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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on October 12, 2017 | 0 comments

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Wild Zoo Halloween Weekends through the end of October The zoo is closed for the season, but we still have a chance at some animal-surrounded fun! Dress up the kiddos and head to the zoo for one of these Halloweekends! Brightpoint Tiny House Showcase Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 Check out some neat tiny houses the weekend at this Brightpoint Event. For more information, take a look at this LFW article. Feline Fall Festival Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m. Help build outdoor community cat shelters for your friendly neighborhood pal! Foodstock Saturday, October 14 at 11 a.m. Foodstock is HERE! Find all your favorite trucks in one place! Pitbull of Chili Saturday, October 14 at 12 p.m. It’s a chili cookoff to benefit pit bulls. What more could you want? Oktoberfest Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. This Oktoberfest event is family-friendly! Stop out for some Saturday afternoon fun! The Mersey Beatles with special guest, author Julia Baird Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m.   The Mersey Beatles are one of the BEST Beatles cover bands. Hands down. Don’t miss the show! Handmade Homemade Sale Sunday, October 15 at 12 p.m. One-of-a-kind, locally made items for sale! Trees, Bushes, Plants and Leaves Sunday, October 15 at 1 p.m.   Hike the trails and learn something, too, this weekend at Fox Island! HOTC: POW WOW: Brittany Nicole Howard Sunday, October 15 at 4 p.m.   This is a free special effects makeup demo by a very talented artist. Bring your own makeup and a friend to practice on! They’ll be collecting donations for hurricane relief, as well. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 28, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Food Truck Thursday – Season FINALE! Thursday, September 28 at 5 p.m. It’s the last food truck Thursday of the season! The weather should be great, don’t miss it! Heartland Sings: Karaoke Classics Live Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Sing along to your favorite karaoke this Friday! Lucky Duck Children’s Consignment Sale Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1 It’s one of the biggest consignment sales in the area, check it out! Fort4Fitness Fall Festival: 4M, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon Saturday, September 30 at 7 a.m. Fort4Fitness is finally here! Head out and finish that race! Suicide Prevention QPR Training at St. Jude Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m. After this training in prevention, you’ll be prepared to assist someone who is contemplating suicide. Oktoberfest Dinner Monday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. A four-course dinner and plenty of giveaways, it should be a fun night! Tiny Musicians Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 Music is a great way to help your kiddos grow. Help them experience the emotional, physical, and mental benefits of playing with music this week! Bridging the Gap of Homelessness presented by the CMSA of FW Wednesday, October 4 at 8:20 p.m. Learn how you can make a difference in our community and how we can all work together to tackle homelessness. Drawn Together Wednesday, October 4 at 7 a.m. Grab your imagination and join together for a fun time of creating! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. International Day of Peace Rally Thursday, September 21 at 12:15 p.m. In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution declaring September 21 the International Day of Peace. Join us downtown (or wherever you are) for a moment of silence where you meditate on bringing peace to your heart and the world! September Hot Spot Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. Hot spot time! Check out CityScape flats and do some networking! Women’s Creative Entrepreneur Night Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Shop and support local women and all they bring to our community! Whose Live Anyway Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Should be a great show! Get your tickets ASAP! Triad Fall Medication Disposal Day Friday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doing some fall cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet! Fall Harvest Festival Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 There’s going to be so many fun things to do on the farm! Kick off the fall season with great activities on this beautiful weekend! Return of the SOUP Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. SOUP is back! Watch four presentations and vote on which project you think will most benefit our community. Safety Fair at Jefferson Pointe Saturday, September 23 at 10 a.m. The kiddos will love this safety fair, you grown-ups can get some useful information as well! Stop by! Hop On Brew Tour Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This benefit for CTN will take you to our local breweries while you get to meet new friends. It should be a super fun time! It’s hop on, hop off style — so grab a ticket and come anytime! Lakeside Fall Concert Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. The rose gardens are still beautiful this time of year, there will be music, fun activities, and small business shopping. Don’t miss it! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 14, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Oh man, there’s a ton to do this weekend! Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Free Friday Tasting at our Broadway store Friday, September 15 at 5 p.m. Try before you buy at this fun, free event! Middle Waves Music Festival September 15 and 16 It’s here, it’s here! Grab tickets for the main stage, or there’s plenty of other things to do for free. Stop by sometime this weekend, you won’t regret it! Check out our can’t-miss reasons why here. Mini Waves September 16 A great addition to Middle Waves, Mini Waves is a great time for the kids. There will be a TON of stuff for your little ones to do on Saturday, come out and enjoy as a family!   Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival Opening Weekend Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 We love spending fall days at this farm. It’s opening weekend, aka the beginning of the best time of year. Johnny Appleseed Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 There could not be any more fun things packed into one weekend! Grab some great grub and celebrate Johnny Appleseed.   SASSIE CAKES GRAND OPENING Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These cakes are to die for, and they’re making their debut on Broadway downtown! Walk for Animals Sunday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m. Help raise funds for Animal Care and Control this Sunday. You have the choice to walk or run! Cocktail Competition and Sampling Sunday, September 17 at 6 p.m. Mixologists from near and far will be battling at The Golden this Sunday. Story Hour with The Allen County Public Library Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. Stop by for an interactive story hour! There will be books, crafts and healthy snacks! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

