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Fall is a season of play, whether rolling in a leaf pile, assembling a crazy Halloween costume, or heading to a farm to pick out a pumpkin. There are lots of ways to enjoy the fun and games of autumn. If you want to try some easy decorating, consider assembling the spooky lanterns on page 18. And if you’re looking for places to explore a corn maze or go on a hayride, check out the many farm festivals and other special events on page 22. (The rest of the best of October’s activities and outings for families are in the calendar, starting on page 26.) Of course there’s no time like the present for young people to get a grip on their personal finances. In Charles McChesney’s story on page 12, financial institutions describe the many ways they’re helping local kids understand how to make, save, and even spend their money. Also in this issue, two essays from CNY parents: the third part in a tale of triplets (page 10); and a story about cats, dogs and babies, among other creatures (page 6).

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Can you compare pet ownership to parenting? | BY NEIL DAVIS JR.


f you ever want the attention of a room full of adults, I suggest this sentence: “Getting a puppy is exactly like having a baby.” It’s the battle cry of the childless, usually spoken with the misguided enthusiasm of someone who has gotten a full night’s sleep. In my younger years, I had the audacity to make this assertion aloud, in the presence of stunned mothers and fathers who were undoubtedly anticipating my eventual day of parental reckoning. “He’ll get his,” one of them likely whispered to another, envisioning me someday elbow-deep in diapers and mashed bananas, eating my words. I’m older now, wiser. I’ve helped raise a daughter to the age of 15, sharing every joy and worry along the way. It’s been a challenge, one that many people consider the ultimate test of human existence. Biologically, we are meant to procreate. But what comes naturally doesn’t always come easily. And over time, I’ve developed a respect for the difference 6

between child rearing and pet training. The costs involved, for instance, are not comparable, and they are measured not just in dollars but also in time, stress and perhaps a bit of sanity. Children require a wealth of specific items and services: backpacks, ear medicine, algebra tutoring, a constant supply of new shoes, lectures about not eating paint. The list is substantial, yet the emotional return on investment is clear: Parenting is one of those rare life experiences from which you truly get back what you put in. But can’t the same be said of raising a pet? I have never been able to completely discount how caring for an animal can be similar to caring for a child. Although they are not our blood, these creatures fulfill our need for connection and affection in very human ways. There are the obvious comparisons: the potty training, the drooling, the toppled houseplants, the posted photos of every cute expression, the 2 a.m. crawl into


your bed during a thunderstorm. The parallels are endless, although the more meaningful connection exists at a deeper level, beneath the fur, behind the whiskers, radiating from the childlike eyes that look up at you with unconditional love. Well, sometimes hunger, but mostly love. I grew up in a household that featured a continual rotation of dogs, plus one ornery cat intent on destroying the universe. There were several caged rodents, a bird and one rabbit, although the stench coming from the garage suggested at least three. Animals were a constant presence and source of companionship, setting the stage for the years I spent working as a veterinary technician and the aspiration I had to assemble my own domestic menagerie when the time was right. Before the birth of my daughter, pet ownership felt like the natural order of progression up the nurturing ladder. It started with Sea-Monkeys, because continued on page 8

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continued from page 6 pouring a bag of crustaceans into an aquarium seemed the baseline of parental responsibility. When those worked out, we moved up to fish. Eventually, we were ready for a puppy, and then another. These were all baby steps, literally—a means of determining if we were capable of raising a child. Since then, some pets have come and gone. My human child is a teenager. I’m divorced and, when Sadie isn’t at our house, my girlfriend, Mary, and I are outnumbered by the animals. Our yellow Lab, Lulu, is the oldest, the calm child, the well-behaved second-grader who poses curious questions with a tilt of her head and who keeps the backyard squirrel-free. Gibson, our rambunctious 2-year-old orange tabby, is the baby, born with an absurd thirst for window-gazing and an even more absurd number of toes. The middle child is our parakeet, Gidget, squawking for attention when she isn’t flying through the living room amid a trail of blue feathers. Collectively, these beasts comprise our multispecies family. Like any parents, we cherish each stage of development. We celebrate the small milestones (learning to use the litter box) and the large ones (learning not to eat from the litter box). We love our pets, feed them, care for them, and nurse them back to health when they are injured. We mediate sibling rivalries with a careful mix of scolding and treats. We use the phrase “Stop licking that” way more than any parents should. Together, we watch these animals grow and mature, witnessing our influence on their character. There’s a sense of mutual reliance: We provide for them, and in return we receive expressions of affection like wagging tails. And we do it all despite the unbearable sorrow we know to expect when they are someday gone.

