Things To Do in California

90-Minute Walking Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from After Dark Ghost Tours (Up to 56% Off)

After Dark Ghost Tours

Balboa Park

Tour San Diego’s spookiest locations on foot as guides tell the stories behind them

$20 $12

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$25 for Entry to San Jose Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Sunday, March 22 ($55 Value)

Challenge Nation

Gordon Biersch

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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Three-Hour Cooking Class for Two or Four with Ryan Scott at Market & Rye (Up to 66% Off)

Market & Rye

Potrero

A former Top Chef America contestant teaches guests to cook during a three-hour lesson that includes a sit-down meal at the end

$500 $215

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Six Training Sessions from Golfers Performance Training (81% Off)

Golfers Performance Training

Woodward Park

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

$450 $85

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$29 for Entry to the Color Dash 5K on February 28 ($45 Value)

The Color Dash

American River College Foundation

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

$45 $29

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Basic, Family, or Friends Membership to the Museum of Latin American Art (Up to 53% Off)

Museum of Latin American Art

Downtown Long Beach

The only art museum and cultural center in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art

$60 $29

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$45 for a One-Day Round-Trip Bay Area Ski Bus Ride from Bay Area Ski Bus ($79 Value)

Bay Area Ski Bus- Recreation Connection

Multiple Locations

Round-trip transportation to and from Bay Area ski locations with breakfast and more

$79 $45

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Kabir Singh Stand-Up Show for Two at Shamrock's Irish Pub on February 5 at 7 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Kabir Singh Stand-Up

Shamrock's Irish Pub

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Comedian seen on Starz, MTV, The BBC Comedy Night, and Comedy Central unpacks a fast-paced set

$30 $15

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Hot 92 Love Affair Featuring The Intruders & More at Honda Center on Friday, February 13 at 7 pm (Up to 51% Off)

Hot 92 Love Affair

Honda Center

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The Intruders, Deniece Williams, and other classic R&B groups add extra sizzle and soul to Valentine’s Day weekend

$46.80 $23

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$50 for VIP Rock Star Beer Festival for Two on Saturday, March 14 ($100 Value)

Rock Star Beer Festival

Yost Theater

The festival is a celebration that gives attendees the opportunity to taste unlimited samples of more than 40 craft beers

$100 $50

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$40 for Range Time for Two People with 25 Rounds Each at Riverside Indoor Shooting Range ($75 Value)

Riverside Indoor Shooting Range

Riverside

Indoor shooting range with 25 firearm lanes hosts pairs, each of whom receives 25 rounds

$75 $40

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Five, Ten, or 15 Yoga Classes at Ben Mackie Fitness (Up to 69% Off)

Ben Mackie Fitness

Lincoln Village

Trainers help clients find their center and boost flexibility with yoga classes; facilities include changing rooms and showers with towels

$65 $20

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$99 for a Powerboat Tour of San Diego Harbor for Up to Three People from Seas The Day ($160 Value)

Seas The Day

Chula Vista

With the help of a guide, take the wheel of your powerboat and cruise the harbor as you take in breathtaking sights

$160 $99

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Four 30-Minute Daytime Indoor Lessons at American Swim Academy, Valid Monday–Friday (Up to 50% Off)

American Swim Academy

Multiple Locations

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

$44 $22

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Reformer or Spinning Classes, or Private Pilates Sessions at Core Solutions Pilates & Wellness Studio (Up to 75% Off)

Core Solutions Pilates & Wellness Studio

Woodbridge

Integrated-flexibility specialist trains students in Pilates using reformer machines; private sessions and indoor cycling available

$280 $69

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"9 to 5: The Musical" at California Theatre of the Performing Arts, February 13–15 (Up to 50% Off)

"9 To 5: the Musical"

California Theatre of the Performing Arts

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In a story based on the film, three put-upon women enact revenge on their piggish boss to the tune of a Tony-nominated score by Dolly Parton

$78.25 $39

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I'm With CUPID Comedy Show at Park Inn by Radisson Modesto on Friday, February 13 (Up to 53% Off)

I'm With CUPID Comedy Show

Park Inn by Radisson Modesto

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Three comedians celebrate the day before Valentines Day with sarcasm, puns, and ruminations on divorce

