Archives for April 2016

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 29 – May 1, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaMay day! When did that happen? Here is a roundup for the things to do this weekend in Cumming, GA.

Friday, April 29

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders – Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Preschoolers @ Post – Centers for Success

11:15 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

Saturday, April 30

Fill a Bag Sale at Kid to Kid!

9:00 am – Boulder Dash 5K and 10K – The Boulder Dash is a unique opportunity that awaits you to meander through an environmentally responsible, operational hard rock quarry. This is a 5K and 10K run/walk as you have never imagined. See the working quarry face, the ancient rock deposits, the massive equipment that processes it, and the natural surroundings, as you take the challenge of the Boulder Dash-with the Bluegrass Spring Fling awaiting you at the Finish Line!

9:00 am – Pike Nursery Free Class – Edible Gardening in Containers & Raised Beds – Growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs is easy, nutritious and one of the most rewarding things about gardening. In this free class, learn how to grow and care for these tasty plants that make healthy living delicious, economical and fun.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Forsyth County YMCA – 10AM-2PM. “Healthy Kids Day”…. Promoting the health and wellness of our kids and families. Free community event with kid exercise demo’s, meet summer camp counselors, US Army Corps of Engineers, Red Cross, Forsyth Sheriff’s Department, bounce houses, healthy kid vendors, face painting, and much much more!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB: Make a tie dye banner. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time. A baseball stadium comes to life in this magical picture book written by Phil Bildner and illustrated by Tom Booth from the publishing imprint of legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter. Join us for Storytime featuring Night at the Stadium.

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library – Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime

4:00 PM A Barnes & Noble tabletop gaming meetup – Gather your friends and come in to check out the featured games and giveaways (while supplies last).

6:30 PM – Post Road Library – The Last Monster Book Release Party 

ALL WEEKEND

City Produce is open in a new location and Warbington Farms is open for strawberry picking season! Check their Facebook pages for their latest news, events and updates.

Have you tried the new Culver’s restaurant in Dawsonville, GA? Their custard is awesome and their butter burgers are tasty!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 22 – April 24, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaHooray! The weekend’s here! Here is a roundup for the weekend events in Cumming, GA.

Friday, April 22

Happy Earth Day! Check out our Five for Five Earth Day Activities for Families.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders – Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Preschoolers @ Post – Kid Craft

11:15 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Michaels – Fun Family Craft Time – Tie-Dye Shirt. Cost: Buy the shirt and the supplies are free.

Saturday, April 23

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Forsyth County Animal Shelter – Spring Fling. Please join us on Saturday, April 23rd at a family-friendly and pet-friendly event celebrating the season. We will have food, festivities (including water balloons, dog agility course and more) and, of course, our adoptable animals. We will also be offering microchipping for $15.00 to the first 20 pet owners and $25.00 for all others. Stop by and enjoy our spring weather. Hours are 10 to 4, at the shelter. You may call 678-965-7185, or e-mail animalshelterinfo@forsythco.com for further information. 4065 County Way, Cumming, GA 30028.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB: Make a tissue paper tie dye art. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time.  A heartwarming story with adorable art, this irresistibly charming picture book debut invites readers to meet Georgie and friends­—and find the answer to the most important question of the day: Where’s the Party? Join us to find out at Storytime featuring Where’s the Party? Activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Collection Forsyth – Community Day. Kids Activities, Community Showcase, Food Samplings, Fashion Show, Live Music and more!

ALL WEEKEND

Ladybug weekend at Pike Nursery – Saturday & Sunday, April 23-24. We’re giving away over 2 million FREE ladybugs! Ladybugs are great pest control for your garden because they eat aphids and other problem insects. Stop in at your local Pike Nurseries for one free packet of ladybugs with purchase. Supplies are limited. Learn more about Ladybug Weekend and find ladybug DIY projects, tips for releasing ladybugs, and kid’s activity sheets >

Saturday & Sunday, April 23-24 at 9:00 a.m. Beneficial Bugs free class

In this free class, our experts will teach you the difference between good and bad bugs for your garden. Learn the benefits certain insects can bring to your plants this spring!

North Forsyth High School – Tarzan – Spring Musical

April 22nd at 7:00 PM
April 23rd at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
April 24th at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

2016 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camp in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2016 kids summer day camps* in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

Deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

*Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs.

Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer many camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are also offering camps through the City and County.

Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Brecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 6 – 10
VBS for special needs, June 6 – 10
Little Friends Club, June 9 – 12
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 13 – 17, June 20 – 24 (K – 2nd grade)
CFUMC Bake Off Camp June 20 – 24
Groove Music Camp, June 20 – 24
Archery Camp June 22 – 24
Helping Hands Camp, June 27 – 30
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 27 – July 1
Camp Extreme, July 12 – 14
Grow Day Camp, July 18 – 22
Science Camp, July 25 – 29

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2016 – there is one session: June 6 – 10. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm Camp – June 6 – 10 for ages 7 – 11, June 20 – 24 for ages 11 – 14

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps open to the public including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 13th Year of Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. Located at: 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Lots of fun drama bootcamps!

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy camping!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 15 – April 17, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe weekend’s here! Here is a roundup for the weekend events in Cumming, GA.

Friday, April 15

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders – Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Preschoolers @ Post – Musical Morning 

11:15 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

11:15 AM – Sharon Forks Library – Preschool Discovery: Cars 

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – FREE Concert in Vickery Village this Friday April 15th from 4pm to 7pm. HUSH MONEY, a local band, will be donating their time and talent so that we can have a great start to a Spring weekend. They will be playing some Pearl Jam, Buddy Holly, White Stripes, Audioslave, Eric Clapton, Black Crows, etc. Please tell your friends and neighbors about this event. These guys are going to a great effort to perform, lets show our appreciation with our attendance. The center of the village is public space, feel free to bring chairs, blankets, coolers, snacks, anything!  Spread the word! This Friday. Should be a great time. The show will be appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, April 16

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Electronics Recycling Event – Electronics & Paint Recycling event. If you are in the area, here’s your chance to get rid of all that electronic stuff thats been in the garage/basement/attic all winter. Also a good opportunity to clean out those almost empty paint cans that you’ve been holding on to. See you Saturday at the Fairgrounds Parking Lot.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Bubble Soccer – North Forsyth High School – Team spots still available if you want to play this Saturday!!!
The Sheriff’s dept and the Fire dept have teams! Five (over 15 yrs old) players to a team…and you can name your team! It is a blast!! You must register to play! No cost to come out and watch! A BYOT event.
Go to www.forsythBYOTbenefit.org
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB: Make a paper butterfly windsock. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time. Larry the lovable monster from Don’t Push the Button! is back with another hilarious, interactive adventure! I know what you’re thinking: this is a pretty cool-looking book. But … DON’T TOUCH THIS BOOK! (Don’t even try it.) Join us for Storytime featuring Don’t Touch This Book! Coloring and activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime

2:00 pm – Join us for an author discussion and signing of The Last Monster by the new and exciting author Ginger Garrett.

BBQ – Harmony Baptist Church‘s Annual BBQ is April 16th in Dawsonville, GA. Everyone come out for some great food, fun and fellowship. Walk-ins welcome! Or Reserve your plate. Proceeds go to Harmony’s Family Life Center. Harmony Baptist Church 1575 Harmony Church Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534 www.harmonybaptistchurch.net

ALL WEEK: Cumming First United Methodist Church Festival of Arts.

* Friday: Jazz in the Gallery, 7:30-9 p.m., $5 admission

* Saturday: Student music Sunday featuring North Forsyth High’s men’s quartet, tenor, Brody Grant and the West Forsyth High brass quintet in worship at 8:45 and 11 a.m.

ALL WEEKEND

Sawnee Ballet Theatre – From Ballet to Broadway. Sawnee Ballet Theatre proudly presents our Spring Concert production of From Ballet to Broadway with performances Saturday, April 16th at 8:00pm and Sunday, April 17th at 1:00pm & 5:00pm. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students (18 and under) and $12 for seniors (65+). To purchase tickets, please go to www.SawneeBalletTheatre.or g/tickets.

Managing Stress and Anxiety in Children

crayonartFamilies in Georgia are preparing for the Georgia Milestones tests to begin tomorrow. Children can get anxious about tests and many other things.

Children and adults have anxiety and stress in many circumstances. Working on coping skills can help us all learn to manage our stress, worry and anxiety when it occurs.