Posted by on September 8, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

Meet one of the businesses that started with the YLNI Farmer’s Market! Lindsay Miller found her passion for baking growing up, and it has continued ever since. Today, both the market and her store, Abigail’s Confections offers from scratch baked goods and confections made with real ingredients with the help of Cherie King and her fiancé, Tyler. Many of the recipes are twists on classic family recipes to add that extra deliciousness. Despite only being a three year-old business, Lindsay is accomplishing her goal of “bringing back the way baking use to be” using fruit sauces, Graham crackers, and caramel without the preservatives. Caramel Walnut Cinnamon Rolls. Need I say more? Will also be available this Saturday at the Barr st Farmers market #freshbaked #smallbatch #madefromscratch #cinnamonrolls #caramelwalnutroll #getthemnow #bakery #dtfw #availablenow A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:46am PDT Along with her family experience, Lindsay went to school for Hospitality Administration specializing in Baking and Pastry. During that time, she worked in restaurants and grocery store bakeries, and with the support of her fiancé and mother-in-law, began building Abigail’s Confections. The rather humorous part though, is the initial spark to create a bakery was from watching Charm City with Duff. Lindsay found it quite funny and decided to take her baking passion forward and add some decorating to it. From there, Lindsay crunched some numbers and funded her dream with…a garage sale. Knowing that a loan could be difficult to handle, Lindsay got enough money together to pay for her market space, buy a tent, and purchase enough supplies for her first day at the market. After her success at the market, Lindsay took her home kitchen to a certified commercial kitchen where she could begin selling anywhere. Eventually her success led her to opening a store front in downtown on East Wayne Street. This has enabled her to dedicate all her energy to the business. Her greatest accomplishment is getting her name on the store front! When Lindsay is not at the store, kitchen, or market she is spending time with her Tyler or 2-year-old niece. 9-1!!! #dtfw #fortwaynefarmersmarket #cookies #abigailsconfections #cinnamonrolls #markets #turnovers #rhubarb A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jul 15, 2017 at 8:47am PDT While Lindsay has achieved many of her goals, she has learned some important lessons along the way. When you have a good month, save. The bakery food business is not consistent, so hang on to extra cash from those good months to keep you going through the off months. A bit of advice that she offers to prospective entrepreneurs is make sure it is something you want to do. It must be that thing that gets you out of bed in the morning. Come down to the market from some real sweetness! Find the Abigail’s Confection team at the market and their store front at 236 E Wayne St, Fort Wayne, In 46802. Follow them on Facebook and...

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LFW Weekly Fun File: Events in Fort Wayne

Posted by on September 7, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File: Events in Fort Wayne

LFW Weekly Fun File: Events in Fort Wayne

This weekend is jam packed with fun! Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Art Moves – A Night To Support Fort Wayne Dance Collective Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. This is Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s signature event and fundraiser. Help to secure scholarships for students in need and to create and sustain current outreach programming for the community. Jekyll & Hyde at Civic! September 8 through September 17 This is going to be an AMAZING show. Kick off the Halloween season with a bang! Walk and Talk with Mayor Tom Henry Friday, September 8 at 11 a.m. Have a chat with the Mayor while getting in your lunchtime walk. Semi-Annual Salvage In The City Saturday, September 9 at 10 a.m. I almost didn’t put this on the calendar because I wanted all the things for myself. Free Outdoor Showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m. HP, Ziffles Zip n’ Go and Licensed Bar Services … what more do you want? Fort Wayne Autism Acceptance Walk Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m. Raise awareness while having fun with the whole family! Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m. It’s one of the best weekends! Check out all the fabulous things to do in our city. Doggie Dip Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m. This event is open to everyone — take Fido out for the last swim of the season. Dog Film Festival! Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. After your swim, catch a film with your furry BFF. 4th Annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party Sunday, September 10 at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bands, food trucks, beer tents and more! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Banh Mi Pho Shop- Your New Fave Ramen Spot in the Fort! 🍜

Posted by on August 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Banh Mi Pho Shop- Your New Fave Ramen Spot in the Fort! 🍜

