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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee events, shows and live performances.

Women’s Amgen Tour starts here May 8-9

atoc-womens-race750x350The first two stages of the expanded women’s portion of the Amgen CA race will be hosted by South Lake Tahoe, May 8 – 9, 2015. The competition will continue in Sacramento, May 10, 2015, with a third racing stage , the same day as the overall men’s start of the Amgen Tour of California. read more →

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays June 19-Aug 7

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe Culture

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2015 starting on Friday, June 19 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm, June 19 – August 7, excluding July 3, when NTBA hosts the annual July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party in Kings Beach.

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Sugar Pine Plantings April 4-19

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines April 4 through 19, 2015.

Sugar pines and other white pines are plagued by a non-native invasive pathogen. White pine blister rust kills about 90% of sugar pines it infects. Scientists and restoration managers have agreed that the only effective restoration strategy is to identify seed trees resistant to the rust and plant their progeny.

This is exactly what the Sugar Pine Foundation does. And, you can help too.

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Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party April 4

The Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party will be held at the Heavenly Village at Stateline on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm.

Enjoy live music, drinks, silent auction, hanging with the patrolers (and the Avalanche Rescue Dogs), and good times for a good cause.

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Learn to Curl at Ice Arena April 5

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling

Lake Tahoe’s one and only curling club, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC), will host learn-to-curl sessions on Sunday, April 5, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try.  The event is open to the public, and will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen Blvd.

It’s Easter so check before you go.

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The Muscles and Bones of Conscious Dance April 22-May 27

Ann ThennesThe Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold “The Muscles and Bones of Conscious Dance,” a 6 week series on Wednesdays, April 22 thru May 27, 2015, at Mountain Yoga Studio for just $85 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm.

Ann will hold a free class on Wednesday, April 15.

“The intelligence of our bodies not constrained by our conditioning becomes movement medicine – our birth rite.” Emilie Conrad said it best. Amen. And, Ann brings us the space and delivers!

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksCreate art for books, cards or any medium at Bona Fide Books in Meyers. Books in this photo were made by Karen Cutter.

Bona Fide events feature community, peculiarities and a wholesome good time.

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 25

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to 3pm at the Bijou Community Park.

Get ready for juggling, dancing, stilt-walking, and clean fun.  Free admission, and don’t forget to ride your bike!

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2015 South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Check out the free literary and cultural events hosted by the Friends of the Library, that will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Highway 50.

It’s not just a library, it’s becoming the place for kids of all ages to read, learn about the Lake Tahoe environment, make crafts, discuss books with friend, read with dogs, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

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Beacon and Eggs Search Contest at Alpine Meadows April 5

Meet Walter and Clancy, the Alpine Meadows dutiful patrol dogs at the annual Beacon and Eggs beacon search contest.

The combination Easter egg hunt and avalanche beacon search practice session is organized by Alpine’s ski patrol and takes place on Easter Sunday, April 5th.

This fun and free* event raises avalanche awareness and the cute factor, and is a great opportunity to practice search and rescue techniques.

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Annual Billy Dutton Uphill April 12

Each spring hundreds of Nordic skiers, snow shoers, and runners race up the mountain run in the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill, in honor of late local luminary, Billy Dutton.

Sunday, April 12th, marks the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley starting at 8am.

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National Poetry Month at LTCC April 21

pahmeierheadshotPlease join the LTCC Writers’ Series in Celebration of National Poetry Month with poets Gailmarie Pahmeier and Shaun T. Griffin on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aspen Room.

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West African Drumming with Liz Broscoe at LTCC

From ancient times through modern day, it’s one woman’s journey on the drum.

Learn how to play in a drum circle  with Liz Broscoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 18

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2015 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

This all ages, community-sponsored event gives participants an opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints via a diverse array of agency representatives and earth-friendly vendors.  read more →

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Agriculture, Food & Nutrition from Local to Global at TERC April 23

josette_lewisUC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center invites the community to join special guest Dr. Josette Lewis from the UC Davis World Food Center.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. (happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Tahoe Science Center.

