LOCALS ONLY: Speedway charity event set for Sunday

Let’s face it, most of you already drive like you’re on a speedway, so why not actually drive on one?

Especially when it’s for a good cause.

Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual Laps for Charity is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

You’ll be able to drive your own car around the track at up to 75 mph, but you will have to follow a pace car.

For a $30 donation per vehicle, you can drive three laps. You can drive a second three laps for an additional $20. For a $10 donation, you can have your photo taken in victory lane.

For more information, call 702-632-8242 or see lasvegas.speedwaycharities.org.

And remember, no matter what “Days of Thunder” may have taught you, rubbin’ isn’t racin’.

Keep an open mind

Do you have an open mind when it comes to UFOs and related phenomena? OpenMinds magazine staff members Alejandro Rojas, Jason McClellan and Maureen Elsberry do, and they’ll prove it Friday night at the National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road, with a lecture devoted to “UFOs: Alien Visitation and Government Cover-up.” A 6 p.m. meet-and-greet precedes Friday’s 7 p.m. program; to RSVP for tickets ($20 for museum members, $30 for nonmembers), call 702-794-5151.

Taste &Learn

Ferraro’s Italian restaurant and wine bar, 4480 Paradise Road, will re-introduce its Taste &Learn series from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday with a tasting of four wines from Sardinia and Sicily. The sommelier will discuss each wine, and each will be accompanied by a small food pairing. Tickets are $50; call 702-364-5300.

Not So Smooth Jazz

If you really must watch the Senior Bowl on Saturday, maybe they’ll leave the TVs on mute at the E-String Grill &Poker Bar, 2031 W. Sunset Road, Henderson. But it won’t sound better anywhere else in town, thanks to alto saxophonist Tom Hall and the Boss Be Bop Jazz Septet. Four horns fire up the jazz that’s not so “smooth.” The cover is $10 for sets from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 702-453-8451.

Richie Ramone

There aren’t many Ramones left, but drummer Richie Ramone, who joined the band in 1982 and played on three records beginning with 1984’s “Too Tough to Die,” is doing his part to keep the name alive. See him carry on the legacy of one of punk rock’s greatest bands at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheyenne Saloon, 3101 N. Rancho Drive. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show; call 702-645-4139.