What’s Up? Weekly (March 14-18, 2016)

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar. Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.
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Alamo Kids Camp: Fantastic Mr. Fox – Monday, March 14 – Thursday, March 17. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. All ages will be allowed at all screenings of this show. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin and Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Monday

Heartsong Music at Wells Branch Library – Monday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Enjoy a FREE music class for ages 0 to 5. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Fairy Fun Afternoon – Monday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m. Create your own fairy lights to take home and meet your favorite fairies from flitterific Pixie Hollow–Tinker Bell and her sister, Periwinkle. Ages 3 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Come & Go Crafts – Monday, March 14 from 1-3:00 p.m. Drop-in craft session. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Austin Reptile Shows Presents: A Reptile Adventure – Monday, March 14 at 3:00 p.m. Get ready for creepy crawly fun with snakes, lizards, and turtles from around the world. Austin Reptile Shows will bring a dozen live reptiles to teach your kids about reptile diversity, adaptations, biology, and conservation in this high-energy learning experience. Ages 3 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener – Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish Giant. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

The Powerpuff Girls – Horn Sweet Horn – Monday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. Before the broadcast debut of the newly re-imagined series this spring, Cartoon Network will take over the Long Center in Austin and host a fun-filled event under the stars to celebrate the premiere of The Powerpuff Girls! Join Cartoon Network and be amongst the first in the world to see episodes from the new series, along with fun, food, and surprises galore. FREE with Guest Pass. Accompanied children do not need a Guest Pass. Event will be moved to Dell Hall at the Long Center in case of weather cancellation. Please check SXSW.com for all updates. Fun begins at 6:00 p.m. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m. Long Center Terrace, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Tuesday

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community Music School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Fabulous Fairy Tales from Merrie England – Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. This special storytime will be presented by multi-award-winning storyteller/actress/writer Bernadette Nason. For ages 3 and up. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Bilingual Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. This program is a partnership with The Signing Connection, and is best enjoyed by children ages 1-6, along with their caregivers. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Play, Read, Grow! – Tuesday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands-on workshop for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Celebrate Urban Birds – Tuesday, March 15 from 1-4:00 p.m. Birds of prey flight demonstrations at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., plus bird activities. FREE! Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, Austin.

Family Movie: Goosebumps (Round Rock) – Tuesday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Shadow Factory: The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard – Tuesday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. Arrrrrrr is for reading in this seafaring tale. The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard follows a group of pirates on their search for buried treasure. After a long voyage turns up nothing but a treasure chest filled with musty old books, mutiny breaks out on Captain Weirdbeard’s pirate ship. He keeps his crew at bay by reading aloud the books from the treasure chest, revealing to them, one story after the next, how valuable a treasure books can be. Appropriate for K-5 audiences. After the show, kids will have the chance to make their very own shadow puppets. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Matinee: The Peanuts Movie – Tuesday, March 15 at 4:00 p.m. Rated G. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL –Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

