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Upcoming Southern California Kite Flying Events

Greetings Family and Friends.

 

I have the privilege of telling you that while the rest of the country starts cooling down, Kiting in Southern California is heating up!

 

4 unique events are happening and I will assure you that each will bring you great joy.

 

#1

 

The 17th Annual Japan America Kite Festival rolls into Seal Beach, next Sunday the 20th. Besides the glorious displays of flying fabric, sport kite demos and international culture, there will be expanded entertainment and one of the latest food crazes, Ramen Burgers. And again this year, FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE will be offered, as the parking lot gets full early in Seal Beach.

 

#2

 

It was a decade ago that the Japan America Society jumped in to help us grow this event. We obviously can not thank them enough for their efforts and support. If you’re not familiar with them, they are one of those organizations that works tirelessly throughout the year putting on events to educate and entertain people of all ages, regardless of heritage. On the evening of Wednesday, October 23rd, you have the chance to wine and dine with Kite Master Mikio Toki at Mattel Headquarters in El Segundo. World class kites and world class food. This is a one of a kind event and you don’t want to miss out. I hope to see you there.

 

#3

 

Kids and Kites…They go together. On Saturday, November 9th, we’ll be at the grand reopening of Horseshoe Lake in the County of San Bernardino, near Victorville and Hesperia, off I-15. This will be the first of what will hopefully become an annual event. Expect Show Kites, Sport Kite Demos, Kids Craft Kites and Flying, Tail Chases, Candy Drops, Kite Hospital, Vendor Lesson Area and a Kite Shop Vendor. I’ve been to the site and you will be hard pressed to find a better venue for this type of event.

 

#4

 

An event in the works at the Pasadena Museum of History. Wednesday, November 20th kicks off “Kites, Wings & Other Flying Things. This will be an ongoing exhibit of the history of flight within the Pasadena area as well as soup to nuts kiting. This display and related functions will run through the middle of April, which happens to be National Kite Month. I am directly involved in it and I am beyond words as to the honor and cool factor of yet another one of a kind presentation that this is becoming. As we get closer, I’ll have more information for you.

 

There you have it. I know we’re all busy. Try to crowbar in some kite time. It’s good for you.

 

Best Wishes and Winds,

 

 glen

 

 Glen E. Rothstein – Director – Region 12

 

American Kitefliers Association

 

www.aka.kite.org

 

https://www.facebook.com/akasocial?fref=ts

 

To learn more about kite flying, read Up, Up and Away – The Art and Fun of Kite Flying AMC Montessori Summer Hands-On Newsletter Part I – American …

 

Heidi Spietz

 

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Sizzling Summertime 2014 Lesson Planning

SUMMER KITE FLYING

Learn how to make and fly a kite in your neck of the woods.

Planning a trip to Southern California? All the fun is not necessary had at the amusement parks. Take a side trip to Seal Beach, a quaint beach town, that has much to offer. While there, you won’t want to miss the monthly Seal Beach Kite Club meetings. Click here to see what the city of Seal Beach has in store for you and your family. Then, venture to Hobby City for some additional free hands-on fun.

GO AHEAD….MAKE SOME MUSIC THIS SUMMER

Learn how to make a band in minutes. Yes, you and your children can make a coffee can drum and yogurt container shakers by following the easy instructions provided by Kidsongs.com.

Montessorian Dale Gausman will show you how to make and introduce rhythm sticks in your school and home classrooms. Click here for details.

The Blow Ye Winds , Paddle Wheeler and Erie Canal – and Wabash Cannonball are free extension activities from the guide written by Dr. Kathryn A. Short, for Kimbo’s CD release: “Songs About America,” Celebrating America Through Song.. See Kimbo for details.

Download The Number Eating Alligator from Kidsongs.com and discover how these songs can be incorporated into your ECE and elementary math and music lesson planning. Click here for details.

Marjorie Kiel Persons presents two marvelous integrated lessons for your summer music presentations. – Water Music Alla Hornpipe by George Frideric Handel. and Oh, How I Love Italy ? Music, Art, and Food seasoned with History and Geography See Click on this link to access both lesson plans.

EASY, BREEZY, SIZZLING SUMMER RECIPES

Dale Gausman, owner of the North American Montessori Center, shows how children can plan, prepare, and execute a Spring or Summer Tea. Dale’s Friendship Salad makes a perfect addition to the Spring Tea menu or any other event planned for the upcoming months. Click here for details.

Encourage children to try making some new recipes this summer! Make lunchtime interesting by including some rollie poultries and stuffed apples into your meal planning. See http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Learn how to present an authentic Montessori food unit study featuring the yummy Watermelon Blueberry Banana Split recipe.

