photo - People stroll around a National Christmas tree at Cathedral square in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The Christmas tree and market stalls attract crowds to the Cathedral square. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
People stroll around a National Christmas tree at Cathedral square in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The Christmas tree and market stalls attract crowds to the Cathedral square. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) 

Here's a look at what's going on Friday in the Colorado Springs area:

    

HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE:

MUSIC

Black Rose Acoustic Society Holiday Show/Sing-along and Potluck — Headlined by Bettman & Halpin, 7 p.m., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, $5-$10; blackroseacoustic.org.
KRXP Holiday Show — Featuring J Roddy Walston and the Business/New Politics, 7 p.m., The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $20-$25; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com.
“Deck the Hall” — Colorado Springs Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $10 and up; 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.
“A Ceremony of Carols: A Tapestry of Holiday Music for Choir, Harp, Piano and Flute” — Evergreen Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., Denver, $17 and up. Advance tickets: 1-303-674-4002, evergreenchorale.org.
Hazel Miller’s Soulful Christmas — 8 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive., $15-$20; stargazerstheatre.com.
Friday and Saturday: “Handel’s Messiah” — Colorado Symphony, 7:30 p.m., Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, $20 and up; tinyurl.com/y87f3dur.

STAGE
Through Dec. 23: “Have a Very Merryville Christmas” —6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Iron Springs Chateau Dinner Theatre, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, $10-$33; ironspringschateau.com.
Through Dec. 23: “Fa-La-La” — 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, The Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $18-$25; themat.org.
Through Dec. 23: “A Christmas Carol” — 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave, Golden, $15-$38; minersalley.com.
Through Dec. 23: “The Story of the Nutcracker” — Presented by Miners Alley Children’s Theatre, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden, $10; minersalley.com.
Through Dec. 23: “Santaland Diaries” — Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, $18 and up. Go online for dates and times; theatreworkscs.org.
Through Dec. 24: “Santa’s Big Red Bag” — 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver, $27.50; avenuetheater.com.
Through Dec. 24: “A Christmas Carol” — Stage Theatre, 1400 Curtis St., Denver, $35 and up. Go online for times and dates: denvercenter.org.
Through Dec. 24: “The SantaLand Diaries” — The Jones, 1400 Curtis St., Denver, $25 and up. Go online for times and dates: denvercenter.org.
Through Dec. 24: “The Nutcracker” — Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver. Go online for dates, times and ticket prices; axs.com.
Through Dec. 30: “Angel of the Christmas Mine” — The Butte Theater, 130 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Go online for dates and times, $11-$20; buttetheater.com.
Through Dec. 31: “A Hudson Christmas” — Hudson Gardens & Events Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, $6-$9. Go online for dates and times; altitudetickets.com.
Thursday-Sunday: Christmas Dessert Theater — 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Vista Grande Baptist Church, 5680 Stetson Hills Blvd., free. Advance tickets required: vgbc.org/christmas.

Friday and Saturday: “Moscow’s Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker” — 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, $28 and up; altitudetickets.com.
Friday-Dec. 17 Harry Connick Jr.’s “The Happy Elf” — 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Longmont Performing Arts Center, 513 Main St., Longmont, go online for ticket prices: longmonttheatre.org.
Friday-Dec. 23: “A Christmas Chaos” — 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Fountain Community Theater, 326 Alabama Ave., Fountain, $8-$10; fountaintheater.org.

VISUAL ARTS
Through Dec. 23: Holiday Show — Featuring more than 25 artists, opens 5-9 p.m. Nov. 17, G44Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St.; g44gallery@gmail.com.
Through Dec. 29: “Christmas Along the Avenue” — Arati Artist Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave.; aratiartists.com.
Through Dec. 31: Christmas in Magic Town — Miniature city transformed into a winter wonderland, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays, Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, 2418 W. Colorado Ave., $3-$5. Advance tickets: tinyurl.com/yanthqlh.
Through Jan. 6: “Season of Enchantment” — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Buell Children’s Museum, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, $6-$8; 719-295-7200; sdc-arts.org.

SHOPPING

Friday Nigh Bazaar — Pop-up holiday markets, music, vendors and more, Denver Rock Drill, 1717 E. 39th Ave., Denver. Go online for times and admission prices: denverbazaar.com.
Through Dec. 24: Holiday Gift Wrapping — The Citadel, upper level near JC Penney, 750 Citadel Drive East; shopthecitadel.com.
Through Dec. 31: “The Holiday 100” — Artists will have $100 paintings for sale, Tracy Miller Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs; 650-0827, tracy@tracymillerfineart.com.

