Events

  • Be the Astronaut Opens

    (Exhibit - From Saturday, June 18, 2016 until Sunday, September 11, 2016)

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    Be the Astronaut Exhibition

    June 18 through September 11

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    DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ASTRONAUT? 

    Lead missions into deep space! Drive a planetary rover using NASA data! interface with giant robots!

    Download the Summer of Space poster! (Click here for pdf.)

    Be the Astronaut is a world-class exhibit experience for all ages that teaches STEM-based content via a fusion of physical exhibitry, state-of-the-art video game technology and simulators, and actual NASA reconnaissance data. 

    Scientifically verified by experts at NASA for accuracy and feasibility, the exhibit teaches visitors about the concepts, challenges, and excitement of spaceflight, through the use of touch-screen stations, artifacts, and interactive simulator pods built to look like space capsules. 

    Visitors will have their own crew of virtual content experts throughout every stage of the exhibit. These digital characters will help visitors learn what’s needed to fly a spaceship, pilot a lander, and drive a surface rover — and will be there as visitors climb into the simulators to perform these feats, in a thrilling narrative adventure that spans the solar system.

    In each space capsule, a massive 70-in. monitor serves as the ‘windshield,’ giving visitors a first-person view of their adventures. Touchscreens and a industrial-quality joysticks put visitors in command. During missions, the entire cockpit comes alive with animated lighting effects, game visuals, and sounds that make visitors believe they ARE astronauts.

    Visitors each receive a magnetic swipe ID card that they can use to track their progress through the exhibition’s missions. Each card can be used over multiple visits, so that visitors can continue where they left off on a previous adventure.

    Also on display inside the exhibition are a 3-D printer – space missions use them to print tools as needed, vintage space toys, and a collection of authentic space suits and artifacts from NASA missions and US Apollo and USSR space programs.

    Special companion robots will move about the hall and interact with visitors.

    A “Summer of Space” programming at the museum accompanies the exhibit.

    Learn more about the exhibit - click here

    See the video - click here.

    For more information call 309.686.7000.

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  • Shark Week!

    (General - From Monday, June 27, 2016 until Sunday, July 3, 2016)

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    Shark Week

    June 27-July 3

    Lobby  |  Shark Cart  |  Mon-Fri - 2:45 pm

    Giant Screen Theater  |  "Great White Shark 3D"  |  Mon-Sun - 2 pm

    Join us as we celebrate the iconic predator we love to fear! 

    See "Great White Shark 3D" in the Giant Screen Theater - showing everyday at 2:45 PM. 

    Before the movie, visit the Shark Discovery Cart in the lobby (Mon-Fri only) at 2 PM. 

    Meet Sharkira, our scale model Great White, touch shark teeth/skin and much more!

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  • Space to Ground: Amateur Radio & Space Club

    (General - From Tuesday, June 28, 2016 until Tuesday, July 26, 2016)

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    Space to Ground: Amateur Radio & Space Club

    Meets Tuesdays: June 28  |  July 12  |  July 19  |  July 26

    6-7:30 pm each night

    The club members will work with Peoria-Area Amateur Radio Club members, Riverfront Museum staff and 4-H volunteers to learn about the basics and history of amateur radio, learn about the International Space Station and the many other satellites orbiting the Earth, and how amateur radio operators are involved with the International Space Station.

    Members will build their own Morse code oscillator, participate in a planetarium interaction and the Be the Astronaut exhibit at the museum. Participants will also have the “once in a lifetime” opportunity to talk with astronauts on the International Space Station!

    Ages 11-14
    $15 supply fee in addition to $20 annual 4-H program fee (if not already a 4-H member)

    Register today - click here
    For more info - click here.

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  • Alien

    (Theater - Saturday, July 2, 2016)

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    Alien

    July 2 | 6:30 PM

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    In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.

    Rated R | 1h 57m

    $7.50 adult | $5.50 child | $6.50 senior (60+) | $5 member

    Buy tickets now - click here!

