Forty years ago, the first Hard Rock Café opened in London. Now, with 170 locations in 51 countries, the rock ’n’ roll eatery is celebrating by giving back. Both local Hard Rock Cafés are participating in the chain’s 40 Charitable Acts of Kindness in 40 Days, each day raising money for a different cause, with today benefiting the Lullaby Connection Packing Night (LullabyConnection.org). Visit HardRock.com for the list of dates and charitable acts. In addition, the restaurant has partnered with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation with a goal to raise $30,000 to build a music program for a U.S. school. The Hard Rock also has partnered with the Josh Stevens Foundation and local middle schools; teachers and principals who observe a student performing an act of kindness will reward them with a “Be Kind” card, good for $10 off food or merchandise at either location. (3771 Las Vegas Blvd. South and 4475 Paradise Road.)
Gather your blankets and folding chairs, and bring the family to Town Square as Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and Tommy Bahama’s join forces to present Pianos in the Park. Each Friday in June, piano players will entertain guests with some of their favorite songs as Tommy Bahama’s offers island-inspired cuisine. (5-7 p.m., no cover.) For more music tonight, “turn the car around” and make your way to Red Rock Resort to hear pop-rock group O.A.R. (1) (9 p.m., $30, RedRockLasVegas.com), or enjoy bluegrass band the Grascals, (2) who recently released the album Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin’ (A Tribute to the Music of The Andy Griffith Show), at the Henderson Events Plaza. (8 p.m., 200 Water St., no cover.)
The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth will raise money with its annual Homeless Youth in the Alley Family Bowling Tournament from noon to 3 p.m. at the Strike Zone Bowling Center in Sunset Station. (Entry fees are $200 for a five-member team or $40 for individuals; for tickets, call 339-1692.) KKLZ 96.3 FM invites you to put on your bell-bottoms and relive the sounds of the early ’70s as War and Three Dog Night headline JuneFest at the South Point. (5 p.m., tickets start at $25, 963KKLZ.com.) Or check out another annual music tradition, Reggae in the Desert (3) at the Clark County Amphitheater. (2-11 p.m., ReggaeInTheDesert.com.)
Join Jersey Boys star Jeff Leibow at the Las Vegas Hilton for the NF Hope Concert (4), a show to raise funds for the fight against neurofibromatosis. After the actor’s daughter was diagnosed with the disease, Leibow and his wife turned to friends to raise funds and awareness toward the illness. The concert will be hosted by Improv Vegas’ Matt Donnelly and KTNV Channel 13 anchor Lisa Remillard, and include performances by Gordie Brown, Rich Little, Dezmond Meeks, Human Nature, Santa Fe and cast members from Jersey Boys, Phantom–The Las Vegas Spectacular and The Lion King. (1:30 p.m., tickets start at $39, LVHilton.com.)
With school coming to an end, the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson offers kids ages 6-18 a range of fun activities for the summer. The club, open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, features arts and crafts, a game room, computer lab, gym, learning center and field trips. ($20 for membership, BGCHenderson.org.)
The Springs Preserve’s new interactive exhibit, Exploring Trees Inside and Out, takes guests on a walk through larger-than-life tree trunks and veins of leaves. Visitors can learn how to determine the age of a tree, climb into a giant acorn, slide into a bed of leaves and explore photosynthesis. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; $10 adults, $5 kids; SpringsPreserve.org.)
Las Vegas native Brandon Ragnar Johnson, praised for his lifestyle cartoon art, hits the Cosmopolitan in celebration of his latest book, Eponymonstrous, a 10-year compilation of his greatest work. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet Ragnar and purchase autographed books and lithographs while enjoying art-inspired cocktails. The event is free and open to the public, held at Monogram on the second floor in the East Tower from 6-8 p.m. Visit Ragnarama.com to view his work.