Things To Do in California

$75 for Mystery Comedy Dinner Theater for Two with Magnets at Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater ($130 Value)

Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater

The Imperial House Restaurant

Four-course meal and commemorative show magnets accompany a live, comedic mystery performance with audience participation

$130 $75

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Madame Tussauds Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 44% Off)

Madame Tussauds

Fisherman's Wharf

Interact with lifelike wax figures including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg & President Obama at a brand new waterfront wax attraction

$52 $29

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Entry for Two or Four to Fresno Home Improvement Show November 7–9 (Up to 46% Off)

Fresno Home Shows

Fresno

Plan home improvement projects as contractors, artisans, and crafters share their wares

$14 $8

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Holiday Theme-Park Visit with Unlimited Rides for Two or Four at Global Winter Wonderland (49% Off)

Global Winter Wonderland

Cal Expo

Holiday festival at Cal Expo; unlimited ride wristbands are good for all rides within venue

$92 $46.99

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Craft-Beer Tasting and Tour with Appetizers for One, Two, or Four from NightLife Transport (Up to 51% Off)

NightLife Transport

Auld Dubliner

Revelers are transported to two local breweries for tastings, appetizers, and discount growlers

$50 $25

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10- or 20- Class Pass or Three Private Training Sessions at Boxing for Health (Up to 80% Off)

Boxing for Health

Oakland

Boxing coaches teach footwork, combinations, and punches in a gym with a regulation sized ring and 14 heavy bags

$125 $29

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One Month of Kids Science or Culinary Classes, or $25 for $100 Toward Birthday Party at Rigatoni & Robots

Rigatoni & Robots

Bakersfield

Kids can explore their interests in science and engineering or culinary and crafts

$100 $25

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at the Honda Center on February 14 or 16 (Up to 39% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Honda Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$93.80 $57

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Nine Ride Tickets, Two Zoo Passes, and Zoo Food, or Birthday Party for 10 at The Pumpkin Factory (Up to 47% Off)

The Pumpkin Factory

Westfield Main Place Mall

Hay-covered pumpkin patch inside a park filled with rides, a petting zoo, and family-friendly attractions

$45 $25

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60-Minute Open-Jump Session for Three or Four at Sky Zone Riverside (Half Off)

Sky Zone Riverside

La Sierra

Indoor trampoline park with bounceable floors and walls

$48 $24

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Tennis 101 Clinic or Cardio Tennis at Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport (Up to 63% Off)

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport

Multiple Locations

Learn the fundamentals of tennis play with an introductory clinic or stay in shape with a tennis-influenced cardio workout

$60 $22

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Trampoline Jump Passes or Birthday Party at Sky Zone San Diego (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Sky Zone San Diego

Eastlake Business Center

Bounce off the walls at this trampoline-lined fun and fitness center with a huge foam jumping pit

$30 $15

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Improv Comedy for Two at Made Up Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Made Up Theatre

Grimmer

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

$28 $12

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Two or Four Weeks of Boot-Camp Classes at Total Training Boot Camp (Up to 86% Off)

Total Training Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Conditioning exercises performed in a supportive environment help clients shed weight, tone muscle, and improve the quality of their lives

$279 $39

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"Aquarius" Musical Revue at California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 8 (Up to 57% Off)

"Aquarius"

California Theatre of the Performing Arts

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Rolling Stones and Byrds hits, along with other rock from the ’60s and ’70s, joins Flower-Power choreography and costumes

$81 $35

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"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!" at The State Theatre on November 13 (Up to 50% Off)

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus"

The State Theatre

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story’s live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$54 $27

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Ventura County Ballet Company Presents: “The Nutcracker” on November 22 or 23 (Up to 38% Off)

Ventura County Ballet Company Presents: “The Nutcracker”

Oxnard Performing Arts Center

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Tchaikovsky’s classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$20 $12.50

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Three-Lap Ride-Along or Three-Hour Driving Experience from Mario Andretti Racing Experience (Up to 51% Off)

