Last Minute Gift Ideas

With all the commotion of work, travel plans and schedule changes its easy to forget a gift for your brother's new girlfriend or even your holiday hostess.

Below are some shops that can get you through the holidays while supporting your communities local businesses.

Guy Gifts:
Bame Ace Hardware - Shopping for the handyman
Carolina Beach Surf Shop - For the beach bum in your life
Island Tackle & Hardware - Hook' up your fisherman
The Veggie Wagon - Fill a growler with NC brew

Girl Gifts:
Island Chic Consignment Boutique - Brand name apparel on a budget
Shoppes at Squigley's - For the ice cream lover
The Unique Boutique of Carolina Beach - Shop funky dresses island jewelry
Touche - Women's apparel and accessories

Hostess Gifts:
The Checkered Church Gift Shop - Select nautical memorabilia
Island Roast Coffee - Make a coffee gift pack

For the Person Who Has Everything: Make a charitable donation in their name

Pleasure Island Fire Relief - Support the CB fire victims
Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project - Preserve and protect endangered sea turtles
Nourish NC - Feed underprivileged  children
Step Up For Soldiers - Support our veterans
Vacation Getaway


2015 Carolina Beach Improvement Project

Make a Memory

You can own a piece of the new Carolina Beach Boardwalk with these commemorative options. Personalize your fish with memories of loved ones, as a personal message to your children or to advertise your business. 

Additional tiles can be purchased for bench and swing. Benches hold up to 10 tiles, swings hold up to 6 tiles and each tile can fit up to 3 lines of text. This fundraising effort goes toward funding and maintenance of the 2015 Boardwalk Improvement Project. 

Click the Fish below to purchase your personalized Carolina Beach Boardwalk Fish Tile. 

For more information please contact Hannah Dotson:
(910)458-2999 ext. 246     


Community Blood Drive

 Blood Drive at the North Carolina Aquarium

This holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages individuals to give something that means something, a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with family and friends..

Knowing every donation counts the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Schedule your appointment to save a life by visiting www.redcrossblood.org and search by sponsor code AQUARIUM .

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located a short drive from Wilmington on US 421, south of Kure Beach. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal.

900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC  28449

General information: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Fire Victims Benefit

Caroling and Candle Light Vigil at the Lake

You Are Invited!

To benefit the Fire Victims and celebrate the lives of those we have lost as a community.  Join us as we light the lake with love and show our support for the families facing great loss this holiday season. There will be free music and caroling as we unite our voices in memory.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 19th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Hot Chocolate, coffee and baked goods will be available for donations to benefit fire victims. 


The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher - Ocean Art

A new art installation at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Spadefish Gallery showcases the Coastal America Learning Center Network’s 2014 North America Ocean Art Contest winners.

The exhibit is intended to provide a visual expression of the link between humanity’s impact on the ocean and the ocean’s critical importance to humanity. The combination of art and science provides a powerful tool for making emotional connections with the ocean.

The winning art was selected by a panel of judges from entries submitted to members of the Coastal America Learning Center Network. Finalists were selected and judges chose the most expressive pieces to comprise the traveling exhibit. The network is a collaboration of 25 aquariums, museums and science facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. These centers work to educate and involve the public in protecting coastal and marine eco-systems.

The installation will remain at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher through February 2015. The Spadefish Gallery showcases North Carolina artists throughout the year. Artwork that coincides with the Aquarium’s mission of inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments is located on the second floor of the Marine Building.


Spotlight on Business - Masonboro Boat Rental

Business at the State Park: Masonboro Boat Rental … … Boating is our Passion

A new partnership between Carolina Beach State Park and the Masonboro Boat Rental Company will provide a tremendous new asset for our tourism industry and local economy. Masonboro Boat Rental was awarded the powerboat rental concession at the state park marina in September of 2014 and intends to work with area businesses to offer visiting families and fish-ing enthusiasts a convenient, safe and wonderful boating experience that will create memories for a life time.

The Mission
The mission is to maintain a high quality rental fleet providing each customer with exceptional service and a great boating experience. The goal of this partnership with Carolina Beach State Park is to help increase the number of visitors to the park leading to a growth in revenues for the park and surrounding businesses in the Carolina Beach area.

The Plan
With initial plans for up to four fishing and family cruising boats from 19 to 21 feet, Masonboro Boat Rental’s location at the state park marina on Snow’s Cut Pass is strategically placed to provide easy access for customers from Carolina and Kure Beaches as well as promoting boat rentals for folks from all parts of the greater Wilmington area.

