Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ December 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the December issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

 Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ would like to wish all our readers who Celebrate Christmas ~
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
and
A HAPPY NEW YEAR

As we look all around us, we see so many people who have decorated their homes for Christmas. For many of us this is the happiest holiday of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
As we enjoy these holidays, we must not forget that many other religions have their own special holidays also.

Holidays Around the World

For two other religions that have celebrations in the month of December, please check out below.

On December 25, 2016, Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights started and lasts eight days.

~Hanukkah~

Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication.” Over 2000 years ago, in 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated Antiochus and, to celebrate, they restored the Temple of Jerusalem – which had been taken over by the Syrians – and rededicated it to their God.
As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. However, a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This was the Miracle of the Oil.
It was then declared that every year, Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. The Hanukkah lights are to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.
During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.

 In the week between 26 December and 1 January each year.

 

~Kwanzaa~

1. Kwanzaa an African-American holiday celebrated mainly in the US. The holiday was established in 1966 to help African Americans remember and celebrate their heritage. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili language and means “first fruits.” Each day of the seven days is dedicated to one of “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” which are1. umoja – to maintain unity in the family and community.

2. kujichagulia – self-determination, to be responsible and speak for oneself

3. ujima – collective work and responsibility, to build and maintain a community

4. ujamaa – economic co-operation, to help and profit one another

5. nia – purpose, to build and develop the community for the benefit of the people

6. kuumba – creativity, to do everything possible to leave the community more beautiful and beneficial for future generations

7. imani – faith, to believe in parents, teachers, and leaders.

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literacy

Lesson one: Laubach Way to Reading Book 2 ~ Vocabulary Word List

Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link to learn your words for this month.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM

Read an interactive story ~ http://www.eastoftheweb.com/interactive/

Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

Lesson 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM

book-of-the-monthInto The Web
by Simon Rose
Shadowzone #2


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Synopsis:
On a doomed version of Earth, the sinister schemes of the Ministry are moving ever closer to completion, with dire consequences for the inhabitants of two worlds. For Ben and Charlie, an unlikely alliance, unexpected reunions, and the mysterious prophecy of the Chosen One offer a glimmer of hope, with the ever-present prospect of betrayal, as they embark on an unpredictable journey into the unknown.

This is the second book of this series “Shadowzone” written by one of Professor Owl’s  favourite young adult authors. After finishing book one, I could not wait to start this one, I was not disappointed a great story with good a character structure and as usual well written. The storyline kept me focused until the very end where it left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Watch next months book of the month ~  “Shadowzone #3.”

Available from http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.amazon.com and http://www.kobo.com

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”~William Arthur Ward

The holiday season is about giving and receiving but material gifts aren’t everything. What is the greatest gift anyone has ever given you that wasn’t a thing.  Write them a Thank You letter, thanking them for their gift. Reflect and write about what their gift meant to you in your life.

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”

~Brian Tracy


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about your perfect gift! Is it an object, an experience or something for someone else?

 

 


 

Journaling

Initially, journals were kept as a matter of record.  People would document events that happened to keep a historical account to pass down to future generations.  Now newspapers, blogs, vlogs and social media are the mainstay.  Many do still use journaling as a tool for documentation but many more seem to use it as a form of expression.

The process of putting pen to paper is therapeutic as it allows one to get the mass of emotions, ideas and information that is often jumbled and bouncing around inside one’s head out and in some structured form.    All of the clutter that is in a person’s mind can cause turmoil, stress or just distract one from the important things that need to be their focus.

Journals contain private thoughts committed to paper and need not be shared with others, which allow you to get your emotions down without censoring or fear of condemnation.  Creating a dedicated time throughout the day to journal is also therapeutic in itself; by giving yourself permission to spend time on yourself is a healthy indulgence.  Journaling also helps with planning and transformation.  Recording dreams, goals and wishes helps you keep your focus on your desired outcome, plan how to get there and keeps you honest with yourself about your limitations and progress.

When it comes to healing, many people keep one or more journals.  General journals record hopes, fears, anxieties and are a great tool for learning about yourself.  Dream journals are great for tracking what recurring themes are presenting themselves in your dreams, thus helping you identify and address things that could be causing stress.  Gratitude journals are daily listings of things one is thankful for. Keeping a gratitude journal helps you focus on the positive things that are going on in your life and helps improve both your mood and attitude.  Idea journals are helpful for sparking creativity and problem-solving.

