tossing 20-30 foot waves 150 nautical miles southeast of Cape Cod. Rice will share this experience, as well as stories of his service in Canada, Guam, Atlantic City, and Long Island. Non-members: $20, Students: free. Latitude 41º Restaurant., Mystic.
6:30 – 8pm: Wine Glass Painting Class Anxious to discover which Arrigoni wine is your favorite? We have 14 different wines plus two frozen wine slushies (Blackberry Sangria and Mango Madness) to choose from. Arrigoni’s five-wine tasting special lets you sample our most popular reds and whites. As you sip the wines at a relaxed pace, your wine hostess will explain the grape varietal or varieties that went into each wine you enjoy tasting. Try 5 wines and receive an Arrigoni wine glass. When you are done, join us for a wine glass painting in the seating area. $35 per person. Arrigoni Winery, Portland.
Friday, January 22:
10am: Naturalist Hike The cold winters of New England can be hard on us even with the heated houses we have to keep us warm. Our wildlife is not as lucky as we are. Come and learn the ways that the area wildlife have of coping with the ice and snow. Join naturalist Edward Boisits as we hike the VanVleck property and discuss the critters that call it home. This will be about a two hour walk and appropriate for all skill levels. Dress appropriately for the weather, we want everyone to stay warm and dry. Free but donations are always welcome. Register online. Meet at the parking Lot corner of Church Hill and Flanders Road.
10am – 2pm: Ranger Nate at EverWonder Calling all scientists! Come visit and explore different animal furs with our favorite animal expert. Included with the cost of admission. EverWonder Children’s Museum, Newtown.
11 – 11:45am: Preschool Puppet Making KidsPlay welcomes drama and puppetry expert Sue Pantely to help your preschooler design and construct sock puppets with unique materials and shapes. Once the puppets are put together, your child will have the chance to give them a voice and personality through role play. Sue Pantely studied puppetry at the University of Connecticut and gave performances in schools across Northwest Connecticut with LARC’s Kids on the Block program. KidsPlay, Torrington.
4 – 5pm: Early Childhood Education: Fireside Stories End your week relaxing by the fire with your family. We’ll have stories, rhymes and songs and the magic of a crackling fire! For families with children up to 6 years old. $5 per person. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.
6 – 7:30pm: Outdoor Adventures: Nocturnal in Nature Explore the world of nature at night while learning about the adaptations of nocturnal animals and then become one yourself! Meet some live nocturnal creatures and then head outside. Look for the almost-full moon, discover how night vision works, and even make a spark in the dark. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Non-members: $8. Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford.
6:30 – 8pm: Winter Moonlight Walk Hike to Mead Lake, observe moonlit woods and lakeshore, and listen for ice shifting, owls, coyotes, and other wild animals. Dress warmly with soft (quiet) outer layers. Ages 7 and up. RSVP. $5 per person. Audubon Greenwich, Greenwich.
7pm: Ladies Night Out It’s a night for the Ladies at the Kate courtesy of Old Saybrook High School Safe Grad Night. Expect to be pampered as you browse a selection of goods and services exclusively for women. Sip a glass of wine and sample savory treats as you sample a cornucopia of delights from massage and paraffin treatments to jewelry and clothes. All proceeds benefit Old Saybrook High School Safe Grad Night. Women 21 and over. The Kate, Old Saybrook.
7:30pm: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Tickets $38-56. Garde Arts Center, New London.
8pm: Mummenschanz Before the Blue Man Group there was Mummenschanz. In their surreal and comic world of fantasy, common materials of everyday life, such as carton, fabric, foam rubber, balloons, and rolls of toilet paper, spring to life as fantastical characters. It’s a wonder-filled, visually stunning spectacle that sparks the imagination, enchanting audiences of all ages. Seen by millions in more than 60 countries, the highly skilled ensemble of mimes and puppeteers brings their cast of weird and wonderful creatures to life through the inventive use of lighting, props, masks, and motion. Characters are manipulated in wordless vignettes that transcend nationality, language, and culture barriers, offering timeless and deeply poignant insights on the human condition. Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs.
Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24:
Baseball Winter Weekend With AAA-Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters and exclusive retailers, Foxwoods is one of the premier hotel, shopping, and entertainment destinations in the Northeast. Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Mashantucket.
