Things To Do in California

Ivan Amodei at The Westgate Hotel on Saturday, October 18, at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. (Up to 61% Off)

Ivan Amodei

The Westgate Hotel

$75 $29

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Award-winning magician dazzles with carefully wrought illusions and witty banter, accompanied by a live cellist

Outing for One or Two at The Bridal Soiree (Up to 51% Off)

The Bridal Soiree

Coyote Creek Golf Club

$100 $49

Hit up the beauty bar for a mini makeover, see a bridal fashion show, and ask wedding planners about budgets

One Family or Family Plus Membership to Aquarium of the Bay (Up to 47% Off)

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $59

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Membership to 20,000-animal aquarium includes one year of free admission and discounted gift-shop purchases

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$40 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

$44 for a Racing Package with Four Races and Two Yearly Licenses at K1 Speed (Up to $91.96 Value)

K1 Speed

Sacramento

$91.96 $44

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Eco-friendly electric karts; speeds up to 45 mph; karts for kids and adults; collection of racing memorabilia on display

$27 for a Half-Day Fishing Trip from Pierpoint Landing ($45 Value)

Pierpoint Landing

Downtown Long Beach

$45 $27

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The crew of the Southern Cal takes anglers on a half-day trip in search of bass, barracuda, and other fish

"Funny Fun" Standup for Two or Four at Club 21 Through February 28, 2015 (Up to 55% Off)

"Funny Fun"

Club 21

$20 $10

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Comedian Dan Mires fills Thursday nights with headlining standups including David Gborie, Ngaio Bealum, and Kirk McHenry

Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 60% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Kern County Raceway Park

$99 $49

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

American Fare and Drinks for Lunch and Dinner at Sammy’s Bar & Grill (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available.

Sammy's Bar & Grill

Anaheim Hills

$20 $14

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Wash down sliders, fajitas, and flatbread pizzas with local beer and wine in an upscale sports bar with dark wood and stone accents

One-Hour Catalina Tour for Two or One- or Two-Hour Coastal Flight Tour from Aviation Rob (Up to 53% Off)

Aviation Rob

Orange County Airport

$199 $99

Customers interested in flying can enjoy flight demonstrations while also taking in the sights of the coast or Catalina Island

$29 for One Admission and 15 Tasting Tickets to BierBuzz Masquerade on Saturday, October 18 ($55 Value)

BierBuzz Masquerade

Inland Empire Brewing Company's Business Park

$55 $29

Tons of local and faraway breweries sling more than 40 brews, many of them one-of-a-kind, as costumed guests mingle and dance to live music

Roller-Skating with Skate Rental for Two or Four at Stockton Indoor Sports Complex (Up to 53% Off)

Stockton Indoor Sports Complex

Stockton

$16 $8

Old-fashioned, quad-wheeled roller skates roll across a hockey-rink-sized floor during public-skating sessions

Three-Hour Painting Class for One or Two by Wine and Palette (Up to 50% Off)

Wine and Palette

Multiple Locations

$35 $19

At local bars and restaurants, students can order drinks before diving into a three-hour painting tutorial, resulting in a finished canvas

Four 30-Minute Indoor Lessons at American Swim Academy (Up to 49% Off)

American Swim Academy

Multiple Locations

$72 $39

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Certified instructors impart swim basics in classes kept to a small student-to-teacher ratio for optimum safety and learning

One-Month Membership for One or Two to Urban Workshop (Up to 44% Off)

Urban Workshop

Irvine

$175 $99

Members can access tools such as laser cutters, 3-D printers, sandblasters, and CNC machines

"La Bamba" at California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 25, at 8 p.m. (Up to 57% Off)

"La Bamba"

California Theatre of the Performing Arts

$89.75 $39

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Rollicking musical tribute paints a portrait of the all-too-brief life of Hispanic rock star Ritchie Valens

Admission and Breakfast for One or Two or Admission for Two or Four at Modesto Women's Expo (Up to 52% Off)

Modesto Women's Expo

Modesto Centre Plaza

$30 $15

Vendors and speakers advise women on subjects such as health, beauty, parenting, and finance

$25 for One Month of Martial-Arts and Fitness Classes at Legacy Martial Arts & Karate for Kids (Up to $160 Value)

Legacy Martial Arts & Karate for Kids

Oxnard

$160 $25

Kids and adults learn self-defense skills from certified instructors while boosting their self-confidence and fitness levels

$199 for a 20-Lap Adventure Program at Allen Berg Racing School ($399 Value)

Allen Berg Racing Schools

Auto Club Speedway

$399 $199

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After a drivers' mtg, review class from Formula One driver Allen Berg, & track-orientation, drivers will whip around the track for 20 laps

$49.50 for One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Exhilarate Fitness Studio ($99 Value)

Exhilarate Fitness Studio

Moreno Valley

$99 $49.50

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

Five Open-Play Sessions or One-Month Membership for Three Kids at We Rock The Spectrum Glendale LLC (Up to 50% Off)