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No, pets are not exactly like children, but they come so close. For some of us, they represent that same unique bond, effectively filling a vacant branch on the family tree: son, daughter, brother, sister, companion. Over time, our pets become exactly what we want them to be, often mimicking the pure love of a child, just with a little more vacuuming. Neil Davis works at Bristol-Myers Squibb and lives in Liverpool with his daughter.


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Three Times as Busy

The triplets’ first months at home passed in a blur | BY ALEXIA CONRAD


oy, your hands must be full.”

For the first few months after the birth of our triplets, that’s how we were greeted by folks we ran into at the doctor, the store, or while we were out for neighborhood walks. We had survived a three-month NICU stay at Crouse Hospital, when the babies were born at 28 weeks. The last of the three, firecracker Gretchen, came home on a gloomy July 4 in 2007. My husband and I, with the triplets being our only children, thought ALL moms and dads were this busy. Today, we know that’s not true, but it was something we kept reminding ourselves at the time: that all new parents are busy. How do I describe the first few weeks at home? I’m actually struggling with this because it was a blur. Here’s what I can come up with: It was total and complete exhaustion, while having to operate on 10

auto pilot, all while remaining as calm as possible to care for intense triplet needs. Yet even that doesn’t do it justice. So I asked my husband what he remembered and he said he recalled our doctor at the time telling him to “feed Olena more” because she wouldn’t stop crying, and watching some incredible soccer goal scored while he was at home with her. Mind you, he only remembers Olena being home. She was the last born yet the first triplet released from the hospital to our care. (With triplets they usually stagger the going home so you aren’t overwhelmed. But, oh, how you will be!) On top of the typical mom-and-dad duties anyone has with newborns, we had additional obstacles to overcome. For instance, Gretchen had her days and nights mixed up: She would be asleep during the day, and then ready to party from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m., while the other two slept. Theodore was home on oxygen ther-


apy and a sleep apnea monitor, which required a whole new level of skills for us to master. Plus, he had a portable oxygen tank that had to travel with him—everywhere. Because he was hooked up to such a large unit, we camped on the first floor of our two-story home so we didn’t have to lug it up and down the stairs. And he had to see a pediatric pulmonologist. Olena was jaundiced and needed to be monitored by a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Constantly. She also had colic and sometimes could only be soothed by being strapped to an adult and walked around. Then, when she was about 8 months old, she developed a knack for coming down with croup almost instantly. Her symptoms would come on so abruptly that she required more than one ride in an ambulance to the emergency room. With that always came a visit to the ear nose and throat specialist at Upstate (now called Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital).

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There were plenty of chores and tasks to accomplish. These folks were ready and willing to step in to support us any way that they could. Plus, the “baby volunteers,” as they were known in our house, were valuable sources of information, who would calm me when I was feeling most overwhelmed. I’m not sure if they ever knew what an impact they had on me in those early days. Certainly, they were way more useful than any written baby guide. Then again, with our start, there was no way we’d ever fit into the cookie-cutter milestone and growth charts. And I was all too happy to let go of those charts! I really don’t know how we did it. But we did. We did it because we believed in each other, in our triplets, and in better days to come. So, when someone would say to me, “Your hands must be full,” I would feel a smile spread across my face, and, at times, tears would fill my eyes. I could have easily broken down and talked about all the worries, the exhaustion and the appointments. Instead, I would happily reply, “Yes, my hands are full.” And then I’d wait a beat and add, “But better full than empty.” And that is the truth. Alexia Conrad resides in Canastota with her husband and her now 10-year-old girl-boy-girl triplets.

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Teaching kids about spending, saving and more BY CHARLES McCHESNEY


o discover the value of a dollar—or several—young people need opportunities to learn about saving, spending, borrowing, and how to balance their needs and wants. In Central New York, students are taking advantage of programs that develop their skills and the knowledge needed to make informed choices about money and other financial resources. This knowledge is known as “financial literacy,” and many kids don’t have it.

