Things To Do in California

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

Wine and Palette

Multiple Locations

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

$35 $19

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Michael Yo's Hot Mess Comedy for Two on Friday, October 3, or Saturday, October 4 (Up to 58% Off)

Michael Yo's Hot Mess Comedy

San Jose Improv

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Chelsea Lately regular waxes humorous about his multicultural background, dating, and the funny things his parents say

$48 $20

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General-Admission or VIP Sunday Funday or Saturday Midnight Party Cruises from Fume Blanc Commedore (51% Off)

Fume Blanc Commedore

SB 40 RESTAURANT

Weekend party cruises with cash bar, supplemented by live DJs or sightseeing on Sunday afternoons

$79 $39

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Presale: Harlem Globetrotters Game at Save Mart Center on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. (Up to 45% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Save Mart Center

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

$53.25 $29

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30-Minute Flyboard Session for One or Two from California Flyboards (Up to 48% Off)

California Flyboards

North Sacramento

To hover in the air, participants strap on a Flyboard powered with water jets that are propelled by an attached watercraft

$150 $79

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Driving-Range Practice with Two or Five Baskets of Range Balls at Long Beach Golf Learning Center (Up to 55% Off)

Long Beach Golf Learning Center

Long Beach

19-acre facility includes a driving range with both grass tees and automated teeing mats

$22 $11

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$49 for a Make-Your-Own Pumpkin Paperweight Workshop at Slow Burn Glass ($125 Value)

Slow Burn Glass

McClymonds

Crafts instructors show participants how to create a pumpkin-shaped glass paperweight in a one-hour workshop

$125 $49

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

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Kern County Raceway Park

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

$99 $49

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$199 for Three-Month Rookie Development Youth Basketball League at Open Gym Premier ($400 Value)

Open Gym Premier

Southeast Anaheim

Kids 6–10 work up a sweat as they learn basketball concepts and fundamentals including shooting form and ball-handling skills

$400 $199

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General Admission for Two or Four to Bowers Museum of Cultural Art (Up to 52% Off)

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Downtown Santa Ana

Cultural museum showcasing a permanent collection of more than 120,000 artifacts and artwork from all across the world

$30 $15

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Larry The Cable Guy at Fox Performing Arts Center on October 5 at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Larry the Cable Guy

Fox Performing Arts Center

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No-nonsense comedian from TV and film espouses his “Git-R-Done” philosophy

$47 $23.50

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$18 for Farm Visit for Two Adults and Two Children with Hayrides at Countryside Farms ($31.50Value)

Countryside Farms

Stockton

Pick walnuts and pumpkins, take hayrides, play with friendly farm animals, decorate pumpkins, and navigate a kiddie corn maze

$31.50 $18

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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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All-Day Inflatable Passes for One, Two, or Four at ABC Tree Farms (Up to 55% Off)

ABC Tree Farms

Multiple Locations

Inflatable bounce houses and slides are surrounded by pumpkins and autumnal bounty at locations around the Bay Area

$25 $13

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

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

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

$195 $69

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$12 for Two Tickets to a Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game at San Manuel Stadium on Saturday, October 4 ($20 Value)

WesternU PT Host The Wounded Warrior Amputee Soft Ball Team

San Manuel Stadium

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American heroes take the field for a softball game between Wounded Warrior amputees and WesternU PT & First Responders

$20 $12

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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

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

$30 $15

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$30 for Entry for 2 to Halloween Oktoberfest Brought to You by the California Beer Festival on Sunday, October 19 ($56 Value)

Halloween Oktoberfest Brought to You by the California Beer Festival

The Collection Riverpark

This seasonal event combines two of autumn’s most celebrated things in one place: beer and ghouls

$56 $30

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

Allen Berg Racing Schools

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

Garden Grove Crossfit

Garden Grove

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

$170 $39

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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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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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Two-Hour Social Painting Event from Paint Nite (Up to 44% Off)

Paint Nite

Multiple Locations

At local bars and restaurants, painters of all skill levels enjoy cocktails as they create their own pieces guided by an experienced artist

