Activities in Florence

$32 for a Two-Hour Trail Ride for One at Don Donnelly's D-Spur Ranch & Riding Stables ($60 Value)

Don Donnelly's D-Spur Ranch & Riding Stables

North Pinal

Guides lead riders into canyons and up mountains in search of wildlife such as coyotes, mule deer, and grazing longhorns

$60 $32

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Teen Membership for the 2014–2015 Academic Year at Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (48% Off)

Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

Multiple Locations

Teens stay safe, earn scholarship opportunities, and form new friendships while participating in educational and recreational programs

$25 $13

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Two or Four 60-Minute Private Riding Lessons for One or Two at Twin L Performance Horses (Up to 69% Off)

Twin L Performance Horses

Cave Creek

Private lessons teach proper form, horse handling, and safety as participants sit atop Arabian horses

$80 $30

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Shooting-Range Packages for Two or Four at Ted's Shooting Range (Up to 44% Off)

Ted's Shooting Range

Queen Creek

Air-conditioned, 25-yard range run by a staff of NRA-certified instructors

$51.99 $30

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Fitness Revolution Queen Creek (Up to 61% Off)

Fitness Revolution Queen Creek

Cactus Plaza

60-minute workouts burn fat and tone muscles, boosting metabolism for exercisers of all levels; sessions take place six days a week

$54 $21

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CrossFit Classes at Gauntlet CrossFit (Up to 57% Off).

Gauntlet CrossFit

Cave Creek

CrossFit emphasizes functional exercises performed at scalable levels of intensity; the Spark program introduces beginners to the sport

$160 $69

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10 Martial-Arts Classes with a Uniform, or 16 Classes with a Uniform, Test, and Graduation Belt from Go2Karate (94% Off)

Go2Karate

Multiple Locations

Students don uniforms for karate, tae kwon do, or krav maga classes

$324 $20

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Two Horseback-Riding Lessons at Matthew Roberts Stables (65% Off)

Matthew Roberts Stables

Cave Creek

30-minute private sessions focusing on horsemanship basics through barn tour, riding, grooming, and hands-on learning

$80 $28

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10 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes with Initiation Fee and Uniform at ATA Martial Arts (94% Off)

ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Decades old school teaches students martial arts at 11 locations

$324 $20

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$39 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Queen Creek ($165 Value)

Crossfit Queen Creek

Queen Creek

Intense classes incorporate full-body functional movements that work all muscle groups for total body fitness

$165 $39

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$7 for Zumba from Valerie Aguinaga at Zumba Fitness (67% Off)

Valerie Aguinaga Zumba® Fitness

Chandler Heights Citrus

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

$21 $7

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$149 for a Tandem Skydiving Jump for One from Phoenix Area Skydiving ($299 Value)

Phoenix Area Skydiving

Phoenix Area Skydiving

Tethered to an instructor, skydivers free-fall at up to 120 miles per hour before floating to earth

$299 $149

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Adult Admission for Two, Four, or Six, or a One-Year Membership to Superstition Mountain Museum (Up to 43% Off)

Superstition Mountain Museum

North Pinal

Explore the history of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction, and the Lost Dutchman Mine; recreations of 19th century buildings

$13.50 $8.50

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$59 for Two Months of Unlimited Bikram Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga East Valley ($240 Value)

Bikram Yoga East Valley

Gilbert

A heated studio keeps muscles limber while students move through 26 poses and two breathing exercises

$240 $59

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Wine Flight and Bruschetta Board for Two or Four at MWC Bistro (57% Off). Four Options Available.

MWC Bistro

The Islands

Customers enjoy a flight of three wines from across America or as far away as Chile while sharing bites of bruschetta

$53 $24

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10 Women's Boot Camp Sessions from Phat Mama Club, LLC (65% Off)

Phat Mama Club, Llc

Villages At North Shore

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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$50 for $100 Worth of Music Lessons — Jam With Jimmi T

Jam With Jimmi T

Stonebridge Lakes Estates

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

$100 $50

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$36 for $70 Worth of Gymnastics — Precision Gymnastics and Tumbling

Precision Gymnastics And Tumbling

Gilbert

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

$70 $36

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$45 for $150 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Master Edmondson's World Champions Training Centers

World Champions Training Centers

Gilbert Fiesta

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

$150 $45

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One- or Two-Month Membership to CrossFit Preferred (Up to 64% Off)

