Clark County Wetlands Park has guided walks, talks, and programs every month. Some require advance registration. Quite a few are for kids, such as Nature Tales, which includes a story and a craft. Guided walks are for ages 10 and over. Also, art classes for all ages.
Will new betting laws allow the Mafia to work its way back into sports? Moderator Geoff Schumacher of the Mob Museum leads a panel of experts in this discussion. 7P, free. Main Theater at Clark County Library, lvccld.org
Dr. Jason Steffen from UNLV's Department of Physics and Astronomy will present the talk "The Search for Distant Worlds" on January 31, starting at 7:30. Thousands of planets have been found orbiting distant stars—each more strange than the last.
Join Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney in exploring the vastly different power structure of ancient Egypt which saw more female rulers than any other place in the ancient or modern world. 7:30P, $19–$49. Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, thesmithcenter.com
Science Cafe Las Vegas meets on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 6:30, for a lively discussion of a specific subject. There's beer, but the event is okay for those under 21. On February 6, Dr. Aude Picard from UNLV will discuss how bacteria modify rocks and affect geochemical cycles.
Keep Memory Alive at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas hosts "Lunch & Learn" talks most Wednesdays from noon to 1:00. Most often they cover topics of interest to those serving as caregivers to people with dementia.
Dr. Clemens Heske from UNLV's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will present the talk "How a Particle Accelerator Can Help to Make Solar Cells Better" February 28, starting at 7:30. He will discuss synchrotrons, solar devices, cooperating (and non-cooperating) interfaces, and how all that can be combined to help tackle the global energy challenge.