Mario Andretti Racing Experience

Auto Club Speedway

Drive or ride-along in a full-size Indy-style racecar around TRACK NAME

$129.99 $64

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$34 for One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Exhilarate Fitness Studio ($99 Value)

Exhilarate Fitness Studio

Moreno Valley

Certified fitness instructors lead Zumba, piloxing, and circuit-training classes

$99 $34

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$69 for $149 Worth of Martial Arts — Fred Villari's Studios of Self Defense

Fred Villari's Studios Of Self Defense

Glendale

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$149 $69

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Orange County Roller Girls Roller-Derby Bout, or One Month of Roller-Derby Classes (Up to 69% Off)

OC Roller Derby

The Rinks - Huntington Beach

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Roller-derby squads face off against some of the top teams in the west coast and train aspiring skaters in fast-paced classes

$11.54 $6

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$11 for Studio Fees and $8 Toward Pottery Painting for Two or More at Paint A Dream ($20 Value)

Paint a Dream

Multiple Locations

Painters take their pick of blank plates, mugs, and figurines, coat them in provided paints, and retrieve glazed works in five days

$20 $11

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$49 for One Month of Yoga, Spin, Zumba, and Boot-Camp Classes at Next Level Sports Complex ($145 Value)

Next Level Sports Complex

Garden Grove

Group fitness classes help students get in shape whether through the relaxing stretches of yoga or the intense cardio workouts of spin class

$145 $49

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One or Two Private Horseback-Riding Lessons or 90-Minute Riding Lesson at Pegasus Riding School (Up to 53% Off)

Pegasus Riding School

Santa Rosa

An instructor with more than two decades of experience working with kids, special-needs children, and adults teaches riding lessons

$80 $39

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Alex Ramon #NewMagic at El Portal Theatre on November 1 at 8 p.m. or November 2 at 3 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Alex Ramon #NewMagic

El Portal Theatre

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Award-winning magician reveals new illusions and sleight of hand tricks in his family-friendly show

$50 $25

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Four Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Shanti Kitti Yoga (Up to 62% Off)

Shanti Kitti Yoga

Oceanside

Yoga studio offers classes that are playfully named after cats, such as New Cats for beginners and the restorative Zen Cats class

$50 $19

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15 or 30 Small-Group MixFit Classes at Shark Tank MMA Gym (74% Off)

Shark Tank MMA Gym

Rancho Cucamonga

Fitness instructors challenge exercisers with a blend of Crossfit, boot camp, and MMA techniques designed to tone bodies and test endurance

$375 $108

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Standup Comedy at Ontario Improv Through December 9 (Up to 76% Off)

Ontario Improv

Ontario Improv

Up-and-coming comics lure laughs in this storied chain of comedy clubs that showcased such stars as Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld

$80 $20

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$60 for $109 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Atc Taekwondo

Atc Lancaster Taekwondo Center

Lancaster

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$109 $60

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One or Two Private Dance Lessons for One or Wedding-Dance Lessons for Two at Malia In Motion (Up to 78% Off)

Malia In Motion

Sing Inc. Studio

Dancers practice ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, latin ballroom moves during private lessons; couples can prepare for their first dance

$65 $25

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Karate Classes at United Self-Defense Academy - Palmdale (Up to 87% Off). Three Options Available.

United Self-Defense Academy - Palmdale

Palmdale

All options include a T-shirt and mouth guard

$225 $29

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Two Kids' or Teens' Cooking Classes, or One Adult Class for Two or Four at Get Cooking 101 (Up to 63% Off)

Get Cooking 101

Crossings at Corona

Seasoned instructors lead students in BYOB adult cooking classes; kids or teens learn to create a two- to three-course meal

$150 $65

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Pop Diva or PJ Bash Party for Up to 6 or 10 Girls at Sugar & Spice Studios (52% Off)

Sugar & Spice Studios

Toro Park

Specialists host experiential parties with makeup, hairstyling, nail art, and a dance party

