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Lighting of Lobster Trap Menorah
Date: Tuesday, December, 16, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St., Gloucester
Organization: Temple Ahavat Achim

Come watch the lighting of the nation’s only lobster trap menorah on Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Ahavat Achim at 86 Middle St. The community Hanukkah celebration will include comments from State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, a brief service with the participation of Hebrew school students, songs, and delicious potato pancakes known as latkes served with applesauce.

2014 Annual Meeting
Date: Wednesday, December, 17th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Leap

By invitation of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, you are hereby invited to the Annual Meeting of The Gloucester Adventure Inc. onb Wednesday, December, 17th from 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. You will be provided with an update of the past years events and the goals and objectives of the coming year. For more information contact

Holiday Past and Present Event
Date: Thursday, December, 18th, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St, Haverhill

Haverhill public library will host musician Deborrah Wyndham for a “Holiday Past and Present” concert on Thursday December 18th at 7:00 p.m. For more information visit under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586

Slidell's Bayou Christmas, Innaugural Event
Date: Friday, December, 19th - 24th 6:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location: Slidell's Heritage Park, Bayou Bonfuca

Come get in the holiday spirit by joining the Boys and Girls club's Slidell's Bayou Christmas Innaugural Event. There will be live music, over 60,000 tree lightings, arts and crafts and free picture with Santa. Also there will be a costume contest for the best Prince and Princess on Saturday, December 20th. So come join the fun! For more information contact Danny at 985-640-7112.

Sea Change Theatre presents Cariboo Magi
Date: Friday, December, 19th-21st
Location: Sea Change Theatre, 10 Dane St, Beverly
Organization: Sea Change Theatre

Sea Change Theatre presents "Cariboo Magi", a holiday tale filled with a drunken minister, a saloon keeper, an aging dancing girl and the last of the Mohicans. Join us for some hilarious cartoonish Christmas fun! The show will run from Friday, December, 12th through 21st at Sea Change Theatre, 10 Dane St, Beverly, MA. For more information visit or  at 978-500-3885.

North Shore Men's Choir 5th Annual Christmas Concert
Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2:30 p.m.
Location: First Baptist Church, 4 High Street, Rockport

Please join us for our 5th annual Christmas Concert sponsored by the North Shore Christian Men’s Choir featuring the Light House Brass Quintet of Rockport.  The free concert will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, December 20 at the First Baptist Church, 4 High Street in Rockport.  Refreshments will follow.   

Cape Ann Winter Solstice
Date: Saturday, December, 20th, 2014
Location: Church Meetinghouse, 10 Church St, Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Winter Solstice is holding it's annual benefit concert on Saturday, December, 20th. The concert will be featuring three local music artist, John Sebastian, Charlie Farren from Joe Perry Project and Farrenheit, Danielle Miraglia, and Allen Estes. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Roast Beef Dinner
Date: Saturday, December, 20th, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 35 Conant St., Beverly
Organization: 2nd Congregational Church

2nd Congregational Church is hosting a roast beef dinner on Saturday, December, 20th, at 35 Conant St, Beverly from 5:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. Dinner will includes mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, rolls, coffee, tea, milk. For more information contact Gail Goodell at

The Sweetback Sisters Christmas Singalong Spectacular
Date: Monday, December, 22nd
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA

The Brooklyn-based Sweetback Sisters bring their Christmas show to Newburyport to benefit the Christmas Tree Santas, a non-profit that donates Christmas trees to needy families. For more information visit

Blood Drive
Date: Monday, December 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Elks Club, 25 Low St, Newburyport, MA
Organization: American Red Cross

Boy Scout Troop 21 and American Red cross are teaming up to help boost blood supply on Monday, December 29th, at Elks Club in Newburyport from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. For more information visit

Beverly’s New Year 2015
Date: Wednesday, December 29th, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: 248 Cabot Street. 

