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== Another way to search the wiki -21 Feb 2011 ==
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== Using Images on FHC and Society pages (5 Sept 2013) ==
  
The [https://www.family-genealogy.com/ Family-ology] website has a tab labeled [https://www.family-genealogy.com/ResearchWiki.aspx?title=utah&ns=0 Research Wiki] that can be used to view alphabetical lists of the content pages available in the wiki. Plus, they also provide a search feature! Check it out!
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Family history centers and societies have often asked to show pictures of classes and activities on their wiki pages, showing an active and vibrant organization, but the policy of no images with living people on the wiki kept those from being approved.
  
== RootsTech news reports mentions the Wiki - 20 Feb 2011  ==
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We are excited to announce that the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Image use#Images_of_persons|Wiki Image Use policy]] has been adjusted to allow these types of images. As detailed in this policy:
  
*[http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/60506/RootsTech-Conference-Convergence-brings-new-technological-uses.html RootsTech Conference: Convergence brings new technological uses] Gadgets, Internet are boon to genealogists.
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#Living individuals should not be included in any images, with the following exceptions:
*[http://www.taneya-kalonji.com/genblog/managing-rootstech-knowledge Managing RootsTech knowledge] - a [[RootsTech_2011|new page in the wiki]] was created to capture RootsTech presentations
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#*a headshot (only) of the contributor, only to be posted to the contributor’s user page;
*[http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/rootstech_the_history_of_your_family_is_in_the_fut.php RootsTech: The History of Your Family is in the Future]
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#*individuals that are not identifiable because they are in the far distance of the image or their backs are to the camera; or
*[http://idogenealogy.com/blog/2011/02/12/rootstech-day-2/ RootsTech - Day 2] - mentions Wiki engineer Don Stringham's presentation of creating Wiki templates
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#*'''an image of a society, library, or family history center showing the facilities being actively used.'''
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/02/rootstech-ketchup.html RootsTech Ketchup] - ok, now we're really stretching, but it's still an interesting article
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#If living individuals are included:  
*Add additional articles as they are discovered.
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#*Approval must be obtained from every person in the picture to post the picture publicly on the Wiki. If any of the individuals in the photo request that it be taken down, it will be removed from the site.
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#*The images must not include any of the situations in the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Image use#Grounds_for_immediate_rejection|Grounds for immediate rejection]] section
  
== Wiki Contributors Corner Forum - 22 December 2010  ==
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Use the guidelines on [[Help:Submitting images for approval|Submitting images for approval]] when submitting your image.   
  
Wiki page Moderators and Adoptors! Stay up-to-date and give your input on issues that matter to you on the [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=81 Wiki Contributors Corner Forum].
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== Update from Search Product Management - Pilot vs Beta - 8 November 2010 ==
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== Non-English Wikis are growing (5 Sept 2013) ==
  
An upate written by Robert Kehrer, the product manager for beta search [http://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch/topics/update_from_product_management_pilot_vs_beta about the Pilot and Beta search functions] has been posted to [http://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch Feedback and Community Support site].  
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Have you noticed that the other Wikis now have new main pages? See the new German and Chinese Wiki main pages just put up last Tuesday (3 Sept 2013). Other languages that have been up for a while: French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. Check them out.  
  
== Watch and Unwatch Bug - 9 July 2010  ==
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We are looking for contributors for these Wikis. If you have specialized research knowledge on any of these countries, we could sure use your research experiences in developing these non-English Wikis.
  
[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/showthread.php?p=12729#post12729 The following notice was posted on the Forum 9 July 2010]:
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Some maintenance updates were installed on the wiki Thursday night (last night). As a result, a new bug was introduced that impacts the Watch/Unwatch feature in the wiki. Here’s a brief description of what you will experience:
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== New Wiki Home Page Design (Nov 16, 2012)  ==
  
When you are watching a page, the Unwatch link shows up (like it always does). Due to the bug, the Watch link will still be there, even though you are already watching the page (this is the bug).  
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A [[User:WikiSupport/Home Example|new wiki home page design]] is in the works. It will be rolled out in stages. Feel free to add your comments, thoughts, and suggestions onto the [[User talk:WikiSupport/Home Example|Talk page]].
 
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However, if you are not watching a page, you will only see the single option to "Watch" the page. You will not see the additional "Unwatch" option.
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The engineers have isolated the problem and identified a fix. They will be testing the fix and installing it to the live wiki site once the testing is completed.  
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Thanks to everyone for quickly reporting the problem. As a result of your watchful eyes over the wiki, we were able to quickly call in the troops and work toward the solution in a timely manner!
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See also, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Technical Meeting Agenda 26 October 2010|Technical Meeting Agenda for 26 October 2010]].
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== Wiki Community Council has been created! (Nov 16, 2012)  ==
  
== Wiki Success Stories  ==
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The [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council|Wiki Community Council]] has been created, and they held their first meeting on November 14, 2012. The purpose of the council is to be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.
  
