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June 17, 2011
Father's Day ideas for any kind of dad, family

Not sure on what to do with dear ol' dad this Father's Day? It's Sunday, by the way, so it's time for a plan.

There's an array of activities, events and offers that can help make this Father's Day one to remember. Feel free to steal these ideas, which have been categorized interests, and adapt them to suit your father of honor's style and taste.

Hungry Dad: That old saying about the way to a man's heart being through his stomach? Pretty much true. So it makes sense to make or take dad out to a great meal Sunday. For those who want to grill up a great meal, head to Ikeda's California Country Market in Auburn or Davis and pick up one of their marinated tri-tips. Add some fresh vegetables and whatever you do, don't forget to grab one of their fabulous fruit pies.

Want to take dad out? Check out these tips from The Bee's Allen Pierleoni.

Scott's Seafood Grill and Bar and Freeport Bar and Grill are both offering a brunch buffets Sunday (remember to make reservations - click here for Scott's and here for Freeport). Looking to celebrate over dinner? Try Rudy's Hideaway off Highway 50 at Hazel Avenue, where a lobster tail dinner will run you $23.95 per person. (call (916) 351-0606 for reservations).

For the adventurous, cheap and patient among us, head to The Counter at 1005 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, and get a free burger for dad. Just order the "BFD" or Burger For Dad. Click here for more information.

Outdoors Dad: Jump on a bike and enjoy a leisurely ride along the American River Recreation Trail. If dad is a golfer, play a round at a local course, or if tee times are scarce, just hit a bucket of balls (cheap and entertaining - win win!). Want to enjoy some time on the water together? Head to Sacramento State Aqautic Center, where you can rent kayaks, canoes or hydro bikes for $9 to $14 per hour.

Sport Enthusiast Dad: Want to take dad out to the ballgame? The Rivercats are scheduled to play the Fresno Grizzlies Saturday and Sunday. Click here to purchase tickets. And the Giants are playing the Oakland Athletic's at the Coliseum Saturday and Sunday. What's more, both Giants/A's games are televised, so local sports bars might be a good option if your dad's, well, game. Try MVP Sports Grill at 2110 L Street in Sacramento or Shaker's Pub, 5940 Sperry Drive in Citrus Heights.

Literary Dad: A tie isn't much fun for dad, but one of these books, as recommended by The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, could be if you dad has a penchant for the written word. Recommended titles include "Fire Season" by Philip Connors, which chronicles a former Wall Street Journal reporter's adventures living in a national forest lookout tower, and "The Fallen Angel" by David Hewson, a murder mystery novel. To see the complete list, click here.

Energetic Dad: For a dad with young children, some great times may be had with simply horsing around. And as it turns out, roughhousing is good for all involved. Check out this story by The Bee's Sam McManis, and click here to get some moves.

Cinematic Dad: There are several flicks that may appeal to dad this weekend, including "Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides," "13 Assassins," and "X-Men: First Class." Click here to check out showtimes, buy tickets and read reviews.

Musical Dad: Check out Jammin in the Park 2, an event from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cesar Chavez Plaza celebrating two fathers of the Chicaco arts movement and featuring Latin-blues guitarist Jorge Santana and his band, Malo. Click here to check out the story by The Bee's Jim Carnes.

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