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As It Grows, Mosaic Realty Builds Support for Asheville's Community Organizations

Mosaic Realty Gives 2020Giving back to the community that has supported its growth has always been Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s mission. Since the realty’s founding a decade ago, the number of non-profit and community organizations Mosaic supports has expanded to encompass a range of segments across Asheville’s population. 

In the past 10 years, Mosaic has given well over $500,000 to hundreds of non-profit and community organizations and events in the Asheville area. In addition, representatives of Mosaic regularly volunteer their time organizing and assisting these community initiatives.

Mosaic understands the importance of supporting area organizations that advocate for the vitality of our local and global community. To that end, the realty aims to assist groups that touch on all segments: everything from youth education to health and wellness to social justice and beyond.

Asheville area youth and schools

Aiding organizations that educate and nurture Asheville youth is important to Mosaic. Among recipients of Mosaic support are Jones Elementary School, Vance Elementary Parent Team, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, and Buncombe Partnership for Children.

Health and wellness

A healthy population is a happy population: With a focus on helping to keep the community well, Mosaic supports Asheville on Bikes, Girls on the Run, Pisgah Rage Youth Mountain Bike Team, and the YMCA of Western N.C. And because mental and emotional health is just as important as physical well-being, Mosaic gives to All Souls Counseling Center.

Environment and green initiatives

Mosaic understands that as stewards of the Earth, it’s important to care for our environment through protective measures and green initiatives. Mosaic dollars go to support Western N.C. organizations like MountainTrue, Asheville GreenWorks and Green Built Alliance.

Housing and food security

Ashevillians in need have a number of resources at their disposal, but these organizations rely on countless volunteer hours and dollars to dole out that assistance. Mosaic helps by donating to groups like Homeward Bound, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Eblen Charities and Manna Food Bank.

Culture

Asheville is brimming with art and cultural events that enrich the community. By supporting such organizations as LEAF Community Arts, Blue Ridge Public Radio, Asheville Music School and Blue Ridge Orchestra, Mosaic helps to make dance, music, art and other cultural experiences available to a wider population.

Social justice

Aiding organizations that advocate for social justice is extremely important to Mosaic. Support from the realty goes to such groups as Our Voice and Pisgah Legal. 

These are just a few of the many Asheville area organizations and non-profits that receive Mosaic’s backing. For a complete list of groups that benefited from Mosaic’s support in 2020, visit our Donations and Volunteer page.

To learn more about real estate in the Asheville area, email us at info@mymosaicrealty.com, or call anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Mosaic's Creative Partnership Is Music to Asheville's Ears

 

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty has always been a proud sponsor of local nonprofit organizations in and around Asheville. In these unprecedented times, such support has taken on even greater importance; it has also inspired some creative thinking. 

Because the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed live events, performing arts organizations have taken a particular hit. Thanks to Mosaic’s sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Orchestra, Western North Carolina's all-volunteer symphony orchestra, the public can continue to enjoy performances virtually, presented in an inspired fashion.

59 Malvern Walk Asheville NC59 Malvern Walk, Asheville NC: A Luxury Listing of Note

Recently, Mosaic’s sponsorship provided a highly unique venue for a performance by its concertmaster, Hanako Hjersman, video-recorded for at-home audiences. Mosaic’s luxury listing at 59 Malvern Walk in West Asheville served as the special stage for Hjersman’s solo performance of two pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach: the Double from Partita No. 1 in B minor, and the Giga from Partita No. 2 in D minor. 

Presenting such a musical feast for the senses against the lush backdrop of this striking property highlights Mosaic’s unique community partnerships; it is also a testament to how Asheville’s local businesses and nonprofits continue to support one another through the pandemic. The public can enjoy the virtual performance above, and also get a closer look at 59 Malvern Walk, at https://mymosaicrealty.com/listing/CAR3681335/59-malvern-walk-asheville-nc-28806/

Virtual Holiday Concert: Revels!

In addition, thanks to Mosaic’s continued sponsorship of the Blue Ridge Orchestra, the (holiday) show will go on: Anyone with an Internet connection will be able to enjoy the beloved annual music event BRO Revels! virtually. 

Forced to shift gears from a live event (previously held at UNC-Asheville) to a virtual affair, a small subset of musicians from the Blue Ridge Orchestra held a safely spaced gathering at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts to record holiday favorites for the BRO Revels! concert. This unique concert features secular and sacred favorites performed by a variety of musical ensembles: a woodwind quintet, a brass octet, a 13-piece string orchestra, a solo soprano with piano, and a string quartet. The final recording will be available for the public to enjoy from Dec. 11-31 at https://www.blueridgeorchestra.org/bro-revels-2020.