Come ring in the New Year and join North Shore's best Family Friendly Celebration on Wednesday, December 29th starting at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy train rides, live performances, arts and crafts and much more!  For more information visit

Beverly's New Year 2015
Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cabot Street, Downtown Beverly
Organization: Beverly Main Streets

It's the North Shore's BEST family-friendly celebration of the New Year. Beverly's New Year Grand Procession is at 6 p.m. and the Kids' Countdown Beach Ball Drop is at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy train rides, performances, arts and crafts and more! Outdoor events are free, indoor performances require an admission button, kids 2 and under are free. For more information contact Beverly Main Streets at 978-922-8558.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Date: January 1st - January 4th
Location: Temple B'nai Abraham, 200 E Lothrop St, Beverly

Come enter the Willy Wonka Factory with Neverland Theatre's presentation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" . Their will be two performances on Thursday, January 1st, one at 1:00 p.m. and the second at 5:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday will be at 6:00 p.m. and their last performances Sunday 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.

Comedy Show with Paula Poundstone
Date: Friday, January 2nd 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Shalin Liu Performance Center, 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA. 

The Shalin Liu Performance Center welcomes the comedic brilliance of Paula Poundstone from NPR’s news quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” on Friday, January 2 at 35 Main St, Rockport starting at 8:00 p.m. 

Calling all knitters and crocheters!
Date: Saturday, January 3rd & Tuesday January 20th
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St, Haverhill

The Haverhill Public Library’s Knit and Crochet Group will meet twice this month on Saturday, January 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and Tuesday, January 20th, from 7:00 to 8:45 PM. Come to one or both meetings. Come and talk about your favorite books, yarns and patterns. Bring your knitting and/or crochet project and make some progress while we chat! No registration is necessary.

Free Class on eBooks and eReaders
Date: Monday, January 5th
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St, Haverhill.

Haverhill Public Library is offering a free class on eBooks and eReaders on Monday, January 5th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Learn how to use Nooks, Kindles, iPads and more to read free eBooks from the Library. Classes are limited to 8 people. For more information visit

Snowball Soiree

Date: Thursday, January, 8th, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon Street, Beverly
Organization: Beverly Senior Center

Kick off the start of the New Year with a formal dinner dance and enjoy live music by Ray Novack and the Horizons Trio and a delicious catered buffet. This event will be held in the Main Hall at the Beverly Senior Center (90 Colon Street, Beverly) on Thursday, January 8th. For more information or to RSVP, please call 978-921-6017.

Make your own keepsake box with Art in the Library
Date: Monday, January 10th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St

Join artist Sabrina Pilet-Jones for a lesson in making beautiful keepsake boxes. There is no cost to register and materials are provided. Meet at the library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 10th.  Space for this event is limited. Please register at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Library’s monthly book club
Date: Thursday, January 15th 7:00 p.m.
Location: Barking Dog Ale House, 77 Washington St, Haverhill

Haverhill Public Library’s Get Lit book club will meet Thursday, January 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Barking Dog Ale House on 77 Washington Street. The club, aimed at 20- and 30- somethings, will discuss Under the Skin by Michael Faber. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586. Copies of this month’s book are available at the Library.

Marblehead Little Theatre Presents Donuts & Drama: Dr. Love
Date: Sunday, January 18th
Location: 12 School Street, Marblehead

Come join Marblehead Little Theatre with their first ever Donuts and Drama event on Sunday, January 18th starting at 11:00 a.m. Who wouldn't enjoy a Sunday Brunch while watching and listening to a play? For more information or any other additional shows visit

Marblehead Little Theatre Presents The Diary of Anne Frank
Date: January 30th - February 8th
Location: Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School St

Marblehead Little Theatre presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" with multiple performances. Opening night is Friday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m!  For more information about Anne Frank or Marblehead Little Theater please visit our website at

Annual Snow Ball Dance
Date: Saturday February 7, 2015
Location:  Danvers Community YMCA, 34 Pickering Street
Organization: Danvers Community YMCA Youth and Families

Please join us for an evening of Dancing to Roundabout on Saturday, February 7th for  dinner by Henry's Catering, beer and wine included in the $50 charge. We will be doing a silent and live auction as well as some great raffles. Contact Deb at the Danvers Y at 978-774-2055 or email


Clothing and Shoe Drive to Benefit Orphanages in Africa
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Global Orphan Foundation

A clothing and shoe drive to benefit orphanages in Africa is seeking Spring and Summer clothing for children ages 1-13. Shoes are especially needed! This is the perfect time of year to look through your childrens warm weather clothes for items they may have outgrown. Donations can be brought to Denyse Creesy at 17 Middlebury Lane in Beverly. 

