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Community Events and Public Meetings


State Institutions of Higher Learning Board Search Committee Meetings, at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road), in the IHL Board Room. Open to the public. Free; call 601-432-6333;

• Jan. 29, 2 p.m., the committee meets to discuss personnel issues related to the search for the next president of Delta State University.

• Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m., the committee meets to discuss personnel issues related to the search for the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Mississippi Municipal League Mid-winter Conference Jan. 29-31, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The annual event includes lectures, workshops, legislative planning and the election of officers. Registration required. $200, $185 members; call 601-353-5854 or 800-325-7641;

10-11:30 a.m., Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, at TiP Expressive Arts Studio (400 Monroe St., Clinton). The grand opening includes coupon giveaways for a free intuitive painting class. RSVP recommended. Free; email [email protected];

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Advancements in Coronary Artery Disease, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus(401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Dr. James Warnock explains symptoms and treatment options. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262;

4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., American Board Teaching Information Session, at YMCA Downtown Jackson (800 E. River Place). Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Teacher certification specialist Ashley Guy is the facilitator. Bachelor's degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 877-669-2228;

6 p.m., Mayor's Ward 3 Community Meeting, at Cade Chapel M.B. Church (1000 W. Ridgeway St.). Share suggestions, address concerns and receive information on services the city provides. The WIN Job Center will have a representative available to discuss job opportunities. Free; call 601-960-1084.

6-8 p.m., "Turning the Tide Together" HIV/AIDS Town Hall, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS is the host. Topics include treatment as preventionm pre-exposure prophylaxis, patient protection and the Affordable Care Act. Free; call 917-312-8500 or 601-405-6949.

6 p.m., Mississippi Arts Commission Grant Seminar, at WIN Job Center, Madison County (152 Watford Parkway Drive, Suite B, Canton). Artists and arts organization learn how to obtain a MAC grant. First-time applicants encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-359-6030.

"Starting Your Operating Your Own Business" Series Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1003-A, Ridgeland). Entrepreneur David C. McNair is the speaker. Seating limited; RSVP. Free; call 601-500-7700; email [email protected].

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Noon-1 p.m., Lunch and Learn Series, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). The topic is "Understanding the Affordable Care Act as an Employer." Lunch included; registration required. $15, members free; call 601-968-0061;

Noon, History Is Lunch, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Artist Bebe Wolfe talks about her art, and the art and lives of her parents Karl and Mildred Wolfe. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

5:30 p.m., Women for Progress Monthly Meeting, at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). Learn about the organization's upcoming projects. COFO director Daphne Chamberlain gives a tour of the facility. Networking reception included. Potential members welcome. RSVP. Free; call 601-259-6770; email [email protected].

Thursday, Jan. 31

5 a.m.-9 p.m., Super You Kick-off, at Baptist Healthplex (717 Manship St.). Staff members serve refreshments, give tours, demonstrate workout classes and give door prizes. Wear your favorite sports team's jersey or T-shirt to receive a free guest pass. Joining fee waived for attendees. Free; call 601-968-1766;

11:30 a.m., Governor’s Prayer Luncheon, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Mission Mississippi hosts the 13th annual event. The speaker is Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Sponsorships available. $45; call 601-353-6477;

3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Book Club, Grades 7-12, at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). This month's book is is Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games.” Pizza party included; space limited. Free; call 601-856-2749;

4:30-6 p.m., Latin American Studies Mini-Symposium, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 137. The theme is The Border, Immigration, and the War on Drugs.” Learn what is next for U.S.-Mexican relations. Free; call 601-812-9393.

5-9 p.m., Eat With a Purpose: Charity Taco Night for the Nature Conservancy, at Jaco's Tacos (318 S. State St.). Food offerings include a signature taco and drink. 50 percent of proceeds go toward the Nature Conservancy's conservation efforts. Food prices vary; call 405-0499;

5:30 p.m., Central Mississippi Ole Miss Rebel Club Meeting, at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The baseball and football recruiting meeting includes remarks from Mike Bianco, head Ole Miss baseball coach, and Yancy Porter, recruiting columnist for the Ole Miss Spirit. Social hour held before the program. $25, Ole Miss students and children ages 18 and under free; call 601-949-4621 or 601-506-3186; email [email protected].

