Blizzard Ride
Feb
18
11:30 AM11:30

Blizzard Ride

Enjoy winter biking along a 5 mile route at your own pace. Five stops at area businesses along the route with games and activities, ending with an after party at Forager Brewing from 2:30 - 4:00pm.

COST: $20 per rider

REGISTRATION: Register at People's Food Coop to get a route map.

BENEFITS: Rochester Community Bike Club - Pata de Perro to support the Earn-a-Bike program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  https://www.facebook.com/events/241403483065464/

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Outdoor Curling & Olympic Watch Party
Feb
12
5:00 PM17:00

Outdoor Curling & Olympic Watch Party

Join the Curling Club of Rochester for this Olympic edition of our monthly happy hour during Rochester WinterFest! Try your hand at outdoor curling, play indoor bar games, enjoy food and drink specials, watch Olympic curling on TV, and listen to live music! CCR’s own Jon Dobmeier & Michael Moscatelli (members of our Fall League winning team!) and their band local MM Jr. will play a set of original music. MM Jr. blends elements of pop punk and rock, and fuses energetic, punchy riffs and beats with catchy, fun, and memorable vocals to create a sound that gets people having fun.

Register to win raffle/door prizes including a jersey from Matt Hamilton, 2018 US Mens & Mixed Doubles Olympic Curler, signed memorabilia from Olympic Curler Debbie McCormick, gift cards, and CCR gear! 

HOSTED BY: Curling Club of Rochester

MISSION: The Curling Club of Rochester is a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the sport of curling back to Rochester, to cultivating a curling community, and to building a world class curling facility in Rochester, Minnesota.

SPONSORS: The Freight Yard

COST: Free will donation, food and drink available for purchase

CONTACT: Curling Club of Rochester
info@curlrochester.com

 

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4th Annual Grace Lutheran Chili Challenge
Feb
11
5:00 PM17:00

4th Annual Grace Lutheran Chili Challenge

Bring your favorite chili recipe and test it against others to win prizes and raise money support our missions. Even if you don't want to cook and compete, join us to eat and vote for your favorite. Over 30 recipes by individuals and businesses will compete; vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.

Pre-registration for chili entries are due January 31, 2018.

BENEFITING: Grace Lutheran Church Missions

COST: $10/individual; $30/family

CONTACT: Pastor Greg Heidorn
pastor@gracebythelake.org, 507-289-7833

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It's Snow Crazy!
Feb
11
1:30 PM13:30

It's Snow Crazy!

Get ready to experience snow like you never have before! Bring your mittens for snow games including ice bowling, snow snakes, and snowball toss; bring your sweet tooth for making snow candy; and bring your creativity for snow creating! You can color it, shape it, or adorn it for the birds - whatever you are in the mood for. We’ll provide the materials and (hopefully) Mother Nature provides the snow! The fire will be roaring and hot cocoa simmering whenever you need to take a warm up break! Advance registration required.

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center

MISSION: Natural science education

COST: $$5/person

CONTACT: quarryhill@qhnc.org, 507-328-3950

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Valentine's Candlelit Ski & Snowshoe
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Valentine's Candlelit Ski & Snowshoe

Enjoy the sparkling winter landscape on a candlelit trail. Bring your sweetheart or come with friends for an enjoyable evening in nature. Then warm up by the crackling fire where champagne and sweets will be served. Equipment is provided by Quarry Hill. Alternate activities will be provided in the case of poor snow or trail conditions.
Must be 21+ to register.

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center

MISSION: Natural science education

COST: $20/person, $15/members

CONTACT: quarryhill@qhnc.org, 507-328-3950

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Savannah in Style Murder Mystery
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Savannah in Style Murder Mystery

It’s 1988 and Savannah’s elite society has planned an evening of fashion and merriment in the enchanted world of The Garden. This fashion show is the hottest ticket in town but soon becomes a frenzy of intrigue and drama that will keep you guessing about each character’s innocence or guilt in this utopian southern haven. Y’all can sit a spell and enjoy this killer evening. Must be 21 to attend.

Two performances at 6:00 and 8:30 pm.

COST: $40/ticket (must be purchased in advance)

HOSTED BY: Elder Network

MISSION: Individuals impacted by the limiting effects of aging have optimal quality of life.