CrossFit Preferred

Gilbert

Show off a revamped physique following one or two months of CrossFit's intense daily workouts

$125 $49

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10 Fitness Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at TnT Divas (Up to 45% Off)

TnT Divas

Gilbert

Fitness classes help clients of all skill levels and phases of life tone muscle, burn calories, and bolster their confidence

$50 $29

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Two Horseback-Riding Lessons at Rose Ranch Performance Horses (65% Off)

Rose Ranch Performance Horses

Val Vista Lakes

From the merchant: Equine students of all ages and experience levels learn proper care, riding,, and safety technique along side horses

$100 $35

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$25 for $49 Towards 1 Month Membership and 1 Personal Training Session at Tnt Divas Fitness Studio

Tnt Divas Fitness Studio

Chandler

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

$49 $25

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One- or Two-Months of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Fitness Works Athletic Clubs (Up to 78% Off)

Fitness Works Athletic Clubs

Multiple Locations

Students build muscle and burn fat during intense fitness classes

$179 $49

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Martial Arts and Fitness Classes at Gilbert ATA Academy (91% Off). Three Options Available.

Gilbert ATA Academy

Gilbert

Instructors lead exercisers through workouts that borrow from kickboxing or cage-fighting, or teach students the art of self-defense

$340 $30

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Ten or Twenty Boot Camp Classes at Anytime Fitness (Up to 58% Off)

Anytime Fitness

NE Corner of Pecos and Lindsay

Personal trainers, boot-camp classes, and an array of cardio and strength equipment toughen physiques inside a 24-hour gym

$100 $44

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One or Two 60-Minute Group Horseback-Riding Lessons at S.T.A.R.S. of Horsemanship (Up to 57% Off)

S.T.A.R.S. of Horsemanship

Gilbert

Students of all ages learn basic Western and English horseback-riding skills

$35 $18

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$45 for $150 Worth of Golf Lessons — Sunland Village Golf Academy

Sunland Village Golf Academy

Mesa

60-minute private golf lesson; includes PING club fitting by PING-certified fitter, Maria Przymierski, PGA

$150 $45

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10-Week MMA Fitness Program for One or Two at Power MMA and Fitness (Up to 64% Off)

Power MMA and Fitness

Gilbert Crossing

Trainers whip bodies into shape during 45-minute workouts that incorporate MMA cardio training and resistance training

$460 $179

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One Month of Women's Martial-Arts Fitness Classes or Martial-Arts Party at Sandoval Karate (Up to 85% Off)

Sandoval Freestyle Karate, LLC.

Multiple Locations

Kick and punch your way through classes to improve cardio and flexibility; party is for up to 30 people, with games and breakboards

$189 $29

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Two or Four Show-Only Tickets at The Black Mustache (Up to 55% Off)

The Black Mustache

The Black Mustache Old-Fashioned Melodrama Co.

This vaudeville-style theater encourages audience participation during its side-splitting slapstick plays

$32 $15

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Core Mayhem X Boot Camp Classes at Evonamic (Up to 75% Off)

Evonamic

Discovery District Park

One-hour boot camp classes focus on cardio work and strength conditioning

$65 $29

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One Month of Unlimited Fitness Sessions or Five Drop-In Sessions at BodyFuzion Fitness (Up to 93% Off)

BodyFuzion Fitness

Gilbert

Intense 45-minute workouts burn fat and build strength through interval-style strength training, plyometrics, and TRX exercises

$468 $34

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Taekwondo (56% Off)

First Taekwondo

Gilbert

Four-week trial of unlimited regular classes and a free uniform

$250 $110

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Three, Six, or Nine Private Horseback-Riding Lessons at MG Riding Stables (Up to 54% Off)

MG Riding Stables

Gilbert

In addition to teaching riding skills using mostly the English discipline, the instructors educate equestrians on horse handling and safety

$75 $37

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at ProFitness (Up to 82% Off)

ProFitness (3 locations)

Multiple Locations

Boot-camp classes provide a supportive environment while burning calories and building muscle

$120 $26

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One Month of Unlimited Barre Classes at Karve Studio (66% Off)

Karve Studio

Multiple Locations

Ballet-barre work combined with core strengthening exercises, yoga and Pilates moves, and orthopedic stretching

$175 $59

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Four Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit ETP (65% Off)

Crossfit E.t.p.