Our school recently had a seminar from Beyond Today Counseling Center. The counselor shared an interesting presentation “Stress and Anxiety Management for Children” about how our brains work, how children process things at their brains develop and much more.

Our school counselors also posted some test taking tips on our school website. I hope by sharing these tips that they will help as we help our children grow and thrive in school and in their lives.

This post is informational for helpful purposes – if any anxiety or stress causes problems that interrupt your family’s daily lifestyles, then look into getting professional help.

People have 3 responses when anxious (fight, flight or freeze):

  • Fight
  • Flight – these both increase
  • Freeze (when the prefrontal cortex shuts off, it takes about 3 days for our rational minds to come back) – that deep fog you feel when going through a stressful time.

Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Jitteryness
  • Separation anxiety
  • Performance anxiety

There are many causes of anxiety such as genetic predispositions, autoimmune disease, traumatic experience or loss.

Recommended Reading Material: The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley.

  • Help the child realize what’s going on inside. Name it – develop an emotional language. What are you feeling? Where are you feeling it? Build awareness of feelings and where they are affected.
  • Trigger tracker – keep track of triggers. What events and thoughts are contributing to your feelings? Are there patterns?
  • Coping chart – ideas how to cope. Coloring, play kickball are example of things kids can do when they feel stress or anxiety.

Increasing patience can increase focus.

Practice delayed gratification.

  • Take breaks from stimuli such as technological devices.
  • Observation skills – go outside and watch the birds, listen to nature.
  • Breathing to relax.
  • Use your Imagination – use your imagination to draw a picture, write a story, etc.

What You Can Do To Help

  • Focused attention – patient, empathetic.
  • Teach him/her emotional language.
  • Don’t remedy anxious thoughts with adult logic.
  • Encourage them to be creative – come up with strategies and solutions.
  • Provide comfort and make sure home is a safe haven for thoughts & feelings to be expressed.
  • Provide structure around homework, bedtime, nutrition and sleep. Kids ages 7-12 need 10-11 hours a night sleep on average.
  • Playtime is important, exercise helps a lot. Walk, run, swim, biking – bilateral movement helps minimize anxiety.
  • Practice relaxation – breathing, grounding (stomp feet), meditation & visualization, muscle relaxation (squeeze fists and toes, work your way up, focus on each muscle group – squeeze & release.)
  • Go outside in nature. Take a nature walk. Breathe fresh air. Look at the clouds in the sky – what shapes do they look like? Bird watch. Listen to the sounds.

Fitness Hacks – Yoga for Your Brain – series of videos online to exercise your brain!

Visit Beyond Counseling for the entire presentation.

I hope this helps! I have two stressed students tonight and we are trying to relax, get a good night’s sleep, pick out clothes tonight, have a healthy breakfast in the morning.

We have also had success with this workbook: What to Do When You Worry Too Much – A Kids’ Guide to Overcoming Anxiety.

Good luck to all! And be sure to let your kids know that they are so much more than a test score!!!!!

Georgia Aquarium Adds New Sea Lion Gallery, Dolphin Celebration Shows and More

whale shark at Georgia AquariumMy family and I were recently invited to visit the Georgia Aquarium to see its newest attractions including the Sea Lion Gallery and Dolphin Celebration.

The Georgia Aquarium never ceases to amaze and we had a wonderful adventure discovering all of the marine life through the different pavilions.

My daughters are older now – in seventh and third grades – and they enjoyed seeing all of the marine life like the beautiful Beluga Whales, adorable Penguins, the majestic Whale Shark and experiencing the interactive features like the touch pools.

The Dolphin Celebration is an amazing show and the dolphins are truly smart, talented and loving mammals. It was nice learning about the trainers and the dolphin’s relationships.

The Sea Lions are a wonderful addition and it was interesting learning all about them. The older and younger sea lions were cute and it will be neat to watch them grow up there.

There is plenty to do with the newest attractions including new touch pools, a fully renovated 4D Unbelievable Theater and an upgraded Aquanatouch pool at Georgia Aquariumut Adventure.

When we drove there, we were pleased that the Georgia Aquarium parking was $10.00. That’s not a bad fee for a day parked downtown. I was also glad to know that the new shows are included in your daily admission ticket price.

When you arrive, be sure to get a map and schedule of the day’s events – or even better – print it out ahead of time.