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Annual Flow Arts Festival May 16

Tahoe Flow Arts Studio is a community flow space, co-operative rather than competitive.  Bringing compassion and respect to whom we play, dance, and practice yoga with by creating encouragement and support for each other through our personal journey through life of self expression.  We flow together and we inspire one another. 

Flow Arts Festival in Tahoe Vista takes place May 16, 2015.

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Spring Birds of the Sierra April 1

Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends with local birder Jim Woods on April 1, 2015. Woods will show you where to look to find birds in their natural habitats, and will share his knowledge of birds and other local wildlife.

Catch birds in their native habitat, while having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →

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Hoop Drum Workshop May 15-17

Mountain Gypsy Tahoe CultureThe Hoop Drum 3 day Workshop taking place May 15, 16 and 17, 2015, promises to be a wonderful event. Ann and her friend Davis Clay will be teaching this workshop working with the natural earth based traditions.
Soaking of hides with the sacred water from the Upper Truckee (the water that feeds our beautiful lake), creating our hoop drums out in the open air underneath the watchful gaze of Mt Tallac.

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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC May 2

Lola Love of My LifeMoms of all ages are invited to enjoy a free morning of education, inspiration and relaxation on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8am to noon at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Moms rock, especially this amazing woman who worked full time as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years, and raised 6 kids and one husband.  ♥

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Kindred Creative Empowerment Programs

Kindred Creative Empowerment session sacred circleKindred Art and Folk Institute has increased their leadership to provide even more creative educational opportunities for students and families.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, July 22-24 at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Lake Tahoe Dance FestivalThe annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 22-24, 2015 at Gatekeeper’s Museum. The Festival will get underway with a Gala Opening Night Celebration of dinner, a special performance, and a swing dance lesson for all. The following Main Stage performances will include free, educational pre-performance talks. read more →

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Sara SmithToast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations on the First Friday of each month at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

On April 3rd, meet Sara Smith and her latest body of work, “Narrative Evolutions”, that combines her love of strong color and lyrical themes with a return to her roots in drawing and fiber arts!

Riverside Studios art gallery includes a strong collection of artwork from local artists from around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, all hand crafted.

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Sacred Dance Workshops with Ann

Our favorite local dancer, Ann Thennes, aka the Mountain Gypsy is holding two dance workshops to help us open to our Sacred Dance, learning its purpose and place in our lives.

You will be dancing in a sacred, supportive sanctuary. Women from all walks of life gathering together, dancing in this time honored ancient way. read more →

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Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly

Join a US Forest Service ranger for an interpretive tour over the snow at Heavenly Mountain Resort on Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm., February 2 through April 12, 2015, at the Top of the Heavenly Gondola.

The tour explores the natural and cultural history of the Lake Tahoe Basin, highlighting topics such as water quality, watershed restoration, habitat improvement, fire and fuels management and responsible recreation. Both intermediate level skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to join. read more →

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Alpine Meadows Free Spring Music Series

Alex-of-Boca-do-RioNow Alpine Meadows’ great spring skiing just got better.  A local tradition to celebrate Lake Tahoe’s incredible spring skiing conditions, and another reason to party, the Spring Music Series takes place Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm.

All concerts are free and family friendly.

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Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw March 14

Get your saucers ready for the annual Pain McShlonkey Classic event at Squaw on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

This action packed on and off-mountain event will serve as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey as pros and amateurs battle for the highly coveted Golden Saucer trophy and bragging rights.

Celebrated for his playful spirit, McConkey was the mastermind behind the original Pain McShlonkey Open that debuted in 2003.

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Can Do Vertical Express for MS at Squaw March 14

“Focus on what you CAN DO” – Jimmie Heuga.  Together, we can ski to make a difference.

Vertical Express for Can Do MS is a series of on-snow events to benefit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis – a national nonprofit organization and innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.

Teams of three skiers/riders raise a minimum of $500 to enter the Vertical Express for MS at Squaw on March 14, 2015. read more →

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Science Expo March 16-25

Looking for something fun and educational to do as a family?