$42.90 $20

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$149 for a Guided Kayak Tour of Anacapa Island from Blue Ocean Kayaking ($250 Value)

Blue Ocean Kayaking

Channel Islands Harbor

Groups hop aboard a custom-built boat before getting into kayaks and paddling through Anapaca Island’s natural sea caves

$250 $149

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

Allen Berg Racing School

Auto Club Speedway

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

$399 $199

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Hookah and Nonalcoholic Drinks for Two or Four at Naim's Lounge (50% Off)

Naim's Lounge

Moreno Valley

Lounge on couches amid water fountains and TVs while enjoying fragrant hookah and nonalcoholic drinks

$30 $15

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Tickets for Two or Four or Season Pass for One or Two to Street Food Cinema (Up to 55% Off)

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

Musicians rock out before Pulp Fiction in a park, all but one, which are dog friendly

$162 $80

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"Gefilte Fish & Chips" at Huntington Beach Library Theater, February 12–March 21 (Up to 48% Off)

Gefilte Fish & Chips

Huntington Beach Library Theater

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Piano-playing storyteller shares tales both hilarious and tender while reflecting on his British-Jewish heritage

$71 $37

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21 Days or 6 Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 85% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$185 $39

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Admission for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at The Great Bridal Expo (Up to 44% Off)

The Great Bridal Expo

Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Great Bridal Expo gives you the opportunity to meet national and local businesses that aim to make your dream wedding come true

$16 $9

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Three Weeks of Ballroom or Latin Dance Classes for One or Two at California Ballroom (Up to 57% Off)

California Ballroom

Snoopy's Home Ice

Students enjoy dancing in the comfortable atmosphere of Snoopy’s Home Ice as experienced instructors lead basic latin or swing and ballroom

$45 $20

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($ 129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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$82 for $149 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Small Axe Jiu Jitsu/Atos Oceanside

Small Axe Jiu Jitsu

Oceanside

From the merchant: One month of adult Brazilian jiu jitsu with unlimited access to our full schedule of classes!

$149 $82

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One Month of Unlimited Pure Barre Classes or Five Drop-In Classes at Pure Barre (Up to 65% Off)

Pure Barre Rancho Cucamonga

Pure Barre Rancho Cucamonga

With the help of a ballet barre, isometric movements tone the body, burn fat, and build long, lean muscles in abs, hips, and arms

$99 $49

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Ontario Fury Indoor Soccer Match at Citizens Business Bank Arena (Up to 63% Off). Six Matches Available.

Ontario Fury

Citizens Business Bank Arena

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The Fury continues to battle for Pacific Division supremacy during a slate of matches that finishes out the 2014–15 season

$15 $7

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18 Holes of Golf or FootGolf for Two or Four, or Range Balls at Rancho Sierra Golf Course (Up to 58% Off)

Rancho Sierra Golf Course

Lancaster

Verdant nine-hole course hosts rounds of regular golf or FootGolf, which blends golf with soccer; driving range lets players hone swings

$70 $35

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Indoor Surfing and Trampolining for One or Two, or Surfing Party for Up to 15 at Surf Xtreme (Up to 52% Off)

Surf Xtreme

Elk Grove

FlowRider’s fast, shallow water simulates waves indoors; 2,400 sq. ft. trampoline arena; members get discounted surf sessions

$51.85 $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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$79 for Spartan Race Entry and One Spectator Pass to the Monterey Super on June 6 ($170 Value)

Spartan Race

Toro Park

Toro Park hosts the more than eight-mile obstacle race full of rolling hills, water, and mud

$170 $79

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Five Boxing Boot Camp Classes or Three Personal Training Sessions at Knockout Boxing Club (Up to 46% Off)

Knockout Boxing Club

Pomona

Students learn disciple to study the physically demanding art of fighting with fist; improve stamina, tone muscles, and burn calories

$50 $27

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5 or 10 Indoor Play Sessions at Kid Concepts U.S.A. (Up to 42% Off)

Kid Concepts U.S.A

Torrance

Interactive play areas for kids of all ages, including a massive three-level structure