Here are a few tips that the Georgia Aquarium folks gave us:

Check out the Waddle Walk featuring African penguins. The best place to get a picture of this cute even is along the railing of the walkway!

Watch the Happy Feet in the 4D Funbelievable Theater on the second floor. Showtimes run throughout the day.

At lunch time, dining options include Cafe Aquaria, Oceans Food Market and the newest addition, Seaside Delights, located in the Atrium. Additional seating is available in the atrium and in the second floor rotunda to avoid cafe crowds.

IMG_0606Plan when you want to see the AT&T Dolphin Celebration and be sure to get there at least 30 minutes early for seating as it fills up quickly.

Check out the Sea Lions at SunTrust Pier 225. The young ones are still learning and will be growing in their abilities as they grow up at the Aquarium.

Explore the Georgia Aquarium Galleries. Visit the Ocean Voyager theater and see the whale shark feed – it was at 3:00 pm the day we went. Also check out the new shark and ray touch pool!

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Entertainment Show is at the Atrium. The best view of this show is in front of Seaside Delights.

Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. Check out new additions including the Buoyancy Challenge game, Cup Crunch display and Marsh Madness game! We really liked this area and it also had touch pools which were less crowded! It was very educational and hands-on.

20160410_132429We really are fortunate to have this wonderful Aquarium in Atlanta. I highly recommend it for a fun day trip into the city!

Thanks again to the folks at the Georgia Aquarium. We had a special day and learned a lot about marine life and Mother Earth!

Disclosure: The Georgia Aquarium provided my family and I tickets for admission. My review is my honest opinion of my experience.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 8 – April 10, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy end of spring break in Forsyth County! I hope you have had a fun week full of adventure! Here is a roundup for the weekend events in Cumming, GA.

Friday, April 8

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders 

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Family Movie Picnic – Pan 

11:15 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library – Creative Circle 

2:15 PM – Sharon Forks Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

3:15 PM – Sharon Forks Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

Saturday, April 9

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB: Make a butterfly clip canvas. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time. It’s only a yellow dot … but what a dot it is! Readers won’t be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Join us for Storytime featuring Let’s Play. Activities will round out the fun.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime – I Like My Stories: A Visit from Pete the Cat! 

1:15 PM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime – I Like My Stories: A Visit from Pete the Cat! 

Sunday, April 10

Cumming First United Methodist Church Festival of Arts beginning April 10! Gallery open 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Event schedule on website.

ALL WEEKEND

Friday, April 8 and Saturday April 9 – Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Event. Friday, April 8: 8am-5pm & Saturday, April 9th: 8am- 4pm At the Cumming Fairgrounds. The 19th annual Forsyth County Master Gardeners’ plant sale takes place at the Cumming Fairgrounds just minutes from GA 400. Started as a small fundraising event in 1998, the event has grown into one of County’s most anticipated events for garden enthusiasts. The festival attracts a diverse group of garden vendors and offers garden enthusiasts a unique opportunity to find unique southern plants, garden art and find the latest trends in garden tools.

LAKE LANIER CAMPSITE NOW OPEN

Shady Grove Campground Now Open for the Season!

Campsites can now be reserved online

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation invites campers to vacation on the shores of Lake Lanier at Shady Grove Campground. The campground is now open for the season and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance.

“We are very excited to welcome campers to the campground and officially begin the 2016 camping season,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “This is a beautiful destination that campers enjoy every year.”

The 109-acre campground features more than 110 campsites. Amenities include a beach and swim area, boat ramp with courtesy dock, group campsites with picnic shelters, a playground, tent camping areas and campsites with water and 30-amp and 50-amp power hookups.

“Shady Grove Campground grows in popularity every year,” Natural Resources Division Manager Matthew Pate said. “This year visitors will notice updated landscaping and new signage, as well as renovated group campsites.  Also new this year, we are very pleased to offer visitors the ability to reserve their campsites online.”

Reservations can be made online or in person at the campground visitor center.

Shady Grove Campground is located at 7800 Allyn Lane Memorial Way (formerly 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road) in Cumming on the shores of Lake Lanier. The campground will be open through November 7 for the 2016 season. For more information, please call the campground visitor center at (770) 205-6850 or visit the Shady Grove Campground webpage.


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