Things to do in Allegheny County
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Rosary Hall, 3058 Brereton Ave., Polish Hill: 3-6 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Takeout available. Cost: $8.
PNA Lodge #599, 14 Linden St., Natrona: 3-6:30 p.m. March 8, March 15 and March 22 and 2-6:30 p.m. March 29. Dinner $8; sandwich $6. Call after 3 p.m. for takeout 724-224-4471.
Ukrainian-American Citizens Club, 302 Mansfield Blvd. at Walnut Street, Carnegie: 4-7:30 p.m. March 8, 15 and 22. Baked cod and baked potato added to menu. Park in lot across Mansfield.
St. Ferdinand Church, Oldenski Hall, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry: 4-7 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Takeout available. Cost: $8.50; child dinner $6.60; sandwich $6.50; pizza $4.50.
St. James Parish, 200 Walnut St., Sewickey: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays until March 29. Fish dinners include entrée, two sides and a drink. Prices: $7 to $11. Kids meal: $4. Takeout available. 412-741-6650 ext. 406. saintjames-church.com.
St. Valentine Church, 2710 Ohio St., Bethel Park: 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent. Fifteen menu items available, including drinks and desserts. Takeout available. 412-851-9176.
St. Mary Catholic Church, 10 St. Mary's Lane, off Route 50, Cecil: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday. For takeout, call 412-221-9771. Menu and directions at stmarycecil.org.
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport: Noon-6 p.m. Fridays through March 29. 412-664-0820.
American Legion Post 474, West New Castle Street, Zelienople: 4-8 p.m. Fridays through March 29. Cost: $10 adults; $6 children. Ticket and 50/50 auctions. Hosted by Zelie Memorial Skate Park. For carryout, call 724-831-4570.
Good Samaritan Parish, Jericho Hall, Eighth Street and Melrose Avenue, Ambridge: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays through March 29. Local delivery available, minimum $20, or call for pickup. 724-266-6010. Good Friday pierogi sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29, takeout only.
Mount St. Peter Parish, Marble Hall, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Local delivery available during lunch hour. To place order, call 724-335-1458 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on fish fry days.
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 201 Church Road, Pine: 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays through March 29, in the school cafeteria. Order online at stals-wexford.org or, after 2 p.m., call 724-759-8659 or 412-304-1254. Specify pickup time. Cost is $9 adults; $2 kids; a la carte pricing; and homemade dessert buffet for donation.
Ford Cliff Volunteer Fire Co., 609 Neal Ave., Ford Cliff: 4-6:30 p.m. Fridays in Lent. All-you-can-eat buffet. Cost: $9.50 adults; $4.50 children. Takeout and delivery to shut-ins. 724-763-1591.
Moon Township Volunteer Fire Co.: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Fridays through March 29, Public Safety Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road. Takeout available.
St. Alexis Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway, McCandless: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 22. Cost: $9 adults; $6 children younger than 10; free for children younger than 3; sandwich $6; bowl of soup and roll $3. Takeout, 724-401-1379, after 3:30 p.m., or stalexis.org.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Club, Beaver and Ferry streets, Leetsdale: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 29. Sponsored by Leetsdale Fire Department. Takeout or delivery available. 412-716-4776.
St. Patrick's Day 5K: 9:30 a.m. March 9, Big Rock Park, First Avenue and Eighth Street, New Brighton. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., pre-race meeting at 8:45 a.m. Sponsored by New Brighton Area Recreation Commission. Register in advance at nbarc.net. Registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Fee: $20. 724-846-1870 or 724-495-9417.
International Women's Day call to action: 7 p.m. March 8, Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave. Oakland. Screening of “The Invisible War,” which focuses on abuse of women in the military, followed by discussion period with Edith Bell, Helen Gerhardt, Francine Porter and Scilla Wahrhaftig. Organized by Women's League for International Peace and Freedom, American Friends Service Committee of Pa., Code Pink-Pittsburgh and Thomas Merton Center. Free.
Singles Dance: 8 p.m.-midnight March 9, West View VFW, 386 Perry Highway. Pre-St. Patrick's Day party with free snacks and a drawing. Free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. Admission; $8. 724-316-5029 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dancetonight.weebly com.