“The goal is encouraging students to form a relationship with a financial institution,” he says, pointing out that people who don’t have a bank or credit union often cash paychecks at corner stores or check-cashing services that charge a fee. “They may have to pay a $10 fee to cash a check from a part-time job,” he says. Those fees quickly eat up savings that can help a young person get ahead.

More than a fifth of American teens lack basic financial literacy skills, according to the Program for International Student Assessment. Without a deep understanding of how money works, young people (and their parents) are vulnerable to predatory interest rates on credit cards and online “get rich quick” schemes. What’s more, teens stand on the cusp of making money decisions that can affect them their entire lives, including whether to attend college and how to pay for it.

But the ABCs of financial literacy can be learned even before young people are earning paychecks. First-graders at Solvay Elementary School get a lesson in money on Tuesday mornings during the school year when one of several volunteer employees from Solvay Bank comes by to read to them, says Michele Fernandez, vice president, enterprise risk manager and community reinvestment officer. The books are specific to money and budgeting. They include One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent, a Cat in the Hat book, and The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense.

Thom Dellwo is financial education coordinator at Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Syracuse. He teaches financial literacy to students and adults and supervises branches of the credit union that operate at high schools in Syracuse.

After the storytime, the students discuss the book. Amber Jaquin is a Solvay Bank branch manager in Cicero and an assistant vice president. She’s read books to the Solvay first-graders several times. They’ll talk about where their parents bank and



share things such as, “Mom doesn’t use cash, she uses a debit card.” Cooperative Federal Credit Union offers savings accounts to children at Edward Smith K-8 School in Syracuse. Since 2008, children there have been able to put away money each week, developing a savings habit and accumulating money toward a goal.

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Anna Leung is a senior at Liverpool High School who volunteers at a branch of Edge Federal Credit Union. Dellwo also offers a financial literacy class to elementary-school age children at the Southwest Community Center. He hears all sorts of savings goals from the children, who collect their money in Styrofoam containers: a video game system, a puppy, a car or a helicopter—and even a mansion. At the three Syracuse high schools where Cooperative has branches, students are encouraged to label their savings account according to what they are saving for. An iPhone is a popular account label, Dellwo says. Other students are saving for a car, or at least a down payment for one. Some young people are facing more immediate needs, putting money aside so they can help their parents through rough financial times. One student was saving so she could buy her mother a spa day after a particularly trying period. Liverpool High School students, as well as teachers and staff, can bank at Edge Federal Credit Union’s branch that operates in the school cafeteria, says Theresa Lotito-Camerino, the credit union’s manager/CEO. The branch is staffed by student volunteers who gain experience with money by acting as tellers.

The credit union is also active at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix. It has a branch open there on Wednesdays and provided a financial literacy simulation program that challenged students to budget properly. The Mad City Money simulation put together by Edge at Liverpool High School draws more than 100 students to the gym, where a random drawing gives them a set imaginary income that they get to spend. They go from table to table, meeting with adult volunteers with whom they negotiate necessary and not-so-necessary purchases—a car, childcare, clothes, furniture, housing—and pay by debit card. The goal is to finish up with some savings. Those who end up in deficit have to go back and renegotiate, maybe even return a high-end car for something more practical. “They were shocked at how far their money didn’t go,” says Casey Thurston, student branch coordinator for Edge. Students were tested on their financial literacy and received their grades expressed as credit scores. “Some of these kids were on the ball,” says Lotito-Camerino. “Half had A-plus credit scores.”

Anna Leung, 17, is a senior at Liverpool High who volunteers at the credit union branch. She originally volunteered because she thought she wanted to be an accountant someday. She’s changed her mind about her career goals (she is now interested in art and design) but has learned a great deal about finances. She was able to use that knowledge to convince her parents to let her get a debit card, pointing out it was safer when she was traveling. “I like it,” she says of having a debit card. “I just had cash before,” adding, “I just feel more financially responsible.” Those who talk with teens about finances say debit cards are key to them. “How soon can I get a debit card?” they’ll ask Dellwo. The main reason for that is so they can shop online, Dellwo says. Jesse Davis, an eighth-grader at Expeditionary Learning Middle School in Syracuse, will use cash to buy a prepaid card so he can make online purchases. A saver, Davis regularly sets aside money for specific purchases. He saved money to purchase an Xbox 360 game console with Grand Theft Auto continued on page 14 Family Times OCTOBER 2017



