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Northern Virginia October 2007 Events
Through Oct. 30 Leesburg MAIZE. Get lost in this elaborate 11-acre cornfield maze. Experts can find the correct path leading to the end in 40 minutes, but most wanderers require more than an hour to travel the twists and turns through the 10-foot-tall corn stalks. Look over the maze from two observation points. Temple Hall Farm Regional Park. $. (703) 779-9372. Web site: www.nvrpa.org/templehall.html. Oct. 1-6 Fredericksburg ST. JAMES’ HOUSE OPENING. This small, gambrel-roofed house is a fine example of an 18th-century gentleman’s house. It contains a collection of period furnishings, including silver, glass, porcelain and furniture. Built by James Mercer, first judge of the General Court in Fredericksburg, the house is open three times a year and serves as a residence. $. 1-4 p.m. (540) 373-1569. E-mail: myrawig@cox.net. Web site: www.apva.org. Oct. 1-31 Bluemont FALL PUMPKIN HARVEST/FAMILY DAYS. Pick pumpkins right off the vine at the largest you-pick pumpkin patch in Northern Virginia. Watch P-Rex munch pumpkins and pigs race. Zip down the 60-foot slide and swing on the rope swings. Get up close with our farm animals and catch/release fish in our pond with your own pole. You can also purchase baked goods/produce in our Country Store and enjoy BBQ at the Roosteraunte each weekend. Great Country Farms. $. (540) 554-2073. Web site: www.greatcountryfarms.com. Oct. 1-31 Leesburg GHOST TOURS OF LEESBURG. Join us for a tour of historic downtown to learn about the area haunts, the science behind identifying a haunting and the history of Leesburg and Loudoun County. Regularly scheduled weekend tours, led by members of the Virginia Scientific Research Association, depart from the Georgetown Cafe on King Street. $10/adults; $5/children; groups and special tours can be arranged. 7-9 p.m. (937) 726-7803, (703) 724-7875. E-mail: gail@vsra.net. Web site: vsra.net. Oct. 1-31 Purcellville BREAUX CELEBRATES VIRGINIA WINE MONTH! Join in the celebration with live music, wine specials and beautiful fall foliage. Cameras are encouraged, as the views are spectacular. Educational vineyard tours are offered every weekend and production facility tours are offered daily by appointment. Kids can enjoy apple cider while adults sip on fine wines. $5/tasting; $3/tour. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 668-6299. Email: jblosser@breauxvineyards.com. Web site: www.breauxvineyards.com. Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 Alexandria DOGGIE HAPPY HOUR. Dogs of all sizes, shapes and lineage come with their two-legged friends to socialize over munchies, drinks and treats. This world-famous party, which typically attracts 60 dogs, is held every Tuesday and Thursday in the Holiday Inn’s courtyard in the heart of Old Town. 5-8 p.m. (703) 549-6080. Web site: www.doggiehappyhour.com. Oct. 5 Fredericksburg FIRST FRIDAY. Celebrate the weekend in Old Town Fredericksburg with live music, dancing, food and more. 6-9:30 p.m. (540) 373-1776, (540) 372-1086. E-mail: fredprpf@fredericksburgva.gov. Web site: www.fredericksburgva.gov. Oct. 5-7 Mount Vernon FALL WINE FESTIVAL & SUNSET TOUR. Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 award-winning Virginia wineries. Learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, enjoy live jazz music and meet “George Washington” on the Mansion’s piazza. Take an evening tour of George Washington’s home and visit the rarely open basement cellar vaults where he stored his wine. $. 6-9 p.m. (703) 780-2000, (703) 780-0011, (703) 7998688. E-mail: info@mountvernon.org. Web site: www.mountvernon.org. -more-

2 Oct. 6 Alexandria ART ON THE AVENUE. Take in this multicultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts in the Potomac West community of Alexandria. More than 200 artists and artisans of all kinds will discuss their work and demonstrate their crafts. You can also enjoy a variety of culinary specialties and musical performances. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (703) 683-3100. Web site: www.artontheavenue.org. Oct. 6 Alexandria SEAPORT DAY. Celebrate the city’s seaport heritage with boat rides and exhibits. Families may work on building their own boat, but advance reservations are required for this activity. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (703) 5497078. E-mail: www.alexandriaseaport.org. Oct. 6 Sterling STERLINGFEST. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day with more than 50 vendors, crafters, businesses and nonprofit displays, as well as entertainment, kid’s rides and great food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (703) 430-9480. Web site: www.sterlingfoundation.org. Oct. 6 Waterford FALL FESTIVAL BY JOSHUA’S HANDS. Invite your friends and neighbors to Guthries’ to enjoy food, games, entertainment, crafts, demonstrations, pony rides, hayrides and more. Pet the farm animals and enjoy the entertainers: musicians, mimes and clowns. All activities and lunch are free; a country store, donation buckets and an auction will provide opportunities for you to support the work of Joshua’s Hands. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (540) 454-7827, (540) 882-3310. E-mail: JoshuasHands@aol.com. Web site: www.JoshuasHands.org. Oct. 6-7 Culpeper CULPEPER HARVEST DAYS FARM TOUR. Experience life on the farm in beautiful Culpeper County with llamas, horses and dairy cattle. Relax in the romance of cut flowers and fine Virginia wine. Everything from buffalo to beef cows, from mushrooms to moonshine and everything in between, there’s something to delight everyone. Come join the fun. Farm Tour Visitors Center at the Depot. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (540) 727-3410. E-mail: sbrown@culpepercounty.gov. Web site: www.culpeperag.org. Oct. 6-7 Fredericksburg FREDERICKSBURG AREA WINE FESTIVAL. What better time is there than fall to enjoy great entertainment, food, arts and crafts and fun for the whole family? Sample the wares of six member wineries and two guest wineries. Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. $15/advance, $20/gate. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (866) 339-9463, (540) 972-2721. E-mail: eventsvs@aol.com. Web site: www.fredericksburgwine.com. Oct. 6-7 Middleburg CHRYSALIS VINEYARDS PRESENTS: THE 7TH ANNUAL NORTON WINE & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Help us celebrate the harvest during our biggest and best festival of the year. Stomp your feet to great bluegrass bands, visit craft and food vendors, take a hayride and a vineyard tour. Try all of our current Norton wines, as well as older vintages of Norton and the highly anticipated release of our 2006 100 percent Virginia Barrel Select Norton. $15; food is extra. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 687-8222, (800) 235-8804. E-mail: ROFee@ChrysalisWine.com. Web site: www.ChrysalisWine.com. Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Delaplane OCTOBER FALL FARM FEST AT SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK. Celebrate farm life with the family as you learn about wholesome farm living. Pick pumpkins in our patch, squeeze cider, make apple butter, play in the hay and watch farm critters. You can even rock on the back porch as friends and neighbors drop by to tell tall tales and make music. (540) 592-3556, (540) 592-7116. E-mail: skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky.shtml.

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3 Oct. 7 Arlington ARMY TEN-MILER. Whether you are competing for top honors or simply running with friends, join 26,000 runners at the Pentagon for this Army tradition, America’s largest 10-mile race. The flat, scenic course winds its way past the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol and other national treasures. This event also includes a race expo and kids runs. 8 a.m.-noon. (202) 685-3361. E-mail: armytenmiler@jfhqncr.northcom.mil. Web site: www.armytenmiler.com. Oct. 7 Fredericksburg FREDERICKSBURG DOG FESTIVAL. Celebrate the family pet with a parade, owner-and-pet contests, obedience and trick contests. Hurkamp Park. $. Noon-3 p.m. (540) 372-1086. E-mail: fredprpf@fredericksburgva.gov. Web site: www.fredericksburgva.gov. Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Alexandria MEET AND GREET AT MADELEINE’S DOGS. Meet and greet new dog owners and breeders at Madeleine’s Dogs Boutique and Gourmet Bakery at 2:00 p.m. All canines are served on sterling silver trays. 1222 King Street in historic Old Town. E-mail: madeleinesdogscouturewear@covad.net. Web site: www.madeleinesdogs.com. Oct. 13 Aldie NATIONAL JOUSTING CHAMPIONSHIPS. Watch as riders of different skill levels charge an 80-yard course on a galloping horse to catch three tiny rings. A champion will be crowned in four classes: novice, amateur, semi-professional and professional. Bring your lawn chair and after the competition visit historic Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery. Mt. Zion Church Equestrian Grounds. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (434) 9832989, (888) 336-1861. E-mail: mwb@virginia.edu. Web site: www.nationaljousting.com. Oct. 13 Alexandria ALEXANDRIA ARTS SAFARI. This festival of hands-on arts and crafts activities for children and their families takes place at the Torpedo Factory, the country’s largest and most successful arts center. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (703) 838-4565. Web site: www.torpedofactory.org. Oct. 13 Berryville A TASTE OF TUSCANY AT VERAMAR VINEYARD. Mangia, mangia … Savor good eats with Italian music. The adventure of exploring Italian food and Veramar wines is not only a delight for the senses, but also an expression of the cultural and traditional heritage. $25, includes Italian music, food and wine tasting with souvenir glass; advance reservations are required. 6:30 p.m. (540) 955-5510. E-mail: info@veramar.com. Web site: www.veramar.com. Oct. 13 Culpeper CULPEPER AIRPORT AIR FEST 2007. Come out and view life from another angle—see Culpeper County from the air. This free event has something for the entire family. Tour the airport and meet the pilots. Aircraft, from restored antiques to modern jets, will be on display. Activities for kids include free airplane rides for ages 8-17, demonstrations, arts and crafts, face painting and the model airplane simulator. (540) 825-8280. E-mail: twoodward@culpepercounty.gov. Web site: www.culpepercounty.gov/Airport/index.asp. Oct. 13 Fairfax FALL FESTIVAL. Come see unique crafts and gifts in the historic downtown area. There will be stalls and activities from many local arts groups and businesses. This day out for the family has food, entertainment and something to interest all. $. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (703) 385-7858. E-mail: lherman@fairfaxva.gov. Web site: www.fairfaxva.gov/SpecialEvents/FallFestival/FallFestival.asp.