CONTACT: annf@elder-network.org, 507-285-5272

 

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Youth Ice Fishing Contest
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Youth Ice Fishing Contest

Ice Fishing contest for all youth 15 and under (accompanied by an adult) with cash prizes for largest fish in each of three age categories. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event at 1:00 pm.

HOSTED BY: Rochester '76 Lions Club

MISSION: To serve the blind and visually impaired people of the world through donations to the Minnesota Lions Vision Institute.

BENEFITS: Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation

SPONSORED BY: Rochester '76 Lions Club, Breakwall Outfitters of Lake City Minnesota, M&M Lawn and Leisure

COST: $10.00 Donation

CONTACT: Dudley Parsons
parsons.dudley@charter.net, 507-282-4013

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Pancake Breakfast
Feb
10
8:00 AM08:00

Pancake Breakfast

Bolder Options and Mt Olive Lutheran Church will be hosting a pancake breakfast! Proceeds will be split 50/50 among Bolder Options' mentoring program and the Mt Olive Lutheran Church upcoming Youth Mission trip. We will provide pancakes as well as other breakfast favorites and educate our community on the work both groups are doing to engage, educate, and empower young people.

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Bolder Options and Mt Olive Lutheran Church

MISSION:
Bolder Options is an innovative organization focused on healthy youth development. The comprehensive mentoring program, wellness activities and leadership opportunities coordinate family, community, school and county resources in a united effort to support youth who are at-risk for dropping out of school or becoming involved in delinquent or unhealthy behaviors. Bolder Options engages youth and mentors in goal setting, physical activity, tutoring and community involvement to build confidence, maximize potential, and encourage healthy life skills.

The mission of Mount Olive Lutheran Church is that we are “Ambassadors for Christ, rooted to grow and serve”. This mission statement is based on the biblical imagery from 2 Corinthians 5:20 and Psalm 52:8. It is an active mission statement that reminds us that we are rooted in Christ Jesus through weekly worship and daily prayer, that we grow in faith through study of scripture and fellowship, and that the growth which God provides empowers us to serve all people in Jesus’ name.

COST: $10 per adult, kids under 10 eat free, seniors and students $5

CONTACT: Scott Robinson
scott.robinson@bolderoptions.org, 507-993-0554

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SnoBall Softball Tournament
Feb
10
8:00 AM08:00

SnoBall Softball Tournament

Every year during Rochester Winterfest, we hold a slow pitch softball tournament. This is a benefit tournament to raise money for the Eagles Cancer Telethon. Each year we have sponsors that donate generously so players that come out to brave the winter weather and play “snow or shine” can win some great prizes. Each year we have approximately 16-20 teams that consist of men's, women's and coed teams playing softball in the snow! Co-ed teams are welcome to play if that would like, they would be placed in the men's bracket. We play at local softball fields including McQuillan, Homestead, Slatterly & Bear Creek ball fields. It is a fun event and will be celebrating it's 40th year in 2018.

BENEFITING: Eagle's Cancer Telethon

Our mission is to provide a fun event while bringing community members together while raising money for the Eagle's Cancer Telethon.

COST: $100/team

CONTACT: Jill Brady-Schatz
jillbrady0202@gmail.com, 507-990-4715

 

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Beat the Winter Blues Party
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Beat the Winter Blues Party

Cupcakes, crafts, contests, service projects and dancing! What more could you ask for! We will eat and dance and play, make valentines for seniors in local assisted living facilities and give food and clothing to those who need it most. To get in, bring a non-perishable food item for Channel One, a piece of clothing for our Thrift on Fifth store, or a cash donation in any amount.

HOSTED BY: Christ United Methodist Church

MISSION: Creating committed Christ-followers for the transformation of the world" We seek to be a strong reconciling community presence in Rochester, and a haven for peace and justice cultivators.

BENEFITING: Christ United Methodist Church & Channel One Food Bank & Food Shelf

Cupcakes, crafts, contests, service projects and dancing! What more could you ask for! We will eat and dance and play, make valentines for seniors in local assisted living facilities and give food and clothing to those who need it most. To get in, bring a non-perishable food item for Channel One, a piece of clothing for our Thrift on Fifth store, or a cash donation in any amount.

