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Events for Nov. 28 - Dec. 12

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 4:47 p.m. CDT

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CORTLAND

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday; next, Nov. 28

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

More information: 815-756-7274 or www.cortlandlibrary.com

For children 3 and older. No registration required.

First Grade & Up Story and Craft

Time: 4 p.m.

Date: Every Thursday; next, Nov. 29

Place: Cortland Community Library, 63 S. Somonauk Road

More information: 815-756-7274 or www.cortlandlibrary.com

Registration required.

Breakfast with Santa

Time: 8 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: Cortland Community Park

DeKALB

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Time: During library hours

Dates: Through Nov. 30

Place: DeKalb Public Library lower level

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 260 or friends@dkpl.org

Blood Drive

Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28

Place: Barsema Hall, 740 Garden Road

Toddler Time

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568, ext. 250 or theresaw@dkpl.org

Stories and songs for infants, toddlers and caregivers.

Teacher in the Library

Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250

A retired teacher will provide homework help and tutoring to third- through fifth-grade students in the DeKalb School District. Registration required; sign up at the youth services desk, by phone or online. Limited to five students per session.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of every month; next, Nov. 28

Place: Feed'em Soup, 122 S. First St.

More information: www.feedemsoup.org

For transportation, call 815-293-7433.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 250 or theresaw@dkpl.org

Stories, songs and puppet play in Spanish and English for children of all ages.

Intro to PowerPoint

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn the basics of PowerPoint and start to create your own slide show. Register online, by phone or at the reference desk.

'How to Start a Successful Child Care Business'

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29

Place: 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care, 155 N. Third St., Ste. 300

More information: 800-848-8727 ext. 230

A free workshop on starting a professional child care business. Covers legal information, professional business practice and local support and resources. Registration required.

Computer Help Lab

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday; 1 – 3 p.m. Friday

Date: Nov. 29 and 30

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Free, drop-in help lab for computer-related questions or problems.

Santa Comes to Town

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29

Place: The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Cookies, cocoa and caroling inside the theater beginning at 6 p.m., leading to Santa's arrival at 7.

NIU Musician Showcase

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29

Place: Ellwood House Visitor Center, 509 N. First St.

Musicians from the Northern Illinois University School of Music will showcase their talents in a free performance.

'Storytellers Theatre'

Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Dates: Nov. 29 – Dec. 2

Place: Corner Theatre, Stevens Building, Northern Illinois University

Tickets: $6

In a simpler time before radio, television and the Internet, people told stories to entertain and to hand down history, culture and morals. This production is a return to theater's roots.

'Variations'

Time: 10 p.m.

Dates: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

Place: Corner Theatre, Stevens Building, Northern Illinois University

Tickets: $3

In this play written by NIU student Becca Pearce, directed by NIU student William Burdin and featuring music composed by NIU student Brian Wach, a composer struggles to write while balancing relationships with his sister, his neighbor and his muse, until he begins to lose his grip on reality.

Intro to Microsoft Word

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 220

Learn or refresh your memory on the basics of Word. Register online, by phone or at the reference desk.

Holiday Shopping Fair

Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Place: DeKalb Area Women's Center, 1021 State St.

Cost: 50 cents

More information: 815-758-1351 or dawc@niu.edu

Original art, handmade crafts, home-based vendors, homemade chili and treats, live music, gift wrapping and seated massages.

Peter Mayer

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30

Place: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St.

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Singer/songwriter Peter Mayer in concert. Children younger than 12 admitted free. Childcare available for children younger than 6. Limited seating.

Antiques Appraisal Event

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: DeKalb Public Library

Cost: $15 per item appraised

More information: 815-756-9568, ext. 260 or edithc@dkpl.org

Author and antiques expert Mark Moran will publicly appraise items brought in by local people. Registration required to have items appraised.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: Barnes & Noble

More than 60 musicians and instructors in the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts will perform.

Artist Reception

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-758-0313 or dan@dekalbgallery.com

Opening reception for the exhibition "…miles to go," hand-painted intaglios by Dale Osterle.

'Merriment and More' Benefit Dinner

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: Newman Catholic Student Center, 512 Normal Road

Tickets: $45

More information: 815-787-7770 or www.newmanniu.org

A fundraiser for the Catholic student center and parish on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The evening includes a silent auction, madrigal-style entertainment and a dinner of honey-citrus Cornish hens, herb-roasted pork loin, stuffing, vegetable medley, salad, bread and fruit cobbler. Vegetarian meals available on request. The meal will be served in a medieval castle setting.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: Otto's, 118 E. Lincoln Highway

Tickets: $8

This energetic, progressive improvisational band will give a 21-and-older performance.

