Local Events

Thursday, December 5th

  1. NCCAA National Volleyball Championship
    • The National Christian College Athletic Association 2019 National Volleyball Championship will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Howell W. Keeter Gymnasium on the College of the Ozarks campus. This is the second year of the three-year agreement to host the tournament. Eight teams will compete in the tournament, and each of the teams will have a local business serving as their honorary coach to welcome them to the Ozarks. A link to the bracket and the schedule of game times will be available on the College’s athletic website, www.bobcats.cofo.edu Admission to the tournament requires an event pass. Spectator passes can be purchased at the gate. Options and prices are as follows, with children fourth grade and below admitted free of charge:  Tournament Pass General Spectator: $35 Students (5th grade – college): $20 Senior Citizens (60 & over): $20 1 Day Pass General Spectator: $15 Students (5th grade – college): $10 Senior Citizens (60 & over): $10 Concessions will be available during the entirety of the tournament.

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Today

  1. Pancakes with Santa - 8:00 am
    • The Branson Tri-Lakes Kiwanis Club will host Pancakes with Santa on Saturday, December 7 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at McFarlain's Restaurant inside the Branson IMAX Complex on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Advance tickets are $5 and tickets at the door are $7. Children 4 and under are free with paid adult. Photos with Santa are $5 each from 8:00-9:45 a.m. Proceeds will be used by Branson Tri-Lakes Kiwanis Club to adopt families for Christmas. Advance tickets can be purchased at The Bank of Missouri, Branson Bank and Central Bank of Branson lobby locations. For more information, call 417-527-0076 or visit BransonKiwanis.com.

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  2. Christmas BASH - 10:00 am
    • First Baptist Branson will host its 10th Annual Christmas BASH in the church's Life Center on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. - Noon. The event will feature a free box of groceries for each family, photos with the Chick-fil-A Santa Cow, indoor inflatables, games with prizes, eye and medical exams, Penmac job bank, candy for kids, crafts, face painting and more. All free, while supplies last.

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  3. Christmas Tour of Homes - 10:00 am
    • The 19th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes presented by Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake opens the door to four picturesque homes around Table Rock Lake while raising money for local charities. The tour will take place Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. A $15 advance ticket purchase gives visitors the opportunity to peek inside four of Table Rock Lake’s unique private residences, all dressed up for the holidays. The homes will be available for touring between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Note: Tickets will also be available for $20 on the days of the tour. (Note: no children under age of 12, no photos or videos at home).

      The Hospitality Room will be at the Kimberling Area Library Community Center. The Hospitality Room includes access to an expansive Gifts and Glitz Galleria and marketplace, featuring local crafts, jewelry, baked goods and drawings as well as purchase of your home tour tickets. While there, visitors can enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies. In addition, a lunch is available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Gifts and Glitz Galleria and Marketplace hours run 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

      $15 advance tickets are available through Dec 5 at Rhodes Price Chopper in Branson, Harter House in Kimberling City or Kimberling Area Library. Proceeds from the Christmas Tour of Homes and Galleria will be distributed to various Stone and Taney county charities.

      For more information and to view a sample of the showcased homes on the tour, visit http://hometour.nftrl.org.

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  4. Kimberling City Christmas Parade - 10:00 am
    • Kimberling City's annual Hometown Holiday Parade, hosted by the Kimberling City Lions Club, will be held on December 7 starting at 10 a.m. This year's parade will follow a new route. The parade will start at Kimberling Area Library, proceed south on Kimberling Blvd, turn east on Marina Way and end at Port of Kimberling Marina & Resort. Cookies and Cocoa with Santa is a new feature this year, to be held following the parade at Port of Kimberling. The theme for the parade is Christmas Stories. Judges will determine a winner for each float category. Categories are Best Business Float, Best Non-profit Float, Best Four-Wheel Drive Decorated Vehicle, Best Animal Entry, Best Use of Theme, and People's Choice Award. More information and application forms are available on the Kimberling City Lions Club Facebook page.

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  5. Nature Holiday Crafts - 10:00 am
    • The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center will host a program called Nature Holiday Crafts onSaturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit while crafting ornaments with materials from nature. Pine cones, twigs, and feathers can make for beautiful decorations. All craft supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Call 417-334-4865 ext 0 for more details or to register. This event is open to all ages. The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center is located at 483 Hatchery Road in Branson.

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  6. Toy Drive - 2:00 pm
    • Little Flock Ministries Outreach will host a Toy Drive event on Saturday, December 7 from 2-5 p.m. at Caring Americans Thrift Store, 416 S. Bus. 65 in downtown Branson. The event is free to the public and will feature food, free haircuts, testimonies, raffle and more. Please bring toys for Taney and Stone County drug court families. Vendors and food donations are also needed. For more information, call 417-559-1699.