Win Pappy Van Winkles from Depot Liquors
Date: Now through December 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Depot Liquors, 23 Enon Street, Beverly

Enter to win one of two Pappy Van Winkles from Depot Liquors. First Prize is a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year. Second Prize is a bottle of Van Winkle 12 Year Special Reserve. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Contestants are limited to 3 tickets per day. Drawings will be held on December 21st at 6:00 p.m. and all proceeds will be donated to the Pete Frates #3 Fund. 

Date: Ongoing
Location: Central & Eastern Massachusetts
Organization: Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Attention all cat owners! Get your cat fixed at the convenient and affordable Catmobile. Our low-cost surgical vans travel throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and are coming to your town soon. Our low fees include include spay or neuter surgery plus a brief exam by our vet, nail trim and rabies vaccine. Make your appointment today by calling 978-465-1940 or visit us online at

Marblehead Museum Shop
Date: Ongoing

Location: Marblehead Museum Shop, 170 Washington St, Marblehead

Come check out our new reusable and enviormental shopping bags throughout the month of December. These shopping bags are great for holiday shopping or every day shopping. We are located on 170 Washington St, and our hours are listed at

Free Comedy Show
Date: Every Saturday night, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Splash Salisbury, 3 Broadway, Salisbury
Organization: Community Entertainment

Have a night of friends, music, and good and free jokes! Come to Splash Salisbury every Saturday night for a free comedy show, live music performances, and drink specials! Bring your own food! For questions, call 978-808-5166.

After School Activites
Date: Tuesday, January 13th - February 3rd
Location: 170 Washington st, Marblehead

Is your child looking for some after school activity? Is your child between the ages of 6 and 10? Well join us on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. starting January 13th for a 4 week set of different arts and crafts. Every session includes snacks, all arts and crafts materials and instruction, and wonderful projects to take home.

Volunteer Recruitment Ongoing Events!
Date: Ongoing
Location: All over the North Shore!
Organization: Children's Friends and Family Services

Children’s Friends and Family Services seeks volunteer mentors ages 21 and older to be matched with one youth mentee from the North Shore. Youth are between the ages of 5 and 18, and as a mentor you would meet every week for at least two hours to establish a one-to-one relationship that over a year’s time matures into a genuine, caring friendship. Our current program waitlist has 36 youth, there is a significant need! If you are interested or would like to know more, please visit or contact Samantha Alves at 978-219- 1528. 

Dyer Library/ Saco Museum Events
Date: Ongoing
Location: Dyer Library and Saco Museum, Saco, Maine
Organization: Dyer Library/ Saco Museum

Dyer Library and Saco Musuem have many events coming up throughout the summer. This includes exhibitions like At Home in the Victorian Era, displaying the 18th century Victorian obsession with the material world and extravagant clutter. Nature Artist, Royce W. Stevens will have artwork displayed at the Dyer Community Gallery for the entire month of July. Programs such as the Fizz, Boom, Read: Youth Summer Reading Program, Watercolor Classes with Judith Kinsman, as well as book clubs and crafting groups are open and ready for attendees! Sign up for your group or exhibit today! The Dyer Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, Museum hours and rates, and events, please visit

Freedom from Smoking - Quit Smoking for Life!
Date: Ongoing starting April 14th, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Kariotis Conference Room, 3 West, 41 Mall Road, Peabody

Take advantage of the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program and make the choice to give up tobacco. Peggy Ruso, CTT-M, tobacco treatment specialist, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, and other Freedom from Smoking certified instructors will review this step-by-step plan for tobacco treatment. Learn how to overcome your tobacco addiction so that you may start enjoying the benefits of better health! Enjoy a small group setting, fun, interactive learning environment and participant workbook and other informative materials. Please pre-register at or call the Quite-line (781-744-7848) for assistance or further information.