To learn about Asheville area real estate, contact Mosaic Realty at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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Simple Ways to Support Asheville Businesses This Holiday Season

Support Local Asheville BusinessesFor Ashevillians seeking to bolster independent businesses this holiday season, these movements and resources can be a good starting point.

Restaurant takeout and safe dine-in

One simple way to help local business in Asheville is to patronize area restaurants, particularly hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Many restaurants offer online ordering and payment, as well as curbside pickup, for a contactless experience. Some have also reopened for limited in-house dining, with safely spaced tables as well as outdoor heated patios. Asheville Independent Restaurants keeps an updated list of local restaurants offering take-out or delivery, as well as dine-in options. www.foodinasheville.com

#AshevilleStrong

#AshevilleStrong encourages people to buy local gift cards – perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers – from businesses around Asheville and Western North Carolina. Local restaurants, hotels, shops, salons, theaters and markets that are seeing a decline in visitors can get an immediate boost from gift-card sales. #AshevilleStrong’s website offers a list, updated daily, of the area businesses offering gift cards, so support can continue even while stores, restaurants and entertainment venues stay shuttered or limited. https://www.ashevillestrong.com

Streaming entertainment

While a select few area venues have reopened for limited audiences, many local theaters and music venues are streaming concerts, plays and other performances for audiences to access remotely, from the comfort of home. Check out your favorite venue’s website for specific offerings and a calendar of events.

There are many other ways to support our local community as we enter the holiday season amid the pandemic. Just a few others to explore are: United Way & Hands-On Asheville to donate goods and volunteer (https://www.handsonasheville.org/covid-19-community-response/); Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events (https://iamavl.com/musician-relief-fund/); and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales (https://asapconnections.org/covid-19-response/).

For information about real estate in the Asheville area, email us at Info@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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N.C. Arboretum's Whimsical LEGO Sculpture Exhibit Brings Nature to Life

Lego Exhibit NC ArboretumThe North Carolina Arboretum, the 434-acre public garden located just south of downtown Asheville, is pleased to unveil the one-of-a-kind exhibit Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks, a whimsical, toy-filled outdoor adventure. Originally set to open in May but delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis, the exhibit – of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a community partner – opened July 1 with an extended schedule, and will remain on display through November 1, 2020. 

Composed of nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks, Nature Connects includes 16 nature-inspired sculptures constructed on a larger-than-life scale by renowned artist Sean Kenney. Among the fanciful sculptures on display are a 5-foot-tall colorful peacock, a giant dragonfly, a bonsai tree and a massive monarch butterfly. This family-friendly exhibit, appealing to a range of ages and interests, draws inspiration from the living world and combines play with science to create an innovative intersection of education, entertainment and environment. 

Daytime admission to Nature Connects is free; however, a standard $16 parking fee applies to non-Arboretum members. When outdoors on the Arboretum grounds, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings whenever they are unable to socially distance themselves from others.

NC Arboretum Lego ExhibitExtending into the evenings

As an added bonus, Nature Connects will take center stage during the Arboretum’s ArborEvenings summer after-hours series. This year, the Arboretum is extending the dates and times of ArborEvenings: The event will be held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July through September, from 8 to 11 p.m. (some exclusion dates apply; please check the Arboretum’s website for details).

Visitors to ArborEvenings can sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s beautiful gardens and discover the illuminated LEGO Brick sculptures while listening to live music. Sweet and savory snacks, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, are available for purchase from the Arboretum’s Bent Creek Bistro. 

In addition to the parking fee admission, there is a special ArborEvenings admission price of $5 per person. Proceeds from ArborEvenings go to support The North Carolina Arboretum Society, the Arboretum’s 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides financial assistance to further support the Arboretum’s mission and educational programming. This year, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, 10% of all proceeds from the ArborEvenings event series will be donated directly to MANNA FoodBank, the Feeding America food bank serving over 100,000 people facing hunger across 16 counties of Western North Carolina. 

For more information about the Arboretum or Nature Connects, please visit ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492. 

 

 

Stock the Shelves So Far Helps to Raise Over $55,000 for Asheville Area Families

Stock the Shelves ThanksAsheville’s Stock the Shelves for Summer, a community drive and fundraiser to provide food and essential supplies for local families in need, has so far helped to raise over $55,000 for the Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools Family Resource Centers. 

Thank you to our clients and community members who helped! 

Stock the Shelves continues to accept donations at https://www.stocktheshelvesavl.org/donate.