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  7. Live Nativity Drive-Thru - 6:30 pm
    • Life Christian Center invites the public to The Greatest Gift - A Live Nativity Drive-Thru. This free event celebrating the birth and life of Christ will be held December 5-7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will also be free cookies and hot cocoa, a special gift from Life Christian Center, and an opportunity for prayer if desired. The church is located at 2193 State Hwy F, Branson.

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  8. C of O Winter Production - 7:30 pm
    • The College of the Ozarks Theatre Department will present “Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” as their winter production.

      Performances will take place Dec. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. To reserve tickets, call the theatre department box office at (417) 690-2626.

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Tomorrow

  1. Hollister Santa Train - 1:00 pm
    • The 26th Annual Santa Train will be held in Hollister on Sunday, December 8 from 1:00-3:00 p.m at the Historic Hollister Train Depot, located at 312 Esplanade Drive. Children will receive goodie bags and treats, and have the opportunity to share their Christmas wishes with Santa aboard the train. This is a FREE, family event for the community. Face painters, provided by Jordan Valley Community Health Center, dancing elves and toy soldiers, provided by Premiere Dance Academy, story tellers from State of the Ozarks, and Ronzo the Clown will be there to keep children entertained as they wait their turn to see Santa. Refreshments will be provided inside the depot as well. For more information, call 417-334-3050 or visit HollisterChamber.Net

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  2. C of O Winter Production - 2:30 pm
    • The College of the Ozarks Theatre Department will present “Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” as their winter production.

      Performances will take place Dec. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. To reserve tickets, call the theatre department box office at (417) 690-2626.

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  3. Adoration Celebration and Parade - 5:30 pm
    • Branson's 71st annual Adoration Celebration and Parade will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2019. It starts with the annual lighting of the largest area nativity scene, overlooking Lake Taneycomo at dusk and culminates with the Adoration Parade through downtown Branson. The Branson community gathers on this special day to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. The parade route will travel from the Branson Convention Center parking lot south to Long Street, then north on Branson Landing Boulevard (along the Landing) and then turn back south on Commercial Street (through old downtown Branson). The route will then turn east onto College Street (by the Christian Church) and then south right back into the Convention Center parking lot.

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Monday, December 9th

  1. Foster Families Christmas Show - 6:30 pm
    • Foster families in Stone and Taney Counties will be blessed during a special one-time Christmas gifting show on Monday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. The show features the Brown Family and a variety of guests including Gloria Elliot, Harmony Trio, Tessa Bratz from Sunshine Dance Studio, and special guest, comedian ventriloquist Jim Barber. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance to take pictures with the kids.
      The special show will be at Branson’s Famous Theater home of the Baldknobbers. Admission is free for foster families and kids 13 and under. Tickets for all others are available for a $15 donation at the door. All donations go to help make this event possible.

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Tuesday, December 10th

  1. Cancer & the Holidays - 12:30 pm
    • The holidays can be a somber time for folks dealing with a difficult diagnosis. Cox Cancer Center Branson invites anyone impacted by cancer to join them for a special support group focusing on handling the holidays on Tuesday, December 10 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Angelia Huels, RN, Nurse Navigator. Join them for refreshments and conversation. The event will be held in the Cancer Center conference room. For more information, call 417-348-8032.

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  2. Ozark Community Christmas - 7:00 pm
    • The second annual Ozark Community Christmas, promoting hope and unity during this special season, will be held on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. at The Mansion Theatre in Branson. This free Christmas concert features a 100 voice choir from Branson First Baptist Church and Faith & Wisdom Church, along with special guest performances by SIX, The Johnson Strings, The Blackwoods, Gary McSpadden and Larry DeLawder as Barney Fife. The event will also sponsor a food drive that benefits Christian Action Ministries (CAM). Donations of canned goods, non-perishable items and monetary donations are encouraged. Doors open at 6 pm and it is first come, first served seating. An offering will be taken during the evening.  For more information, visit http://OzarkCommunity.com or search for Ozark Community Christmas on Facebook. 

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Thursday, December 12th

  1. Tantone Christmas Luncheon - 12:00 pm
    • Connell Insurance invites the community to a Christmas luncheon at Tantone Industries on Mt. Branson on December 12 at noon. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to LaDella at 417-699-1566 by Dec. 6. 

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  2. Cookies and Milk with Santa - 5:30 pm
    • Branson Bank's Forsyth location, 15514 Hwy 160, will hold a "Cookies and Milk with Santa" event on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. This free community event will feature the bank's signature chocolate chip cookies with milk, Christmas carols, a Christmas Story and photo opportunities with Santa. Parents, don't forget to bring your camera. For more information, call 417-334-9696 or visit BransonBank.com.