Hanukkah Shop

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Date: Sunday, Dec. 2

Place: Congregation Beth Shalom, 820 Russell Road

More information: bethshalomdekalb.org

Congregation Beth Shalom's Hanukkah Shop will be open one day only. The shop carries candles, menorahs, dreidels, gelt, wrapping paper, gift items and general Judaic items.

Adventure! @Your Library

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 2

Place: DeKalb Public Library

More information: 815-756-9568 ext. 280 or stever@dkpl.org

For DeKalb-area teens in junior high or high school. Thrill to the twists and turns of a story you help to create. Space is limited; registration required.

Country Music Show Toy Drive

Time: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 2

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Admission: New, unwrapped toy

More information: 815-762-5589

Live bands will perform country, bluegrass and gospel music and Christmas songs. Toys will be donated to the local Salvation Army for distribution to needy DeKalb County children this Christmas.

NIU Holiday Concert

Time: 3 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 2

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building, Lucinda Avenue

Tickets: Adults $15, seniors and students $10

Northern Illinois University Ensembles to perform include the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, NIU Philharmonic, University Chorus, Community School of the Arts Children's Choir, DeKalb Festival Chorus and NIU Graduate Brass Ensemble.

CSA Symphonette

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU Music Building, Lucinda Avenue

A string ensemble for young players, directed by Linc Smelser. Free performance.

Swing Dancing

Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

Cost: $5

No partner needed, casual dress. Includes a one-hour lesson and three hours of social dancing. Leather-soled shoes recommended.

Free Community Meal

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: First, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month; next, Dec. 5

Place: DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St.

For transportation, call 815-758-6641. To volunteer, call 815-758-1678. To donate, call 815-758-3932. Dinner sponsors are especially needed.

Blue Christmas Service

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5

Place: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road

More information: 815-756-4888 or www.stpaulsdekalb.org

For many people, the holiday season is marked with stress, sadness and loneliness. The Blue Christmas Service includes prayers, Scripture and music that focus on hope and healing. Light refreshments will be served in the parish hall after the service.

CSA Guitar Ensemble

Time: 8 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 5

Place: Recital Hall, NIU Music Building, Lucinda Avenue

'A Christmas Carol'

Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates: Dec. 6 – 9

Place: Stage Coach Players Theater, 126 S. Fifth St.

Tickets: Adults $10, children $5

More information: www.stagecoachers.com

A presentation of the classic Dickens tale. There is no charge for the Saturday matinee; new toys or monetary donations will be accepted.

Blues Gone Wild

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: First Thursday of each month; next, Dec. 6

Place: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

More information: 815-787-9547 or http://thehousecafe.net

Monthly blues jam. Come to listen or to play. All-ages show.

Christmas Traditions at Ellwood House

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Friday; 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates: Dec. 7 – 9

Place: Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St.

Cost: Adults $10, children 6-17 $3, children 5 and younger free

More information: 815-756-4609 or www.ellwoodhouse.org

Tour the lavishly decorated mansion, view history and art exhibits, browse the museum shop, sample refreshments and visit with Santa in the Visitors Center.

'The Nutcracker'

Time: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dates: Dec. 7 – 9

Place: The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

Tickets: If purchased before Dec. 1, adults $18, children 12 and younger $12; Dec. 1 and after, adults $20, children $15

More information: 815-758-1225 or www.egyptiantheatre.org

Beth Fowler Dance Company will present its annual holiday production.

Community School of the Arts Showcase Recitals

Times: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: Recital Hall, NIU Music Building, Lucinda Avenue

Children and adults will perform on a variety of instruments.

Breakfast with Santa

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: Hopkins Park Community Center, 1403 Sycamore Road

More information: 815-756-8560

Children can enjoy crafts, doughnuts and milk and a visit with Santa. Parents can take photos. This event is free and open to the public; the DeKalb Park District requests parents call in advance with the number of people who will attend so enough refreshments can be provided.

Kishwaukee Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University Music Building, Lucinda Avenue

Tickets: Adults $15, seniors and students $10, children 11 and younger $5

More information: www.kishorchestra.org

Hanukkah Celebration

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 9

Place: Congregation Beth Shalom, 820 Russell Road

More information: bethshalomdekalb.org

Members and guests of Congregation Beth Shalom will celebrate with a Hanukkah party. Traditional latkes will be served.

Compassionate Friends' Worldwide Candle Lighting

Time: 6 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 9

Place: Hopkins Park Center, 1403 Sycamore Road

More information: 815-756-3000 or srankin@kishhospital.org

Parents and family members of children who have died are invited for an evening of remembrance and friendship. It does not matter how old the child was when they died. Candles will be lit at 7 p.m.

