Features https://www.lamonitor.com/features/todaysfeatures en From stars to the Amazon, free lectures explore the story of gold https://www.lamonitor.com/content/stars-amazon-free-lectures-explore-story-gold <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/terry-wallace1.jpg" alt="Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Monday." title="Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Monday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus Terry Wallace will discuss the cosmic and tectonic journey made by the metal gold in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Monday in Albuquerque.&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;Gold is one of the most fascinating of the 4,500 mineral species on Earth, and no mineral (or metal) evokes more emotion,&quot; Wallace said. &quot;But it also has an incredible scientific story: a gold nugget is made of material that was not born in our planet or even our solar system.&quot;</p> <p> Titled &quot;Gold: from the Big Bang to the Amazon forest,&quot; the talks will discuss how the metal was created, how it came to be found on Earth, and the spell it has cast over humankind.</p> <p> All Frontiers in Science presentations begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.</p> <p> The lectures are:</p> <p> * Monday at Explora, 1701 Mountain Road, NW, Albuquerque</p> <p> * Wednesday at the Jemez Rooms, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe</p> <p> * Thursday at the Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Drive, Los Alamos</p> <p> The lectures are sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the laboratory.</p> Community Calendar 5-19-19 https://www.lamonitor.com/content/community-calendar-5-19-19 <p> <strong>SUNDAY</strong><br /> Nature Yoga and Trail Run at 11:45 a.m. at the Nature Center. Optional: Arrive at 10:30 a.m. to join Christa for a pre-yoga run. Admission: yoga or run for $7/$5 for members; yoga and run for $12/$8 for members.</p> <p> <strong>MONDAY</strong></p> <p> Matter of Balance class is from 2-4 p.m. begins at the White Rock Senior Center. Trainers Ann Church and Maria Francis will teach the evidence-based program designed to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The eight-session class meets for two hours each Monday and Wednesday through June 17. Sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Nature Playtime, Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico from 10-11 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free.<br /> <br /> Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll with Chick Keller and learn about our local wildflowers. Free.</p> <p> TUESDAY</p> Military Order of the World Wars to meet Tuesday https://www.lamonitor.com/content/military-order-world-wars-meet-tuesday-1 <p> This month&rsquo;s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 in Los Alamos will be Tuesday. The speaker this month will be Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian Alan Carr.</p> <p> Carr will bring and talk about some original Manhattan District documents. The public is invited to join the group for this interesting presentation.</p> <p> The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room.</p> <p> The building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station and is accessible from the southbound lane of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, or east of the Research Park building. Access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez Road.</p> <p> The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will start about 7:15 p.m.</p> <p> The dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with an RSVP, or the program only at no cost.</p> White Rock Senior Center to offer ‘A Matter of Balance’ course https://www.lamonitor.com/content/white-rock-senior-center-offer-%E2%80%98-matter-balance%E2%80%99-course <p> On Monday, the White Rock Senior Center will host a course titled, &ldquo;A Matter of Balance.&rdquo; The evidence-based program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The class includes eight two-hour sessions, led by master trainers. The team includes Maria Francis, Sharon Tolleson and Judith Rhodes.</p> <p> The program is designed for adults age 60 and older that may be concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling or for those that just want to improve their flexibility, balance and strength. Memberships for adults 60 and over are free at both the Los Alamos and Retired Senior Organization. LARSO membership includes both the Los Alamos or Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center. A suggested donation for the course is optional for LARSO members.</p> <p> Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury death among adults 65 years of age and older in the United States. The program enables participants to achieve significant goals and gain confidence by learning to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.</p> <p> The classes at the White Rock Senior Center will be offered on Mondays from May 20-June 17, from 2-4 p.m.</p> Rotary club announces contest winners https://www.lamonitor.com/content/rotary-club-announces-contest-winners <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edited_rotary_contest.jpg" alt="The Rotary Club of Los Alamos awarded cash prizes to students Andrea Chapman, Philippa Fung and Charles Wallace this year. " title="The Rotary Club of Los Alamos awarded cash prizes to students Andrea Chapman, Philippa Fung and Charles Wallace this year. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The 4-Way Test is a set of guidelines Rotarians aspire to live by:&nbsp; Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?</p> <p> To encourage thoughtful analysis of these guidelines, Rotary Clubs around the world host writing competitions for students to describe how these principles apply to their lives. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos sponsors this program every year, currently under the direction of Rotarian and School Board member Andrea Cunningham and Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Brian Appell.</p> <p> After eighth-grade essays are submitted, a Rotary committee of judges reads them and determines the best three, based upon an understanding of the 4-Way Test and on general writing skills. Student names are withheld during judging.</p> <p> The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is proud to announce this year&rsquo;s winners: First place, Philippa Fung, daughter of Elizabeth-Sharon and Jimmy Fung; second place, Andrea Chapman, daughter of Dani and Bill Chapman; third place, Charles Wallace, son of Peri and Kevin Wallace. Students each receive cash awards in amounts between $50 and $150.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Learn about ‘Zero Waste’ at Lunch with a Leader Tuesday https://www.lamonitor.com/content/learn-about-%E2%80%98zero-waste%E2%80%99-lunch-leader-tuesday <p> Lunch with a Leader will be at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday. Five Los Alamos residents who are leaders in the field of &ldquo;Zero Waste&rdquo; will be the speakers. Sue Barns will talk about the Zero Waste Los Alamos team and food waste; Angelica Gurule will discuss recycling in general in the county and the efforts toward zero waste events (including concerts and other events); Tiffany Pegoda and Elchin Zafarov will educate the community about composting; and Jody Benson will talk about what the Zero Waste Restaurant Team has discovered about what some area restaurants are doing to go green.</p> <p> Each of them will talk for about 10 minutes, which will allow lots of time to ask questions about this topic.<br /> Barns grew up in Northern New Jersey but fell in love with Los Alamos during family visits. She came to work at LANL as an Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow in microbiology in 1996 and remained until 2008.</p> <p> Gurule serves as the Environmental Services manager for Los Alamos County.</p> <p> Pegoda is the owner of Zia Waste, a new worm composting business in Los Alamos. In 2014, she received her certification in Sustainable Resource Management from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition and Penn State Altoona.</p> Pet of the Week: Mia 5-19-19 https://www.lamonitor.com/content/pet-week-mia-5-19-19 <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mia_bw.jpg" alt="Mia is a 10-month-old mixed-breed boxer looking for a new forever home. " title="Mia is a 10-month-old mixed-breed boxer looking for a new forever home. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Mia, a mixed-breed boxer, is looking for a home to go to after her owners had to surrender her. Mia is only 10 months old and is a little sad and bewildered these days because of the sudden change.</p> <p> Though her owners had no choice but to give her up, Mia doesn&rsquo;t quite understand why she&rsquo;s at the shelter. She&rsquo;s been at the shelter since May 11, according to staff.&nbsp; They are still trying to figure out her fears, likes and dislikes, but she seems like a gentle enough dog for people to come see her and check her out for themselves. She&rsquo;s been microchipped, had her check up and she&rsquo;s in great condition. All she needs now is a loving forever home.</p> <p> For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email the shelter at psa-officer@lacm.us.</p> Fiber crawl set for this weekend https://www.lamonitor.com/content/fiber-crawl-set-weekend <img src="https://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ed_local_yarns_and_fun_stuff.jpg" alt="Locals can get yard at The Close Knit Yarn Cooperative in Los Alamos. " title="Locals can get yard at The Close Knit Yarn Cooperative in Los Alamos. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When at the New Mexico Fiber Crawl this weekend, visitors should make sure to visit the Close Knit Yarn Cooperative, which will host the event the entire weekend. Located at 1247 Central Ave., the co-op will feature yarns and other fibers from local dyers and producers such as Wooly Wonka, Mesa Rosa and Enchanted Sky Enterprises.</p> <p> The co-op kicks things off today with a two-hour reception at the Fuller Lodge Throne Room. The reception will start with a talk from artist Sam Buelow at 5:30 p.m. Buelow is scheduled to talk about liminal space and it&rsquo;s impact on the medium of fiber arts. The actual reception is from 7-9 p.m.</p> <p> The Close Knit Yarn Cooperative was started last year, after the owner of the Warm Harts Yarn business retired.&nbsp; The cooperative had a grand opening in November.</p> <p> &ldquo;The shop is doing very well. It&rsquo;s a gathering place for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels,&rdquo; Close Knit Yarn Cooperative member and Board Secretary Joy Betha said.</p> <p> The Close Knit Yarn Cooperative is open all weekend also from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., where shoppers and fellow artists can go in and see what they have to offer. The cooperative will also have an open stitching session from 2- 5 p.m. Saturday, where visitors can bring whatever they&rsquo;re working on and stitch away.</p>