All donations go directly to Buncombe County Schools’ Family Resource Center and to Asheville City School's Family Resource Center and Emergency Assistance Fund (through Asheville City Schools Foundation) to help with their supplemental meal and supply programs.

Additional thanks to our fellow business sponsors, JAG Construction, Village Antiques, Alfie Loans, Symmetry Financial Group, and Jade Mountain Builders, who helped match contributions up to $30,000.

 

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Stock the Shelves for Summer Drive Provides Relief to Asheville Families

Stock the Shelves AshevilleWhat is Stock the Shelves for Summer?

Stock the Shelves for Summer is a community food drive and fundraiser May 22-31 to provide food and essential supplies for local families in need before summer arrives. 

The drive is a partnership between area residents and six local business sponsors, including Mosaic Realty. We need your help to make this event a huge success!

If you have an agent at Mosaic already, contact your agent to schedule a donation pickup from a safe location outside your home. To learn more about the drive, make a financial donation, or find out how to drop off needed supplies, visit www.stocktheshelvesavl.org.

When you go grocery shopping, buy some extra food and supplies (list provided). You can either arrange for a pick-up of the supplies at your house, take them directly to a drop-off location, or simply donate money. Your donation will be matched by our business sponsors: $1 per donated item or per dollar donated, up to $30,000!  All donations go directly to Buncombe County Schools’ Family Resource Center and to Asheville City School's Family Resource Center and Emergency Assistance Fund (through Asheville City Schools Foundation) to help with their supplemental meal and supply programs.

Primary - Stock the ShelvesWhy is this an urgent need?

Asheville City Schools has served over 48,000 breakfast and lunch meals to students in the district since the physical closure of schools on March 16. Their Resource Center has additionally provided 53 families with supplemental food / household items / art supplies / diapers and book boxes in the four weeks it has been open. Buncombe County Schools Resource Center is currently providing 108 supplemental food boxes per week and 900 meals per day to 300 addresses in the county. The need for basic supplies is ongoing and increasing. 

How can we work together to help?

Our goal is to Stock the Shelves for Summer with a food and household item drive between now and May 31. Six Asheville-based businesses- Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, JAG Construction, Symmetry Financial Group, Jade Mountain Builders, Alfie Loans, and Village Antiques- are matching $1 per donated food item or per dollar donated, up to $30,000.  Volunteers from those companies are also driving to homes to pick up donations and deliver to schools. 

"At a time when it is tempting to solely focus on your own small business or family, Stock the Shelves sponsors have stepped up to support everyone who calls Asheville home. Thank you to these local businesses for looking at summer as not just a time to get back to business but as a time to work for our kids and families most impacted by this pandemic,” Copland Rudolph, Executive Director of Asheville City Schools Foundation.

You can help by purchasing needed items or making a financial donation. Visit www.stocktheshelvesavl.org for a list of needed items and for more information on how to schedule a pick-up or make a donation.

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  1. Gary Spaulding on

    I do not work for any of the listed companies, but do know Mike Figura. If it would help, I would like to volunteer to drive and pick up donations. I am retired, so my schedule is open, and I have a pickup with plenty of room. Please let me know, 704.918.0292.
    • Stephanie Sharp on

      Hi Gary- We would love your help and will be in touch!
    • Stephanie Sharp on

      Hi Gary! We would love your help. I believe that Mike has already reached out to you via email. Thank you!

Simple Ways to Support Hard-Hit Businesses in Asheville

Asheville Help During CovidAs the economic repercussions of COVID-19 continue to rattle the Asheville small-business community, finding ways to offer support is more important than ever. For Ashevillians seeking to bolster independent businesses, these movements and resources can be a good starting point.

#AshevilleStrong

#AshevilleStrong encourages people to buy local gift cards from businesses around Asheville and Western North Carolina. Local restaurants, hotels, shops, salons, theaters and markets that are seeing a decline in visitors can get an immediate boost from gift-card sales. #AshevilleStrong’s website offers a list, updated daily, of the area businesses offering gift cards, so support can continue even while stores and restaurants stay shuttered or limited.

Asheville Take-Out foodRestaurant Takeout in Asheville

One simple way to support the Asheville economy through the coronavirus epidemic is to continue patronizing hard-hit area restaurants by ordering meals for takeout and delivery. Many restaurants offer online ordering and payment, as well as curbside pickup, for a contactless experience. Asheville Independent Restaurants keeps an updated list of local restaurants offering take-out or delivery.