Have a Wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|success story]] to share with the community? We want to read about it!
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Would you like to see something done in the wiki? Would you like help for a WikiProject, either setting one up, or finding volunteers, or anything else? The Community Council can help.
  
== Having difficulty signing in or combining accounts?  ==
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council|Learn more about the Council and its charter]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council/Members|See who the members are]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council/Requests|Make a request of the Council]]
  
'''Tell us at '''[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=56 '''Tech Support'''] on the Forums. The <u>fastest</u> way to get help! We are listening.
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== Newly Published Collections on Family Search ==
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== Creating a Wiki Community Council (Sep 20, 2012) ==
  
08/18/2010 FamilySearch announces many more collections added to Historical Records, totalling 200 million names. Included are the 1910 US Census (additional data, still in progress), various additional data from vital records in several states, and about half this total is from 18 different other countries. This is said to have made familysearch.org's collection nearly the largest international family history data resource known at present.
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Calling all Wiki contributors,  
  
October 2010 new collections for Historic Records are now only published in FamilySearch Beta as the closure of the Record Search site approaches FSbeta may be found at: http://fsbeta.familysearch.org
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The creation of a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council|Wiki Community Council]], made up of wiki editors from the general public, has been a common discussion over the last couple of years. The purpose of the Council is:  
  
New collections added 20 October 2010 <br>[[Ghana 1982-1984 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>[[Idaho County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional indexes and images added<br>[[Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*To be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.
  
28 October 2010
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While many things can be done on the Wiki without any need for a Council or governing board, a Community Council can help by educating community members about the best ways to "get things done" in the wiki. It can support community members with the things that they would like to do to make the wiki better. It can make recommendations to FamilySearch for major changes to the wiki that require FamilySearch support or authorization.
  
[[Germany, Ludwigshafen Church Family Registers Extraction (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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It is finally time to create this Council. A [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TIE1D-p7Spzv1fs2H263J6LDiyj1Ez_YFIRaBPYzCBE forum thread] includes a document setting out the Charter and Scope of this council with more specifics of what it will be involved in.
  
[[Norway 1875 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional image included
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We invite your nominations now, to recommend those you have seen as valuable members of the community to be a part of this council. Do you see someone who has done great work in the Wiki? Someone who is an advocate for the general public? Please send your ideas and nominations to {{email|researchwiki@familysearch.org}}.
  
[[Puerto Rico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional images included
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[[Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional indexes and images added
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== New Sign-in Option (Jul 23, 2012) ==
  
[[Minnesota State Census, 1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;new indexed records
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Tired of the wiki signing you out when you are in the middle of editing a page?
  
U.S., Minnesota State Census, 1905 1,973,884 indexed records and 52,150 digital images added
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When you sign in now, you can check the box "Stay signed in for 2 weeks" and not worry about getting kicked out in the middle of an edit! &nbsp;When you Sign Out in the Wiki, you will probably be taken to FamilySearch.org and signing in there brings up the 2-week option.<br>
  
New Collections added 29 October 2010
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[[Brazil Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Community Support Meeting, Wiki Contributors Meeting, Technical Meeting Time and Date Change  ==
  
[[Honduras Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Community Support - This meeting has been scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday morning in the past. It will now be held at 9:30 am on Thursday morning.
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*Wiki Contributors - Previously met at 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon. &nbsp;It will &nbsp;now be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm&nbsp;
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*Technical Meeting - Previously held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, will now be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
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*This change will take place on '''28 June, 2012'''.
  
[[Germany, Bremen Name Card Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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New Collections added 5 November 2010
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== Milestone for Links from Learning Center to Wiki Pages (12 Jan 2012)  ==
  
[[Canada Ontario Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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[[Image:Spy glass icon.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Spy glass icon.jpg]]Links have now been made from the tutorials on the Learning Center Page, left hand navigation bar, to corresponding pages on the Wiki. Each lesson is linked to at least one Wiki page. All the content for the countries has been linked, except for United Kingdom and the United States. Those country's links will come along soon.
  
[[Rhode Island 1905 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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--[[User:Carolbmoss|Carol B. Moss]] 22:46, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
  
[[Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Tennessee County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Spain, Cadastre of Marquis of Ensenade (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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a further 15 collections were reworked or added to
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New Collections added 9 November 2010
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== Live Chat is now available to Wiki Users (9 Jan 2012) Update (18 June 2012)  ==
  
[[Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Phone support has been added and is functioning. &nbsp;Follow the instructions below, and the hours remain the same.
  
[[New York, Naturalization Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;Eastern District
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Anyone needing personal help with the Wiki can now initiate a Live Chat with a Wiki Support person. &nbsp;The best method is to go to [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]:
  
[[Oklahoma Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:#Click on "Ask for Help" at the bottom of the page
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:#Then click on" Contact FamilySearch" on the right hand side of the page
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:#&nbsp;"Click here to start an online chat"
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:#A list of options will appear. &nbsp;Wiki is number 8 on the list.
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:#For phone support, Use Option 3, ResearchHelp and then Option 3 again for the Wiki.
  
