Outdoor activities abound this weekend in Santa Barbara, whether they’re athletic, culinary, jazzy or just plain fun.
Run a mile
Sunday’s State Street Mile is for people of all ages … and dogs, too! The day gets underway at 8 p.m. with seven different age categories (from “14 and Under” to “60 and Over”) departing in 10 minute intervals ($35 with a T-shirt, $30 without). Families run together in the Family Fun Mile ($10 with shirt, $5 without), which follows.
The Elite runners vie in both Open and Masters (ages 40 and older) categories for a total of $4,000 in prizes. Last year’s men’s winner was Lompoc-native Michael Coe who broke the course record with a blistering 3 minutes, 49 seconds.
At the tail end (pun intended) is the Dog Run & Walk where the fastest pups of four legs stride down State Street with their leashed owners. That’s something to bark about.
Register on race day starting at 7 a.m. at Pedregosa and State streets, where the run begins. Proceeds go to the District Attorney’s Crime Victim Emergency Fund (568-2400, www.sbmile.com).
Fork & Cork Classic
The Santa Barbara County Food Bank debuts the Ford & Cork Classic on Sunday and it sounds simply delicious. Guests enjoy an array of wines and gourmet dishes prepared by more than 20 top county chefs and restaurants. Held at the beautiful Montecito Country Club (920 Summit Road), there’s also live entertainment, games, auctions, and sweeping views of the coastline. Many winemakers and chefs are there to mix and mingle. Tickets are $75 at the door; the proceeds go to 300 countywide nonprofit partners who help supply healthy produce and staples to those in need (http://www.forkandcorkclassic.org).
Double Dolphin, a 50-foot catamaran, leaves the Santa Barbara Harbor each Friday at 6 p.m. this summer for its weekly Sunset Jazz Cruise featuring live music and a cash bar. The performers change weekly, but can include anything from Dixieland to Straight-Ahead Jazz. Bring a picnic basket and some friends for a memorable TGIF experience. The views and tunes are terrific. Reservations are required as there’s only room for 45 passengers. Tickets are $40 (962-2826, www.sbsail.com).
Sundays on the wharf
Stearns Wharf is filled with fun all the time, but Sundays are especially good to visit with the kids in tow, as the Ty Warner Sea Center offers two special activities that are included in admission.
Start out with Sunday Sea Stories at 11:30 a.m., which appeals to the younger tykes. Then lunch at one of the many eateries nearby or take the Lil Toot Watertaxi ($4 for adults, $1 for kids, one-way) across to the Santa Barbara Harbor where even more restaurants await. Stroll the Breakwater or check out the fishing fleet, then get back to the Sea Center by 3:30 p.m. for Shark Sundays. That’s when staff feeds the rays and sharks in the big tank … and sometimes let kids help. Talk about a “feeding frenzy!” (962-2526, www.sbnature.org).
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