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Mark your calendar for Family Weekend, Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2016!

General information

Family Weekend is a annual weekend each fall for parents and families to connect with their students, Marquette, and the city of Milwaukee. Events are open to all family members of Marquette students. Mark your calendar for Family Weekend 2016 - Fri, Sept 30 - Sun, Oct 2!

 

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Friday, October 4

 

EXPLORE MARQUETTE events include a variety of on-campus, family-friendly events. While some Explore Marquette events require tickets and advanced registration, many are free and open to families to come and go as they choose throughout the weekend. Below are Explore Marquette events that will be offered in 2016, with new events and additional details added throughout the summer.


Get your Explore Marquette tickets here or at any of the links below.

Indicates that event is free of charge; no advanced registration required.


Marquette Campus Tours

Fri, Sept 30, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sat, Oct 1, time TBD


Leaves from the Office of Admissions, Zilber Hall, 1st floor
Provided by the Office of Admissions, these hour-long walking tours of campus offer a great way to learn about the place your student calls home!



Al McGuire Center Tour

Fri, Sept 30, 3 - 4:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 1, 2 - 3:00 p.m.


Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th Street
Located in the heart of campus, this practice and play facility features a 4,000-seat arena in which women's basketball and women's volleyball compete and includes a full-sized practice gym. Stop by "The Al" to explore storied history of Marquette athletics and pick up schedules and ticket information for all 14 of the university's Division I sports teams. Meet your tour guide at the main entrance.


Featured Film: Finding Dory

Fri, Sept 30, 10:00 p.m.
Sat, Oct 1, 1:00 p.m.


Weasler Auditorium

Sponsored by Marquette University Student Government. Free for families of Marquette students. Stuents please bring your MUID.

 

Bowling at the Annex

Fri, Sept 30, 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Sat, Oct 1, Noon - 1 a.m.


Union Sports Annex

Strike up some family-friendly competition! Food and beverages are available for purchase from the WOW Café. Siblings under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Bowling is a popular Family Weekend activity, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Pay $2.75 per person per game, and $1.50 for shoe rental at the bowling service counter.


Zumba Class

Sat, Oct 1, 9 - 10 a.m.

Helfaer Recreation Center
Check out one of the most popular fitness activities at Marquette! Zumba combines aerobics and a variety of Latin dances and is a great way to start your morning. All experience levels are welcome. Complimentary lockers and use of showers available for all participants.

 

Pumpkin and Apple Picking

Sat, Oct 1, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Bus leaves from campus
Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at the local family-owned and operated Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon, WI. Visit www.barthelfruitfarm.com for prices and apple varieties that will be available for pick-your-own. Bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. and returns to campus by 11:30 a.m. $4 per person. Tickets will be available on this site beginning at noon on Fri, Aug 26, 2016. Get your tickets here!

 

MU Apartment Presentations

Sat, Oct 1, 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Sat, Oct 1, 11 - 11:30 a.m.
Sat, Oct 1, 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, 3rd floor, Ballroom E
Learn about the leasing process and timeline for students searching for their first college apartment, as well as Marquette resources to support students living off-campus.

University Apartment Tours

Sat, Oct 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Locations include:
Campus Town East - 1500 W. Wells Street
Campus Town West - 819 N. 16th Street
McCabe Apartments - 706 N. 17th Street
Gilman Building - tours leave from Campus Town West lobby.

Tours begin every 15 minutes in all four university-owned apartment buildings.

 

Office of International Education
Open House

Sat, Oct 1, 10 a.m. - Noon

Holthusen Hall, 4th floor
Visit the Office of International Education and learn about study abroad opportunities, international programming and other cross-cultural exchange opportunities. Meet OIE staff, study abroad alumni and current international students.


Flu Clinic

Sat, Oct 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, Room 254
Protect you and your family this flu season! Anyone who receives a flu shot will be entered into a raffle for local prizes. Flu shots available for all family members for $25 each, payable in person.


Family Photos

Sat, Oct 1, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

St. Joan of Arc Chapel
Stop by the picturesque chapel in the heart of campus to pose for a keepsake photo with your family. Digital copies will be sent to families via email by the end of October. This is perfect timing for your holiday photos!

 

Tours

Haggerty Museum of Art Open Galleries

Fri, Sept 30, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct 1, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sun, Oct 2, Noon - 5 p.m.


Haggerty Museum of Art
For more information about current exhibits, visit the Haggerty Museum of Art.