Carols and Candles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 9

Place: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St.

More information: 815-758-0691

The Chancel Choir will perform Christmas music. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall afterward. The community is invited.

CSA Children's Choir

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 12

Place: Recital Hall, NIU Music Building, Lucinda Avenue

The Children's Choir performs holiday and seasonal music in a free concert.

GENOA

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Wednesdays; next, Nov. 28

Place: KishHealth Family and Specialty Care

A community wellness professional monitors blood pressure weekly. Receive blood pressure information and a tracking card. No registration necessary.

Ellen Oaks Christmas Craft Show

Time: 4 – 8 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday

Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 1

Place: Genoa Masonic Temple

More than a dozen crafters will sell painted items, needlework, primitive crafts, holiday decorations, stoneware, pet accessories, jewelry, birdhouses, clay art, fine art prints, antiques and more. The show is in its 43rd year. A portion of proceeds are shared with Safe Passage.

Genoa-Kingston Christmas Craft Walk

Dates: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

More information: 815-784-3340 or www.genoamainstreet.com

More than 100 crafters selling items at eight locations in Genoa and Kingston. Maps available online.

Bingo

Time: 7 p.m.

Date: Every Tuesday; next, Dec. 4

Place: Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St.

Celebrate the Season

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 7

Place: Downtown Genoa

Santa will arrive in the Jingle Bell Parade and light the community tree before visiting with children at his house. Carriage rides will be available for $1. Other activities include a petting zoo, facepainting, crafts, games and vendor booths.

HINCKLEY

Community Tree Lighting

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30

Place: Hinckley Community Building

Girl Scouts will sing Christmas carols until Santa's arrival on a fire truck. After Santa lights the tree, everyone is invited inside for refreshments, crafts and activities sponsored by Hinckley Parks and Rec and the Hinckley Public Library.

Cookie Walk and Bake Sale

Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: St. Paul's United Church of Christ, View and McKinley streets

More information: 815-286-7228 or 815-286-3391

Homemade cookies and candy are $6 per pound. There will also be a bazaar and mini craft show selling such items as silk arrangements, wreaths, bows, jewelry, handmade cards, crocheted items and candles.

KINGSTON

Roast Beef Supper

Time: 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: Kingston United Methodist Church, 121 W. First St.

Cost: Adults, $9; children, $4

Complete dinner, including dessert. Carry-outs and gift certificates available.

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: Kingston Friendship Center, 120 S. Main St.

Cost: Adults, $7; children 4 and younger, $3

Eggs cooked to order, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, toast, fruit, English muffins, juice, milk and coffee.

KIRKLAND

Christmas in Kirkland

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: Alpine Bank

Santa will arrive at 9 a.m. to visit with children. Horse-drawn wagon rides, music and refreshments from 9 to 11 a.m. Prizes in the Hiawatha Elementary art and essay contest and in the holiday house lighting contest will be awarded at 10 a.m.

LEE

Silent Auction and Dinner

Time: 5 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: St. James Church Social Hall, 221 W. Kirke Gate

Cost: $10

More information: 815-508-6059 or www.silentknightauction.org

The dinner, sponsored by the St. James Knights of Columbus, will be served starting at 5 p.m. A silent auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and a live auction will begin at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go to local charities to buy Christmas presents for children. A list of auction donations can be viewed online.

MALTA

Tribute to World War II Veterans

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: Malta Township Public Library, 203 E. Adams St.

Six Malta-area veterans of World War II will be recognized with a short program at 5 p.m. Memorabilia from their time in the service will be on display. After the program, there will be an auction of donated items. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

MAPLE PARK

Kids' Holiday Make and Take

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28

Place: American Legion, 203 Main St.

Children can make holiday crafts at several different crafting stations. Crafts are recommended for children 3 and older, but all are welcome. Parental help is encouraged. Cookies and lemonade will be served. Freewill donations will support Maple Park Fun Fest 2013.

SHABBONA

Shabbona Christmas Walk

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 7

Place: Shabbona Living Centers, 407 and 409 W. Comanche Ave.

Enjoy holiday lights and decorations and vote for your favorites. Refreshments and door prizes provided.

Ice Fishing Seminar

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: Pokanoka's Restaurant, Shabbona Lake State Park

More information: 815-824-2581 or shabbonalake.com

Free seminar on ice fishing will cover such topics as ice safety, shanties, clothing, augers, equipment, tackle and more. The seminar will also be webcast; to register for the free webcast, visit shabbonalake.com. Ice fishing tackle at Lakeside Bait & Tackle will be discounted that day only.

