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$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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SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival for One, Two, or Four with Lift Tickets on November 8 or 9 (Up to 55% Off)

Snowbomb Ski & Snowboard Festival

San Jose Convention Center

Get access to lift tickets, a huge gear sale with discounts exceeding 75% off, and season pass deals to some of the largest ski resorts

$25 $12

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The San Francisco Dungeon Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 40% Off)

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

Join the Trickster for a show that covers 200-plus years of history through Halloween-themed stories, including The Lady of Stow Lake

$52 $31

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Two Hours of Billiards and a Pitcher or Domestic or Imported Beer or Soda at The Break Room (Up to 61% Off)

The Break Room

West Fresno

Patrons choose from 16 9 ft. pool tables and 6 7 ft. bar tables; pitchers of beer or soda

$33.50 $15

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Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Presents Jazz Sunday at Elks Lodge #6, November 9–April 12 at Noon (Up to 50% Off)

Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society presents Jazz Sunday

Elks Lodge #6

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Explore three stages of simultaneous music, including an open-to-all jam session; upcoming acts include Dan Barrett and Duke Heitger

$30 $15

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

Pierpoint Landing

Downtown Long Beach

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

$45 $27

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The Sweet Spot Oakland: Sexy Halloween Edition on Saturday, November 1, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

The Sweet Spot Oakland: Sexy Halloween Edition

Imagine Affairs Art Lounge

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Poets, burlesque performers, comics, and other artists explore sensuality in a special Halloween performance devoted to “pop erotica”

$22.09 $11

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One Month or Two Weeks of AthleteFit Classes at Pinnacle Performance Institute (Up to 72% Off)

Pinnacle Performance Institute

Rosedale

Fat burns through a medley of exercises that includes weightlifting, speed and agility work, and circuit and interval training

$159 $49

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Jarabe de Palo at House of Blues Anaheim on October 28 at 9 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Jarabe De Palo

House of Blues Anaheim

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Grammy-nominated Barcelona-based rockers deliver an energetic evening of inventive Latin pop in support of their latest album, Somos

$38.50 $19

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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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Citizen Cope at Fox Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 1, at 8 p.m. (Up to 49% Off)

Citizen Cope

Fox Performing Arts Center

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The soulful singer behind “Sideways” blends folk, rock, and blues on the 10th anniversary tour of The Clarence Greenwood Recordings

$42 $21.50

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Tennis 101 Clinic or Cardio Tennis at Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport (Up to 58% 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 $25

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One or Two All-Day Inflatable Passes at Norris Amusements (Up to 50% Off)

Norris Amusements

Multiple Locations

Inflatable bounce houses and slides are surrounded by pumpkins and autumnal festivities

$25 $13

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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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One, Four, or Eight 60-Minute Acting, Music, or Singing Lessons at Theatrical Experience (Up to 51% Off)

Theatrical Experience

Pasadena

Professional acting teachers, musicians, and vocalist teach students the tools of the trade during private lessons in person or via Skype

$50 $25

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The Summoning Halloween Street Party for Two on October 31 at 7 p.m. (Up to 68% Off)

The Summoning Halloween Street Party

Modesto

Heavy metal, monster wrestling, and barbecue made with Texas chainsaws welcome Halloween alongside 15 haunted rooms

$20 $10

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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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Center Stage Fontana Presents: "Young Frankenstein: The Musical" on October 5–November 2 (Up to 47% Off)

Center Stage Fontana Presents: "Young Frankenstein: The Musical"

Center Stage Fontana

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Mel Brooks’s musical adaption of his classic film delights with an uproarious reinvention of the tale of Frankenstein’s monster

$19 $10

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$49.50 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 $49.50

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Jarabe de Palo at Giggles Night Club on October 30 at 9 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Jarabe de Palo

Giggles Night Club

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Grammy-nominated Barcelona-based rockers deliver an energetic evening of inventive Latin pop in support of their latest album, Somos