 

Theatre Performance: Blithe Spirit

Fri, Sept 30, 7:30 - 9:50 p.m.
Sat, Oct 1, 1 - 3:20 p.m.
Sat, Oct 1, 7:30 - 9:50 p.m.
Sun, Oct 2, 2:30 - 4:50 p.m.

Helfaer Theatre
Noël Coward’s spirited, fast-paced comedy
returns to the Helfaer stage to open our
2016–2017 season! When cynical author
Charles Condomine invites “happy medium”
Madame Arcati into his home, a séance gone-
wrong summons the ghost of his first
wife, Elvira, and leaves Charles torn between
his past and his present. Audiences of all
ages will adore the haunting hijinks conjured
up in Blithe Spirit!

$20 per adult, $10 per child and student with MUID. Tickets will be available on this site beginning at noon on Fri, Aug 26, 2016. Get your tickets here!

Studio 013 Refugees Improv Comedy Show

Fri, Sept 30, 9 - 10 p.m.

Varsity Theatre
The Fugees are Marquette’s only and best improv comedy group on campus. Join this talented group of comedians for a night filled with laughter. Appropriate for all ages.

Chorus Concert

Sat, Oct 1, 3 - 4:15 p.m.

Varsity Theatre
The Marquette University Chorus is the longest standing choral organization on campus. The chorus is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students. The four choirs in the program are the MU Chorus, Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, and Chamber Choir. This concert blends a wide variety of contemporary, traditional, and popular selections. Come and enjoy an hour of excellent choral music.

 

Theatre: Dinner and a Show

Sat, Oct 1, 5:30 - 9:50 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room (Dinner)
Helfaer Theatre
(Theatre Production: Blithe Spirit)
Dine with other theatre patrons and learn some behind-the-scenes information about the production of Blithe Spirit. This ticket includes dinner, pre-show dialogue about the production, and entry to the 7:30 p.m. performance of Blithe Spirit. Get your tickets here!

 

Acatoberfest: Marquette a capella Invitational

Sat, Oct 1, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Varsity Theatre
A showcase performance featuring Marquette's three talented acapella groups as well as groups from other universities across the Midwest. The Naturals, Gold 'n Blues and Meladies will take the stage in a vocal concert unlike any Marquette has hosted before. This is a show you won't want to miss! $6 per ticket. Tickets will be available on this site beginning at noon on Fri, Aug 26, 2016. Get your tickets here!

 

Annual Family Weekend Band Concert

Sun, Oct 2, 11 a.m. - Noon

Varsity Theatre
The Marquette Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band join forces for a concert of fun and popular music. This concert is presented at a special early time to allow family members to attend before traveling home from the weekend. Don’t miss this chance to hear our best wind and percussion players and a really fun hour-long concert!


Greek Community Dessert Reception


Sat, Oct 1, 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union, 2nd floor, Lunda Room
Meet student leaders and staff of the Marquette Greek Community and get a sneak peak into Greek Life at MU. All family members welcome!

Family Weekend Mass

Sat, Oct 1, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Celebrate this special Mass with Marquette families.

Women's Volleyball vs. Villanova

Sat, Oct 1, 6 - 8 p.m.

Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th Street
Come cheer on Marquette Women's volleyball team! All tickets for general admission are $5. Get your tickets in advance here and use promo code "MUFAMILY" for $3 tickets.

Family Fun Bingo

Sat, Oct 1, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Union Sports Annex - USA Court
Check out a classic Marquette hot spot and relax and socialize with a game the whole family can play. Marquette prizes ... so get here early to get a good seat! Dinner available at the WOW Wingery. First come, first served. Come and go throughout the event.

Late Night Marquette

Sat, Oct 1, time TBD

Weasler Auditorium
Special evening entertainment offered by Late Night Marquette - details coming soon! Sponsored by Late Night Marquette.

 

Family Brunch

Sun, Oct 2, 10 a.m. - Noon

Alumni Memorial Union, 3rd Floor, Monaghan Ballrooms
Enjoy a casual Sunday brunch with your family. Ticket prices and details coming soon. Tickets will be available on this site beginning at noon on Fri, Aug 26, 2016. Get your tickets here!

Women's Soccer vs. St. John's

Sun, Oct 2, 1 - 3 p.m.

Valley Fields
Come cheer on Marquette Women's soccer team! All tickets for general admission are $5 and will be available via link here in late August. Get your tickets in advance here and use promo code "MUFAMILY" for $3 tickets.

Saturday, October 5th

EXPLORE MILWAUKEE and get to know our amazing city through a variety of family-friendly tours. The Marquette Parent Program partners with Milwaukee Food & City Tours to offer you tours of the city. Please note that all Explore Milwaukee events require tickets and there are no refunds issued for Explore Milwaukee events.