Adult Interest Center at Southminster Presbyterian Church: 799 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. For older adults. Free program 11 a.m. Lunch at noon is $6 (meatless entrée during Lent):
• Elder Law Update: March 8. Andrew Sykes will speak.
• St. Patrick's Day Music: March 15. Joe Marotta.
• Handbell Choir Wiedensahl: March 22. Organized in Germany in 1987, playing 66 hand bells with a range of five and a half octaves.
Maple Sugaring: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 9, Knob Hill Park, Elias Fry Barn, 415 Wexford Bayne Road. Iinteractive discussion hosted by Meg Scanlon, naturalist at Latodami Nature Center. Ages four through fifth grade. Free. Register by March 7 by calling 724-935-3090 x115.
South Hills Genealogy Day: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 10, Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Scott. Free. Reservations are requested by emailing email@example.com or calling 412-849-5549. Brunch break 11:15-11:45 a.m. all-you-can-eat pancakes and eggs in the room next door for a nominal fee or go out to a nearby restaurant.
Needle and yarn craft workshop: 10 a.m. March 13, Mingo Creek County Park, 13 miles East of Washington, Pa., off Route 136. Project is a scarf. Bring a skein of Sashay yarn, a size G crochet hook and scissors. Instruction given, refreshments served. Cost: $1. Reservations required at 724-228-6867.
Venture Outdoors Hiking Series — ventureoutdoors.org or 412.255.0564:
• Rachel Carson Trail Quest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, March 9-30. Cost: $8 members, $12 nonmembers, for a single hike.
• Laurel Highlands Trail Quest: 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 6-May 25. Bus shuttle from Monroe-ville to each trailhead and back. Participants who sign up for the Quest must plan to use the bus. Cost: $125 members, $189 nonmembers, for all seven hikes; $20 members, $27 nonmembers for a single hike.
Art, music, theater
“Footloose”: 7 p.m. March 13 through March 16 and 2 p.m. March 17, North Allegheny Senior High School Auditorium, 10375 Perry Highway, McCandless. Senior citizens Gold Card performance 3:30 p.m. March 12. All seating is reserved. Tickets: $13. 724-934-7288.
Moon Area School District Music Concert: 7 p.m. March 12, Moon Area High School Auditorium. Ensembles from grades 4-12 representing all school buildings will perform. Free.
Highlands High School presents “Fame”: 7 p.m. March 8 and 9, 2 p.m. March 10, Highlands High School, 1500 Pacific Ave., Natrona Heights. Tickets: $8, reserved; $7, mezzanine; $6, balcony. 724-226-1000.
Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park (across from Village Square Mall) 412-835-6621 christumc.net:
• “Moses and the Freedom Fanatics”: 3 p.m. March 17. Children's musical based on the Exodus story, directed by Elaine Bauknight.
• Bob Morelli, Dean Martin Impersonator: Noon-2 p.m. March 13. Age 55 and older. Cost: $8 for lunch (chicken parmesan). RSVP required.
Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive, McCandless (next to UPMC Passavant). TheLegacyLineup.com. Free movies, all at 2 p.m.:
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”: March 11.
“The Five-Year Engagement”: March 18.
“Darling Companion”: March 25.
“Music in Western Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War”: 3 p.m. March 10, Old St. Luke's Church, 350 Old Washington Pike, Scott. Concert by the 15-member Pittsburgh Historical Music Society. Offering requested. 412-489-3795.
Butler County Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. March 9, Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Road, Butler. An evening of movie theme music. Young Artist winner, Kylee O'Donnel will perform Chaminade's “Concertino for Flute and Orchestra.” At 6:30, musical director Matthew Kraemer will discuss the history of film music. Tickets: $20 at the door; student tickets $5.
“Once Upon a Mattress”: 7 p.m. March 9 and March 16 and 2 p.m. March 10 and March17, Assumption Church, McGovern Hall, 45 N. Sprague Ave., Bellevue. Enter from ramp on North Jackson Avenue. Presented by Assumption Theatre Guild. Tickets: $10 adults; $8 age 65 and older and age 11 and younger. Reservations at 412-369-5646.
“Lights! Camera! Murder!”: 7 p.m., March 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. Murder mystery party. Tickets: $15 in advance at showclix.com/event/3737432/ ; or $20 at the door. Benefits Relay for Life of Mt. Lebanon.
