'Community Conversations' to discuss high-speed rail, the fair and an Atwater play

The fast train to Los Angeles, the Merced County Fair and a play put on by Atwater students are some of the topics this week on “Community Conversations,” a public service program on KYOS.

The hour-long 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.

This weekend’s lineup includes: Mayor Bill Spriggs give a high-speed rail update and what Florida’s rejection of money can mean for Merced; Kristin Newman from Bellevue Elementary School in Atwater will talk about their play produced in conjunction with the Missoula Children's Theatre; Noel Chandler from Playhouse Merced will talk about their next show, “Lysistrata,” in the Black Box; Diane Conway from the Merced County Fair will speak about some of the ways to save money at the fair; Lillian Sanchez, community educator from Mercy Hospital, will speak on the hospital's First Anniversary Celebration and Health Fair.

The host is Nathan Quevedo, the public information officer for the Merced County Office of Education, and Rick McMillion from KYOS is the engineer. The show is produced by MCOE, Mike Conway, the public information officer at the city of Merced, Roger Wood, and Scott Hernandez-Jason of the UC Merced, in association with the county of Merced and Merced College.

Go to www.mercedcommunityconversations.com for past episodes of Community Conversations.