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une 18 is Father’s Day. He doesn’t want another tie — and he definitely doesn’t need another bottle of cologne.

Show the big guy how much he means to you with one of these sure-to-please gift ideas.

Casual Fridays

Man cannot live on neckties alone. Some days, usually Fridays, Dad needs something a little more comfortable and something with a little more personality than his standard work shirt. Parts Unkown carries a huge selection of playful, collared shirts from designers like Tommy Bahama and Nat Nast (pictured). From Hawaiian patterns to stylish, retro 100 percent silk shirts, you’ll find something he’ll be proud to show off. Parts Unknown, 394 E. Main St., Ventura. Call 648-4654.

The Need For Speed

Boys and their toys … Most Dads, no matter their age, still love to play with cars. So treat him to an experience he’ll never forget — a few trips around a racetrack at about 65 mph with his Levis just 1 inch off the ground, taking corners 40 percent better than any street vehicle and pulling 1.4 Gs with his head crammed in a Bell Racing Helmet. That’s what a day at Jim Hall Kart Racing School promises. The nation’s most renowned kart racing school is located in Oxnard. Dad can be on the track in as little as one hour, testing his skills and courage in a high-performance race kart. Programs beginning at $195. Racer Packages start at $595. Gift Certificates available in any amount. Jim Hall Kart Racing School, 2600 Challenger Place, Oxnard. Call 654-1329 for more information or visit


Even if he won’t admit it, he needs to work on his swing. Treat Dad to a full day of golf at one of the many fine golf courses in Ventura County. The Buenaventura Golf Course, pictured above, reopened in March 2005 after a $6.5 million dollar renovation, including complete rerouting of the golf course and new playing surfaces. Then there’s the classic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Golf Course, which is always sure to please an avid golfer. He’ll thank you for it. Rates vary and are available online at or Buenaventura Golf Course, 5882 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. Call 642-2231. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Golf Course, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. Call 646-1111.

Three Cheers For Dad

You don’t need to go completely Sideways to find a great bottle of wine for Dad. The Ojai Vineyard is producing some of the finest California wines you can hope to find. Whether he’s into a dry, zingy sauvignon blanc, or a sleek, silky Syrah — you’ll have no problem finding exactly what his heart desires among the Ojai Vineyard’s offerings. Check out for more information and take advantage of their easy online ordering system. The Ojai Vineyard, Call 649-1674.

Best Foot Forward

Who says Mom has to be the shoe horse of the family? There’s no reason Dad should miss out on the wonders of owning a few really fashionable yet funky pairs of shoes. Well Polished offers a wide variety of dress shoes that are perfect for the office as well as more casual options like these Kenneth Cole vintage athletic shoes that feature a lace-up system extending almost to the toe, contrasting color stripes and trim, and a leather lining. With these kicks, he’ll feel like he’s back on his high school track team. ($103) Well Polished, 576 E. Main St., Ventura. Call 648-1234.

“Blessed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.”
Lydia M. Child


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