$156 $75

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One, Two, or Four General Admission Tickets, or One VIP Ticket to SoCal Maker Con on November 8 (Up to 53% Off)

SoCal Maker Con

LA County Fairplex

Newest innovative technologies converge under one roof for interactive demonstrations, DIY maker projects, and featured speakers

$22.09 $11

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$29 for 10 CrossFit Lite Classes from Torrance Fit Lab ($ Value)

Torrance CrossFit

Torrance

CrossFit Lite in a 5,000 sq. ft. facility covers the basic moves of CrossFit in a more relaxed setting

$150 $29

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One or Three Months of Cardio-Kickboxing and Boot-Camp Membership at Dance Co. (Up to 79% Off)

Dance Co.

Upper B Street

High-intensity cardio kickboxing and boot-camp classes offer varied exercises to help work up a sweat, tone muscles, and lose weight

$90 $26

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$100 for $199 Worth of Martial Arts — East West MMA So Cal

East West Mma So Cal

Escondido

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$199 $100

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Two-Day Access to the Silicon Valley Film Festival 2014 for Two or Four on November 8 and 23 (Up to 56% Off)

Silicon Valley Film Festival

Multiple Locations

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Two days of feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world highlight emerging technologies and social change

$40 $19

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Petting Zoo, Pony Ride, and Two-Hour Bounce House Admission for 2 or 4 at Pasadena Pumpkin Patch (Up to 51% Off)

Pasadena Pumpkin Patch

Pasadena

Kids can leap in a bounce house, ride a live pony, or pet farm animals such as ducks and pigs at a seasonal pumpkin patch

$48 $24

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Two or Four VIP Tickets to Premier Bridal Shows (Up to 56% Off). Multiple Dates Available.

Premier Bridal Shows

Multiple Locations

Bridal shows held at six locations throughout the year connect brides-to-be with dozens of top vendors

$20 $10

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20 or 40 Batting-Cage Tokens or 60-Minute Training-Tunnel Rental at Power Alley OC (Up to 48% Off)

Power Alley OC

Fullerton

Batting cages let burgeoning hitters practice their swings, while training tunnels provide enough room to pitch, hit, and catch

$20 $12

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Five or Eight Barre Classes at Studio Barre – Newbury Park (Up to 57% Off)

Studio Barre-Newbury Park

Newbury Park

Barre fitness classes designed to help students achieve the lean, toned physique of a dancer

$95 $45

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$330 for $600 Worth of Personal Training — Raise The Bar Fitness

Raise The Bar Fitness

Visalia

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$600 $330

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5K Entry for One, Two, or Four to The Color Dash 5K on Saturday, January 10 (Up to 45% Off)

The Color Dash 5k

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School

Run or walk along a noncompetitive 5K course while getting covered in bursts of electric colors

$45 $29

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$12 for Admission for Two to a Bay Area Wedding Fair ($30 Value)

Bay Area Wedding Fairs

Multiple Locations

Bridal shows bring together couples and wedding professionals for networking and big-day planning and shopping

$30 $12

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$29 of One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions at Basic Training (Up to $110 Value)

Basic Training

Multiple Locations

Torch calories and tackle goals during challenging functional workouts designed by a military drill instructor and master fitness trainer

$110 $29

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$9.99 for 1-Day Admission for 2 to the San Francisco Travel & Adventure Show on February 7 or 8 ($22 Value)

Travel & Adventure Show

Santa Clara Convention Center

Travel gurus and a who’s who of television personalities gather with exhibitors to help attendees travel around the world on a budget

$22 $9.99

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$49 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf for 2 with Cart Rental Mare Island Golf Club (Up to $116 Value)

Mare Island Golf Course

Vallejo

Oldest course west of the Mississippi River features distinctive topography on the front and back nines, as well as a range and a pro shop

$116 $49

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Rock Climbing or Canyoneering Tour for 2 or 4, or Hiking Tour for 2 with SoCal Adventure Company (Up to 58% Off)

