Community Partnerships Events

Southern Colorado Film Festival

The Southern Colorado Film Festival seeks to relate the unique issues of our community in the San Luis Valley of Colorado to the world through the medium of independent film.  Building off of the successes of the Alamosa Film Festival, this festival was organized to use the power of film as a means of enhancing communication, enriching a sense of community and spirit, and bringing voice to important matters from around the world.  Now in its inaugural year, it provides a venue for independent filmmakers to showcase their work and bring their creativity, viewpoints, and personality to a new audience.

From September 12th through the 15th in Carson Auditorium at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, the Southern Colorado Film Festival will feature unique independent film programming of a variety of types covering a variety of subjects. From animations to documentaries and nature to city life, the Southern Colorado Film Festival has independent film programming to match almost any set of interests.  

The 2013 Southern Colorado Film Festival will take place at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO, home to Great Sand Dunes National Park, The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and 300 days of a sunshine a year. A town of just under 10,000, Alamosa sits in the center of the San Luis Valley, the largest high Alpine Valley in the world. With Rocky Mountain panoramas to surround it, The San Luis Valley is home to diverse stories and history that make up a dynamic and vibrant community.

In an effort to reflect the issues pertinent to both our community and communities across the globe, the festival has chosen the the theme LAND, WATER, COMMUNITY to represent this year's festival. In our rural region of Southern Colorado these concepts, both tangible and abstract, manifest as symbols of where we have come from and where we want to go.

If you have any questions feel free to email the festival at info@socofilmfest.com or visit their website at socofilmfest.com.

Autumn @ Adams End of Life Panel Discussion 

As part of Autumn @Adams State activities, local healthcare author and registered nurse Tom Deegan is facilitating a panel discussion Monday evening, September 9th. This discussion, titled End of Life… the Practicalities, will feature a panel of experts from many perspectives of caring for people at the end of their life. The panel includes:

  • ICU Charge Nurse, Lauriann Blakeman, BSN
  • Bill Brinton, MD, internal medicine physician, LTC Medical Director
  • Crestone End of Life Project founder, William Howell
  • Director, Hospice Del Valle, Helen Lester, MSN
  • Robert Mabry, SLV Health pharmacist, trained in palliative care
  • Neil Rudolph, Professor Emeritus, Adams State University

This presentation is free and open to the public, and anyone with an interest in learning more about end of life care is encouraged to attend. The discussion will start at 7PM on Monday, September 9th, in McDaniel Hall Room 101.

TALK STRAIGHT WITH ADAMS STATE-HEALTHCARE REFORM

With changes about to unfold due to The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, Adams State University Community Partnerships is facilitating a “Talk Straight with Adams State” forum around the issue. This upcoming forum and panel discussion will get behind the headlines and look at how the Affordable Care Act will impact citizens here in the San Luis Valley. The panel will include Gigi Darricades, CEO of Valleywide Health Systems, Inc; Tom Deegan, Registered Nurse and author of Healthcare: A View from the Trenches; Reginaldo Garcia, PhD. UCD, Rocky Mt. Prevention Research Center; Russ Johnson, CEO of the SLV Regional Medical Center; Cindy Palmer, CEO of SLV HMO; Marguerite Salazar, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Armando Valdez, Professor of Healthcare Administration , ASU. The audience will have this rare opportunity to have their questions answered by this panel of experts.

This forum will be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m in McDaniel Hall Room 101. Attendance is free.

Go here to submit your questions for our panel ahead of time.

Art for Endangered Landscapes Starting

November 30th and lasting through December, ASU Community Partnerships and the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council will host an art exhibit celebrating the sanctity and fragility of the San Luis Valley's land. This exhibit will feature works from David Montgomery, Randy Pijoan, Evelyn Sprouse Rowe, Perla Kopeloff, and many, many more. Through a wide variety of mediums, the artists featured in this exhibit depict the landscape surrounding the site of a proposed development in Rio Grande County, capturing the beauty held. A portion of the sales of artwork from this exhibit will benefit the SLV Ecosystem Council.

