Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

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Looking for things to do on Long Island? We’ve rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

See the New Millennium Big Band orchestra

The smooth sounds of Ol' Blue Eyes will
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The smooth sounds of Ol' Blue Eyes will be wafting through Suffolk Theater on Friday, June 23, as the 19-piece New Millennium Big Band orchestra performs and guests take to the dance floor. Doors, restaurant and bar open at 6:30; performance starts at 8 p.m. ADMISSION $39 INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com

See Hunter Hayes in concert

Back from an international tour that included performing
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Back from an international tour that included performing for some U.S. troops stationed abroad, singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes continues stateside with My Country 96.1 FM and a stop at The Paramount in Huntington. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, 370 New York Ave. INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com ADMISSION $35-$75

See Third Eye Blind in concert

The summer music series at the beach continues
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The summer music series at the beach continues with alternative rockers Third Eye Blind belting out a concert as part of their "Summer Gods Tour," with Los Angeles band Silversun Pickups as the opening act. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday, June 24, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Ocean Drive, Wantagh INFO 516-221-1000, livenation.com ADMISSION Tickets from $25

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Enjoy a Midsummer Night evening

Bring a picnic for an off-hours stroll around
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Bring a picnic for an off-hours stroll around Old Westbury Gardens at twilight -- illuminated lanterns will lead the way. The evening features an interactive dance demonstration for children and a performance by the Isadora Duncan Dance Company inspired by Greek mythology. WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury INFO oldwestburygardens.org ADMISSION $16 (free ages 17 and younger)

Bike around wine country

Take a bike tour around wine country and
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Take a bike tour around wine country and visit three North Fork wineries along the way, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24. The casual tour travels approximately 13 miles with a guide and van support to provide cold water and drinks along the way. The fee includes lunch, wine tastings, cheese and crackers. ADMISSION $145 ($15 bicycle rental) PHONE 631-824-3360 WEB longislandbicycletours.com

Celebrate International Mud Day

International Mud Day is a chance for kids
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International Mud Day is a chance for kids to play outdoors -- and get extra dirty. Suffolk County Farm celebrates mud day with puddle jumping, messy play and a visit to the barnyard, along with unlimited wagon rides and a visit to the butterfly house. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank INFO 631-852-4600, ccesuffolk.org ADMISSION $5 ages 3 and older

Take a run around the lake

The 4-mile Run Around the Lake honors late
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The 4-mile Run Around the Lake honors late Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy with a course that starts and ends at Ronkonkoma Beach. There's a DJ and post-race party that includes barbecue and snacks for registered runners. WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24, Ronkonkoma INFO 631-979-0060, runaroundthelake.com COST $32 ($15 1-mile fun run, $45 virtual run)

Have a blast at Long Island Funfest

It's your last chance to catch the Long
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It's your last chance to catch the Long Island Funfest, a carnival with rides, games and a midway along with a food court, live music and fireworks (9:45 p.m. Saturday), noon-11 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, at Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus. ADMISSION $5 (free for kids under 36 inches); $30 ride pass PHONE 866-666-3247 WEB longislandfunfest.com

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See the silent movie 'Chicago'

In a salute to the silent-movie era, the
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In a salute to the silent-movie era, the 1927 silent comedy classic "Chicago" will be screened at Greenport's Peconic Landing Community Center, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and accompanied by organist, composer and orchestrator Bernie Anderson Jr. The 90-minute film starts at 2 p.m. No reservations are required. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-477-3800, peconiclanding.com

See The Smithereens in concert

They've been known to put a twist on
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They've been known to put a twist on the songs of iconic groups including The Beatles and The Who. This time it's no different as the New Jersey-based rock band The Smithereens take the stage at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, performing original works along with modern approaches to some classics, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24. ADMISSION $49 PHONE 631-727-4343 WEB suffolktheater.com

Draw outside at Old Westbury Gardens

The Art League of Nassau County heads to
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The Art League of Nassau County heads to Old Westbury Gardens to "draw" inspiration from the grounds for an all-day Paint Out, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Visitors can watch artists create and return for a reception and sale of the artwork starting at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. ADMISSION $12 ($7 ages 7-17) PHONE 516-333-0048 WEB oldwestburygardens.org