SoCal Adventure Company

Multiple Locations

Outdoor experts guide small groups as they traverse picturesque canyons and rappel off of waterfalls and rock walls

$300 $150

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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10 or 15 Yoga-Pilates Classes or Month of Unlimited Classes at Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga (Up to 78% Off)

Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga

South Berkeley

Pilates mat classes are offered for students of all levels, along with Forrest, Stellarflow Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga

$130 $35

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Flag Football League Membership for One or Team of 6-10 at Harris Sports (Up to 66% Off)

Harris Sports

Downey High School

Make new friends and get in shape with regular games of flag football

$100 $34

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Repticon Los Angeles for Two Adults and Two Children at OC Fair & Event Center on November 22–23 (Up to 50% Off)

Repticon Los Angeles

OC Fair & Event Center

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures’ behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

$30 $15

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$25 for One Ticket to a Spar Star Promotions MMA Event at Hollywood Park Casino ($54.16 Value). Three Dates Available.

Spar Star Promotions Presents "Fight Night"

Hollywood Park Casino

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A title fight and a super heavyweight showdown highlight the first of three upcoming MMA events

$54.16 $25

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21-Day Boot Camp or Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at West Covina Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 74% Off)

West Covina Fit Body Boot Camp

West Covina

Trainers motivate patrons to burn fat and build muscle in a non-intimidating atmosphere

$117 $29.99

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One Month of Unlimited CrossFit, 10 Introductory OnRamp Classes, or Both at CrossFit Live (Up to 75% Off)

CrossFit Live!

Norwalk

CrossFit workouts enhance 10 facets of fitness, including strength training, speed, cardio, and agility

$159 $59

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Museum of Making Music Visit for Two Adults, or Two Adults and Two Children (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

Interactive activities and exhibits showcase innovations in instrument construction and popular music through the 20th century

$16 $8

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$270 for a Co-Ed Indoor-Soccer League at Fairfield Indoor Sports & Culture Center ($550 value)

Fairfield Indoor Sports & Culture Center

Fairfield

12-person co-ed soccer teams compete each Sunday for eight weeks

$550 $270

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$55 for Four Aerial Yoga Classes at UP Flying Yoga (a $100 Value)

UP Flying Yoga

Studio City

Seasoned instructors guide up to 16 students through yoga and Pilates-infused classes performed on soft fabric hammocks

$100 $55

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Two or Four 30-Minute or 60-Minute Private Violin Lessons at Vernon Music Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

A violinist who customizes lessons to students' needs, helping them to learn violin quickly and thoroughly

$120 $55

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10 or 20 Karate Classes with a Uniform and a Belt Test at Kobushi Shotokan Karate-Do (Up to 91% Off)

Kobushi Shotokan Karate-Do

Murrieta

Led by a 13-year US karate-team member, karate classes teach self-defense skills and include a uniform and a belt test

$220 $20

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Standup Comedy at Flappers Comedy Club (Up to 57% Off)

Flappers Comedy Club

Multiple Locations

Comedy club features sets from nationally touring standups seen on television

$58 $25

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Roller Skating for Two or Four at Paradise Skate Roller Rink (Up to Half Off)

Paradise Skate Roller Rink

Antioch-Pittsburg

Hawaiian-themed roller rink invites duos and quartets to frolic on wheels, aided by a snack bar with hot dogs, nachos, and drinks

$25 $12.50

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Ceramics Painting for Two or Four at Color Me Mine Daly City (Up to 52% Off)

Color Me Mine

Daly City

Choose from a bounty of dishes, figurines, and other ceramic creations to paint in vibrant colors, then hand them to staff to glaze and fire

$30 $15

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Day- or Nighttime Activities at October Equestrian Festival at Galway Downs (Up to 50% Off)

October Equestrian Festival at Galway Downs

Temecula

Family-friendly daytime activities include corn maze and car and bike show; spooky night fun includes haunted village and costume contest

