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PoinsettiaK-State is helping spread the spirit of the holidays with gift ideas, seasonal foods, musical performances and other activities.

K-State holiday gifts and special activities include:

* K-State Student Union Foodservices, in the union food court, is selling K-State crown rolls, gourmet bar cookies and handmade pies in its "Home for the Holidays" promotion. Apple, pumpkin or pecan pies are available and can be ordered by calling 785-532-6068.

* The Friends of K-State Libraries' Holiday Book Sale features a wide variety of used books for sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 9, on the second floor of Hale Library.

* Nearly 50 cultivars of poinsettias grown at K-State are still for sale until 6 p.m. today, (Wednesday, Dec. 2) and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. All sales will be in the visitor's center at the K-State Gardens, 1500 Denison Ave. The cost is $10 for a 6.5-inch plant or six for $50, while 10-inch centerpieces are $15 each. Kim Williams, K-State professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, also will discuss how to keep poinsettias healthy in the public presentation "Culture and Care of the Christmas Flower" at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in 2414 Throckmorton Hall. More information is available at

* The K-State Potters Guild will sell ceramics made by students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7-9 in the Union.

* Meats raised and processed at K-State can be ordered for the holidays from the Call Hall Dairy Bar and K-State meat sales counter in Call Hall. Offerings include 12-14 pound hickory-smoked turkeys at $2.09 per pound and hickory-smoked boneless ham at $3.09 per pound. Orders for December and January holidays should be placed by Friday, Dec. 4. Pick-up dates are Dec. 7-22. Orders may be picked up at the Call Hall dairy bar, which is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, unless otherwise posted. Payment may be made when the order is picked up. For more information, call 785-532-1292. Also available are gift boxes with summer sausage and cheese. Other items for sale include Lebanon-style bologna and Wildkat Loaf, all for $3.89 per pound; and other beef, lamb, pork and dairy products.

CardinalHoliday-themed performances and activities at K-State include:

* The Holiday Festival of Music featuring the K-State Concert Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Rhapsody Ringers and K-State Brass and Trumpet ensembles, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the First United Methodist Church, 612 Poyntz Ave.

* K-State's McCain Performance Series will present Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's "Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in McCain Auditorium. The Grammy-nominated group will put a big band twist on yuletide classics including "Blue Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and "We Three Kings." Ticket information is available at

* Holiday concert by the K-State Singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in All Faiths Chapel.

* Annual Holiday Family Art Workshop, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at K-State's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Children can create and decorate Christmas cards, gingerbread figures and ornaments -- including a special Christmas butterfly ornament inspired by the museum's "Robert Lang: Insect Origami" exhibition. Cost is $5 a child or half price for Beach Buddies. Reservations are not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 785-532-7718 for more information.

* Holiday concert by K-State's Men's and Women's Glee Clubs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in All Faiths Chapel.

* Holiday concert by the K-State Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in McCain Auditorium.

* The Bluemont Buffet's Holiday Buffet will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Union Ballroom. Cost is $8.99. To make reservations, call 785-532-6068. The menu is available at: