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Photo by Matias J. Ocner/South Florida News Service

Scientists interact with youngsters at Frost Museum’s Scientist Sundays

As Joshua Echeverry, 8, shook a bottle full of sand at a recent visit with his family at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, he smiled as he counted the small plastic lizards hidden inside. Then, Joshua reported his findings to scientist Ashley Campbell, who was dressed in a lizard tail.

But while he enjoyed counting lizards and making proteins out of Legos, there was one other thing about the scientists that encouraged Echeverry to say he’d like to come back. 

“I really find them nice,” he said. 

This is the type of reaction science curator Angela Colbert hoped for when she started Scientist Sundays, which brings scientists from several Florida universities to the museum the first Sunday of every month through their Science Communication Fellows program.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article4228532.html#storylink=cp

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Photo by Maria Soledad Lorenzino/South Florida News Service

Vintage-motorcycle riders gather for annual Black Sunday swap meet

As Alex MacKenzie eyed his vintage Moto Guzzi, he recalled the day he fell in love with motorcycles.

“I had a cousin when I was 8 years old who had one, and he gave me a ride. It was freezing cold, and he took me up the mountains,” he said. “I didn’t want to get off.”

MacKenzie, 47, who grew up in Italy near the Moto Guzzi factory, is now trying to grow the vintage motorcycle scene in Miami along with Metal 305, a meet-up group that organizes vintage bike nights, group rides and other motorcycle events.

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Photo by Daniel Uria 

Photo by Daniel Uria 

Weight-lifters to lift for charity

Matthew Kunkle’s idea to use his passion for weightlifting as a means to raise money for a cause began in high school, when his powerlifting team organized a “liftathon” to help his school pay for athletics.

“Lifting weights was always a positive outlet for me,” he said. “So it’s really easy for me to connect that with doing something like this to impact somebody else positively.” 

Now, Kunkle, 29, is resurrecting this concept in a new event: Miami Might, a weightlifting competition to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Florida-Miami-Dade County. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Elite U fitness training in Coconut Grove.

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