"Look Good... Feel Better" Program at Lahey Hospital and Lahey Medical Center
Date: Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington and Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Dr., Peabody

The American Cancer Society condicts the Look Good... Feel Better program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Guided by volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use make-up and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Women also learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. Following the program, participants are provided a complimentary make-up kit. For class availibility or to register please call Deborah Smulian- Siegel, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

Blood Cancer Support Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
Date: 3rd Monday of each month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody
Organization: Lahey Medical Center

A free support group will be held in Conference Room A, second floor, North Wing (next to Orthopaedic Surgery) for blood cancer patients. Dinner will be served. For more information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian-Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BC-DMT, at 781-744-7779.

Date: Ongoing

An alarming number of pre-teens are already drinking alcohol.  Which makes it urgent to find every opportunity to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking.  They really do hear you.  For tips on what to say, visit  That’s   Talk.  They Hear You.  A public service message from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and brought to you by DanversCARES.

Making a Commitment to Difficult to Place Orphans
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Bethany Christian Services

Many adoptable children are overlooked because of special needs and go through life without knowing the love of a forever family. Bethany Christian Services, a non- profit, global family preservation and child welfare agency, is launching the "These 400" initiative in 2014 to find loving homes for 400 special needs children. If you have room in your heart and home for one of these vulnerable children or you'd like more information, please visit

North Shore Postpartum Help
Date: Ongoing
Organization: North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force

The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force is available to women experiencing postpartum stress, as well as the family members, friends and practitioners who support them. They are available for help, hope and connection. Visit their website at Those needing to talk to someone immediately may call the Parental Stress Hotline at: 1-800-632-8188. It is the goal of this Task Force to bring together the practitioners, organizations, research, and best practices that North Shore families need for a healthy postpartum experience. The initial scope of this Task Force is the North Shore United Way community, including the following towns: Beverly, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, and Rockport.

Spectrum Caregiver Support Groups
Date: 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group (Free respite care upon request) 2nd Wednesday of every month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. 

Early Onset Social Group - North Andover
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Turnpike St, Suite 106, North Andover
Organization: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Early Onset Social Group A comfortable and supportive environment for people and their loved ones to discuss the struggles and challenges of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 65 4th Wednesday of Every Month, 5:30–7:00 pm A light dinner will be served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free Respite care on site upon request. 

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group - Beverly
Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly
Location: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program

Spectrum Caregiver Support Group – Beverly (Free respite care upon request) 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Information & education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. Increased understanding through shared experiences. Mutual support from other caregivers. Light Refreshments will be provided. Free respite care on site upon request. 

Survivors of Breast Cancer: Wellness Group at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody
Date: 1st Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room A, First Floor, Lahey Medical Center, 1 Essex Center Drive, Peabody

Are you a breast cancer survivor? The Survivors of Breast Cancer Wellness Group meets on the first Thursday of each month. There is no fee. For further information or to register, please contact Deborah Smulian- Siegel, MSW, LCSWMFT, BCDMT, 781-744-7779.

Suicide Survivor Support Group Meets in Beverly Farms
Date: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

Safe Place, a peer-run suicide survivor support group is held for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. The support group is sponsored by the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley of Lawrence, MA. Friends and family are welcome and invited to attend the free support group that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Hal St, Beverly Farms on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There is no fee. Pre-registration is not required. For further information, please call Debbie Helms at 978-327-6671.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
Date: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, North Andover

A free Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group is held at the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program in North Andover on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Free respite care is available upon request. Light refreshments are served. The support group provides information and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorder, increased understanding through shared experiences, mutual support from other caregivers.
To RSVP for respite care or with questions, please contact Gail McCarthy, LCSW at 978-921-5020 ext. 1138. 