$33 $19

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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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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Five Star Taekwondo (63% Off)

Fivestar Taekwondo

Garden Grove

Instructors lead classes designed to help people build self-confidence while learning discipline and self-defense

$125 $46

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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 three decades of experience working with kids, special-needs children, and adults teaches riding lessons

$80 $39

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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

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

$191.90 $25

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

Camp Pendleton Playland

Oceanside

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

$34.95 $17

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15 or 30 Small-Group MixFit Classes at Shark Tank MMA Gym (68% 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 $119

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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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$350 for Paintball Party for Up to 16 at Surf Xtreme ($425 Value)

Surf Xtreme

Elk Grove

Paintball parties include the use of the party room, one hour of play, three large pizzas and unlimited drinks

$425 $350

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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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One Month of Group Fitness Classes at Rhino Fitness (Up to 74% Off). Two Options Available.

Rhino Fitness

Rhino Fitness

Classes range from intense cross-training sessions to barbell workouts or 30-minute, full-body drive-thru fitness classes

$97 $25

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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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One or Three Months of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Torrance Fit Lab powered by Strontium CrossFit (Up to 54% Off)

Torrance Fit Lab powered by Strontium CrossFit

Torrance

Skilled instructor cycles through yoga poses to improve strength, flexibility, and confidence; all skill levels welcome

$50 $25

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One or Three Months of Cardio-Kickboxing and Boot-Camp Membership at Dance Co. (Up to 74% 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 $29

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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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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart at Sunnyvale Golf Course (Up to 29% Off). Two Tee Time Options.

Sunnyvale Golf Course

Sunnyvale

Relatively flat course sprinkles the layout with tree-lined fairways, bunkers, and ponds that come into play

$102 $72

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Horror Movies in the Park for Two at Street Food Cinema (Up to 43% Off). Five Options Available.

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

In the open air of a park surrounded by food trucks, horror fans take in classic flicks projected onto a giant screen

$24 $14

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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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20 or 40 Batting-Cage Tokens, Each Good for 20 Pitches at Simi Valley Batting Cages & Pro Shop (Up to 43% Off)

Simi Valley Batting Cages & Pro Shop

Simi Valley

Practice your swing on pitching machines that shoot the ball out at up to 75 miles per hour

$30 $19

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$15 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 $15

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8, 12, or 16 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Restore (Up to 89% Off)

CrossFit Restore

Roseville

CrossFit Level 1-certified trainers lead groups through intense daily workouts

$160 $19

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Two Hours of Trampoline Jump Time at Sky High Sports (Up to 33% Off). Four Options Available.

Sky High Sports

Multiple Locations

Bounce on wall-to-wall trampolines, dodge-ball courts, and a cushiony foam pit

$18 $12

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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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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 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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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 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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Studio Fees and Ceramics for Two or Four at Color Me Mine (Up to 52% Off)

Color Me Mine

Costa Mesa

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

$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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One Month of Skating or Hockey Lessons at IceTown (Up to 53% Off)

IceTown

Carlsbad

Ice rink hosts lessons where students can learn to play hockey or practice their moves during skating lessons

$75 $35

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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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A Scary Slice of Comedy Featuring Daniel Eachus for Two at Mother Mary’s on Friday, October 31 (Up to 42% Off)

A Scary Slice of Comedy feat. Daniel Eachus

Mother Mary's

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Charismatic jokester was the youngest finalist ever at the “Funniest Comic in Los Angeles” contest

$32.90 $19

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One Month of Morning Meltdown Fitness Classes for One or Two People at FitcampLA (Up to 64% Off)

FitcampLA

South Gate

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

$159 $59

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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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Pumpkin Patch Visit at Boulder Creek Harvest Festival (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

"Harvest Festival" at Boulder Creek Ranch

Hesperia

Seasonal harvest festival features pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, and a bounce house

$20 $10

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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 W 6th St
Los Angeles,
CA
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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
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 Ave
Sacramento,
CA
US

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