 

Get your Explore Milwaukee tickets here or click on any of the links below.


Harley Davidson Tour

Friday, Sept. 30, 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bus departs from 16th St. between Wells St. & Wisconsin Ave.
History roars to life at the Harley-Davidson Museum®. It’s the best of American design and culture – seasoned with freedom and rebellion, showcased in a landmark building. See why the Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations. Transportation included. Buses depart campus at 3:15 pm. Return transportation from museum to campus at 5 pm and 5:30 pm. No refunds / exchanges once reservation is made. Get your tickets here!

Fish Fry Tour

Friday, Sept. 30, 5:30 pm - 8:00 p.m.

Bus departs from 16th St. between Wells St. & Wisconsin Ave.
Celebrate the famous Milwaukee Fish Fry with a bus-driven tour! Join us as we sample 3, 1/2 sized portions of Milwaukee's most famous fish fry as we find our way through historic neighborhoods and point out interesting city factoids and landmarks along the way. And, save room for dessert – our excursion concludes with a Milwaukee's most famous custard! No refunds / exchanges once reservation is made. Get your tickets here!

Burgers and Custard Tour

Friday, Sept. 30, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bus departs from 16th St. between Wells St. & Wisconsin Ave.
What says Milwaukee more than a Custard Tour? Explore the city with Milwaukee Food and City Tours as you visit three custard stands and enjoy not only a custard sampling, but butter burgers and fries too. Transportation and generous food portions included. No refunds / exchanges once reservation is made. Get your tickets here!

City Tours

Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The bus will depart promptly on the hour from the Marquette campus.

Bus departs from 16th St. between Wells St. & Wisconsin Ave.
Explore Milwaukee at your own pace on a Hop On / Hop Off Sightseeing and Shopping Bus. You can ride the bus for a fully-narrated 60-minute sightseeing loop or you can use it all day to visit Milwaukee's most popular attractions including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Brady Street, Harley Davidson Museum, Great Lakes Distillery, Walker's Point and the Milwaukee Public Market. The bus will depart promptly on the hour from the Marquette campus. No refunds / exchanges once reservation is made. Get your tickets here!

Tours

Shuttle Service to the Milwaukee Public Market

Sunday, Oct. 2, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bus Location TBD
Visit Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination and stay as long as you'd like! Bursting with unique, high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products, and freshly-made prepared foods, you’re sure to enjoy shopping the independent merchants of the Milwaukee Public Market. Eat in the Market’s second floor Palm Garden or take your purchases back to campus. Whatever your taste or craving – the Milwaukee Public Market has something to satisfy your appetite. No refunds / exchanges once reservation is made.

 

Milwaukee's Pizza Bus Tour

Saturday, Oct. 1, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 5:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Bus departs from 16th St. between Wells St. & Wisconsin Ave.
Celebrate PIZZA with Milwaukee's bus-driven Pizza Tour! Join us as we sample generous portions of pizza, including the quintessential thin crust and gourmet slices of tomato goodness. We will find our way through historic neighborhoods and point out interesting city factoids and landmarks along the way. And, save room for dessert – our excursion concludes with a divine scoop of gelato! Get your tickets here!

Sprecher Brewery Tour

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Bus departs from 16th St. between Wells St. & Wisconsin Ave.
Visit this local brewery known for world-class beer and gourmet sodas for a family-friendly tour and tastings. Tour includes transportation, tour of facility, beer samples for participants 21 and older with ID and unlimited soda samples for everyone. Snacks available for purchase. Get your tickets here!

Third Ward Lunch Tour

Sunday, Oct. 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Bus departs from 16th St. between Wells St. & Wisconsin Ave.

Join us on a delicious and educational walking food tour of Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward as we discover true ethnic treasures in this lively neighborhood! This tour samples a wide range of cuisines and a taste of life in this culturally rich and entertaining district, which is home to numerous art galleries and specialty stores. Return to your newly-discovered favorite Milwaukee restaurants, venues and hotspots during visits to Marquette and Milwaukee in the future! Transportation included. Get your tickets here!



Sunday, October 6th

OWN YOUR OWN: Check out some of the places and hotspots in Milwaukee on your own, and treat your student to some time off campus. Please visit the links for up-to-date information about each of the suggested events and actvities as details are subject to change. New events and activites will be added through September 2016.

 


Historic Milwaukee Walking Tours

Take part in the city's only daily walking tour of Milwaukee. Spend 90 minutes learning about the history and architecture of Milwaukee.