Go to a ham radio field day

This year's Amateur Radio Field Day is being
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This year's Amateur Radio Field Day is being celebrated for 24 hours starting 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Rosemary Kennedy BOCES Center (2850 North Jerusalem Rd.) in Wantagh. Amateur radios (also called ham radios) work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and can create an independent communications network. All are welcome -- those with a mild curiosity to veteran enthusiasts. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-450-5153, limarc.org

Stargaze while listening to music

The stars of the show are in the
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The stars of the show are in the skies and on the ground at the Custer Observatory on Saturday. The site hosts an outdoor concert with celestial music as a backdrop to nighttime stargazing to see planets, nebulae and galaxies through provided telescopes. WHEN | WHERE 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold INFO 631-765-2626, custerobservatory.org ADMISSION $15 suggested donation ($10 ages 12 and younger)

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Cruise a classic car show

Honk if you love a classic car. All
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Honk if you love a classic car. All makes and models -- collectibles, street rods, antiques and others, along with trucks, are invited to the Gold Coast Cruisers' Waterfront Car Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Morgan Park in Glen Cove. You'll also find music, children's events and a food court. Rain date July 23. ADMISSION Free ($15-$20 car registration) PHONE 516-581-0129 WEB goldcoastcruisers.org

Join a guided bay walk

Load the kids into the car on Sunday,
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Load the kids into the car on Sunday, June 25, and head to the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach State Park for a guide-led bay walk to see and identify what the tide left behind and also to learn about the animals that take up residence on this barrier beach. The 90-minute program starts at 1:30 p.m. Call for the required reservation. ADMISSION $4, free under age 3 plus $10 parking fee INFO 516-780-3295, parks.ny.gov

Kids, try out BMX

Kids curious about BMX (short for bicycle motocross)
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Kids curious about BMX (short for bicycle motocross) can take the sport out for a test drive at a free beginner's clinic, 8:30-10 a.m. Sunday, June 25, at Shoreham BMX Track (across from Shoreham-Wading River High School). Bring a bike, full-face helmet, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Registration is 8-8:30 a.m. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-821-5569, shorehambmx.org

Cruise ‘Hot Ride Mondays’ car shows

Like clockwork, every Monday night until mid-September, hundreds
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Like clockwork, every Monday night until mid-September, hundreds of street rods, collectibles, classics, imports, trucks and their owners gather to enjoy the outdoor summer car season at a car show. You'll also find food trucks, music, and pets are welcome, on a leash, please. WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Monday, June 26, PennySaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville INFO 631-648-2500, pennysaverramp.com ADMISSION $10 per carload 

Celebrate at German American Night

Live music and Bavarian dancing are on tap
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Live music and Bavarian dancing are on tap at Eisenhower Park's German American Night, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater. Park in fields 6 and 6a, and bring your own seating. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-572-0355, nassaucountyny.gov/parks  

Enjoy the Huntington Summer Arts Festival

Bring a blanket or chair and plan on
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Bring a blanket or chair and plan on spending plenty of time in Huntington's Heckscher Park this summer. The annual showcase kicks off 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, with the musical "Madagascar" performed by Plaza Theatrical Productions. Highlights include a jazz-themed week, July 18-23. WHEN | WHERE Tuesdays-Sundays, June 27 through Aug. 13, Prime Avenue and Main Street, Huntington INFO 631-271-8423, huntingtonarts.org ADMISSION Free

Attend events at the Jones Beach boardwalk bandshell

Nostalgia meets beach vibes at the summer lineup
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Nostalgia meets beach vibes at the summer lineup of free outdoor entertainment at Jones Beach's bandshell. The Art Deco backdrop features outdoor movies, performances for kids, music, tribute bands and dancing. Tuesdays bring family night with children's music, while Thursdays feature outdoor movies. On other days, expect live music by local tribute and original bands. Located off the boardwalk, its location is key for stopping by straight from the beach -- don't forget to bring a chair. WHEN | WHERE Nightly except Mondays through Sept. 3 at Jones Beach's Central Mall, Field 4, Wantagh INFO 516-781-0509, jonesbeachbandshell.com ADMISSION Free ($10 parking until 4 p.m. weekdays and 6 p.m. weekends
 

See Verdi's 'Macbeth' on screen

Straight from the stage of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera
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Straight from the stage of Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, soprano Anna Netrebko delivers an intense portrayal of Lady Macbeth in Verdi's tragic Shakespearean adaptation. The nearly three-hour performance screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at select theaters in Stony Brook and Farmingdale. ADMISSION $12.50-$13.50 INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com