$30 $15

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All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental for 4, 6, or 12 at Paintball International (Up to 89% Off)

Paintball International

Multiple Locations

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$160 $19

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30- or 60-Minute Discovery Flight and 20-Minute Video at Apus Air (Up to 44% Off)

Apus Air

El Cajon

Instructors accompany students as they take to the air over downtown San Diego

$159 $89

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Harvest Festival Admission for Two or Four on November 14, 15, or 16 (44% Off)

Harvest Festival

San Mateo Event Center

Home of the #1 candy apple in the US, according to the Wall Street Journal, the fest showcases 24,000 handmade pieces of art and wares

$18 $10

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Panaro Brothers Winery (50% Off)

Panaro Brothers Winery

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

Panaro family, now in fifth generation of winemaking, draws on rich history as they transform grapes into single-varietal and blended wines

$66 $33

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Five Private Dance Classes from Glamorous Productions (65% Off)

Glamorous Productions

Compton

Hip-hop, African, modern, praise, and jazz dance classes are offered for children aged 9–18

$250 $88

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Two Hours of Range Time for One, Two, or Four with Equipment Rental at Impact Archery (Up to 62% Off)

Impact Archery

Clovis

Choose from a selection of bows and take aim at targets during two hours of free-form range time

$26 $11

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One Month of Morning Meltdown Fitness Classes for One or Two People at FitcampLA (Up to 68% Off)

FitcampLA

South Gate

High-energy morning workouts designed to help shed pounds; nutrition service included

$159 $53

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Beer Tasting for Two or Four at Booze Brothers Brewing Co. (Up to 50% Off)

Booze Brothers Brewing Co.

Vista

Surrounded by a “quirkily extraordinary” vintage decor, sample four small pours of beer, then enjoy a pint of your favorite

$28 $18

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$29 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Active Performance (Up to $205.50 Value)

CrossFit Active Perfomance

Mission Viejo

Classes fuse elements of strength training, cardio, gymnastics, and plyometrics to create a potent new functional workout each day

$205.50 $29

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Six Training Sessions from Tyler Scott Fitness Personal Training (55% Off)

Tyler Scott Fitness

Vacaville

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$490 $220

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Two-Hour Wristband for One or Two at Go Kart World (28% Off)

Go Kart World

Carson

Six go-kart tracks entice families and celebrities alike with sprint-car and euro-car racing

$40 $29

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One Month of Gymnastics or Tumbling Classes for One or Two at Gymnastics Express (Up to 77% Off)

Gymnastics Express

Hesperia

Instructors teach kids skills on trampoline, bars, vault, and beam

$140 $35

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$21 for $60 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Saiko Fitness

Saiko Fitness

Pacheco

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $21

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If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant.

To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture.

Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.

523 West 6th Street
Los Angeles,
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When Kate Danta opened P.B. Yoga & Healing Arts, she envisioned more than a simple yoga studio. Her holistic health center would offer both Pilates and yoga classes that explored different types of practice along with a range of wellness services such as massage and acupuncture. Kate is a holistic health practitioner, a massage therapist, and a yoga instructor with 30 years of experience, herself, so she was in a unique position to make her dream become reality. Rather than doing everything herself, Kate assembled a staff of certified massage therapists, naturopathic healers, and yoga instructors to add their knowledge of Svaroopa, Kripalu, and Kundalini yoga to the studio's repertoire.

