The Women’s Philanthropy Department of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas is in for a treat today as Brooke Burke is the keynote speaker at its United Luncheon. The Dancing With the Stars beauty will speak on topics from her first book, The Naked Mom, (NAL Hardcover; $26) celebrating women and teaching them how to embrace their unique nature. The event, held in Aria’s Juniper Ballroom, includes a fashion show, silent auction and cocktails beginning at 10 a.m., with a luncheon at noon. Tickets are $90 at the door or can be purchased at JewishLasVegas.com. After celebrating women, celebrate wine as Nove Italiano in the Palms hosts a five-course dinner with red- and white-wine pairings from Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars. The cost is $175 per person. Call 942-6800 for reservations.
Thank goodness it’s Friday, because the night is packed with entertainment. Actor and comedian Hal Sparks, recognizable for his signature commentary from VH1’s I Love the ’70s, I Love the ’80s and I Love the ’90s series, will perform at the Shimmer Cabaret in the Hilton through Sunday, with show times at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for locals and $30 for non-residents, and can be purchased at LVHilton.com. Over at South Point, you know you’re into something good when ’60s group Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone comes to Las Vegas. The iconic English pop band also plays through Sunday. Tickets start at $35 and are available at SouthPointCasino.com.
Beauty should be fun, and Paul Mitchell Beauty School is trying to make it just that with its eighth nationwide “FUNraising” campaign. Paul Mitchell students spent the last two months raising money with a goal of collecting $20,000 for charitable causes. Toward that end they are holding a Princess Party today, 1-4 p.m., for kids between the ages of 2 and 12. For $20 girls in princess attire can get their hair and make up done, nails polished and participate in royal activities. The festivities continue on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with a Texas Hold ’em poker tournament at South Point in the poker room offering 10 exciting prizes donated from local vendors.
Got any clothes lying around that you never wear? Just one article of clothing could be worth enough money to feed a starving child. From noon-5 p.m. today, the Goldwater family presents Couture for Causes, a backyard barbecue, with designer clothes for sale (donations also accepted) benefiting Three Square’s Backpack for Kids program. The CENTERpiece Gallery and MCQ Fine Art are offering exhibition pieces from artists Shawn Hummel, JW Caldwell and others. Advance tickets are $40 per person, or $80 per family, and can be found at CoutureForCauses.org, or $50 per person, $100 per family, at the gate at 1403 Westwood Drive.
Nevada Health Centers is breaking ground on its new facility at 11 a.m. Mayor Oscar Goodman and Tom Chase, the chief executive officer of NVHC, will be there. Will you? The center will offer care to all, regardless of whether or not they have insurance. The Nevada Health Center is a nonprofit organization running small medical centers that offer health care for the homeless, school-based health centers, an OB/GYN center, a mammography van and mobile dental clinics. The new site is located at the corner of Mount Mariah Drive and Stella Lake Street in West Las Vegas. For more information, visit NVHealthCenters.org.
If you are looking for some way of helping Japan, here’s your chance. The Palazzo’s SushiSamba has created a special $12 sushi roll and is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to The Red Cross to aid victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. And local bakery Cupkates, a door-to-door gourmet delivery service, is giving 50 percent of its proceeds to the Red Cross when you buy red velvet cutie pies (a layer of cream sandwiched between two layers of cake) for $12 a dozen or red-velvet bouquets for $48. Call 439-3266 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to place orders by March 31.
The Contemporary Arts Center is partnering with the SOMArts San Francisco to present It’s All a Blur, an exhibition about empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West and the current status of the American Dream. The exhibit was created by three San Francisco artists and utilizes video installation, drawings, sculptural installation, photography, and performance/video artworks. It’s All a Blur will be shown until April 23 at the CAC, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., which is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.