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  • 4th of July Backyard BBQ Fundraiser

    (General - Monday, July 4, 2016)

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    4th of July Backyard BBQ

    Riverfront Museum Summer Fundraiser

    6-10:30 pm

    All you can eat! The best seat in town!

    Save your spot! Purchase tickets online today - click here.

    • Barrack’s Cater Inn all-you can eat buffet
    • Cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream & snacks
    • WMBD radio live remote broadcast with Greg Batton of "The Greg and Dan Show"!
    • “Be the Astronaut” exhibition open
    • Green Screen Photo Booth – underwritten by Advanced Medial Transport
    • $5 Educational Films: "Journey to Space" 3D, "Flight of the Butterflies" 3D, "Rescue" 3D
    • Indoor facilities, climate controlled viewing

    MEMBERS*: adults $35, children (3-12) $17 

    PUBLIC: adults $45, children (3-12) $22 

    *Member Bonus! Bring your family & friends! Purchase up to 4 guest tickets per household at the member rate.

    Tickets available online - click here.

    For more information call: 309.686.7000

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  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, July 6, 2016)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Jul 6 | 12-1 pm
    First Wednesday of every month, 12-1 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Stressed at work? Need a break from your hectic day? Come to Dome Planetarium and calm down. Enjoy a short star talk, then let your tension float away under starry skies with soothing background music. First Wednesday of every month at noon.

    Free parking in the museum's parking garage, just bring in your ticket to be validated at the Front Desk. If you arrive past Noon, it will be dark in the Dome. Please pause for a few moments to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. Someone will help you find your seats. Food and drink welcome in the Dome.

    Upcoming Dates: Aug 6, Sept 7

    More info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • HAM CRAM

    (General - From Friday, July 8, 2016 until Saturday, July 9, 2016)

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    HAM CRAM

    2 Session Course:
    Fri, Jul 8, 6-8:30 pm | Sat, Jul 9 am-4 pm

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    Learn how to communicate via HAM radio! This high-intensity study session will prepare anyone to obtain a technician level amateur radio license. No prior radio experience is needed. Topics include how radio waves travel antennas and feed-line, amateur radio repeats, basic electricity concepts, how to set up a radio station, station operation and license requirements, and using HAM radio for emergency communications. This class is administered by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. The fee covers the cost for the licensing test.

    $15 Members | $15 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • "Figures of Strength" Docent Tour | Jul 9

    (General - Saturday, July 9, 2016)

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    Figures of Strength Docent Tour

    Sat, Jul 9 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Figures of Strength: Artworks by Nita Sunderland located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    (Theater - Saturday, July 9, 2016)

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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    July 9 | 6:30 PM

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    Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.

    Rated PG | 2h 15m

    $7.50 adult | $5.50 child | $6.50 senior (60+) | $5 member

    Buy tickets now - click here!

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  • Space Snowballs

    (General - Saturday, July 9, 2016)

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    Space Snowballs

    Sat, Jul 9 | 1:30 pm

    Learn all about how Comets, aka “dirty space snowballs” form, what they’re made of, and why they have a tail. You’ll even get to make your own comet using all of the exact materials found in space, dry ice – all that’ll be missing is the orbit! Finally, take a look at the latest pictures and discoveries being made by Rosetta, a spacecraft currently orbiting around a comet.
    Pre-registration is required. Space is limited so register early!

    Ages: 8-16

    $10 Members | $12 Public

    Register online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials included.

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  • Bubble Blast! Jul 16

    (General - Saturday, July 16, 2016)

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    Bubble Blast!

    Sat, Jul 16 | 11-11:30 am

    Sun Plaza (rain location: Dave Ransburg Family Plaza, Washington St. side)

    Pop on by for a unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles! Although geared towards our pre-school guests, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble! The show will conclude at 11:30 am, but guests will be welcome to experiment with bubbles for the rest of the hour. All shows will take place on the Sun Plaza, weather permitting.