Everyone is welcome to attend this exhibit, held at the ASU Community Partnerships’ gallery at the corner of Main Street and Edgemont in Alamosa Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 30th, from 4-6 p.m., at which many of the artists will be present and refreshments will be served.

Sacred Ground


"Sacred Ground" is an original song by Stephen Crawford of Del Norte, Colorado expressing his views on fracking and the Oil and Gas Industry. Konnie Kennon and Robin James (Back-up vocals) Bob Phillips (Lead guitar) Stephen Crawford (Vocals, rhythm guitar) Produced by Chet Bennett

Democracy School

Be the first in our community to attend this nationally offered program from the author of “Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community”

Project Director Thomas Linzey will teach participants their rights in working with government agencies to protect the environmental integrity of their area. This workshop will cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, as well as exploring the abilities of citizens to confront corporations and their governments.

This class will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, in Room McDaniel 101 on ASU Campus.  It will be from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on the 8th, and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on the 9th.  College credit is available for ASU Students.  The registration fee for non-students is $125.  This program is sponsored by ASU Community Partnerships, the SLV Ecosystem Council, and Autumn @ Adams.

 An additional free workshop will be held on Monday, September 10th, starting at 7:00 p.m. in McDaniel 101.  This workshop will be open to the general public, and everyone interested in local environmental matters is welcome to attend. 

EPA San Luis Basin Pilot Study Meeting

ASU Community Partnerships will host the EPA’s San Luis Basin Sustainability team as they discuss the next phase of this national pilot project on May 16th. The project started in 2007, when a team of EPA professionals from a variety of disciplines began the three year study in order to develop a computer tool that measures the rate in which a community moves towards or away from sustainability.

 The next phase of the project will be to develop the metrics further so that it will serve as a predictive futures model for community leaders to use when making decisions. Dr. Herb Cabezas, Chief, Sustainable Environments Branch of the EPA’s Cincinnati, Ohio’s office will update the community on the San Luis Basin Sustainability Project. This meeting is free and open to the community. It will be held on May 16th, noon-2pm at ASU Community Partnerships (corner of Main St. and Edgemont Blvd. in Alamosa, Colorado). For more information, please call ASU Community Partnerships at (719)587-8209. Light refreshments will be available.

SEED Park, International Holds Public Meeting to Brief Valley on Upcoming Events

Sustainable Environmental and Economic Development (SEED) Park, International is an organization working to establish a zero-waste industrial park in the San Luis Valley. The core concept of the Park is to create sustainability through use of self-generated energy and by-product utilization. This Park will provide new economic opportunity for local residents with minimum environmental impact.

This business development park will serve as a pilot project, spawning other such Ag-business industrial parks around the globe. A public meeting will be held covering SEED's recent and planned activities towards this goal, and their application for a zone change of Alamosa County property, east of Alamosa.

This meeting will be held on Friday, May 11th, 2012 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Adams State Community Partnerships building, on the corner of Main Street and Edgemont in Alamosa. Any interested person or party is welcome to attend. For questions, please contact Karl at 719.587.8209.

The Lone Ranger Casting Call at Adams State

In conjunction with the Southern Colorado Film Commission, ASU Community Partnerships is proud to welcome Sande Alessi Casting to the San Luis Valley as they seek extras for the remake of The Lone Ranger movie starring Johnny Depp. The casting company will be at the ASU Theatre in Alamosa on Sunday, March 25th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seeking males to be background performers in the feature film.

Those interested in applying to be extras should show up at the ASU Theatre on the above date and times. Only males who are at least 18 years old and legal to work in the United States will be accepted. All applicants should bring a pen or pencil, a valid ID, and a current color 3 x 5 photo - without wigs, makeup or sunglasses and shot from the waist up. You should also be prepared to provide your social security number. There's no need to get ready for an interview, the casting company just wants to meet you, then have you fill out a small registration card with your information.

For directions to Adams State, please see here. If you have any questions, please contact Mary at (719) 587-7372.