Pabst Mansion Tours

The Pabst Mansion is one of Milwaukee's finest mansions and now a house museum that preserves and legacy of the Pabst family and their impact on the citizens, history and culture of the Greater Milwaukee community. Within walking distance from Marquette's campus. Click here for more information or to plan your visit.


Brewery Tours

Milwaukee is known for beer, and boasts an abundance of local and national breweries. Take your family on a tour for some educational entertainment! Visit the Brewery Tours article here, courtesy of Visit Milwaukee.


Barthel Fruit Farm


12245 N. Farmdale Rd., Mequon, WI, 53097
If you are looking to pick some fresh local fruit, come to Barthel Fruit Farm. Check out their website for more information and to see what fruits are ready for picking over Family Weekend.


Harley Davidson Museum

Just a short drive from campus, at the Harley Davidson Museum you'll find interactive exhibits, activities for the whole family, and on-side restaurant. Click here for more information.


Milwaukee Art Museum


700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Though it is currently undergoing renovations, the Milwaukee Art Museum is a great option in the city for parents and families. Enjoy over 30,000 works of art and catch a glimpse of the beautiful lakefront of Milwaukee. For more information or to plan your visit, click here.

 

Milwaukee Public Museum


800 W. Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
The Milwaukee Public Museum is located close to Marquette's campus and is a fun thing to do for people of all ages. To plan your visit, click here.

 

Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)


524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle and special floral gardens all in one afternoon with an amazing lighting display in the evening! Check out these interesting facts about the Domes and plan your visit!


Milwaukee County Zoo

Open daily 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226
Come enjoy the amazing exhibits of 2500 animals representing 300 species on 200 acres at the Milwaukee County Zoo!


Milwaukee Public Market


400 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Milwuakee Public Market offers one of the most unique food destinations in downtown Milwaukee. Located in the Historic Third Ward, the Public Market has everything from great ethnic selections to freshly prepared food and vendors. Come experience the great atmosphere of the Milwuakee Public Market!


Discovery World


500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Come enjoy some cool science and technology at Discovery World right along the Lake Michigan lakefront!

 

ComedySportz Milwaukee


420 S. 1st St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Come see the longest running comedy show in Milwaukee! For more information, visit the ComedySportz website.

 

The SockiTumi Comedy Hour in MKE


714 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Every First Saturday of the month, dinner is served with a show that will make you laugh. This unique and contemporary experience will be a perfect combination for the night out in Milwaukee's lively downtown area!

 

 

MKE Oktoberfest


Marcus Center Grounds - 929 N. Water St.
Pere Marquette Park - 950 N. Old World Third St.

Come enjoy music, food, and beer at Downtown Milwaukee's Authentic Oktoberfest. To check out this year's schedule of events and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

Arte


1442 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Come enjoy painting and wine at Arte! There are three ways to join the great fun: register for a class or public painting party, reserve a table for their open canvas painting, or stop in for a drink! For hours, events, and reservations, click here.

 

 

Milwaukee Fish Fry Guide

Try out a Milwaukee tradition and take your family out for a fish fry on Friday! Visit the On Milwaukee Milwaukee Fish Fry Guide for suggestions.

 

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Milwaukee County Parks

With over 140 parks and parkways totaling nearly 15,000 acres, the Milwaukee-area offers a source of recreational enjoyment for citizens and visitors alike.

 

Milwaukee-Area Farmers Markets

Check out the 2016 Farmers Market Guide for the Milwaukee-area. Many farmers markets continue throughout the month of October and are a great weekend option for families!

 

The Basilica of St. Josaphat


2333 S. 6th St., Milwaukee, WI 53215
Come see the beautiful Basilica of St. Josaphat.

 


Milwaukee-area Restaurants

AJ Bombers


1247 N. Water St.
Do you have a craving for Peanuts, Burgers, and Beer? Come try AJ bombers! Their famous Milwaukee Burger is the Winner of the Travel Channel's Food Wars, and their Mad 'Sconnie was voted "Madison's Best Burger."

BelAir Cantina


1935 N. Water St. & 2625 N. Downer Avenue
BelAir Cantina is serves delicious mexican cuisine at two locations in Milwaukee. If you are in the mood for tacos, burritos, tostadas, or chips and salsa, come try BelAir Cantina.

Botanas


816 S. 5th St.
Botanas offers an authentic mexican cuisine that is prepared in the tradition of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Buck Bradley's


1019 N. Old World 3rd St.
As one of the oldest buildings on Old World 3rd Street, Buck Bradley's is a great place to enjoy all kinds of food. Come enjoy salads, sandwiches, burgers, and great service.