We Rock The Spectrum Glendale LLC

Glendale

$50 $30

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All kids welcomed at fun center designed for kids with special needs; playground and arts 'n' crafts; cleaned daily with green products

$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($195 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

$195 $69

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

SCV Music Festival with Aaron Tippin & Blue Oyster Cult on September 26 or 27 (Up to 35% Off)

SCV Music Festival w/ Aaron Tippin & Blue Oyster Cult

Valencia Country Club

$31 $20

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Country star Aaron Tippin and classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult headline a two-day outdoor festival of rock, country, blues, and jazz

One-Month Membership for One or Two at Garden Grove Crossfit (Up to 78% Off)

Garden Grove Crossfit

Garden Grove

$170 $39

Launch an effective fitness regimen with a one-month membership that incorporates functional exercises, varied workouts, and peer support

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

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

Standup Show and Appetizer Platter for Four, Plus 4 Tickets to a Future Show at Ha Ha Café Comedy Club (Up to 87% Off)

Ha Ha Café Comedy Club

Valley Village

$191.90 $25

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Showcases held seven days a week feature headlining comics from around the world, high-energy hosts, and surprise celebrity visits

Family-Fun Park for 1 or Birthday Party for 10 at Camp Pendleton Playland (Up to 51% Off)

Camp Pendleton Playland

Oceanside

$34.95 $17

Kids burn off a lot of steam at six attractions, which stand at the ready to be bounced in, climbed on, or scampered through

15 or 30 Small-Group MixFit Classes at Shark Tank MMA Gym (68% Off)

Shark Tank MMA Gym

Rancho Cucamonga

$375 $119

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

Squeaky Clean Comedy at Ontario Improv Comedy Club on Saturday, October 11, at 2 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Squeaky Clean Comedy

Squeaky Clean Comedy

$20 $10

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Comedians avoid vulgar and offensive language at a standup-comedy show suitable for guests 16 and older

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

Atc Lancaster Taekwondo Center

Lancaster

$109 $60

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

One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes or 12 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit 916 (Up to 84% Off)

CrossFit 916

Elk Grove

$150 $49

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Skilled trainers keep bodies engaged and active by switching between high-intensity strength, cardio, flexibility, and agility workouts

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

Paint a Dream

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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

Four- or Six-Week Intro to CrossFit Program at CrossFit Proper (Up to 72% Off)

CrossFit Proper

Corona

$125 $49

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Coaches introduce typical movements and instruct on proper technique as they welcome newcomers to the world of CrossFit

One or Three Flight Lessons and a Membership to AeroDynamic Aviation (Up to 68% Off)

AeroDynamic Aviation

Multiple Locations

$408 $129

Get behind the controls of an airplane and learn to take off, climb, and descend with an FAA-certified flight instructor as copilot

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

$22.09 $11

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

Five Zumba Classes from GATEWAY TO HEALTH, LLC (65% Off)

Gateway To Health, LLC

Torrance

$60 $21

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

One or Three Months of Cardio-Kickboxing and Boot-Camp Membership at Dance Co. (Up to 74% Off)

Dance Co.

Upper B Street

$90 $29

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

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

East West Mma So Cal

Escondido

$199 $100

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

Sunnyvale Community Players Presents: "Gypsy" on September 12–October 5 (Up to 40% Off). 15 Dates Available.

Sunnyvale Community Players Present: "Gypsy"

Sunnyvale Theatre at the Sunnyvale Community Center

$30 $18

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Sondheim musical tells the true story of how a driven mother inspired the creation of one of the most famous burlesque dancers of all time

Standup Comedy for Two with Nachos and Tickets to a Future Show at The Ice House (Up to 79% Off)

The Ice House

The Ice House

$94.50 $20

Club carries on a 50-year tradition of hilarity that has included Robin Williams, George Lopez, and Jerry Seinfeld

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

Premier Bridal Shows

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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

"Rent" at Plummer Auditorium, September 25–28 (Up to 53% Off)

"RENT"

Plummer Auditorium

$20 $10

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Professional production of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical that follows an ensemble of artists as they fight through poverty and AIDS

One or Three Junior or Adult Go-Kart Races, or VIP Track Pass with Race Discounts at MB2 Raceway (Up to 54% Off)

MB2 Raceway

Multiple Locations

$23 $12

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High-performance electric European go-karts speed around quarter-mile indoor track at speeds of up to 45 mph

Tennis 101 Clinic or Cardio Tennis at Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport: Demaree (Up to 58% Off)

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport

In-Shape: Demaree (Visalia)

$60 $25

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

$15 for Admission and GuideCam Rental at Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library ($23 value)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

Simi Valley

$23 $15

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The museum's more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits includes SPY: The Secret World of Espionage and Reagan's Air Force One

$15 for Admission for Two to a Bay Area Wedding Fair ($30 Value)

Bay Area Wedding Fairs

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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

$65 for an 18-Hole Round for Two Plus Cart and Two Buckets of Balls (Up to $142 Value)

