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Children’s Network

October 21, 2022 Update

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Community Meeting Assists Flood-Impacted Mountain Residents

Dozens of county residents gathered in Yucaipa last week to learn from county, state and federal experts how to protect themselves and their homes from future floods and debris flows and what resources are available to help them recover from past events.

Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and National Weather Service warned residents downstream of the El Dorado and Apple fire burn scars to be prepared to protect themselves whenever rain appears in the forecast. Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe, whose Third Supervisorial District includes the threatened communities, organized the Oct. 13 community meeting and assembled the agency experts to ensure residents have the resources they need.

Present were San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson, Congressman Jay Obernolte, the Sheriff’s Department, the County Fire District, County Public Works, County Land Use Services, County Public Health, Cal Fire, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agencies.


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A logo that says Earthquake Brace and a plus sign then Bolt. Earthquakes, large or small, can occur at any time. In a damaging earthquake, will your house remain on its foundation? Are you prepared? The California Residential Mitigation Program has created a way for you, the homeowner, to help protect your property and your loved ones.

Through the Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) program, you may register for a grant of up to $3,000 to seismically retrofit your home. This program aims to help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake by “bracing” the crawl space, when necessary, and “bolting” the house to its foundation. Income-eligible homeowners also may apply for supplemental grants that could provide up to 100 percent of the retrofit costs. Homeowners can apply for grants online during the registration period, which extends from October 18 through November 29, 2022.

Thanks to additional funding from FEMA that is administered by Cal OES, EBB grants will be available to homeowners in 521 ZIP Codes this year.

A graphic that says 17 thousand plus retrofit minimizing earthquake damage one house at a time. To date, more than 17,500 Californians have retrofitted their homes with grant funding from EBB. Learn more, find out if you qualify, and register at EarthquakeBraceBolt.com.

Resources are available at EBBTools.com for you to share the program with your neighbors, constituents, colleagues, or others,

Please confirm if zip codes in your jurisdiction are eligible here: https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/Contractors-Design-Professionals/What-You-Need-to-Know/EBB-Program-ZIP-Codes.


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Profiles in Hope Series Highlights Milestones Made by At-Risk County Residents

The Profiles of Hope series will bring you stories of San Bernardino County residents who have experienced or been at-risk of homelessness.

With the collaborative care, services, and support of San Bernardino County and its community partners, these resilient individuals have found a place to call home.

Profiles of Hope will highlight milestones and provide the roadmap to self-sufficiency and how San Bernardino County provides its residents with the tools they need to overcome their greatest challenges.

Join us each month as we bring you their stories of courage, resiliency, and hope within the largest geographic county in the nation.


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Record Number Attend Children’s Network Conference

Children’s Network celebrated its first in-person conference since the pandemic on Sept. 14. The sold-out conference had a record number of more than 400 in attendance. The one-day conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, and nursing.

Two dynamic speakers who used life experiences to address the needs of youth in the foster care system and those with disabilities shared their stories. Workshops focused on providing better care and support to the children and families in San Bernardino County.

The first keynote speaker, Regina Louise, lived in many foster homes, group homes and facilities. Louise is an accomplished author of the memoir, Somebody’s Someone, and has educated over 3.5 million people across the nation about the present state of youth in foster care. She is a child welfare executive coach and a trainer of cultural humility and trauma-informed care practices.

The second speaker, Gabriel Uribe, is the director of community health at the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and professor of social work policy at La Sierra University. Uribe is a social service professional committed to the delivery of accessible health care for low-income and underrepresented communities. He is president of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC) that resources to disability service professionals.


County Hosted Halloween Events

A graphic of a nighttime scene with full moon glow and a hill with pumpkins carved faces and bats flying around.

Just in time for some Spooktacular, safe Halloween free or low-cost events for the entire family. Visit Ayala Park, the Alpine Zoo, Calico Ghost Town or our Child Support Services Trunk-or-Treat Resource Fair.

Calico Ghost Haunt

Weekend I: Oct. 21-23 | Weekend II: Oct. 28-30

A set flit pumpkins on a wood deck with some foggy woods with Pumpkin Mayhem and Ghost Haunt.

Every year, Calico Ghost Town brings out the scare, fun and excitement of Halloween. This annual event includes, trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, kids’ carnival tent, live entertainment stage shows, haunted attractions and more.

Come join us for this family and pet-friendly event the last two weekends of October and you may experience some Pumpkin Mayhem madness.