Steel Magnolia Book Signing

Soft spoken Dorothy Brandt lied about her age to serve our country during WWII. Motivated to be part of something bigger than herself, Dorothy slept on the doorstep of the Charlotte, North Carolina Army Recruiter’s office at age 16 in order to enlist first thing one February morning in 1944. Dorothy still remembers the feeling of patriotism she had then, that she shared with so many other people. Dorothy tells of the friendships she formed and the world the Army opened up to her. Dorothy excelled in the Armed Forces, achieving the rank of Sergeant, which was unheard of, for a woman, during that time.

Recently, Dorothy developed a book that tells her story, along with other underage women veterans entitled: “America’s Youngest Women Warriors.” The stories not only serve to honor veterans, but also to demonstrate that women can achieve anything they put their minds to. To provide a time period perspective, select stories from the book will be read by teenage girls, of the age at which many of these women enlisted in WWII. Dorothy and guests will also be featured on KRZA radio’s “Spoken Word” Sunday, March 11th at 5pm.

ASU Community Partnerships will be hosting Dorothy Brandt’s book discussion and signing Thursday, March 1st from 5-6pm (corner of Main Street and Edgemont Blvd. in Alamosa, Colorado). Please join us for some apple pie and a glimpse of women veteran stories from the 1940’s. Call 719-587-8209 for more information.

Oil and Gas Drilling: A Winning Proposition of a Risk We Can't Afford to Take?

The San Luis Valley could become the next site for oil and gas drilling. Find out what that means to property owners and residents by attending the Community Partnerships Talk Straight to Adams State panel discussion “Oil and Gas Drilling: A Winning Proposition or A Risk We Can’t Afford to Take?”, starting on Saturday, October 15th at noon in the Adams State Theatre Building.

The event will include information tables, a welcome by Adams State President Dave Svaldi, fracking videos and an overview of the event by Dr. Marty Jones, professor of chemistry.

Key note speakers include Lance Astrella, Travis Yee, and Gilbert Armenta will start at 1pm with a panel discussion following, allowing for audience interaction.

Astrella concentrates his practice in the area of energy and environmental matters. He has been a member of the State Bars of Colorado and California since 1974. He received his bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and economics from California State University at Chico, a master’s degree in economics from the University of California at Davis, and his doctorate of jurisprudence degree from the University of the Pacific– McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Astrella is a frequent speaker on energy and related environmental matters and he is often associated as counsel by other law firms which seek his expertise. He was named as one of Colorado’s “Super Lawyers” in 2007.

Yee recently graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor’s in economics and a masters in international political economy of natural resources. His education has been focused around the study of natural resource economics and social licensure. Yee began work with COGA in November last year being the purveyor of information of all things oil and gas related to those within industry, legislators, and communities. Recognizing the controversy surrounding oil and natural gas, Yee is also a seeker and lover of balanced data, studies, and discussion. Like any other industrial process, the extraction of oil and gas is not without its faults, but it is also not without its benefits, which are certainly plentiful. Working for an oil and gas trade group has taught Yee the value of fair and balanced discussion in this ever increasingly polarized world. His activities principally focus on researching and staying alert on upstream activities.

Armenta, a fifth generation Hispanic and Native American (Cochiti) rancher, has lived with the industry in his backyard for more than half a century in Bloomfield, New Mexico. Armenta is featured in the movie “Split Estate.” After struggling for years to protect his ranch and family, things got even worse. A drilling boom accelerates the number of wells going in on his property. One day, Armenta came home to find a port-a-potty and a huge pile of gravel on top of a small cemetery near his house where his great grandfather and eight other family members are buried.

The event will include music by Wildwood Sounds. Key note speakers will join other panel members, from a variety of perspectives, including Christine Canaly, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council director; Gopa Ross, La Veta property owner, and Sierra Club director; Dr. Ed Lyell, Adams State professor of finance and economics.

For more information contact Community Partnerships at 719-587-8209.