PJ Storytime – Tuesday, March 15 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart – Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Expand your imagination and artistic creativity in a side-by-side artistic experience for child and parent. Referencing book illustrations, you’ll explore art: collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, landscape, portraits, Chibi, etc. All materials provided. For ages 5+ provided. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Mr. Will Performance (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. (toddler show) and 11:15 p.m. (preschool show) FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Heartsong Music Storytime – Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children from birth through age five for music, movement, and fun with Heartsong Music. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Under the Springs – Wednesday, March 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet a mermaid; tour Eliza Spring at noon; check out Colorado River Alliance’s Mobile River and the new Splash! Exhibit, One Square Foot of Barton Springs; visit the #creeklove photo booth; and take part in lots of kid friendly activities. FREE! Splash-Aquifer Exhibit, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Play, Read, Grow! – Wednesday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands-on workshop for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Pet Pfest (Pflugerville) – Wednesday, March 16 from 2-4:00 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of our best animal friends with crafts, demonstrations, costume contest, pet adoptions, and more. Well behaved pets welcome. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Family Movie: Minions (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Family Movie: Shaun the Sheep – Wednesday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Peter Pan Craft – Wednesday, March 16 from 3-4:00 p.m. Sew like Wendy but, instead of a Shadow, sew a Peter Pan hat with the help of an experienced felter and quilters. Ages 5 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 16 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Discovery! Writing: Create Your Own Neverland – Wednesday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m. In J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Never Land is a place where adventures happen and kids are heroes. But Barrie himself noted that “Neverlands” are different for every child. What does Neverland look like to you? Is it full of pirates or mermaids, across a sea or through the stars? Draw a map of your own Neverland, creating heroes and villains and writing adventures all your own. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, March 16 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Music on Main: Lucas Miller and Joe McDermott (Round Rock) – Wednesday, March 16 from 6-8:00 p.m. Escape your routine and spend your Wednesday night in Downtown Round Rock. The perfect opportunity to kick off your shoes and relax into the sound of talented musicians, this 13-part concert series is FREE, family-friendly, and just the thing to put the boogie in your boots, the swing in your step, and the hometown in your hoe-down. Parking is FREE and easy to find in the public parking garage located off of Lampasas Street between Main Street and Bagdad Avenue. Public parking is also available in the lot behind City Hall located at 115 East Bagdad. Main Street Plaza, 221 East Main Street, Round Rock.

The Mexican American Experience – Wednesday, March 16 from 6-11:00 p.m. Enjoy a sample of Texas music by Texas artists who represent a segment of young singer/songwriters and musicians who are making their mark on a genre of music with origins to the 19th century that is a result of a mixture of cultures from Mexico, Texas and German, Polish, and Czech immigrants. The music made by these artists is an example of the identity and culture of Mexican Americans. Individuals and families are invited to enjoy these rhythms, along with the culture and food. View full list of artists and parking information here. No parking onsite. A shuttle service is available from Martin Middle School. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Thursday

Petting Zoo at the Library (Round Rock) – Thursday, March 17 from 9-11:00 a.m. The Farm Zoo‘s small animals will be visiting for a casual morning of meeting and cuddling. This come-and-go event is open to all ages. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Fairytale Threads (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shoppers can find infant, maternity, toddler to teen clothing sizes as well as toys, games, books, and gear at amazing prices. Each and every item for sale has been carefully inspected to ensure that shoppers are choosing from only the highest quality items, including top brands and toys for all ages. Admission is FREE! Austin Sports Center Cedar Park, 1420 Toro Grande, Cedar Park.

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Thursday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with select discounted games. Wear your finest St. Pat’s greenery to receive 4 FREE tokens! (Limit 4 tokens per person, per visit.) Also, you can turn “green into gold” with this special coupon. Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research Blvd, Suite 100, Austin.

Movie Day (Elgin) – Thursday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Shaun the Sheep at 10:30 a.m. with snacks provided. Jurassic World at 1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch. Minions at 6:00 p.m. with hot dogs provided. FREE! Elgin Public Library, 404 N Main St, Elgin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, March 17 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener – Thursday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish Giant. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, March 17 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a SXSW performance by Lost & Nameless. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

SXSW Gaming Expo – Thursday, March 17 from Noon to 8:00 p.m. The Gaming Expo draws game developers, manufacturers, and fans from all facets of the community. As the epicenter of gaming culture at SXSW, there are so many attractions, it’ll be tough to take it all in. With an Esports Tournament Stage, Indie Corner, Videogame History Museum, Tabletop Experience, Free Play PC Arena, a Cosplay competition, plus plenty of unannounced hotspots, it should be a very exciting event for all ages and interests. Family friendly and FREE with Guest Pass. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Amazing Texas Twisters – Thursday, March 17 from 1-3:00 p.m. Drop-in face painting and balloon art fun with the Amazing Texas Twisters. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Spring Safari // Safari Primavera (Round Rock) – Thursday, March 17 from 1-4:00 p.m. Join Easter Seals for scavenger hunts, face painting, bubble parties, and more. This spring break event is a family-centered fun day for parents and children of all ages and abilities. FREE! Play for All Abilities Park, 151 N AW Grimes Blvd, Round Rock.

