Featured Central Jersey Events

These are our featured events going on this week, this weekend, and this month in Central Jersey. This regional list features events chosen by our editors and sponsors from all over the region. You’ll find events from Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union County.

Garden State Cat Club Annual Expo/Show

Garden State Cat Club Annual Expo/Show

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Sunday, July 16, 2017: Calling all cat lovers to the Annual Garden State Cat Show! There will be fun for all ages!!! More than 35 vendors with goods for cats and people! Face painting! Agility Racing! 400 cats competing: pedigreed, household and shelter cats! Cats for adoption. Breed Show: learn about the breeds! CFA-Affiliated.! Come …

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Garden State Wine Growers Barrel Trail Weekend

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Sunday, July 16, 2017: Get a first hand look inside the barrel room at your favorite New Jersey winery and taste future vintages right from the barrel as winemakers explain the wine making process. A great behind-the-scenes opportunity to learn about wine making from the men and women making New Jersey’s award-winning wines. Check …

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North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Sunday, June 25, 2017: One of the biggest fairs in New Jersey, the North Brunswick Youth Sports festival is a family friendly event supporting the North Brunswick Youth Sports program. The event features rides for all ages, midway entertainment, music, an array of great food, fireworks, and much more! All entertainment is free with …

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Summer Dance Camp

Monday, July 10, 2017 - Friday, July 21, 2017: A Summer Dance Camp for ages 6 and up.  Princeton Ballet School has created a fabulous new summer camp for children who want to learn dance! Classes offered include Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Zumba and more! For busy parents, before care and after care is available! Sign up today for Princeton …

Summer Theatre Academy

Summer Theatre Academy

Monday, July 3, 2017 - Friday, July 28, 2017: George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theatre Academy celebrates each student’s creative expression; providing a fun, engaging environment to explore theatre, develop self-confidence, and collaborate with others. Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm with convenient extended care options Registration is open, but limited. Auditions are not required. Check their website. Their nurturing staff of …


Garden State Wine Growers Association “At the Vineyard” Show

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018: The Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA), the advocacy organization that represents over 50 wineries, grape growers and associated member companies in New Jersey today released the first edition of its new At the Vineyard show on You Tube, featuring Four Sisters Winery located in Belvidere, NJ. The At the …

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Somerset County 5K Race to Wellness

Saturday, June 24, 2017: The fourth annual 5K Race to Wellness and one-mile Fun Walk for county residents on Saturday, June 24. The goal of the Wellness Committee is to promote greater health awareness by …


13th Annual Freedom Festival

Saturday, June 24, 2017: Come out to Mercer County Park for summer festivities in preparation for the 4th of July. Freedom Festival will have plenty of carnival rides, food, entertainment and of course fireworks! …

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13th Annual Mercer County Freedom Festival

Saturday, June 24, 2017: Kids will love the Market Fair Children’s Area complete with mechanical rides, inflatables, water rides, games, crafts, laser tag park, balloon animals and much more! Enjoy tethered hot air balloon …

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Glen Burtnik’s Beatles Bash

Saturday, June 24, 2017: Glen Burtnik and Friends—including a featured performance by The Weeklings—return to The State in their annual Beatles Bash concert! This summer, join the party as Glen and friends recreate the …


Firefly Festival

Sunday, June 25, 2017: Fireflies are an “electrifying” part of summer.  To celebrate this exciting event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, and outdoor fun! Celebrate fireflies by making your own wings, …

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Summer of Wellness Kickoff Celebration

Tuesday, June 27, 2017: Anew Wellness Summer of Wellness Kickoff Celebration. The celebration will take place at Anew Wellness on June 27th from 1-3pm. Come enjoy a summer-inspired mocktail and locally sourced hors d'oeuvres …


Montgomery Township Fireworks

Thursday, June 29, 2017: There will be lots of fun for the whole family on the front lawn of Montgomery High School! Starting at 6 pm, there will be plenty of games and activities …

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Salsa Party

Thursday, June 29, 2017: Salsa Party and Free Salsa Lesson with Contento Dance! Info

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Music Under the Stars: Hunterdon Symphony

Thursday, June 29, 2017: Get ready for a brand new sound from the Music under the Stars kick-off this year as the Hunterdon Symphony teams up with members of the School of Rock Lehigh …


2017 Lawrence Township Fireworks

Friday, June 30, 2017: The 2017 Lawrence Township Fireworks will be held at Rider University on Friday, June 30th. The band will play from 6:00-8:00 p.m., followed by music from The Bronc, Rider University's …


South Brunswick Fireworks

Friday, June 30, 2017: Festivities begin at 6:00 pm. DJ Music and food vendors. “The Time Machine”, an 18-piece band will be playing music from the 1960’s through the present. Fireworks at 9:15 pm. Info

