Davis, California - Get a closer look at California’s 1,600 bee species, dig into food through poetry and art, explore the darker side of Cinderella and follow an exploration of spiritual practice through three decades of letters with poet Gary Snyder. Those are a few of the books by University of California, Davis, faculty and graduates available this holiday season. The writings range from academic works examining food safety and pollution to a supernatural story for young readers and an erotic novel.

Palm Springs, California (BPT) - Have you ever admired a coffee table cleverly fabricated using a discarded door sitting on a frame? Or been surprised by the sight of an old refrigerator reborn as a bookshelf or TV cabinet? Even bathroom fixtures have been known to draw notice (and a snicker or two) when repurposed as garden containers.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Still looking for that last minute gift? Enhance any gardener’s home by adding a green touch to their lives this holiday. There’s nothing better than a creative, personalized gift that can be enjoyed season after season. With an abundance of unique containers and plant varieties, there is something perfect for every recipient on your list.

Imperial, California - Consumer Reports says that about seven percent of Americans suffer from an autoimmune condition that causes gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, but that 63% of the population believe a gluten-free diet is beneficial.  They think that cutting or reducing gluten intake has all sorts of physical and mental benefits, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Whether someone is trying to pen their first holiday letter or enhance their annual greeting with photos or video, a Purdue University Online Writing Lab can be a helpful resource.

Norwalk, Connecticut - Santa Claus will be taking a bold step in December to help The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk demonstrate that sharks are not naughty, but nice.