The Center for Theater Arts Reach for a Star Gala: 6 p.m. patron's reception with Tim Federle, 7 p.m, cocktails and dinner March 9, Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg. For information and tickets call 412 563-5080.
Bravery and Beauty Charity Fashion Show: 6:30-7:30 p.m. VIP reception and 7 p.m. general admission, March 13, Altar Bar, 1620 Penn Ave. Strip District. Spring designs, dance performances by the students of Carpelz Center for the Arts and employees of Dani's Hair Loft will provide hair and makeup demonstrations live on stage. Benefits Crisis Center North of Pittsburgh. Tickets: VIP $50; general admission $25; purchase online at www.braveryandbeauty.eventbrite.com.
Sportsmen's banquet: 5:30 p.m. cocktails, dinner at 7 p.m. March 9, Westchester Village, 1825 Locust St., Fairmont, W.Va. Presented by North Central West Virginia chapter, Ruffed Grouse Society. Live and silent auctions, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with a selection of quality firearms, artwork and other collectibles. Proceeds used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat. Tickets: $60; family package (two dinners) $90. Tickets and more information at 304-278-9887 or 304-288-0401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antique and contemporary quilts and coverlets show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10, Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St., Harmony. Some items available for purchase. Benefits Harmony Museum. Admission: $5.
Tulips For Twilight Wish: Place order by March 11 for March 20 pickup, Juniper Village at Forest Hills, 107 Fall Run Road. Cost: $10 for each 6-inch potted tulip. Benefits Twilight Wish Foundation. Place order at 412-244-9901.
“Beat the winter blahs” book sale. Mars Area Public Library, 107 Grand Ave., Mars. 724-625-9048 library.org' target='_new'>marslibrary.org: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 10. Benefits the library.
“Give Him All the Praise” annual friendraising dinner: 6-9 p.m. March 9, Crossroads United Methodist Church, 325 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. Guest speaker is Robert Whitaker Jr., president of Whitaker House. Benefits work of God Heals Ministries Inc. Treasure chest and basket auction. Tickets: $20. 412-607-6488 or Cherylehlers@comcast.net or mygodheals.me.
“The 3 B's Versus the Impressionists/Wild About Gershwin”: 7-9 p.m. March 9, Hampton High School auditorium, 2929 McCully Road. Concert by pianist John Cannon. Presented by the Chorus Orchestra Parents Association of Hampton. Benefits the new piano fund for the music department. Tickets: $12 adults; $6 students.
Promoting Excellence at Home parent workshop: 6-7:30 p.m. March 7, Osborne Elementary School, 1414 Beaver Road, Glen Osborne. Hosted by Quaker Valley School District. Co-facilitated by Don Sheffield, author and educator, and Terry Bradford, community liaison. Free; includes dinner and childcare. RSVP to 412-749-3616 or email@example.com with the number of adults and children planning to attend.
Seniors for Safe Driving Course: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 12 and March 13, Juniper Village at Forest Hills, 107 Fall Run Road. For drivers older than 55. Awareness and behavior modification program. No on-the-road driving or classroom testing. Limited seating. For fee information and RSVP, call 1-800-559-4880.
Smart Gardening Workshop: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9, Community College of Beaver County, One Campus Drive, Monaca. Presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Beaver County. Topics and speakers include:
• “Cool tools and other stuff for gardeners”: by Steve Piskor
• “Shady spaces, exciting places!”: by Linda Kramer
• “Treasures from our grandparents' gardens, Heirloom seeds”: by Emily Stevenson
• “A garden in a nutshell, Container Gardening” by Gwen Lutz
Cost: $55. Includes continental breakfast, beverages, lunch and prizes. 724-774-3003.
Food safety certification courses: Sponsored by Allegheny County Health Department for food industry workers. Teaches importance of food safety and techniques designed to prevent food contamination and poisoning. 412-687-2243 or achd.net.
• Certification: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11, West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave., Wintergarden Conference Room, Bloomfield. Fee: $60, Allegheny County residents or food industry workers, $75 others.
• One-day refresher classes: For workers whose certification has expired. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2 at Double Tree Hotel, 500 Mansfield Ave., Green Tree. Fee, includes exam: $55 for people living in the county or working in a food facility here, $70 others.
• Discount: Culinary student fees of $40 for county residents and $55 for nonresidents are available for the certification course and refresher class.
