30+ Things to Do in Boulder in April

by Rachel Daly

April is here and the month is absolutely PACKED with events! The month begins with Boulder Arts Week and the opening day of the Boulder Farmer’s Market, followed by the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival, the Conference on World Affairs and the Taste of Pearl just to name a few. Have a wonderful April!

Boulder Arts Week

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When: March 29 – April 6, 2019, full schedule here.

The 6th annual Boulder Arts Week celebrates Boulder artists, the week is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings, promoting and celebrating our city’s thriving creativity. Join Boulder to celebrate the city’s excellent artists and arts and culture offerings such as art walks, First Fridays, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, and workshops.

Boulder Arts Week will be held at various locations around Boulder. Cost: Costs vary depending on event, click here for details.

Wildflower Concert Series

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When: Fridays, March 22 – April 26, 2019, full schedule here.

Head over to Lyons every Friday night in April for The Wildflower Concert Series at Planet Bluegrass. A new artist every week, enjoy live music in Planet Bluegrass’ indoor Wildflower Pavilion. Full schedule here.

Planet Bluegrass is located at 500 W Main St, Lyons, CO 80540. Tickets $15 – $25, available here.

Longmont Restaurant Week

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When: March 29 – April 7, 2019

Longmont Restaurant Week is a 10 day event this March 29 – April 7, during which local restaurants and more offer special menus at the two different price tiers: $18.71 and $28.71. What can you expect from Longmont Restaurant Week? Delicious deals at more than 40 participating venues! Whether you elect for the $18.71 menu or the $28.71 menu, you are guaranteed a discount on the best of what that restaurant, cidery, distillery, or brewery can bring to your table. For more info, click here.

TEDxCU 2019: Push & Pull

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When: Friday, April 5, 2019 from 6 PM – 8:30 PM

TEDxCU is an independently organized TED event organized at the University of Colorado to help further educate and innovate within beautiful Boulder, CO. Life pulls you down many paths that you simply could never predict. Being able to push back against hardships and adversities helps many continue on and prosper on their unique life journeys. The 10 speakers this Push & Pull event come together to share their stories of defeat, perseverance, and growth during our 2019 event. For more information on the speaker lineup and event schedule, visit tedxcu.com

This event will be held at the Glenn Miller Ballroom at CU Boulder, 1669 Euclid Avenue, Boulder CO 80310. Tickets $10, available here.

Boulder Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April 6 – November 23, 2019 8 AM – 2 PM & Wednesdays, May 1 – October 2, 2019 4 PM – 8 PM

Offering fresh fruit, flowers, veggies and delicious edibles, the Boulder Farmers’ Market provides a place for locals to sell their products in a friendly, fun environment. Twice a week, residents and visitors can fill their bags with goodies.

Boulder Farmers Market is held on 13th Street next to Central Park, Boulder, CO 80308

Lafayette’s 15th Annual Cesar Chavez Convivio

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When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 12 PM – 2:30 PM

Free and open to the public, Lafayette’s 15th annual Cesar Chavez Celebration will kick-off at 12:00PM at Alicia Sanchez International School (655 Sir Galahad Drive), where a Convivio featuring free refreshments, live entertainment, children’s activities, and student presentations, will be held. This event is brought to you by the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee with support from Lafayette Communities that Care.

This event will be held at Sanchez Elementary School, 655 Sir Galahad Dr, Lafayette, Colorado 80026. This event is FREE.

CollaBEERation 5k & Brew Fest

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When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

The CollaBEERation 5k & Brew Fest is all about friends, food, beer, music and giveaways! Shoes & Brews presents this 5k run/walk followed by a unbeatable after-race expo. For all the details, click here. Dogs and strollers allowed. Non-alcoholic options available.

Shoes & Brews is located at 63 S Pratt Pkwy Unit B, Longmont, CO 80501. Tickets $35 – $40, register here.

NoBo Art District First Friday Art Walk

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When: Friday, April 6, 2019 from 6 PM – 9 PM

NoBo Art District’s First Friday is a FREE self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists as you stroll through the area.  Attendees will also enjoy live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36.  Follow the polka dots and pink flags to find surprises around every corner. Guided walking tours led by a NoBo Art District member. will visit 4-5 NoBo artists in their studios at 6:30 pm at 4635 Broadway, ACE Community Art Gallery.

Visit the NoBo Information Tent in front of Ace Community Art Gallery, 4635 Broadway for a map of the studios open for First Friday and for answers to any questions. Cost: FREE.

