The Museum of Natural History Store a Shopping Destination this Holiday Season

The Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace has become a popular annual tradition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and while it will not be making its typical stop at the Museum’s campus in 2017, there will still be a collection of selected ‘Tribal Arts’ gift items available for purchase in the Museum Store […]

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Unique Holiday Market at SBCC School of Extended Learning Arts & Crafts Fair

  Get crafty with holiday shopping at SBCC School of Extended Learning’s annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event will be held 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at SBCC’s Wake Campus, 300 N. Turnpike Road.   Rummage through hundreds of unique, locally handcrafted treasures including ceramics, jewelry, glass arts, weavings, floral arrangements, drawings, […]

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to Honor Michael Towbes, Jeanette Duncan at New Jardin de las Rosas Development

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is pleased to announce that when the new Jardin de las Rosas apartments are officially opened in downtown Santa Barbara on Thursday, December 7, two people who played critical roles in the organization’s history of serving local residents will be honored. If anyone understood the meaning of community, it was Michael […]

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Noozhawk Article: Possibility Lab Convenes Social Sector Leaders for a Day of Connection, Exploration

Leading from Within is well known in local nonprofit circles as the organization that connects and invests in community leaders through a variety of programs designed to empower them. Created in 2008 by founder Ken Saxon, the organization has invested in nearly 300 local leaders through its four core programs: Courage to Lead, Emerging Leaders […]

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The Terrace Foundation is on the move

The first Harvest of two remote farms was a fantastic success. The Terrace Foundation has installed 10 Tower Farms at the Mental Wellness Center and Friendship Manor. The six week first harvest yielded 132 rich green produce which can feed as many as 300 persons (2 to4oz servings). The Foundation is meeting with school officials […]

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United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Young Leaders Society Raises $6,000+ at Bowling Fundraiser

United Way of Santa Barbara County’s (UWSBC) Young Leaders Society donned their goofiest get ups and hit the lanes for their biggest United We Bowl fundraiser ever, raising more than $6,000 in support of youth education. More than 120 attended the 8th annual event at Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond — 5925 Calle Real, Goleta. All […]

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A special holiday gift from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to our community

A letter to the Santa Barbara community, from Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History President & CEO Luke Swetland – You may have heard that we’re currently undergoing significant renovations, something we like to call “revitalization” here at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. But you can rest assured the Museum is open and […]

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Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara to Receive Goleta’s Finest Award

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara will receive a 2017 Goleta’s Finest Award during a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara on Saturday, December 2. The annual awards honor individuals and organizations whose contributions have enhanced the Goleta community, according to the Goleta Chamber of Commerce. The Scholarship Foundation will receive this year’s Community Impact Award. […]

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Briana Sapp Tivey Joins Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center as Director of Marketing and Communications

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center is proud to announce Briana Sapp Tivey as its new Director of Marketing and Communications. Sapp Tivey brings to the Museum and Sea Center more than 10 years of experience in nonprofits and higher education in the U.S. and abroad, with expertise in marketing, communications, […]

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Scheinfeld Center Summit Prepares Today’s and Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs for Success in the Global Economy

Manufacturing experts, business professionals and Scheinfeld Center alumni shared valuable advice and resources with local entrepreneurs, educators and students at the October 27 Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Global Manufacturing for Startups Summit. (Left to right) Guest experts and panelists: Frances Harder, Owner of Fashion for Profit Consulting; Robert Herr, co-founder of FuelBox (Scheinfeld […]

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Davey’s Voice Film Festival Call for Entries Deadline Extended for Local Animal Films

Local nonprofit Davey’s Voice will be hosting a film festival centered on the lives of animals on January 13th, 2018. Davey’s Voice has announced an extension of the deadline for film submissions until Friday December 1st, 2017. The 1st Annual Davey’s Voice Film Festival will take place at the New Vic Theatre in downtown Santa […]

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David Duron Named to SFSB Board of Directors

David Duron, a former sales professional with strong ties to the area’s nonprofit community, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Born in Aptos, California, Mr. Duron earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and speech communication studies at the University of San Diego before working in real […]

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‘Light Up A Life’ Events Celebrate Loved Ones

Hospice of Santa Barbara invites the community to celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones at its 34th annual Light Up A Life ceremonies. The free ceremonies will feature special speakers and guests, entertainment, and the lighting of a memorial tree. Watch as hundreds of sparkling tribute stars are hung on memorial trees to commemorate those who are no longer with […]

