Dust your shoulders off before hitting the Volcom store in the Miracle Mile Shops where motocross star Ryan Villopoto will be available for photos and autographs. (7-9 p.m., Planet Hollywood.) The ultimate assembly of the finest masters working their crafts: Las Vegas chefs, sommeliers and mixologists will unite at some of the Strip’s best eateries through Sunday to create a weekend of epicurean extravagance, Vegas Uncork’d. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the event is a sensory journey through wine and food. Browse the complete event lineup at VegasUncorked.com.
The CSN Dance Program is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a collaborative performance by the CSN Dance Ensemble, the Nevada Repertory Dance Theatre and the internationally acclaimed Concert Dance Company. The concert, titled Modern Romance, will be dedicated to dancer and teacher Beth Lessard. Performances will be held in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the Cheyenne campus. (7 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow, for tickets call 651-5483.) The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) (1) hosts the 2011 Hope Gala, hosted at Fluer in Mandalay Bay. The evening features a silent and live auction, and an exceptional dinner honoring chef Wolfgang Puck and his managing partners. (6 p.m., tickets $350 per person, RSVP at 732-4795.)
One out of seven babies in Nevada is born premature, and this morning the largest fundraising event, March of Dimes, put on by the March for Babies will benefit the research and aid to preventing the rising problem. The three-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be accompanied by live music, bounce houses for kids, a family activity tent and refreshments. (Registration 7 a.m., Town Square, more information: MarchOfDimes.com.) The Susan G. Komen Nevada presents the 16th annual Southern Nevada Race for the Cure, encouraging individuals and teams to participate in the 5K race or walk. (8:15 a.m., Fremont Street Experience, visit KomenSouthernNevada.org for more information.) Celebrate Mother’s Day a day early with Mom’s Rock, a high tea fundraiser for Child Focus, an organization dedicated to reuniting foster siblings. Don your best hat while enjoying tea, lunch and entertainment including a hat parade. (11 a.m.-1 p.m., Springs Preserve amphitheater; for tickets, visit ChildFocusNV.org.)
Las Vegas restaurants honor Mother’s Day today with special menus: Hash House A Go Go serves up a specialty brunch menu at all three locations (HashHouseAGoGo.com), Morton’s the Steakhouse offers a three-course dinner menu for $59 (893-0703). The “cadillac of all burgers,” PJ Clarke’s, is offering moms anything they want off the menu gratis, up to $35, with a minimum order of $35 on the total bill. (434-7900) Add some culture to the day at the free two-day festival, Art and All That Jazz (2), today (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and May 7 (11 a.m.-9p.m.) at the Henderson Events Plaza. (200 Water St., HendersonLive.com.)
The legendary Moody Blues, who will perform in The Joint at the Hard Rock on Friday the 13th, have partnered with Ear Candy Charity—an organization focused on granting youth access to music education—and the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas to host a week-long instrument drive. Instruments can be donated at any of the eight Boys and Girls Club locations. The Moody Blues are also offering VIP packages including: an intimate storytelling experience, and a pair of tickets to the show. All proceeds benefit the Ear Candy Charity. Visit BGCLV.org and EarCandyCharity.org for more.
Got an eye for beauty? Great at capturing decisive moments? Springs Preserve is calling all youth, amateur and professional photographers to submit their photographs to the Springs Preserve Photo Contest (3). The Preserve is looking for photographs that tell a story of Las Vegas within the past 50 years. Cash prizes will be rewarded along with pictures on display in the Big Springs Gallery. Photos are due by May 13. For more information, check out SpringsPreserve.org.
This morning Ty Pennington (4), the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, teams with Rebuilding Together as part of the Sears Blue Tool Crew “Do It Together” program to build a ramp in the home of a handicapped girl. Donations to the program are accepted and volunteers are welcome. For more information, visit RTSNV.org.