Jesse Davis is a savvy saver. He also buys items–like these Fisher-Price toys–in order to resell them at a higher price, with the help of his parents, Jeffrey Tamburo and Christopher Davis. continued from page 13 IV. He makes money by collecting returnables, babysitting and doing yard work. He managed to save $30 and sold his old Wii game console for $40. He found the console he wanted, used, for $73 at the Central New York Regional Market’s Sunday flea market. His father Jeffrey Tamburo chipped in $3 to make the purchase possible. One recent day, Davis admitted that he was down to about $1 in savings because he had just bought a new case for his phone, the phone on which he keeps an app for budgeting and another for calculating interest. The first one helps him keep track of his spending so he has money to pay his phone bill and his bill for the video-streaming service Hulu. The latter helps him when borrowing from his parents. “Sometimes I’ll buy something with my dad’s credit card and I’ll pay him back,” he says. The interest rate app helps Jesse figure out just how much he’ll owe. “I’ve always been interested in money and finances,” he says, recalling days when his father Jeffrey would use budgeting software from personal finance 14

guru Dave Ramsey. “I would look over his shoulder,” he says. He would also listen to Ramsey’s podcasts. That level of financial interest isn’t something every student has, says Rebecca Rose, director of financial aid at Onondaga Community College, but she doesn’t blame students. A 22-year veteran of financial aid work, she says the parents of students often had little understanding of financial matters themselves, in part because widespread consumer credit didn’t exist until the 1970s and 1980s. “We were never taught,” she says. To bridge that knowledge gap, OCC has a number of financial literacy programs available to students. Rose says they include programs presented by AmeriCU, the credit union with a branch at the college. The Department of Residential Life hosts other programs and there is an online program through the State University of New York. A new offering comes through the financial aid office. Last year, the college invested in 10 different professionals from around the college so they could become certified as personal financial managers, Rose says. They now provide one-on-one counseling to students.


Rose says students are often grateful for the chance to get practical information about finances. Some ask if they can come back for another appointment. They definitely can, she says. “We want smart borrowers,” Rose says. Students will be asked to look carefully and see if they really need to take out a loan. Perhaps they can work extra in the summer and earn enough to cover their expenses, or maybe they can just borrow less. The counseling includes teaching them about credit and how to use it wisely. Some students come in thinking any borrowing is bad, Rose says. Others don’t understand the burden they are taking on. They learn about credit scores, borrowing and how to manage their credit so that when it’s time to buy a car or a home, they get the best interest rate available. “We talk about saving money so you don’t have to take out loans,” she adds. Liverpool High School graduate Benjamin Tamber understands the importance of savings. “Pay yourself first,” he says. “I pretty much live and die by that.” continued on page 16

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continued from page 14 A business and accounting major at Villanova University in Philadelphia, the 19-year-old sophomore says he has always been frugal and learned from his parents to pay credit card bills on time and put money aside for planned purchases. He saved his first paycheck from his summer job knowing he would need it to pay for books at college. Tamber volunteered at the Edge credit union branch at his high school when he was a student and worked at the main branch in the summer. Yet despite his major and his experience with a financial institution, he was facing a challenge as the fall semester began. The bank he uses at college—he chose it for access to ATMs on campus—had unexpectedly charged him for not using the account during the summer months. That’s not unusual, in the experience of Thom Dellwo of Cooperative Federal Credit Union. He sometimes hears from students about their families’ unpleasant encounters with financial institutions. “Make sure you find an institution you know is trustworthy,” says Tamber. He’s a fan of credit unions. “I’m really passionate about it,” he adds. “I know that they are looking out to try to help the member.” Julie Pento is a senior at SUNY New Paltz who has worked summers at Edge. She says she learned a lot during the summers and wishes she had created more subaccounts to help her save for more expenses along the way. She also wishes she had understood earlier that there are people willing to help her understand the financial questions she faced getting ready for college. “I wish I knew how approachable everyone was. Financial things feel very overwhelming at that age.” Of course, financial questions don’t end when school does. Joe Leo, vice president and financial consultant at DLG Wealth Management in Utica, meets with students at Colgate University as part of the school’s Real World Series. He says that seniors in their last weeks of college have basic questions about budgeting and paying bills. He has shared with them some uncomplicated rules about paying off credit cards each month, not wasting money using ATMs that charge fees, avoiding credit cards that charge annual fees and not buying what they don’t need. “All of us have two people inside of us,” says Dellwo of Cooperative credit union. “One makes rational plans and one is irrational and says, ‘I want it and I want it now.’ Learning helps us to control that wild and crazy side.”