Calico Ghost Town is located at 36600 Ghost Town Road in Yermo. Admission prices are $15 for Adults, $10 for youth (ages 4-11) and 3 years and younger are free. For event schedule and/or more event information, visit parks.sbcounty.gov/calico-ghost-haunt.

Event Dates & Times:

Weekend I

  • Friday, Oct. 21: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (scare hours, 5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 22: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (scare hours, 6-10 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekend II

  • Friday, Oct. 28: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (scare hours, 5-9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (scare hours, 6-10 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Oct. 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake Gregory Company’s PJs In The Park

Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A graphic with popcorn on the top and the word Lake Gregory presents PJ's in the Park Oct. 29. What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by watching an outdoor movie under the stars in the mountains by a lake, spooky right?

Dress in your pajamas or comfortable clothes and join us at Lake Gregory in Crestline for the Hotel Transylvania presentation starting at 7 p.m.

The film will be shown outside in the Meadow at San Moritz Lodge, so please dress appropriately as night temperatures tend to be a bit chilly.

This event is free and will be hosted by the Lake Gregory Company, a Regional Parks grantee. Bring your friends and family, along with a blanket and/or snacks. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The Meadow is located at San Moritz Lodge, 24640 San Moritz Dr., Crestline, CA 92325

For more information, call 909.338.2233, email info@lakegregory.com, or visit www.lakegregory.com/events

 

Crestline Merchant Trick or Treating

Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A graphic of children dressed in Halloween costumes and the words Oct. 29 Trick or Treating. Before joining us for the movie in the park, Hotel Transylvania, Crestline merchants are inviting families to trick or treat through the main shopping districts from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Many stores will be participating and this is a safe and family friendly way to stock up on some goodies to eat before the movie starts at 7pm.

This event is free and open to all. For city parking, there is parking around the city that is free, but very limited. Parking lots are available but require a fee. 

 

 

Big Bear Alpine Zoo – Boo at the Zoo Event

Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A night sky with a full moon and a coyote looking into the moon with the word Boo at the Zoo.

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo Boo Halloween event at the Zoo returns on Saturday, October 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers a safe and fun way to trick-or-treat in a costume.

Spend the day with our animals and find the perfect background to take a selfie or family photo in their costume. There will be plenty of candy on hand, so bring your Halloween bags and your best costume. Please do not bring costumes that make noise and could scare the animals.

The Boo at the Zoo event is included in the price of admission to the zoo.

General Admission Prices
• Adult (Ages 13-59): $15
• Older Adult (over 60 years old): $10
• Youth (Ages 3-12): $10
• Children under 2 years: Free
• Military Discount: Current or Retired Military (with ID) $10. This discount is for military personnel only.
• Group Discounts: For groups of 10 or more, a discount of $1 per person will apply. Groups of 10 must ALL be together to receive the discount, available only at the ticket counter.

For more information about the zoo, visit bigbearzoo.org.


Trick or Treat! Ayala Park Hosts Spooktacular Halloween Event

A graphic flier of some children dressed in costumes walking with treat bags and a full moon and spooky trees. Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Bloomington Recreation and Parks for a safe, family-friendly event at Ayala Park on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with music, games food vendors and a spooky haunted house* — enter if you dare to be scared.

San Bernardino County Special Districts will be partnering with County Fire, Sheriffs and Colton Unified Joint School District to meet and greet the public and pass out candy.

There will be a spooky DJ and dance performance and plenty of trunk-or-treating opportunities for the little ghosts and goblins to fill their bags as they walk pass volunteer vehicle trunks filled with treats.

This event is free and open to Bloomington and neighboring communities in the Inland Empire.

*Admission to the haunted house is a separate activity and is $5 for children and $8 for adults. The haunted house is open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ayala Park is located at 17909 Marygold Ave., Bloomington.

For more information, visit specialdistricts.sbcounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/bloomington-rec-park or call 909.677.0066.


Child Support to Host Trunk or Treat Resource Fair

Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A graphic flier with the word Trunk or Treat in a lit circle with spooky tree limbs on the edges and brown color on bottom. San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) will be hosting a Trunk or Treat Resource Fair for parents and children on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Loma Linda and Victorville office locations. This is a fun and interactive event to engage and inform parents of the wide variety of resources DCSS offers in supporting their children.

In addition, several community partners will be providing information and access to job skills, health, childcare, nutrition, and more services.

Fair events include children’s activities, candy and costumes.

