Head out to Cashman Field, grab a dollar beer and catch the second-place Las Vegas 51s (1) as they take on the league-leading Sacramento River Cats. The series continues through Saturday before the Pacific Coast League pauses for its All-Star break. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 6:05 p.m. for the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Love is in the air tonight at Ravella at Lake Las Vegas with a free screening of the tear-jerking and heartbreakingly beautiful film The Notebook (2) at Dive In, the resort’s Friday night outdoor movie series. (8 p.m., visit RavellaVegas.com for full movie schedule.) Having trouble with your dating life, or lack thereof? Adam and Eve’s Charity Love Fling (3) has you covered! Give to charity and bid on a date or a spectacular date package. All proceeds benefit New Vista, a local organization committed to providing the intellectually challenged. (8 p.m., Lavo Nightclub in the Palazzo, tickets $20 in advance or $25 day of event, NewVistaNV.org.)
One of the hottest jobs out there, especially when it involves Wendy Peffercorn from The Sandlot (oiling and lotioning, lotioning and oiling) is recognized today at Henderson pools for Love Your Lifeguard Day. Bring the whole family for lifesaving demonstrations, information about classes and lifeguard training, and question-and-answer sessions with the city’s lifeguard team. Kids can splish-splash during relay races and safety swims, and will get the chance to dress up like a lifeguard for photos. (Find one of Henderson’s pools at CityOfHenderson.com.)
Make it a shopping day and do some good at the same time at the Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood. Stop at the mall’s fountain and make a wish, because all coins tossed will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas (4). Money raised will help create and support programs to improve the health, education and wellbeing of local children as part of the Join Us For 1 Campaign, taking place until the end of the month. Stay chic with 30-50 percent off select items at French Connection (733-6420) and up to 50 percent off select Mimi Mango fitness wear (650-2295).
Do $100 cabanas at a hotel pool sound unheard of? Not at the Palms. Each Monday the resort hosts Cabanas for a Cause, with all of the money benefiting a different nonprofit. In the past, the weekly project has donated to organizations such as Three Square, Links for Life and the Special Olympics. All money raised today will benefit Noah’s Animal House, which was built for neglected pets at the Shade Tree Shelter, which provides help for homeless and abused women and children. Learn more at NoahsAnimalHouse.org. (11:30 a.m., Palms.)
Expand your mind today and travel back in time when the Las Vegas Natural History Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary. Tonight from 5-8, the museum hosts a cocktail party that includes VIP tours of the museum. The event is open to the public; RSVP to Dino@lvnhm.org. Everyone is invited July 16 to the family fun day at the museum, with half-price admission and festivities that include interactive games, a prehistoric safari, live animals, face painting, a triceratops horn ring toss, and dinosaur popcorn. (Museum open daily 9 a.m-4 p.m., 900 Las Vegas Blvd North.)
Indulge in a night of Art and Wine: A Perfect Pairing, hosted at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The event, presented on the second Wednesday of every month, matches alcohol from champagne to tequila to possibly beer, depending on the inspiration. Let the exhibit A Sense of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney, sweep you away while the Bellagio’s director of wine, Jason Smith, along with one of the hotel’s four master sommeliers and gallery director Tarissa Tiberti, discuss the craft and inspiration for this month’s wine and art pairing. (5-7 p.m., $30 for members, $38 for nonmembers.)