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  3. C of O Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert - 7:30 pm
    • The College of the Ozarks Jazz Ensemble will perform a Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

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Saturday, December 14th

  1. Benefit The Badge Pickleball Tournament - 8:00 am
    • Benefit The Badge will host its 2nd annual Pickleball Tournament fundraiser December 14-15 at 8 a.m. at the Branson RecPlex. Mixed Doubles on Saturday, Women's and Men's Doubles on Sunday. All skill levels welcome. Registration is $40 person, and events are $10 each. Proceeds from the weekend will support local law enforcement and help fund the annual Law Enforcement Recognition Week in June. For more information or to register, visit https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=3022. The registration deadline is Dec. 11.

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  2. Breakfast with SANTA - 8:30 am
    • The Branson RecPlex will host its 12th annual Breakfast with SANTA on Saturday, December 14 - Session 1 8:30-9:30am, Session 2 9:30-10:30am or Session 3 10:30-11:30am. They will be serving a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee, followed by a visit with Santa. All children ages 12 and under will receive a gift from Santa. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras, and kids should bring their Christmas lists to share with Santa. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. A registration form is available at http://bransonparksandrecreation.com or you may register in person at the Branson RecPlex. For more information, call 335-2368.

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  3. Forsyth Reindeer Fun Run - 9:00 am
    • The 3rd Annual Forsyth Reindeer Fun Run 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, December 14, at 9 a.m. This is a fun run/walk to kickoff a day of Christmas activities. Race proceeds benefit the Forsyth Area Chamber of Commerce. Each station will have gifts for the runners. For a registration form, visit https://www.facebook.com/forsythfocusmo. For more information, call the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce at 417-546-2741.

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  4. Santa’s Gift House - 9:00 am
    • For the 10th straight year, Junior Auxiliary of Taney County (JATC) is inviting children to shop for holiday gifts in Santa’s Gift House. This event is designed for children in Taney County schools in grades K-4. On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the event will be held at the Branson United Methodist Church Family Life Center at 1208 West 76 Country Blvd in Branson from 9am – 12 noon.
      At Santa’s Gift House, children go “shopping” and select up to four items for 50 cents per item that they give as holiday gifts to their loved ones – parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and others. Most of the gifts have been handcrafted by members of JATC and their friends and families so that these children can have meaningful gifts to give to others.
      In addition to the shopping spree, children will be able to have a photo taken with Santa, and create a Christmas craft of their own.
      More information on JATC can be found on the Junior Auxiliary website JATCMO.ORG, their Facebook page - Junior Auxiliary of Taney County, or via email at jatcmo@gmail.com.

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  5. Forsyth Christmas Parade - 3:30 pm
    • The Forsyth Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 14, at 3:30 p.m. Other activities include Christmas Market on Main Street featuring shopping, food and more from 11am-2pm, and lighting of the Christmas tree after the parade. For more information, visit Forsyth Focus on Facebook or contact the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce.

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  6. Galena Christmas Parade - 5:00 pm
    • The 3rd annual Galena Christmas Parade will be held on the town square on Saturday, December 14 at 5 p.m. There will also be cookies, hot chocolate and the lighting and decorating of the City Tree. Call 417-207-4811 or 417-357-6226 for more information or to register.

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  7. Christmas Card to the Community - 7:00 pm
    • College of the Ozarks will host its annual Christmas Card to the Community worship services on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Williams Memorial Chapel. The purpose of the event is to share with the community a traditional Christmas service by presenting hymns, traditional carols, and opportunities for congregational participation. The C of O Orchestra, Chorale, and Chapel Choir will provide music.  The service will include Scripture readings, student solos, and a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.” Following both worship services, attendees may enjoy a fruitcake and cookie reception in the fellowship hall in the basement of Williams Memorial Chapel.

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Sunday, December 15th

  1. Benefit The Badge Pickleball Tournament - 8:00 am
    • Benefit The Badge will host its 2nd annual Pickleball Tournament fundraiser December 14-15 at 8 a.m. at the Branson RecPlex. Mixed Doubles on Saturday, Women's and Men's Doubles on Sunday. All skill levels welcome. Registration is $40 person, and events are $10 each. Proceeds from the weekend will support local law enforcement and help fund the annual Law Enforcement Recognition Week in June. For more information or to register, visit https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=3022. The registration deadline is Dec. 11.