Gasland Filming and Director Presentation

On Tuesday, September 6th, Community Partnerships, Grizzly Activity Board, Rio Grande Watch Dogs and the Southern Colorado Film Commission will be hosting Josh Fox, winner of a 2010 Sundance documentary award, for his movie "Gasland” The movie is about the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom that is sweeping the United States.

Screening starts at noon in Carson Auditorium (at the Student Union Building) on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Josh Fox, himself, will talk about his movie after the film screening. This event is free and open to the public.

The Student Union Building is located on First Street in Alamosa, between Edgemont Blvd. and Richardson Ave., right next to the stoplight. Parking will be available for this even in the lot just north of the building, as well as in the parking lot next to the Nielsen Library.

Community Partnerships Hosts Recycle Runway Fashion Workshop

Renowned artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd is coming to Adams State. Ms. Judd created Recycle Runway to further the use of re-purposed materials and found objects in couture fashion. Her elegant recycled fashion designs have been commissioned by companies such as Delta Air Lines®, Coca-Cola® and Target ®. Ms. Judd’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. On October 21st she will provide a free and open to the public presentation of her work at 1pm at the ASU Art Dept. Room 227.

A hands-on workshop that requires application by Sept. 9th, 2011 will follow. Entrants will be accepted into this workshop only by application.

Community Partnerships is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the Recycle Runway workshop (valued at $150). Clothing designer Nancy Judd will provide guidance and hands-on feedback to participants. Participants must be committed to creating an outfit primarily constructed of inorganic, previously used material for Community Partnerships’ November Recycle Fashion Show. Selection of participants will be based on the following criteria: 1) commitment to complete an outfit made from discarded material 2) outfit concept 3) creative use of material. Applicants will be notified of the results of their application via email by Sept. 12th, 2011

Workshops will be held: every other Wednesday from noon to 1pm at Community Partnerships (corner of Main St & Edgemont Blvd) starting September 14th.

Questions? call (719) 587-8227

PLUNGE INTO THE TURBULENT 60'S: READINGS FROM SODA SPRINGS: LOVE, SEX, AND CIVIL RIGHTS

On Tuesday, April 12th, starting at 6:00 pm at the ASU Community Partnerships building , the ASU English Department and ASU Community Partnerships will be proud to host author and San Luis Valley native Terry Marshall as he goes on tour promoting his new novel, Soda Springs: Love, Sex, and Civil Rights. The book is set in 1963, in a fictional town located inside a familiar mountain valley in southern Colorado. The novel features illustrations from former Alamosa resident and ASU Alumnus Chuck Asay. The Alamosa installment of this book tour will feature Mr. Marshall meeting with San Luis Valley residents and giving them a quick look at his new book through a series of readings.

Author Terry Marshall calls Soda Springs "the untold story of America's turbulent civil rights years: the Mexican-American struggle for justice. It confronts those topics our mothers told us to steer clear of in polite company: sex . . . religion . . . politics . . . racial conflict." The story in a nutshell: after a hormone-driven college guy, Rick Sanders, fails to sell Martin Luther King's civil rights message to his backwater hometown, he plunges unwittingly into a bare-knuckle battle for Mexican-American equality. In the process Rick teams up with a sexy soul mate and finds shattered dreams, rejection, and finally, love.

In the year Soda Springs is set, King led the controversial children's crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, that made national headlines when the police sicced dogs on Negro protestors, and firemen blasted them with high pressure fire hoses. It was also the year of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Both events play important roles in Marshall's novel.

Published by Friesen Press, Soda Springs: Love, Sex, and Civil Rights is available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book editions from Amazon.com, the author's website, or the publisher's website. Excerpts, background information, and photos not included in the book may be found on the author's website: www.TerryMarshallFiction.com.

Indiana Jones Autographed Poster Raffle

Green Home Design 2011

The Southern Colorado Film Commission is holding a raffle for an Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie poster, signed by the film's star, Harrison Ford.