6 p.m., Canton Chamber of Commerce Main Street Association Annual Meeting, at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The program includes a reception and dinner. Author and Sweet Potato Queen Jill Connor Browne is the guest speaker. RSVP; seating limited. $5, tables of eight start at $500; call 601-859-5816.

6:30 p.m., Light Up the Night Benefit Dinner, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Mississippi KIDS COUNT honors Luminary Award Recipient and former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, and Success Story winners from around the state. Seating limited. Sponsorships available. $150, $1,000 table of eight; call 662-325-8079;

7-9 p.m., Special Needs Symposium, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). Parents of children ages 12 and under with special needs enjoy dinner, listen to speakers and receive information on services. RSVP; no child care provided. Free; call 601-366-0901; email [email protected].

Through Jan. 31

Skin Care Professional Consultations. SPA Innovations gives free consultations for people ages 14 and up with a focus on acne, blemishes and hyperpigmentation problems. Appointment required. Free; call 601-331-2673.

Friday, Feb. 1

8:30 a.m.-noon, Eagle Experience, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in Mayo Field House. High-school seniors tour the campus, meet teachers and students, and learn about admissions, scholarships and more. Food and prizes included. Registration required; parents welcome. Free; call 601-857-3767;

9 a.m., Friday Forum, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The speaker is Forest Thigpen, executive director of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Free; 1email [email protected];

Saturday, Feb. 2

7-11 a.m.Heart Day, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), at the Cardiovascular Center. Register to receive screenings such as blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol and glucose. For ages 18 and up. 12-hour fast required. $25; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262;

8 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk, at Mayes Lake at LeFleur's Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free; call 601-956-7444.

8:30 a.m., Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast, at Corner Bakery (108 Market St., Flowood). On first Saturdays at 8:30am, Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale;

85th Vicksburg Coin Show Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Battlefield Inn (4137 Interstate 20 N. Frontage Road, Exit 4B, Vicksburg). The Vicksburg Coin Club is the host. Buy, sell, trade or get free verbal appraisals. Free; call 601-616-7140.

9 a.m., Fruit Tree Seminar, at Hutto's Home and Garden Center (1320 Ellis Ave.). Horticulturist and MPB Radio host Felder Rushing gives tips on planting and cultivation at the 19th annual event. Free; call 601-973-2277.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Super Tax Day, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). Residents who earn $50,000 or less learn what tax credits they qualify for and have tax returns prepared for free. Bring ID, direct deposit information and other necessary documents. Free; call 601-948-4725 or 211.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Question It? Discover It! Saturdays Events at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). This month's focus is heart health. $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469;

7 p.m., Bacchus Ball, at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The theme is "Mardi Gras Magic." The masked ball includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $250 seated, $125 unseated; call 601-957-7878;

7 p.m., Valentine's Day Ball, at YMCA Downtown Jackson (800 E. River Place). Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, a dancing exhibition and free dance lessons. Proceeds benefit the Alabama-Mississippi chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Chapter member Dr. Scott Crawford is the speaker. $50, $80 couples; call 601-346-0630 or 601-850-6048.

Monday, Feb. 4

9 a.m., Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at Hinds County Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). The board holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Free; call 601-968-6501;

Through Feb. 10

Food Revolution Contest, at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Pick up a free CD of audio interviews with any purchase, and listen to experts talk about food issues. Take a multiple-choice test Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win $500 or other prizes. Free hors d'oeuvres for contestants. Free; call 601-937-7224; email [email protected].

Through March 1

Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program Registration, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). At the Department of Human and Cultural Services. Students ages 16-24 may register from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The deadline is March 1 at 4 p.m. Birth certificate, Social Security card, parent's proof of income and ID required. Free; call 601-960-0326.

Through March 4

Summer Food Program Call for Sponsors. The Mississippi Department of Education seeks sponsors to operate the program that the Office of Child Nutrition will administer. Schools, nonprofits, residential summer camps and government entities may participate. Sponsor training is March 5-6. Free; call 601-576-4954 or 601-576-4955; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Through March 14

Belk Service Learning Challenge. Middle-school students within 50 miles of Jackson work in teams of two to four to identify a community issue and come up with a plan to address it. Submit entries by March 14. Prizesgiven. Free;

Ongoing Events

Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland), at the multi-use trail. Open to the public. Free; call 601-899-9696.