The written word is a powerful thing. Words provoke thought, act as a release, ignite creativity, and hold within them the power to heal.  Journaling can be an incredible life-changing process.

Writing has always been a huge part of my life. When I was a child, I kept a journal. I would write about what bothered me,  what I feared, and what I dreamed for my future.  I would doodle, write down things of interest and solve my problems.  As an only child, it became a way for me to work things out for myself; I could think, rant or dream on the page. I found the more I wrote, the better I felt. I have never looked back, my journal is never far from me and it now holds more than ever.  Recently, a friend asked me about what I write and how they could start journaling for themselves. Here are some basic topics:

1) Write down your strengths and how you can use them to improve the world for yourself and for others.

 2) Write down things you are grateful for.

3) Write down what inspires you.

4) Write down what you dream about.

5) Write down ideas for projects.

 


“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald


 

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Variety Village

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3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ONM1N 2G2416-699-7167

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Variety Village was built over 65 years ago with one goal in mind: To provide a facility that would allow people of all ages and ability levels with the perfect place to pursue a healthier, happier life. Their success in improving the quality of life for families and individuals is evident in their charity-focused organization that has faithfully worked with young members with developmental barriers in order to see them achieve their goals.

Their facility offers everything you need for your fitness and activities from heated swimming pools to a rock climbing wall. Their site has a 76,000 square-foot field house, three basketball courts and dedicated rooms for weights and cardio. They even have a MONDO indoor track.

They encourage everyone in the community to join in the fun by offering many fitness classes and programs including Yoga,/fitness-wellness/yoga/Pilates and Zumba. Members can also participate in classes and activities such as Taekwondo and Tai Chi.

Additional programs and services include:

  •  Kids’ camps
  •  First Aid training
  •  Active Aging swimming for those over 55
  •  Full aquatic program
  •  Wellness classes
  •  Drama
  •  And much, much more!

Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

upcoming events

 for December,  2017.

THE WORLD’S GREATEST
CHRISTMAS PARTY

On Sunday, December 3, Variety Village will host its signature annual fundraising event. Over 1,000 people enjoy tasty treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Craft and vendor’s markets, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and activities round out the event. The party is an affordable way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, while helping Variety Village raise funds for its specialized programs to support people with disabilities.
GAMES · FOOD · SANTA PHOTOS · LOOT BAGS · VENDORS · CRAFTS · INFLATABLES & MORE!

ADMISSION: $8.00/at door
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
11:00am-2:00pm
MEMBERS ONLY:
10:00 am-11:00 am

Tickets at the door or online!
CLICK HERE!
Proceeds support of programs and services for people with disabilities right here at Variety Village

March of Dimes

 logo March of Dimes

upcoming events for December, 2017

 

OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends

High Tea with Kate Linder & Friends
from The Young and the Restless
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

VIP Meet & Greet 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
High Tea 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Autographs & Photos for all guests 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kate Linder
(Esther Valentine) March of Dimes Canada’s sixth-annual Toronto “OpportuniTea” High Tea will take place at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on December 3, 2017. The event features actors from the top-rated North American soap opera The Young & The Restless, including Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), Abhi Sinha (Ravi Shapur), Daniel Hall (Scott Grainger) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), who will be co-hosting the event along with Carolyn MacKenzie, Anchor of The Morning Show on Global.

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

High Tea & Show tickets $100
Patron preferred seating tickets $125
VIP Circle of Friends tickets $250
Co-Host Christian LeBlanc
(Michael Baldwin) Abhi Sinha
(Ravi Shapur)

Daniel Hall
(Scott Grainger)

 

Thank you! ~  to our Spons0rs
2017 OpportuniTeas Co-Host
Carolyn MacKenzie
Anchor of The Morning Show
on Global

For more information on any of the above events, please contact www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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Laubach Literacy Program ~ Bill Maes Story. #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are ~Shilpa GargMary Giese, Guilie Castillo, Belinda Witzenhausen and myself.


In previous posts, I  mentioned that tutoring through the Laubach Literacy program was the most satisfying volunteering I had ever done. The success stories of my students had a happy ending just like Bill’s below.