[[United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Note''': &nbsp;This option will not work with Chrome. &nbsp;Your browser must be Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  
[[Arizona Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Live Chat will be available as follows: (All Mountain time)  
  
3 December 2010
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:*Monday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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:*Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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:*Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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:*Thursday - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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:*Friday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  
FamilySearch Historical Records added collection 500 [[North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
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Using Images on FHC and Society pages (5 Sept 2013)

Family history centers and societies have often asked to show pictures of classes and activities on their wiki pages, showing an active and vibrant organization, but the policy of no images with living people on the wiki kept those from being approved.

We are excited to announce that the Wiki Image Use policy has been adjusted to allow these types of images. As detailed in this policy:

  1. Living individuals should not be included in any images, with the following exceptions:
    • a headshot (only) of the contributor, only to be posted to the contributor’s user page;
    • individuals that are not identifiable because they are in the far distance of the image or their backs are to the camera; or
    • an image of a society, library, or family history center showing the facilities being actively used.
  2. If living individuals are included:
    • Approval must be obtained from every person in the picture to post the picture publicly on the Wiki. If any of the individuals in the photo request that it be taken down, it will be removed from the site.
    • The images must not include any of the situations in the Grounds for immediate rejection section

Use the guidelines on Submitting images for approval when submitting your image. 


Non-English Wikis are growing (5 Sept 2013)

Have you noticed that the other Wikis now have new main pages? See the new German and Chinese Wiki main pages just put up last Tuesday (3 Sept 2013). Other languages that have been up for a while: French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. Check them out.

We are looking for contributors for these Wikis. If you have specialized research knowledge on any of these countries, we could sure use your research experiences in developing these non-English Wikis.


New Wiki Home Page Design (Nov 16, 2012)

A new wiki home page design is in the works. It will be rolled out in stages. Feel free to add your comments, thoughts, and suggestions onto the Talk page.


Wiki Community Council has been created! (Nov 16, 2012)

The Wiki Community Council has been created, and they held their first meeting on November 14, 2012. The purpose of the council is to be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

Would you like to see something done in the wiki? Would you like help for a WikiProject, either setting one up, or finding volunteers, or anything else? The Community Council can help.


Creating a Wiki Community Council (Sep 20, 2012)

Calling all Wiki contributors,

The creation of a Wiki Community Council, made up of wiki editors from the general public, has been a common discussion over the last couple of years. The purpose of the Council is:

  • To be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

While many things can be done on the Wiki without any need for a Council or governing board, a Community Council can help by educating community members about the best ways to "get things done" in the wiki. It can support community members with the things that they would like to do to make the wiki better. It can make recommendations to FamilySearch for major changes to the wiki that require FamilySearch support or authorization.

It is finally time to create this Council. A forum thread includes a document setting out the Charter and Scope of this council with more specifics of what it will be involved in.

We invite your nominations now, to recommend those you have seen as valuable members of the community to be a part of this council. Do you see someone who has done great work in the Wiki? Someone who is an advocate for the general public? Please send your ideas and nominations to researchwiki@familysearch.org.


New Sign-in Option (Jul 23, 2012)

Tired of the wiki signing you out when you are in the middle of editing a page?

When you sign in now, you can check the box "Stay signed in for 2 weeks" and not worry about getting kicked out in the middle of an edit!  When you Sign Out in the Wiki, you will probably be taken to FamilySearch.org and signing in there brings up the 2-week option.


Community Support Meeting, Wiki Contributors Meeting, Technical Meeting Time and Date Change

  • Community Support - This meeting has been scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday morning in the past. It will now be held at 9:30 am on Thursday morning.
  • Wiki Contributors - Previously met at 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon.  It will  now be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm 
  • Technical Meeting - Previously held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, will now be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
  • This change will take place on 28 June, 2012.


Milestone for Links from Learning Center to Wiki Pages (12 Jan 2012)

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Links have now been made from the tutorials on the Learning Center Page, left hand navigation bar, to corresponding pages on the Wiki. Each lesson is linked to at least one Wiki page. All the content for the countries has been linked, except for United Kingdom and the United States. Those country's links will come along soon.

--Carol B. Moss 22:46, 12 January 2012 (UTC)


Live Chat is now available to Wiki Users (9 Jan 2012) Update (18 June 2012)

Phone support has been added and is functioning.  Follow the instructions below, and the hours remain the same.

Anyone needing personal help with the Wiki can now initiate a Live Chat with a Wiki Support person.  The best method is to go to FamilySearch.org:

  1. Click on "Ask for Help" at the bottom of the page
  2. Then click on" Contact FamilySearch" on the right hand side of the page
  3.  "Click here to start an online chat"
  4. A list of options will appear.  Wiki is number 8 on the list.
  5. For phone support, Use Option 3, ResearchHelp and then Option 3 again for the Wiki.

Note:  This option will not work with Chrome.  Your browser must be Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Live Chat will be available as follows: (All Mountain time)

  • Monday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM