Things To Do in California

Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime or Silverstein at House of Blues San Diego on January 30 or 31 (Up to 50% Off)

Badfish - A Tribute to Sublime or Silverstein

House of Blues San Diego

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Long-running Sublime tribute perfectly replicates the ska-rock legends; post-hardcore band Silverstein shares guitar-heavy tracks

$29.50 $14.75

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Bacon & Beer Classic at Municipal Stadium on Saturday, March 21 (Up to 17% Off)

Bacon & Beer Classic

Municipal Stadium

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Bacon and bacon-inspired tastes are served alongside craft beers at Municipal Stadium

$59 $49

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Taste Truffles or Make Caramel Treats with a Pro Chocolatier

Chocolate Demo or Class

Bayview

Shawn Williams demonstrates how he makes his award-winning chocolate-caramel truffles or teaches students to make 3 caramel-based treats

$125 $59

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Celebrity Wok of Fame with Danny Minch on January 30 or A Slice of Comedy with Key Lewis on January 31 (Up to 44% Off)

Celebrity Wok of Fame with Danny Minch or A Slice of Comedy with Key Lewis

Multiple Locations

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Back-to-back nights of standup featuring comedians seen in The Monsters of Comedy and on BET, TBS, and Starz

$21.60 $12

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$13 for a Entry to the Sacramento Chocolate Salon ($25 Value)

The International Chocolate Salon

Embassy Suites-Sacramento Riverfront

Sample artisanal chocolates and confections from across Northern California during a celebration of all things chocolate

$25 $13

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

Museum of Latin American Art

Downtown Long Beach

Works from Latin America and the Caribbean fill the only museum in the country dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art

$60 $29

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Music, Justice and All Love: A Conversation with Michael Franti on Friday, January 30 (Up to 36% Off)

Music, Justice and All Love: A Conversation with Michael Franti

First Congregational Church of Oakland

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Social activist and Spearhead frontman Michael Franti discusses how the arts can usher in a more peaceful world, and shares some songs

$55 $35

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Oil City Comedy at Rocket Shop Cafe on the Last Saturday of Each Month at 7:30 p.m. Through April 25 (Up to 50% Off)

Oil City Comedy Jam

Rocket Shop Cafe

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Monthly showcase of locally harvested comics

$10 $5

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Harlem Globetrotters Game at Honda Center on February 14 or 16 (45% Off). Three Games Available.

Harlem Globetrotters

Honda Center

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

$95.80 $53

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Yadi Presents Burlesque Extravaganza! at Yost Theater on Friday, February 27, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Burlesque Extravaganza!

Yost Theater

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Burlesque revue featuring Yadi Presents performers, host Lili Vonschtupp, and the award-winning “Honey Badger of Burlesque,” Jeez Loueez

$30 $15

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Bush at Riverside Municipal Auditorium on February 2 at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Bush

Riverside Municipal Auditorium

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Gavin Rossdale leads his multi-platinum outfit through ’90s hits such as “Glycerine” alongside new tracks; Theory of a Deadman opens

$44.50 $22

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

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

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

$129 $64

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

Seas The Day

Chula Vista

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

$160 $99

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

Bay Area Ski Bus- Recreation Connection

Multiple Locations

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

$79 $45

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General Admission for Two or Four to Pretend City Children's Museum (Up to 32% Off)

Pretend City Children's Museum

Irvine Research Center

Kids explore a miniature town featuring a beach, an art studio, and a farm, learning valuable skills as they play

$25 $17

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"Sweeney Todd In Concert" at California Theatre of the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 25 (Up to 49% Off)

"Sweeney Todd In Concert"

California Theatre of the Performing Arts

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Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning musical follows a mad, vengeful barber who kills his enemies, then has them baked into meat pies

$75.75 $39

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Festival Admission for Two or Four to Tresetti’s Mardi Gras (Up to52% Off)

Tresetti’s Mardi Gras

Modesto

Bead-laden revelers watch a procession of floats, fire-dancers, and a concert fueled by DJs and live bands

$30 $15

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Valentine's Brunch or Dinner Cruise for Two from Scarlett Belle Cruises (39% Off)

Scarlett Belle Cruises

Hollywood

Romantic Valentine’s Day brunch or dinner in a riverboat floating along the scenic coastline of Channel Islands Harbor

$400 $245

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

Allen Berg Racing School

Auto Club Speedway

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

$399 $199

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

Naim's Lounge

Moreno Valley

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

$30 $15

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

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

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

$162 $80

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

Gefilte Fish & Chips

Huntington Beach Library Theater

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

$71 $37

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

Fit Body Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

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

$185 $39

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

The Great Bridal Expo

Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

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

$16 $9

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

California Ballroom

Snoopy's Home Ice

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

$45 $20

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

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

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

$129.95 $49

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

Small Axe Jiu Jitsu

Oceanside

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

$149 $82

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10 Bikram Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Bikram Yoga Rancho Cucamonga (Up to 80% Off)

Bikram Yoga Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga

Each class features 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises in 105-degree room, burning calories and draining toxins

$200 $39.99

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

Ontario Fury

Citizens Business Bank Arena

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

$15 $7

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

Rancho Sierra Golf Course

Lancaster

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

$70 $35

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

Surf Xtreme

Elk Grove

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

$51.85 $25

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Karate Classes at United Self-Defense Academy - Palmdale (Up to 87% Off). Three Options Available.

United Self-Defense Academy - Palmdale

Palmdale

All options include a T-shirt and mouth guard

$225 $29

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$45 for Five Classes at Club Pilates ($85 Value)

Club Pilates

Corona

Pilates classes include reformer plus, cardio sculpt, suspension pilates, all of which use a reformer, springboard, and SBT trainers

$85 $45

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

Spartan Race

Toro Park

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

$170 $79

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

Knockout Boxing Club

Pomona

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

$50 $27

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

Kid Concepts U.S.A

Torrance

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

$50 $30

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5K Entry for One, Two, or Four to The Color Dash 5K on Saturday, April 18 (Up to 45% Off)

The Color Dash

Winton Middle School

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

$45 $29

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

Five Star Tours

Multiple Locations

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

$99 $49

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

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

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

$149 $35

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

Shaun White Presents: Air + Style

Rose Bowl

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

$63.79 $39

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

Orange County Riding Academy

Orange

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

$110 $59

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

Pumper Jumpers

Fullerton

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

$10 $6

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

Company

Scherr Forum-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

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

$50.90 $30

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

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at In-Shape Sport

In-Shape: Demaree (Visalia)

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

$60 $25

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$59 for Family Fun Pack for Four People at LazerTag Extreme ($118 Value)

LazerTag Extreme

Simi Valley

Laser-tag participants race through a 5,000+ sq. ft. space, ducking behind walls to dodge their competitors’ brand-new laser-tag equipment

$118 $59

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Swim Camp or Four Swim Lessons at Little Dipper Aquatic Center (Up to 64% Off). Eight Options Available.

Little Dipper Aquatic Center

Concord

Swim camps or lessons for toddlers through adults, including special-needs students, take place in a heated saltwater pool

$100 $44

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

Timber Creek Golf Course

Roseville

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

$142 $65

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

Levi’s Stadium

Levi's Stadium

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

$25 $15

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$57 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf for 2 with Cart Rental Mare Island Golf Club (Up to $116 Value)

Mare Island Golf Course

Vallejo

Oldest course west of the Mississippi River features distinctive topography on the front and back nines, as well as a range and a pro shop

$116 $57

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Two Personal Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from Afterburn Personal Training (45% Off)

Afterburn Personal Training

Victorville

From the merchant: Four-week Fat Burner program includes four weeks of unlimited sessions, fat loss diet plan, and strategy session

$159 $87

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for A Body Blast Class For Only $10 And 23% Off Of 4 Additional Classes at Training By Shola

Training By Shola

Elmwood

For $5, receive a coupon for fitness class

$5

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

Harris Sports

Downey High School

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

$100 $43

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

Total Fit Gym

Costa Mesa

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

$110 $39

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One or Two 30-Minute Private Guitar or Piano Lessons at Delian Music (Up to 63% Off)

Delian Music

Inglewood

During one-on-one lessons, students take advice from accomplished musicians sporting degrees

$30 $14

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

Crossfit West Covina

West Covina

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

$165 $58

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

CrossFit Live!

