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Dad's Day Off

Even super-Dads need a break from the endless responsibilities of raising children. Give your main man a well-deserved day of play. Whether he loves mutton busting, theater going, or drinking a fine glass of wine, there's an activity here that will make him happy.

Mendocino County

Gualala If Dad is an artist who wants to brush up on his skills, then send him to the Back to the Basics of Drawing Workshop. Mike Henderson will teach techniques for both raw beginners and intermediate-level artists. The workshop will be held June 16-17, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Gualala Arts Center and costs $95. Register by June 2 at gualalaarts.org.

Redwood Valley A Taste of Redwood Valley is a rarity among wine-tasting events because it's...drumroll...free! Get Pops a designated driver so he can explore the back roads of Redwood Valley, visiting sites that are not usually open to the public. Food from local vendors will be available along the way, too (just bring your own wine glass). Visit all the tasting stops and get a 50 percent-off coupon for any wine purchase. The event will be held June 16-17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; see tasteofrv.com for more information.

Ukiah Let Dad get in touch with his inner child at the Flynn Creek Circus. The troupe of high-energy, international, award-winning aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers will entertain under the big top at Giorno Park June 15-17. Shows are at various times; tickets, which are $12-$50, are available at flynncreekcircus.com.

Ukiah What father doesn't need to laugh? Let the musical comedy Avenue Q--about a new college grad's adventures--put a smile on his face. Ukiah Players Theatre will put on the production Thursdays-Sundays, June 14-July 18, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Purchase tickets, which are $10-$20, at ukiahplayerstheatre.org.

Lake County

Kelseyville Bacon--is it a culinary necessity or villain? If your guy leans toward the former, take him to the Lake County Beer, Wine, and Swine Baconfest. He can savor local chefs' meaty creations, sample myriad local wines and brews, and dance to live blues music. The lakeside event will be held on June 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., in downtown Kelseyville. Tickets are $30-$45 and may be purchased at beerwineswine.com.

Lakeport On June 17, dads skate for free at Paradise Skate--that's just how they roll (we couldn't resist the pun). See paradiseskatelakeport.com.

Middletown Does the man of the house love rodeos? Then sweep him off to the annual Middletown Days. With team roping, mutton busting, and a horseshoe tourney, he'll be in cowboy nirvana. Plus there's a special Father's Day breakfast and a Chili Cook-Off to feed his appetite for good food as well as good fun. The event will be held June 15-17 at Middletown Central Park Arena. See middletowndays.org for a complete schedule and fees.

Upper Lake Pa can fill up his tummy and tap his toes to the Americana music of Will Siegel and Friends at the Blue Wing's special Father's Day brunch on June 17. Food will be served 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and music will run 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 275-2233 for details.

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