"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."
They may all be fathers, but their interests and passions are as varied as can be. Here are some suggestions for honoring the dads in your life, in their own one-of-a-kind ways.
For the Rockabilly
Groundbreaking musician James Intveld will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, with the Blue Collar Combo band opening for him at noon at the Orange County Market Place at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. T
hose bringing a canned food item to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County will receive free admission to the concert and swap meet.
Five-year-old band Blue Collar Combo is the winner of the West Coast Rockabilly Showdown, and was selected to perform with Intveld at the Father's Day concert along winning with their $1,000 prize.
Intveld, his brother Ricky and Pat Woodward formed their first band, the Rockin' Shadows, and became well-known in Southern California. The latter two performers then were asked by the late Ricky Nelson to join his band. They went on a plane flight with Nelson that killed the three, leaving James Intvelt behind to begin performing as a solo act around the world.
Information: (949) 723-6616.
For the Vinophile
If a wine-loving father in your life has every vacuum stopper, wine glass charm and fancy corkscrew available, consider the Mulholland two-bottle wine carrier in bridle tan or black from Gary's flagship store at Fashion Island, 1065 Newport Center Drive, $270. The carrier has a semirigid insulated nylon liner to keep chilled wines cold and red wines protected from temperature extremes. Information: (949) 759-1622 or garysonline.com.
For the Chili Connoisseur
Combine good eats with a good cause at the first annual Chill'N Daddy's Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Central Orange Coast YMCA, 2300 University Drive, Newport Beach. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Costa Mesa, the event benefits the YMCA of Orange County and its after-school scholarship program.
The day will begin with exploration and a scavenger hunt at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the chili competition, lunch and family entertainment from noon to 2 p.m. The winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m., with prizes and trophies distributed.
Lunch is $5 per person over age 2, and includes chili tastings, one hot dog and one soft drink. Other food items will be available for an additional charge.
Competitions include Best Beef Chili, Best Chicken or Turkey Chili, Best Vegetarian Chili, Favorite Chili, Favorite Chef's Outfit and Overall Favorite Chili.
For more information, visit costamesarotary.org.
For the Brunch Bunch
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 455 Newport Center Drive, will present a $25 gift card to every father who orders dinner or their three-course, $29.95 brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Information: flemingssteakhouse.com.
Scott's Restaurant and Bar, 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, will host a "Man Brunch" with optional free-flowing champagne, draft beer or Bloody Marys to accompany a two-course brunch. Dinner that evening will feature family-style large portions. Information: (714) 979-2400 or scottsseafood.com.
Brasserie Pascal, 327 Newport Center Drive, has planned a Seafood & Bubbles Brunch with a three-course menu and free-flowing sparkling French wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at $27.95 per person. Information: (949) 640-2700 or pascalnewportbeach.com.
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza will offer its popular Bloody Mary Bar and Sunday Brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $35-per-person meal includes an appetizer, entrée and unlimited DIY Bloody Mary-making. Information: (714) 352-2525 or charliepalmer.com.
For the Sartorialist
Itching to "Urbanize Your Daddy?" Take him to a unique Father's Day event Sunday afternoon at Original Penguin, 231 Newport Center Drive, where fathers can try on Rat Pack-inspired clothing while listening to DJ Infrared spin. Treats by Sweet Street Desserts and IZZE beverages also will be served. There will be buy-one-get-one-50% promotions and special VIP card passwords given. Information: urbandaddy.
For the Buffet Lover
Head over to IKEA Costa Mesa, 1475 S. Coast Drive, tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. for its annual traditional Swedish Midsommar smorgasbord, with an assortment of salads, breads, vegetables, Swedish meatballs and ham, smoked salmon, turkey, herring, cheese, desserts and beverages. Space is limited. Tickets are on sale now in the IKEA Food Mart at $9.99 for adults and $2.49 for children. For more information, call (714) 751-7167 x1201 or visit ikea.com.
For the Aesthete
The annual Baroque Music Festival of Corona del Mar, founded in 1981, will feature eight concerts this month. The organization seeks to offer "historically stylistic interpretations of the great masterpieces of the Baroque period" (as well as some later works) using period instruments. The season starts June 20 at a 4 p.m. concert featuring Baroque concertos at Saint Michael & All Angels Church, and runs through the finale at 4 p.m. June 27 at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, featuring Baroque and neo-Baroque Romantic works by Bach, Handel and Brahms. Tickets are $15 and up; season packages are available. Information: (949) 760-7887 or bmf-cdm.org.
For the Cigar Aficionado
In addition to giving Dad his favorite Double Claro or Oscuro, consider the gift of a quality lighter, like the Colibri Tonino Lamborghini Lighter ($185) from Newport Tobacco, 533 Newport Center Drive. Boasting a scratch-resistant coating and fuel level window, the lighter also provides an angled torch flame for convenience. Information: (949) 644-5153.