5th Annual Lyons Film Festival

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When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10 AM – 10 PM

The Lyons International Film Festival honors the trailblazers, and the resilience and perseverance of strong individuals who love life. Film makers from all over the world want to share their films and documentaries with Lyons. Enjoy films and inspiring visions shown through the lens and camera’s of many who enjoy the outdoors and nature and walking the road less traveled. For the full schedule and more info, click here.

The festival will be held at Rogers Hall, 400 High Street, Lyons, CO. Tickets $10 – $25, available here.

Astronomy Day 2019

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When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1 PM – 10 PM

Astronomy Day is a FREE day full of family-friendly activities, telescope observing, and planetarium shows focused on our Moon. Join Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory for activities including special talks, scale solar system tours, stomp rockets, comet labs, telescope observing session, and light labs. Come for an hour or stay all day. The CU Science Discovery, Boulder Astronomy & Space Society, and International Dark-Sky Association and will also join us to provide more activities and information. For all the details, click here.

Fiske Planetarium is located at 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309. This event is FREE.

Lyons Old-Time Square Dance

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When: Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 7 PM – 10 PM

Join Oskar Blues for the Lyons Old-Time Square Dance: old-time reels, mixers, squares, waltzes and flatfooting to live fiddle/banjo music featuring old-time string band Nine Dollar Shawl! All dances are taught and are beginner/family-friendly. Dances are easiest earlier in the evening and become more complex as the evening progresses. Come alone, bring family/friends/kids and join our mix of beginner and welcoming seasoned dancers. No experience, partner or special shoes required.

The Old-Time Square Dance will be held at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 303 Main St, Lyons, Colorado 80540. Cost: $10/adult, $5/child, $25/family.

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

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When: Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1 PM – 5 PM

Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder with the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival. Festival goers can witness the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies (including the fabulous Flora the Fairy) and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall ‘welcoming the tulips’. This beloved springtime tradition in Boulder features special events and activities for girls and boys and celebrate the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season. The event includes live stage performances including Boulder Performing Arts, The Rock and Roll Playhouse, Emelise & local favorites Jeff and Paige! Kids will also love the face painting, foam sword dueling, art projects and tons of other fun activities.

The festival will be held in downtown Boulder on the Pearl Street Mall, 1942 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.

Colorado Jewish Food Fest

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When: Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Milk and Honey Farm and Hazon present a day of eating, hands-on activities, workshops, music, art, and farm tours at the Colorado Jewish Food Fest. This multi-sensory day is a way to connect with your roots and experience how Jews do food in the 21st century.

The festival will be held at the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Register here.

Conference on World Affairs

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When: April 9 – April 13, 2019, full schedule here.

The Conference on World Affairs Week held at the University of Colorado Boulder, offers events without admission fees to the Boulder community, students, and the public. CWA Week is a festival of ideas featuring 200 panels, 100 speakers and performers, over 5 days, attracting more than 70,000 in cumulative attendance each year. The Conference also present the CWA Speaker Series where thought leaders in their field join together for a campus visit with an evening discussion open to all.

CWA Week is held at CU Boulder. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Dash & Dine 5k Run Series

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When: Tuesdays throughout April & May

The Dash & Dine Run 5k run is Boulder’s favorite spring tune-up race series. This family friendly race is a series of six races Tuesday nights in April and May held at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, CO. The Dash & Dine 5k is all about friends, fun, and a family atmosphere with a mix of veterans, beginners, and seasoned professionals all racing together. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends and make a few more while enjoying the post-race dinner, awards ceremony, and raffle prizes.

This event is held at the Boulder Reservoir, 5565 Reservoir Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80301. Cost: $25/runner in advance ($35 race day), $7/dinner ticket for non-runners. Discounts available with 4 and 6 pack purchases. Tickets available here.

Make Beeswax Pouches with the BeeChicas

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When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Get rid of plastic in your lunch box, and make a couple of reusable beeswax infused food pouches with the BeeChicas. Learn about plastic in our oceans, rivers, and bodies, and how you can help improve our health and ecosystem. Registration required, ages 8 to adult. Adult supervision required for children under 12. This program is part of several Seed to Table events and services at the library that focus on sustainable living.

This event will be held in the Mt. Sanitas room at the Boulder Public Library (Main Library). This event is free, but please register here.

