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NMSU Extension home economists to host Holiday Showcase in Gallup

GALLUP, N.M. - Handmade gifts and baked goods are traditions of the holiday season that sometimes are left behind in the busy modern world. Finding time to make the gifts and bake the goodies can be difficult.

The 2011 Holiday Showcase, hosted by five New Mexico State University Extension county offices, is designed to give people an opportunity to create three holiday craft items. Extension home economists from McKinley, Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval counties will demonstrate a variety of craft projects and recipes.

"Giving of homemade crafts and goodies is important to me, and some years it's hard coming up with new ideas," said Elena Bowers, McKinley County Extension home economist.

The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Community Pantry, 1130 Hassler Valley Road in Gallup. The event is open to all ages.

"This would a great opportunity for a girls' day out or a mother-daughter activity," Bowers said.

Activities during the Holiday Showcase will include tile stamping, hand sewing Santa's PJs, making Christmas cards, decorating ornaments, making and decorating mini-Christmas trees, and making healthy holiday snacks. The event will include tasting the snacks that are created.

"The holidays are a special time of sharing and giving," Bowers said. "We're delighted to share these gifts with everyone and create memories that will be near and dear to our hearts for a lifetime."

All participants will receive a book with recipes and craft gift ideas, and will take home the craft items they make during the program.

Admission is $10. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 22. To register, call the McKinley County Extension office at 505-863-3422.