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'Community Conversations' to touch on Christmas at Courthouse Museum and Thanksgiving charity

SUBMITTED PHOTO BY LEON WASHBURN
Merced High School student Maddie Foss giving Charles Willis one of the fleece blankets, during blanket giveaway at the Project Cherish Event, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 morning, at the Church Center on West 23rd street in Merced. Foss decided to help seniors by accepting donations for new blankets for them. She chose Merced Project Cherish to give the blankets out to. 

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SUBMITTED PHOTO BY LEON WASHBURN Merced High School student Maddie Foss giving Charles Willis one of the fleece blankets, during blanket giveaway at the Project Cherish Event, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 morning, at the Church Center on West 23rd street in Merced. Foss decided to help seniors by accepting donations for new blankets for them. She chose Merced Project Cherish to give the blankets out to. Ê Merced Sun-Star

Christmas in the Courthouse Museum, what it takes to feed 5,000 for Thanksgiving and preventing holiday crimes are discussed this week on "Community Conversations," a public service program on KYOS.

The hourlong show focuses on community, education and government news affecting residents throughout Merced County. It airs on KYOS, 1480 AM, at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend lineup includes Amanda Hartman from Challenger Learning Center at Castle Business Center; Genevieve Bardini-Davis, program director of Valley Crisis Services, on domestic violence; Joey Chavez, recreation coordinator at the city of Merced on city-run sports programs, including basketball and volleyball; Merced police detective Luis Solis on how to prevent holiday crime; Herb Opalek, director of the Merced County Rescue Mission, on the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner at the Merced Rescue Mission; and Herb Wood on how the Courthouse Museum is decorated with more than 60 Christmas trees.

This week the program is hosted by Mike Conway, the public information officer for the city of Merced and Scott Hernandez-Jason, public information officer for UC Merced.

The program engineer is Rick McMillion of KYOS. The show is produced by the Merced County Office of Education, Roger Wood, the city of Merced Public Information Office, and UC Merced, in association with the county of Merced and Merced College.

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