One Buncombe Fund

This fund – a centralized COVID-19 donation and relief center – has been launched by Buncombe County and the City of Asheville in conjunction with business leaders from the Asheville-Area Chamber of Commerce, Mountain BizWorks and the Land of Sky Regional Council. The mission of the fund is to provide bridge funding to area small businesses as well as to support the basic needs of individuals who have lost employment due to COVID-19. It is a secure and immediate way to donate to the response effort. 

Home Made Face MaskSupplyConnector

Finished goods, materials, manufacturing capability and support services are needed to combat COVID-19. SupplyConnector was started by a small group of outdoor industry professionals seeking a way to connect brands that were pivoting operations to help provide relief in the current crisis. This regional directory is designed to connect those who can supply materials and manufacture finished goods with essential providers who need them most. The site allows you to submit information to give or receive critical equipment (such as face coverings, shields, surgical masks and the like). Users can connect directly with one another.

There are many other ways to help out our local community as we continue with Stay Home and social distancing orders. Just a few others to explore are: United Way & Hands-On Asheville to donate goods and volunteer; Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events; and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales.

 

 

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Asheville Partnership Provides Early Education and Enrichment Guidance

Buncombe Partnership for Children Childcare

Childcare, youth activities, kindergarten: The educational and enrichment options available to parents of young children can feel overwhelming. Buncombe Partnership for Children offers parents in Asheville guidance and a range of resources to help them make the best decisions for their family as they embark on their educational journey. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to help build up area families by supporting this invaluable initiative. 

Asheville Buncombe PreschoolsWhat is Buncombe Partnership for Children?

The group partners with local organizations to provide programs that improve the quality of early childhood education, increase access to affordable, high-quality early care, expand early literacy opportunities, and provide family support. The partnership’s vision is that every child in the Asheville community will reach his or her fullest potential and be prepared for lifelong success.

Asheville/ Buncombe County Childcare

Finding the right childcare program can be daunting; the partnership points parents in the direction of helpful resources, such as Mountain Child Care Connections, a regional call center providing families with free, confidential information about quality child care to meet their individual needs. Another resource is the Division of Child Development & Early Education, which offers guides and a database for parents to easily research area childcare centers. Buncombe Partnership also offers a map of childcare centers in the county so parents can gauge proximity to home or work.

Play & Learn groups

Buncombe Partnership also works with Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups, which are free adult-child groups for families of children 3 months to 5 years old. Activities include singing songs, stories, art, outdoor play, puppet shows and crafts. Children must reside in Buncombe County and not be in enrolled in licensed childcare. Registration is ongoing, but is required before attending and begins immediately.

Asheville Buncombe ChildcarePre-kindergarten

Buncombe Partnership for Children administers the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program  (NC Pre-K) in Asheville. NC Pre-K is a state-funded, free, high-quality early care and education program that aims to enhance children’s school readiness. The program is offered for 6.5 hours a day for 10 months; programs are located in public schools, private childcare programs, and Head Start. 

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read program provides free books to children 6 months to 5 years at all well child doctor’s office visits. The medical practitioners have a chance to observe the child’s interest in and approach to the book, which helps them note development stages. Doctors also advise families on how best to introduce books and build a love of reading. Reach Out and Read’s partnership with Buncombe Partnership for Children has helped to bring the total number of area children served to 1,600 annually.

Asheville Adventure Play

The partnership has been working with community volunteers to provide untraditional play opportunities, hosting pop-up adventure playgrounds around Buncombe County. Its newest collaboration will bring pop-ups to Buncombe County Sports Park throughout the summer.

Kindergarten preparedness

To help your child get ready for making the transition to kindergarten, the partnership recommends you do a number of things before the first day. Talk with your child about their new school. What are they looking forward to?  What are they wondering about? Find books at the library about getting ready for school to read to your child. Practice getting ready. Take a trip to their new school. Even seeing the school from the outside can help your child feel more prepared.

For more information on early education and enrichment in Asheville, visit https://buncombepfc.org.

To learn more about Asheville area Real Estate, contact Mosaic Realty owner/broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Appalachian Offsets Program Aids Asheville Community, and Planet

Cut My Carbon Program Asheville

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to join the movement toward a healthier planet by supporting green initiatives around Asheville. One of those initiatives is Appalachian Offsets, an organization that offers carbon offsets to fund projects that cut carbon-dioxide pollution.

What are carbon offsets?

Green Building AshevilleCarbon offsets are pollution equivalents that can be purchased to help pay for a renewable energy project, an energy-efficiency upgrade, or the like. So, for example, if you bought three tons of carbon offsets, that money would go to fund a project that either reduces carbon-dioxide production by three tons, or removes three tons of carbon dioxide from the air. Carbon offsetting is a long-lasting tool that aids the environment as well as the community.

