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Friday, May 16, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Children’s Book Festival at Hillsborough Library this Saturday. Libraries Closed Tuesday May 20th and Memorial Day. This is the last week for Spring Toddler & Baby Time.

 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SOMERSET COUNTY LIBRARIES WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY MAY 20TH FOR STAFF TRAINING and MONDAY MAY 26TH FOR MEMORIAL DAY.

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Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

Please note, May 13th is the last storytime of the Spring session. The library is closed May 20th.  Toddler Times & Baby Time end May 21st & 22nd.

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) No Registration Required.  Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.    Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) No Registration Required. Thursdays  9:30 a.m.

Music and Movement (Birth to 3 Years) Monday May 19th. 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM (Ages Birth - 3 years)  No registration required.  

decorative image Toddler Dance Party Thursday May 29, 2014 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (For ages 2 - 6)  No registration required.Read, rock and roll at the library!  Toddlers, ages 2-6, and their caregivers are invited to get their groove on at the library.  Shimmy and shake to your favorite toddler tunes!

Lego Club (Grades K-6) Saturday May 31, 2014 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Registration is required.  Hey LEGO fans, here's a club just for you! Get together with other LEGO-maniacs, share ideas and tips on building, and have a great time!  Library LEGOS will be available for building, so you do not need to bring your own.

Special Needs Lego Day (All Ages) Saturday, May 31 from 11:00 am -12:00 pm.  Registration is required.  Program size is limited.  Join us as we build and create with the library's LEGOs and Duplos and give kids with special needs experience with social interactions while encouraging creativity, cooperative play and fine motor skills. Siblings welcome.

Click HERE for the complete calendar of June events.


@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:



Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday May 22nd
  from 6:45-8:45pm.  Registration required to perform.  


TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8)  Tuesday May 27th, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM  Registration Required. Do you want to make a difference at your library? Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games?  Then come to one of our upcoming T.A.B. meetings! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!  

Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, June 9th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Registration required .  Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out the  May teen calendar here.


Around the Community:

LAST WEEKEND FOR KNUFFLE BUNNY @ THE GROWING STAGE

KNUFFLE_FULL_4CKNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
Script and lyrics by six-time Emmy Winner Mo Willems
Music by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher
Black Light Bunraku-style Puppetry created by the Growing Stage’s Artist-in-Residence, Perry Arthur Kroeger

WHEN: through May 18 with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM. WHERE: Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors.
To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.growingstage.com.You can always contact the Growing Stage Box Office at 973.347;4946 or email boxoffice@growingstage.com.
Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL follows Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand. Throw in adventure, song and dancing laundry into the mix and you have the perfect show for a family friendly outing.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL features the talents of six professional equity performers in the cast. Enhance your theatergoing experience with pre and post show-activities. Dates and Activities listed on our website.

CHATHAM PLAYERS CONCLUDES 92nd SEASON WITH “BARNUM”: COME JOIN THE CIRCUS!

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WHEN: May 9 – 24; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham
TICKETS: ccp.ticketleap.com. What happens when you set a Broadway musical at the circus? Let’s just say you may want to “Join the Circus like you wanted to, when you were a kid.”

LAST WEEKEND FOR BELOVED CLASSIC SET TO MUSIC ONSTAGE @ THE STROLLERS IN MAPLEWOOD

Little Women—The Musical
Adapted from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

WHEN: May 2 – 17; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM
WHERE:
The Strollers @ The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood   TICKETS: $20; $16 seniors & students

Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, focuses on the four March sisters—brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo; romantic Meg; pretentious Amy; and kind-hearted Beth—and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several re-creations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. It is a heartfelt story about the importance of family and how life and love changes you. It is a family-friendly musical appropriate for ages 8 and up.