The Business View
The business view for Masonboro Boat Rental is to provide Carolina Beach visitors with an additional fun, satisfying experience featuring the Carolina Beach State Park Marina’s excellent facilities including convenient boat slips, boat ramps, fueling dock, restrooms, showers and marina store. Through joint promotions with the park and active collaboration with local businesses we see a strong model for a successful business venture.

Half day and full day rentals are available by appointment (910-599-1910).

Walk up reservations will begin in May in the park marina offices. Online reservations and complete website are expected to be operational in January, 2015.


Fort Fisher Holiday Open House

Fort Fisher State Historic Site will celebrate the upcoming holiday season by hosting its annual Holiday Open House.
When and Where
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the visitor's center. 
Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. 

Open House visitors will enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorations, and entertainment throughout the day, including an array of holiday musical selections by the Murray Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of David Tyson. The event will also feature storyteller and musician John Golden, as well as Masonboro Parlor, a group of local musicians who offer a unique combination of dance and period music. Current members of the group include John Bennett, Carole Green, Susan Wilzer, and Mary Ruth Marshall.

For this one day only, a special 25% discount will be offered on all museum shop merchandise, so visitors can stock up on gifts for the history enthusiast on their list.

Before the conclusion of the program, the Friends of Fort Fisher will announce the winner of the 2014 rifle raffle, at which a lucky ticket holder will win a reproduction Civil War Springfield Musket. Raffle tickets are available right up until announcement time, but you need not be present to win.

Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Fisher and Fort Fisher Chapter 2325 of the UDC, the Holiday Open House is FREE and open to the public.

For more information, contact Paul Laird at 910-612-7067 or plaird@friendsoffortfisher.com


Annual Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show

Its that time of year again, Frosty, Harriet Hippo, Grinch, Cookie Monster,

Rudolph, the Gingerbread Man, polar bears, penguins, and a whole lot more will be at the 2014 Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show.

Get there early to enjoy a bluegrass performance by "South of K" at 6:30 p.m.

WHEN: December 7th - 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: K Ave. at Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach, NC (near the Kure Beach Fishing Pier)

Enjoy entertainment by Santa and his sugar-crazed elves while the beautiful Winter Princess serenades you with Christmas classics.

Bring a chair and bundle up for a holiday fantasy like no other!

Spotlight on Business - Battlefield Live Wilmington

Lock and Load Wilmington! Battlefield Live Wilmington blasts into town as the only mobile laser tag operation in Southeast North Carolina. This is “Not your Daddy’s laser tag!”

Company Overview
Battlefield Live Wilmington is a local, Wilmington organization that serves private events like birthday parties, church and other group fundraisers, corporate team building, company get-togethers, wedding rehearsal dinners and/or bachelor parties, etc.

Inspired by popular video games such as the Call of Duty and Battlefield series, Battlefield Live is a live combat simulation. Barricades draw players into a 3D combat adventure.

The equipment is the latest technology. It uses a harmless infrared beam, like your TV remote, that tags sensors worn by players. Players love the missions because all the “phasers” have red-dot scopes for fast target acquisition. Children must be at least 7 years old to play, but adults of any age can and do participate. The oldest recorded player was 88.

The new company was featured at both the Island Day Celebration and the Seafood, Blues & Jazz Battlefield Live Wilmington provided exciting laser tag at the Town of Kure Beach’s Annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon.
Festival. Most recently,

The firm has expanded its offerings by establishing a physical location in Wilmington to supplement its mobile capability at 310 Market Street. So now Battlefield Live Wilmington can come to you for your event or enable you to hold a function at the physical location.

Let us provide the boost your event needs to be really memorable. Remember, You provide the guts…We provide the Glory! tm.

Check us out on Facebook! 910.352.7519

Chamber Makes A Donation

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Donates to The Help Center of Federal Point

In a small effort to make the lives of the less-fortunate better, The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce made a donation to The Help Center of Federal Point on Monday, November 24th.

Pictured (from left) Gail McCloskey, President PICC, Jan Trulove, Evelyn Bowman, Ann Hope-Marvin, Laurie Taylor (28 years) and Greg Reynolds, Executive Director PICC.

To the Help Center of Federal Point:



Kure Beach Community Center

Classes & Events

The Community Center of Kure Beach offers lots of different classes and events for area residents. 


Aikido is a martial art based on traditional Japanese Samurai arts. It is traditionally considered a "soft" martial art because it includes throws and joint locks instead of kicks and punches. Aikido is an excellent martial art for kids to learn discipline and respect.