Gilbert

From the merchant: Group classes focusing on individual effort. Push yourself past your barriers mentally and physically.

$125 $44

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Private and Group Tennis Lessons at ProTenn International (Up to 61% Off). Four Options Available.

ProTenn International

Val Vista Marketplace

Instructor helps students of all ages identify weaknesses, develop action plans, and work to improve during 60-minute lessons

$50 $26

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Horseback-Riding Lessons for One, Two, or Four — Evolution Horsemanship

Evolution Horsemanship

Chandler

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

$129 $59

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Indoor Airsoft with Equipment and 1,000 BBs for 1, 2, 4, 20, or 30 at VIP Airsoft (Up to 60% Off)

VIP Airsoft

Gilbert

19,000-sq.-ft. cityscape sees teams battle with airsoft guns after they're outfitted with protective gear and 1,000 BBs

$37.73 $19

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Birthday Party for Up to Eight Guests with Cupcake Bar and Dress-Up at Pout in Pink in Gilbert (Up to 52% Off)

Pout in Pink Parties

Gilbert

Celebrate a child’s birthday with a cupcake bar, dress-up games, custom decor and invitations, and pink lemonade

$199 $99

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5 or 10 K30X Fitness Kickboxing Classes with MMA Gloves at Tigers Lair Martial Arts Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Tigers Lair Martial Arts Academy

Tiger's Lair Martial Arts Academy

Students boost cardio health and build confidence, discipline, and physical strength in intense, 30-minute kickboxing classes

$32.50 $16

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Four Personal Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from Fit Bodies 4 Life (72% Off)

Fit Bodies 4 Life

Gilbert

From the merchant: Our training can help meet your unique needs - from losing weight, improving strength, or achieving peak performance.

$160 $45

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$33 for 10 Yoga Classes at Sumits Yoga Gilbert ($125 Value)

Sumits Yoga Gilbert

Val Vista Marketplace

During classes in a heated studio, students of all abilities flow through detoxifying and strengthening postures

$125 $33

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BYOB Painting Class for One or Two at SunDust Gallery (Up to 55% Off)

SunDust Gallery

Gilbert

Aided by an instructor, painters create original pieces or recreate one of 100+ samples paintings, all while sipping their drink of choice

$50 $25

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One-Month Group-Training Package at Funktional Fitness (70% Off). Two Options Available.

Funktional Fitness

Multiple Locations

Certified coaches help members get in shape with group-training bundles that include personal training and nutrition coaching

$293 $89

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Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus at Chandler Center for the Arts on December 26–January 4 (Up to 42% Off)

Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus

West Lawn, Chandler Center for the Arts

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Famed Italian family circus troupe dazzles during a one-tent performance steeped in Italian tradition

$24 $15

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Decadence NYE Arizona with Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Seven Lions, DVBBS, Fedde Le Grand, and Savoy at Frontier Hall at Rawhide (Up to 31% Off)

Decadence NYE feat. Kaskade

Frontier Hall - Rawhide

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Kaskade, Flosstradamus, Seven Lions, DVBBS, Fedde Le Grand, and Savoy lead a New Year’s celebration, complete with lights, bass, and dancing

$92.75 $69

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$40 for Winter Frozenland Festival for Two Kids and Two Adults at Charming Pony Parties ($70 Value)

Charming Pony Parties

Chandler

Winter festival features pony and horse-drawn carriage rides, sledding, mini petting zoo and visits with Santa and other favorite characters

$70 $40

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Three-Lap Drive or Ride-Along in an Exotic Supercar on a Real Racetrack from Xtreme Xperience (Up to 50% Off)

Xtreme Xperience

Bondurant West Racetrack

Drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

$259 $129

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$20 for Two Tickets to New Year's Eve Chandler Downtown Countdown ($40 Value)

Chandler Downtown Countdown

Chandler

Celebrate 2015 at a downtown Chandler party with live music, DJ sets, food trucks, s’mores, and midnight countdown with fireworks display

$40 $20

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$79 for Three Personal Training Sessions at VIMTRIM ($180 Value)

VIMTRIM

Cooper Crossing

Personal trainers help clients get into shape at their convenience with in-home, in-gym, or even in-office training sessions

$180 $79

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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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Open-Gym Sessions for Pre-Schoolers and 5+ Year Olds at Gold Medal Gymnastics (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Gold Medal Gymnastics