DIanne Knesek, Montessori teacher and owner of Conceptual Learning, shares a mouth watering Summer Fruit, Cheese, and Meat Kabobs recipe. Visit this link for complete information

Planning a unit study about pirates? Try these three pirate snack ideas – Treasure Chests, Pirate Ships and Cannonballs, all of which, can be easily integrated into any pirate unit study. Click here to access the recipes.

For a festive change, create your own hot dog buffet and serve some fudge cupcakes for dessert. Then, cool down your lazy afternoon with some delicious green smoothies. http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

SPECIAL MOTOR SKILLS OFFERING

Are you looking for an additional aid to help inspire good penmanship? Nan Barchowsky may have just what you need. Check out A Bit of Yarn for Good Pen Hold http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf by clicking here.

SUMMER SCIENCE

Begin the summer science learning adventure with hands on fun. Children will discover how to change the color of a flower and how water travels up plants by participating in the Changing a Flower’s Color activity submitted by Dale Gausman. See http://www.amonco.org/summer6/montessori_summer6.pdf for details.

John, from Exploration Education, presents an excellent, fun-filled simple and effective activity about static electricity is for children six and up. Click here for details.

Invite children to vicariously go on an animal safari! To access resources for a unit study, visit http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Children marvel at identifying the different birds that they encounter at the park, beach or even in their backyard. Find out how Backyard Birds can be incorporated into your ornithology presentations by visiting http://www.amonco.org/summer5/montessori_summer5.pdf

Rae, from Creative Process, shares a leaf print activity that combines the study of botany with art. To access this information, visit http://www.amonco.org/summer4/montessori_summer4.pdf

Richard, from the Montessori Materials LORD Company, is offering FREE reading books, and a Montessori land and water labels http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Easily create a seashell unit study. Quickly locate links to seashell classification materials and other resources by visiting http://www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf

GARDENING GALORE

Summer gardening can be especially meaningful if you plan ahead. A Gardening Unit Study (With the Focus on Summer)Montessori Lessons will provide the info you need to customize your garden lesson planning. Find the gardening resources and lesson plans now, so that you embark on your summer gardening journey when late May arrives.

In Nurturing Budding Botanists – Learning and Teaching the Basics of Plant Science, author Sara L. Ambarian has provided the indepth botany lesson planning information and resources needed Click here for details.

MONTESSORI MATH

Receive some free hands-on algebra exercises designed by Dr. Henry Borenson See Hands On Equations for details. Check out DIanne Knesek’s Montessori problem solving lessons by clicking here.

GAME TIME!

What type of learner is your child? Mariaemma, from Coaching for Learning Success(tm), has the resources you need to discover the answer to this question, plus she has generously contributed her Basketball and Whole Body Memorizing Activity. Access this information, as well as The Whole Body Learner – Gifted for Moving! article by visiting Click here for details.

Stillsonworks offers more unique puzzles designed for middle school students. Try your hand at the free exercises included by clicking here Access additional FREE puzzles for children/teens by visiting http://www.amonco.org/summer7/montessori_summer7.pdf

Be sure to check out the cooperative games by Rae from Creative Process. (Click here for details.)

THIS and THAT…. Additional unique, creative lesson planning info.

Rae from Creative Process generously has provided the following free activities], articles, and lesson plans: Calendar Activity, Teacher as Curator : Setting up a School Gallery and Sharing Food, Food in Art? Access this information by clicking here

Draw Your World offers a free Draw Your World Lesson Plan. Access this information by clicking here

Are you taking your class on a literature journey? Why not start with the classics. Let Rita Arpaia of literature.com show you how. Point your browser to http://www.amonco.org/summer6/montessori_summer6.pdf Read Rita’s other articles and learn more about how literature.com’s resources for your school and homeschool libraries.

Sara Ambarian has written a two part article which will further help you with your selection of children’s books. In http://www.amonco.org/summer2/montessori_summer2.pdf Part I of her article, you will learn about the books selected by the AMC resource participants.

In http://www.amonco.org/summer4/montessori_summer4.pdf Part I read about community recommendations. This balanced article is sure to help you select just the right books for your school and homeschool classrooms.

If you would like to view the complete table of contents of the newsletter, or you have experienced any difficulties accessing the links above, please visit http://www.amonco.org/montessori_summer_handson.html

Now, with these fun activities, recipes and lessons, you are set to make this summer the best yet!

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Exploring Holidays and History

 

Spring brings many special holidays and historical events to enrich our homes and classrooms. Enjoy these resources to help your students understand and explore these interesting observances.