  • Classes held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Kure Beach Community Center
  • TIME: 5:00-6:00 PM (Youth) 6:00-9:00 PM (Adult)
  • Call 919-465-0403 to register

Line Dance

Ron Griffin is the Line Dance Instructor at both the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach locations. Ron is an 18 year resident of Kure Beach and is retired from a career in Aerospace Engineering. He was introduced to Line Dancing over 15 years ago and has been instructing for over 10 years.

  • TIME: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Cost of class is $1 per person. 
  • Ron Griffin: Instructor

Pleasure Island Disc Golf Club Workday

Following hurricane Rita, the course was been restored complete with signs, baskets, and a well manicured lawn. The course is right by the ship channel which supplies a scenic view.

Join the Pleasure Island Disc Golf Club on the first Saturday of every month for a Course Workday. Each workday consists of general maintenance and cleanup around the 18-Hole Disc Golf Course.

  • December 6, 2014 
  • TIME: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Jersey Nights Christmas Special

Senior Christmas Trip

Hop aboard a chartered bus to the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach for the "Jersey Nights Christmas Special". This Christmas trip will be full of entertainment, fellowship and holiday cheer!

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TIME: Leaving the Senior Center at 7:00 a.m. and returning around 4: 00 p.m.

COST: $43 per participant includes all of your transportation costs, bus driver's tip and theatre tickets.

FOOD: Lunch will be an additional $8.19 at Golden Corral located in Myrtle Beach

Payment and registration is due by Monday, November 24th. Space is limited - no refunds. 

For more information contact the Recreation Center at (910) 458 - 2977.


Pleasure Island Shopping Spree

Shop the 4th Annual Pleasure Island Shopping Spree
Keep Your Dollars Local

Continuing with Pleasure Island tradition, this year the annual shopping spree will be sponsored and hosted by the Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach. The event supports both the island and small businesses.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 22nd from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sunday Nov. 23rd from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This year there will be prizes available, which includes a gift basket from every store valued at a minimum of $75 each and a HUGE grand prize valued at $800.

For every $10 you spend you will receive a raffle ticket so the more you spend the better your chances of winning will be. The grand prize consists of a weekend getaway at Courtyard by Marriott, food included, tickets to the NC Aquarium, a bottle of wine plus his and hers pedicures. 

Every year there is a different line up of stores participating in the event. Below is a list of this year's businesses.

Local businesses include:
Jeanne's Jewels & Fashions
Artful Living Group
Island Wellness
Checkered Church
Island Chic
Primrose Cottage
Tip Top Frames
Hair & Body Works
Island Roast Coffee
Big Apple Bakery
Canvas Giclee Printing 
NC Aquarium

Progress On The Carolina Beach Boardwalk

CB Boardwalk Makeover 

Comprised of a group of citizens and Carolina Beach businesses, the infamous CB Boardwalk is undergoing a full makeover in order to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike. 

Through the financial aid of public and private contributions, the area will receive fresh paint, planters, murals, sculptures, artwork, shady trees, flower shrubs, comfortable benches and new trash / cigarette receptacles to keep the area clean.

The purpose of this makeover is to provide a safe, healthy and beautiful environment as a means of cultural expression and to encourage thoughtful development of the area. The city wishes to further community outreach by promoting education of the environment and increase area entertainment opportunities. Additionally, this makeover will further support a healthy lifestyle for CB citizens by providing a peaceful place to enjoy jogging, yoga and other athletic opportunities.


Carolina Beach Fall Festival

Carolina Beach Elementary School Fall Festival

Join the students of Carolina Beach Elementary for lots of games prizes and food at their Fall festival! Get your raffle basket tickets for only $1 and enjoy a performance by the second grade class at 3:30 P.M.

Chili Cook-Off Benefit

Chili Cook-Off Benefit

Step Up For Soldiers will team up with the High Tide Lounge for their annual chili cook-off again this November to raise money for Justin Crabbe. 

Justin lost both his legs and some of his fingers when his Marine Corp. unit was attacked in Afghanistan in 2010. Justin's cousin, Tom Crabbe, who lives in Carolina Beach says he his very pleased with all the support that the Crabbe family has received since the 2010 attack. Local residents have sent Justin thousands of dollars to help with his medical expenses. 

WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014
WHERE: High Tide Lounge
TIME: 1:00 P.M.

Admission is $10 and all the proceeds go directly to Justin. 