Raffle tickets will be available until April 1st at select locations, including Community Partnerships, and the Gator Farm. The Raffle will be held on Friday, April 1st, during the reception for the Filming in the Valley exhibit from 4-6 p.m. at Community Partnerships. This benefit raffle is supported and sponsored by the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce, Ski Hi 6 Theaters, Colorado Gators, and Community Partnerships.

This poster is being raffled in conjunction with the Filming in the Valley exhibit currently being held in the Community Partnerships Gallery on Adams State campus. This exhibit features behind the scenes photography from films that had been shot in the San Luis Valley in the past, such as Where the Hell's That Gold? starring Willie Nelson and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade starring Harrison Ford and more recent productions such as "What if" and "The Unstoppable Tour".

This raffle is held to benefit the Southern Colorado (SoCo)Film Commission, an organization that is supported and incubated by Community Partnerships. The Film Commission is comprised of local economic development groups and business owners, and seeks to bring more activity from the film industry to the San Luis Valley. The Southern Colorado Film Commission has brought both standard television shows, such as Spike TV's What If? to the San Luis Valley, as well as internet programs, such as EAS Sport's Unstoppable Tour.

They've also been instrumental in getting the San Luis Valley considered by major motion pictures. Film production has an immediate positive economic impact within the community and helps support long term tourism.

For the third year running, San Luis Valley contracting company Natural Power and Adams State are presenting a workshop series teaching proper techniques and methods when building an environmentally friendly building. These workshops give participants a firm grasp on the basics of energy efficient home design, and provide a great foundation for anyone wanting to enter the green construction industry, anyone who’s interested in making their current home more energy efficient, or anyone who would one day like to build a home of their own. This class covers a wide variety of topics, and includes hands-on lessons and home tours in addition to lectures, giving students a practical education on building their home.

This course will cover topics such as use of solar energy, conservation of energy and water, straw bale and adobe housing, and retrofitting an existing home among many others. The class is available to both SLV community members and students currently registered with Adams State. ASU students may take the class for credit by registering for it through the college (Green Home Design, ID 179, CRN 13153). Community members may register for the class, without college credit, by contacting Karl Jolliff at 587-8209, or jolliffkg@adams.edu. Community members can take the course as a whole for the discounted price of $275.00, saving $100, or may take the classes individually. Individual courses will cost $35.00 for each lecture, or $60.00 for each hands-on lesson and home tour. Classes will be held every other Saturday, starting January 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a break in March for Spring Break.

The course will be taught by Chuck Reel, owner of Natural Power. To register for the course, or if you have any questions, please contact Karl Jolliff at 587-8209 of jolliffkg@adams.edu.

Cultural Awareness/Global Business

Men & Women in the 21st Century must use their understanding of cultural customs and traditions, cultural etiquette and proper use of gestures to establish and maintain international business partnerships.

Yusri is presently a professor at the School of Business at Adams. He has lived and worked in many regions of the world and has found his knowledge of and respect for these various cultures an asset to his careers. As an electrical engineer, a micro-financing consultant, an international corporate banker, and as an instructor; including having to adapt to the United States’ traditions and cultures in order to live and work here. Yusri has shared his experiences numerous times at universities and colleges and includes this global understanding when teaching his students international business and finance courses.

Allison has also lived and worked internationally. Her work as a K-12 VI teacher, and an internationally known artist, the founder and president of the VISG, a support group for people with low vision in Jordan, her work with the Royal Family to assist people with disabilities and as the Jordanian Delegate to Retina International. Through her various work Allison has learned ways to break through cultural barriers. She has found that without an understanding of the culture and traditions/customs it is impossible to build a lasting working relationship.

As new comers to Alamosa, we look forward to meeting you. We hope you will enjoy our presentation; we encourage you to share your ideas and experiences regarding cultural awareness by sharing stories about your own cultural mishaps and misunderstanding.

This cultural awareness workshop will be held at the Community Partnerships building on Friday, October 8th, from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. A second workshop will be held at the San Luis Valley Museum on Sunday, October 10th, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

'Sustaining Our Natural Resources' Presentations

Community Partnerships is hosting an afternoon of presentations from community environmental organizations. The afternoon will feature presentations from the SLV Energy Coordinator, S.E.E.D. Park, International, EarthNest Institute and Wandering Dog Films.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Porter Hall 130, ASU
3 p.m.-8 p.m.