Maes writing a new chapter in life

The 78-year-old Alliston, Ontario man spent most of his days unable to read books, peruse the newspaper to catch up on current events, or write letters to his family.
Bill Maes grew up on a tobacco farm in a small town in southwestern Ontario, where helping his parents with the crops took priority over getting an education.

When Bill was around 12 years old his family moved to a farm in Alliston. He spent a few weeks in school before giving it up. While he could get a good grasp on some subjects like math, reading and writing never clicked for him.

A few years later, his family moved to Mansfield, and Maes just carried on helping around the farm. When his father died suddenly, his presence on the farm became even more important, ruling out the possibility of ever going back to school. Not being able to read and write limited him in many ways, but he was able to get by with help from family and friends.

When Bill returned to Alliston about three years ago, he decided it was time to learn to read and write. A friend told him about the Next Step Literacy Council of South Simcoe, but it took courage to overcome his apprehension of asking for help.
He was set up with a private tutor, John Rosenthal, who meets with him two hours a week.

“He works really hard and he’s done everything basically on his own, which is terrific,” Rosenthal said. “I give him some guidance and he goes home and he reads and reads.”

Since Bill started lessons two years ago, he has mastered the alphabet, read about 40 books and has started writing about his life in journals. He is also learning to use the computer so he can send emails to family and friends.

“If it was not for John and the rest of the good people around here, I would have turned around the first day,” Maes said.

For Bill, the most satisfying moment of learning to read and write came after sending his daughter a birthday card. He wrote the address,  signed it and wrote a small poem inside.  She called him crying, and when asked what was wrong?  she replied saying she was so happy because he had never sent her a card before that he wrote himself.

Bill Maes was presented with the Arnie Stewart Award for Individual Achievement at Laubach Literacy Ontario’s annual conference held recently in London, Ontario.

“I never believed I would ever win something like this in my lifetime. Bill said. “You don’t know how good it feels to finally be able to do something you couldn’t do your entire life.”

Bill’s story was initially published on simcoe.com: https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/6705734-alliston-man-learning-to-read-and-write-at-78/

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter November 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the November issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

featured-article

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literacy

For over 30 years teachers, tutors, and learners have depended on this unique approach to reading instruction. The Laubach method was developed specifically to help adults with limited or no reading skills achieve success and become confident readers. This structured, phonics-based series works even with learners who have had negative experiences with other reading programs.

Click the link below to open the book

Laubach Way to Reading 1

       Work through the lesson ~ you may complete the homework and submit

to Professor Owl via email ~ professorowl@outlook.com

We will be working through all the books ~ If you would like to do the lessons more often than once a month ~ please let us know at the address above.

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book-of-the-month

Shadowzone

by Simon Rose (Author

While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version of Earth, a planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe, where the leaders will stop at nothing to complete their deadly mission.
This is the first book of a series by one of Professor Owl’s favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web.”

This is the first book of a series by one of my favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web

About the Author

Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, and the Shadowzone series. He is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books. Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools, along with virtual author visits by video. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and offers a variety of online workshops for both children and adults. Simon offers a number of services for writers, including coaching, consulting, editing, and writing workshops. Full details can be found at his website simon-rose.com. You may also visit his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.
This is the first book of a series by one of my favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web.”
A planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe.

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

Coming Soon: Watch Professor Owls Book Corner in the next month for a review of the other two books.

These books and other mentioned above are  available from http://www.amazon.com,  http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Think of your favourite song with lyrics! Using the first two lines of the chorus, craft a short story! ~ Be adventurous!

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Go outside and move around your neighbourhood, use as many senses as you can to describe it. What do you see, smell, hear etc…? 

Autumn Walk

 

 


ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS: NANOWRIMO STARTS NOVEMBER 1ST!

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Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.

What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

 

PREPARING FOR NANOWRIMO

We are a mere two weeks away to the start of this year’s NANOWRIMO and if you are like me you are looking forward to it.