Norwalk

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

$159 $53

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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

Fairfield Extreme Sports

Fairfield

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

$45 $22

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

UP Flying Yoga

Studio City

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

$100 $55

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

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

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

$120 $55

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

Streamline Fitness

Murrieta

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

$150 $75

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Red Carpet Scoot Tour for Two or Four or Private Tour for Six at SunnyDay Scoot (Up to 51% Off)

SunnyDay Scoot

Burbank

See the sights of LA including Griffith Park Observatory and the Greek Theatre from inside a two seat convertible scooter

$280 $140

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Roller Skating for Two or Four at Paradise Skate Roller Rink (Up to 50% 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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Two or Four Weeks of TRX Suspension-Training Fitness Classes at Fitness Therapy (Up to 73% Off)

Fitness Therapy

Original Daly City

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

$75 $20

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

Danza del Sol Winery

Temecula

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

$35 $17

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

The Wine Line

Santa Maria

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

$140 $99

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30- or 60-Minute Discovery Flight and 20-Minute Video at Apus Air (Up to 44% Off)

Apus Air

El Cajon

Instructors accompany students as they take to the air over downtown San Diego

$159 $89

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

Create Mix and Mingle

East San Mateo

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

$90 $55

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Panaro Brothers Winery (50% Off)

Panaro Brothers Winery

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

Panaro family, now in fifth generation of winemaking, draws on rich history as they transform grapes into single-varietal and blended wines

$66 $33

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Two Hours of Range Time for One, Two, or Four with Equipment Rental at Impact Archery (Up to 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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$499 for a Five-Day Overnight Summer Camp at Rawhide Ranch ($759 Value). Eight Options Available.

Rawhide Ranch

Bonsall

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

$759 $499

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$28 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Active Performance (Up to $205.50 Value)

CrossFit Active Perfomance

Mission Viejo

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

$205.50 $28

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

Midway Paintball

Hartley

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

$99 $19.99

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

Go Kart World

Carson

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

$40 $27

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

Hesperia Zoo

Hesperia

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

$20 $8.50

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

Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service

Downtown

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

$400 $280

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One, Two, or Four Tickets to Same-Sex Wedding Planning-Event, Rainbow Galleria, on February 28 (52% Off)

Rainbow Galleria

Shutters on the Beach

Same-sex wedding expo features vendors, fashions, wine pairings, live music, and prizes

$25 $12

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

Fit Body Boot Camp - Westminster

Westminster

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

$160.50 $20

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If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant.

To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture.

Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.

523 West 6th Street
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When Kate Danta opened P.B. Yoga & Healing Arts, she envisioned more than a simple yoga studio. Her holistic health center would offer both Pilates and yoga classes that explored different types of practice along with a range of wellness services such as massage and acupuncture. Kate is a holistic health practitioner, a massage therapist, and a yoga instructor with 30 years of experience, herself, so she was in a unique position to make her dream become reality. Rather than doing everything herself, Kate assembled a staff of certified massage therapists, naturopathic healers, and yoga instructors to add their knowledge of Svaroopa, Kripalu, and Kundalini yoga to the studio's repertoire.

Visitors to the holistic studio can choose to better their bodies and minds by choosing to attend classes or visiting one of the staff's variety of physical and spiritual healers. During yoga sessions, instructors lead students through guided relaxations, breathing techniques, and yoga poses to help clients build flexibility and relax deep spinal muscles. Pilates mat classes are taught by an experienced instructor who sold her thriving studio in order to move to San Diego and join the staff at PB Yoga and Healing Arts to challenge clients' muscles with small isometric movements, which work to improve posture and protect the back by building strength throughout the core. The studio also has a Pilates Specialist whose background includes the New York Ballet Co. She works one-on-one with the help of the Gyrotonic equipment and the Pilates Reformer. The studio's on-staff licensed acupuncturist specializes in sports medicine, and can relieve chronic pain by carefully placing needles in strategic points along the body. Clients can achieve spiritual balance with visits to a Sunday morning meditation class facilitated by an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, Tenshin; who also teaches the Tai Chi classes. The center also offers sessions with an on-staff practitioner who can deliver both psychic readings and spiritual counseling to help clients reach inner peace.

961 Turquoise St
San Diego,
CA
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Bodies twist and arch through space in a series of progressive rotations. Participants cycle their shoulders, leap into crouches, and even swing club-shaped weights that resemble a clown's juggling pins. Watching a Circular Strength Training class at Chrome Fit might call to mind scenes of a mesmerizing circus performance, but the intent of the workout is anything but laughable. Rather, its dynamic actions help to broaden range of motion while simultaneously building muscle.