SeaWitch "Back from the Black" Grand Re-Opening Extravaganza

SeaWitch Cafe' & Tiki Bar 

"Back from the Black"

Grand Re-Opening Extravaganza!

SeaWitch is under new ownership and will celebrate with a FREE live event, including prizes and free gift bags for all!
Live Entertainment:
Seneca Guns
Super Sonic
Machine Gun

SeaWitch Cafe' & Tiki Bar
227 Carolina Beach Ave N
Carolina Beach, NC, 28428


Crawl for Paws

Crawl for Paws

Crawl for Paws is a pub crawl designed to raise funds for the Carolina Beach Police Department K9 unit and other animal charities. 

The first Crawl for Paws was held in May 2014 to help purchase equipment for the Carolina Beach Police Department K9 unit. Everyone had such great feedback that Crawl for Paws has become a semi-annual event.



Halloween Safety Tricks & Treats

The Ghost & Goblin's Safety Guide

Halloween is a spooktacular treat for minions, mummies and Frankenstein fathers alike. Keep your wolf pack safe on Halloween night by following these easy tips:

  • Feed your kids a healthy meal before trick or treating so they won't be as tempted to eat their candy before you can check it.
  • Avoid going into the home of people you don't know or accepting homemade goods from strangers.
  • Drive slowly on Halloween as foot traffic will be increased.
  • Add glow sticks to your child's costume or provide them with a festive flashlight. 
  • Favor the flame retardant costumes when shopping with your little pumpkin.
  • If you have a party, be sure to keep your animals in a safe place so they don't end up getting lost; there is sure to be lots of in-and-out traffic at your front door.
  • Keep your child's superman cape away form luminaries!
  • Make sure your child can see clearly through their mask!
  • No matter how much they beg, remember that chocolate is toxic to animals!
  • As a healthier option, consider handing out pretzels, pencils or spider rings instead of candy.
  • Always check to make sure your child's candy is sealed and that the wrapper has not been tampered with. 
Happy Halloween!


Friends of Fort Fisher- Balsam Range Bluegrass Concert

Friends of Fort Fisher Present

Balsam Range

Join Balsam Range at Brunswick Community College for an unforgettable night of bluegrass. Enjoy a night of music while helping keep history alive, as concert proceeds benefit Fort Fisher State Historic Site. 

Balsam Range
Based in Haywood County, NC, Balsam Range consists of five men native to the region “where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge.”

Each band member grew up amidst the rich musical heritage of the Appalachian South, surrounded by culture and heritage. The men were influenced by the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads and western songs.

Buddy Melton- fiddle/ upright bass/ vocals
Darren Nicholson: mandolin/ vocals
Marc Pruett: banjo
Caleb Smith: guitar/ vocals
Tim Surrett: bass/ resonator guitar/ vocals

Carolina Beach Brings Health Full Circle

Carolina Beach Brings Health Full Circle. 

Beginning from the inside out, Island Wellness Market offers organic and satisfying menu options to take the guesswork out of your lunch.

From wraps to snacks, this place offers "clean" options for whatever you are craving.

The idea for Island Wellness was born in 2011 by founder and owner, Amy Sawyer. At that time, she and her husband had been living in Carolina Beach for nearly ten years. After a health scare, Amy resigned from her corporate job to begin Island Wellness Market not only for local organic products but as a forum to help educate consumers on how to live a healthy, balance life.

In addition, Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture provides a non-invasive stress reliever which enables you to tackle daily tasks with your OWN energy. Instead of relying on coffee, energy drinks and other supplements to get you through the day, consider a more holistic approach.

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a simple procedure in which needles are gently placed in specific places of the body to balance the body's energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee"). From a western standpoint, acupuncture "points" are small areas which can access blood circulation, nerves, muscles and even the hormonal system.


Trick or Treat Under The Sea with the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher recently ranked among the best Aquariums in the country based on guest experiences shared online.  

"This type of recognition validates the hard work of our staff and the exceptional guest experience the Aquarium provides connecting individuals with nature and fun," said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan

 Bring your little goblins to see us this October for a spooktacular good time!

Pirate skeletons, caped superheroes and fairy princesses once again haunt the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for Trick or Treat Under the Sea.  

The newly expanded 2014 event features four nights of ghoulish good times:
When: Thursday, Oct. 23; Friday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grab your costume and troll the Aquarium for spooky good times. Halloween games and magic shows will have the family shrieking with delight. Haunted gardens, live animal encounters and scary divers swimming among the sharks get the adrenaline pumping.