Thorne Spring Fest

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When: Friday, April 12, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your children on BVSD’s Spring In-service Day? Hop into Spring with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center. Kids will enjoy nature crafts, a fire-making demo, face-painting, nature hike explorations with Thorne Staff, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with the best nature performers –  Jeff & Paige at 11AM! Pack a picnic lunch and a picnic blanket to enjoy the mountain views. Thorne will have light refreshments donated by in-kind sponsors. This event will mostly be outdoors, rain or shine. Please plan for the weather and bring sunscreen, layers, and water. Carpooling with friends is recommended. For more info, click here.

This event will be held at Thorne Nature Experience, 1466 63rd St, Boulder, Colorado 80303. This event is FREE, but tickets are limited. Register here.

Colorado Tartan Day Festival

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When: April 13 & 14, 2019 full schedule here.

Learn about your Scottish-Irish ancestors at the Colorado Tartan Day Festival. It’s a chance to wear those kilts, bodices, Outlander gear and all the tartans. Live music and dancing, as well as a variety of Celtic house goods, jewelry, leather goods, food trucks, re-enactment performances and much more. Well behaved pets welcome! More details here.

The festival will be held at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colorado. This event is FREE.

Eldora Mountain Resort Pond Skim

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When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 12 PM – 3 PM

Celebrate the end of the ski season with Eldora Mountain Resort‘s Pond Skim. Grab your best beach outfit and test your skimming ability to rock out the last day of the season.  The Pond Skim is open to all ages.

Eldora Mountain Resort, 2861 Eldora Ski Rd, # 140, Nederland, Colorado 80466. Event is free. For lift ticket prices, click here.

CU Boulder International Festival 2019

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When: Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 3 PM – 7 PM

The CU International Festival has been around since 1990, and has continued to successfully promote diversity among students and the Boulder community. Every year, the CU International Festival Committee provides a stage for great performers who show cultural dances, play traditional instruments, or sing in their native language. The festival has gotten bigger every year, with over 30 countries participating and over 6,000 people attending. For more info, click here.

The festival will be held at the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the UMC, 1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80309. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Bar Hopping with Boulder Opera

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When: Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 7 PM – 9 PM

Join the Boulder Opera Company for a lively evening of cocktails and operatic singing! Boulder Opera will be touring Pearl St., making stops at the following hot spots: The Attic Bar & Bistro, Centro Mexican Kitchen, License No. 1, and West End Tavern.

This event will take place at multiple locations on Pearl Street — all the details here. This event is free to the public with a suggested donation of $10-$30. Donations can be made here.

Tarana Burke: Creating a Movement

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When: Monday, April 15, 2019 from 7 PM to 9 PM

Tarana Burke shares the story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person Of The Year-winning ‘me too.’ Movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. #MeToo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of the ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma. For more about Tarana, click here.

This event will be held at the Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets $25, available here.

Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan

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When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. She will be performing songs of Bob Dylan at the Caribou Room in Nederland.

The Caribou Room is located at 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland, CO 80466. Tickets $36 – $42, available here.

No Man’s Land Film Festival

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When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 7:15 PM – 10 PM

Neptune Mountaineering presents a night of strong, passionate women playing on the big screen! A No Man’s Land Film Festival film screening will be accompanied by a pre-show mingle and gear + goodies raffle at intermission. Everyone is invited (kids, spouse, best friends, co-workers, etc.!) to attend this Boulder, CO showing of women in adventure! Proceeds will support 501c3 nonprofit, Outdoor Women’s Alliance.

The festival will be held at Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. Tickets $15 – $29, available here.

Family Day at CU Museum of Natural History

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When: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10 AM – 4 PM

Go with the (ice) floe, tighten your chinstraps and waddle in for some epic family fun! The CU Museum is accentuating Antarctica, the coldest, windiest place on earth for Family Day: Modern and Historic Explorations of Antarctica. Antarctica isn’t all penguins- Meet the CU scientists who venture into some of the harshest climates and learn about what it is like to live there; step into an actual tent from Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey, try on modern expeditionary clothing; make your own ice core and SO much more!

This event will be held at the CU Museum of Natural History. This event is FREE & open to the public.

Longmont Earth Day Celebration

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When: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10 AM – 3 PM

The 5th Annual Longmont Earth Day Celebration promises to be the best yet. With family-friendly programming all day long, this event will have music, butterflies, recycled arts and crafts, and even live birds of prey! Jeff & Paige will bring science and nature to life through kid-delighting music and stories. We’ll have an Environmental Education Expo all day in the Atrium represented by more than twenty local groups. For more information and full schedule, click here.

This event will be held at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. This event is FREE.