$50 $30

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Hot Box Yoga (Up to 71% Off)

Hot Box Yoga

Downtown Hayward

Instructors lead sessions in Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Hot Yoga classes in a 2,200 sq ft. studio

$120 $49

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Transportation to Big Bear Mountain for One, Two, or Four from Five Star Tours (57% Off)

Five Star Tours

Multiple Locations

A bus tour takes passengers to Big Bear Mountain; motor coaches are equipped with snow chains to get to the slopes on ideal days

$99 $49

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One Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Martial-Arts Classes at FTX Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

Kids and adults alike can burn off energy and build their strength as they learn practical marital-arts and self-defense skills

$149 $35

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Shaun White Presents: Air + Style Featuring Steve Aoki, Diplo, and Kendrick Lamar on February 21 and 22 (Up to 39% Off)

Shaun White Presents: Air + Style

Rose Bowl

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EDM giants Diplo and Steve Aoki, plus stars of various other genres, including Kendrick Lamar, Edward Sharpe, and The Flaming Lips

$63.79 $39

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Two or Four Horseback Riding Lessons at Orange County Riding Academy (46% Off)

Orange County Riding Academy

Orange

New riders learn valuable lessons in balance, control, and confidence before moving onto trail rides or barrel racing lessons

$110 $59

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Four Four-Hour Open-Play Sessions at Pumper Jumpers (44% Off)

Pumper Jumpers

Fullerton

17,000-square-foot indoor play space with bounce houses, large playground, and video game room

$10 $6

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"Company" at Scherr Forum–Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, January 24–February 6 (Up to 41% Off)

Company

Scherr Forum-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

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Tony-winning Stephen Sondheim musical follows a 35-year-old man reluctant to settle down, despite the advice given by his married friends

$50.90 $30

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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)

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

$60 $25

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One or Three 60-Minute Private Golf Lessons at Alison Curdt Golf (Up to 67% Off)

Alison Curdt Golf

Simi Valley

Golfers up their game during private lessons that can focus on their short game, putting, or full swing; video analysis included

$225 $79

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$15 for Admission for Two to a Bay Area Wedding Fair (Up to $30 Value). Eight Dates Available.

Bay Area Wedding Fairs

Multiple Locations

Bridal show brings together soon-to-be-weds and wedding production professionals for networking, big-day planning, and shopping

$30 $15

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

Timber Creek Golf Course

Roseville

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

$142 $65

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Limited Time Remaining - $15 for One Ticket for an Exclusive VIP On-Field Experience at Levi's Stadium ($25 Value)

Levi’s Stadium

Levi's Stadium

Play catch and kick field goals on the 49ers home gridiron during this VIP on-field experience

$25 $15

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$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

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 $57

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Martial Arts Birthday Party for 25 or 5 or 10 Classes at Victorville Taekwondo Academy (Up to 84% Off)

Victorville Taekwondo Academy

Victorville

Tae kwon do facility hosts birthday parties and teaches kids and adults the Korean martial art focused on self-defense and fitness

$299 $49

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All-Day Airsoft Package with Gear Rental and Unlimited Ammo for 2 or 4 at Tac City Airsoft (Up to 64% Off)

Tac City Airsoft

Baldwin Park

Airsoft games built around scenarios such as capture the flag unfold on two indoor fields that total more than 60,000 sq. ft.

$124 $52

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Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Presents IMAGINATION at Zellerbach Hall on Thursday, February 26 (Up to 44% Off)

"IMAGINATION"

Zellerbach Hall

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Evening includes a world-premiere arrangement from Jake Heggie, performed by Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke

$18 $10

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Flag Football League Membership for One or Team of 6-10 at Harris Sports (Up to 57% Off)

Harris Sports

Downey High School

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

$100 $43

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Total Fit Gym (65% Off)

Total Fit Gym

Costa Mesa

From the merchant: With our trainers, you’ll be getting Integrated workouts, real results and ultimately total fitness.