Compete in a sand castle contest

Have a vision you feel like creating? A
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Have a vision you feel like creating? A weekly sand castle sculpting contest at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk offers plenty of materials to make your vision come true. Sand, water and natural materials will be provided by mother nature. Prizes will be awarded in several categories, recommended for ages 6-21. WHEN | WHERE 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 29, through Aug. 31, 164 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk. Register at the visitors center INFO 631-668-2554, parks.ny.gov ADMISSION $10 parking fee

Boogie at Mid-Summer Night Dances

Couples, singles and groups are invited to dance
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Couples, singles and groups are invited to dance outdoors at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport. You'll get a dance lesson before music that beckons all to try their moves. Opening night features instructor Alfred Pena leading the bachata. WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. most Thursdays, June 29, through Aug. 31, 181 Little Neck Rd., Centerport INFO vanderbiltmuseum.org ADMISSION $30 ($22 advance)

Gaze up at the stars

Join members of the Astronomical Society of Long
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Join members of the Astronomical Society of Long Island to study various stars, the moon and constellations during a series of stargazing nights at Old Westbury Gardens. Telescopes will be set up in front of historic Westbury House and, for a clear view, across the soccer field, where there are no trees. WHEN | WHERE 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org ADMISSION $12 ($7 ages 7-17)

Celebrate Mardi Gras-style music

The Westbury Arts' Summer Arts and Concert Series
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The Westbury Arts' Summer Arts and Concert Series is back at the Piazza Ernesto Strada, corner of Post and Maple avenues in downtown Westbury. Performing 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, is the Hoodoo Loungers, a nine-member New Orleans Mardi Gras-style party band. Simultaneously, artist Patty Eljaiek guides participants through an interactive "paint to the music" experience. The $20 donation includes a table, chair, easel, canvas, paint and an apron. No experience is necessary. Seating for the concerts is limited so bringing your own is encouraged. ADMISSION Free ($20 painting experience) INFO 516-400-2787, westburyarts.org

Pop in to a bubble show

When was the last time you saw a
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When was the last time you saw a bubble volcano? Bubble master Jeff Boyer invites the audience to participate in his family-friendly stage show that takes bubble making to the next level. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, Gateway Performing Arts Center, 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport INFO 631-286-1133, thegateway.org  ADMISSION $15-$25

Attend a blues and arts fest in Long Beach

The cool and comfortable auditorium inside the Long
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The cool and comfortable auditorium inside the Long Beach Library hosts performances on Friday, June 30, by two groups participating in the Barrier Beach Blues and Arts Festival. The Eclectic Blues Trio performs at 7 p.m., followed by The King Solomon Hicks quartet at 8 p.m. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-889-1718, aip-arts.org

Watch 'Cinderella' live in Sayville

A one-hour live theatrical production of
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A one-hour live theatrical production of "Cinderella" is performed outdoors 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, at The Common Ground at Rotary Park in Sayville. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in costume (then help Fairy Godmother Purple Nancy release hundreds of ladybugs into the gardens after the show). Bring your own seating. Rain moves the performance to the Sayville Downtown Center. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-459-6603, thecommonground.com

See bluegrass band The Feinberg Brothers

The Feinberg Brothers, a five-man traditional bluegrass band,
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The Feinberg Brothers, a five-man traditional bluegrass band, performs 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, at the Northport Village Park Patio at the Dock. The Happenings on Main Street concert series performances are 7 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 1. Shows are weather permitting, and guests need to bring their own seating. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-261-6917, northportarts.org

Go to the St. Anthony’s Family Festival

Stroll the rows of the St. Anthony's Family
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Stroll the rows of the St. Anthony's Family Festival when it rolls into East Northport's Trinity Regional School with thrill rides including the "Rock Star" along with games and a food court, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1 (fireworks at dusk), and 3-9 p.m. Sunday, July 2. There's a zeppole-eating contest on Friday -- win a prize, along with bragging rights. ADMISSION Free ($30 unlimited ride pass) PHONE 516-455-3179 WEB newtonshows.com

Swing with the Big Band Broadway show

You'll get your swing on at the Big
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You'll get your swing on at the Big Band Broadway show at 8 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Eisenhower Park's Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater. In addition to favorites from the Great American Songbook, expect performance tributes to Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald. Bring your own seating, and park in lots 6 and 6A. ADMISSION Free INFO 516-572-0355, swingtimeny.com