For a round-up of various links for January and February lesson plans and ideas, visit: http://www.amonco.org/jan_feb_celebrations.html   

Black History Month – February

Black History Month, observed in February since 1926, provides many interesting opportunities to explore history, culture and food.  The Creative Process can get you started with their “Celebrate Black History Month” page, linked here: http://www.amonco.org/spring8/montessori_spring8.pdf

You will find more information, resources and recipes in the links below.

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/blackhistorymonth-htm , http://seasonal.theteacherscorner.net/black-history-month , http://www.thinkfinity.org/?q=black-history-month , and http://www.soul-food-advisor.com/black_history_month.html

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 1809

There is no question that Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous and most admired presidents of the United States.  Many states no longer observe his birthday as a separate holiday; but his life, accomplishments and assassination are at the heart of one of the most complex and pivotal eras of American history.  President Lincoln’s life and career make an excellent basis for unit studies. Explore these interesting websites for more information.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/abrahamlincoln , http://www.nps.gov/abli/index.htmhttp://www.civilwarhome.com/lincolnbio.htm , and http://www.primaryteachers.org/abraham_lincoln_unit.htm

George Washington’s birthday, February 22, 1732 (Presidents’ Day observed February 20, 2012)

Sara L. Ambarian helps us get to know the man who is called “the Father of our Country”, with information about George Washington in her article, “Celebrating the Personal Life of George Washington”. You’ll find additional educational links about our first president at the end of the article. http://www.amonco.org/spring8/montessori_spring8.pdf

For more presidential lesson ideas, read “It’s Time to Think Outside the Box and Kindle, Too!” from Literatureplace.com, with its suggestions for studying Thomas Jefferson. http://www.amonco.org/spring3/montessori_spring_3.pdf  You can also enhance your studies of government and politics with a batch of the famous, traditional and tasty Senate Bean Soup, from Dale and Rita at North American Montessori Center. http://www.amonco.org/spring4/montessori_spring4.pdf

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17

Visit these links for lesson and craft ideas for the “greenest” spring holiday! http://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/st-patricks-day-crafts-origami-and-more  http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/sstudies/geog/stpatricks.html  and http://www.edhelper.com/st_patricks_day.htm  

Easter, April 8

Georgette Baker from Cantemos offers some fun projects for Easter and other spring holidays.  Check out her festive hat and easy tie-dye instructions. http://www.amonco.org/spring1/montessori_spring1.pdf  

For long-lasting Easter fun outdoors, Jan from Garden Artisans shares a cute Hippity Hoppity Bunny Topiary project here: http://www.amonco.org/spring2/montessori_spring2.pdf  

Bake up an interesting Italian tradition with Mary Ann Esposito’s Neopolitan Stuffed Easter Bread.  If desirable, you could make it easier, more economical and/or more kid-friendly by replacing the fancy imported meat and cheese with meat or cheese of your choice.  It might also be more kid-friendly if you dice the meat and cheese a little smaller than Ms. Esposito does in the tutorial.  The recipe is full of interesting Easter symbolism, and what child wouldn’t be fascinated (as Ms. Esposito was herself) by the whole raw eggs baked into the bread! http://www.ciaoitalia.com/seasons/20/2020/neapolitan-stuffed-easter-bread  

Find more Easter inspiration at the following sites.

http://www.preschooleducation.com/aeaster.shtml , http://www.bobsedulinks.com/easter.htm  and http://www.holidays.net/easter/index.htm

Cinco de Mayo, May 5

Cinco de Mayo is not, as sometimes assumed, Mexican Independence Day (a separate holiday which is celebrated on September 16). It marks the Battle of Puebla in which Mexican troops defeated French troops. Find out more at: http://www.mexonline.com/cinco-de-mayo.htm  

For introduction or reinforcement of Spanish language lessons, check out the offerings from Cantemos http://www.amonco.org/spring1/montessori_spring1.pdf  and Professor Toto http://www.amonco.org/spring6/montessori_spring6.pdf  

For Spanish-speaking students or those learning Spanish, check out our Unit Study Lesson Plan About Mexico in Spanish. http://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/a-unit-study-lesson-plan-about-mexico-in-spanish

For more lesson ideas and some recipe ideas for Mexican food to make, check these interesting sites.  http://seasonal.theteacherscorner.net/cinco-de-mayo/ , http://recipesource.com/ethnic/americas/mexican /, and http://www.mexicanrecipes.org /

Mother’s Day , May 13

Parents and educators are always looking for ideas and resources for the popular holiday, Mother’s Day.  Dale Gausman from NAMC lists some books and ideas in his article, “Mother’s Day in the Montessori Classroom”. He also provides some lesson plan ideas for older students.  http://www.amonco.org/spring6/montessori_spring6.pdf

