The rain has stopped. Sunshine is forecast for the next few days. How perfect that it is just in time for the weekend! So what are your plans? Cleaning out the garage? Finishing up your garden planting? Or are you itching to get out and enjoy that summer weather on the town? It’s Father’s Day weekend. Heck, ditch the chore list and find something fun to do with Pops. That’s more like it!

Why not start with a clean slate before heading out. How about washing the dirt off your vehicle that the got kicked up by all the rain this week. On Saturday, June 15th, you can do just that, at one of 26 participating car washes in London for the Protect our Environment Carwash Event. There are car wash facilities all over the city participating, from touchless washes to self-serve facilities. The City of London has teamed up with the Canadian Carwash Association to raise awareness about environmental issues surrounding our waterways. Part of the money raised will be contributed to the London Cares Curbside Food Drive, which in turn supports the London Food Bank. So not only will you have a clean car to drive for the rest of the weekend, but you will be making a better choice for the environment and supporting a good cause in the process. Check the above link for participating locations and then make a plan to do something a little more exciting than washing your vehicle yourself on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

So after a spin through the washer, what else can you get up to? Last week I highlighted some of London’s Summer Festivals, and two of them are being held this weekend alone – Dragon Boat Festival and Kids Expo. They both could certainly be added to the roster of things to do. You could also go to another festival, that I failed to mention last week; the London International Quilt Festival. It started June 12th and runs through to June 15th in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel (300 King St). The theme for this year’s Quilt Festival is ‘Africa’ and there are almost 200 quilts from all over that continent, with workshops and lectures from various African teachers. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Thursday and Saturday, and 10 am – 9 pm on Friday. The Festival will wrap up with a Gala Evening on Saturday, featuring music, dancers, fashion and a full-course meal. Sounds colourful!

Perhaps you would like something a little edgier, a little wilder to fill the weekend with though. Then head out to Wildwood Conservation Area (3995 Line 9,  St Mary’s) for the Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival! This is a festival that just might take your breath away. The folks at the Lung Association know that it is worth it though. This exciting event raises money to help people breathe, long after the last racer crosses the finish line on June 15th. So what do you need to know? The event starts at 9 am. There are 25 km of trails to ride. Wild Kids (12 and under) ride free in the Dr Murray Forest. There will be a community barbeque, demos, exhibitors, plus an opportunity to go camping after the race is done. Now ride!

If you want the excitement, but can’t bring yourself to climb onto your bike that is hanging derelict in the garage, why not take Dad out to the ballgame instead. This event won’t cost a dime to get in, so it makes the perfect Father’s Day gift from the kids! That’s right, Sifton Properties is hosting the 4th Annual free event in celebration of their 90th anniversary, and they want YOU to be a part of it. All you have to do is register today for the Pack the Park 2013 at Labatt Memorial Park (25 Wilson Ave). Doors open at 1 pm. What Daddy wouldn’t appreciate an afternoon watching baseball with his family? So cheer on the London Majors, as they batter up against the Brantford Red Sox. This is a gift any Father would love.

Whatever you get up to, make sure to take the time to offer a bit of love to dear old Dad. He’s a pretty good guy, and deserves to hear it every once in a while. I am hoping for a hug or two of my own. Happy Father’s Day!

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