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Vineyard to Glass

Friday, June 30, 2017: Join in for a lively night of locally produced wines, fine regional cheeses, live music and great food at this summer wine tasting experience Vineyard to Glass:  A Local Winery & Fromagerie …

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Carteret Fireworks

Saturday, July 1, 2017: The Borough of Carteret will host its annual Independence Day celebration, welcoming thousands of residents and visitors to Veterans Pier at Waterfront Park to celebrate the birth of the United …


Sayreville Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 1, 2017: Activities all Free! From 4pm to 8pm includes: Children's Rides & Games, Food Court, Hot Dog eating contest and culminating the day's events a spectacular Fireworks Display starts approximately 9:30pm. Info


Hillsborough Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 1, 2017: An afternoon and evening of entertainment, family fun, and the food tent will be followed by Hillsborough's Fireworks show at night! Info


Roselle Park Fireworks

Saturday, July 1, 2017: Free carnival rides, live music and more. Fireworks at dusk. Info

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Highland Park Fireworks

Sunday, July 2, 2017: Festivities begin at 5pm at Donaldson Park. Fireworks at 9:20pm. Food vendors, live music and more! Info

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Woodbridge Fireworks Celebration

Monday, July 3, 2017: Activities beginning 4 p.m. with live music by AM Gold and concluding with fireworks at dusk. Info


Celebrate our Stars & Stripes

Monday, July 3, 2017: Perth Amboy Fireworks. View at Sadowski Parkway on the waterfront. Festival: 5 pm - 9:30 pm. Fireworks at approximately 9:20pm. Info


Franklin Township Fireworks

Monday, July 3, 2017: Festivities begin at 6pm. Fireworks at 9:15pm. Info

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Hamilton Township Fireworks & Concert

Monday, July 3, 2017: Concert begins at 6 pm. Fireworks begin at dusk. Info

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New Providence Independence Day Celebration

Monday, July 3, 2017: The event begins at 7 PM and the fabulous fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 PM. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the festivities. Info


Flemington-Raritan Fireworks

Monday, July 3, 2017: The Flemington-Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee will be sponsoring 2017 Fireworks on Monday, July 3rd. A DJ will provide music beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Parking Lot of …


Rahway's Independence Day Fireworks

Monday, July 3, 2017: Rahway's Independence Day Fireworks will be displayed behind Rahway City Hall at 9 pm on Monday July 3rd. The best viewing areas will be along Main and Irving St. in …


Cranford’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: The day-long event kicks off with canoe races, a one-mile fun run and a four-mile run, plus vendors in the park and ends with amusement rides, games and fireworks.

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Milltown Firecracker 5K and July 4th Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: 27th Annual Milltown Firecracker Tuesday, July 4, 2017 One-Mile Fun Run starts promptly at 7:45 am 5K Run starts promptly at 8:10 am Course is USATF certified. Race will be …

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Summit 4th of July Food Truck Festival

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: The events feature both morning and evening activities. Food Truck Festival, Flag Raising Ceremony, Decorated Children's Bicycle Parade , Rides & Amusements, Entertainment, The Kootz in Concert 12, City Services …

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Plainfield Parade & Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Parade at 10am on East Front Street. Concert begins at 5pm with fireworks at dusk. Info

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East Brunswick 4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: This family celebration features bounce rides, live bands, food vendors, a wing eating contest, and fireworks. Festivities begin at 4 pm, bands at 5 and 7:30 pm, and the fireworks …


Monroe Township Fireworks & Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Come join the fun with free rides, including a train ride, a huge variety of food vendors with entertainment and music presented by DJ "Partners In Sound". Fireworks at Dusk! …

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Bridgewater Independence Day Family Festival

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Food will be available for purchase and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s.  Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in …


Somerset County Independence Day Family Festival

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks! North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at …

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Clark Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: The annual fireworks display starts at dusk (around 9:00 p.m.) on July 4. Food, vendors and music begin at 7 p.m. Rain date is July 5. Info

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Mountainside 4th of July

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: This annual event is held at Our Lady of Lourdes fields. Although the fireworks begin at dusk, there is a DJ, snacks as well as giveaways. This event is done …


Union Township 4th of July Concert & Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Concert begins at 7:30pm. Fireworks at dusk. Info


Trenton: Baseball & Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Fireworks July 4th, post-game fireworks spectacular after the game set to a Patriotic musical theme! Arm & Hammer Park on Route 29 in Trenton. Info

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Free Summer Movies: The Incredibles

Wednesday, July 5, 2017: Wed, July 5, 2017 at 10am & 7:30pm. After 15 years of living in forced retirement as a “normal” family, superheroes Bob and Helen Parr (better known as Mr. Incredible …

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Music Under the Stars: Jake’s Rockin Country Band