There is no set way on how to write a novel, everyone has their own way. You may have heard the phrase “Plotter or Pantser” which describes whether a person outlines their novel before writing it or whether they fly by the seat of their pants and go without making too many plans.  There are benefits of doing it both ways and it really is all about what works for you.  I, myself, am an outliner, I like having a rough map of where I’m going before I set out.  I plan out my chapters and create my characters in advance of sitting down to write.  While some feel this is way too stifling and can’t be quite as creative it helps give me a framework to keep the story moving forward and avoid getting stuck for ideas halfway through. If I’m struck by some paths or ideas that aren’t on my outline I still draft out the scenes and see if they’ll fit in down the road.  I recommend you follow the path that feels right for you.  If you are not sure where to start there are some great books out there. Two I recommend are  No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty, the founder of NANOWRIMO and Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland.  Both are incredibly good books that each offer a unique perspective on whether to plot or not.

When I sit to write a novel I create mood boards on Pinterest and my own writing soundtrack on Spotify  , all to help keep me inspired and motivated to write. I  also get or make pretty notebooks and setup an area just for writing.

NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality.  For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing.  With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, adult writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day so there is not a lot of time left for editing or worrying. Young writers can choose a goal which is achievable to you. With school, homework and afterschool activities you can set a reasonable goal for you to reach.

NaNoWriMo hosts writing events to provide participants with an active supportive community and raises money via donations as well as sales of promotional items, which it donates approximately 50% of its net intake to reading charities.

NaNoWriMo has proven to be a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. The first year only 21 people participated in 2016 the number reached 384,126 participants. NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts which eventually became published novels.  Books such as Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, Wool, by Hugh Howey, The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough and Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer were all born out of NaNoWriMo.

 

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Variety Village

 Variety Village2

3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ON. M1N 2G2 416-699-7167

upcoming events

 for November  2017.

We’re so excited to announce that the week of October 30 – November 3 will be our second annual Variety Week on Global BC and BC1! Last year, your generosity raised $700,000, and the stories we shared all week long were updated at our 51st Show Of Hearts Telethon.
We are thankful to Global BC and the whole Corus network for the amazing support we received, on-air, online and everywhere, and your generosity had a direct impact on improving the lives of kids and families with special needs in BC. Variety Week 2017 will again host a Road Show, with live music, entertainment and your favourite BC and Corus personalities!
Thank you for your support, and if you can, please consider giving to Variety BC as monthly donors, so all kids can be kids. Donate now
Sponsorship opportunities:
Chris.lowe@variety.bc.ca
604-268-3892
#VarietyWeek #VarietyKidsCan
• Monday, October 30, 2017
• Global BC
• Tune into every news segment on Global BC the week of October 30 – November 3! Our 2nd annual Variety Week will introduce you to the kids and families your donations help. Updates will happen at our 2018 Show Of Hearts Telethon, where you’ll be able to see how you’ve improved the lives of the kids in BC!

October 31st., 2017

ROTTEN RONNIE’S
HALLOWEEN HAUNT

October is here, which means it’s time to start celebrating Halloween. And what better way to mark the spookiest month of the year than by taking a trip to a haunted house?

There’s something rotten at 121 Sandown Ave. in Scarborough. For the last month, “Rotten” Ronnie McGrath has been up to something in his garage and it’s got his neighbors spooked. McGrath has transformed his garage and yard into a Halloween Haunt that has been spinning the heads of those who pass by his home near Midland and St. Clair avenues.


It is demonic doors will be open to any poor soul brave enough to venture in on Halloween night. Skeletons, ghosts, ghouls and more can be found lurking in the darkness of Rotten Ronnie’s Halloween House that will give you a scare you’ll never forget!
OCTOBER 31, 7:00PM – FREE ADMISSION
121 SANDDOWN AVENUE, SCARBOROUGH
2 Blocks south of St. Claire Avenue | 3 Blocks west of Midland Avenue
~ For more information and map – please visit ~
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/rotten-ronnies-halloween-haunt/

November 3rd.,2017
Active Living Conference 2017

Join us at Variety Village for the 21st annual Active Living Conference. This exciting one-day event is popular with college and university students, educators, coaches, community organizations and families interested in increasing their awareness of inclusive and healthy active living opportunities, for people of all ages and abilities.
Registrants will enjoy speaker presentations, interactive recreation and sports and community resources. Please wear comfortable gym attire to enjoy the rotational activities.
Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00-4:00 pm
Variety Village

Guest Speakers 10:30 – 11:30am
Rotational Activities 12:30 – 3:45pm
Exhibitors and Resources 9:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Inclusion – Level One Certification
For more information. Please visit:
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/active-living-conference/