Ethiopian Festival

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When: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 11 AM – 2 PM

The Ethiopian Festival is a FREE, family-friendly event for all ages to enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony, African music/drumming & basket weaving for various ages and abilities. Big gratitude to the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission for their generosity in making this possible!

This festival will be held at Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian Restaurant, 802 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026. This event is FREE.

Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious at the Stanley Hotel

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When: Saturday, April 20 2019; Two shows at 7 PM & 9:30 PM

Comedy Works and Stanley Live are pleased to present Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious at The Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Hotel is located at 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Tickets $49.50 – $99.50, available here.

Erie Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration

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When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Erie’s 22nd Annual Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration features free tree seedlings, free educational information, drawings for prizes, certified arborist Q & A booth, hands-on tree plantings and kids’ craft area.

This event will be held at Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St, Erie, CO 80516. This event is FREE and open to the public.

SuperKids 2019

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 AM – 3 PM

SuperKids, one of Colorado’s largest kid eventsis coming back to The Orchard Town Center. A super fun day for the family with loads of activities and best of all it’s FREE. Dress in Costume! Post your pictures to be entered in our drawing of prizes. Battle of SuperHeros, Pony Rides, Bouncy Castle, Rock Climbing Wall, Skateboarding Demos, Kids Performances, Camp Giveaways, and loads more.

This event will be held at the Orchard Town Center, 14697 Delaware St, Broomfield, CO 80023. This event is FREE.

Historic Hoverhome Public Tour

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When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1 PM – 3 PM

Tour this beautiful 1913-1914 historic home, built by Charles L. Hover and his family. On these tours, docents guide you around  historic Hoverhome where you will learn about the Hover family and their involvement in Longmont and beyond.  Tours start on the hour at 1, 2, and 3 pm and last about an hour each. No rsvps are needed. Fees and donations collected help support the continued care of this historic home.

Historic Hoverhome is located at 1309 Hover Street, Longmont, Colorado 80501. Cost: $8/Person. Children 6 & Under FREE. 

Boulder Phil Season Finale: The Dream of America

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When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The Boulder Phil performs The Dream of America. The hope of new beginnings and wide-open possibilities animates Peter Boyer’s Grammy-nominated Ellis Island, recently featured on PBS’ Great Performances series. Emerging from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, monologues by seven actors are interwoven with a full orchestral score and projected images from Ellis Island archives. From Dvořák’s vision of a new landscape, weaving Native American and African American sounds into a symphony, to Boyer’s moving stories of those who left everything to come here, we conclude our season of Open Space with music that reflects the hope, courage, and grace of those who built the dream of America. Arrive early at 6:30 PM for a pre-concert talk with host Marilyn Cooley, Michael Butterman and guests.

This event will be held at the Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets $15 – $82, available here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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When: April 27, 2019 at 2 PM & April 28, 2019 at 1 PM

Centennial State Ballet presents the Shakespearean Classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Celebrate the culmination of Centennial State Ballet’s 21st performance season, Coming of Age, with magical dragonflies and fireflies, a mischievous Oberon, and impish Puck, a slumbering donkey, and lovers from both the mortal and fairy realm. A masterful combination of storytelling and choreography performed with the exquisite sounds of Mendelssohn will transport you into the woodland realm of fairy fantasy. Featuring the Centennial State Ballet Chamber Orchestra and Longmont’s pre-professional youth ballet company!

This performance will be held at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Rd, Niwot, CO 80503. Tickets $25, available here.

Taste of Pearl

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When: Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2 PM – 6 PM

Head to Downtown Boulder for an unforgettable afternoon exploring Boulder’s tantalizing culinary arts scene at Taste of Pearl. Celebrating Colorado’s distinctive wines and spirits and, amazing food while strolling through some of Downtown Boulder’s most vibrant galleries and retails stores. Tickets have sold out every year so get yours fast!

This event will be held at the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Tickets $65 – $75, available here.

Mary Oliver Memorial Reading at Innisfree

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When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 5 PM – 7 PM

Many of Oliver’s poems are a joyful celebration of nature, but she also wrote about the abuse she suffered as a child and her first brush with death from lung cancer. Ruth Franklin says her work is infused with a deep spirituality. “The way she writes these poems that feel like prayers, she channels the voice of somebody who it seems might possibly have access to God. I think her work does give a sense of someone who is in tune with the deepest mysteries of the universe.” At this memorial reading, come to Innisfree to read a poem of Mary Oliver’s that stays with you and stays with you and stays with you.

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe is located at 1301 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is free.

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