Area Community Christmas Celebrations To Continue


Community Christmas celebrations continue this weekend. Santa Claus will visit Greenleaf at the mall Saturday at 9:30 a.m., with drawings from local businesses. Santa will visit Linn Saturday, arriving at 10:30, with a soup lunch to follow at 11. Drawings will be held as well as bingo at 11:30, and Axtell will host soup with Santa Saturday from 11-1 at the community building. Santa is to arrive at noon.

Living nativities are planned Saturday 10-2 behind the Koester House Museum in downtown Marysville, featuring camel rides, and Wymore Church of Christ will feature their 25th annual living nativity Saturday from 6-8 p.m., at the church at 618 West M. Street.

On Sunday evening, the Evangelical Church at 10th and Elm in Marysville will host a live nativity from 5-7, with over 100 nativities and refreshments served inside the church. Also Sunday, the Diller community will host a soup supper from 6-7 at the opera house, with Santa arriving at 7 as well as ham, turkey, and ornament drawings.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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