Saturday, January 23:
8am: Winter Walk Rise and shine! This early winter walk to the Little Pond Boardwalk (3.5 miles) will get your juices flowing! If it doesn’t, the coffee and comestibles Gerri will offer beforehand should do the trick! Dress for the weather! Free but donations are accepted. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield.
10 – 11am: Creativity through Construction Led by longtime center volunteer and educator, Kathleen Hart, children will be explore the fun and imagination that comes with architecture and construction. Activities will be oriented around bridges, tunnels, and other building structures. This is a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment program. Must sign up for all three lessons. Pre-registration required and limited to 10. Cost: Non-members $40 per child. Ages 7 and up. Reoccurs on 2/27 and 3/26. Center at Pomfret, Pomfret Center.
10am – 12pm: Winter Hike to Judge’s Cave Enjoy a hike from the West Rock Nature Center to Judge’s Cave in West Rock Ridge State Park. Ages: 10and up. Children ages 10 – 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. West Rock Nature Center, New Haven.
10am – 1pm: Winter Hike Enjoy a hike on part of the Blue Trail (Regicides Trail) in West Rock Ridge State Park. Ages: 10 and up. Children ages 10 – 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Cost: $5. West Rock Nature Center, New Haven.
10am – 4:50pm: Family Game Days This January, get your game on! Explore all of your favorite exhibits and compete with family and friends with supersized games. Turn yourself into a human pretzel during a round of Get Knotted and watch out for tumbling blocks when playing Giant Tower. Try to get one, two, three, four in a row before your opponent or construct your own aquarium out of huge building blocks. We even have jumbo Snakes and Ladders for the younger Aquarium guests to join in the fun. Included with the cost of general admission. Runs until Saturday, January 30th. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.
11am – 2pm: Tailgating In Your Kitchen Create Super Bowl favorites designed with a modern twist. From the flip of the coin to the last quarter you’ll cook up and graze on the ultimate Super Bowl fare guaranteed to rival the half time entertainment Extra points are given for this menu as it scores BIG in flavor without the replay of Dietrich guilt. Snowdate: Sunday, January 24, 1-4pm. Full Participation Price $75. The Silo Cooking School at Hunt Hill Farm, New Milford.
1pm: Bald Eagle Program The Bald Eagle is our national symbol, and the subject of strong conservation efforts in Connecticut. As their numbers here are increasing, how much do you know about the Bald Eagle? Join Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Master Wildlife Conservationist Peggy Zabawar to learn more about the Bald Eagle’s size, history, what it eats and how it lives, the banding efforts here in CT and nationally as well as ‘Bald Eagle etiquette’. $20 for nonmembers. Register online. Flanders Nature Center Studio, Flanders.
12:30 – 1:30pm: Tummy Time Bring your baby and join Occupational Therapist Amanda Michel as she breaks down the developmental importance and significance of “tummy time”. This 60 minute workshop will be chock full of information and ideas. Cost: $25. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.
2pm: Illustrate Aesop’s Fables Did the fox get the grapes? Make a big book of Aesop’s Fables, and find out! Children’s book illustrator, Ranger Amie Ziner, will guide you through illustrating a series of 6 stories, using the Nature Center’s real animal specimens. Easy step-by-step instruction will help you create 6 acrylic paintings, featuring animals, nature, and a lesson in each story! Attend all 6 classes to complete the book, or just one class for a single fable. Appropriate for people with some painting experience, ages 10 to adult, who are able to follow the instruction with some supervision. At the end of each 2-hour class you will have a page for your book, including the text of the story. The story for Week 2 is “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Materials Fee: Individual lessons $20 each. The fee includes: acrylic paint, an acrylic painting board, two brushes, a water container, paper towels, and a pencil. Reoccurs on February 6 and 20 and March 12 and 26. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.
2 – 4:30pm: Becoming a Babysitter Babysitting can be a teens first job but it is also one of the most important! This class will teach the basics of safety for staying home alone or becoming a babysitter for siblings or other families. Tips on how to prevent emergencies and stay safe while having fun as well as the basics when an accident does occur. Basic first aid skills will be covered for many common childhood injuries. Fee: $35. Firefly Family Yoga, Ridgefield.
5 – 6pm: Full Moon Hike Walks take place even on overcast nights, and are suitable for adults and older, interested children. Steady rain cancels. Free. Coogan Farm; John E. Avery Welcome Center, Mystic.