    A $2 donation per child is encouraged.

    Free public event. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Thrown Pottery

    (General - Saturday, July 16, 2016)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Thrown Pottery

    Sat, Jul 16 | 6:30-9 pm

    Studio 1

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. Local teacher and artist, Al Corpuz, will lead you in a variety of ceramic techniques, including glazing, wheel throwing, and hand-building! Best of all, once you’ve created it, we’ll fire and glaze it for you! All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days.

    $30 members | $33 public

    Buy tickets now - click here.
    Tickers & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Ages 21 and over only. All materials are included. This program is conditional upon minimum participation. If you are interested in scheduling a private Cabernet & Clay for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Taylor at 309.863.3034.

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  • Apollo 13

    (Theater - Saturday, July 16, 2016)

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    Apollo 13

    July 16 | 6:30 PM

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    We know what you're thinking - Apollo 13 isn't Sci-Fi, but we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to show this classic Sci-Fact drama on the Giant Screen! This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.

    Rated PG | 2h 20m

    $7.50 adult | $5.50 child | $6.50 senior (60+) | $5 member

    Buy tickets now - click here!

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Kickapoo Creek Winery

    (Planetarium - Friday, July 22, 2016)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Featuring Kickapoo Creek Winery 

    Fri, Jul 22 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Kickapoo Creek Winery located in Kickapoo Illinois. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission.

    $25 members  |  $30 public

    Buy tickets online – click here.

    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars 2016 Schedule

    Fri, Aug 19 | 7-9 pm
    Wines from: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw, IL

    Limited seating, advance registration requested. Register in person at the information desk or by phone: 309-686-7000

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  • Comets & Crumpets Tea Party

    (General - Saturday, July 23, 2016)

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    Comets & Crumpets Tea Party

    Sat, Jul 23 | 11 am-1 pm

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    Enjoy a space-themed event for pre-k kiddos! This tea party will include stellar arts & crafts, delicious sweet treats and tea, and a special reading of "Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars" by Douglas Florian. Children will be able to participate in a space-themed obstacle course, Alien & Wormhole bean bag toss, and a Space Photo Booth. This event is geared towards children 3-5 years old; however all children are welcome to attend. Preregistration is required.

    Ages 3-5

    $10 per family - members | $15 per family - public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info available at the Museum or by phone at: 309.686.7000. 

    All materials included. Preregistration required. 

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  • Makers in Motion Workshop

    (General - From Tuesday, July 26, 2016 until Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

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    Makers in Motion Workshop 

    July 26 & 27
    8:30 am-4:30 pm each day

    Participants at the 2-day Makers in Motion Workshop will have fun learning about aerospace and drone technology. The youth will also get to experience the Be the Astronaut exhibit and planetarium at the museum. Plans also include a paper airplane competition. Using a silhouette cutter, youth will add their own designs to their planes before flying them with a smartphone!

    For students entering 7th & 8th grade.

    $50 per participant

    Register online now - click here

    Partners include Peoria Riverfront Museum and University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. For more information, contact: University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, Peoria County Branch Office: 309-685-3140.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit!

    (General - Saturday, July 30, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit!

    Sat, Jul 30th | Noon - 3 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    This workshop is intended to help Tiger Cub Scouts learn astronomy and earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop. The workshop will fulfill requirements 3-8 and prepare the Scouts for requirements for their night hike (requirements 1 & 2).

    The workshop includes a planetarium show, a lesson on constellations and the science behind the stars, and hands-on time for Scouts to make their own planisphere (star-chart) and practice with them. They will also observe the daytime moon through a telescope (weather permitting).

    The workshop also includes admission to the museum so that Scouts and chaperones can explore the Be the Astronaut exhibit in the afternoon. While the event is intended for Tiger scouts to earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop, it is open to Scouts and family members of all ages.

    There will be a snack break. Please bring a lunch or money for the concession stand.