AMERICAN CLASSIC @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE

An American Classic Our Town April 22 - May 25


 


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More info: http://www.downtownsomerville.com/pub/gen/event/2602/fulltext

cinderellaCinderella in Morristown — See the magic of "Cinderella," complete with a pumpkin that turns into a coach as the New Jersey Ballet brings back its popular rendition of the classic story on Sunday. The fairy tale comes to life at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and includes narration so that it is suitable for ages 4 and up. The venue is located at 100 South St., Morristown. Tickets are $15-$25, call (973) 539-8008 or visit mayoarts.org

Walk n' Roll in Piscataway — For the eighth year running, supporters of the Children's Specialized Hospital will gather to walk, roll and stomp for pediatric care at Walk n' Roll, a fundraiser. Last year, the event raised more than $225,000 for Children's Specialized Hospital, which has 12 locations in the state and treats 22,000 children with various conditions including spinal cord and brain injuries, autism and developmental delays. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. Saturday for 5-mile, 2.5-mile, and 1-mile walk n' rolls, the first starting at 10:15 a.m. at Middlesex County's Johnson Park, followed by a free carnival with music, food and prizes. Violet Drive, Piscataway. Call (908) 301-5479 or visit childrens-specialized.org/walknroll.

“SHREK THE MUSICAL” OPENS @ THE BARN THEATRE THIS WEEKEND

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WHEN: May 16 - June 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays 2 PM
WHERE:
Barn Theatre located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287
TICKETS: $24 (senior/student tickets are $22 on matinees only)
For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at 973.334.9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at www.barntheatre.org

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre—not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand. His name is Shrek. (Above: Peter Ogrodnik and Danielle Meola Valencia; Photo by Tom Schopper)

Shrek the Musical is based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and book by William Steig of the same name. Full of all-new songs and plenty of laughs, Shrek the Musical  is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and part irreverent fun for audiences of all ages.

Also in West Windsor:

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More info: http://www.mccc.edu/~humphrew/whatsnew/Shrek.html

“WEST SIDE STORY” SWINGS INTO NEW BRUNSWICK FOR 5 PERFORMANCES ONLY

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WEST SIDE STORY at State Theatre

WHEN: Fri, May 30 at 8 PM; Sat, May 31 at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sun, June 1 at 2 PM & 8 PM
WHERE:
STATE THEATRE, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732.246.SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. AddisonReidCoeandMaryJoannaGrisso_photo by Carol Rosegg

Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway and the Artistic Director for George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony® Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).

West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. West Side Story soars as the greatest love stoWSS0028r_photo by Carol Roseggry of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.”

West Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-WSS0021r_photo by Carol Roseggtime Tony®Award-winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony® and Grammy® Award-winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut. 

 

 

 

Spelling Bee at Chester Theatre

May 2nd - 18th at Chester Theatre Group

Six young people in the throes of puberty vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Along the way, they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. A hilarious tale of overachievers angst set to music.

SPEAKING OF BEES -- CHECK OUT THE HONEY AND THE HIVE: THE SWEET STORY OF HONEYBEES AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM

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Honeybees are responsible for at least 30% of the foods we eat everyday!  Busy bees are the great pollinators of the world and are essential to so many aspects of our lives and culture.  Celebrate the sweet story of these incredible insects and learn how vital they are to our survival and how you can help to protect and conserve bees and their habitats.  Learn about the life cycle of a bee and how different cultures revere this tiny architect.   Artists that will be featured in the exhibit include: Josie Rodriguez, Katja Loher, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Rose-Lynn Fisher, among others.

Elise Guidoux and Karen Koshgarian, To Bee or Not To Bee, Twelve concertina books enclosed in various cells of a hand constructed honeycomb,  Image courtesy of the artists.

RELATED PROGRAMS (SEE LINKS FOR REGISTRATION AND TICKETING INFORMATION):


 

 
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Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings….
 

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The Dance Department at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (next to the library) will be holding two programs during the upcoming summer break.  The Little Steps Summer Mini Dance Camps will be held for children ages 3 – 6 and the annual Summer Arts Enrichment Program Dance Intensive will be held for students entering grades 6 – 9.  Both programs are held in the air conditioned studios of Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.

New this year, the Little Steps Summer Mini Dance Camps will cover classes in ballet, jazz, and creative movement.  The Little Steps Summer Mini Dance Camps will run from July 7th to the 10th for children ages 3-4 and July 14th – 17th for children ages 5-6. 

The annual Dance Intensive is a week of technique classes in Modern, Jazz and Ballet.  All dancers will learn basic composition tools and concepts, as well as learning repertory from dance professionals.  The Dance Intensive will run from July 21st to the 31st for students entering grades 6 – 9. 