Chandler

Kids from toddlers to teens can burn off energy at a 25,000 square foot gym owned by the captain of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Gymnastic team

$28 $14.99

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Eight-Hour Concealed-Handgun and Gun-Safety Class for One or Two from Bellagio Security (Up to 85% Off)

Bellagio Security

Chandler

Eight-hour classroom-instruction-only class covers the fundamentals of gun safety and concealed-carry laws

$210 $34

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One- or Three-Month Martial-Arts Class Membership with Uniform at Phoenix Quest Center for Martial Arts (Up to 72% Off)

Phoenix Quest Center for Martial Arts

Chandler

Martial-arts center fosters personal development in adults and children while teaching realistic self-defense skills

$139.95 $39

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$275 for $500 Worth of Services at Wonderfully Made Personal Training

Wonderfully Made Personal Training

Fox Crossing

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

$500 $275

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$34 for $75 towards 10 Classes — Elevate Martial Arts

Elevate Martial Arts

Chandler

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

$75 $34

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$54 for $120 Worth of Services at Marc Richi's Martial Arts Academy

Marc Richi's Martial Arts Academy

Chandler

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

$120 $54

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10 or 20 Whole-Body Vibration or Yoga Classes at Vibetality (Up to 75% Off)

Vibetality

Chandler

Whole body vibration—a technology pioneered by NASA—fits 90 minutes worth of exercise into 15-minute sessions

$180 $49

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Intro to Archery Lesson for Two or Four with Equipment and Practice Time at Archery Headquarters Academy (Up to 51% Off)

Archery Headquarters Academy

Chandler

After a 15-minute introduction to safety and one of two bows, sling arrows at targets for up to 45 minutes with one to three friends

$50 $25

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$33 for 10 Yoga Classes at Sumits Yoga (Up to $140 Value)

Sumits Yoga

Chandler

During classes in a heated studio, students of all abilities flow through detoxifying and strengthening postures

$140 $33

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Two Private Dance Lessons with Option for Two Weeks of Group Classes at Fred Astaire Dance Studios (Up to 85% Off)

Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Multiple Locations

Instructors school students during private lessons and group classes

$196 $33

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30-Days of Unlimited Group Yoga Classes for One or Two People at Inner Vision Yoga (Up to 82% Off)

Inner Vision Yoga

Multiple Locations

Students of all ages and abilities choose from a roster of more than 100 yoga classes, divided across two locations

$139 $29

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5, 10, or 20 Yoga Classes at Desire Yoga (Up to 66% Off)

Desire Yoga

Desire Yoga

Located inside a martial-arts facility, yoga studio focuses on building strength, balance, and flexibility while limiting injuries

$50 $17

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions or Five Weeks Plus Fitness E-Book at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 86% 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

$123.50 $30

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One, Two, or Three Months of Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing, or Judo at Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA (Up to 79% Off)

Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA

Chandler

Studio lead by martial artist with black belts in multiple disciplines offers judo, jiu-jitsu, MMA, and kickboxing classes

$120 $29

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Boot-Camp Classes with Optional Personal Training at Apollo's Ballroom (Up to 89% Off)

Apollo's Gym

Chandler

Pupils focus on weight loss, muscle building, and cardiovascular endurance during boot-camp sessions

$235 $28

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$24 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Bikram Yoga Chandler ($150 Value)

Bikram Yoga Chandler AZ

Chandler

Certified Bikram yoga instructors lead students through Bikram’s 26 poses and breathing exercises inside a heated studio

$150 $24

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One-Month Fencing Program for One or Two at Fencers Club of Arizona (Up to 68% Off)

Fencers Club of Arizona

Chandler

Learn how to fence from seasoned coaches who are also members of the United States Fencing Association

$125 $47

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New Member Racetrack Orientation Class for One, Two, or Four at ProAutoSports (Up to 53% Off)

ProAutoSports

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Drivers use their own cars to participate in two classes and four track sessions in order to obtain a performance drivers license

$200 $104

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$50 for $100 Groupon — Hughes Karate-do Dojo

Hughes Karate-do Dojo

Monterey Vista

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

$100 $50

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Improv Show for Two or Four at Outliars Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)

Outliars Comedy Club

Multiple Locations

Improv players trained at Second City and iO explore the unexpected in short- and long-form scenes

$40 $20

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Three or Five Drop-In Kids' Fitness Classes at Great Play (Up to 50% Off). Six Options Available.

