[caption id="attachment_18883" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2017\/12\/DSC_0228.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="519" class="size-full wp-image-18883" \/> Children in grades first through fifth gather at the Marlinton United Methodist Church each Wednesday afternoon for the Kids Rock after-school program. In December, they learned about Mexico and were visited by Santa and Mrs. Claus. L. D. Bennett photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nLaura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nKids Rock, an after-school group, meets Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. at Marlinton United Methodist Church.\r\n\r\nThis group of 42 kids, from first through fifth grades, get together to sing, play games and make crafts.\r\n\r\nThey are also learning about new cultures. They learned about Japan in October; Native Americans in November, and Mexico in December.\r\n\r\nAs part of their exploration of the Mexican culture, the kids made poinsettias during their craft session last Thursday and had fun breaking a pinata filled with toys.\r\n\r\nAnd, what do you know? Santa and Mrs. Claus dropped by for a surprise visit, too.\r\n\r\nThe young people will learn about life in Australia in January.