November 9th.,2017
Variety Gala 2017 Presents

#TBT THROWBACK THURSDAY

Variety Gala 2017 presents Throwback Thursday, a chronological journey, through 69 years of helping kids with disabilities

Click here! varietygala.ca Special guest Emcee, acclaimed Canadian queen of comedy Carla Collins, has prepared a side-splitting evening of comedy, while musical genius Matt Cully spins the night away with a Chronologic presentation of musical smashes starting from the 1950s through to present day greatest hits.
If all that wasn’t enough, we will have Toronto Maple Leaf’s Alumni, a fully stocked silent auction, 50/50 draw and more great ways to give back and win great prizes.
Your cocktail style evening includes a variety of gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres, Antipasto Station, Saganaki Station, Gourmet Slider Station & Open Bar Service (until 10 p.m.). Late night service includes sweet and fresh fruit table and a Cash Bar to keep you going while the music plays on.

We are pleased to announce Archie Allison, Director of Access & Awareness at Variety Village, as the recipient of the 2017 Variety Heart Award for his contributions over the past 30 years to inclusion and accessibility for people of all abilities.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
TICKETS $200

For more information ~

Please visit: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/variety-gala/

March of Dimes

Upcoming Events

November 2017


We’re Still Rockin’!
Welcome back for Issue

#2 of the March of Dimes Canada (MODC) Rock for Dimes newsletter! In this Issue, you’ll read about what’s happened so far, details on upcoming events, special features, a focus on people involved in the event and so much more.
Okay, let’s get this show on the road…
Halifax and Pennzoil – Jumpin’, Jammin’, Jivin’ and Drivin’!

Rock for Dimes is a signature MODC event. It offers bands an opportunity to battle it out in front of fans for top spot in their city… and Halifax, Nova Scotia is the rockin’ place to be on November 1, 2013. So if you are in the area come on down to the Cunard Centre and get in on the jumpin’, jammin’ and jivin’.
Another reason to come out is that our Rock for Dimes sponsor, Pennzoil has partnered with MODC to donate up to $15,000 to retrofit a vehicle for a deserving family or individual living with a disability in Nova Scotia! The special winner will be presented during this event. It’s all about reclaiming freedom, independence and drivin’ on down the highway.
And the best reason of all: money raised from this high energy event helps children and adults with disabilities from across the province by supporting the MODC Conductive Education® program. Man, talk about a win-win happening!
Tune into our website at marchofdimes.ca to get more info on this incredible program, and the many other programs and services MODC has to offer.

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The fun was immeasurable as over the last couple of months, bands were out in full force to sing and play their hearts out in Edmonton, Kitchener and Sherkston Shores.
Both Kitchener and Sherkston Shores (in the Niagara Region) were showcase events, so no “winning” band was crowned, while in Edmonton, the winning band was the Josh Sahunta Band.
And the best result of all the singing, drumming and guitar playing at these exciting evenings, was that money was raised for some well-deserving programs: in Kitchener, the $2,500 raised went to Campers Helping Campers and Stroke Recovery Canada®; in Sherkston Shores, $1,500 was raised, also for Campers Helping Campers; and in Edmonton, over $9,500 was raised and went to local peer support groups in the Alberta area.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in these successful and entertaining evenings: hosts, judges, bands, audiences and supporters.

Bret “Hitman” Hart – a Hit with the Crowd!

Wow! What a treat for the crowd at the first-ever Pennzoil presents Rock for Dimes in Edmonton as none other than Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, spokesperson of March of Dimes Canada’s Stroke Recovery Canada® program took to the stage. There was no doubt he was a big hit!
Bret enthusiastically welcomed the audience, and thanked the bands, volunteers and guests for supporting a cause so dear to his heart. Of course, he also took the time to greet fans, sign autographs, take pictures, and raise awareness of Stroke Recovery Canada®. Way to go Bret!
The “Hitman” is a native of Calgary and is part of a wrestling dynasty led by his father, Stu Hart. He rocked the wrestling world by winning numerous championships over his 20-year wrestling career but, as he will tell you, his greatest victory has been his triumph over a devastating stroke in 2002. The stroke caused partial paralysis requiring months of physical therapy leading him to a successful recovery.
Thanks to Bret, champion wrestler and stroke survivor, for helping make Rock for Dimes the success it is today.