WHY FINANCIAL LITERACY MATTERS NOW It wasn’t long ago that financial literacy wasn’t even a thing. People had money or they didn’t, and they spent accordingly. Today, the wide availability of credit cards, lines of credit, payday loans, income-tax refund loans, student loans, car loans and home-equity loans has made understanding money, budgeting and borrowing a skill that can determine success the same way education can. Students who leave college owing student loans are significantly less likely to own their own homes, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York analysis. While 31 percent of graduates with associate’s degrees own their own homes, only 24 percent who have student loans are also homeowners. Those with no college education have a home ownership rate of 22 percent. Recognizing this change, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, widely known as the OECD, added financial literacy to its projects in 2003 and uses the Program for International Student Assessment to measure the financial literacy of people in different countries. Thousands of students have been tested around the world. Findings from 2015, released earlier this year, offered some insights: • Financial literacy depends in part on having skills in math and reading. Those who do better in math and reading do better in financial literacy. • Financial literacy is not gender dependent, although it is stronger among females in some tested countries and among males in one (Italy). In the United States, there was no statistically significant difference in financial literacy between boys and girls.

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The CNY Great Pumpkin Festival. Washington Square Park, Oswego. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Pumpkin exhibition 9 a.m. on Sept. 30; festival activities 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Free admission; varying costs for activities. (315) 806-0251. Kids’ activities, amusement rides, crafters, pony rides, live music, a pumpkin toss, and more.

Ghost Reveal and Hunt. Fort Ontario, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego. Oct. 13 and 14, 7-10 p.m. $15 per ticket, pre-sale only. (315) 343-4711. Take a guided tour of historic Fort Ontario, considered one of the most haunted locations in the United States. Zoo Boo. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Zoo Boo tickets: $8 per person plus admission: $8/ages 19-61; $5/age 62 and up; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. (315) 435-8511, Ext. 113. zoo becomes a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games and more. Enchanted Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Oct. 26-29, 6-8:30 p.m. $3 per person, free to those under age 3; $5 per vehicle for parking, advance. Advance reservations are required: (315) 638-2519. More than 500 jack-olanterns and luminaria light the way along two magical trails; also, face painting, fortune telling and treats.

LaFayette Apple Festival. Half-mile south of Route 20 on Tully Farms Road, LaFayette. Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5/person; free/age 12 and under. Watch cider being made; buy apples and apple treats; and enjoy entertainment, the midway rides and games, a scarecrow contest, and more.

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Friday, Sept. 29 YOM KIPPUR BEGINS Drop in Family Storytime. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Children age 5 and under, with caregivers, can share songs, stories and games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310.

Saturday, Sept. 30 Stride to SAVE Lives. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A fun run,

children’s activities and run/walk (11 a.m.) help SAVE promote suicide awareness and reduce stigma associated with depression and mental illness. SUNY Oswego, Hewitt Union Ballroom, 7060 Route 104, Oswego. Donations. (952) 946-7998.

Green Apple Day. 10-11 a.m. Make posters to

raise environmental awareness, and learn about reducing, reusing and recycling at home. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Lego Club. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can complete Lego building challenges and win prizes. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sunday, Oct. 1 See Ongoing Events

Monday, Oct. 2 Gaming for Adults with Special Needs.

1:30-3 p.m. Adults with special needs can build communication and social skills while playing Wii



and board games. Caregivers must remain in the room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend:

Tuesday, Oct. 3 Read, Sing and Play Storytime. 10:30 a.m.;

also Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31. Children ages 18 months to 5 years and their families can participate in stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 17 &

with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Pre-K Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 &

25. Early readers can practice literacy skills with music, rhymes, movement and stories. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 & 25.

Children ages 2-4 (and siblings), accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs and make crafts. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Baby Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 &

25. Babies and caregivers can share rhymes, songs, stories and signs in this language-building program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

31. Kids ages 3-6 and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374.

Homeschool Creative Writing Club. 1:30-3

Coding for Teens. 4 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 can take part in a four-week series and learn to use the coding language Unity to create a simple game. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 6376374.