Saturday, January 23 – Sunday, January 24:
12pm: Jungle Book It’s a rock and roll party in the middle of the jungle with all your favorite party animals! A young orphan named Mowgli has been raised by animals his whole life, but the jungle is no longer safe for him and it is time for him to make his way back to his village. With the help of some unconventional friends Mowgli soon learns the true meaning of home and family. Our Children’s Theatre shows approximately run 75-80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission. Runs until February 14. Adults $23, Children $19. Downtown Cabaret Theatre Company, Bridgeport.
Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Winter Vocal Festival Enjoy the talent of Choate’s vocal students in this wonderful festival of song. This event is free and open to the public. Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford.
Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm: Ragtime the Musical At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible. Ragtime returns to the road in an all-new touring production directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and produced by the team that most recently brought you The Addams Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages and The Color Purple. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – as all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be.
Sunday, January 24:
10am – 4:50pm: Trainer Days This January, bring your most riveting marine animal questions to Mystic Aquarium’s Trainer Days. Every Sunday starting January 10, get to know some of the extraordinary trainers who care for our belugas, penguins, seals, sea lions, sharks, alligators and more! Meet a different trainer every half-hour between 10:30am and 2:30pm in front of the underwater viewing windows of the Foxwoods Marine Theater right on the main floor. Guests will learn what each Aquarium trainer’s daily schedule looks like – from food prep to hands-on enrichment opportunities and even routine medical exams – our trainers do it all. Find out what it takes to work as an animal trainer and understand how their dedicated work with the animals at Mystic Aquarium impacts other animal populations locally and globally. Who knows, you may even enjoy a special guest or demonstration! Runs until Sunday, January 31. Included with the cost of general admission. Mystic Aquarium, Mystic.
1pm: Natural Lip Balms Soothe your lips with your own homemade lip balm! Join Ranger Dawn and learn how to make lip balm with natural ingredients such as beeswax and essential oils in this easy and fun workshop. Take home several samples! Materials Fee: $10. Please register; space is limited. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia.
1 – 2:30pm: 70th Year Celebration We are celebrating our 70th year of environmental education! Join us as we revisit some of the trails that helped start it all. Over the course of the year, we will visit the trails at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center & Coogan Farm, as well as the properties that we have helped preserve – Barn Island, and manage – the Manatuck Preserve, the Peace Sanctuary. See and enjoy the beauty of land preservation in person as we explore the new greenway between the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and our new Natural and Heritage Center at the Coogan Farm. Explore the natural and historical landmarks of properties that comprised the earliest homesteads in Mystic, forested trails, open meadows, transitional habitats, stone walls and cedar groves. Moderate hike over varied terrain. Bring a water bottle and sturdy walking shoes. Free. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic.
1 – 4pm: Stories for the Very Young featuring Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Is Your Mama a Llama?; Rosie’s Walk Storytelling with Marcelle Soviero, Editor in Chief of Brain Child Magazine 1-2pm. Ages 2-4. Weston Historical Society, Weston.
2pm: Storytime With Spot! Join us in welcoming everyone’s favorite curious pup – Spot! We’ll enjoy hearing stories of Spot’s adventures, coloring sheets and a special craft perfect for all preschoolers and toddlers. Don’t forget your camera for photo opportunities with Spot! Barnes & Noble; Danbury Square, Danbury.
2pm and 5pm: Short and Sweet: The Plays of Jim Gordon Tickets: $30-$40. Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk.
2 – 4pm: Science Sunday: You Have Gall! Gall enthusiasts Barbara and Peter Rzasa will pique your curiosity about plant galls and the insects that make them. You’ve probably seen these weird plant cell growths on plants and trees and wondered what they were. Galls are the highly distinctive plant structures formed by gall makers that act as both the habitat and food source for the maker of the galls. Galls are varied in color, size and shape. Learn what causes plant galls and the effect of galls on our vegetation. A collection of galls will be available for viewing. This is an indoor presentation followed by a short walk in Highlawn Forest adjacent to CFPA Headquarters. During our walk we will work together to identify galls and refine our understanding about these unique plant growths. Inclement weather may keep us indoors for a longer talk with an exploration of samples. Dress comfortably and in layers for indoor/outdoor learning. CFPA Headquarters, Meriden.
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