Local merchants, also costumed for the event, give away treats and coupons to trick-or-treaters. Judges will recognize the booths with the most imaginative, spooky and environmentally friendly theme each evening.

This year's sponsors include Chick-fil-A, Eye Associates of Wilmington and WILMA magazine. Booths and limited sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Advance tickets available online at http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher and at the Aquarium.
Tickets are $11 each. Children 2 years old and younger are free. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

Be green and bring your own trick-or-treat bag.


3rd Annual Halloween 5k Race


3rd Annual How Far To The Bar?


Saturday, October 25, 2014 - get dressed in your fastest and most decorative Halloween costume and run for the BAR!

Run Canal Drive and CB Ave North as you view the waterway and hear the fans cheering you on. If you feel energized you can RUN a few more yards from the turn-around to Hi Tide’s BAR. Then once you're refreshed, race back to the finish line and end your run at the SEAWITCH! Our goal, of course, is to keep you well hydrated and "Save the NC Inlets"!


Booths open at 3:00pm
Dog Halloween Costume Contest 4:20pm
5k Race- 5:00pm 1 mile Bar Walk- 4:45pm

End Time:????? When you feel like leaving …..or the bar closes


Carolina Beach Municipal Boat Docks/ SeaWitch Tiki Bar and Grill
227 Carolina Beach Ave N
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Packet Pick-Up:

Friday, October 24 4pm - 7pm


Great Prizes
Award Categories include Best Costume, Largest Team, Age Group Awards


Pond Babies

Pond Babies

Grab your little duckling for an activity unlike any other.Your child will learn about pond dwellers as they navigate through stations around Carolina Beach Lake. Children will activate their brain by reading "Pond Babies" as they burn energy, moving along the lake. 

Stick Around!

Stick Around!

As you visit Pleasure Island, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach you will likely see black and white stickers with initials on then. Locals and tourists alike represent their favorite places in the area with uniform bumper stickers. The moment you see a black and white sticker, you will know that person is proud to be a part of Pleasure Island.

Get your own sticker to commemorate your experience at Pleasure Island.
Stickers are $2 each and can be found at the chamber office.

1121 N Lake Park Blvd Ste B,
Carolina Beach, NC, 28428
(910) 485-8434


The FOOD in The Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

Here's a taste of the amazing food you can expect at the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival featuring ROBERT CRAY BAND and DELBERT McCLINTON. Yummmmm!


Thanks to our Sponsors!

Thanks to the many businesses and organizations that support the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival - without you this event would not be possible.


Just Three Days Until the Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival!

You can almost hear the music in the air...we are just days away from the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival featuring the amazing talents of ROBERT CRAY BAND and DELBERT McCLINTON!!

Do you have your tickets yet? There are still some available but they are going fast. (Buy tickets online here.)

Don't miss one of the most beloved Pleasure Island traditions with two fun days filled with music on two stages (the Blues Stage and the Jazz Stage) along the beautiful Cape Fear River. Shop or enjoy fine wine tasting in the Arts & Wine Garden, let the little ones have a blast in the Kidz Zone, and indulge in some of the region's most delicious seafood and other great food. Find more info online!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Gates Open 11:00

Two-Day Ticket in Advance - $50.00
$60 Saturday Only Ticket Available at Front Gate if Not Sold Out
$25 Sunday Only Available at Front Gate if Not Sold Out
Children 12 and under Free

Save The Date - October 15 - Storybook Posts Unveiling

The Island Women would like to invite you to the unveiling of the Storybook Posts at the Carolina Beach Lake on Wednes-day, October 15th at 1:30 p.m. This date and time will allow the school kids to be able to participate in the unveiling.

For more information email: islandwomenpi@gmail.com
or call 910-458-4224


Ticket Outlets for the 2014 Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival - October 11th & 12th, 2014

Don't miss this year's festival featuring the Robert Cray Band and Delbert McClinton! You can grab your tickets at the following locations.

 Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce
1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC

Island Tackle and Hardware
801 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC

Olde Salty
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Carolina Beach, NC

Gravity Records
612 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC

Southern Sign Company
5649 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC

The Silver Dollar
3 Cape Fear Blvd.
on the Boardwalk
Carolina Beach, NC

Carolina Beach Furniture
1021 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC

Bank of America
123 Harper Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC


2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show

The American Legion Post 129 Auxiliary Presents:
The 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show

November 1, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
November 2, 2014 - 1pm to 5pm

Post 129 Events Pavilion
1500 Bridge Barrier Road
Carolina Beach




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