Check out the free family Science Expo on March 18, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College.  Admission is free.

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Opening to Love March 19

Lake Tahoe Sunset Pier

Relationship experts Sonika Tinker and Christian Pedersen are offering cutting edge relationship tools and practices as we enter Spring when love and newness are in the air.  Opening to Love in Tahoe City takes place March 19th at 6:30 pm.

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at LTCC March 13-22

DRAFT - Judas Iscariot posterSet in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adley Guirgis will play March 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30p.m., Sunday matinees March 15 and 22 at 2p.m. All performances take place in the Duke Theatre, inside the Fine Arts building at Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Winter Natural History Snowshoe Outing with TINS March 21

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) for a Natural History Snowshoe trek on March 21, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:20 pm.

This short and scenic hike will take you through Tahoe Meadows to Chickadee Ridge, encompassing an open meadow, lodgepole pine forests, and scenic vistas. Along the way, TINS staff will discuss winter ecology concepts and the survival strategies and adaptations employed by animals from the Lake Tahoe Region.This hike is perfect for the whole family! read more →

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Free Eiger Solo Movie at LOTSO March 20

Eiger Solo“Eiger Solo” is a documentary of the first British solo ascent of the Eiger North Face by Welsh mountaineer Eric Jones, whose ultimate dream was to climb the notorious North Face of the Eiger, alone.  The free showing is Friday, March 20, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Lake of the Sky Outfitters.

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Inspired Adventures at Kindred Art and Folk Institute April 6-9

Kindred Art and Folk Institute

Drop the kids off at Kindred Art and Folk Institute in Truckee between April 6-9 to create a breathtaking three-dimensional piece, juice still life, an owl doorstop, and prepare an organic meal and then, a drumming circle!

Sorry adults – just for kids. Waw!

 

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Scott Pemberton at LT Golf Course March 20

Scott Pemberton by Tony DellacioppaPortland, Oregon guitarist/bandleader Scott Pemberton is releasing his new album “Timber Rock” and will be making a stop in South Lake Tahoe with a special album release party at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Scott is an emerging force on the festival circuit, with his wild approach to the guitar and nimble funky band he is immediately recognizable and undeniably original. Local favorites Black Star Safari will open up this FNCTN show with live art from Will Eichelberger and drink specials form Tahoe Blue Vodka.

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Fibs, Fakes and Falsehoods: Mistaken Tahoe at TERC March 24

Local author and speaker David Antonucci presents, “Fibs, Fakes and Falsehoods: Mistaken Tahoe,” at Tahoe Environmental Research Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm.

Ensure that you and your staff are getting their information about Tahoe correct.  Refreshments will be served. read more →

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Iconic American Climber Lynn Hill at Squaw March 12

Lynn Hill Iconic Climber at SquawOn Thursday, March 12, 2015 iconic climber Lynn Hill will be the featured presenter at the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Hill is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished rock climber in the world. Having learned to climb in southern California in 1975, Lynn was part of a cutting-edge generation of free climbers known as the “Stone Masters”. In 1983, Lynn moved to upstate New York and continued to raise the standards in free climbing, as well as in arena of international climbing competitions.
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Wild & Scenic Film Festival March 26

A-Line-In-The-SandJoin the Sierra Nevada Alliance on March 26, 2015 when they host award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been inspiring attendees to take action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world.   The festival starts at 7 pm at MontBleu in South Lake Tahoe. Doors at 6pm and show costs $15 in advance/$20 at the door.

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Sugar Pine Foundation Children’s Book at Incline Library March 25

Stellers Jay in Sugar Pine Tahoe CultlureTo raise money for The Sugar Pine Foundation, hear the story about The Happiest Tree in the Forest, a new children’s book about the sugar pine trees of Lake Tahoe at the Incline Village Library, March 25th at 4pm.  You’ll meet author Michelle McLean and illustrator Ana Valdez at this fun and educational story time at our home town library.