The Victorville and Loma Linda locations are:

• Victorville Office: 15400 Civic Dr., Victorville
• Loma Linda Office: 10417 Mountain View Ave., Loma Linda

For more information, visit DCSS at childsupport.sbcounty.gov.


Pet of the Week

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EJ (ID#a712558) is a playful and loving 5-year-old male, tan and white pit bull mix.  He has been at the Devore Animal Shelter since August 4. You can adopt EJ as a part of Subaru Loves Pets adoption campaign.

During the month of October, Subaru and its dealers will be partnering with hundreds of local animal shelters and donating up to $3,100 to our County shelters for pets adopted during the campaign.

For more information about animals in need of loving homes in San Bernardino County’s Big Bear and Devore shelters, please visit San Bernardino County Animal Care at animalcare.sbcounty.gov to see photographs of the animals awaiting adoption or call (800) 472-5609.

To donate to assist animals at the shelter, visit www.arffund.org


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Jobs of the Week and Other Hiring Events

San Bernardino County has jobs that will open on Saturday, Oct. 22.

We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval.  Check sbcounty.gov/jobs for the most up-to-date recruitments.


Monkeypox box

For all monkeypox-related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s monkeypox webpage at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/monkeypox. Individuals who are interested in the vaccine may complete the Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form.


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For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.


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Registration open for 2019 Fatherhood Conference

Video Invite:  https://youtu.be/UHC6TcsSQbY

Inland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the 2019 Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 17 conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Attendees can register at https://iefatherhoodconference.eventbrite.com

“The theme of this year’s conference is Connecting Generations and with this conference, we hope to share information and resources that will equip and empower fathers and father figures to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and become more actively engaged in their children’s lives,” said Father Engagement Coordinator Juan Solis. “A father has the power to change the world, one child at a time.”

The conference is a result of collaboration by the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC), a group of community-based organizations, County agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals from various professions working together to reduce father absenteeism and the negative images of fatherlessness. The mission of the IEFIC is to encourage healthy child development by promoting the involvement, necessity, and value of the role of fathers in the family and community. The coalition is an initiative of San Bernardino County’s Children’s Network.

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Children’s Network Conference proposals being accepted

Professionals who work with children and youth are invited to submit proposals to one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events.

San Bernardino County Children’s Network is now accepting workshop proposals for the 33rd  Annual Children’s Network Conference. The conference will be Sept. 18 and 19, at the Ontario Convention Center. The Workshop Proposal Submission Form can be found online at http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN along with detailed information, including:

• Conference overview

• Proposal submission requirements

Workshop proposals are due Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janki Naik at: janki.naik@hss.sbcounty.gov or (909) 383-9677  We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Nominate an Unsung Hero

It’s Nomination Time!

San Bernardino County Children’s Network invites you to nominate an individual or organization to be selected and recognized for their efforts in preventing child abuse.

  • Do you know an individual or organization that goes the extra mile for children while selflessly giving in order to make a difference?
  • Someone who goes above-and-beyond their regular duties to ensure children are safe?

Please take a moment to nominate an individual, agency or program for their outstanding efforts in assisting at-risk children and youth in San Bernardino County.

The nomination form can be found on the Children’s Network’s website, http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8

Thank you for helping us honor those who deserve special recognition. Honorees will be recognized at:

The 21st Annual Shine a Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast

Thursday, April 4

7:30 to 9 a.m.

National Orange Show, Valencia Room

690 S. Arrowhead Ave.

San Bernardino

Register for the 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference

Luis Rodriguez

The 32nd Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 19 to 20 at the Ontario Convention Center located at 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.

“The 33 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, strengthening families and children, culturally sensitive issues, commercial sexual exploitation of children, issues affecting teens, education, father involvement, mental health, and trauma informed care,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.

Jaiya John

The Sept. 19 keynote speaker, Luis Rodriguez, is an acclaimed poet, novelist, children’s book author and journalist who saw his way out of poverty. Rodriguez thought he had put the streets and his own days as a gang member behind him – until his young son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his child by telling his story in the national bestseller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.  The memoir explores gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that haunts its participants.

The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized author, speaker, poet, spoken word artist, and youth mentor. The former Howard University social psychology professor has authored numerous books, mentored youth and spoken to over a half million professionals and youth worldwide. John founded of Soul Water Rising, a global human mission that has donated thousands of John’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth.

