Area Events Listings for March 4th, 2015

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:00

Calendar of Events for 2015

• March 7 - 4th Annual Step-Up For Soldiers Backyard BBQ (910-431-8122)
• March 14 - 11th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run (910-368-9523)
• March 27-28 - Suncoast Cruiser “Back to the Beach” Car Show (910-707-0060)
• April 11 - 19th Annual Chowder Cook-Off (910-458-8434)
• April 18 - Island of Lights Fashion Show (910-617-5945)
• April 19 - 5th Annual 5K Holland Hustle (910-297-9522)
• April 25-26 - Easter Seal Ride (910-323-1926)
• May 14 - 17th Annual Disabled Fishing Tournament
• May 16 - Carolina Beach Arts Festival (910-458-7822)
• May 16-17 - 22nd Annual Seaside Soccer Classic
• May 16–Oct 3 - Carolina Beach Farmers Market every Saturday (910-458-2977)
• May 17 - Double Sprint Marathon (910-620-6405)
• May 26 – Aug - Tuesday Family Night at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 27 – Aug - Wednesday Night Bingo at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
• May 30 - Beach Wrestling Nationals (910-395-4362)
• June - Aug - Fireworks every Thursday Night on the Beach (910-458-8434)
• June - Aug - Free Movies at the Carolina Beach Lake every Sunday (910-458-8434)
• June – Aug - Weekly Boardwalk Music Every Thursday
• June - Aug - FREE Summer Concerts 2nd and 4th Fridays (910-458-8434)
• June 6 - 30th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival
• June 9–Aug 25 - Kure Beach Open Air Market (910-459-8216)
• July 3 - Independence Day Fireworks (910-458-8434)
• June 14 - Life Rolls On (910-431-0594)
• July 10-12 - East Coast Got-Em-On King Mackerel Fishing Tournament (910-470-1374)
• August 8-9 - EVP Beach Volleyball Tournament
• Sept 12 - 3rd Annual Heart of Hope Run (910-228-5282)
• Sept 18-19 - 3rd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival (910-599-2979)
• Sept 26 - 3rd Annual Pleasure Island Day of Hope “Toes in the Sand” Walk (910-458-9453)
• Oct 4 - Carolina Beach Half Marathon (919-889-3438)
• Oct 11&12 - 21st Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival (910-458-8434)
• Oct 16-18 - 9th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (910-452-6378)
• Oct 17 - 7th Annual Salty Paws Festival (910-458-7233)
• Oct 24     - Annual Carolina Beach Firefighters Association BBQ (910-458-8434)
• Nov 27 - Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake (910-458-5507)
• Nov 27-28, Dec 5,12,19 - 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea (Carolina Beach Boardwalk) (910-458-8434)
• Dec 4 - Island of Lights Parade (910-458-5507)
• Dec 5 - Island of Lights Flotilla (910-458-0211)
    • Dec 11, 12, 13 - Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show (910-279-0459)
• Dec 12 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes (910-458-5006)
 • Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve Countdown/Fireworks
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Step Up For Soldiers Back Yard BBQ Cook-Off
“Where the BBQ Meets the Beach”