Weekly Group Walk. Walks are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Walk two or four miles.

Weekly Group Run. Run 5.4 miles Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Super Star Senior Adult Walking Club. The group walks Thursdays at 10 a.m.

New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meetings Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., at New Dimensions Ministries (110 Alta Woods Blvd.). Practice impromptu speaking, active listening, evaluation and leadership skills. Call 601-918-5164 or 601-896-4400 for information on membership dues;

“Good Twin, Bad Twin Unleashed.” Calden and Alden Hopkins hosts the interactive talk show Mondays at 10:30 p.m. The twins present opposing viewpoints for Facebook fans to comment on. Like "Good Twin, Bad Twin" on Facebook.

Hill Training Workout, at Avondale Street and Old Canton Road in Fondren. liveRIGHTnow hosts the exercise session Mondays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-717-2012.

Computer Courses for Adults, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Call 601-857-3773.

Toastmasters Club Meetings. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required.

Public Policy Club 8689 Meetings, at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277; visit

"Guess Who's Talking Now" Club 3284 Meetings, at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.). The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the conference room on the first floor. Call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573; visit

Downtown Jackson Toastmasters, at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.). Meetings are Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Call 601-940-5247; visit

Zumba Fitness Classes, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit for a class schedule. $5; call 601-209-7566.

First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355.

"Real Divas Read" Book Program. Divas 4 Charity seeks low-income women in college who are need assistance with purchasing textbooks. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.0-4.0 and submit a one-page essay of why they should receive benefits to [email protected]. Benefits include an Amazon Kindle and e-books. The charity also sells $5 raffle tickets to fund the program, and a $100 gas card is given away each month. Call 508-443-4827.

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Wellness Center , through Nov. 30, at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and a children's gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-987-6783.

Diabetes Support Group Meetings, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-973-1624.

Venture Incubator Talk and Tour Open House, at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., South Tower, 10th floor). Potential or current small business owners, and professionals interested in mentoring small business owners are welcome to meet with Wes Holsapple, president and CEO, and tour the facilities on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-414-0140.

Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program. The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Six-week commitment required. Free; email [email protected].

Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.)

Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at the Department of Parks and Recreation. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to sign up to help maintain Jackson parks and trails by picking up litter, landscaping and painting. Call 601-960-0471.

ENCOUNTER Teen Empowerment Corps. On first Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m., Youth Solutions hosts a rally for teens in the Community Room. Activities include spending time with mentors, motivational talks, IGNITE Vocal Talent rehearsal, teen dramas and character development. Free; call 601-829-0323.

Medical Mall Moment Report, at WOAD 1300 AM. Find out about the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation's current activities every second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Call-ins to 601-995-1400 are welcome. The broadcast is also available on Call 601-982-8467.

Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), at Hederman Cancer Center. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Cancer Rehab Classes, in the Activity Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength, endurance, their immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue and weight loss, and improve digestion.

Positive Ones Breast Cancer Support Group. Baptist Cancer Services hosts the meetings on third Mondays at 5:30 p.m.

Weekly Storytime, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Each Tuesday, Baby Bookworms Storytime for children ages birth-36 months is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. The event includes stories, rhymes, music and a puppet show on the last Tuesday of the month. Free; call 601-932-2562.

Tutoring Sessions and Peer-to-peer Study Groups, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road), in the Community Room. Sessions are every other Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m.; call to confirm dates. Students in grades 8-12 and GED students are welcome to get help with research projects, state subject areas tests, English, science, history and math. School supplies and snacks provided. Free; call 601-948-4725 or 601-372-1621.

Programs on WMPR 90.1 FM and

Women for Progress Radio Broadcast. Dorothy Stewart and Willie Jones host the program on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Topics include education, economics and politics. Call 601-918-5137.

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Show. Every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. discusses activities, issues and other newsworthy items that are occurring in the city of Jackson. Call 601-960-1084.

Home Repair Grant Call for Applicants, at Hood Building (200 S. President St.), in suite 316. Seniors 62 and older or disabled citizens may apply between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring valid photo ID, a deed or warranty deed, proof of income, homeowner's insurance and a Social Security card. Call 601-960-1438 or 601-960-1491.

