Locals Only: Run first for vets, then run for beer

As a rule, we’re not big runners. We usually do so only when chased. So it’s going to take something extra special for us to get involved in a race.

Something like running while chugging beer and taking off your clothes.

Sadly, though, these are two separate events.

Start your Saturday with Strip on the Strip, a 5k run/one-mile walk benefiting U.S.VETS – Las Vegas. At each kilometer, or third of a mile for the walk, participants will be asked to donate an article of clothing to be given to needy veterans.

The race starts at 8 a.m. at The Sport Center of Las Vegas, 121 E. Sunset Road, and the course will take participants up Las Vegas Boulevard, past the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, and then back to The Sport Center.

Registration is $30-$50 and includes a T-shirt, finisher medal, swag bag and after party at Tao.

For more information, see www.striponthestrip.com.

Once you’ve warmed up there, head over to the Tap ‘N’ Run.

Starting at 1 p.m., the 4k race includes four stations where participants can chug 4 ounces of beer. At the finish line, participants will get a full beer and will be eligible for awards including Best Mustache and Best Belcher.

The event will begin and end at RoadRunner Cowboy Saloon; 9820 W. Flamingo Road. Registration is $60 and includes a T-shirt and a finisher’s medal that doubles as a bottle opener.

For more information, see www.tapnrun.com.

Movements for midweek

If you’re nerves get a bit frazzled by midweek, consider a free classical music interlude. Guitarist Peter Fletcher visits the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, at 7 p.m. Wednesday to perform selections from his new, all-Grieg CD, plus works by Bach and others, concluding with his transcription of Paganini’s Caprice No. 24. For more information, call 702-507-3459 or visit www.lvccld.org.

Raise your voices

If your tastes in music run toward gospel and Motown, Henderson’s Black History Celebration and Gospel Fest is for you. There will be performances by Markevius Faulkner, the Voices of Mountaintop Faith Ministries and Second Baptist Church. Comedian George Wallace will be the special guest. Vendors will be on hand as well with food and other wares. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday with the show starting at 7 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water St. Admission is free. For further details, call 702-267-2171 or visit hendersonlive.com.

Let ’em ‘Iron’ it out

Angelo Sosa, chef at Poppy Den Asian Bistro at Tivoli Village, will take on Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” at 9 p.m. Sunday, and the restaurant will host a viewing party from 8 to 10 p.m. to celebrate. It’s free, but reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 702-907-5227.

Join together with band

People who scoot in for the Las Vegas Scooter Rally and High Rollers Weekend downtown bring specific tastes in music. Locals can join in if they dig garage rock, psychedelia, or anything that sounds like the early Mod era of The Who. On Saturday, the Hard Hat Lounge, 1675 Industrial Road, hosts a peripheral evening of rock from Colorado’s Sonic Archers, Las Vegas’ own The Astaires and the debut performance of the Laissez Fairs, promising “maximum mod psych” fronted by John Fallon. It all starts at 8:30 p.m. for a $5 cover.

Sonic doom

How heavy is the monolithic doom death of Vegas’ own Spun in Darkness? Imagine Godzilla bench pressing a stack of aircraft carriers. Why would Godzilla bench press a stack of aircraft carriers? Because it’s almost pool season, obviously, and those pecs need to be pumped. See Spun in Darkness at 9 p.m. Friday at The Dive Bar, 4110 S. Maryland Parkway. Tickets are $5; call 702-586-3483.