These websites provide some additional ideas for crafts and decorations.  http://www.mothersdaycentral.com/mothers-day-crafts/  and http://www.divinedinnerparty.com/mothers-day-ideas.html

Memorial Day, May 28

Memorial Day is a solemn, but potentially important holiday with which to acquaint children at age appropriate levels. NAMC’s Dale Gausman discusses the history of and Montessori perspective for teaching about Memorial Day in his “Montessori Curriculum Ideas for Memorial Day”. http://www.amonco.org/spring7/montessori_spring7.pdf

Find more information on the history of this day of remembrance, at: http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history  and http://virtual-markets.net/vme/memorial/dvm_mem.html  

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For more seasonal and holiday observances for educators, visit: http://www.netposterworks.com/holidays/index.html  and http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays

For more about holidays, in a convenient monthly chronology, see Rae from The Creative Process’s “Monthly Observances and Notable Dates”. http://www.amonco.org/spring2/montessori_spring2.pdf

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Upcoming Summer Seal Beach CA Kite Flying Events

Greetings Fellow Kite Fliers !

As many of you know, the Up Up and Away Kite Club of Seal Beach has “Kite Club Sunday” on the second Sunday of each month. For those of you unfamiliar, it’s your typical “SUAFYK” gathering.

With August quickly approaching, we wanted to give you a head’s up that instead of the Regular Sunday Fly on the 14th, we will once again be having a Night Fly on the evening of the 13th.

Been to one? You know what to expect…If not, here’s what happens:
Fliers gather in the afternoon for flight and enjoy chill time. Then, as the sun falls away, the hardcore bunch sets to attaching their lights (button cell, bike flashers, LED’s, and yes, even Fiber Optic) to their kites and the standard gentle breeze puts the show in the dark sky. It’s quite the sight for fliers and non-fliers alike.
If you haven’t figured it out, you’re invited…
Please join us North of the Pier.

For further info, please contact the club’s email address jay.janis@yahoo.com or mine via glen.e.rothstein@gmail.com

Best Wishes & Winds,
ger
Glen E. Rothstein
Proud Member – UU&A KC

AMC Editor’s Note -

P.S.  You can read more about the kite club and things to do while visiting Seal Beach, California by reading Part I of the AMC Summer Newsletter.  Click on the link below:

AMC Montessori Summer Hands-On Newsletter Part I

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The Japan America Kite Festival is Almost Here

The annual The Japan America Kite Festival will be held on October 3rd. American Montessori Consulting is not affiliated in any way with the Kite Festival. I attended the festival two times, and I feel that everyone should attend, at least once!! :-)

To learn more abut Seal Beach, kite flying and numerous kite flying lessons and resource links, please visit www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf and http://www.vckf.org/index.html

Please read below, to learn more about the special upcoming event.

Two big announcements from Janis Sabic and Glen Rothstein

Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event!

Sunday, October 3 11am – 4pm
North Side of Seal Beach Pier
Free Admission!

Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50′ x 100′ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Club

For all the latest information go to: http://www.kiteclub.org
For Information call: Up Up & Away Kites (562) 596-7661
As always – I hope to see you all down at the beach flying – Have a great 2010
Remember: “Imagination is the Highest Kite One Can Fly” Lauren Bacall

Lots of good wishes your way,
Janis Sabic – Your Kite Club President

PLEASE PRINT AND HAND OUT TO EVERYONE YOU CAN See http://www.amonco.org/Kite FestivalFlyer.pdf

*****Volunteers Needed on Sunday*****

October 3rd for the Kite Festival at 6:30 AM to help set up fields and everything else – Please just show up on the right side on the Seal Beach Pier in the parking lot – Thanks tons  in advance

Southern California’s Largest Kiting Event!

Sunday, October 3 11am – 4pm
North Side of Seal Beach Pier
Free Admission!

Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, 50′ x 100′ Giant Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

Co-presented by Japan America Society of Southern California and Up Up and Away Kite Club

For all the latest information go to:  http://www.kiteclub.org
For Information call: Up Up &; Away Kites (562) 596-7661
As always – I hope to see you all down at the beach flying – Have a great 2010
Remember: “Imagination is the Highest Kite One Can Fly” Lauren Bacall
Lots of good wishes your way
Janis Sabic – Your Kite Club President

FROM GLEN ROTHSTEIN:

Greetings!

Glen Rothstein here.  As Master of Ceremonies of the Annual Seal Beach Japan America Kite Festival, I would like to extend an invitation to all Flyers who are able to join us on Sunday, October 3rd.  We will begin festivities for the 14th year in a row around 10am (Kite Time) and continue through 5pm.