Banh Mi Pho Shop- Your New Fave Ramen Spot in the Fort!  🍜

2017 has been my year of ramen. From Momofuku in New York City, some side street vendor in Vietnam that I can’t pronounce, to High Five Ramen in Chicago, I have been obsessed with the noodles of my college days. (And who am I kidding, most of my 20s as well!) And now we have this amazing creation in Fort Wayne at a local business called Banh Mi Pho Shop)! Although the word ramen comes from the Chinese, there is a heated debate as to whether the dish itself originated in Japan or China. Regardless, instant ramen was invented by the Taiwanese-Japanese Momofuku Ando, and was named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century. The main component of any ramen is steaming hot noodles served in a rich and salty soup broth, but that is where the similarity between our college dorm hot pot ramen and the ramen of today ends. From the broth, to the spices, to the meat, and toppings ramen is vastly different from shop to shop…but that’s what makes it fun for both chefs and diners alike! Banh Mi Pho Shop is located at the former Tom’s Donuts on 1925 Fairfield Avenue and opened this past June. Don’t let its newness fool you, however. It is the sister location of the popular Vietnamese shop, Banh Mi Barista, which opened August 2012 on 5320 Coldwater Road. The original restaurant started with owners Will Le, his sister Thao Le, and niece Hien Le. Thirty-nine-year-old Will has been working in the food industry since high school (including Fort Wayne’s beloved West Coast Grill) and loves to cook. While 30-year-old Thao worked at a pharmaceutical lab in Indy, she always had a love for food and eating out as did her foodie niece, Hien. The original Banh Mi Barista is well known for its phenomenal customer service, amazing bubble teas, and Vietnamese staples such as pho and bánh mì sandwiches. One year ago, Thao took a break to travel. While she grew up in Fort Wayne, she wanted to experience the culinary trends and staples in various parts of the world, including her homeland of Vietnam. Co-owner Hien joined her for a month in Vietnam (as did yours truly for a much shorter stint!). I sat with Thao to ask about her experience in Vietnam this past April. “I was born in Vietnam and still have family in southern Vietnam,” said Thao. “I have always appreciated the unique flavors and textures, but this trip made me expand my taste buds to appreciate northern Vietnamese food as well. I also learned how to make bánh mì (bread) from scratch when I was there.” Thao would get up for weeks at 5 AM to master the art of making this local cuisine. Now that’s dedication! This love and appreciation of the Vietnamese cuisine is a hallmark of their restaurant and resonates in everything they do. “We use fresh and local ingredients so our specials are normally centered around what we are able to find at the market,” said Thao. “I love to support local whenever we can with fresh meat from LaOtto meats and fresh produce from the market. I want our clients to have the best. This may be their first time trying something Vietnamese and I want to be amazing!”...

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07 Pub – Your New Favorite Place to Hang Out!

Posted by on July 26, 2017 | Comments Off on 07 Pub – Your New Favorite Place to Hang Out!

07 Pub – Your New Favorite Place to Hang Out!

When I first moved to Fort Wayne, I found it interesting that people refer to their neighborhoods by zip code. The ’05, the ’07, etc. It was one of those quirky things like “going to the lake” (which I assumed was one massive lake considering how many people went there) that I never truly understood until I became a fellow “Citizen Wayne” myself! The pride and passion with which people identify their neighborhoods is remarkable to see and as Fort Wayne starts to witness a revitalization of the downtown area, the residents of the ’07 are certainly a huge part of that.   If you live, work, or drive through the ’07 you will have noticed a recent addition that graces the streets of Broadway. The new, aptly named 07 Pub opened with little fanfare in early June and has been hopping ever since!   I popped into the pub to chat with owner Marcus Spillson to get the scoop on the Pub. Marcus grew up in Fort Wayne, his parents both went to South Side High School, and he was a ’99 graduate of Bishop Luers, where he played football with his co-owner and partner in the pub, Clancy Shank (’97 graduate of Bishop Luers).  Marcus has always had a passion for the south side of Fort Wayne and although he left for ten years, when he came back for a wedding in town, he was drawn to a bar (the former Lombardo’s Lounge) that was for sale. The oil and gas company he worked for in Houston had just been sold and he was intrigued by this new possible venture. “I kept thinking about it and the next day I went and put an offer in. They countered, and the next think I knew, I owned a bar!”   The food and drink industry is in Marcus Spillson’s DNA. His great-grandfather, Nick Spillson, owned Berghoff Gardens, and was the proud holder of Fort Wayne’s very first liquor license after prohibition ended. A cut out from the newspaper article from April 6, 1933 is prominently on display at the pub. Marcus’ grandfather owned Fort Wayne’s famous 4 star French restaurant, Café Johnell, and his father ran the kitchen at Johnelli’s Pizza. Marcus’ first job was washing dishes at Café Johnell. With his family history, it is easy to see how Marcus came to be the owner of the bar, but he was quick to point out that this wasn’t just any bar. “I wanted a neighborhood bar. I wouldn’t have done this anywhere else but here in the south side of Fort Wayne. We live in this neighborhood, I grew up in this neighborhood. We have a piece of the old South Side gym floor as part of our bar counter!”. Marcus wanted a place where people could hang out and grab some drinks. His dad knew how to cook and run a kitchen, and his partner Clancy had been a bartender for 10 years and could produce some amazing drinks.     “I had to decide who we were going to be. And I think what we want to be and what the neighborhood needs is a bar with great food. Not a restaurant.” And clearly, this was indeed what the neighborhood needed. Their very first day...