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council. Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

Go purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 12

Children’s Network of San Bernardino County wants you to take a stand against domestic violence.  Participate in #SBCWEARSPURPLE social media campaign by taking a selfie wearing purple on Oct. 12, 2017, and posting it with the hash tag #SBCWEARSPURPLE.

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.  One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Five million children witness domestic violence each year in the United States. On a typical day, there are over 20,000 calls received by domestic violence hotlines, and approximately 15 calls a minute. Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten.

Forty percent of California women experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In a single day, domestic violence shelters serve about 5,800 women and children.

Children from homes with violence are much more likely to experience significant psychological problems short- and long-term.  Those who grew up with domestic violence are six times more likely to commit suicide and 50 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.

For a list of domestic violence shelters in San Bernardino County visit http://www.sbcountyda.org/HelpingVictims/DomesticViolenceShelters.aspx.

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Ron Powell

The 31st Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 20 to 21 at the Ontario Convention Center. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN. The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.

“The 48 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, issues affecting teens, education/self help, father involvement, domestic minor human trafficking, youth suicide prevention, and Trauma Informed Early Intervention,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.

Tim Burns

The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Ron Powell, Ph.D. has over 40 years of experience in public education as a special education teacher, consultant, administrator, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Riverside. As an author, speaker, and expert in the administration of school-based mental health services, Powell has been instrumental in the development of exemplary programs for at-risk youth. The Sept. 21 keynote speaker, Tim Burns, is an educator and author whose background includes 40 years as a high school teacher, counselor, First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, and university instructor.

Watch the Video: https://youtu.be/CDY3ir-JKi8

#SBCMentorChallenge to recruit mentors for county’s youth

mentor-challengeSan Bernardino County Children’s Network is hoping to begin 2017 with a few hundred new mentors for San Bernardino County youth.

Once one is approved to be a mentor, they will have a chance to be a consistent and positive adult presence in a young person’s life, provide advice, share life experiences, and help a young person face challenges. In honor of National Mentoring Month, San Bernardino County Mentoring Task Force is seeking to recruit 200 mentors for San Bernardino County youth.

Children’s Network is also launching the #SBCMentorChallenge social media campaign to recruit prospective mentors and create awareness about the need for mentors of San Bernardino County youth. Community members are encouraged to participate in the #SBCMentorChallenge campaign which will highlight the importance of mentors.

Community members are encouraged to record videos on their smartphones or tablets in which they share their own inspiring experiences as mentors or mentees. If one has not been a mentor or a mentee, one can make a video sharing why they hope to become a mentor to a San Bernardino County youth. At the end of each video, posters should then “tag” three friends, colleagues, or community partners on social media and challenge them or those in the agency to become youth mentors and record their own inspiring mentor/mentee videos. All videos should be posted on social media with the hashtag:  #SBCMentorChallenge

“We are looking forward to what this campaign will bring for youth,” said Doreen Ivery, Children’s Network’s Mentoring Resource Coordinator. “We also look forward to community leaders being a part of this campaign and challenging others to participate in this challenge to recruit mentors.”

Those interested in becoming a mentor are encouraged to contact Ivery at  909 383-9677 or divery@hss.sbcounty.gov Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

#SBCMentorChallenge Video: https://youtu.be/IKNg7Afsud0

Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Father Gregory Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle

A Jesuit priest who founded the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program will share his message of hope at the upcoming Children’s Network Conference. Father Gregory Boyle, an authority on gangs and intervention and the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the September 23 and 24 conference at the Ontario Convention Center. Now in its 29th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing.  Sessions include:

  • The Status of Homeless Youth in San Bernardino County
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Stress Reduction Practices for Children and Teens
  • Working with LGBTQ Youth
  • Supporting the Mental Health of Our Children
  • Early Childhood Development and the Screen-Time Dilemma
  • Helping Children and Teens Through Loss
  • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
  • Strengthening and Supporting Father Involvement in Our Communities
  • Self-Empowerment
  • And many more…

For more information and to register, visit  http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.

Register now for the September Children’s Network Conference

cn_logoRegistration is open for the Sept. 24 and 25 Children’s Network Conference.
Now in its 28th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine, and nursing. The 54 workshops will highlight topic including autism, bullying, father involvement, domestic minor sex trafficking, school safety, internet safety, and youth suicide prevention.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) and Jennifer Rodriguez, a former Foster Youth and Executive Director of the Youth Law Center (YLC) will be the keynote speakers. Workshop and registration information can be found on the Children’s Network website http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

If you have any questions, please contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677.

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