Great Play

Chandler

Massive children’s gym with a 3,000-square-foot virtual arena and classes that develop motor and sports skills

$75 $41

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One, Two, or Four Months of Dance Classes at Chandler Dance Center (Up to 60% Off)

Chandler Dance Center

Chandler

Instructors teach students ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance skills

$55 $25

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at HeART and S.O.A.L Yoga (70% Off)

Heart And Soal Yoga

Chandler

60-minute room temperature classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Essential oils and guided meditation.

$50 $15

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Two Private Dance Classes from Arizona Ballroom Champions (75% Off)

Arizona Ballroom Champions

Chandler

Two 30-minute private dance lessons where you can experience the fun and excitement of learning how to dance

$75 $19

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Three-Course Italian Buffet Dinner and Murder Mystery Show for One or Two at Fazio's Catering Hall (45% Off)

Fazio's Catering Hall

Chandler

Guests try to solve a murder during an interactive theatrical performance while dining on a three-course Italian buffet dinner

$85 $47

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In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

20585 East Price Station Road
Florence,
AZ
US

Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.

28300 North Main Street
San Tan Valley,
AZ
US

Sprawling across 392 acres and home to thousands of unusual plant and animal species, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is far from a standard classroom. Here, people learn through exploration rather than through textbooks; they’re able to smell the plants they study and ask native squirrels for direct quotes about soil quality. Jaunts through the park cover a range of terrain. Butting up against the northern face of Picketpost Mountain, the park encompasses canyons, hills, and trails carefully landscaped to duplicate arid environments from around the globe. The cactus garden features plants both sinuous and spiny, creating a vast collection of shapes and textures nestled into the dusty red landscape. Queen Creek Canyon provides respite from the sun, its towering trees thriving in the cool shade. Visitors pick up tips on how to enhance their own yards in the demonstration garden of drought-tolerant plants, which are relatively easy to care for except for when they demand chocolate milk. Additional education can be found in classes and lectures held at the Smith Interpretive Center.

37615 U.S. 60
Superior,
AZ
US

The highly trained guides at Canyon Rio Rafting spearhead half-, full-, and multi-day expeditions down the Salt River, Rio Chama, and San Juan River. Certified in first aid and versed in advanced wilderness medical and rescue training, they ensure that trips run as smoothly over Class II–IV rapids as a mustache over the foam of a cappuccino. Following romps on oar rafts, paddle rafts, and inflatable kayaks, guides nourish excursionists with gourmet meals.

Alternatively, Canyon Rio Rafting's certified instructors help foster future whitewater navigation by staging courses for guides, rescue technicians, and kayakers.

Highway 60 Salt River Canyon
Globe,
AZ
US

A safe space. That's what the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley give to more than 43,000 kids each year. But along with keeping kids out of harm's way after school lets out, the Boys & Girls Clubs enrich children's lives though their programs. Kids get creative in arts classes, learn social interaction and fitness skills in sports programs, and prepare for the future with technology courses that ensure they won't buy stock in companies that only produce floppy discs.

But the Boys & Girls Clubs impact kids beyond afterschool care. In addition to the East Valley clubs having the first Arizona club to serve a Native American community, the clubs' Ladmo branch has Mona Dixon, who was named National Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2010.

Her path of success, encouraged by the Boys & Girls Clubs, led her from a girl homeless and worried about her family's survival to a young woman with a full ride to college and named one of the Top 28 Most Influential Black Women in America by Essence magazine.

22411 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek,
AZ
US

A safe space. That's what the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley give to more than 43,000 kids each year. But along with keeping kids out of harm's way after school lets out, the Boys & Girls Clubs enrich children's lives though their programs. Kids get creative in arts classes, learn social interaction and fitness skills in sports programs, and prepare for the future with technology courses that ensure they won't buy stock in companies that only produce floppy discs.

But the Boys & Girls Clubs impact kids beyond afterschool care. In addition to the East Valley clubs having the first Arizona club to serve a Native American community, the clubs' Ladmo branch has Mona Dixon, who was named National Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2010.

Her path of success, encouraged by the Boys & Girls Clubs, led her from a girl homeless and worried about her family's survival to a young woman with a full ride to college and named one of the Top 28 Most Influential Black Women in America by Essence magazine.

22301 S Hawes Rd
Queen Creek,
AZ
US