Circular Strength Training is one of five specialized classes led by Chrome Fit's coaching team. Though they utilize different tools—including gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and yoga techniques—they all have a holistic focus on increasing poised and powerful mobility. Their practical applications range from reducing chronic pain and competing in marathons to, in the case of TACFIT sessions, learning to tackle and safely recover from the crisis situations faced by police, military, and emergency personnel.

Owner Sheri L. Covey and her staff supplement these group classes with private personal-training sessions, as well as customized duo or small-group seminars. They adapt their instructions to suit clients of all fitness backgrounds, instead of simply telling newer students to watch the older ones until they feel ready to lift the same weights. Through boot-camp and corporate-wellness programs, they also encourage achievements in a more general community setting, drawing from the entirety of their class curriculum to plan varied drills.

1701 S 7th St, Ste 7
San Jose,
CA
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Lou’s Cafe: A User’s Guide

Generously Stacked Sandwiches | Toasted to Order | Housemade Sauces and Spreads

Sample Menu

  • Sandwich: LLB Special—roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Lou’s Special Sauce on dutch crunch
  • Side: new england clam chowder
  • Beverage: iced caffe mocha

About the Owners: After 19 years in a delicatessen catering department, Ramana Brodeth knew her way around a sandwich. In 2010, she and her sons, TJ and Mark, opened Lou’s Cafe. One of them is always behind the counter, crafting inventive, satisfying sandwiches and topping them with Lou’s Special Sauce, a housemade garlic-and-herb aioli.

From the Press

  • “This family run cafe in San Francisco's Richmond District is exactly what a good sandwich shop should be - incredibly welcoming, with fresh, filling sandwiches at honest prices.” — SFGate
  • “The fixings are primo, to be sure, but its Lou’s sauces and breads that separate them from the San Francisco sandwich pack.” — The Daily Meal
  • “We're partial to the LLB Special on Dutch Crunch, but we think the breakfast sandwich is the most rave-worthy item here.” — SF Weekly

Inside Tips

  • Because seating is sparse, most customers take their orders to go.
  • Don’t be daunted by a long line—it moves pretty quickly.
  • To minimize your wait, download GoPago to order from your phone. When you get to Lou’s, skip the line and go straight to the GoPago pickup spot.

Vocab Lesson
Dutch crunch: also called “tiger bread,” this roll features a mottled exterior that hides a soft, chewy center. Bakers use sesame oil to lend it a distinct aroma, and paint the top with rice paste before baking it to create a cracked appearance and salty-sweet flavor.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Take a stroll through Clement Nursery (1921 Clement Street), the oldest in SF, housed in lovingly restored farm buildings.

After: Make a picnic of it and let the kids run around the renovated Argonne Playground (18th Avenue & Geary Boulveard); three picnic tables sit alongside the tennis courts.

5017 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Samba's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger?covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers?offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.

Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from hummus appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.

Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky?or at least a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with exceptional fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws. This excitement also extends to the upcoming 2014 World Cup beginning in June, during which the restaurant will air the contests with a family-friendly atmosphere.

6737 North Palm Avenue
Fresno,
CA
US

Founded with the goal of bolstering childhood development via confidence- and fitness-boosting programs, Tricks Gymnastics, Dance, and Swim's team of instructors keeps kids of all ages active and engaged via a host of high-energy classes. The highly skilled and friendly crew works hard to foster a nurturing environment within each class, keeping a close eye on the kids while teaching them new skills via positive reinforcement and recognition of effort. All three locations offer dance classes that introduce preschool Baryshnikovs to the world of movement and grant school-aged pupils a chance to explore various styles ranging from ballet to jazz to ballroom hokey pokey.

Meanwhile, experienced coaches man gymnastics programs designed to combat inactivity and encourage healthy lifestyles. Young ones aged 0?5 burn excess energy and hone flexibility during Tumblebunny classes, and big kids build strength and character thanks to both noncompetitive and competitive programs. A variety of special events include date nights that enable parents to sneak off for an evening of fun while their progeny plays at the gym. The Folsom location further fortifies its kinetic curriculum with swim programs focused on teaching pupils the essentials of water safety and basic swimming techniques. Paddlers grouped into classes by age hop into the crystalline pool, splashing about in waters kept at a balmy 89 degrees to ward off loitering snowflakes.

4440 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento,
CA
US

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