COST: Donation of food, clothing or cash in any amount

CONTACT: Christ UMC Associate Pastor Katy Lee
email@cumethodist.com, 507-289-4019

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Polar Plunge
Feb
9
to Feb 10

Polar Plunge

Participants raise a minimum of $75 to earn the right to take the plunge into beautiful Foster Arend Pond.

HOSTED BY: Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

BENEFITING: Special Olympics Minnesota

Cool School Plunge  |  Friday, February 9th, 10:30-11:30 am
Super Plunge  |  Friday, February 9th, 3:00 pm -  Saturday, February 10th, 1:30 pm
Polar Plunge  |  Saturday, February 10th, 1:30 pm

REGISTER: plungemn.org

COST: Minimum pledge donation of $75

CONTACT: Kevin Torgerson
torgerson.kevin@co.olmsted.mn.us, 507-273-5224

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Cool School Plunge
Feb
9
10:30 AM10:30

Cool School Plunge

Participants raise a minimum of $75 to earn the right to take the plunge into beautiful Foster Arend Pond.

HOSTED BY: Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

BENEFITING: Special Olympics Minnesota

Cool School Plunge  |  Friday, February 9th, 10:30-11:30 am
Super Plunge  |  Friday, February 9th, 3:00 pm -  Saturday, February 10th, 1:30 pm
Polar Plunge  |  Saturday, February 10th, 1:30 pm

REGISTRATION: plungemn.org

COST: Minimum pledge donation of $75

CONTACT: Kevin Torgerson
torgerson.kevin@co.olmsted.mn.us, 507-273-5224

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Friends WinterFest Book Sale
Feb
8
to Feb 11

Friends WinterFest Book Sale

  • Rochester Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Fiction and nonfiction books will be for sale in the library auditorium.

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Friends of the Rochester Public Library

MISSION: The Friends of the Rochester Public Library is a non-profit organization of community people dedicated to strengthening the Public Library, promoting awareness and use if Library services, building community and financial support, and encouraging volunteer involvement.

Thursday, February 8  |  5:00 pm-7:00 pm (members preview sale)
Friday, February 9  |  9:30 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, February 10  |  9:30 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, February 11  |  1:30 pm-4:00 pm

CONTACT: Patricia Mann
mannpa1@charter.net, 507-282-0811

 

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Hearts & Diamonds Spectacular
Feb
3
5:00 PM17:00

Hearts & Diamonds Spectacular

The 15th Annual Hearts & Diamonds Spectacular, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester features an elegant evening of dinner, diamonds and dancing. The event begins with complimentary red carpet champagne and cocktail reception followed by a gourmet dinner, diamond prize raffle and table prizes along with live music, dancing and coffee bar.

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN

MISSION: The Ronald McDonald House® of Rochester, Minnesota provides a home-away-from home and offers support to families seeking medical care for their children.Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN

SPONSORS: Presenting Sponsor: Sterling State Bank; Exclusive Diamond Sponsor: Hight & Randall Personal Jeweler; Event Sponsor: Somerby Golf Club; Major Sponsors: McNeilus Companies, Rochester Motor Cars, Weis Builders; Heartfelt Sponsors: EmBe Photography & Design, Fagan Studios, Flowers by Jerry, Let Me Capture You Photography, Top Tier Delights, Cambira

COST: $250 per person

CONTACT: Angela Christensen
achristensen@rmhmn.org, 507-252-2163

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Free Family Day
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Free Family Day

A special Winter-themed Free Family Day at Rochester Art Center, with activities for families and children of all ages! Since 2004, children and families have taken part in one of Rochester Art Center’s most popular and exciting programs, Free Family Day. Guests are welcomed to create original art pieces in the studio classroom, our Grand Lobby and occasionally off-site with a collaborative partner.

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Rochester Art Center

MISSION: Rochester Art Center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art.

CONTACT: Rochester Art Center
info@rochesterartcenter.org, 5072828629

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Frozen Goose Run & Walk
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Frozen Goose Run & Walk

  • University Center Rochester - Atrium (map)
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10K Timed Run and 5K Fun Run or Walk to raise funds for Mayo Clinic childhood cancer research and to Brighter Tomorrows to support families of children with cancer.