All camp programs are instructed by SCVTHS faculty and alumni.  For more information and to register, please visit www.scvths.org or contact Maureen Glennon at (908) 526 – 8900 x7175 or mglennon@scvts.net

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday and the Wizard of Oz’s 75th Anniversary with displays at Bridgewater Library. Also see the play KnuffleBunny live at Growing Stage, Make art at Family Art Day in Bedminster, and get ready for a Children’s Book Festival at Hillsborough Library…

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SOMERSET COUNTY LIBRARIES WILL BE CLOSED ON MAY 20TH FOR STAFF TRAINING.

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Programs for Children @ the Bridgewater Library:

Storytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) No Registration Required.  Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm.  Please note, May 13th is the last storytime of the Spring session. The library is closed May 20th. 

Toddler Times & Baby Time end May 21st & 22nd.

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) No Registration Required.  Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., repeats at 11:00 a.m.  Also Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.    Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) No Registration Required. Thursdays  9:30 a.m.
 

Play Group (ages Birth to 3 years) Monday May 12, 2014  10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Story Well.  No registration required. 

 

Rebel the Pirate Pony (For all ages)  Monday, May 12 from 4:30-5:30 pm. Registration required and begins on April 28. Ahoy Mate!  Come to the library to meet Rebel the 'Pirate Pony' from the Lord Stirling Stable.  Learn about horses and ponies, and listen to the story about Rebel's quest to become the most fearsome Pirate Pony Somerset County has ever seen.  Come dressed as a pirate and you too can be part of Rebel's crew!


Music and Movement (Birth to 3 Years) Monday May 19th. 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM (Ages Birth - 3 years)  No registration required.  

Click HERE for the complete calendar of May events.


@ Bridgewater Library for Tweens and Teens:



Open Mic Cafe Night (Ages 13+) on Thursday May 22nd
  from 6:45-8:45pm.  Registration required to perform.  


TAB Meeting (Grades 6-8)  Tuesday May 27th, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. TAB Meeting (Grades 9-12) 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM  Registration Required. Do you want to make a difference at your library? Do you have suggestions for programs, new books, movies, or video games?  Then come to one of our upcoming T.A.B. meetings! Community service hours will be awarded for attendance and snacks will be served!  

Make a Difference @ the Library! (Volunteer Opportunities for Grades 5 - 6) Monday, May 5th 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm  Registration required .  Want more info about upcoming programs? Check out the  May teen calendar here.


Around the Community:

KNUFFLE BUNNY @ THE GROWING STAGE

KNUFFLE_FULL_4CKNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL
Script and lyrics by six-time Emmy Winner Mo Willems
Music by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Silversher
Black Light Bunraku-style Puppetry created by the Growing Stage’s Artist-in-Residence, Perry Arthur Kroeger

WHEN: through May 18 with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM. WHERE: Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong
TICKETS: FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors.
To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.growingstage.com.You can always contact the Growing Stage Box Office at 973.347;4946 or email boxoffice@growingstage.com.
Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL follows Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand. Throw in adventure, song and dancing laundry into the mix and you have the perfect show for a family friendly outing.

KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL features the talents of six professional equity performers in the cast. Enhance your theatergoing experience with pre and post show-activities. Dates and Activities listed on our website.

 

Hooray for May! A Family Art Day in Bedminster

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Artwork by Dan Fenelon

“Hooray for May!”, a free family art day at The Center for Contemporary Art, will take place on Saturday, May 10th from 1-4 p.m.

“Hooray for May!” will bring together families from the local community for a fun and interactive day of making art. A variety of hands-on art activities for kids of all ages and parents alike will take place in The Center’s three art studios and in the outdoor pavilion, and include a variety of creative projects to keep or give on Mother’s Day.

A highlight of “Hooray for May!” will be a unique art experience led by renowned New Jersey artist and muralist Dan Fenelon, who will work directly with families to help them create large, vibrantly-colored banners that will be prominently displayed in local business locations throughout the Bedminster area. Fenelon has created murals across the United States including the Peace Mural that welcomed the Dalai Lama to the 2011 Newark Peace Summit.