SYCAMORE

Preschool Story Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 13; next, Nov. 28

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Stories, craft and play for independent 3- to 5-year-olds. Caregiver need not stay with the child, but must stay in the library.

Bingo

Time: Card sales start at 6 p.m.; play begins at 7:15

Date: Every Wednesday; next, Nov. 28

Place: Sycamore Veterans Home, 121 S. California St.

Pajama Story Time

Time: 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Thursdays through Dec. 6; next, Nov. 29

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Pajamas welcome at this story time for children 3 to 6. Caregivers do not have to stay with children, but must be available in the library.

Holiday Tea Party

Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 30

Place: The Performing Arts Academy, 504 N. Main St.

Cost: $10

More information: 815-901-7653

Children 2-10 will enjoy dancing, games, stories, costumes and more. Special guests making appearances include Frosty the Snowman and the Gingerbread Lady. Registration recommended.

Free Holiday Movie

Time: 11 a.m.

Dates: Dec. 1 and 2

Place: Sycamore Theatre, 420 W. State St.

A free screening of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story."

Holiday Open House

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Place: Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St.

More information: 815-895-5762

Free public open house. View the museum's exhibits, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and make crafts.

'One Child'

Time: 6 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 1 and 2

Place: Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave.

More information: 815-895-9113

A Christmas choral celebration. Cookies and child care provided.

Toddler Time

Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.

Date: Tuesdays through Dec. 11; next, Dec. 4

Place: Sycamore Public Library

Music and stories for children 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers.

Managing Diabetes Through the Holidays

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4

Place: University of Illinois Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive

Cost: $5

More information: 815-732-2191 or web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo

A dietitian and diabetes educator will help those with diabetes enjoy the traditions of the season while managing their glucose levels. Topics include eating tips, travel tips and holiday recipes. Registration by Nov. 30 preferred.

DeKalb Christian Women's Prayer Connection

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 6

Place: 17535 Mt. Hunger Road

More information: 815-895-9431

Brown Bag Lunch: The History of the Chicago & Northwestern Depot

Time: Noon

Date: Thursday, Dec. 6

Place: DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave.

More information: 815-895-5762 or sycamorehistory.org

Free presentation on the history of the newly-restored train depot. Coffee and cookies provided.

Winter Chocolate Walk

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Dec. 6

Place: Downtown Sycamore

More information: 815-895-3456

Enjoy an array of chocolate treats – chocolate cake, chocolate-covered strawberries, Mexican hot chocolate, chocolate martinis and more – at downtown shops.

'30 Minutes to Health'

Time: 7 p.m.

Dates: Dec. 6, 11 and 19

Place: Sheedy Family Chiropractic, 920 W. Prairie Drive

More information: 815-895-3354

A 30-minute presentation on health, wellness and how to improve your lifestyle to reach an optimum level of health.

Cookie and Candy Sale

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 7

Place: Federated Church, 612 W. State St.

Select your own assortment of homemade goodies for $6 a pound. Tickets for a 50/50 cash raffle are $1 each or six for $5; winner need not be present to win.

Walk With Santa

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, Dec. 7

Place: Midwest Museum of Natural History

More information: 815-895-3456

Children can walk with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves from the Midwest Museum through downtown Sycamore to the DeKalb County Courthouse, where Santa will light the holiday tree before visiting with children in his house on the courthouse lawn.

Free Holiday Movie

Time: 11 a.m.

Dates: Dec. 8 and 9

Place: Sycamore Theater, 420 W. State St.

A free screening of the holiday movie "Prancer."

WATERMAN

Holiday Lights Train

Time: 5 – 9 p.m. Fridays, 2 – 9 p.m. Saturdays, 2 – 8 p.m. Sundays

Dates: Weekends through December

Place: Lions Park

Take a free ride on the miniature train, past holiday displays featuring more than 250,000 lights. Free cocoa, popcorn and visits with Santa at the station.

Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic

Time: 9 – 11 a.m.

Date:  Thursdays; next, Nov. 29

Place: KishHealth Family and Specialty Care

A community wellness professional monitors blood pressure weekly. Receive blood pressure information and a tracking card. No registration necessary.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 8

Place: Waterman Community Building

Cost: Adults $7, children 4-12 $5, children 3 and younger free

More information: 815-264-3719 or 815-769-2015

The Lions Club and Boy Scouts Troop 39 will partner to serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice. Proceeds support local charities and community activities. Early discount tickets are available by phone or from Troop 39 scouts.

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