HOSTED BY: Optimist Club of Rochester

BENEFITING: Mayo Clinic Childhood Cancer Research and Brighter Tomorrows

MISSION: Optimist International and the Rochester Optimist Club motto is "Friend of Youth" and we support many community and youth programs such as Jr. Optimist clubs and childhood cancer research.  Our overall mission is to promote optimism as a way of life.

COST:
Timed Run $30 advance / $35 day of event
5K Run/Walk $25 advance / $30 day of event

optimistclubrochestermn.org

CONTACT: Bill Reilly wrbogwalker@gmail.com

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Med City Foundation Community Expo
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Med City Foundation Community Expo

Join us for shopping crafts, antiques, and other home vendors!

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Med City Foundation

MISSION: Med City Foundation is a passionate and devoted group that provides healing and peace of mind to those affected by blood cancers in Rochester, MN. See how we aid in providing basic, financial, and pyscho-social care to those in need.

medcityfoundation.org

CONTACT: Kristina Hesby
info@medcityfoundation.org507-424-6336

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Life of a Pioneer
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Life of a Pioneer

  • History Center of Olmsted County (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for some winter fun in early February at Winterfest! Bundle up to enjoy the cold bite of winter on a horse-drawn sleigh, and then warm up inside with crafts and cocoa! No pre-registration required, children are $5.00 and their accompanying guardian is free!

COST: $5 per child

CONTACT:
programs@olmstedhistory.com
507-282-9447

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Sleigh Rides
Feb
3
10:00 AM10:00

Sleigh Rides

11/21/2017 13:57:16Rochester Winterfest Sleigh RidesProviding horse-drawn sleigh rides for children and adults, including a bonfire, hot chocolate, and cookiesRochester Area Special OlympicsJohn DavisNone507-365-8064Sleigh Rides

Several horse-drawn sleighs and bobsleds providing rides for children and adults. Spend time around the bonfire eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate. (Note: If not enough snow for sleighs, the ride will be given using horse-drawn wagons).

February 3, 201810am - 4pmOlmsted County History CenterFree will offering

CONTACT: John Davis, 507-365-8064

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Warm-up to the Polar Plunge
Feb
3
8:30 AM08:30

Warm-up to the Polar Plunge

Events to include a Silent Auction, Frozen Turkey Bowling, Ice Fishing Contest (adults), Pancake Breakfast, Miniature Golf, Outdoor Volleyball Tournament, 50 / 50 Raffles

HOSTED BY: Polar Plunge - Rochester Committee

BENEFITING: Special Olympics Minnesota

MISSION: Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.

CONTACT: Rich Batchelor
Rich@Batchelor.com 507-398-3944

COST: varies by activity

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Candlelight Ski
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Candlelight Ski

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center

MISSION: Natural science education

Celebrate Minnesota’s sparkling season and winter landscape. Enjoy an evening skiing by candlelight and the glow of the moon. Warm up in front of the Nature Center’s blazing fireplace while refueling with cocoa and s’mores.
Equipment is available on a first come first serve basis. All ages are welcome – equipment is available in youth and adult sizes. Event is dependent on snow and trail conditions—call ahead.

COST: $10/person

CONTACT: quarryhill@qhnc.org, 507-328-3950

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Baconfest
Feb
1
5:30 PM17:30

Baconfest

  • Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A fun night filled with endless choices of bacon inspired cuisine. New this year, a celebrity studded bacon eating contest!

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Rochester A Better Chance

MISSION: Rochester A Better Chance provides bright talented and aspiring minority candidates with a mentoring and nurturing home environment. Thereby optimizing opportunities to excel in school and community settings. This prepares them for an excellent college education and future leadership opportunities.

SPONSORED BY: Canadian Honker

COST :$25/adults; $10/kids 12 & under

CONTACT: Andrew Dunn
addunn@hotmail.com, 5073587087

 

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The GREAT Cardboard Sled Race
Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

The GREAT Cardboard Sled Race

Come zoom down the hills of the Rochester Golf & Country Club for the 5th Annual, Cardboard Sled Race, in your very own homemade cardboard sled!