This year, we are also looking for a few additional Demo Artists to join us on Field One to share their talents and delight the Crowds.  As with any event, volunteers are also needed for the usual Ground Crew, Kite Ambassadors, Tail Chase/Candy Drop Helpers, setup and tear down, etc.

I am also putting the REV MEGA FLY on the Schedule.

If you plan on coming up to enjoy a day at the beach and discover a kite festival, PLEASE stop by my tent and say hello.

Thanking You in Advance for your Participation, Support and Passion for Kiting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Glen E. Rothstein
SBJAKF MC
http://www.vckf.org/index.html

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

http://www.amonco.org

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The Thrill of Making and Flying Your Own Kite

One day, in June 2007, I took a stroll down Main Street in Seal Beach, California. After spending a relaxing day there, I decided to devote an article to helping you get the most out of your Seal Beach vacation experience. Yes, if you are planning to take a vacation to Southern California this summer, The Art and Science of Kite Flying article http://www.amonco.org, is a “must” read. Museums, art galleries, kite flying, hobby stores, eateries, and more are just a few of the things that await you in a town that has managed to keep its quaintness intact.

No, you won’t find a commercial shopping mall or an amusement park. Rather, you will find a relaxing environment – complete with chirping birds, beautiful flora and families happily chattering while walking down the boulevard hand in hand. Highlights of what to do and see while in Seal Beach are featured in this article. However, the true magic doesn’t begin until you have ambled down near the pier. The article focuses on the annual Seal Beach Kite Festival, the Up Up and Away Shop and the Up Up and Away Kite Club.

By reading the article, you will learn more about the magnificent annual festival and monthly kite club meetings. You will also discover how you can make and fly a customized kite in your neck of the woods, plus learn tips about which kites to buy.Take advantage of obtaining this knowledge from the experts that I interviewed. Visit http://www.amonco.org and click on The Art and Science of Kite Flying (Original 2007 Article)

Enjoy :-)

Heidi
Visit http://www.amonco.org today!
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Montessori Summer Programs News and Resource Links

A Sampling of Montessori Schools Offering Montessori Summer Learning

Unique Montessori Summer Program in OC California

Highland Park Montessori – Summer Activities

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Summer Programs

Waves of Wonder – Info about Summer Program

Summer Montessori Lesson Planning Ideas

From NAMC – Montessori Summer Activities: Woodworking

North American Montessori Center (NAMC): Montessori Education: Language Arts to Engage Your Students Throughout Summer

MONTESSORI LESSONS -A Summer Gardening Unit Study

AMC Montessori Summer Hands On Newsletter

Montessori Summetime Links

Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

http://www.amonco.org

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Springtime Hands On Learning for PreK – Grade 8

Please visit Springtime Hands On Learning 2011 for PreK- Grade 8/ for updated information.

Heidi
http://www.amonco.org

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Japan America Kite Festival – October 4th

The 2010 event will be held on Otober 3rd.

The Japan America Kite Festival will be held this coming Sunday, in Seal Beach, CA. It’s free and fabulous. Glen Rothstein, once again, will be the MC. Check out his website http://www.vckf.org/

For information about the upcoming Japan America Kite Festival please visit Kite Festival Info.

One day, in June 2007, I took a stroll down Main Street in Seal Beach, California. After spending a relaxing day there, I decided to devote an article to helping you get the most out of your Seal Beach vacation experience. Yes, if you are planning to take a vacation to Southern California this summer, The Art and Science of Kite Flying article http://www.amonco.org, is a “must” read. Museums, art galleries, kite flying, hobby stores, eateries, and more are just a few of the things that await you in a town that has managed to keep its quaintness intact.

No, you won’t find a commercial shopping mall or an amusement park. Rather, you will find a relaxing environment – complete with chirping birds, beautiful flora and families happily chattering while walking down the boulevard hand in hand. Highlights of what to do and see while in Seal Beach are featured in this article. However, the true magic doesn’t begin until you have ambled down near the pier. The article focuses on the annual Seal Beach Kite Festival, the Up Up and Away Shop and the Up Up and Away Kite Club.

By reading the article, you will learn more about the magnificent annual festival and monthly kite club meetings. You will also discover how you can make and fly a customized kite in your neck of the woods, plus learn tips about which kites to buy.Take advantage of obtaining this knowledge from the experts that I interviewed. Visit http://www.amonco.org and click on The Art and Science of Kite Flying (Original 2007 Article)

Enjoy :-)

Heidi
Visit http://www.amonco.org today!
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