$110 $39

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The Main Event: New Kids on the Block with Very Special Guests TLC & Nelly on May 9 at 7 p.m. (Up to 21% Off)

New Kids on the Block

The Forum

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Iconic boy band and R&B icons deliver hit after hit on an in-the-round stage, giving fans 360º views of the action

$43 $34

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One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes from CrossFit West Covina (65% Off)

Crossfit West Covina

West Covina

From the merchant: Motivating instructors that push you to your limits for ultimate body transformation using the CrossFit methodology.

$165 $58

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One Month of Unlimited CrossFit, 10 Introductory OnRamp Classes, or Both at CrossFit Live (Up to 78% Off)

CrossFit Live!

Norwalk

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

$159 $53

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

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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Paintball with Gear Rental and 200 Paintballs for One, Two, or Four at Fairfield Extreme Sports (Up to 51% Off)

Fairfield Extreme Sports

Fairfield

Equipped with rental markers and protective gear, players conquer rivals during colorful skirmishes

$45 $22

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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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3, 5, or 10 Personal-Training Sessions or One Month of Unlimited Training at Streamline Fitness (Up to 67% Off)

Streamline Fitness

Murrieta

Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients to develop custom workouts that might utilize weightlifting, cardio work, and more

$150 $75

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

Traditional Equitation School

Burbank

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

$146 $69

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3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Ride along with a dirt-track driver or take the wheel for a 10- or 15-lap experience in a Dirt Late Model car

$129 $64

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Two or Four Weeks of TRX Suspension-Training Fitness Classes at Fitness Therapy (Up to 76% Off)

Fitness Therapy

Original Daly City

One-hour TRX sessions strengthen core muscles and boost endurance through the use of body-resistance equipment

$75 $18

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Intro Winery and Vineyard Tour with Tastings for One, Two, or Four at Danza del Sol Winery (Up to 54% Off)

Danza del Sol Winery

Temecula

After a wine reception, participants will tour the production facility to learn how the wines are made before sampling even more vino

$35 $17

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Hop On, Hop Off Wine-Tasting Tour from The Wine Line for Two or Four (Up to 35% Off). Six Options Available.

The Wine Line

Santa Maria

Choose between Santa Barbara or Paso Robles for your tour, then hop off the shuttle only at the wineries you want to visit

$140 $99

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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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Two- to Three-Hour Adult Painting Class for Two or Four at Create Mix and Mingle (39% Off)

Create Mix and Mingle

East San Mateo

Art instructors help customers recreate their very own masterpiece, such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night; all necessary materials are included

$90 $55

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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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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 $12

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$499 for a Five-Day Overnight Summer Camp at Rawhide Ranch ($759 Value). Eight Options Available.

Rawhide Ranch

Bonsall

On Old West-style ranch, kids ride horses, practice archery, sing by campfire, & sleep in covered wagons, teepees, cavalry outpost, or forts

$759 $499

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$28 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 $28

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Half- or All-Day Paintball Outing for 5, or 90-Minute Private Party for 12 at Midway Paintball (Up to 83% Off)

Midway Paintball

Hartley

Referees match players by skill level and set up matches across six outdoor fields with buildings, inflatable cover, and natural terrain

$99 $19.99

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Two-Hour Wristband for One or Two at Go Kart World (33% Off)

Go Kart World

Carson

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

$40 $27

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Admission for Two or Four, or Feeding Frenzy Tour Admission at Hesperia Zoo (Up to 60% Off)

Hesperia Zoo

Hesperia

Tigers, lemurs, and other rare and endangered species from six continents living on a 10-acre zoo in the heart of California’s high desert

$20 $8.50

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Rainbow-Trout Fishing Trip for Two or Four from Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service (Up to 35% Off)

Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service

Downtown

Traverse the Sacramento River on a 24-foot jet boat to catch between 25 and 40 wild rainbow trout

$400 $280

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Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting for One, Two, or Four on March 21, 2015 (Up to 53% Off)

Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting

Beach Park, Santa Monica

Celebrity chefs perform cooking shows and panel discussions, while more than 100 exhibitors offer samples of Latin food and drink

$120 $59

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21 Days or 6 Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 88% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp - Westminster

Westminster

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

$160.50 $20

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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
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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
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 North Palm Avenue
Fresno,
CA
US

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 Avenue
Sacramento,
CA
US

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