    $20 per Scout. By tickets online now - click here.
    Group rates are available for groups of 5 and more and include 1 chaperone per 5 Scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop | Jul 30

    (General - Saturday, July 30, 2016)

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    Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop

    Sat, Jul 30 | 11-11:30 am

    River Classroom

    Space Blast! is a drop-in style workshop where children ages 3-5 years old can participate in cool space science. Activities will be different each workshop. This event is free with general admission.

    Ages 3-5

    Free for members and with general admission.

    Upcoming Dates:
    Sat, Aug 13 | 11-11:30 am

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  • Cosmic Cocktails: A Party in Space

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 5, 2016)

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    Cosmic Cocktails: A Party in Space

    Fri, Aug 5 | 7-9 pm

    Grab a friend, practice your moon walk, and get ready for an out-of-this-world party! Start the night off right with a self-guided tour of Be the Astronaut, where you can immerse yourself in a virtual mission and see if you’ve got what it takes to explore the stars. In the lobby, you’ll be treated to two complimentary cocktails and light snacks, and interactive science stations, all while you enjoy live music by Suit and Tie Guy. Finally, head to the DOME Planetarium where we’ll use our remarkable Uniview software to take you on an exclusive tour of where humans are living and working in space right now and into the future.

    $30 Members | $33 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials included. Must be 21 and older.

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  • Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop | Aug 13

    (General - Saturday, August 13, 2016)

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    Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop

    Sat, Aug 13 | 11-11:30 am

    River Classroom

    Space Blast! is a drop-in style workshop where children ages 3-5 years old can participate in cool space science. Activities will be different each workshop. This event is free with general admission.

    Ages 3-5

    Free for members and with general admission.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 19, 2016)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Featuring Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

    Fri, Aug 19  |  7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw, Illinois. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a spectacular full-dome night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission.

    $25 members | $30 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Limited seating, advance registration requested. Register in person at the information desk or by phone: 309-686-7000

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Hand Built Ceramics

    (General - Saturday, August 20, 2016)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Hand Built Ceramics

    Sat, Aug 20  |  6:30-9 pm

    Studio 1

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. Local teacher and artist, Al Corpuz, will lead you in a variety of ceramic techniques, including glazing, wheel throwing, and hand-building! Best of all, once you’ve created it, we’ll fire and glaze it for you! All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days.

    $30 members | $33 public

    Buy tickets now - click here.
    Tickers & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Ages 21 and over only. All materials are included. This program is conditional upon minimum participation. If you are interested in scheduling a private Cabernet & Clay for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Taylor at 309.863.3034.

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  • Bubble Blast! Aug 27

    (General - Saturday, August 27, 2016)

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    Bubble Blast! 

    Sat, Aug 27 | 11-11:30 am

    Sun Plaza (rain location: Dave Ransburg Family Plaza, Washington St. side)

    Pop on by for a unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles! Although geared towards our pre-school guests, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble! The show will conclude at 11:30 am, but guests will be welcome to experiment with bubbles for the rest of the hour. All shows will take place on the Sun Plaza, weather permitting.

    A $2 donation per child is encouraged.

    Free public event. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Meteorites: Touch Another World | Free Lecture with Brian Poelker

    (General - Sunday, August 28, 2016)

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    FREE LECTURE!

    "Meteorites: Touch Another World"

    Featuring Science Educator & Meteorite Expert, Brian Poelker

    Sun, Aug 28  |  2 pm

    Auditorium

    Join us as we learn how to tell meteorites from "meteorwrongs"! We will explore the types and characteristics of meteorites displayed in conjunction with the Be the Astronaut exhibit. Pieces of the asteroid belt will be on hand to hold. 

    Featured speaker: Brian Poelker, Science Methods Eastern Illinois University Retired Distinguished Colleague Illinois Science Teachers Association.

    Note: See Brian Poelker's amazing collection of meteorites on display in our natural history case near the Dome Planetarium.

    Free & Open to the Public!

    For more information call 309.686.7000. 

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