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  2. Affordable Christmas - 1:00 pm
    • Kanakuk Link Year will present the 7th annual Affordable Christmas on Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 120 S. Wildwood Dr., Branson. During this special Christmas event, Branson-area parents have the opportunity to shop for toys, books, blankets and other necessities for their children at a discounted price. Complimentary childcare and gift wrapping are provided.

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  3. Christmas Card to the Community - 2:30 pm
    • College of the Ozarks will host its annual Christmas Card to the Community worship services on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Williams Memorial Chapel. The purpose of the event is to share with the community a traditional Christmas service by presenting hymns, traditional carols, and opportunities for congregational participation. The C of O Orchestra, Chorale, and Chapel Choir will provide music.  The service will include Scripture readings, student solos, and a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.” Following both worship services, attendees may enjoy a fruitcake and cookie reception in the fellowship hall in the basement of Williams Memorial Chapel.

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  4. Caroling at the Coffee Shop - 6:00 pm
    • White River Coffee Company, 200 Lake Street in Rockaway Beach, will host its 3rd annual Caroling at the Coffee Shop on Sunday, December 15 from 6-8 p.m. There will be Christmas caroling and music by Alicia & Whitney, a bonfire, cookie decorating, an ugly Christmas sweater contest and coffee drinks available for purchase. Dress warm and bring the whole family.

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  5. Christmas Music Special - 6:00 pm
    • Ozark Mountain Assembly, in conjunctionwith I-ROCK-U Group Music School, will be presenting a Christmas Music Specialon December 15 for the public.  Thisevent will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at 50 Trail Ridge Dr. (corner of Joe Bald Road/Trail Ridge Drive), KimberlingCity, MO.The public will hear Christmas music, instrumental solos and ensembles presented by young musicians from the Stone County community. Instructor and pianist for Ozark Mountain Assembly will also be performing some Christmas piano arrangements. The program will end with the narrated and sing-a-long “Storyof Christmas”. The event is FREE for the public, but 2 charity donationsare appreciated.  First for CommunityChristian Outreach, food and personal hygiene items can be dropped off as youenter the church in lieu of admission.  Also, there is a collection for GiftedTalent’s, a program to enable children that can’t afford lessons to have theopportunity.  They already have 2 waitingchildren, Hopefully they will get started and have the chance to perform in thenext music showcase in May.For more information about music lessons or donatingan instrument for students, please contact Teresa Art at i.rock.u.group@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, December 17th

  1. Hands-Only CPR Class - 9:00 am
  2. Youth Christmas Concert - 7:00 pm
    • Branson area residents are invited to enjoy a special, one-of-a-kind Holiday Showcase Christmas Concert featuring the young talented members of the Branson Regional Arts Council’s Staccato Show Choir.The concert is on Tuesday, December 17 at 7pm at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson. All seats are $10 and proceeds benefit the BRAC Youth Education Fund, which provides performing opportunities for area youth between the ages of 8 and 18.Staccato Show Choir is an energetic advanced musical group that combines a challenging music repertoire with entertaining choreography. The choir focuses on elevating and applying its formal training into lively, breath taking “show” style performances. Students meet at the Historic Owen Theatre and study advanced music theory, vocal warm up, stage etiquette, presence and showmanship, as well as multi-part choral music.General seating, no reservations required. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at BransonArts.org/showcase, or at the door.

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Thursday, December 19th

  1. Blood Drive - 11:00 am
    • The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on December 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Walmart, 1101 Branson Hills Parkway, Branson.
      Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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  2. Cookies and Milk with Santa - 5:30 pm
    • Branson Bank's location at 1501 Highway 248, will hold a "Cookies and Milk with Santa" event on Thursday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m. This free community event will feature the bank's signature chocolate chip cookies with milk, Christmas carols, a Christmas Story and photo opportunities with Santa. Parents, don't forget to bring your camera. For more information, call 417-334-9696 or visit BransonBank.com.

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Friday, December 20th

  1. HHS Theatre Production - 7:00 pm
    • The Hollister High School Theatre Department will present "Into The Woods" December 21-22 at 7 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. at the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

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Saturday, December 21st

  1. Christmas Make-n-Take - 10:00 am
    • Branson United Methodist Church will sponsor a free Christmas Make-n-Take event on Saturday, December 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Branson RecPlex. Kids of all ages are welcome to come make up to four crafts for Christmas gifts. They will also have a cookie decorating station for a fun snack. Please RSVP if possible at https://www.facebook.com/events/443664356562962.

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  2. HHS Theatre Production - 7:00 pm
    • The Hollister High School Theatre Department will present "Into The Woods" December 21-22 at 7 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. at the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

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Sunday, December 22nd

  1. HHS Theatre Production - 2:00 pm
    • The Hollister High School Theatre Department will present "Into The Woods" December 21-22 at 7 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. at the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

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