Things To Do in California

Full-Day Snorkeling or Spearfishing Package for Two with Equipment (Up to 61% Off)

La Jolla Water Sports

Pacific Beach

Twosomes don snorkels, masks, and fins to explore the depths or try their hands at spearfishing

$36 $14

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

The Bridal Soiree

Coyote Creek Golf Club

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

$100 $49

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

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

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

$110 $59

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

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

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

$40 $17

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

K1 Speed

Sacramento

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

$91.96 $44

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Four-Concert Mini-Series from Long Beach Symphony on Saturday, October 4–May 30 (Up to 50% Off)

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Terrace Theater and Long Beach Arena

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Four-concert series includes Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies, surf-rock hits from Papa Doo Run Run, and Brazilian bossa nova

$198 $99

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

Sammy's Bar & Grill

Anaheim Hills

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

$20 $14

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"Broadway or Bust!" at The Yost Theater on Saturday, October 4, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

"Broadway or Bust!"

The Yost Theater

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Lili VonSchtupp hosts a burlesque-tinged Broadway revue that delivers ribald laughs courtesy of the Yadi Presents temptresses

$30 $15

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$25 for 20-Minute Endurance Go-Kart Race at Adams Motorsports Park ($50 Value)

Adams Motorsports Park

Riverside

Honda karts with 9 hp, 4-stroke engines accelerate up to 50 mph as they zoom around a 14-turn 3/4-mile track

$50 $25

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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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Concert Package or Ticket to Knotfest with Slipknot, Danzig & More on October 25 or 26 (Up to 51% Off)

Knotfest

San Manuel Amphitheater

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Slipknot headlines two nights of a massive metal festival featuring Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, and more than 50 bands playing 5 stages

$32 $32

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

Legacy Martial Arts & Karate for Kids

Oxnard

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

$160 $25

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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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Indian Cooking Class for One or Two at Un-Curry (Up to 53% Off)

Un-Curry

Glendale

Classes teach participants of all skill levels how to cook with popular Indian spices; students create a meal from scratch

$105 $49

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

SCV Music Festival w/ Aaron Tippin & Blue Oyster Cult

Valencia Country Club

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

$31 $20

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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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Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Brunch from Up & Away Ballooning (Up to $235 Value)

Up & Away Ballooning

Sonoma County Airport

Watch the sunrise aboard a hot-air balloon helmed by an FAA-certified pilot; brunch follows the scenic ride

$235 $179

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

Alex Ramon #NewMagic

El Portal Theatre

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

$50 $25

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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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$28 for Ontario Reign Preseason Hockey at Citizens Bank Arena on October 11 Plus Regular Season Game ($48.75 Value)

Ontario Reign

Citizens Bank Arena

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The three-time defending division champion Reign look to continue their winning ways and maintain their place atop the Western Conference

$48.75 $28

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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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$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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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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Sushi-Making Class with Food and Drinks for One, Two, or Four at Ninja Hops (Up to 63% Off)

Ninja Hops

Harbor Gateway South

Two-hour sushi-making classes teach the fundamentals of the craft and how to make three rolls and a salad; pupils also enjoy frosty beer

$100 $49

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

The Ice House

The Ice House

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

$94.50 $20

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

"RENT"

Plummer Auditorium

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

$20 $10

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

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

Simi Valley

The museum's more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits includes Reagan's Air Force One and a piece of the Berlin Wall

$23 $15

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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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Two Extreme Combo Tickets or One Extreme VIP Ticket at Callson Manor Haunted House (Up to 52% Off)

Callson Manor Haunted House

Placer County Fairgrounds

Extreme Combo and VIP ticket-holders enjoy access to eight haunted attractions at the Placer County Fairgrounds

$52 $26

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

Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

Santa Clara Convention Center

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

$80 $49

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

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

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

$16 $8

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$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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1/2 Hour Private and 4 Group Lessons for 1 Child or 1 Month Membership at Murrieta Tennis Club (Up to 57% Off)

Murrieta Tennis Club

Murrieta

USTA-certified instructors lead private and group lessons for players of all skill levels; member benefits include discounts and match play

$60 $30

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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

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

Zastc

Bostonia

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

$150 $39

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$10 for One-Day Passes for Four to The Ultimate Women's Expo ($40 Value)

The Ultimate Women's Expo

San Mateo Event Center

Presentations on finance, entrepreneurship, style, and healthy living at an expo highlighting new designers and beauty innovations

$40 $10

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

Dead Zone 805

The House of Magic

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

$26 $15

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

A Slice of Comedy with Phillip Medina and Danny Minch

Mother Mary's

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

$16.45 $9

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

Gymnastics Express

Hesperia

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

$140 $35

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

Saiko Fitness

Pacheco

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

$60 $21

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

Newport Folk presents Way Over Yonder

Santa Monica Pier

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

$96.82 $60

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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
US

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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