Carolina Beach, NC  -  Fire up your grill, grab your apron, and get ready to BBQ!  
On Saturday, March 7, 2015 about thirty teams will take to their grills, forks in hand, secret recipes folded and stashed in pockets, all for the glory of the title and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped to raise a significant amount of money for Step Up For Soldiers.  The competition will start with a level playing field:  everyone will have the same meats, be in the same location and have the same time constraints.  
But thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking that will leave someone going home with braggin’ rights for the next year.
The cook-off will be held at the lake in Carolina Beach at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Avenue, and everyone is welcome.  
Admission is free.  Tickets can be purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed.  There will be three bands: Junkyard Mama opens, next is local favorite Kenny  Reeves and TrainWreck, and the headliner will be one of the hottest bands in the Southeast – The Mark Roberts Band.  
In addition, there will be raffles, a 50/50, educational displays, restaurant vendors, plus more food and drink for purchase.  Gates open at 10:30am and prizes will be awarded at 4:00pm.  All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers.  
This year Step Up is proud to continue a new project, “Soldier Build.” Upon receiving a plot of land in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington, NC, a plan began to build a transitional home for veterans - along with their families - who are attending local universities.  
The house will be built along the lines of a Habitat for Humanity home (i.e. with hard work, sweat and determination), and Step Up For Soldiers has a donation program in order to supply the materials needed for the house and the overall project.  
Proceeds from this event will help to fund this project.  In addition to monetary contributions, they are also seeking the assistance of licensed professionals who would be willing to donate their expertise.
Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of our disabled veterans and their families.
 Step Up For Soldiers was started in November 2004 by Tom Russell, a retired Port Authority police officer and Vietnam Vet.  His intent was to assist wounded soldiers who were sent overseas in response to the 9/11 terrorist attack and he began with building wheelchair ramps for two soldiers who returned home paralyzed from the waist down.  
The organization has increased from a single person to a small family of nine dedicated volunteers and continues to develop as it grows. Russell's goal is to help as many families of active and non-active duty soldiers as possible in the Fort Bragg to Camp Lejeune areas by modifying homes and providing other services to veteran and active duty soldiers. There is no better way to spend the day than tasting the best BBQ around, maybe eating some oysters or a burger, listening to great music while helping support such a deserving organization. To volunteer during the event contact Ashley Courts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
For more information contact Janet Knott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 910-431-8122.

Pleasure Island Parrot Heads hold Relay For Life Fundraiser March 21

2015 Volunteer Orientation meeting is scheduled for March 25, at 6pm in the Minnie Evans Art Center in the Ashley High School Complex on Halyburton Parkway just south of Monkey Junction.  Parking is available in the front parking lot of the high school. We will have a check in system again this year, to make it go more smoothly we are asking everyone to RSVP this year. Just go to the website and fill out the form. You will then receive an email at some point before the meeting containing instructions and a form we would like for you to bring to the meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone there as well as lots of new faces. Again since it is mandatory attendance we remind you that for your convenience families and couples only one person needs to be there although everyone is welcome! Drivers please stay tuned for an important update email regarding this seasons patrol. Also please if you have not filled out the survey it really is anonymous, please give us your thoughts and comments. We will also be migrating our email to a new platform soon in the hopes of solving some issues we have had recently.  Look for that in the coming weeks and save the email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your address book now so there is no chance for it to go to your spam or junk folder.

Island of Lights Fashion Show April 18th

The Island of Lights will kick off their 25th Year Anniversary with their annual fashion show, April 18th from 11-2 at the American Legion, Post # 129 in Carolina Beach.  This years event will feature spring/summer fashions from touche and Unique Boutique.  Lunch will be catered by Middle of the Island with dessert served by Judy Kunf.  Local coffee artisian, Ken Hodges will serve coffee with dessert.
Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at touche and Unique Boutique, both of Carolina Beach.  This years event will host a Best Shoe Contest, Dots Hat Raffle and a silent auction.  For more information call Linda Cheshire, 910-617-5945.

Wilmington Concert Association Presents Award-winning Jazz Pianist Mary Louise Knutson

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Concert Association is pleased to present jazz pianist, Mary Louise Knutson in concert on Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m. on the Thalian Hall Main Stage. Concert includes stellar local musicians Douglas Curtis Irving (bass) and Lee Venters (drums). Ms. Knutson tours the U.S. regularly with former Tonight Show bandleader trumpeter Doc Severinsen and his big band. Mary Louise has performed with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Erskine, and Slide Hampton. As a show player, she has performed with artists such as Reba McEntire, Michael Bolton, Jordin Sparks, Trisha Yearwood, Donny Osmond, and Smoky Robinson. Knutson’s long-awaited trio CD, In the Bubble, charted in Jazz Week’s Top 10 and remained in the Top 50 for 19 weeks straight. For more information about Mary Louise Knutson, please visit
REVIEWS: " excellent pianist whose voicings sometimes recall Bill Evans...she has a talent for coming up with fresh melodies.” ~ Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene "I like Knutson's CD, very nice mood, cool arrangements, and I particularly like her original tunes." ~ Ben Sidran, Pianist and Host of NPR’s Jazz Alive “The audience was ecstatic about your solo performances as well as your collaborations...they were 'wowed' by your technical prowess as well as your engaging presentation style.” ~ Jan Viktora, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN Sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions about the Wilmington Concert Association please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Tickets for the Mary Louise Knutson concert are on sale now at 910-632-2285 or