Rock on Jeff!

Jeff Poolton is a 37 year old singer/songwriter who has discovered that music has become his greatest source of comfort and confidence while facing the challenges of his life with Cerebral Palsy.
These challenges, along with his desire to thank those that inspired him on his journey, led to the creation of his new pop album “Welcome to My World”. The collection of original songs is chronologically organized, as Jeff sings his way through the highlights of his life.
Jeff is a passionate supporter of many organizations that assist people with disabilities and he was a big part of our Kitchener Rock for Dimes event. His hope is that through his music people will see the world a little differently.

Sit Back and Strap Yourself In!

One of the bands competing this year at the Halifax Rock for Dimes is Dali Van Gogh, a four piece Hard Rock band out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Their sound is “reminiscent of early years AC/DC and Led Zeppelin slashed through with a more modern-sounding crunch on the guitar work” (Stuart Rankin).
Dali Van Gogh were chosen as one of the top 25 Bands of 2012 by Rockwired Magazine, with their Guitarist Isaac Kent featured as one of the top guitarists world wide in Independent Music earlier in the year.
So, if you get the chance to attend the Halifax Rock for Dimes, sit back and strap yourself in as the band takes to the stage and rocks the Cunard Centre, November 1, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE
Welcome

Halifax Rock for Dimes

Event Review

Special Features
Bret Hart
Nico

Focus On
Jeff Poolton
Dali Van Gogh
Upcoming Events

Nico – A Real Rock and Roll Cutie

One of the people enriched by the generosity coming out of the Rock for Dimes event is a real rock and roll cutie by the name of Nico – a spirited five-year-old with Cerebral Palsy. With MODC programs, such as Conductive Education®, children like Nico are enabled to do things that once seemed impossible.
Thanks for your support!

Please Say the Fun Isn’t Over!

Okay, the fun isn’t over… there are still three more great events to come:

RFD Halifax

November 1, 2013

RFD Montreal

November 16, 2013

RFD Hollywood, CA
December 3, 2013

Get details at www.rockfordimes.ca

One Stop: Opportunities for Independence
http://www.marchofdimes.ca Toll-Free:1-800-263-3463
Charitable Registration No. 10788 3928 RR0001

Text the word SUPPORT to 45678 to donate $10 to March of Dimes Canada

eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ is a virtual wheelchair for your website.

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 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book of the Week ~ October 6, 2017

The Dragon’s Cave Kindle Edition

by Rose-Marie Lyttle (Author)

A DRAGON’S TREASURE. A GREEDY KING.
ONLY ONE BOY CAN RESTORE BALANCE BEFORE THE MOUNTAIN IMPLODES.

Seamus’s day couldn’t get any worse. His best friend stops speaking to him, his cross-country coach benches him, and lightning strikes him down, right in front of his middle school. But it does get worse. When he wakes up from the lightning, he finds himself trapped in the body of a young squire in medieval Scotland. At the base of a haunting mountain, a tyrannical king leads Seamus and a group of soldiers to face off with a dragon. When a knight who seems eerily familiar is wounded, Seamus is the only one who can find the cure deep within the dragon’s lair.

As he approaches the cure, the terrifying dragon traps Seamus and has a chance to end his life. But the dragon spares him, saying that the young squire is on a quest that could change the world forever. Seamus learns he must make a dangerous pact with new allies to save his friends’ life and secure one last chance to get home.

The Dragon’s Cave is the first book in the series of medieval middle grade fantasy novels. If you like Eragon and How to Train your Dragon, then you’ll love Rose-Marie Lyttle’s incredible adventure for kids ages 9-14.

I could not put this book down until every page was read. The story has so much meaning for life. I loved Seamus and his adventure into the dragon cave. This is a great adventure story and also about morals too. Great storytelling, good characters, I do hope this is the start of a series.

Available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com

March of Dimes Canada ~ Meet Malic, Our Superhero! #WATWB

The “We Are The World Blogfest” #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Emerald Barnes, Andrea Michaels and Shilpa GargTo learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!