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YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats

Posted by on July 21, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats

YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats

At Nana’s Southern Treats, Joyce Culberson (aka Nana), makes amazing assortments of homemade baked goods each week. Nana specializes in southern delicacies, such as rich buttery pound cakes, seasonal fruit tarts, pies, and pastries, all with homemade crusts. You can also pick up items like cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, cookies, and gooey sweet bars for the kids. With the help of her friend Linda (aka Mee Mee), Nana brings Southern hospitality to you in baked sweetness. Whether you are one of her fans clamoring for her booth every Saturday or new to her creations, Nana is seeks to bring a piece of happiness to you with every treat. Nana comes from the hills of Alabama, where she learned from her mother and grandmother to not only bake, but to create delicious food. She was taught that we eat with our eyes, as well as our mouths, so she works hard to make bakery treats that are both beautiful and delicious enough to share with family and friends. With this devotion to loving care, Nana decided that retirement offered a chance to share her passion with the rest of the community. This engagement with the community has created a new source of enjoyment–spending time with new friends and patrons at the market every Saturday. Quality, quality, quality. That’s the loving care that Nana expresses with every creation and the most important lesson she has learned. To be successful, you have to produce the highest quality product possible. Come down to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out Nana’s Southern Treats and try their delicious homemade baked goods. Nana loves to gather with new friends just as much as she loves to share her creations with...

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12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

Posted by on July 7, 2017 | Comments Off on 12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

12 Three Rivers Festival Events You Won’t Want To Miss

The Three Rivers Festival is back for their 49th year! You may have received your booklet and are probably overwhelmed by just how many events are taking place in just one week of the festival. Fort Wayne is so spoiled by the amount of fun we get to have during this festival that we’ve decided to make a list of events that are worth visiting. There’s something for everyone this year, including new events. Check out Living Fort Wayne’s picks for the Three Rivers Festival events you won’t want to miss!   Downtown Midway (July 7–15 at 11 a.m.–11 p.m.) The Three Rivers Festival provides multiple rides for the Fort Wayne community to enjoy every year! There will also be classic carnival games, face painting, kids’ rides and so much more. You can get your wristbands for the rides in advance here.   The Emporium (July 7 at 4 p.m.–10 p.m., July 8–9 at 11 p.m.–1o p.m., July 10–12 at 5 p.m.–9 p.m., July 13–15 at 11 a.m.–10 p.m.) Located in Headwaters Park West, this area will be home to local artists to sell their merchandise and services. unique gifts, handcrafted jewelry, soaps, and clothes will be available to buy. The Emporium is featuring local food favorites this year including Tucanos, Audrey’s Cake Rolls and the Cupbearer Cafe. If you love shopping and supporting local, this is the place to be!   Junk Food Alley (July 7–15) Forget your diet plans this week and gorge yourself on the loads of food options to choose from at Junk Food Alley! Elephant ears, chicken-on-a-stick, fried watermelon, and fresh lemon shake-ups are just among the hundreds of things to try here. Don’t forget about $2 Tuesdays at Junk Food Alley! Also, be sure to get your lunch time junk food fix by hopping aboard the FREE Lunch Time Trolley Monday to Friday. Schedule and stops listed here.   Three Rivers Parade (July 8 at 10 a.m.) Marching bands, floats, free stuff, oh my! The annual Three Rivers Parade is a staple, and this year’s theme is “Superheroes!” Parade route can be found here. You can also catch it live on Channel 21 if crowds just aren’t your thing.   Chalk Walk (July 8 and 9) Located on Main Street in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, this event features area artists turning a square of concrete into a piece of art. Watch the artistic process at work as people create masterpieces Downtown.   Art in the Park (July 8 at 11 a.m.–7 p.m., July 9, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.) This juried event will host over 100 different artists from across the country and Indiana! Art in the Park will take place in Freimann Square on Main Street, with something for everyone’s artistic taste.   Fort Wayne HeART of the City at the Three Rivers Festival (July 8 at 11 a.m.–5 p.m., July 9 at 10 a.m.–5 p.m.)   As a new addition to the Festival, Fort Wayne HeART of the City will also be hosting their first event for Fort Wayne artists to showcase their work. Come see what artistic talent exists in our own backyard and support local art!   BedRace (July 12, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.) Every year, you can see Main Street lined up with a huge audience for the Three Rivers Festival...

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