Cameron Art Museum Presents: A Centennial Celebration honoring the Life and Legacy of Claude Howell in ClaudeLIVE!
Sat., Mar. 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Wilmington, NC— In honor of the life and legacy of local artist and native Wilmingtonian, Claude Howell the Cameron Art Museum is presenting a centennial celebration, ClaudeLIVE!, on Sat., Mar. 21, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Howell’s artwork will be seen in a new light as interpreted through contemporary multimedia, theatrical performance, music and dance. Additional details listed below.
Claude Howell (1915-1997) was, by any measure, a fixture in the life of Wilmington, North Carolina. But he was also a passionate force that left his mark imprinting the arts into the fabric of the city and the state and accelerating the discussion on the importance of the arts for everyone. And in his own art, Howell unfolded the social strata of southeastern North Carolina and asked friends and colleagues to look, to see inconspicuous folk around them--the laborers, the fishermen, the African-Americans living their lives in the rural South, trapped by circumstance. Howell chose to document their lives through his artwork and allowed the viewer to see the unvarnished South. During the first part of his life, Howell worked for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad as a stenographer.
In 1953 Dr. William Randall, the president of Wilmington College, currently the University of North Carolina Wilmington, approached Howell to start an art department at the College. Howell exclaimed, “I don’t know how.” Randall assured, “Do you know anything about art?” Howell responded, “Well, I think I do.” Then Randall said, “Then teach what you know.” Thus began a long teaching career. When he began teaching the school was a two-year college, later it became a four-year institution. Howell shaped and helped grow the program during his tenure.
Claude Howell also wrote meticulous journals chronicling his experiences and travels for more than sixty years. Additionally, he demonstrated his leadership as a preservationist and philanthropist.
ABOUT THE EVENT ClaudeLIVE! As an artist, Claude was fascinated by the luminosity of color and light and how the human eye experiences the two. This evening of celebration highlights his artwork by interpreting it through contemporary multimedia, theatrical performance, music and dance. As an homage to Howell’s time in Europe a recreated Parisian cabaret showcasing performances by local artists will be presented in the CAM courtyard.  The food for the evening will be international cuisine inspired by the countries of Claude’s travels.
7:00 - 11:30 p.m. $150 per person
Sumptuous fare, open bar, live music and special performances.
9:00 - 11:30 p.m. $50 per person Savories and desserts inspired from around the world, open bar, live music and performances continue.
11:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. $10 suggested donation for ClaudeAFTERHOURS! Light fare and cash bar, live music and performances continue
Tickets may be purchased at:  or call: 910.395.5999
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL OPEN - Five levels of participation are still available for sponsorship of ClaudeLIVE! To discuss your sponsorship options please contact Jayme Bednarczyk at 910.395.5999 ext. 1010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit
ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS FOR CLAUDELIVE! Phil Abbott | Mirla Cristi | Beth Crookham | Hilda Dill | Clyde Edgerton | Shane Fernando | Amanda RJ Fulk | Kevin Lee-y Green | Ray Kennedy | Tony Rivenbark | Jennifer Rose | Angela Rowe | Gary Ralph Smith | Alonzo V. Wilson
Edward Alexander
Alison Bernhart
Frank Block
Susan Taylor Block
Rachel Camp
Becky Laymon Ficklen
Frances H. Goodman
Rachel Graham
Andrew and Hathia Hayes
Jean G. Keller
William Ivey Long
Wayne Martin
Margaret S. “Tog” Newman
Michael Newman
Mary B. Regan
John Stike
Jane Sullivan
Anne Tilghman Reiss
George Taylor
Suzanne Taylor
Robert Warren
Helen Wells
Charles Winston
Elizabeth Wright
Sunday, March 22, 2015
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ClaudeLIVE! Exhibition opens to the Public
The Cameron Art Museum presents six to eight changing exhibitions annually; ongoing family and children's programs; a unique program of tours for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers; The Museum School classes for adult and youth education; interdisciplinary programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); Healthy Living Classes and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics at the Clay Studio with resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi. The Cameron Art Museum also features the CAM Café.  Cameron Art Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. CAM Café is open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday Tapas from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and from Thursday dinner 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. For additional information about the museum, please visit