3:00: SLV Energy Coordinator Jeanna Puluzzi on the Governor’s Energy Office Main Street Energy Initiative

5:00: S.E.E.D. Park International on the status of their Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development Park project.

7:00: EarthNest Institute and Wandering Dog Films on their plans for a documentary series of SLV water stories.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Benefit Filming

One of the San Luis Valley's claims to fame is the 1989 filming of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in the Valley. The movie put the Valley’s beautiful scenery on the map and provided residents of Antonio story material to tell children and grandchildren about the day Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford came to town. The railway scenes in the movie were filmed on the Cumbres & Toltec train. In celebration of Cumbres & Toltec's 40th Anniversary, Ski Hi 6 Theatres, Alamosa Chamber, ASU Community Partnerships and Southern Colorado (SoCo) Film Commission are joining forces to create a fun filled evening that will include the viewing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

The night will start with a reception at the Grove Theatre in downtown Alamosa. Dress up like one of the characters in the movie for the reception and you might win a dinner for two at a local restaurant! Or win one of several door prizes just for showing up. Scenes from the Valley will be on display at the reception so that the observant can easily identify areas shot in the Valley.

Insider production information will be shared at the reception which starts at 5:30pm. Movie starts at 7:30pm at Ski Hi 6 Theatres in Alamosa, Colorado, August 26th. Limited tickets are available, so call or stop by Community Partnerships, the Alamosa Chamber, or 1911 Hotel in Antonito to pick up your commemoratory tickets. Cost is just $25 per ticket (includes movie and all reception events). All proceeds will go to SoCo Film Commission’s effort to bring more film production to the San Luis Valley. Call Alamosa Chamber at (719) 589-3681 for more details.

Green Home Design Course

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Photo taken by Brian Perkins

Have you ever wanted to make your home more environmentally friendly? Will you be building a home in the future, and want to know how you can save on energy costs? SLV-based green home contractor Natural Power, in conjunction with Adams State Community Partnerships are presenting a series of classes and workshops teaching environmentally friendly home design that just may interest you. The classes and workshops are available to college students as well as community members not registered with the college. Each class session may be taken individually, without signing up for the full course.

Workshops (all workshops will last from 10a.m.-4p.m., and will be held in room School of Business 142, except for the Apr. 10th workshop, which will be held in room School of Business 238) The course as a whole may be taken (non-credit) for $275. Prices next to workshops only apply if taken individually. For more information, please call Karl Jolliff at 587-8209.

Community Partnerships hosts Jewelry Exhibit


ASU Community Partnerships will be hosting the debut of the San Luis Valley Jewelry Exhibit to kick off their 2010 community art exhibits. The Exhibit will run from Monday, January 11 through Thursday, January 28, 2010.

The Valley Jewelry Exhibit will feature the work of local jewelry makers from the San Luis Valley. A wide range of jewelry metal smiths and bead artists will be highlighted, including copper, gold and silver metal smithing, along with antique and unique beading. The Exhibit is also an inaugural event and outreach opportunity for members of a newly formed jewelry networking organization. The purpose of the group is to increase sales opportunities, share resources and ideas, and learn from one another as a jewelry guild.

Come visit the Valley Jewelry Exhibit, learn more about the work done by jewelers in the Valley, and receive more information about the jewelry organization. All are invited to the Exhibit Reception on Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 4pm to 6pm at Community Partnerships; the event is open and free to all. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. The Exhibit and Reception are located at Community Partnerships on the Adams State campus at the corner of Main Street and Edgemont Blvd in Alamosa, CO. Call 587.8227 with questions.

Holiday Crafts Show

ASU Community Partnerships welcomes you to celebrate the season without breaking the bank. A wide variety of locally produced, affordable gifts are available for purchase. All items are less than $50. The show is open December 1st-18th, from 9-5.

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