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4 Oct. 13 Fredericksburg BIRDING TOURS AT WASHINGTON’S FERRY FARM. One hundred and fourteen species of birds have been sighted at Ferry Farm and now you can see some of them, too. On these two-hour tours led by birding enthusiast Paul Nasca, you might hear the sound of a woodpecker as he swoops through the trees, watch busy bluebirds working on their nests in the boxes provided for them, or surprise a wading great blue heron as he fishes along the shore. $. 8-10 a.m. (540) 370-0732, (540) 373-3381. E-mail: mailroom@kenmore.org. Web site: www.ferryfarm.org. Oct. 13 Reston RESTON AT HOME TOUR. Five unique private homes are open to the public for this one special day for self-conducted tours. Experience the award-winning, innovative, planned community of Reston. $. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (703) 709-7700. E-mail: reston.at.home.tour@gmail.com. Web site: www.restonmuseum.org. Oct. 13 Woodbridge LEESYLVANIA MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL. Enjoy international foods, crafts, music, dance and traditions at Leesylvania State Park as people from around the world celebrate the diversity of this unique community. $. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (703) 670-0372, (703) 670-0024, (703) 583-6904. E-mail: leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/lee.shtml. Oct. 13-14 Fredericksburg FREDERICKSBURG ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL. View the hand-crafted work of artists and crafters from more than 12 states, including baskets, ceramics, fine art, gourmet food, jewelry, music, candles, paintings, photography, pottery, woodworking and more. Expo Center. $. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 548-5555. E-mail: Dkerper@bmg1.com. Web site: www.fredericksburgexpocenter.com. Oct. 13-14 Marshall ALPACA FULL MOON FARM HARVEST OPEN HOUSE. Sit on the front porch while enjoying seasonal treats or walk down to the barn and introduce yourself to our delightfully curious alpacas. Browse through the Full Moon Shop’s luxurious and whimsical inventory. You can even enter your name to win a gift; the winner is drawn on the night of the full moon. 9247 Ramey Road. Free. Noon-6 p.m. (540) 364-4720. Email: lane@alpacafullmoon.com. Web site: www.alpacafullmoon.com. Oct. 13-14 Purcellville TOWN-WIDE TAG SALE. Come out and enjoy a day in the country shopping to your heart’s delight. Enjoy a hearty homestyle breakfast before you start out or lunch at one of the town’s restaurants. 8 a.m.5 p.m. (540) 338-7847, (540) 751-2326. E-mail: eventmanager@mainstpurcellville.com. Web site: www.townwidetagsale.com. Oct. 13-15 Hume FALL IN MERITAGE LOVE. Visit Oasis Winery this weekend and taste world-famous Meritage, blended with 33 percent Cabernet Franc, 32 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 percent Merlot and 3 percent Viognier. Select wines are discounted this day only. $. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 635-7627. E-mail: info@oasiswine.com. Web site: www.oasiswine.com. Oct. 14 Culpeper TASTE OF CULPEPER 2007. Tempt your palate with the very best in local cuisine from Culpeper’s unique restaurants and Virginia wineries. Other activities of the day include children’s activities, live entertainment, a craftsman’s market, a silent auction and raffle. $. Noon-5 p.m. (540) 825-4416. E-mail: criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com. Web site: www.culpeperdowntown.com. Oct. 19-21 Fredericksburg FREDERICKSBURG FALL HOME SHOW. Talk with experts about your home or garden project. Expo Center. $. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (540) 548-5555. E-mail: Dkerper@bmg1.com. Web site: www.fredericksburgexpocenter.com.