Café Benelux


1247 N. Water St.
Café Benelux is located in the Historic Third Ward and serves great meals any time of the day. Come try Café Benelux!

Café Hollander


2608 N. Downer Ave.
A European style grand café, Café Hollander is a comfortable place to enjoy a cup of espresso, snack, meal, or an ale. Come try Café Hollander to enjoy great food and service.

Cempazuchi


1205 E. Brady St.
Cempazuchi serves an athentic mexican cuisine that is sure to please anyone's palate.

Comet Café


1947 N. Farwell Ave
Comet Café is a neighborhood café that specializes in from-scratch food. They also offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

Cubanitas


728 N. Milwaukee St.
Cubanitas is Milwaukee's first and only restaurant to serve Cuban-style cuisine. Try Cubanitas and taste the simple flavors and fresh ingredients of Cuban cuisine.

Flannery's


425 E. Wells St.
Flannery's Restaurant and Bar has been serving a great time since 1997. If you are in the mood for a casual atmosphere and some great food, come try Flannery's.

Hotel Metro Milwaukee Dining


411 E. Mason St.
Alongside great hotel service, Hotel Metro serves a tasty gourmet dinner and decadent desserts.

Louise's


801 N. Jefferson St.
For homemade pizza, pasta, and other italian cuisine, come try Louise's!

Mason St. Grill


425 E. Mason St.
Are you in the mood for a well-cooked steak? Come to Mason Street Grill to experience great steaks, sandwiches, and homemade desserts.

Milwaukee Ale House


233 N. Water St.
Located on the Milwaukee River, the Milwaukee Ale House is known for brewing their own ales, lagers, and wine. The restaurant is also known for its Irish cuisine.

Miss Katie's Diner


1900 W. Clybourn St.
Located just off of campus, the 1950s-themed Miss Katie's Diner offers a fun environment and great food.

Mo's Irish Pub


142 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Come try Mo's Irish Pub to experience the great atmosphere, food, and live music.

Onesto


221 N. Broadway
Come try Onesto for a modern twist to on their fresh, homemade, and flavorful Italian cuisine.

Port of Call


106 W. Wells St.
Located on the riverside of the Milwaukee River, Port of Call is a nautically-themed restaurant offering seafood and regional dishes.

Red Lion Pub


1850 N. Water St.
Inspired by traditional British cuisine, the Red Lion Pub serves favorites from Shepherd's Pie to Fish n' Chips.

Rock Bottom Brewery


740 N. Plankinton Ave.
Located along the Milwaukee River, Rock Bottom offers great food, atmosphere, and house-brewed beer.

Rustico Pizzeria


223 N. Water St.
Come to Rustico Pizzeria for great thin crust pizza, pasta, and paninis.

Screaming Tuna


106 W. Seeboth St.
Come try Screaming Tuna and experience their award winning sushi and other specials.

Simple Café


2124 N. Farwell Ave.
Simple Café is located on the lower east side of Milwaukee. Come enjoy great food and service at this café that is "changing the world one bite at a time."

The Smoke Shack


332 N. Milwaukee St.
Are you in the mood for a good BBQ? Come to the Smoke Shack and experience their amazing BBQ and Southern-style menu.

Solo Pizza


2856 N. Oakland Ave.
Known for their wood-fired thin-crust pizza, come to Solo Pizza to enjoy amazing pizza with family and friends.

Stack'd


170 S. 1st St.
Located in the Fifth Ward, Stack'd offers quality burgers with premium local ingredients. Come try Stack'd to experience the great atmosphere and burgers.

Swig


217 N. Broadway
Swig offers lunch, entrees, salad, and sandwiches along with fireside dining and a large outdoor patio.

Trocadero


1758 N. Water St.
Trocadero is located in one of Milwaukee's favorite historical landmarks. If you are in the mood for American food, come enjoy Trocadero's large wooden booths or one of three patios.

Water Buffalo


249 N. Water St.
Located in the Historic Third Ward, Water Buffalo offers great food alongside spectacular views of the Milwaukee River.

Water Street Brewery


1101 N Water St.
Started in 1987, Water Street Brewery is Milwaukee's oldest brew pub. Come experience this Milwaukee landmark and enjoy a full lunch and dinner menu.

The Wicked Hop


345 N. Broadway
Located in the Historic Third Ward, The Wicked Hop offers a unique environment and serves full lunch, dinner, and brunch.

Zarletti


741 N. Milwaukee St.
Zarletti serves traditional Italian cuisine such as homemade rustic pastas dishes, ravioli, and fresh seafood, veal, and lamb.

 


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