Free Cognitive Screenings For Alzheimer's Disease
Date: Ongoing
Location: ActivMed Practices & Research, Methuen MA

Do you think you may have Alzheimer’s? Are your memory issues causing you some concern? Free Memory testing is now available for the public. ActivMed Practices & Research is offering free cognitive screenings for individuals suffering with memory problems. All testing is completed by trained medical staff and reviewed by a board certified physician. For more information please contact Alison or Rakesh at (978)-655-7155 or visit our website at

Healthy Streets Outreach Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: 100 Willow Street, 2nd Floor, Lynn

Healthy Streets Outreach Program, a program of Health Innovation, Inc.,
provides HIV, Hepatitis C testing, STI testing, Narcan and overdose prevention
training, referrals to substance use treatment and mental health
For further information, please call: 781-592-0243.
PAWS Wakefield
Date: Ongoing

Welcome a loving pet into your home today.  Serving communities North of Boston, the PAWS Wakefield foster network cares for orphaned cats and dogs until they find their forever families. Please consider saving a life by adopting locally. You can also help local animals-in-need by volunteering your time, becoming a foster parent, sponsoring a pet that needs long-term care, or donating funds or supplies to support the PAWS programs.
 Please help PAWS make a difference for people and pets in your community. Visit or call 781-246-6111 for more information. 

Family Promise North Shore
Date: Ongoing

Can You Volunteer A Couple of Hours to Help Homeless Families on the North Shore Get Back on Their Feet? Since May, Family Promise North Shore Boston has been putting up homeless families in houses of worship and assisting parents in finding jobs and sustainable housing. They need volunteers, ages 18 and up, at the Day Center in Beverly on Sundays, evenings and overnights at various houses of worship on the North Shore every day.  A shift is usually just two hours; and you don’t need to be affiliated with a congregation to volunteer!
For more information please call 978-922-0787

Bay State Textiles Recycling Rebate Program
Date: Ongoing
Location: Wakefield, Melrose, Beverly Public Schools
Organization: Wakefield, Melrose, and Beverly PTO’s, Bay State Textiles

Bay State Textiles has partnered with PTO’s in North Shore communities (along with others) in an effort to promote recycling. A collection box is placed outside each public school in the district and the PTO’s generate a $100 rebate based on the tonnage of collection that is deposited into the box. Many items ranging from footwear to linen are accepted as long as they are clean and dry. To find out more information on recycling locations or the program, visit the Bay State Textiles Facebook page.
Next Step Forward Support Group
Date: Every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: 556 Cabot Street, Beverly
Organization: Renewed Hope Project

The Next Step Forward (a part of Renewed Hope Project) is a free interactive & educational support group for families, friends, and loved ones of addicts and alcoholics. This group meets every week on Thursday evenings at the Beverly Church of the Nazarene. Those who run the group are focused on giving you the information needed to make your own decisions on where you are in your crisis at the time. The meetings are free and you will find many peers, learning to deal with similar issues related to a loved ones addiction.
For more information, please call 978-522-4310 or
Peabody Rotary Meetings/Book Sale
Date: Every Thursday morning - 7:30 a.m.
Locatoin: Red's Kitchen and Tavern, Route 1 Northbound in Peabody

Peabody Rotary meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.. Currently, they are selling the Entertainment Books for $30 each. These books contain coupons for local and national restaurants, entertainment venues, retail stores, and much more. The purchaser will save more than the $30 cost. The proceeds benefit the Rotary who in turn helps out the community in many ways. For information about Peabody Rotary, go to or for membership information, contact Membership Chair Martha Holden at

Go Green
Date: Ongoing
Organization: Change is Simple

Is your business interested in implementing environmentally friendly practices, and supporting your community? If so, consider having Change is Simple "green" your next event or fundraiser. Change is Simple is a nonprofit that teaches environmental education in schools.
Change is Simple will partner with your organization to reduce the total waste, using creative and practical methods such as a single stream recycling and using compostable utensils. We will manage all the waste generated from your event, and lessen your impact on the environment. "Greening" your event will not only draw responsible consumers, it also will support environmental education in your local community. Promote your company's environmental mission with the help of Change is Simple.
For more information or to contact us, go to

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