 

For those familiar with Professor Owl’s Book Corner, you are no doubt aware we are all about celebrating heroes. Meet Malic, this month’s POBC hero:

Malic ~ Superhero

As told by William Shatner

Malic was born in Dubai and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant when his parents noticed he wasn’t meeting important developmental milestones. They immediately found physiotherapy for him, and continued to maintain a similar structure for him at home, reinforcing what he was learning in his therapy sessions. Though steady, his progress was slow.

Malic at the museum!
Malic’s parents had heard of Conductive Education® (CE), but it wasn’t offered in Dubai. After the family moved back to Canada, they signed Malic up for March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education Summer Camp where they learned that the sky was the limit for this bright and engaging young boy!
After their first assessment, the family walked away feeling hope and excitement! The great staff at March of Dimes Canada knows that it is important not only for Malic to believe that he can do anything and everything he wants to do, but that his family believes it too! Malic is continually given challenges that are outside his comfort zone, and he rises to the occasion every time! He is always quick to say “I can do it myself…”

Those are words they LOVE to hear at March of Dimes Canada. Those words are why they do what they do.

Malic’s accomplishments are all 100% his own. He loves to dance, listen to music and play video games just like any other boy. He loves superheroes, but to me, Malic is the superhero! The love, compassion and determination he shows every day of his life exemplifies the March of Dimes spirit.
People like Malic are why I support March of Dimes Canada. I hope Malic’s story will inspire you as it has inspired me.

I am also pleased to remind you that March of Dimes Canada has been accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for excellence in financial accountability and transparency, fundraising and governance. Learn more about their Conductive Education® Program by visiting the following link: http://bit.ly/ModcCEP
For more information on the March of Dimes and their programs ~ Please contact them below.
http://www.marchofdimes.ca
March of Dimes Canada Head Office
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Tel: 416-425-3463
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ September 23rd, 2017

House of Chaos (House Eternal Book #1)

by Sarai Henderson (Author)

Sixteen years ago, Tabri showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Chaotics running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings, but then the Madnesi came.

Nell’s Furyon bloodline and elemental magic make her the perfect warrior. Perfect to revenge her sister’s death at the hand of a Madnesi Lord, to defend the Chaotic until her magic fully emerges and to defeat the masses of rotting undead who threaten the survival of the Wilders. If only there was more time in the day.

The Earth Stone has given the two companions a path to safety, but Tabri’s magic is on the fritz and Nell has completely lost her mind with grief. Can they hold it together long enough to allow Chaos to shine a light in the darkness, or will the Madnesi destroy all magic in the world along with the prophecy?
I really enjoyed the story of Tabri, Arsan, Nell, and Ruan. Their struggle to find their bloodlines and help save their people. This an easy read book that held my interest until the end, it is sweet and full of adventure, fantasy and magic ~ It’s a fun YA book

About the Author

Sarai Henderson

Sarai Henderson is a retired ballerina from Oregon City, Oregon, where she spends most her time chasing down her three rambunctious boys and writing on her lunch break at work. She enjoys DIY projects, Photography and writing on her blog about life as a mother of an autistic son.

Find her online at http://www.exballerina.com or on Twitter @Shendersonbooks.

 

Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ October 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the October issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

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September 8 was The United Nations’ International Literacy Day to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies, with a strong emphasis on epidemics and communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
In countries all over the world, including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, the day raises people’s awareness of and concern for literacy problems within their own communities. Activities such as letters to the editor in newspapers, as well as news reports about the concerns for low literacy levels, have occurred because of this increased awareness. Other activities include literacy day projects, particularly regarding technology and literature, which are promoted by various organizations including reading associations.
The UN’s International Literacy Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
According to UNESCO, about 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. However, literacy is also a cause for celebration on the day because there are nearly four billion literate people in the world.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed a 10-year period beginning on January 1, 2003, as the United Nations Literacy Decade. The assembly also welcomed the International Plan of Action for the Decade and decided for UNESCO to take a coordinating role in activities at an international level within the decade’s framework. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. This day was first celebrated on September 8, 1966.
UNESCO’s banners for the event feature the words “Literacy is the best remedy”. These banners have been produced in English, French, and Spanish. UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. Underneath the temple are the words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”. This logo is often used in promotional material for International Literacy Day.