Timber Creek Golf Course

Roseville

$142 $65

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Course architects Billy Casper and Greg Nash designed the 18-hole, 6,500-yard layout to incorporate 200-year-old oaks, lakes, and waterfalls

Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 39% Off)

Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

Santa Clara Convention Center

$80 $49

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Guests including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Congresswoman Judy Chu speak at this annual convention

$57 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

$116 $57

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

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

$300 $150

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

Six or Nine Outdoor Circuit-Training Classes from CecyFitness (Up to 72% Off)

CecyFitness

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

$60 $19

Classes of up to 10 trainees; motivating, encouraging environment helps students achieve a full workout in 30 minutes

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival Radical Reels Tour at California Theatre on September 25 (Up to 40% Off)

2014 BANFF Mountain Film Festival "Radical Reels Tour"

California Theatre

$40 $24

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Short-film festival celebrates extreme athletes from around the world

Flag Football League Membership for One or Team of 6-10 at Harris Sports (Up to 51% Off)

Harris Sports

Downey High School

$100 $49

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

Two Weeks of Onboarding and 10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Onslaught (Up to 63% Off)

CrossFit Onslaught

Costa Mesa

$240 $89

Classes scheduled all day, seven days a week; workouts rely on functional movement including pull-ups, pushups, squats, and sprints

$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

$54.16 $25

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

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

$117 $29.99

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

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

CrossFit Live!

Norwalk

$159 $59

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

Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Jiu Jitsu or Kickboxing Classes at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad (Up to 81% Off)

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad

Carlsbad

$153.50 $29

In school led by third-degree black belt in BJJ, students learn both ground-fighting techniques and powerful kickboxing strikes

$5 Buys You a Coupon for One Month Of Yoga For $29 at Yoga Etc

Yoga Etc

Fairfield

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for one month of yoga for $29

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

UP Flying Yoga

Studio City

$100 $55

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

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

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

$120 $55

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

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

$220 $20

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

$69 for a Private Express Riding Lesson at Traditional Equitation School ($146 Value)

Traditional Equitation School

Burbank

$146 $69

At this academy backed by British Horse Society, expert trainers teach pupils to ride English or Western style on well-trained horses

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

Paradise Skate Roller Rink

Antioch-Pittsburg

$25 $12.50

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

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

Color Me Mine

Daly City

$30 $15

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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

$149 for One Unlimited Summer Pass at Get Air Temecula ($297 Value)

Get Air Temecula

Temecula

$297 $149

Trampolines, foam pits, a halfpipe, a basketball court, and a 50-foot dodge-ball court for both kids and adults

$29 for Winery Passport with Tastings at Five Wineries from Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club ($60 Value)

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Vino veterans and occasional tipplers alike can enjoy the welcoming embrace of five of Santa Ynez Valley's finest wineries

One Month of Group Fitness Classes at ZASTC ($150 Value)

Zastc

Bostonia

$150 $39

Students burn fat and build powerful muscle with high-intensity classes

Six-Session Foundations Program with Option for Two Weeks of Classes at CrossFit Burlingame (Up to 74% Off)

CrossFit Burlingame

San Mateo

$150 $39

Learn the basics of CrossFit during a six-session introductory program, then join other gym members for CrossFit classes

Admission for Two or Four to Dead Zone 805 (Up to 50% Off)

Dead Zone 805

The House of Magic

$26 $15

Intrepid guests navigate through a post-apocalyptic village infested with zombies

A Slice of Comedy Starring Sean Carrigan at Mother Mary's on Saturday, September 27 (Up to 45% Off)

A Slice of Comedy with Phillip Medina and Danny Minch

Mother Mary's

$16.45 $9

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Actor Sean Carrigan shows off his comic chops in a standup set at pizza restaurant

60- or 30-Minute Batting Cage Sessions at Sluggers Batting Cages (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Sluggers Batting Cages

South Gate

$25 $15

Batters work on their swing and at-plate swagger in individual batting cages surrounded with protective fencing top to bottom

Two, Four, or Six Weeks of Boot Camp at Way of Life Boot Camp (Up to 83% Off)

Way of Life Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$158.50 $29

Upbeat workouts combine strength training, body-weight exercises, and cardio to transform the body and mind

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

CrossFit Active Perfomance

Mission Viejo

$205.50 $29

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

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

Tyler Scott Fitness

Vacaville

$490 $220

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

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

Go Kart World

Carson

$40 $29

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

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

Gymnastics Express

Hesperia

$140 $35

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

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

Saiko Fitness

Pacheco

$60 $21

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

Two-Day Pass to Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder Feat. Jackson Browne at Santa Monica Pier (Up to 38% Off)

Newport Folk presents Way Over Yonder

Santa Monica Pier

$96.82 $60

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Jackson Browne, Local Natives, and Lucinda Williams are among the rock, folk, and blues acts at this outdoor festival

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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 W 6th St
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
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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
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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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