Nature on Wheels Tours. 1:30-3 p.m.; also

Hazard Teen Poetry Society. 5 p.m.; also Oct. 10, 17 & 24. High school senior Chris Costello teaches the fundamentals of poetry, and how to gather ideas and produce new work; for ages 13-19. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 & 25.

Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can

p.m. Students in grades 7-12 can join other teens who are interested in writing fiction or poetry. Bring a notebook or laptop. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310.

Oct. 11. Electric tram takes visitors with mobility limitations on a slow tour through the forest, accompanied by a naturalist. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/ person. Parking: $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Homeschool STEAM Club. 1:30-3 p.m.

Homeschoolers ages 5-10 can learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math with handson activities and experiments. Parents and siblings are welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Oct. 18. Teens can

hang out, eat snacks, and play a game or do another activity at each week’s session. Board games are played in the first session, and video games in the second. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

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Watch a monster movie, play a game of Clue, make a glove monster craft and have some ghoulish snacks; for ages 13-19. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

6:30-9 p.m. Songwriters of all ages and skill levels can bring work, and get and give constructive opinions and suggestions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Thursday, Oct. 5 Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children from

infants to age 6 can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music, creating unique lyrics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. A naturalist reads na-

painting, vendors and more. (Rain date: Oct. 14.) Lakeshore Baptist Church, 6696 Lakeshore Road, Cicero. Free admission. (315) 752-3134.

Creature Feature Spooktacular. 2 p.m.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays.

Learn about the natural world with hands-on activities. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/ under 2. (607) 272-0600.

Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 7 p.m. The city’s

AHL team takes on the Rochester Americans. War Memorial Arena, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $18-$20. (315) 473-4444.

ture-themed stories and then leads a hike whose theme matches the stories; for children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. 638-2519.

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Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Oct. 12, 19

Wild Mushrooms Festival. 1-4 p.m. Learn

& 26. Join fellow teens to write in any of a variety of genres, receive feedback and get support. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Friday, Oct. 6 Wii and Game Fun. 3:30 p.m.; also Oct. 13, 20

& 27. Kids age 5 and up can test their skills on the Nintendo Wii and play board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Saturday, Oct. 7 LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Oct. 8. Watch cider being made; buy apples and apple treats; and enjoy entertainment, the midway rides and games, a scarecrow contest, and more. Half-mile south of Route 20 on Tully Farms Road, LaFayette. $5/person; free/age 12 and under. Pumpkin Pancakes. 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy pump-

kin or regular pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Oct. 14, 21 & 28. Kids can read to one of three friendly dogs from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Toddlers’ Tango. 11 a.m. Children use props and instruments in this movement and music class. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636. Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementa-

ry-aged children, especially, will enjoy tales of animals’ wild ways and how humans relate to the natural world; all ages are welcome. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. (315) 312-6677.

Sunday, Oct. 8 LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See about edible and poisonous mushrooms, see a cooking demonstration, discover how to grow mushrooms, and take part in other activities with members of the CNY Mycological Society. Guided hikes at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Monday, Oct. 9 COLUMBUS DAY Drop In Crafts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Kids can make

and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Thursday, Oct. 12 Smartplay. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 6 and

under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

The Right College and the Right Price.

6:30-7:30 p.m. John Decker of College Assistance Plus talks about finding and affording the right school. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required:

Family Coding. 6:30 p.m.; also Oct. 28. Presentations and games can teach kids and parents to code together. Participants may bring their own devices or use the library’s. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Friday, Oct. 13 Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.;

also Oct. 27. Education playgroup for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. $3/ family. Registration recommended: (315) 622-2843.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Tween Cooking. 2-3:30 p.m. Young people ages

9-12 can make something to eat from a recipe. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: (315) 457-0310.

21. Children ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Cardboard Challenge. 2 p.m. Make something

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also Oct. 21

on the theme “things that go.” Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Doula Speed Dating. 6 p.m. If you are interested in hiring a doula but aren’t sure where to start, at this event you’ll get a chance to spend 15 minutes with each doula. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Tuesday, Oct. 10 Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 24.

Children ages 3-6 can learn several signs that correspond to the stories that day. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Music with the DeSantis Band. 1 p.m. An inter-

Ukulele for Beginners. 1-2 p.m. Pat Doherty

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teaches a class for newcomers to the ukulele. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Teen Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come

fun, seasonal crafts in the Children’s Room with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Oct. 24. Young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 569-2542.

active concert during which kids can meet the band and learn about the instruments. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

book, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Homeschool Book Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Homeschoolers age 9 and up can talk about this month’s

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Oct.