Watch Professor Owl’s Newsletter for information in November issue regarding ~

November is Family Literacy Month, and the National Center for Families Learning is promoting their guide to 30 Days of Families Learning. The guide has literacy activities and practices for every day of the month designed to inspire family memory-making as families play, imagine and learn together.
Fun Ideas for Family Literacy Month | Reading Rockets
www.readingrockets.org/news/fun-ideas-family-literacy-month

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Lesson 1 Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76S4icu_y4&feature=youtu.be
Lesson 2 Chart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIuc2YhEpSA&feature=youtu.be
Lesson 2 Vocabulary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM&t=317s

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Ringer

by Lauren Oliver (Author)

(To be released ~ October 3rd. 2017)

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by the powerhouse author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.
In the world, outside of the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and Lyra, infected at Haven with a terrible disease, finds her symptoms are growing worse. When Caelum leaves without warning, Lyra follows him, seeking a pioneering organization in Philadelphia that might have a cure. But what they uncover there is a shocking connection to their past, even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.
Though Gemma just wants to go back to her normal life after Haven, she soon learns that her powerful father has other plans for the replicas—unless she and her boyfriend Pete can stop him. But they soon learn that they aren’t safe either. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.
Bestselling author Lauren Oliver brings the Replica duology to a shocking close in Ringer, but like both Gemma and Lyra, you won’t be able to leave the world of Haven behind after you’ve turned the last page.

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Write a brief story/piece starting with…

“I wish everyone would realize that ….. Then everyone would…..”

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about your favourite thing to do in October…

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ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS!

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Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.

What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

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Variety Village

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3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ONM1N 2G2416-699-7167

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Variety Village was built over 65 years ago with one goal in mind: To provide a facility that would allow people of all ages and ability levels with the perfect place to pursue a healthier, happier life. Their success in improving the quality of life for families and individuals is evident in their charity-focused organization that has faithfully worked with young members with developmental barriers in order to see them achieve their goals.

Their facility offers everything you need for your fitness and activities from heated swimming pools to a rock climbing wall. Their site has a 76,000 square-foot field house, three basketball courts and dedicated rooms for weights and cardio. They even have a MONDO indoor track.

They encourage everyone in the community to join in the fun by offering many fitness classes and programs including Yoga,/fitness-wellness/yoga/Pilates and Zumba. Members can also participate in classes and activities such as Taekwondo and Tai Chi.

Additional programs and services include:

  •  Kids’ camps
  •  First Aid training
  •  Active Aging swimming for those over 55
  •  Full aquatic program
  •  Wellness classes
  •  Drama
  •  And much, much more!

Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

upcoming events

 for October 2017.

VARIETY VILLAGE NCCP
COMMUNITY CLINIC


In celebration of National Coaches Week in Ontario this year, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) is partnering with host communities from across the province to deliver NCCP Community Clinics, which aim to recruit, develop, educate and celebrate community volunteer coaches!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Make Ethical Decisions Workshop – 6pm-10pm – ONLY $10
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel Workshop – 9am-5pm – ONLY $20
Fundamental Movement Skills Workshop – 9am-5pm- ONLY $20

We’re so excited to announce that the week of October 30 – November 3 will be our second annual Variety Week on Global BC and BC1! Last year, your generosity raised $700,000, and the stories we shared all week long were updated at our 51st Show Of Hearts Telethon.
We are thankful to Global BC and the whole Corus network for the amazing support we received, on-air, online and everywhere, and your generosity had a direct impact on improving the lives of kids and families with special needs in BC. Variety Week 2017 will again host a Road Show, with live music, entertainment and your favourite BC and Corus personalities!
Thank you for your support, and if you can, please consider giving to Variety BC as monthly donors, so all kids can be kids. Donate now
Sponsorship opportunities:
Chris.lowe@variety.bc.ca
604-268-3892
#VarietyWeek #VarietyKidsCan
• Monday, October 30, 2017
• Global BC
• Tune into every news segment on Global BC the week of October 30 – November 3! Our 2nd annual Variety Week will introduce you to the kids and families your donations help. Updates will happen at our 2018 Show Of Hearts Telethon, where you’ll be able to see how you’ve improved the lives of the kids in BC!

March of Dimes

 logo March of Dimes

upcoming events for October, 2017

 

Rock for Dimes

Halifax – October 13, 2017

Opening Doors For Accessibility

ODFA Ottawa – October 19, 2017
ODFA Toronto – October 27, 2017

 

For more information on any of the above events, please contact www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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