Visitors to the holistic studio can choose to better their bodies and minds by choosing to attend classes or visiting one of the staff's variety of physical and spiritual healers. During yoga sessions, instructors lead students through guided relaxations, breathing techniques, and yoga poses to help clients build flexibility and relax deep spinal muscles. Pilates mat classes are taught by an experienced instructor who sold her thriving studio in order to move to San Diego and join the staff at PB Yoga and Healing Arts to challenge clients' muscles with small isometric movements, which work to improve posture and protect the back by building strength throughout the core. The studio also has a Pilates Specialist whose background includes the New York Ballet Co. She works one-on-one with the help of the Gyrotonic equipment and the Pilates Reformer. The studio's on-staff licensed acupuncturist specializes in sports medicine, and can relieve chronic pain by carefully placing needles in strategic points along the body. Clients can achieve spiritual balance with visits to a Sunday morning meditation class facilitated by an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, Tenshin; who also teaches the Tai Chi classes. The center also offers sessions with an on-staff practitioner who can deliver both psychic readings and spiritual counseling to help clients reach inner peace.

961 Turquoise St
San Diego,
CA
US

Bodies twist and arch through space in a series of progressive rotations. Participants cycle their shoulders, leap into crouches, and even swing club-shaped weights that resemble a clown's juggling pins. Watching a Circular Strength Training class at Chrome Fit might call to mind scenes of a mesmerizing circus performance, but the intent of the workout is anything but laughable. Rather, its dynamic actions help to broaden range of motion while simultaneously building muscle.

Circular Strength Training is one of five specialized classes led by Chrome Fit's coaching team. Though they utilize different tools—including gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and yoga techniques—they all have a holistic focus on increasing poised and powerful mobility. Their practical applications range from reducing chronic pain and competing in marathons to, in the case of TACFIT sessions, learning to tackle and safely recover from the crisis situations faced by police, military, and emergency personnel.

Owner Sheri L. Covey and her staff supplement these group classes with private personal-training sessions, as well as customized duo or small-group seminars. They adapt their instructions to suit clients of all fitness backgrounds, instead of simply telling newer students to watch the older ones until they feel ready to lift the same weights. Through boot-camp and corporate-wellness programs, they also encourage achievements in a more general community setting, drawing from the entirety of their class curriculum to plan varied drills.

1701 S 7th St, Ste 7
San Jose,
CA
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Lou’s Cafe: A User’s Guide

Generously Stacked Sandwiches | Toasted to Order | Housemade Sauces and Spreads

Sample Menu

  • Sandwich: LLB Special—roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Lou’s Special Sauce on dutch crunch
  • Side: new england clam chowder
  • Beverage: iced caffe mocha

About the Owners: After 19 years in a delicatessen catering department, Ramana Brodeth knew her way around a sandwich. In 2010, she and her sons, TJ and Mark, opened Lou’s Cafe. One of them is always behind the counter, crafting inventive, satisfying sandwiches and topping them with Lou’s Special Sauce, a housemade garlic-and-herb aioli.

From the Press

  • “This family run cafe in San Francisco's Richmond District is exactly what a good sandwich shop should be - incredibly welcoming, with fresh, filling sandwiches at honest prices.” — SFGate
  • “The fixings are primo, to be sure, but its Lou’s sauces and breads that separate them from the San Francisco sandwich pack.” — The Daily Meal
  • “We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch Crunch, but we think the breakfast sandwich is the most rave-worthy item here.” — SF Weekly

Inside Tips

  • Because seating is sparse, most customers take their orders to go.
  • Don’t be daunted by a long line—it moves pretty quickly.
  • To minimize your wait, download GoPago to order from your phone. When you get to Lou’s, skip the line and go straight to the GoPago pickup spot.

Vocab Lesson
Dutch crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a stroll through Clement Nursery (1921 Clement Street), the oldest in SF, housed in lovingly restored farm buildings.

After: Make a picnic of it and let the kids run around the renovated Argonne Playground (18th Avenue & Geary Boulveard); three picnic tables sit alongside the tennis courts.

5017 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Samba's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger?covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers?offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.

Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from hummus appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.

Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky?or at least a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with exceptional fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws. This excitement also extends to the upcoming 2014 World Cup beginning in June, during which the restaurant will air the contests with a family-friendly atmosphere.

6737 N Palm Ave
Fresno,
CA
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Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.

Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0–5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.

4440 Marconi Ave
Sacramento,
CA
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