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by Brian Clarey

It’s Father’s Day onSunday, which means that at the very least you should give your dad acall. But if you want to go the extra mile, a box of cigars, a bottleof scotch or a couple hours over a nice, hot meal (your treat) woulddefinitely be appropriate. Father’s Day generally gets shortshrift against Mother’s Day – which is fair, I guess. After all, it’sthe mothers who take on all the heavy labor (pun intended) when itcomes to childbirth. And even in these modern times, when many if notmost mothers hold jobs outside the home, they still take on the lion’sshare of household duties. So while I got a decent slew ofMother’s Day press releases from area restaurants and food stores, theimpending holiday only produced two in my inbox. Fleming’sSteakhouse & Wine Bar – no slouch when it comes to promotion -alerted me to Dinners With Dads, held this Thursday and Friday eveningat their Greensboro location. Five courses for $100 a head, whichincludes tax and gratuity, will benefit Murphy’s Kids, a charity begunby 107.5 WKZL morning DJ Jack Murphy which benefits children withlife-threatening illnesses. Courses include prosciutto-wrapped melonand asparagus, pan-seared diver scallops with a blood orange buerreblanc and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler. Also, the Grove Winery will hold a Father’s Day wine and cheese tasting all weekend. TheGrove also celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day on Friday with freetastings, cheap wines and deep discounts for all public school teachersand employees in Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Caswell, Orange,Pittsylvania and Forsyth counties from noon to 5 p.m. My friendsover at Coffee at the Summit in Greensboro announce a new lunch menuwith sandwiches, wraps, salads and hot dogs. And on Fridays there willbe fish – I’ll have to go check that one out for myself one of thesedays. Earth Fare holds an installment of the Cancer Projecttitled “Favoring Fiber” on Friday at noon. Fiber helps rid the body oftoxins and excess fats and hormones, and is an important component of aproper diet. The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market is the locale forthe Triad’s Largest Yard Sale on Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. And whileI can’t verify if it is indeed the Triad’s largest, the yard sale willsurely be better if everybody brings some old crap to sell. Anddig this: The energy drink phenomenon has come full circle with theintroduction of Drank, based on the purple drank that hip-hoppers makewith promethazine-codeine cough syrup (at least according to Wikipediaand consumerist.com). This canned beverage is made with melatonin,valerian root and rose hips – all perfectly legal, but they should slowyou down some. According to a press release, “[E]very aspect of thiscalming drink was inspired by today’s popular hip-hop artists whoembrace the much sought-after hip-hop lifestyle that encourages peopleto capture a stress-free state of mind.” Cool. And we love the slogan:”Slow your roll.”

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