KYOS program to feature Christmas kettles, tours and downtown events

“Community Conversations” turn to Christmas kettles, tours and downtown events.

The history of Christmas kettles, helping the SPCA and youth basketball are some of this week’s topics 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: Tom Price and R.C. Essig talk about live music and art events downtown in December; Leslie Nazario of Educational Employees Credit Union talks about its events to boost education in the Central Valley; Joey Chavez from City Parks and Rec talks about the benefits of the Junior Warrior Basketball program; Merced City Fire Capt. Ryan Wells talks about holiday safety around the home; Carole Steinhauer talks about the Merced SPCA's Christmas Home Tour; Nathan Mininger talks about the Merced County Food Bank’s needs and activities for the holidays; and Capt. Joel Harmon talks about the history of their Christmas kettles and the needs and activities of the Salvation Army for the holidays.

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

Go to www.mercedcommunityconversations.com for past episodes of “Community Conversations.”--Sun-Star staff