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Cabin Fever Family Fun event and breakfast planned at St. Peter’s School

January 21, 2008

St. Peter’s School, located at 235 Second Street S. in Delano, encourages families to attend its Cabin Fever Family Fun event and pancake/waffle breakfast Sunday, Jan. 27.

The annual pancake/waffle breakfast will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the dining hall. A freewill offering is welcomed. Proceeds benefit the school.

The family event, from noon to 1:30, will include appearances by Bruce the Bug Guy and Samantha the 6’ snake, and is designed especially for children aged 3 to 12 and their families.

The event is free and open to the public, and will help kick off the school’s participation in Catholic Schools Week.

“St. Peter’s School is the place to be Sunday for any family wanting to have fun and learn together,” stated Nicole Belpedio, principal of St. Peter’s School. “We’ve got a great program in place that is sure to grab your attention . . . or give you goose bumps.”

Bruce the Bug Guy

Featured guests include Bruce the Bug Guy, also known as Dr. Bruce Giebink, who will offer opportunities for children to see, touch, and learn about giant millipedes, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, and scorpions.

He will also show display cases including collections of bird-sized butterflies and moths, rat-sized beetles, and some giant walking sticks from around the world.

Giebink has devoted a significant amount of his time and energy to educating audiences about insects. A former assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, he has been involved with researching and observing insects for more than 25 years.

Throughout the year, Giebink presents programs to audiences of all ages in classrooms, libraries, nature centers, and zoos.

His goals are to help educate and “ento-tain” the public, encouraging people to develop a better understanding of insects/arthropods and learn to co-exist with, or at least tolerate, them.

Giebink is fully aware of the many myths, misconceptions, and urban legends associated with insects (and their kin) and attempts to clear up as many of these as possible, including the common misconception that tarantulas are aggressive and highly venomous.

Samantha the Snake

Returning for a second year is the very popular Samantha, a 6-foot-long bull snake, as well as a snapping turtle and a Merlin falcon from the Three Rivers Park District Animal Outreach Program.

Naturalist Tim Kiely will teach attendees about these spectacular creatures and share an amazing touch-and-feel wildlife exhibit.

Photographers will be on hand to take free keepsake photos of children holding a creature from Bruce the Bug Guy or Samantha.

In addition, a scavenger hunt with children’s prizes will take place throughout the classrooms. Children can do arts and crafts stations and a special group art project in the gym, as well.

For more information, visit www.stpetersschool-delano.com or call (763) 972-2528.