Seniors get fit exercise class: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, West Mifflin Borough Building, 3000 Lebanon Church Road, first floor. Taught by Denice Normandy-Fonzi of Fonzi's Synergy Fitness; offered by CCAC through the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging's Cultural Enrichment Program. Designed for all levels of senior capabilities, seated or standing. Free to age 60 and older. To register, contact Jessica Gettig at 412-831-7111.
Project Prom Shop: 3-7 p.m. March 11 through March 14 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16, Century III Mall, 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin. Allegheny County Department of Human Services will make available free prom dresses to eligible high school girls. To be eligible, girls must live in Allegheny County and meet one of these requirements: receive services or have a family member receiving services through DHS; receive or be eligible to receive a free or reduced-price school lunch; or have a parent or caretaker receiving unemployment benefits. More information at alleghenycounty.us/dhs/projectprom or 412-350-3428 (leave phone number to ensure a return call).
“Achieving Meaningful Participation through Inclusion”: Registration required by March 11 for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 20, Rodef Shalom Congregation. 4905 Fifth Ave., Oakland. A conference for those with special needs and their family members. Co-sponsored by the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center and several area Jewish service agencies. Keynote speaker, Jed Baker, director of the Social Skills Training Project, will present “All Kids Can Succeed.” Cost: $35. Includes a continental breakfast and lunch. A limited number of parent scholarships may also be available. To register, visit www.pealcenter.org or contact Linda Marino at 412-422-7200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First aid, CPR and AED training: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 9, Cranberry Township Municipal Center, 2525 Rochester Road. Valerie Murphy, instructor. Ages 12 and older. Two-year Red Cross certification. Cost: $95 resident; $100 nonresident. Advance registration and payment required in person, at 724-776-4806 ext. 1129 or cranberrytownship.org/programs.
Red Cross blood drives:
• University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Bigelow Boulevard at Fifth Avenue, Oakland: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 7.
• Chatham University Eastside, 6585 Penn Ave., Larimer: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 7.
Central Blood Bank blood drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 10, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. www.westminster-church.org.412-835-6630' target='_new'>www.westminster-church.org.412-835-6630.
“GreenLight Laser Therapy - A New Option for Enlarged Prostate Treatment”: 6:30 p.m. March 12, Allegheny Valley Hospital, 1301 Carlisle St., Harrison. Dr. Rong-Chung Lin, a board-certified urologist on staff at the hospital, will explain this treatment option. Sponsored by the hospital's PriorityCare program. Free. Space is limited. To register, call 724-226-7339 or email email@example.com.
Colorectal cancer seminar: Noon-4 p.m. March 9, Dunlap Conference Center, fourth floor, St. Clair Hospital, 1000 Bower Hill Road, Mt. Lebanon. Five physicians from the hospital will discuss epidemiology and prevention, preparation for colonoscopy, screening and surgery, as well as other diseases detected by colonoscopy. Free. Complimentary refreshments. More information at 412-942-3970 weekdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
KidneySmart Classes: 2-4 p.m. March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, Northside Dialysis, Conference Room, 930 Madison Ave. Function, early signs of disease, diet and health, treatment options. Free. Register at KidneySmart.org/Class or call 412-770-7210.
• AARP tax help: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through April 11. Free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income taxpayers. First-come, first-served basis. No appointments available.
• Computer Basics: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays or 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays. Four weekly classes. Call to register.
• AARP tax assistance: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through April 12. For those with low or moderate income, especially those age 60 and older. Free. Call for appointment.
• Book clubs: 1 p.m. second Tuesday and 9 a.m. third Monday of each month. Coffee and refreshments provided.
• Picture This: An Introduction to Digital Photography: 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 11 and March 13. Offered in partnership with Pittsburgh OASIS for adults 50 and older. Cost: $5 for both classes. Register at the library. Classes are limited to six people.
• Rosemary Traill: 6:30 p.m. March 12. Certified natural health counselor and owner of Cooking Green with Rosemary. Call library to register.
• Snowflakes and Stories Winter Storytime: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. For children ages 2 to 3.
• Snowman and More Winter Storytime: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays through March 22. For children ages 3 to 6.
• Computer and electronics resource assistance: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 7 and 2-4 p.m. March 20. Register in person or by phone for 20 minute, one-on-one session.
• Coffeehouse poet discussion group: 6 p.m. March 7. Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.
