Since 1991, Cocoon House has been providing resources for Snohomish County’s at-risk youth and those experiencing homelessness. The organization has adapted to the community’s need, expanding shelter space by 350% since its inception and now housing more than 230 young people (aged 13–17) each year. Through its street outreach, education, and drop-in resource center, Cocoon House supports more than 1,000 families and community members. It helps to empower youth by providing emergency shelter, long-term transitional housing, case management, advocacy, and homelessness prevention.
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Owned by a pair of married comedians, Laughs Comedy Spot draws on its owners' continent-wide comedy connections and restaurant-managing acumen to treat guests to top-rate rib ticklers and delectable food. Graciously arranged tables ensure clear views of the stage from every seat, backing up punch lines with a powerful sound system, and free, well-lit parking eases transit worries and preempts cars' fear of the dark.
A farcical, digital update of Love Letters, You've Got Hate Mail is based largely on the actual emails that led to the divorce of playwright Jane Milmore, whose collaborations with Billy Van Zandt also include The Senator Wore Pantyhose and High School Reunion: The Musical. Hapless e-philanderer Richard accidentally sends his wife, Stephanie, an email meant for his inamorata, and unsuccessfully attempts to cover his tracks. What follows is a romp through the email accounts of the five characters—Richard; his mistress, Wanda; Stephanie; her irate best friend, Pat; and George, an internet-incompetent coworker of Richard who acts as his doofy shoulder-devil. Though the entire script is composed of emails, the action manages to hit the bricks during a smartphone-toting chase scene. The New York Post called the play "the perfect bedroom farce" and Show Business gushed, "it doesn't get better than this".
Faux marbled walls, stark white pillars, and gold- and burgundy-hued drapes create a stately dining backdrop inside the dining room of Capri Ristorante Italiano. An Italian mural is painted in vivid blues and whites on the domed ceiling, and chandeliers illuminate diners sitting in wrought iron and leather chairs, which is the seating style that 17th-century nobility would have envisioned being in spaceships. Notes from a piano float through the air as servers dispense classic Italian dishes such as meat-stuffed raviolis, chicken parmesan, and four-cheese pizza. Outside, a sculpture recessed in the marigold wall watches over al fresco diners, who also get a front-row seat on select nights for the area’s summer-concert series.
Northshore Gymnastics' 15,000-square-foot facility boasts training equipment and devices such as 40' x 40' spring floors, a ski floor, five trampolines, and vault tables. Northshore aims to provide a fun and family-focused atmosphere, and their friendly stable of coaches are tasked with not only teaching basic skills, but also helping youngsters gain self-confidence and socialization skills.
Northwest Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, provides members with a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed for an efficient cardio and strength training workout. During the training, attendees can burn up to 500 calories and work each major muscle group to work toward individual fitness goals. An experienced coach is always nearby to teach and motivate participants, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music cues participants to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight and fitness level to create resistance. Each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.