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Class of 2015 Bon Voyage Fashion Show March 29

NTHS FASHION SHOW 1-page-001Enjoy an evening of fashion and frivolity when the North Tahoe High School Class of 2015 takes to the runway at the Bon Voyage Fashion Show, Sunday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. at NTHS in Tahoe City.

This event is a fundraiser for Project Grad, which provides a safe and sober way for seniors to celebrate this great milestone. Proceeds go toward the cost of the chaperons who will accompany them on their graduation trip to San Francisco.

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Celtic Music Sessions Wednesday Nights at MCPs

Tahoe Celtic Music Sessions at McPsLake Tahoe is well known for many things, but Celtic music?

Now you can jam with other Celtic musicians every Wednesday night at McP’s Taphouse Grill with Sean Cummings, “The Tahoe Bagpiper.”

Sean brings over 30 years performing experience and seven generations of clan tradition playing the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe.

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Buckle Up Big Air in Memory of Greg Smith April 11

Skiers and snowboarders will unite to throw down on a custom slopestyle course in memory of Sierra Freestyle Skier, Greg Smith, and to spread Seatbelt Safety Awareness at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Come out and enjoy the fun.  Competitions, a big BBQ, music and lots of great raffle prizes will take place at Sierra on April 11, 2015.

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday Every Month

Tahoe Dance BandPut on your dancing shoes and boogie, swing or trot with the 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band on the last Friday of every month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

The Tahoe Dance Band plays the standards and classics for both your dancing and listening pleasure including fox trots, waltzes, tangos, swing and polkas.   Click here to listen to them now! read more →

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Ta-hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Festival Aug 14-16

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe biggest paddle board festival on Lake Tahoe just got bigger.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-up Paddle Board Festival features two-days of races for paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. Lakeside entertainment including food, luaus, live music and prizes will top off the races held at Kings Beach August 14 through 16th.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 13

It’s the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 13, 2015 at Harrah’s.

The St. Patrick’s Day Party will feature a gourmet corn beef and cabbage buffet with all the fixings.

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Ginny Schankerman ART at Bona Fide Books March 6

GShankerman-IMG_2185-lower-resBona Fide Books will host an art reception for plein air painter Ginny Schankerman Fri., March 6, 6:30-8:30 pm at its shop in Meyers. The local independent press will also kick off the opening of its print shop and community mercantile, featuring goods made in the print studio. This event is free and open to the public.   read more →

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LTCC Writers’ Series March 5

brandeis2 tahoe cultureLake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series continues in March with a visit from nationally recognized novelist Gayle Brandeis, and short story writer Dimitri Keriotis on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room, inside the library building on campus. The two will read selections from their works, answer audience questions about the writing process, and autograph copies of their books, which will be for sale at the event. It’s absolutely free to attend, and the public is welcome to attend.

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Kings Beach Snowfest Parade March 7

Kings Beach Snowfest Parade

The annual Kings Beach Snowfest Parade will take place on Saturday, March 7, 11:30am – 12:30pm along Highway 28 starting at Secline Street and ending at Coon Street. North Tahoe Business Association hosts this fun-filled parade featuring entries from 25 community non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, service groups and local businesses.

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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot March 13-22 LTCC

Rehearsal 7 (3)The world’s most infamous betrayer gets his day in court at Lake Tahoe Community College this March.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, a searingly funny, adult, and thought-provoking play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, will be presented in LTCC’s Duke Theatre March 13-22. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between Heaven and Hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of perhaps the New Testament’s most misunderstood and unexplained sinner.

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival Feb 21-Mar 1

LT Snow Bike Challenge at Alpen Glow Backcountry biking.com phtotoThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival takes place February 21 through March 1 throughout North Lake Tahoe to showcase our Tahoe Mountain Culture through human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, film and more. read more →

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Splitboarding the Chinese Himalaya March 4

Splitboarding in China by CampbellOn the evening of Wednesday, March 4th, at Tahoe Art Hause & Cinema, Truckee local Dave N. Campbell will present his tale “Splitboarding the Chinese Himalaya”  presented by Alpenglow Sports. read more →

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