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5 Oct. 20 Culpeper CHILI COOKOFF AT OLD HOUSE VINEYARDS. Join us for an afternoon of chili and wine tasting. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (540) 423-1032. E-mail: info@oldhousevineyards.com. Web site: www.oldhousevineyards.com. Oct. 20 Leesburg COURT AND MARKET DAYS IN LEESBURG. Step back in time with this re-creation of the annual convening of the Circuit Court in Loudoun County, featuring re-enactments of actual court cases, demonstrations of period crafts, vendors and other entertainment. Downtown Leesburg Historic District. $. (800) 752-6118. Web site: www.idalee.org/parks/events. Oct. 20 Lorton OLD-FASHIONED HARVEST FALL FESTIVAL. Mason Neck State Park’s festival celebrates fall and features arts and crafts, vendors demonstrating crafts, old-fashioned games for kids and adults alike and demonstrations of old-fashioned skills. Enjoy hayrides, music and food, as well as many other fall activities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (703) 339-2385, (703) 339-2384, (703) 339-2380. E-mail: masonneck@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/parks/masonnec.htm. Oct. 20 Manassas GREAT PUMPKIN DOG WALK. Raise funds and awareness for spaying/neutering. Join the Prince William SPCA for this event and help us stop pet overpopulation—one step at a time. Friendly dogs and kids welcome. Stay for the Pet Adopt-A-Thon and Fall Festival with shelter pets, animal exhibits, demos, contests, great food and more. Prince William County Fair Grounds. $. (571) 222-0033. E-mail: pwspca@pwspca.org. Web site: www.pwspca.org/dogwalk.html. Oct. 20 Manassas PRINCE WILLIAM SPCA PET ADOPT-A-THON AND FALL FESTIVAL. Visit with local shelters and rescue groups to pick out your new pet. You can stroll the exhibit area for specialty pet treats and gifts, learn from experts at the demos and have your pet microchipped. Kids and friendly pets are welcome. There will be more than $1,000 in raffle prizes. Come for lunch and stay the afternoon. Prince William County Fair Grounds. Free, with plenty of free parking. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (571) 222-0033. E-mail: pwspca@pwspca.org. Web site: www.pwspca.org/fall_fest_home.html. Oct. 20 Reston AUTUMN ADVENTURE 2007. Join in this fun family event celebrating the joys of the fall season with hayrides, a hay maze, face painting, live scarecrows, arts and crafts and more. Children are invited to march in a costume parade, join a costume contest and enjoy trick-or-treating at participating Town Center retailers. A ticket for all the day’s events is $5/child, or $20/family, with all proceeds benefiting Reston Interfaith. Noon-4 p.m. (202) 263-8543. Web site: www.restontowncenter.com. Oct. 20 The Plains INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP. Scheduled for the peak of fall foliage color in Fauquier County, seven steeplechase races highlight this event. Crisp air, country tweeds and an elegant Hunt Country backdrop set an outdoor stage for 35,000 guests to enjoy. Prerace activities such as the Navy Seals’ parachute demonstration and terrier races begin at 11:30 a.m. Great Meadow Events Center. $. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (540) 347-2612. Web site: www.vagoldcup.com/main.cfm?action=intgoldcup. Oct. 20-21 Amissville WINE FESTIVAL AT UNICORN WINERY—8TH ANNUAL. Take a hayride around the vineyard and to the Rappahannock River and let the kids try out the moon bounce. Purchase lunch from Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant, with cooking on site. Of course, you can also sample the wines from Unicorn and a guest winery. Tastings and sales will be held under the tent as well as in the winery. $. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 349-5885. E-mail: info@unicornwinery.com. Web site: www.unicornwinery.com.