Cruise a classic car show

Bring your collectible car and get judged by
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Bring your collectible car and get judged by the experts -- trophies go out to models in 40 categories. See muscle cars such as Corvettes and Mustangs along with hot rods, classics and trucks, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Rain date July 2. ADMISSION $5 (free younger than 12); $15-$20 show cars PHONE 516-882-5022 WEB nyautofest.com

Browse an antiques show in Cutchogue

The Cutchogue Village Green hosts an outdoor antiques
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The Cutchogue Village Green hosts an outdoor antiques show, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, with tours of the historic museum houses running noon-3 p.m. ADMISSION $6 (free ages 11 and younger) PHONE 631-734-7122 WEB cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org

See the Freestyle Explosion concert

The Freestyle Explosion concert brings more than 15
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The Freestyle Explosion concert brings more than 15 acts to PennySaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville, including headliners TKA, pictured, and Judy Torres beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 1, followed by fireworks. Bring a chair or blanket for seating on the lawn. ADMISSION $35-$135 PHONE 631-676-7500 WEB pennysaveramp.com

Have a blast at the Celebrate America Fireworks and Show

Head to the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater for
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Head to the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater for a night of patriotic revelry. The event begins with a concert by Steam Punk Pirates and Killer Joe along with the Lido Soul Revue. A Grucci fireworks show starts around 9:30 p.m. and salutes the red, white and blue. Free admission, but tickets are required, available at TD Bank locations. WHEN | WHERE Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1; rain date: July 2, parking Field 6/6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov ADMISSION Free (tickets required)
 

Go to Eternal Con

The annual comic book and cosplay convention Eternal
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The annual comic book and cosplay convention Eternal Con moves to the exhibition hall at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum this year. Celebrity guests include Brianna Hildebrand, pictured, of "Deadpool" fame along with former WWE wrestler C.M. Punk and TV icon Lee Meriwether, to name a few. You'll also find a cosplay contest, vendors, gaming tournaments, panels and a car show with famous vehicles from TV series and movies. WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, July 1, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday, July 2, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale INFO 800-745-3000, eternalcon.com  ADMISSION $29 (free younger than 6 on Sunday), $5 parking

Catch a Long Island Ducks game, with fireworks

The Long Island Ducks share the home field
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The Long Island Ducks share the home field and take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for the weekend, 6:35 p.m. Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2 -- a fireworks spectacular lights up the night sky after the games, Bethpage Ballpark, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip. ADMISSION $12-$15 PHONE 631-940-3825 WEB liducks.com

Rock with the Zac Brown Tribute Band

Are you into country, southern rock or country
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Are you into country, southern rock or country rock music? If so, head to Riverhead's Suffolk Theater on Saturday, July 1, and hear the Zac Brown Tribute Band perform country hits beginning at 8 p.m. ADMISSION $32 INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com 

Catch an old-time 'base ball' game

These are two teams that actually existed locally
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These are two teams that actually existed locally in 1864 -- the Mineola Washingtons take on the Manetto Hills Surprise playing by the rules of 1864. That means no gloves, three balls, three strikes and catching a ball on a bounce for an out. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 2, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage INFO 516-572-8400, obvrnassau.com  ADMISSION $12 ($8 ages 5-12)

See a Billy Joel tribute band in Commack

The family concert series at Commack's Hoyt Farm
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The family concert series at Commack's Hoyt Farm Park Preserve has started up for summer. On deck to perform 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2, is the Billy Joel tribute group The Cold Spring Harbor Band, with Pat Farrell, pictured. Bring your own seating. The public is welcome, but Town of Smithtown residents get preferred parking. Rain date Aug. 20. ADMISSION Free INFO 631-360-7644, smithtowninfo.com

See a food exhibit at the Long Island Museum

While you're visiting the

While you're visiting the "Edible Eden: The Art of Long Island's Forests, Fields and Water" exhibit at the Long Island Museum -- feel free to take in a free discussion with an expert from the Smithsonian Institution. The "Food and American Culture" lecture confirms how food was a way of connecting people by trading, harvesting and growing it -- audience participation is encouraged. Pictured is Harry Roseland's "Pea Pickers, Long Island," an 1888 oil on canvas that is part of the exhibit. The "Edible" exhibit runs through July 30. WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. next Sunday, April 23, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org ADMISSION Free with museum admission: $10, $5 ages 6-17, free younger than 6

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