March 2015 Programs at N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher

• AQUARIST APPRENTICE - Saturdays, March 14, 21 at 2 p.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love.  Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then, assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older.  Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - Sundays, March 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Saturdays, March 14, 21 at 11:15 a.m. - Check out a dirty job you’re sure to love. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about Aquarium animals, what they eat, how they live, and how to care for them. Then assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. Participants also observe aquarists during daily care and maintenance tasks. This limited opportunity is only open to 10 participants. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. For ages 10 and older. Ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25 for ages 13 and older, $23 for ages 10-12. Aquarium admission included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• Extended BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR -  Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 24 at 2 p.m. - Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. This unique opportunity is limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 17 and under. Aquarium admission included. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $9.00 per participant.
• CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY TIME - Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m. – Sea-ing Colors, Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m. – Sleepy Animals. Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For ages 3-5. Fee: $14 per child. Parents pay admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Special Programs
• ALLIGATOR EGG HUNT - Saturdays, March 28 and April 4 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Join the fun on our Alligator Egg Hunt! Meet a live baby alligator, learn about fascinating animals, create an alligator egg basket then search for candy filled “alligator eggs.” Recommended for children ages 3-10, however all ages are welcome. Limited space available. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $20 per child. Adults pay Aquarium admission only. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MARCH 25 FOR MARCH 28 PROGRAMS. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED BY APRIL 1 FOR APRIL 3 AND 4 PROGRAMS.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission:$10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children, and N.C. Aquarium Society members. General information:

Federal Point Historic Preservation Society Monthly Meeting Speaker, Marybeth Ray, Capt, Southport/Ft Fisher Ferry

On Monday March 16th the Federal Point Historical Preservation Society will hold its monthly program and meeting.  Our speaker will be Marybeth Ray, Captain of the MV Southport ferry. The meeting will begin at 7:30 at the Federal Point History Center located at 1121-A N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach. The program is free and open to the general public.
Marybeth Ray is one of just three women among the 60 Captains of the North Carolina ferry fleet.  Working seven 12 hour days on followed by 7 days off she pilots the MV Southport across the Cape Fear River in all kinds of weather and conditions.  
Marybeth grew up as a “military brat” her family moving all over the Southeast. When she was twelve her family settled on Andros Island in the Bahamas and her love of boats, sailing and all things involving salt water was born.  Her early work experience involved working for the U.S. Navy at their Undersea Test and Evaluation Center as a civilian contractor.  Of her 1995 move to Wilmington, Ray says, ““We fell in love with this area. Obviously, its very water oriented and Wilmington had a lot to offer as far as downtown.”   Soon after resettling she got a job working as a “deck hand” with the State’s ferry system.  By 2003 she had worked herself up to full time Captain.  Now a resident of Southport on her weeks off she and her husband run Southport Paddle and Sail offering paddle board adventures ranging from lessons to guided excursions to yoga “on the water.”
They also offer sailing lessons and tours of the area from their schooner Kitty Hawk and their catboat Catnip.  

Island Women Recyclable Bag Sponsor Spots Going Fast

This year, Island Women plan to produce 5,000 bags that will be distributed in our community to locals and tourists before the Memorial Day holiday. As a community, let’s get together to provide an original reusable bag,(depicting all that Pleasure Island has to offer) into the hands of our vacationers and residents. The proceeds from the bag will help the Island Women organization continue our mission of improving the quality of life on Pleasure Island. The Pleasure Island reusable bag is just one of the many projects that the Island Women organization provides every year.  
Island Women is a diverse group of local women who use their talents and resources to improve the quality of life on Pleasure Island for residents and guests. We are a non-profit group and we are not affiliated with any companies, governments or special interest groups. For as little as a $200 donation for the environmental sponsor, you can have your business name listed on the bag  or have a rendition of your building for a $750 donation.
Have a spot at the Carolina or Kure Farmers Market?  New this year will be a graphic for the markets which you can have your business listed as well.  
The bag distribution provides 5000 opportunities to get your name out there and you receive your own bags for your donation as well The Island Women will be coming to your business soon or contact Noel Stevens at 919-455-8914 and we will send someone out to sign you up.  