Flatstock 53 – Thursday, March 17 from 2-6:00 p.m. Presented by the American Poster Institute (API), Flatstock 53 will display the works of the world’s top gig poster artists. The show runs March 17-19 and will feature posters of varying styles, colors and techniques for sale by the talented artists who created them. FREE with Guest Pass. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Magic Show (Round Rock) – Thursday, March 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. Your whole family will laugh out loud with JD Stewart’s blend of magic and clean comedy. FREE with one non-perishable food item per person. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH 35, #375, Round Rock.

DIY Comic Books – Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. Featuring the Little Maverick List. Ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Let’s Go Nihongo – Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. Practice your origami, and learn to write your name in Japanese. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, Austin Reptile Shows join the fun. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon – Thursday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL -Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake – Thursday, March 17 from 4-9:00 p.m. SXSW’s largest stage features a three-day series of charity beneficiary concert events open to all ages. View full artist lineup here. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. FREE with Guest Pass. Auditorium Shores, 800 West Riverside Dr, Austin.

The Mexican American Experience – Thursday, March 17 from 6-11:00 p.m. Enjoy a sample of Texas music by Texas artists who represent a segment of young singer/songwriters and musicians who are making their mark on a genre of music with origins to the 19th century that is a result of a mixture of cultures from Mexico, Texas and German, Polish, and Czech immigrants. The music made by these artists is an example of the identity and culture of Mexican Americans. Individuals and families are invited to enjoy these rhythms, along with the culture and food. View full list of artists and parking information here. No parking onsite. A shuttle service is available from Martin Middle School. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, March 17 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Chicha/Latin Psych Rock by Money Chicha. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, March 17 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Chris Bell Quartet. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday

Alamo Kids Camp: Paddington – Friday, March 18. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Fairytale Threads (Cedar Park) – Friday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shoppers can find infant, maternity, toddler to teen clothing sizes as well as toys, games, books, and gear at amazing prices. Each and every item for sale has been carefully inspected to ensure that shoppers are choosing from only the highest quality items, including top brands and toys for all ages. Admission is FREE! Austin Sports Center Cedar Park, 1420 Toro Grande, Cedar Park.

Circus Chickendog – Friday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. Circus dogs, juggling, tricks, and more. This unique show will be fun for the whole family. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Flatstock 53 – Friday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Presented by the American Poster Institute (API), Flatstock 53 will display the works of the world’s top gig poster artists. The show runs March 17-19 and will feature posters of varying styles, colors and techniques for sale by the talented artists who created them. FREE with Guest Pass. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Music and Movement – Friday, March 18 at 11:00 p.m. Sing, dance, and experiment with various musical instruments. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Girls Rock Austin SX Day Party – Friday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performances by Grace London, AfroPanther, Candy Party, Worriers, Regrettes, Annabel Allum, Tiarra Girls, Billy Dean, Tiarra Girls, and Freakabout. FREE! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38 1/2 St, Austin.

SXSW Gaming Expo – Friday, March 18 from Noon to 8:00 p.m. The Gaming Expo draws game developers, manufacturers, and fans from all facets of the community. As the epicenter of gaming culture at SXSW, there are so many attractions, it’ll be tough to take it all in. With an Esports Tournament Stage, Indie Corner, Videogame History Museum, Tabletop Experience, Free Play PC Arena, a Cosplay competition, plus plenty of unannounced hotspots, it should be a very exciting event for all ages and interests. Family friendly and FREE with Guest Pass. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Echo and the Bats – Friday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. Dance along with Echo and the Bats – Austin’s first All Youth Librarian band. You’ve seen their storytimes, now come hear some of your favorite kid’s books put to music. Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all new fun for the whole family. Echo and the Bats use their love for books and music to blend the two into a brand new kind of show that makes reading and rocking go hand in hand. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake – Friday, March 18 from 5-9:00 p.m. SXSW’s largest stage features a three-day series of charity beneficiary concert events open to all ages. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. View full artist lineup here. FREE with Guest Pass. Auditorium Shores, 800 West Riverside Dr, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, March 18 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Vocal Jazz by Sarah Arenella. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, March 18 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Latin rhythms by Rey Arteaga. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.

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