On Location TV, on Comcast channel 18. Host and producer Phyllis "Peaches" Robinson spotlights people, places and events in Jackson. The variety talk show airs at 8:30 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Send an email if you have a story idea for the show. Email [email protected].

Zumba Classes, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The 45-minute classes are at 8:30 a.m. Fridays. Baby care provided. $5 per class; call 850-572-0055; email [email protected].

NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location information.

NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). In Our Own Voice is a public education program that allows trained speakers to share their personal stories of mental illness and recovery. Presenters commit to making at least one presentation per month for one year after the two-day training. Free; call 601-899-9058.

Gentle Joints Aquatic Program, at The Club at St. Dominic's (970 Lakeland Drive). The Arthritis Foundation sponsors the low-intensity water class. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required; club membership optional. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes; call 601-200-4925.

Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). Free.

Cancer Support Group Meetings. Cancer patients and survivors meet on second Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Canter Center. Additional meetings for women are on second Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Call 601-200-3070.

Caregivers Support Group Meetings. The group meets on second Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the conference rooms. Call 601-200-6768.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group, in the St. Catherine Room. NAMI Mississippi offers a support group for family members who have an adult relative with a mental illness on second Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-899-9058.

Game Night, at Heroes and Dreams (5352 Highway 25, Suite 1650, Flowood). Play video, board and card games Fridays from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free; call 601-992-3100.

Girl Talk Monthly Live Chat. Chat with an OB/GYN on second Tuesdays at 8 p.m. to ask health questions. Questions can also be emailed ahead of time. Visit

PRIYDE Recycling Drive, at PERICO Institute for Youth Development and Entrepreneurship (PRIYDE) (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave, Suite 300). The youth advocacy group is collecting electronic equipment to send to FundingFactory for cash. Donate ink and toner cartridges, call phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, digital cameras and laptops. Call 769-251-1408.

American Rosie the Riveter Association Membership Drive. ARRA seeks to honor women who were involved in World War II efforts such as factory work, collecting scrap metal or volunteering with the Red Cross. Call 888-557-6743.

Events at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under and members free; call 877-793-5437.

Tinker with Tuesdays. Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

ABC Come Play with Me. Wednesdays at 10 a.m., children ages 3 and under enjoy songs, games and learning activities to prepare them for preschool.

Farm Bureau Spotlight. Fridays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about agriculture and visit one of the galleries for a featured topic.

Ultimate Frisbee Pickup Game, at 800 Garvin St. Sundays at 3 p.m. The sport is played with teams of seven who score by catching and throwing a disc toward an end zone. Visit

4 Suits Bridge Club, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Players compete Mondays from 1-4:30 p.m. Free; call 601-919-1911.

Art in Mind Art Program, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer's Association of Mississippi offers the program on fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required; space limited. Registration forms available at Free; call 601-987-0020.

Senior Aides Program. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. Participants receive assistance in finding a job during the training process. Applicants must have state ID, a Social Security card, proof of income and a utility bill to sign up. Call 601-960-0335.

Early Childhood Development Program. The city of Jackson offers child-care services for ages six weeks to 4 years at Jones Early Childhood Development Center (2050 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), and ages 1-4 at Virden Early Childhood Development Center (3159 Edwards Ave.) and Westside Early Childhood Development Center (1450 Wiggins Road). Register weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at either location. Bring items such as proof of income, proof of residency, a birth certificate and immunization records; call for a complete list of documents. Call 601-960-0335.

Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfasts. Mission Mississippi hosts the event on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. to encourage unity across racial and denominational lines. Visit for a schedule and locations. Call 601-353-6477.

Zumba Fitness Classes, at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). The one-hour classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601-918-5107.

Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-6876.

Yoga Classes. Learn gentle stretching poses and strength exercises. Classes are Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-noon. Registration required. $10 per class.

Tai-Chi Fusion on the Reservoir for Seniors. The ancient Chinese martial art promotes flexibility, stamina and focused breathing. Held Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m. Registration required. $5 per class.

Zumba Fitness Class for Seniors. The Latin-inspired aerobics class for ages 40 and up is held Thursdays from 1-1:45 p.m. Registration required. $5 per class.

Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions Saturdays, 4-5:30 p.m., at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the forum on second Saturdays. The focus of the monthly forum is to provide African-centered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.

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