The Kiwanis Club of Wilmington is conducting a Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, 2759 Vance Street in Wilmington. The event is free and open to the public.  Shop for tools, toys, clothes, fishing gear, electronics, house wares, sporting goods, small appliances, plants, shrubs and much more.  Purchase some of our items or sell your own by renting a space for $15.00.
Those wishing to donate items for the rummage sale can drop them off on Saturday, March 14 at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.
For information call Jamie at 352-7334 or go to

Productive Environment Institute Hosts 8th Annual Business Development Retreat for Productivity Consultants
Business Retreat Will Focus on Building a Solid Business Development Strategy

March 2, 2015 (Carolina Beach, NC) – The Productive Environment Institute (PEI) is pleased to host its 8th annual business development retreat for productivity consultants beginning Tuesday, March 3 and running through Thursday, March 5.  Designed specifically for consultants in the productivity field, this retreat will focus on building a solid business development plan and other business strategies necessary to run a successful productivity consulting business.  Nearly 30 professional organizers and Certified Productive Environment Specialists from across the country and Canada will be met by leaders in the industry and other experts at the conference venue, The Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach, NC.  
“Stepping away and investing time to create a comprehensive business plan is the best thing professionals can do for their businesses,” said Barbara Hemphill, Productive Environment Institute founder and author of the recently published book, Less Clutter More Life. Our motto has always been -- “Accomplish your work and enjoy your life”.  
This retreat is one way we help our consultants do just that,” she added. Carolina Beach resident and PEI company president, Andrea Anderson, said “Like the walls of a house, the business plan comprises the necessary foundation and structure that ensures a business operates on course, even during a hurricane.
At our retreat in Carolina Beach, attendees will hear from seasoned professionals about business strategies that will position them for success no matter where they are in their business.  In addition, we will discuss proven sales strategies, marketing strategies, resources, and training necessary to separate the truly successful productivity consultants from the ones that struggle to stay the course when the winds pick up.” The retreat, themed “SOAR: Systemize, Organize, Automate, and Relate”, includes business strategy workshops on the sales process and securing clients, as well as on service delivery, product offerings, and packages for ideal clients.  Other speakers and topics on the agenda include:
• Barbara Hemphill, Productive Environment Institute
Keynote Speaker:  Closets, Clutter, and Corporations
• Darynelle Jervey, Incredible One Enterprise
Positioned to Profit:  7 Keys to Positioning Your Business for Extreme Growth and Profitability.
• Lavada Thompson, Your Lucrative Launch
Rapid Cash Injection:  3 Proven Systems to Make More Money in 6 Weeks than Most Solo Business Owners Make All Year Long.
• Dinette Rivera, Rivera Business Development
Not Your Daddy’s Business Plan:  Why Traditional Business Plans are Keeping You From Your Business Dreams and How to Create a Plan that Works for You.
• Casey Carpenter, The Sales Breakthrough Coach
From Conversation to Conversion:  Applying a Sales System to Hook, Engage, and Fascinate Today’s Discerning Customers!
• Juliet Wright, Sandpiper Marketing
The Power of Your Brand to Drive Demand for Your Business. As part of the focus on work-life-balance, participants are encouraged to use the work-out/physical training facilities at DFIT-Center for Fitness & Lifestyle Transformation, located on 5653 Carolina Beach Road, Unit A2.  Owner, Demetrius Farrior, modeled his business from Barbara Hemphill’s 5-Step Productive Environment Process.
During the retreat, attendees will frequent other Carolina Beach businesses including Gibby’s Dock & Dine, Michael’s Seafood, The Dive, Nikki’s Sushi, The Fat Pelican, and more.
For more information on the SOAR Retreat and the Productivity Environment Institute, visit the following sites:


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