FOOD AND DRINK

Friday: Ladies Night Out: Holiday Appetizers Cooking Class — 6-8 p.m., The Cooks Marketplace, 4697 Centennial Blvd., $45. Registration: 960-4414, thecooksmarketplace.com.

CHARITY

Friday: Hope & Noel — To benefit Newborn Hope, 6 p.m., The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $150. Reservations: newbornhope.org.
Through Dec. 15: The Christmas Tree Project — Provides fully decorated Christmas trees for families in need. Drop off live and artificial Christmas trees and decorations, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the ValuSource, 4575 Galley Road, Suite 200E. Volunteers also needed: 799-6070, thechristmastreeproject.org.
Through Dec. 19: Salvation Army Tree — The Citadel, lower level between Sports Fanatic and Rocky Mountain Chocolate, 750 Citadel Drive East; shopthecitadel.com.
Through Dec. 23: Red Kettle — Volunteers needed to Bell Ring for The Salvation Army, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., various El Paso County locations. Registration: coloradosprings.salvationarmy.org.
Through Dec. 31: The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fundraiser — Try Blackberry Paws, the Empty Stocking Fund Beer, Fieldhouse Brewing Co., 521 S. Tejon St., 354-4143 and Oskar Blues, 118 N. Tejon St., 375-1925, and $1 from each pint sold will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund; 354-4143.
Through Jan. 10: The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund Events — Check fillanemptystocking.org or call 476-1673 for list of events.
Thursday: Gift Wrapping Fundraiser — To benefit the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1-3 p.m., 1514 N. Hancock Ave.; 955-3400, csseniorcenter.com.

KIDS AND PETS
Through Dec. 24: Visit Santa — Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Go online for times: chapelhillsmall.com/content/holiday.
Through Dec. 24: Visit with Santa — The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East. Go online for times: shopthecitadel.com.

OTHER STUFF
Through Sunday: Gingerbread Village — Each Village is an original piece of art, created by culinary arts students from PPCC, presented by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado, during mall hours, Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd.; rmhcsoutherncolorado.org.
Through Dec. 24: Santa’s Village — Light displays, activities and more, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. Go online for admission prices. Advance tickets: tinyurl.com/y8mexec9.
Through Dec. 24: Santa’s Workshop — Pictures with Santa, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve, 2324 W. Colorado Ave., Old Colorado City, $10 for first picture, $5 each additional picture; tinyurl.com/ycd5d3wp.
Through Dec. 31: Christmas Light Helicopter Tours — Colorado Vertical, 1587 Aviation Way, $59 and up. Reservations: coloradovertical.com.
Through Jan. 1: Blossoms of Light — Holiday lights extravaganza, 5-9 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Go online for admission prices. Advance tickets: tinyurl.com/ybqlputy.
Through Jan. 15: Skate in the Park — Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., $10 per skater, including skate rental, free for children 4 and younger with paid admission. Go online for times; downtowncs.com/skate.
Thursday: Electric Moonlight Adults-Only Event — Beer, wines, spirits, Santa Claus visit and more, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, $35.75-$40.75. Reservations: 633-9925, cmzoo.org/em.
Thursday: Showing of “Gremlins” — 6:30 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free; timgillcenter.org/event/scaryholiday.

    

MUSIC

Moon Taxi — With Other Black, 9 p.m., Ogden Theatre, Denver, $25-$30; AX.
Dynohunter/Tnertle — With Collidoscope, 9 p.m., Bluebird Theater, Denver, $10; AX.
Lupe Fiasco — 9 p.m., Gothic Theatre, Englewood, $30; AX.

Cari Dell Trio — 5 p.m., Gold Hill Liquor
KRXP Holiday Show — Featuring J Roddy Walston and the Business/New Politics with Sound Studies, 7 p.m., The Black Sheep
Black Rose Acoustic Society Holiday Show/Sing-along — Headlined by Bettman & Halpin, 7 p.m., Black Forest Community Center
The Back Row Winter Concert — 7 p.m., Kathryn Mohrman Theatre
“Deck the Hall” — Colorado Springs Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center
Hazel Miller’s Soulful Christmas —   8 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center
Brickyard — 8 p.m., Benny’s Restaurant and Lounge
Jarod Herniak — 8 p.m., The Perk Downtown
Cari Dell Trio — 8 p.m., Ute Inn
Mystic 7 — 8:30 p.m., Back East Bar and Grill
Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra — 8:30 p.m., La Taverne
Zac Charles and the Red — 9 p.m., Johnny’s Navajo Hogan
Geek Strong — 9 p.m., Peak 31

    

BREW

Bourbon Barrel Biere De Garde Release — 5 p.m., Trinity Brewing Co., 1466 Garden of the Gods Road; trinitybrew.com.