An initiative from the Green Built Alliance, Appalachian Offsets allows Asheville residents and businesses to offset their carbon footprint while at the same time helping local schools, non-profits, and other area organizations. A few simple steps will get you there: first, calculate your carbon footprint, then make a (tax-deductible) donation to Appalachian Offsets to offset your footprint, at a rate of $20 per ton. The funds are then matched with a local school, non-profit, or other community organization to pay for an energy-efficiency project. Projects spearheaded by Appalachian Offsets include energy-efficiency lighting retrofits, water-conservation upgrades and solar-energy installations. The organization is also exploring local tree-planting projects. 

Appalachian Offsets is a group effort

Appalachian Offsets Asheville“Appalachian Offsets offers individuals the ability to simply offset their personal carbon footprint and also encourages local businesses to offset the footprint of their entire operations or a portion, with options to contribute either by making an annual lump sum or dividing it into more manageable recurring monthly payments,” said Green Built Alliance Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas. 

“We are extremely grateful to our generous business supporters, including AB Tech, Deltec Homes, Deutsch & Gottschalk Attorneys at Law, Joel Adams and Associates Investor Advisors, LaZoom, Mosaic Realty, Samsel Architects, SouthWings, Trillium Family Medicine, and Vandemusser Design for offsetting their footprints through Appalachian Offsets,” continued Barcas. “We invite the whole community to visit our website to learn about your personal or professional carbon footprint and offset options through our individual and business carbon calculators.”

For more information on Appalachian Offsets, and to calculate your carbon footprint, go to https://www.cutmycarbon.org/. To learn more about how Mosaic helps to build and support the Asheville community through green initiatives and beyond, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/donations-volunteer-program/.

 To learn about Real Estate in the Asheville area, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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As It Grows, Mosaic Realty Builds Support for Asheville's Community Organizations

Mosaic Realty Gives Asheville NC

Giving back to the community that has supported its growth has always been Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s mission. Since the realty’s founding nine years ago, the number of non-profit and community organizations Mosaic supports has expanded to encompass a range of segments across Asheville’s population. In 2019 alone, Mosaic gave over $115,000 to 70 non-profit and community organizations in the Asheville area. In addition, representatives of Mosaic regularly volunteer their time organizing and assisting these community initiatives.

Mosaic understands the importance of supporting area organizations that advocate for the vitality of our local and global community. To that end, the realty aims to assist groups that touch on many segments: from youth education to health and wellness to social justice and beyond.

Mosaic Realty Asheville DonationsYouth and schools

Aiding organizations that educate and nurture Asheville youth is important to Mosaic. Among recipients of Mosaic support are Asheville City Schools and Asheville City Schools Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, and Buncombe Partnership for Children. Mosaic also donates to the Western Youth Network, WNC Children’s Fund and Youth OUTright.

Environment and green initiatives

Mosaic understands that as stewards of the Earth, it’s important to care for our environment through protective measures and green initiatives. Mosaic dollars go to support Western N.C. organizations like MountainTrue, RiverLink and Asheville GreenWorks, as well as Green Built Alliance.

Housing 

Ashevillians in need have a number of resources at their disposal, but these organizations rely on countless volunteer hours and dollars to dole out that assistance. Mosaic helps by donating to groups like Homeward Bound and Mountain Housing Opportunities.

Mosaic Realty Gives Asheville NCCulture

Asheville is brimming with art and cultural events that enrich the community. By supporting such organizations as LEAF Community Arts, Asheville Music School, Diana Wortham Theatre, and Blue Ridge Orchestra, Mosaic helps to make dance, music, art and other cultural experiences available to a wider population.

Health and wellness

A healthy population is a happy population: With a focus on helping to keep the community well, Mosaic supports Asheville on Bikes, Girls on the Run, Pisgah Rage Youth Mountain Bike Team, and the YMCA of Western N.C. And because mental and emotional health is just as important as physical well-being, Mosaic gives to All Souls Counseling Center.

Social justice

Aiding organizations that advocate for social justice is extremely important to Mosaic. Support from Mosaic Realty goes to such groups as Our Voice and Pisgah Legal. 

These are just a few of the many Asheville area organizations and non-profits that receive Mosaic’s backing. For a complete list of groups that benefited from Mosaic’s support in 2019, visit https://mymosaicrealty.com/donations-volunteer-program/.

For information about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty Owner/Broker Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190

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