& 28. Explore trails, woods and wetlands with a naturalist on a family-friendly hike. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. Call day of to check trail conditions: (315) 312-6677.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Mike McGrath. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Lake Neatahwanta pier, Route 3, Fulton. Free. Autumnal Fairy Festival. Noon-4 p.m. Meet the fairy queen, explore the enchanted trails, stroll through the labyrinth, and make fairy houses in the gardens. Costumes are encouraged. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $15. (315) 673-1350. Register: Jeff the Magic Man. Noon. The magician performs new magic, balloon tricks and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727. Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an interactive, comic version of the tale, in which children in the audience help Aladdin find the magic lamp and win the princess’ heart. Children are invited to dress as their

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favorite fairy tale character. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Pirate Dave’s Halloween Magic Show. 2

p.m. Magician David Moreland presents a show filled with magic, balloons, puppets and audience participation. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Dan the Snake Man. 2 p.m. Get a close-up

look at various reptiles. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Staff turn down the noise, turn off flashing lights, and shut off air compressors so people with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the museum. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068.

Sunday, Oct. 15 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 8:30 a.m., registration; 10 a.m., walk. Walk

raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 433-5635.

Life on the Erie Canal. 2 p.m. Dennis Heaphy

(aka the Tinman), a historic re-enactor, portrays a 19th-century canal boat captain making repairs to his vessel in an interactive presentation. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Monday, Oct. 16 Moms Club of Syracuse East. 10 a.m.-noon. Meet other mothers while the kids play. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents meet and talk about how to best organize your homeschooling plans and life. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 Spooky Stories. 6 p.m. Children can wear Halloween costumes or pajamas and hear not-tooscary stories and make a craft. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395

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Wednesday, Oct. 18 Homeschool Tech Club. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Homeschoolers in grades 7-12 can learn tools and applications offered by Google, including Docs, Sheets and Slides. Participants must bring their own laptop and know their Google account login and password. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required:

Pokemon Parents Night. 6:30 p.m. Participants

of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn how to play with representatives of TCGPlayer, a local business. Participants should bring their own decks. For kids in grade 3 and up. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

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Superheroes Concert. 10:30 a.m. Kids and parents can enjoy a Symphoria performance with super strength, super speed and super sound. The orchestra’s Instrument Discovery Zone opens at 10 a.m., before all Kids’ series performances. Costumes are encouraged for this concert. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 18 and under. (315) 299-5598.

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Hazard Branch Chess Club. 5-7 p.m.; also

a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dress in costume and enjoy storytime, a costume parade, crafts and trick-or-treating. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Oct. 26. People of all ages and abilities can play with others; those age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, Oct. 20 Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers, ages 18 months to 5 years, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy musical instruments, bubbles and tunes. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 446-3578. Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 21, 27 & 28. Children (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) can take part in Halloween games and activities, and visit the Haunted House. Burnet Park, Coleridge Avenue and Burnet Park Drive, Syracuse. Free admission. (315) 473-4330.

Everson Family Day. Noon-5 p.m. Several activities throughout the day, including making masks and other crafts (noon-3 p.m.); seeing a wheel-throwing demo (12:30-1:30 p.m.); and watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (3 p.m.). Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 474-6064. FamilyDay.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 14 listing.

Star Party. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Using a telescope,

look for galaxies and clusters, views of Uranus and Neptune, and possibly meteors from the Orionids. Bring a lawn chair to lie back and watch for meteors. (Backup date: Oct. 21.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register:

College Essay Writing Workshop. 1-2:30 p.m. Molly Voorheis, a Syracuse University writing instructor, teaches participants about the college essay process. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Oct. 20 listing.

Zoo Boo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Oct. 22, 28 &

Autumnal Owl Prowl. 7-8:30 p.m. Adults and children age 8 and up can join a nighttime walk in search of owls. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 6731350. Register:

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 27 & 28. See

29. The zoo becomes a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Zoo Boo tickets: $8 plus admission: $8/ages 19-61; $5/age 62 and up; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. (315) 435-8511, Ext. 113.

