It has been almost a month since the earthquake in Japan, and 16,000 people remain missing and nearly 12,000 are confirmed dead. The country is still in dire need of help, and tonight Origin India Restaurant & Bar, 4480 Paradise Road, is holding a fundraising dinner in conjunction with the Japanese embassy to benefit the victims. There will be a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a multi-course menu prepared by executive chef Kuldeep Singh. There will also be a silent auction for show tickets. Guests are encouraged to donate directly through the Japanese Consulate General, which will be present. The all-inclusive dinner is $65, with 50 percent of the proceeds donated to the cause. Call 327-5074 for reservations.
“A Flair for Care” fashion show is back for its 12th year, and this go-round features the latest creations of Michael Kors, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Nathan Adelson Hospice. Sponsored by Neiman Marcus, the afternoon fundraiser includes a luncheon catered by the Wynn and an “Only the Best” drawing, which includes designer jewelry, handbags and vacations. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Lafite Ballroom in the Wynn. Tickets are $250 and may be purchased through Stephanie Forbes at 938-3910, or email@example.com. This evening, Spread the Word Nevada, a Las Vegas-based book distributor promoting literacy in schools, hosts its second annual Suitcase Party. Pack your bag because the fundraiser offers a chance to win a weekend Las Vegas vacation—which commences immediately after the party. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at Fletcher Jones Imports, 7300 Sahara Ave., and feature live jazz, wine and appetizers. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at SpreadtheWordNevada.org.
Feliz Día del Niño, or Day of the Child, is a cherished tradition in Latin America, and today the Springs Preserve is bringing the celebration to Las Vegas. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., families can play soccer, enjoy carnival games or take swing at a piñata. There will be live performers, dancers and festive music, along with Mexico Vivo Dance Co.’s version of The Wizard of Oz. Adult tickets are $6, children 5-12 are $4, and those under 4 are admitted free. The singing and dancing doesn’t stop there. The College of Southern Nevada presents A Gleeful Musical Revue, and comparisons to the hit TV show are intended—with pop and Broadway numbers performed in a classroom setting. Shows are 7:30 p.m. today and April 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. April 10 and 17, in the Backstage Theatre on the Cheyenne campus. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and are available by calling 651-5483.
Today through April 16 is National Library Week, and you can show your support by dropping off new or slightly used fiction or nonfiction books at any Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branch. Materials such as audio books, CDs, DVDs and history, art, literary and antique magazines are accepted and appreciated. In Henderson, the nonprofit Henderson Libraries Foundation has set a goal of raising $1 million by April 2012. The “$1 for a million” campaign encourages visitors to donate at least $1 for each library visit. It comes in the wake of large budget cuts to Henderson’s library system, and library officials estimate that if each library visitor donated $1, they’d easily meet the goal. Visit lvccld.org to find your nearest Clark County Library, or MyPublicLibrary.com for Henderson locations.
National Spa Week begins today, and we have some of the most luxurious spas in the country right here, ready to cut you in on the celebration. Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel is offering 50-minute facials, massages, an anti-aging body polish or hair nourishing treatment for $50. Gianna Christine Salon, Spa and Wellness Center at The District at Green Valley Ranch is offering hourlong Aveda hot-stone massages or botanical skin resurfacing facials for the same price, while Facelogic, 4360 Blue Diamond Road, will provide 65-minute customized waxing, hourlong microdermabrasion or European mask facials for $50. For a complete listing of participating spas, visit SpaWeek.com.
Attention students and recent grads: The College Access Group is presenting the Access College Fair, bringing 50 institutes of higher learning together for an evening of workshops and networking. Topics include financial aid, dealing with transcripts and going to school at a historically black college or university. The fair is free and will be held at Texas Station from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit CollegeAccessGroup.com.
Experience sensory delight as Michael Corrigan’s newest restaurant, VG Strip—a.k.a. Vintner Grill—in Fashion Show mall hosts a benefit luncheon for the Nevada Ballet Theatre. Guests will enjoy a lunch prepared by chef Matthew Silverman, a fashion presentation hosted by Isaac Franco and Ken Kaufman, and a performance by the Nevada Ballet Theatre. The fundraiser will run from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 and may be reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 243-2623, Ext. 222. More entertainment occurs tonight at the Stirling Club in Turnberry Place when the Las Vegas Philharmonic presents the “Connoisseur Cabaret.” Maestro David Itkin will be on piano accompanying Broadway vocalist Ted Keegan and other guests. Tickets are $125 for the 6:30 p.m. performance, and that includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks. For details, call 258-5438, Ext. 221.