Exclusive Addition for this year: ADULTS ONLY COMPETITION!
In addition to the family competition, there will also be a round specifically for adults, because "Kids need play, Adults do too!"

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester

MISSION: Sparking children's learning through play!

Sleds must be made of cardboard, tape, paint, & Glue exclusively.

Prizes will be given for:
- Fastest Sled
- Further Distance Traveled
- Best Design
- Best Team Spirit
- and more!

COST: $15 for Family Team Entry per Sled, $250 for Adults Only Team per Sled

REGISTER: mcm.org

CONTACT: Becca Stiles-Nogosek, Development Events Manager
bstilesnogosek@mcm.org, 507-218-3104

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That '70s Party
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

That '70s Party

Have a thing for The Brady Bunch, the Dukes of Hazzard and CHiPs? Still haven't gotten over the death of Disco? Keep your clogs and flared jeans (or even your go-go boots) in the back of your closet? Then we have the party for you!

Grab your pet rock and your Welcome Back Kotter lunch box, and head to THAT '70s PARTY—A FUNKY & FAR-OUT FUNDRAISER.
Your night includes:
* '70s music — from ABBA to Aerosmith
* Beer & Wine Tastings
* A Sweet-and-Savory Dessert and Snack Bar
* Costume Contests
* Dancing! (And, yes, you're going to want to practice your Hustle)
* Silent Auction
* More!

This is a 21+ event.

COST: $35/advance, $40/door
Tickets are available at Tyrol Ski & Sports.

BENEFITING: Century High School Senior Party Committee

MISSION: The CHS Senior Party provides a safe and fun "lock-in" event for Century's High School graduating 2018 seniors on a traditionally high-risk night. This Back to the '70s event raises funds to put on that party.

CONTACT: Jennifer Koski
jenniferkoski@gmail.com, 507-251-3887

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Wit, Wisdom & Wine
Jan
27
6:30 PM18:30

Wit, Wisdom & Wine

Annual fundraiser for the library consists of 8 speakers, attendees pick 2 to listen to, silent auction, raffle, great food and lots of wine!

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Rochester Public Library Foundation

MISSION: To raise private funds for education and informational resources and projects in a manner that does not diminish the need for strong public funding and to educate the community about the library's vital role in meeting our community's need.

COST: $85 in advance, $95 after Jan. 15

CONTACT: Vicki Allen
vallen@rochester.lib.mn.us, 507-328-2387

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Mile of Mac & Cheese
Jan
27
to Jan 28

Mile of Mac & Cheese

Channel One Regional Food Bank is partnering with Hy-Vee to coordinate a Macaroni and Cheese food drive to help feed our neighbors in need. Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese will be collected in bins at all four Rochester Hy-Vee stores, with a goal of 9,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese. Channel One volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist in the food drive.

HOSTED BY & BENEFITING: Channel One Regional Food Bank

MISSION: To work in partnership with others to help feed people in need.

SPONSORS: Hy-Vee Stores of Rochester

CONTACT: Barbara Schramm
barbaraschramm@channel-one.org, 507-424-1705

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Parkside Art Gallery
Jan
25
4:30 PM16:30

Parkside Art Gallery

The public is invited to attend Charter House's Parkside Art Gallery featuring artists Michelle Fagan and Wendy Westlake. The gallery is located on the 1st floor of Charter House. There will be a gallery talk at 5:15 p.m. Refreshments will be provided along with live music by pianist Marilyn Carriere.

HOSTED BY: Charter House

MISSION: Consistent with Mayo Clinic, create and sustain an innovative, vital and caring community for older persons served by passionate and dedicated staff so that Charter House is a preferred place to live and work.

COST: Free

CONTACT: charterhouse@mayo.edu, 507-266-8572

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Ice Skating on the Oval
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Ice Skating on the Oval

Come on down to Soldiers Field Park for outdoor skating on the track oval. We will have a heated warming tent and complimentary hot cocoa. For those who do not own ice skates, we will have a limited number of skates available.

HOSTED BY: Rochester Parks & Recreation

MISSION: Providing traditional, innovative, and affordable quality services (activities, programs, and facilities) for Rochester's residents and visitors.

COST: Free

CONTACT: Ben Boldt
bboldt@rochestermn.gov, 507-328-2528

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