'Community Conversations' focuses on housing, holidays and wishes

A holiday choral concert, a Christmas wish and a look back at a long life 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: Richard Mahacek talks about the Challenger Learning Center’s new family pass; Pam Duarte talks about the recent Christmas Wish grants by Merced County Make-A-Wish; Juli Rice talks about the Merced College Choral group’s Christmas Concert that will air on Community Conversations over the holidays; Otto Rigan talks about his life that began 90 years ago and ended up in Atwater; Mark Hamilton from the city of Merced talks about the housing programs that are available to the public; and Monika Sotelo talks about the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s New Year’s Eve gala.

The show is produced by Nathan 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.

The show’s hosts this week are Quevedo, Wood and Conway, and Steve Colvard from KYOS is the engineer.

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