Thursday, July 6, 2017: Jake’s Rockin Country Band is the tristate area’s multi time award winning premiere country band! They perform the best of classic country, today’s kickass rockin country, bluegrass, Southern rock, Cajun, …

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Rahway Free Movies: Grease Sing Along

Thursday, July 6, 2017: Come to the Plaza on Thursdays to enjoy Free outdoor movies and events on City Hall Plaza. All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk. Activities will start at 7:30PM …

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Worthy Women's Wealth Walk

Saturday, July 8, 2017: The Worthy Women's Entrepreneurial Sisterhood encourages women entrepreneurs (and aspiring) to invest long-term in themselves and their businesses. The walk is their commitment as women to support one another in this …

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Free Summer Movies: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Tuesday, July 11, 2017: Tue, July 11, 2017 at 10:30am & 7pm. Take an unforgettable, magical, musical journey through the deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. Five lucky …

The Velveteen Rabbit

Bright Star Touring Theatre’s The Velveteen Rabbit

Wednesday, July 12, 2017: This literary classic is routinely named one of the top books for children. A heartwarming story about a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates …

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Music Under the Stars: Hunterdon Harmonizers

Thursday, July 13, 2017: Comprised of more than 50 men from Hunterdon & surrounding areas, the Harmonizers have entertained audiences throughout the County for more than 22 years. As a chorus they offer a wide …

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Rahway Free Movies: Finding Dory

Thursday, July 13, 2017: Come to the Plaza on Thursdays to enjoy Free outdoor movies and events on City Hall Plaza. All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk. Activities will start at …

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Bound Brook Food Truck Festival

Saturday, July 15, 2017: Over 20 Gourmet Food Trucks. Craft Beer and Wine Bar. Live Music. Vendors and Kid's Activities. Info


Festival of Nature

Saturday, July 15, 2017: This wonderful family event boasts a wide array of animal exhibits, outdoor activities, food, games, music, honey extraction, dancers and vendors. It’s a great day out for the whole family. …

Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

Saturday, July 15, 2017: Singer, songwriter, and Grammy Award®-winner Boz Scaggs is taking the stage at State Theatre New Jersey! Scaggs began his career as the lead singer and guitarist of the Steve Miller …

Pet Lover's Fair

JC'S Pet Lover's Fair

Sunday, July 16, 2017: On Sunday, July 16 JC will bring it's very first Pet Lover's Fair held at the north side of the Fanwood Train Station. It will showcase pet friendly businesses, adoption …

Finding Dory

Free Summer Movies: Finding Dory

Tuesday, July 18, 2017: Tue, July 18, 2017 at 10:30am & 7pm. Come along on an exciting undersea adventure with Dory, the forgetful blue tang who suddenly remembers she has a family. With her …

Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars: Jim Barone Elvis Tribute

Thursday, July 20, 2017: Jim Barone is an award winning Elvis Tribute Artist and the man who brings Elvis Presley’s voice to life. Jim’s tribute spans the Presley catalog keeping true to the sound, …

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Rahway Free Movies: Secret Life of Pets

Thursday, July 20, 2017: Come to the Plaza on Thursdays to enjoy Free outdoor movies and events on City Hall Plaza. All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk. Activities will start at …

The Center for Contemporary Art

Art After Hours

Saturday, July 22, 2017: Support The Center and have fun at the same time! A professional instructor from The Center will lead you and your friends step by step to create your own original …


Free Summer Movies: Zootopia

Tuesday, July 25, 2017: Tue, July 25, 2017 at 10:30am & 7pm. Welcome to the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia, where animals from every environment live together—but don’t always respect each other’s differences. Officer …


Pushcart Players’ Stone Soup & Other Stories

Wednesday, July 26, 2017: A well-seasoned blend of folk tales from Africa, India, Eastern Europe, and the United States, with a gentle emphasis on the joy of reading. Recommended for Ages 3 to 10. …

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Music Under the Stars: Captain Jack Band Billy Joel Tribute

Thursday, July 27, 2017: The Captain Jack Band is a Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tristate areas top musicians. The band, in every performance, captures the "live concert" arrangements of …

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Rahway Free Movies: The LEGO Batman Movie

Thursday, July 27, 2017: Come to the Plaza on Thursdays to enjoy Free outdoor movies and events on City Hall Plaza. All movies are weather permitting and begin at dusk. Activities will start at …

Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest

Saturday, July 29, 2017: Come for a day of Free tours, classes, leisure and enjoyment. New Jersey gardener, this is your day. So car pool, come early, bring a picnic and enjoy a day …

Mary Poppins

Free Summer Movies: Mary Poppins

Tuesday, August 1, 2017: Tue, August 1, at 10:30am & 7pm. Grab your flying umbrellas and hold onto your hats—the wind is blowing Mary Poppins right into the State Theatre! In this Disney classic, …