Rounding out the afternoon will be family-friendly guided gallery tours of The Center’s current exhibitions, an art story time, a community hula hoop weaving project, and a creative do-it-yourself photo booth. Light refreshments including Friendly’s ice cream, cupcakes from Pirate Cupcake Baking Company, and Herr’s potato chips in a variety of flavors will be available. All children attending “Hooray for May!” will receive a “swag bag”, and student members of The Center will receive a special gift. Free t-shirts will be given out to the first fifty children.

Participation in “Hooray for May!” is free thanks to the generous support of Lead Sponsor Investors Bank.

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PLANNING AHEAD FOR SUMMER…. if you are interested in other  Summer Camp Opportunities, check the lower portion of this blog: http://bwlibys.blogspot.com/2014/03/tonightmarch-20thcelebrate-world-day-of.html
 


BELOVED CLASSIC SET TO MUSIC ONSTAGE @ THE STROLLERS IN MAPLEWOOD

Little Women—The Musical
Book by Allan Knee
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Adapted from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

WHEN: May 2 – 17; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 2 PM
WHERE:
The Strollers @ The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood   TICKETS: $20; $16 seniors & students

Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, focuses on the four March sisters—brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo; romantic Meg; pretentious Amy; and kind-hearted Beth—and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several re-creations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. It is a heartfelt story about the importance of family and how life and love changes you. It is a family-friendly musical appropriate for ages 8 and up.


TRUE AMERICAN CLASSIC TO RUN @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE APRIL 22–MAY 25

An American Classic Our Town April 22 - May 25


 



CIRCLE PLAYERS TO PRESENT “ROMEO & JULIET” IN CONTEMPORARY SETTING

 

circleplayers001001.gifROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare
directed by Erik Hall
produced by Faith Dowgin

WHEN: April 25-May 10; 8 PM Fridays and Saturdays; 3 PM matinee Sunday, May 4. A wine and cheese reception and a celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday will follow the opening night performance.
WHERE:
416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway
TICKETS: www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.)

One of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, it is the story of two star-crossed lovers whose untimely deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. This contemporary production places the Bard’s timeless words into a modern setting—a private school. (This is a perfect opportunity to introduce teenagers to the 16th century world of Shakespeare while still making the play relevant to their lives.)

CHATHAM PLAYERS CONCLUDES 92nd SEASON WITH “BARNUM”: COME JOIN THE CIRCUS!

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Book by Mark Bramble, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and music by Cy Coleman
Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello
Musical Director Jack Bender
Choreographed by Megan Ferentinos

WHEN: May 9 – 24; Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham
TICKETS: ccp.ticketleap.com. What happens when you set a Broadway musical at the circus? Let’s just say you may want to “Join the Circus like you wanted to, when you were a kid.”

“SHREK” COMES TO COUNT BASIE THEATRE TO DELIGHT CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES

SHREK—THE MUSICAL

WHEN: April 25 – May 4; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM
WHERE:
The Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey
TICKETS: visit the website! or call 732.747.0014

 

Spelling Bee at Chester Theatre

May 2nd - 18th at Chester Theatre Group

Six young people in the throes of puberty vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Along the way, they learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. A hilarious tale of overachievers angst set to music.

SPEAKING OF BEES -- CHECK OUT THE HONEY AND THE HIVE: THE SWEET STORY OF HONEYBEES AT THE MORRIS MUSEUM

imageMay 5 – August 16, 2014

Honeybees are responsible for at least 30% of the foods we eat everyday!  Busy bees are the great pollinators of the world and are essential to so many aspects of our lives and culture.  Celebrate the sweet story of these incredible insects and learn how vital they are to our survival and how you can help to protect and conserve bees and their habitats.  Learn about the life cycle of a bee and how different cultures revere this tiny architect.   Artists that will be featured in the exhibit include: Josie Rodriguez, Katja Loher, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Rose-Lynn Fisher, among others.

Elise Guidoux and Karen Koshgarian, To Bee or Not To Bee, Twelve concertina books enclosed in various cells of a hand constructed honeycomb,  Image courtesy of the artists.

RELATED PROGRAMS (SEE LINKS FOR REGISTRATION AND TICKETING INFORMATION):


 

 
logo Planetarium at RVCCRVCC Planetarium

Public Star Shows





Thanks to Ruth Ross of njartsmaven.com for some of these listings….
 

Let Your Fingers do (more) Walking:

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Are yours on this list?