    

CRAFT FAIRS

Talbott Steam Innovation School Holiday Fair — 6-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 401 Dean St., Widefield; 896-0233.

Holiday Market — 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Commonwheel Artist Co-op, 102 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day; 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Through Dec 31.
Own Your Own Art Sale and Holiday Exhibition — Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Go online for dates, times and admission fees; sdc-arts.org. Through Dec 31.

   

STAGE

OPENING
Pikes Peak Community College Opera Scenes Production
— 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., free; 502-3135.
Christmas Dessert Theater — Opens 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Vista Grande Baptist Church, 5680 Stetson Hills Blvd., free. Advance tickets required: vgbc.org/christmas.

“The Gnome in the Room” — Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 17, Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., $25. Advance tickets: springsensembletheatre.org.
“Fa-La-La” — Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 23, The Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $18-$25; themat.org.
“Annie” — Preview 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 7, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $20 and up; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

“Navidad Flamenca” A Flamenco Christmas Show” — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cucuru Galley Cafe, 2332 Colorado Ave., $20-$25. Reservations: 520-9900; flamencounderground .com.

“The Heart of Christmas” — Opens 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 8, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 9, 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 10, Charis Bible College, 800 Gospel Truth Way, Woodland Park, $15-$25; heartofchristmas.org.

“A Christmas Chaos” — Opens 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 23, Fountain Community Theater, 326 Alabama Ave., Fountain, $8-$10; fountaintheater.org.
“Angels in America” — Theatre ‘d Art, opens 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., $15. Advance tickets: theatredart.org.

Through Dec. 24: “A Christmas  Carol” — Stage Theatre, Denver, $35 and up. Go online for times and dates: denvercenter.org.
Through Dec. 24: “The SantaLand Diaries” — The Jones, Denver, $25 and up. Go online for times and dates: denvercenter.org.
Through Dec. 24: “The Nutcracker” — Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver. Go online for dates, times and ticket prices; AX.
Through Dec. 31: “A Hudson Christmas” — Hudson Gardens & Events Center, Littleton, $6-$9. Go online for dates and times; AT.

Through Dec. 17: “Anansi: The Itsy Bitsy Spider Stories” — 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sunday, The Bitsy Stage, Denver, go online for ticket prices: bitsystage.com.

“Santaland Diaries” — Runs through Dec. 23, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, $18 and up. Go online for dates and times; theatreworkscs.org.

Through April 22: “First Date” — Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver, $30 and up. Go online for times and dates: denvercenter.org.
Through Feb. 14: “Beauty and the Beast” — Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Johnstown, $29.95 and up. Go online for times and dates: coloradocandlelight.com.

“Angel of the Christmas Mine” — Through Dec. 30, The Butte Theater, 130 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Go online for dates and times, $11-$20; buttetheater.com.

      

ARTS

Colorado Springs Art Guild Members Exhibition — Gold Hill Mesa Community Center, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive, Suite 200. Exhibit runs through Jan. 7; csartguild.org/events.htm.
Holiday Show
— Featuring more than 25 artists, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St. Exhibit runs through Dec. 23; g44gallery@gmail.com.
Landscapes
— Featuring Joe Bohler, Charles Pabst and June Carey, Art Gallery of the Rockies, 5039 N. Academy Blvd. Exhibit runs through Dec. 7; artgalleryoftherockies.com.

“Postcommodity: A Very Long Line” — Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Exhibit runs through Jan. 7, $5-$10; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
Raven Chacon: “Lightning Speak”
— Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Exhibit runs through Jan. 21, $5-$10; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
Jennifer Steinkamp: “Judy Crook”
— Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College,  30 W. Dale St. Exhibit runs through Jan. 21, $5-$10; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
Steven Durow: “Heartland”
— Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Exhibit runs through Jan. 21, $5-$10; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
“Women of the Rockies”
— Showcases local female artists and artisans; Art, Etc., 18 E. Rio Grand St. Exhibit runs through Dec. 15; 424-6502, artetckmm@gmail.com.

Works by Jone Ware — Through Dec. 7, Academy Art & Frame Co., 7560 N. Academy Blvd.; 265-6694, academyframe@gmail.com.
“Bruce Munro: Thank You for a Very Enjoyable Game” — Through Jan. 7, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Call or go online for costs; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

“The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County, New Mexico” — Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 2225 North Gate Blvd. Exhibit runs through Dec. 9; wmmi.org.