• Teen advisory board: 4:30 p.m. March 8. Snacks provided. Counts for National Honor Society volunteer hours.
• Drop-in craft (all ages): 4-6 p.m. Mondays, March 11 to April 15.
• Baby playtime: 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays, March 12 to April 16. Stories and rhymes.
• Pittsburgh Ceili Club Dance Ensemble: 1 p.m. March 9, Deluca Room. Call library to register.
• Burke-Conroy School of Dance: 7 p.m. March 11. Irish dancers.
• Herb seed starting and transplanting: 7 p.m. March 7. Presented by Barb Kline. Cost: $5. Call library to register.
• “Quick Fixes for Everyday Grammar Blunders and Business Writing Etiquette”: 1-2:30 p.m. March 9. Offered by Sydnee Bagovich. Cost: $5. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call.
• “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”: 6 p.m. March 13. Movie in Program Room.
• Reiki: 7 p.m. March 14. Presented by Arlene M. Stevens.
• Preschool story time: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Ages 3 1⁄2 to 6, with or without a caregiver.
• Baby book nook: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Birth to 2 years old, with a caregiver.
• Tot time: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Ages 2 to 3 1⁄2 years old, with a caregiver.
• Teen gaming tournament: 4 p.m. March 11. Wii set up with a variety of games. Bring a favorite game from home. Grades 6 to 12.
• After school adventures – Green Fun: 4 p.m. March 13. Art and science activities. A $1 per child donation requested, collected at event. Kindergarten through fifth grade. To register, call 412-655-2424 or email email@example.com.
• How to appeal your property assessment: 7-8 p.m. March 7. Free seminar and workbook. Register in advance with Pat Maxwell 412-429-5380.
• Conversation Salon: 1-3 p.m. March 11. Topics are “Should Pennsylvania state liquor stores be privatized?” and “What childhood memories do you have that stand out, both wonderful and not so wonderful?”
• One-on-one computer training: 8-9 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $5.
South Fayette Township Library, 515 Millers Run Road. 412-257-8660, southfayette library.org:
• E-reader drop-in help sessions: 6-7:30 p.m. March 13 and March 27 (second and fourth Wednesdays of each month). Bring your laptop to the session.
South Park Township Library, 2575 Brownsville Road, South Park. 412-833-5585. firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Snowflakes and songs storytime: 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Ages 3 to 5. March 26 will feature a special Spring Day storytime.
• Accelerated Reader program: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania — An Afternoon with Stan Gordon: 1 p.m. March 16. Gordon will discuss and sign his books. He will bring a display of UFO and Bigfoot information. Registration by phone requested.
• A Chocolate Lover's Tea: 7 p.m. March 8, Community Center. Bill Sarris of Sarris Chocolates. Sample sweets of all sorts and teas. Bring your favorite tea cup. Cost: $10. Registration by phone required.
Caregiver Support Group: 1:30 p.m. March 13, Juniper Village at Forest Hills, 107 Fall Run Road. Discussing the latest research and medical treatments available. RSVP to 412-244-9901.
Pioneers West Historical Society: 1 p.m. March 9, Walker-Ewing Log House, 1355 Noblestown Road, Collier. Mary L. Kientz, 412-279-9408 or email@example.com or Gene Czambel 412-221-7297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Passover senior luncheon: Noon March 13, Chabad of the South Hills, 1701 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon. Suggested donation: $5. Register at 412-278-2658 or email@example.com.
Christian-Jewish Dialogue: Noon March 7, Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon St., Squirrel Hill. Free. 412-605-0816. pajc.net.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair 412-835-6630 www.westminster-church.org:
• The prodigal God — a Bible study: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 7 to April 11.
• 7 p.m. March 8, Our Lady of Grace Church, 310 Kane Blvd., Scott.
• 2 p.m. March 10, St. Susanna Parish, 200 Stotler Road, Penn Hills.
• 7 p.m. March 10, St. James Church, 200 Walnut St., Sewickley.
• 7 p.m. March 15, Holy Martyrs Parish, 353 W. Ninth Ave., Tarentum.
Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park. 412-835-6621 christumc.net:
• Prayer and Fasting: 7 p.m. Wednesdays in March. Lenten study based on “The Power of Prayer and Fasting” by Marilyn Hickey. Reservations and purchase of text are required. Books are available from Amazon.
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