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Monday, Oct. 23 Anime Club. 4 p.m. Participants will watch

episodes of an anime series, talk about manga and comics, share fan art, and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 See Ongoing Events

Wednesday, Oct. 25 Young people in grades 7-12 can play trading card games such as Pokemon, YuGiOh and Magic in sessions organized by local company TCGPlayer. There will be some premade decks, or participants can bring their own. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required:

Thursday, Oct. 26 As the Crow Flies. 10-11:30 a.m. During this

program, adults and children age 10 and up can learn about crows and ravens, birds so intelligent they’ve earned the nickname “feathered primates.” Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register:

Homeschool Series. 2 p.m. At this session,

students age 10 and up can learn about first aid and disaster preparedness. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Science Experiments. 4 p.m. Kids in grades K-2 can learn about science, technology, engi-

Zoo Boo, Oct. 21, 22, 28 & 29 neering and math in this program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374.

Halloween Spooktacular. 4:30 p.m. All ages of participants can dress in costume and enjoy games, crafts, food and more. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395. Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 29. More than 500 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria light the way along two magical trails; also,

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face painting, fortune telling and treats. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $3/person, free/under age 3; $5/vehicle parking, advance. Advance reservations required: (315) 638-2519.

Pajama Storytime and Craft. 6:30 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas to storytime and have a snack, too. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

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Teen Trading Card Game Night. 6-8 p.m.

Enchanted Beaver Lake, Oct. 26-29 The Lion King. 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 12.

Musical with music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $25-$121.

Friday, Oct. 27 Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 28. See Oct.

20 listing.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 29. See Oct. 26 listing.

The Lion King. 8 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See Oct. 26 listing.

Saturday, Oct. 28 Pumpkin Carving. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids of all ages can drop in to carve and decorate a pumpkin. Pumpkins, decorations and tools provided. There’ll also be cider and doughnuts. Carving will take place outdoors; young children must be accompanied by an adult. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 446-3578. Halloween Fun Days. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; also

Oct. 29. Multiple indoor scenes offer non-scary interactive experiences with an environmental twist. There will also be games, crafts, storytime, pinatas and food. Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Admission: $3/ age 12 and under; $1/adult. (315) 697-2950.

Pirate Dave’s Halloween Magic Show. 11

a.m. David Moreland, aka “Pirate Dave,” presents a show filled with magic, slapstick and audience participation. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Family Coding. 11 a.m.; also Oct. 12. Presen-

tations and games can teach kids and parents to code together. Participants may bring their own devices or use the library’s. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.



Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 14 listing. Trunk or Treat. 1-3 p.m. Children of all ages can

dress in a (non-scary) costume and play games to win candy. Plus: an open house and chili cook-off. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. Free. (315) 622-2843.

Mystery Escape Room. 1-4 p.m. Families

can figure out how to get out of a mysterious maze (aka the Carman Community Room). Prizes awarded to the three fastest groups. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required:

Halloween Magic Show. 2:30 p.m. Moreland the Magician puts on a show, after which there’s a party with crafts, games and candy; for ages 5-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

CNY Ghost Hunters. 7-9 p.m. The local community group discusses paranormal evidence and answers questions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. The Lion King. 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See Oct. 26 listing.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Oct. 26 listing.

Trunk or Treat. 5-8 p.m. Event takes place in the parking lot; preregistered vehicles hand out candy and small toys from decorated trunks. Children of all ages can dress in costume and “trunk or treat.” New Testament Baptist Church, 1235 Old Stonehouse Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 449-2354.

Sunday, Oct. 29


Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m. See Oct. 20 listing. Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 29. See Oct. 26 listing.

The Lion King. 8 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See

Spooky Science. Noon-4 p.m. Visit the Scien-

center in costume for tricked-out exhibits, spooky activities and eerie demonstrations. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Free admission. (607) 2720600.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m. See Oct. 26 listing.

Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market.

Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; through Oct. 10. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. (315) 422-8284.

Horseback Riding. Through Oct. 29: Friday,

Monday, Oct. 30

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Highland Forest on an hour-long guided horseback ride. Highland Forest Park, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $35/hour (age 5 and up). Reservations required: (315) 289-3775.

Halloween Party. 4 p.m. Children age 2 and up

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Satur-

The Lion King. 6:30 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See Oct. 26 listing.

can come in costume, hear spooky stories, make crafts, eat snacks, and go trick-or-treating through the library. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.

days and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.


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