$45 $25

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Sessions at Train Station (Up to 51% Off)

The Train Station

Multiple Locations

Expert trainers encourage students to flip tires and battle ropes during high-intensity boot camps

$50 $25

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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

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

$20 $10

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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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$49 for 6-Week Bootcamp Program with Nutritional Plan and Personal Coach at Mama Bootcamp ($199 Value)

Mama Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

Six weeks of unlimited boot camp sessions get bodies into shape, along with nutritional guidance and personal coaching

$199 $49

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Paintball Package for 2, 4, 6, or 8 from Paintball Promos International. (Up to 81% Off). Multiple Locations.

Paintball Promos International

Multiple Locations

Paintball Promos packages include choice of several area fields, admission, and all necessary equipment besides paintballs and air

$40 $10

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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

Corona

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

$45 $25

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

AeroDynamic Aviation

Multiple Locations

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

$408 $129

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

Gateway To Health, LLC

Torrance

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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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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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

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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

$30 $18

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Make All-Natural Toothpaste, Deodorant, and Shaving Soap

All-Natural Bath Products Class

West Central

Annie Dumont teaches you how to make your own shaving soap, toothpaste, and deodorant with all-natural ingredients

$60 $60

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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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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

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

$23 $12

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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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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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$25 for $50 Worth of Kids' Classes, Camps, Events, and More Flip 2 It Sports Center

Flip 2 It Sports Center

Industrial Area East

Children’s fitness center that teaches gymnastics, tumbling, and more, and hosts birthday parties as well as classes and kids’ nights out

$50 $25

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

CecyFitness

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

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

$60 $19

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One Visit for 1 Adult and 2 Kids or Unlimited Visits for 3 People at Habitot Children's Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Habitot Children's Museum

Downtown Berkeley

Habitot builds infants’ and young kids' creative-thinking and problem-solving skills through exhibits, art studio, and educational programs

$28 $14

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

Harris Sports

Downey High School

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

$100 $49

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Two or Four Tickets to the Orange County's Major 2014 Business Expo from Relationship Building Network (Up to 53% Off)

Relationship Building Network

Costa Mesa

Network with local business leaders and budding entrepreneurs at the Major Business Expo

$40 $19

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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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Barre Fitness Class Packages at The Dailey Method (Up to 68% Off). Three Options Available.

The Dailey Method

Carlsbad

Classes combine ballet barre work, conditioning, and stretching to tone and strengthen muscles

$100 $49

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

Yoga Etc

Fairfield

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

$5 $5

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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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$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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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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$14 for One Ticket to the Grand National Rodeo at Cow Palace on October 17, 18, 24, or 25 ($23.65 Value)

Grand National Rodeo Horse & Livestock Show

Cow Palace

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The top cowboys and cowgirls in the West converge at Cow Palace to compete for cash and coveted Grand National Rodeo awards

$23.65 $14

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$50 for Afternoon Registration for One to Rugged Maniac 5K Race on Saturday, November 15 ($100 Value)

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race

Temecula Downs Events Center

This obstacle-filled 5K has runners climbing walls and crawling through mud to reach a beer- and music-filled party at the finish line

$100 $50

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

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club

Multiple Locations

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

$60 $29

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$16 for 12 Ride and Activity Tickets at Pumpkin Station ($32 Value)

Pumpkin Station

Multiple Locations

Mechanical rides, giant slides, jumpies, and mini train rides at holiday parks that feature pumpkins of all size

$32 $16

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One Month of Private Piano Lessons at San Mateo Piano (Up to 55% Off)

San Mateo Piano

San Mateo

Seasoned players demystify theory and technique during 30-minute lessons for students ages 5 and up held once per week

$165 $79

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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 57% Off)

Impact Archery

Clovis

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

$26 $13

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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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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

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

$158.50 $29

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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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Paint Your Own Pottery for Two or Four at Color Me Mine (Up to 52% Off)

Color Me Mine

Multiple Locations

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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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
US

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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