Bunnies to help Hef celebrate birthday

Bunnies galore will be running around the Palms this weekend.

But we're not talking about the furry, little creatures in the spotlight during Easter festivities.

No, these "bunnies" are of the blond, brunette type as an array of beauties come to Las Vegas to help Playboy founder Hugh Hefner celebrate an early 82nd birthday.

The highlight of the events comes Saturday when girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, stars of the reality TV show "The Girls Next Door," host the magazine mogul's party at the Playboy Club and Moon nightclub inside the Palms.

Sunday probably will be just as scintillating as Sara Jean Underwood -- Playboy's 2007 Playmate of the Year -- hosts her 23rd birthday party as part of the "After Dark" soiree at the Playboy Club and Moon.

The event, billed "The Big Sleepover," will feature fantasy suite after-parties, a Playmate pillow fight and DJ Graham Funke working the turntables inside the Playboy Club.

Doors open at 10 p.m. both nights at both venues. For room reservations, call 942-7064.

Model Guerra hosts birthday bash at Pure -- Cuban beauty Vida Guerra celebrates her 34th birthday as host of the evening's festivities tonight at Pure inside Caesars Palace.

Guerra has been ranked in FHM magazine's annual top 100 sexiest females and twice has been honored with FHM's "Best Butt Award."

Guerra will host the Sheiki Jeans Fashion Showcase with shoes by Francesco Sacco. Doors open at 10 p.m. at Pure. For table reservations, call 289-2002.

Syrup bikini contest continues -- The weekly Syrup Swimwear bikini competition and calendar model search continues tonight at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

Bikini contestants compete for $1,500 in prizes, with the overall winner at the end of the competition taking home the $25,000 grand prize. The event features an open bar from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., with DJ Direct featured on the turntables.

Tempo Lounge hosts new Thursday party -- Partygoers looking for something different got their first chance to check out the "Group Therapy" party Thursday at the Las Vegas Hilton.

The new weekly event made its debut at the resort's Tempo Lounge, running from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There are drink specials, table game drawings for cash prizes and live jazz music by Nova.

For more information, call 732-5111 or log on at www.lvhilton.com.

Sightings of the weekend -- Former Miss USA and Playboy Playmate Shanna Moakler celebrated her 33rd birthday Saturday at Privé (Planet Hollywood Resort). Moakler was joined by celebrity publicist Lizzie Grubman and reality TV star Tailor Made. Also at Privé: comedian Wanda Sykes.

Vanilla Ice delivered an impromptu performance of his song "Ice Ice Baby" on Saturday at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon (Rio).

Actor Ian Ziering celebrated his 44th birthday with friends Saturday at LAX (Luxor). Also at LAX: adult entertainment star Tera Patrick and husband/rocker Evan Seinfeld, actor/comedian Bill Bellamy and bass guitarist Mark Stoermer of Las Vegas-based group The Killers.

Music group Danity Kane performed March 28 at The Bank (Bellagio).

Hip-hop artists Simon Rex and Andre Legacy delivered a performance March 28 at Jet (Mirage). Also at Jet: Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, celebrating her 37th birthday with friends.

Jeremy Pond covers the nightclub scene for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Vegas Confidential. His column appears Fridays in Neon and online at www.lvrj.com and www.normclarke.com. He can be reached at 383-0298 or via e-mail at jpond@ reviewjournal.com.