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Santa Barbara Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Thank you to all of our 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Santa Babara sponsors, vendors, community supporters, volunteers and Team Captains for making it another successful Walk Season! So far, we have raised more than $167,000; help us reach our goal of $195,000 by donating to act.alz.org/santabarbara by December 31! All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s […]

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Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation Hosts 21st Military Ball

Members of the PCVF Board of Directors gather during the 21st Annual Military Ball. Photo by Scott Gibson. Front row: BGen. Fred Lopez, USMCR (ret.), Maj. Jose Ramirez, USMC (ret.), Col. Phil Conran, USAF (ret.), Lt. Col. Maureen Masson, USAF (ret.), Hazel Blankenship, MSG Jon Parra, US Army (ret.) Back row: SN Gary Simpson, USCG […]

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Ventura Home Buying Fair Prepares Local Employees for Local Home Ownership

From left, Tracee Marshall, Synergy One Lending, Home Buying Fair Welcome Home Sponsor; Colleen Craig, Synergy One Lending, Welcome Home Sponsor; Angela Sanchez, Montecito Bank & Trust, Key Sponsor; Kelly Marsh, Cornerstone Home Lending, Welcome Home Sponsor; Corby Gage, Coastal Housing Partnership; Peggy Sue Tierney, RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors, Welcome Home Sponsor. Local employees left […]

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Knight Named to Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors

Kelly Knight, a former attorney who seamlessly transitioned to a successful career in residential real estate, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. A native of Maine, Ms. Knight earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, before attending McGeorge School of […]

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Dougherty Named Scholarship Foundation Communications Director

Tim Dougherty, a former journalist turned publicist for local classical music organizations and other area nonprofits, has been named director of marketing and communications at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. His appointment was effective October 1. Mr. Dougherty earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature at UC Santa Barbara and began his career as […]

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Advance Professional Careers with Immediate Skills in Management and Communication This November

Local employees and job-seekers at all career stages can take charge of their futures with Career Skills Institute courses through the SBCC School of Extended Learning. During November, several of these tuition-free short courses are geared toward improving management and workplace communication skills. The Career Skills Institute is endorsed by LinkedIn and focuses on providing […]

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Four Central Coast Tribes Come Together to Host “Supak’a: Sharing Chumash Culture” at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

On November 11, 2017, four local Chumash tribes will come together to host a day of traditional Chumash activities and educational opportunities for their communities and the public to enjoy. This event serves to celebrate Chumash culture, showcase the revitalization efforts of Chumash communities and the rich traditions of the indigenous peoples of this region, […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Appoints Tory Milazzo, Wayne Rosing as New Trustees

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has announced that Salvatore “Tory” Milazzo and Wayne Rosing have joined its Board of Trustees. Salvatore “Tory” Milazzo is a Senior Portfolio Manager at HighMark Capital Management, Union Bank’s wholly owned registered investment adviser. He oversees investment portfolios for individuals, non-profit endowments and institutional clients. Tory is a […]

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United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Young Leaders Society Presents the 8th Annual United We Bowl

United Way of Santa Barbara County Young Leaders Society participates in a bowl-a-thon. Join United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) by heading down to the lanes Nov. 10 for the Young Leaders Society’s (YLS)  8th Annual “United We Bowl” fundraiser to have fun bowling in kooky costumes in support of youth education. The special […]

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Bestselling Author Reveals How Show Business Shapes Our National Politics, November 15 at SBCC Schott Auditorium

“Hollywood has had its fingers and toes in the White House for decades,” according to award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp. In her Nov. 15 SBCC School of Extended Learning lecture, the acclaimed author and investigative journalist will reveal the surprising ways that moguls and agents have shaped American politics. From the era of Eisenhower and JFK, […]

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Free Thanksgiving Meal Thurs 11/23 @12pm-3pm

Organic Soup Kitchen, which served over 89,000 meals in 2016, is preparing for its ninth annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. This year, the organization is taking reservations for family tables. Guests will be served with a volunteer wait staff (no buffet line) for guests to feel more at home. Thanksgiving dinner is free to attend and […]

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Santa Barbara: A Restorative Community

In communities around the country, an individual’s struggle is not usually considered to be the community’s struggle.  If a child does not follow school rules, she is sent out of class or disciplined with mandatory detention.  If an adolescent defies social norms and legal authority, he is removed from the community, placed in juvenile hall […]

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County HCD Notice of Funding Availability

The County of Santa Barbara Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is pleased to issue this NOFA to inform eligible organizations and affordable housing developers about grants and loan opportunities for fiscal year July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Estimated funds available: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services programs – $161,084 CDBG […]

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Leading for Community Impact 2018-19 Program

