There are so many ways to show your dad how much you care -- just a short drive “south on 101” to Santa Barbara.

Take in a game

The Foresters, six-time champions of the National Baseball Congress, just opened their 27th season, which runs through July 25. Games this season are held right off the waterfront, at historic Pershing Park, and there are three this weekend -- against the Southern Nevada Baseball at 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, and Saturday, and facing the Academy Barons at 2 p.m. Sunday. These are some of the best college players from California to Louisiana, and many will go on to careers in the pros. It’s also one of the best bargains in town. Tickets are only $6 adults, $3 seniors, $1 for kids, sold at the gate only. Play ball! (100 Castillo St.,

Get a beer

Tour and taste at three Santa Barbara County microbreweries with premier tour operator Captain Jack this weekend. Most of these tours include Carpinteria’s Island Brewing Company and Santa Barbara’s Brewhouse, and there are many other possible stops, as the microbrewery business is booming. The price of $85 per person (aged 21 and over) includes all tastings and transportation: Leave the driving to Captain Jack.

Does Pop prefer pinot? The Captain’s Santa Barbara Wine Trail tour is $70, a half-day Santa Ynez Valley wine tour is $99, and the for-serious-wine-lovers all-day tour is $115. Call ahead to book (564-1819) or arrange online. (

Add some blues

M. Special Brewing Company takes part in the national Brewers & Blues Against Hunger Tour on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring the cause’s founder, John “Sixx” Pack and his Wild Pack Band. Santa Barbara is Sixx’s hometown and his birthday is just days away, so this is an extra special night. The concert is free, but bring a nonperishable food donation to help those in need. It’s a blues food drive! Proceeds go to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Reservations are accepted. (6860 Cortona Drive, Building C, Goleta; 968-6500,

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See cool clips

Concert film clips carefully curated by rock and roll insider Hale Milgrim, the former president/CEO of Capitol Records, are screened Friday night at the Lobero Theatre at precisely 6:57 p.m., as part of the “Go to Hale” film series. Titled “All HALE: Rock 'n' Roll,” this evening includes vintage footage of the Quarrymen (John Lennon’s pre-Beatles band), the Glimmer Twins (pseudonym for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), the Warlocks (precursor to the Grateful Dead with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and “Pigpen” McKernan) and other rarities and finds. Come early, at 6:03 p.m., for preshow revelry and a sale of rock memorabilia.

This is the first of three such evenings in the series, which continues in August and October. Tickets are $17.50 general admission individually, $39 for all three nights or a $75 subscription, which includes the best seats in the house and a donation to support live music at the Lobero. (963-0761,

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