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Publisher’s Note

Happy New Year to all of you! We are very excited about 2011 and the many opportunities that it will bring. Thanks for your outpouring of support with our first three publications. Please enjoy all of the HOO Tips in this edition and, as always, please tell our advertisers the “HOO” sent you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Sincerely,

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Josh Bellew, Publisher 228-222-2001 josh@gulfcoastkidsandfamily.com www.gulfcoastkidsandfamily.com facebook.com/gulfcoastkidsandfamily

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HOO’s buggy statistics The adult Ladybug can eat up to 100 aphids a day. (Since aphids make a sugary liquid, that’s like drinking 100 sodas!) A queen bee can lay up to 1,500 eggs in a day. (Mamma mia!) The ratio of people to ants is 1 to 1million. (And the ants go marching one by one!)

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Kids Calendar January 2011 January 7 FLEX Group Fitness Parents Night Out FLEX Group Fitness in Ocean Springs will be offering a Parent’s Night Out. This event is open to members and non-members. The kids will enjoy games, races, pizza and a movie! Call FLEX Group Fitness for availability and pricing at 228.872.2929. January 7 & 15 PUBLIC ICE SKATING @ COLISEUM! Bring your family & friends and come out for FUN on the ice - immediately following certain MS Surge Hockey games! Ice skating is GREAT exercise & loads of fun for all - skate 90 minutes! Skates Included! Limited to 200 skaters! Advanced tickets on sale! Attending game not required to skate. Times: Immediately following the MS Surge Hockey Game! Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700 Admission: $10 Admission - Call for tickets! January 14 PAINT FOR PAWS! Enjoy a fun-filled evening of painting with friends and supporting homeless pets along the Coast.  Paint a masterpiece, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages, all while supporting a GREAT cause...our animals! Classes taught by experienced instructors. Sponsored by BYO Brush Studios, IP Casino, & Humane Society of South MS! Proceeds benefit Humane Society of South MS! **For added fun, bring your own bottle of wine! Times: 6pm-9pm Location: Humane Society of

South MS, 2615 Highway 49, Gulfport Contact: Jode’ Braxton-Hignight Development Director Phone: 228-822-3803 Admission: Admission Charged & Reservations Required - Space Limited! January 22 17TH ANNUAL HOOPSFEST Top-ranked High School Basketball Teams compete in the “Big House” for bragging rights and trophies. Come out and support your local teams as many of them play for the first time in a large arena. Times: Call for event times! Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi Phone: (800) 726-2781 or (228) 594-3700 Admission: Call for tickets! January 23 CHEERSPORT GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP! An awesome Cheerleading Championship Event! Hundreds of cheerleading teams competing and having fun! Times: Competition times vary Call for details! Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi Phone: 888-732-3965 Admission: Free! January 29 TIGER TAILGATE & POLAR BEAR PLUNGE! This FUNdraising event is the first official event of its kind on the MS Gulf Coast! At this family event, which features a festival atmosphere, teams, and individuals wear costumes then “plunge” themselves into the icy waters of the Bay of St. Louis! In addition to the major event, enjoy contests

for Best Costumes, Best Team Theme, Best Tailgate Site, music, food and more! Grab a group and enter a team, or come by yourself to watch the antics, you will be chillin’ & food grillin’ at the Tiger Tailgating Party! Just come out & enjoy the FUN! Proceeds benefit the Tiger Athletic Foundation! Call for details!  Teams needed - Do YOU have what it takes!! Times: 12-5pm Location: Washington Street Pier, Beach Blvd, Bay St Louis Contact: Yuki Northington Phone: 228-466-5853 Admission: Participants Entry Fee, Spectators Free! February 2 MR. AL LIVE! Al (Mr. Al) Rasso, children’s recording artist & early childhood consultant has been traveling throughout the country presenting workshops, consulting with school districts, performing conference keynotes and entertaining children & families since 1988! His Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and his Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, together with his musical background and talents make him a versatile entertainer and educator! Mr. Al has written and recorded 18 children’s albums and one teacher resource book. He has over ten years of classroom teaching experience working with children from preschool through elementary level! Times: 11:30am Location: MS Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi Phone: (800) 487-6725 for ticket purchases! Admission: Call for tickets!

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Hug e Bug Infe stati on in D ow ntow n Mobi l e! If you th o u g h t t h e r e w e re alre a d y bi g bugs in Mo b i l e , t h i n k a g ain ! O p ening Sa t u r d a y, Ja n . 2 2 , 2 0 11 is G iant Inse c t s, t h e Gu l f C o a s t E x p loreum’s ne we st i n t e r a c t i v e trav elin g exhibit. G i a n t I n se c t s w ill fe a tu re si x oversi z e d a n i m a t r o n ic b u g s , t hree gian t m e c h a n i c a l i n s e c t h e a d s , an ins ect a r t g a l l e r y a n d a liv e in s e c t zoo. The exh i b i t wi l l g i v e v is ito rs a n up-close a n d p e r so n a l l o o k at s o me of life’s ti n i e st c r e a t u r es in c lu d in g . T he robot i c b u g s i n Gi a n t In s ec ts are scienti f i c a l l y a c c u r a te an d mo v e m echanica l l y t o sh o w v is ito rs s o me of their b e h a v i o r s, su c h as th e lo c u s t sp reading i t s wi n g s t o t a k e flig h t. A l i ve bug z o o wi l l a l so be fea tu red , al low ing g u e st s t o se e t h e critte rs at their re g u l a r si z e . T here w ill als o

b e p h o to o p portunitie s a nd ma ny o th e r h a n d s -on ga me s a nd a c tivitie s in clu d in g liv e ins e c t e a ting c onte s ts to w in p riz e s . G ia nt Ins e c ts w ill be o p e n th ro u g h M a y 22, 2011. “ C h ild ren a re na tura lly fa s c ina te d b y in s e c ts , a nd this e xhibit w ill fu rth e r en h a nc e a c hild’s c urios ity o f b u g s , ” s aid C a roline Ethe rton, the E x p lo reu m’s a s s is ta nt dire c tor. Wh ile v is iting G ia nt Ins e c ts , g u e s ts ca n e njoy one of the tw o IM A X films tha t w ill a ls o ope n J a n . 2 2 in th e J .L. B e ds ole IM A X D o me T h ea tre . B ugs : A R a infore s t A d v en tu re and Los t Worlds : Life in th e Ba la n ce are both e xc iting films w ith b re a th taking s c e ne ry tha t w ill tra n s p o rt v iew e rs to e xotic loc a le s . Vis it w w w. e xplore um.c om for more in fo rma tio n and s how time s .

Healthy Safer sushi for soon to be moms

Pregnant women are warned to stay away from sushi because it could contain parasites that rob your body of nutrients and can make you ill. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some of the cooked sushi dishes. California rolls, made with avocado, cucumber and cooked crab meat are often the standard for “sushi beginners” and are safe for pregnant women. But you

can also enjoy cooked eel (unagi and anago), grilled squid (ika) or octopus (tako). You can also make a meal out of shrimp, as long as it’s not sweet shrimp (ama ebi) which isn’t cooked. If it’s on the menu, load up on seaweed salad as an appetizer—it’s rich in calcium, iron, niacin, and thiamine.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR from FROSTING! Ocean Springs Gulfport D'Iberville 875-1027 832-3915 396-3800

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PURRFECT LOVE. When you adopt a cat from the Humane Society it’s an act of perfect love for a perfect companion. Adoptions: Monday–Saturday

228.863.3354 2615 25th Avenue Gulfport, MS 39501 www.hssm.org HSSM waives the adoption fee for cats seven months or older. Donations happily accepted.

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