APPLY FOR OUR NORTH COUNTY PROGRAM – LEADING FOR COMMUNITY IMPACT Leading for Community Impact provides a unique, powerful professional development opportunity for nonprofit leaders.  We create a safe, reflective, and supportive learning environment where participants cultivate deep connections with peers, mentors, and community leaders and safely take risks on behalf of their leadership development.  The program […]

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‘Round Up’ Your Purchases to Support Hospice of Santa Barbara

Whether your latest house renovation project involves new flooring, plumbing facilities, or just a simple paint job, your home improvement purchases could help support life-changing programs in your community. From now through Nov. 7, shoppers at the Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar amount to support Hospice […]

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AFP CA, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter: National Philanthropy Day Master of Ceremonies – Geoff Green

We are delighted to announce Geoff Green of the SBCC Foundation will serve as Master of Ceremonies for National Philanthropy Day on Tuesday, November 14! Join us in celebrating a stellar line up of Santa Barbara and Ventura County philanthropists and volunteers. Click here for tickets and more information: http://afpsbv.afpnet.org/content.cfm?contentItemID=192963&navItemNumber=5337

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Happily Ever After: Graduates of Self-sufficiency Program Celebrated with Major Community Partners

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara celebrated the 13 newest graduates of its Family Self-Sufficiency Program, designed to help move families receiving housing assistance and related government subsidies to a more independent lifestyle and now approaching 300 “alumni”.  At 43, James Coronado is on the road to advancing his career in education, having […]

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CAC program assists low-income with energy needs

Do you or someone you know need help paying utility bills and reducing energy demand?  Does your home need improvements to keep you warm and comfortable this winter?  If so, our county-wide program can help qualified renters and owners with free energy upgrades and utility payment assistance.  The CAC Energy Services program helped almost 1,800 […]

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Halloween brings community, residents together at the Villas at Higuera affordable housing complex

Children from the Villas at Higuera affordable housing complex in San Luis Obispo carve pumpkins together to celebrate Halloween Everyone knows Halloween is about tricks and treats, but it’s also about coming together as a community – and being a kid. Children from Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) Villas at Higuera affordable housing complex dressed in […]

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Housing Authority Welcomes New Board Commissioners Dave Gustafson and Pat Wheatley

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce that Dave Gustafson and Patricia “Pat” Wheatley have been appointed to its Board of Commissioners. Dave Gustafson As retired Housing and Redevelopment Manager and Assistant Community Development Director for the City of Santa Barbara, Dave Gustafson holds extensive experience in affordable housing […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Appoints Dennis Allen as a New Trustee

Dennis Allen is board Chairman of Allen Construction, a general contracting firm, specializing in environmentally-friendly, custom residential and commercial buildings. Dennis is active in local community organizations, including the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the zero net energy committee of the Community Environmental Council. For the past 14 years, he has […]

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Grant Funds Available

Starting November 10, the City of Santa Barbara will accept proposals for Human Services and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. These grant funds are allocated to non-profit organizations that provide human/public services to low and moderate-income City residents. Interested applicants must attend a mandatory workshop on November 9. For details visit, SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

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Master The Art of Grant Proposal Writing and Research at SBCC School of Extended Learning

With hundreds of charities, PTAs, children’s sports leagues and other good-doing organizations here on the Central Coast, there is no shortage of worthy causes in need of fundraising expertise. Join SBCC School of Extended Learning Nov. 4 and 18 for Grant Writing Made Easy, a class aimed at empowering professionals and volunteers to help others […]

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IT Grant Gives Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Residents an Opportunity to Connect

Streaming videos and sharing photos might be the first things that come to mind when you think about having internet access, but the reality is that the internet impacts just about all facets of our daily lives. Regardless of one’s age, ethnicity, cultural background and economic status, everyone from young students to seniors benefits greatly […]

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AFP CA, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter: National Philanthropy Day Honoree – Youth in Philanthropy – Elena Alcerro

National Philanthropy Day Honoree Highlight of the Week – Youth in Philanthropy – Elena Alcerro “…her passion for helping others is contagious and we cannot wait to see how she will continue to better the world…” Join us on Tuesday, November 14th to honor all of our National Philanthropy Day honorees at the Fess Parker […]

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Solvang Community Kicks off 50 Home Challenge for Energy Efficiency

Third District County Supervisor Joan Hartmann is surrounded by home efficiency experts. Pictured left to right is Marisa Hanson, Program Specialist, emPower Central Coast; Ashley Watkins, Santa Barbara County Program Services Supervisor, Energy and Sustainability Initiatives; Solvang Mayor Jim Richardson; Hartmann; Devon Hartman, Executive Director, Community Home Energy Retrofit Project; Scott Parsons, Operations/Production Manager, Halsell Builders; […]

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AFP CA, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter: National Philanthropy Day Honoree, Professional Fundraiser of the Year – Elaine K. Mah Best

National Philanthropy Day Honoree Highlight of the Week – Fundraiser of the Year – Elaine K. Mah Best “… While Elaine is a talented fundraiser in her own right, one of the skills that takes her from good to great is her ability to lead, mentor, and inspire a team…” Join us on Tuesday, November 14th […]

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Coastal Housing Partnership: Helping Workers Call Ventura County Home

With the median price of Ventura County homes at nearly $650,000 and expected to increase, home ownership seemed like a lofty goal for Denise Noguera, a social worker with the County of Ventura. But once Noguera became determined to move on from her pricey but modest studio apartment in Ventura, she turned to Coastal Housing […]

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‘Tales and Scales’ Event Promises a Gh’oul Time

A youngster all dressed up at the touch tank during last year’s event. Don’t miss out on a spook-tacular event happening at the Sea Center this weekend. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History presents “Tales and Scales,” a family-friendly, educational and interactive Halloween weekend event on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The fun starts at […]

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AFP CA, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter: National Philanthropy Day Honorees, Eloise and Chuck Cohen Volunteers of the Year

National Philanthropy Day Honoree – Eloise and Chuck Cohen, Volunteers of the Year, Ventura County “…For more than three decades, Eloise and Chuck have lovingly and generously embraced the Ventura County community through their compassionate, take-action hearts…” Join us on Tuesday, November 14th to honor all of our National Philanthropy honorees at the Fess Parker Double […]

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Coastal Housing Partnership to Present Saturday Home Buying Fair at Ventura Beach Marriott

Local employees have the opportunity to get started on their path to home ownership on Saturday, October 28, when nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership will host a Home Buying Fair at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 Harbor Boulevard, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Fair is open to anyone interested in learning more about the […]

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CenCal Health Earns Excellent Rating and Recognition among California’s Medicaid Plans

CenCal Health rated in the top 5 percent of Medicaid plans nationally for 2 important areas of care, and in the top 10 percent for an additional 12 areas of care according to the most recent state quality measurement ratings. For CenCal Health’s Santa Barbara County managed care product, these exceptional results rated fourth statewide […]

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AFP CA, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter: National Philanthropy Day Honoree, Volunteer of the Year

 National Philanthropy Day Honoree Highlight of the Week – Jim Jackson, Volunteer of the Year, Santa Barbara County“…Jim’s value as a volunteer that contributes to his effectiveness is his deep connection to the community of Santa Barbara…”Join us on Tuesday, November 14th to honor all of our National Philanthropy honorees at the Fess Parker Double […]

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‘Bugs of the Sea…Live Long and Lobster!’ Debut Event Goes Swimmingly

  UCSB researchers Adrian Stier and Joseph Curtis, and Sea Center Programs Coordinator Jackie Hunt enjoy lobster – both living and cooked – during the Bugs of the Sea…Live Long and Lobster! event. Photo by Baron Spafford Lobsters, often called “bugs of the sea,” took center stage on Thursday evening during a new event from […]

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Women’s Economic Ventures Honors Trailblazer and Business of the Year Award Winners at “Empowerment is Priceless” Fundraiser

Photo Captain: From left to right: Lynda Nahra, 2017 Trailblazer; Kathy Odell, WEV Board President; Marsha Bailey, WEV Founder and CEO; and Claudia Cordova Papa, owner of Aqua Skin & Nail Care, 2017 WEV Business of the Year. (Photo credit: Theresa Gingras/Theresa Gingras Photography) Annual event raises more than $400,000 to support local entrepreneurs Santa […]

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Global from the Get-Go: Global Manufacturing for Startups Summit Clarifies the Path from Prototype to Market

Join your entrepreneurial-minded peers at the Global Manufacturing for Startups Summit later this month, hosted by the Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. on Friday, October 27, with networking to follow until 2:45 at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa […]

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Nov 12 6:30 Live Well & Spark A Climate Revolution Book Signing & Talk

with Author & NASA Climate Scientist Peter Kalmus Bicyclist, Backyard Gardener & Beekeeper  Sunday, November, 12, 6:30–8:30pm FREE Event Location: Bici Centro, 434 Olive St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101  These two disparate things—reducing my own fossil fuel use and increasing my ability to love— are actually intimately connected. There is no separation between me and the […]

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