“Democratic Visas” — Through Dec. 9, GOCA 1420, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; tinyurl.com/ybezmkmk.

Buck Walsky: “Beach Front” — Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Exhibit runs through Dec. 31. Call or go online for admission costs; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

“The Art of Storytelling” — Through Dec. 31, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Call or go online for admission costs; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

“Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference” — Works by photographer Rick Guidotti, through Dec. 31, Chapel Hills Mall, 1510 Briargate Blvd.; tinyurl.com/z78epdz.
“Ragnarök” — Works by Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik, through Jan. 7, 2018, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $12; 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
“Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance” — Through November 2018, Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave.; 632-2646, money.org.

Through Jan. 15: “Touched by the Hands of God: Michelangelo’s Models” — Loveland Art Museum, Loveland; sdc-arts.org.

Through Jan. 14: Billy Schenck: “The Myth of the West” — Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo; sdc-arts.org.

Through Jan. 14: “Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism” — Denver Art Museum, Denver. Go online for admission prices: denverartmuseum.org.

Through Jan. 20: “Western Traditions” — Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo; sdc-arts.org.

Through Dec. 31: “Legacy — Gallery 1261", Denver; gallery1261.com.

Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Art & Photography Show — Through Dec. 30, Academy Art & Frame Co., 7560 N. Academy Blvd.; 265-6694, academyframe@gmail.com.
“Capturing Colorado” — Works by Pam Holnback and Dottie Lirette, through Dec. 31, Summerland Gardens Upstairs Gallery, 124 E. Cheyenne Road; summerlandgardens.com.

“Magpie’s Nest” — Through Jan. 6, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave.; cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.

Works by Michael Malta — Through Jan. 15, Academy Art & Frame Co., 7560 N. Academy Blvd.; 265-6694, academyframe@gmail.com.

Through Feb. 11: “Whimsy” — Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street, Denver. botanicgardens.org.

        

OUT THERE

The Colorado Springs Cycling Club — For all ages and abilities; bikesprings.org.

Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center — 3440 N. Cheyenne Canon Road; cheyennecanon.org/visitor-centers.
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center sponsored hikes
— 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0104. Daily Guided Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet north main parking lot.

Mueller State Park hikes — 21045 Colorado 67, Divide. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 687-2366.

Nature programs at Mueller State Park — 21045 Colorado 67, Divide. Day pass $7/vehicle; 687-2366.

Hikes at Cheyenne Mountain State Park — 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle. Reservations: 576-2016.

Nature programs at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center — 1805 N. 30th St., free; 219-0108.

Bear Creek Nature Center hikes — 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations: 520-6387.

Nature programs at Bear Creek Nature Center — 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations: 520-6387.

     Exploring Colorado’s World of White on Skis with John Fielder and Jon Kedrowski, 6:15 p.m. meet &    greet and book signings, presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, $5. 245 Bear Creek Road. Registration: 520-6387

Nature programs at Fountain Creek Nature Center — 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain. Reservations: 520-6745.

Hutchinson Homestead Ranch and Learning Center Tours — Salida, $5, $3 for ages 8-16; 239-0955, hutchinsonhomestead.org.
The Colorado Birding Trail websiteColoradobirdingtrail.com, information about places to observe birds and other wildlife.

Rocky Mountain Hiking Trails — With information on more than 70 hikes; rockymountainhikingtrails.com.

    

RUNNING

Colorado Springs Running Club  — 7:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. 45- to 60-minute runs, free; 635-3833. For a list of runs and events, go to corunco.com.

Pikes Peak Road Runners — Go online for information, cost and registration: pprrun.org

    

COMMUNITY

The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fundraiser — Through Dec. 31, go online for events and information: fillanemptystocking.org
Hope & Noel — 6 p.m. Friday, to benefit Newborn Hope, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave. Reservations: newbornhope.org.

    

VOLUNTEERING

Mueller State Park — 21045 Colorado 67, Divide, needs volunteers for naturalist programs, backcountry-trail maintenance, newsletter editing or work in the visitor center. Training is provided; 687-2366.
Bear Creek and Fountain Creek nature centers — Needs volunteers for assisting with environmental education programs and visitor information services; Paula Megorden, 520-6387, bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com.
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center — Needs volunteers for the information desk; Bret Tennis, 219-0108.
Eleven Mile — Needs volunteer naturalist to help facilitate children’s craft and educational programs on Saturday mornings; Kristen, 748-3401, email park_interpreter@yahoo.com.

 

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