Hansel & Gretel/Goldilocks & The 3 Bears

Wednesday, August 2, 2017: A delight to the heart and to the senses, this is a double bill of two cherished favorites. Colorful costumes and lively music and dance bring the beloved characters to …

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Music Under the Stars: Tramps Like Us

Thursday, August 3, 2017: Tramps Like Us brings more than 25 years of road-tested musicianship that have won this band the hard-earned distinction of the planet’s most revered Bruce Springsteen Tribute band. Rockers and ballads …

The Secret Life of Pets

Free Summer Movies: The Secret Life of Pets

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: Tue, August 8, at 10:30am & 7pm. If you’ve ever wondered what your pets do when you’re not home, you’re about to find out! The Secret Life of Pets is …

Retro Futura Tour

Retro Futura Tour 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017: New wave fans rejoice! The Retro Futura tour is coming to New Brunswick! Headlined by synth pioneer Howard Jones, the jam-packed show will also feature sets from the English Beat, …

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Music Under the Stars: The Whiptones

Thursday, August 10, 2017: The Whiptones are a Doo Wop quartet from Whippany, NJ comprised of four college students who have been performing all along the east coast for the past five years. Their …

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Thursday, August 10, 2017: Four-time Grammy Award®-winning singer, composer, and actor Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the …

Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka

Friday, August 11, 2017: During the course of his impressive 60-year career, Neil Sedaka was one of the first teen pop sensations of the 1950s, a successful songwriter for himself and other artists in …

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17th Annual Butterfly Festival

Saturday, August 12, 2017: The day will feature new and exciting ways in which the Watershed is fulfilling its mission to protect the environment and clean water. The event will feature local crafts and products …

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Music Under the Stars: Amish Outlaws

Thursday, August 17, 2017: The Amish Outlaws have become well acclimated to the pleasures and vices of the modern world... music, most of all. From Johnny Cash, JayZ, Lady Gaga to Bon Jovi & …

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Thursday, August 17, 2017: Buddy Guy returns to State Theatre New Jersey! A major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee …

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Friday, August 25, 2017: See blues rock troubadour Ben Harper and his band The Innocent Criminals live in concert at The State! Known for combining an acoustic aesthetic, a groove-laden funk sensibility, and reggae-tinged …

Riding with Heart

Farm To Stable Fundraiser

Saturday, September 9, 2017: This event is the major fundraiser for Riding with Heart an equine therapy center. RWH is dependent on local business, resident donations and foundation grants for care and management of …

Fanny Wood Day

Fanny Wood Day Street Fair

Sunday, September 17, 2017: Fanny Wood Day is much more than just a street fair. Besides the many food and crafts vendors, this year's Fanny Wood Day will host a wide array of activities …

Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer

Saturday, September 23, 2017: Named by Comedy Central as one of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All-Time, legendary comedian and Saturday Night Live veteran Jim Breuer is bringing his wildly popular stand-up comedy tour …

Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan

Saturday, September 30, 2017: Talented comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan returns to State Theatre! Morgan, who after SNL went on to costar in the hit NBC comedy 30 Rock, earned an …

Festival of South African Dance

Festival of South African Dance

Saturday, October 7, 2017: The Festival of South African Dance, tells a tale of rural African men in search of greener pastures. They come by train to the city of gold, Johannesburg. This unique …

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Dunellen HarvestFest

Sunday, October 8, 2017: This event will feature artists and crafters from around the Garden State, local nonprofits, carriage rides, activities for kids, foods, music, dancing, and more. Enter the apple pie baking competition …

Carmen and Other Works

Carmen and Other Works

Thursday, October 12, 2017: American Repertory Ballet returns to The State this fall with a dazzling triple-bill. The program opens with an ARB premiere, Spring Waters. Next is Kirk Peterson's The Eyes that Gently …

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Central Jersey Beer Fest

Saturday, October 14, 2017: Taste over 100 beers for 4 hours (12:30 -4:30). Listen to Live Music, Meet Brewers, Enjoy a Cash bar and Food Vendors from 12 til 6pm. Info


Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Sunday, October 22, 2017: Sun, October 22, at 1pm & 4pm. This delectable double feature presents two tales from children’s illustrator Anita Jeram, Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little …

Sixties Spectacular

Sixties Spectacular

Saturday, October 28, 2017: Featuring Jay and The Americans ("Cara Mia," "Only in America," "This Magic Moment"); Paul Revere's Raiders ("Kicks," "Hungry," "Indian Reservation"); Lou Christie ("Lightning Strikes," "The Gypsy Cried," "Two Faces Have …

Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner

Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner

Sunday, October 29, 2017: Famous for playing the Emmy Award®-winning role of Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, Brad Garrett has been working the stand-up circuit for over 30 years. One of the country’s top …

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