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6 Oct. 20-21 Hume A CELEBRATION OF COLORS 2007 AT OASIS WINERY. Celebrate the beauty of fall and the splendor of the harvest. Sample our latest releases and taste wines from the barrels. You’ll enjoy live entertainment and wine specials while staying comfortable with indoor and outdoor heated seating. $. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (540) 635-7627. E-mail: info@oasiswine.com. Web site: www.oasiswine.com. Oct. 20-21 Leesburg OCTOBER WINE DAYS AT TARARA WINERY. Fall into Tarara while on the Loudoun Farm Tour. Enjoy live music 1-5 p.m. and October wine specials all weekend long, rain or shine. 11 p.m.-6 p.m. (703) 7717100. E-mail: John.Bellncula@tarara.com. Web site: www.tarara.com. Oct. 20-21 McLean AUTUMN 18TH CENTURY MARKET FAIR. Bring the family to an event that’s both educational and fun. See artisans demonstrating 18th-century crafts and skills including spinning, basket making, woodworking and cabinetmaking. Meet a Colonial doctor, pewtersmith and gunsmith. Enjoy apple bobbing, a puppet show and other family activities, including live music, dancing and singing. $. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (703) 442-7557. E-mail: aeberly@1771.org. Web site: www.1771.org. Oct. 20-21 Mount Vernon FALL HARVEST FAMILY DAYS. Bring the whole family for bushels of fun at Historic Mount Vernon. Enjoy wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, and early-American games and music. Kids can make their own cornhusk doll, cook over an open fire and get a free pumpkin (while supplies last). Families can also take advantage of the Potomac River sightseeing cruises, which are halfprice this weekend only. $. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (703) 780-2000, (703) 780-0011, (703) 799-8688. E-mail: info@mountvernon.org. Web site: www.mountvernon.org. Oct. 26-27 Woodbridge HAUNTED HISTORY HIKE. Take a guided night hike back through time to visit Leesylvania State Park’s historical residents, then enjoy a beach bonfire. It’s a great family alternative to other haunted Halloween happenings. $2/person or $5/car. (703) 670-0372, (703) 670-0024, (703) 583-6904. E-mail: leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/lee.shtml. Oct. 27 Alexandria EDISON HIGH SCHOOL’S FALL CRAFT SHOW—18TH ANNUAL. This is your one-stop shop for the holidays, with more than 80 vendors selling artwork, jewelry, crafts, knickknacks, clothing and refreshments. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (703) 924-8090, (703) 924-8000. E-mail: EdisonHSCraftShow@yahoo.com. Oct. 27-28 Broad Run PEARMUND CELLARS HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACLAR. See our haunted barrel room and taste our succulent reds and other nectars. Receive half a goblin at Pearmund Cellars, then visit our sister winery, The Winery at La Grange, to complete the goblin for a treat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (540) 347-3475. E-mail: info@pearmundcellars.com. Web site: www.pearmundcellars.com. Oct. 27-28 Haymarket HALLOWEEN FUN AT THE WINERY AT LA GRANGE. Our 18th-century Manor House is full of ghosts that are coming out for Halloween. Tricks and treats await you. Following your tasting, take your goblin half to our sister winery, Pearmund Cellars, to receive a real treat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (703) 753-9360. E-mail: info@wineryatlagrange.com. Web site: www.wineryatlagrange.com. Oct. 27-28 Hume AUTUMNS COLORFUL BLUE RIDGE MERLOT CELEBRATION 2007. Oasis Winery will feature its latest Merlot tasting from the barrel or direct from the tank. This weekend of celebration is part of Virginia Wine Month. You’ll enjoy live entertainment and wine specials while staying comfortable with indoor and outdoor heated seating. $. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (540) 635-7627. E-mail: info@oasiswine.com. Web site: www.oasiswine.com. -more-

7 Oct. 28 Arlington MARINE CORPS MARATHON. Organized by the United States Marine Corps, this traditional race is open to all runners who are physically fit. The MCM welcomes runners from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. $85. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (703) 432-1159, (800) RUN-USMC. E-mail: marine.marathon@usmc.mil. Web site: www.marinemarathon.com.

Oct. 28 Brandy Station GRAFFITI HOUSE SEMINAR: STONEWALL’S STRANGE SABBATH DAY CHEERLEADER AT CLARK’S MOUNTAIN. William Thompson will relate a little-known episode from the Civil War. On Sunday, August 17, as Jackson approached the Orange-Culpeper County line near Somersville Ford on the Rapidan River, he decided to attend an open-air worship service. He was greeted with cheers from one of the strangest generals in Lee’s army. Free; donations are accepted. 2-3:30 p.m. (540) 727-7718. Web site: www.brandystationfoundation.com. Oct. 28 Leesburg WILLOWCROFT FARM VINEYARDS VISITS THE WINES OF OKANAGAN VALLEY. Come sample wines from the Okanagan Valley of Canada. Children and family pets are welcome to enjoy lots of family fun in our picnic area and around the vineyards. Noon-5 p.m. (703) 777-8161. E-mail: willowine@aol.com. Web site: www.willowcroftwine.com. Oct. 31 Culpeper DOWNTOWN CULPEPER HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREATING. Get your little ghosts, goblins and witches ready for the annual downtown merchants’ trick-or-treating. Join us in Downtown Culpeper for safe fun and festivities. 5-6 p.m. (540) 825-4416. E-mail: criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com. Web site: www.culpeperdowntown.com.

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