Things To Do In Florence-Graham

60- or 30-Minute Batting Cage Sessions at Sluggers Batting Cages (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

Sluggers Batting Cages

South Gate

Batters work on their swing and at-plate swagger in individual batting cages surrounded with protective fencing top to bottom

$25 $12

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$20 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Bellamusic

Bellamusic

Bell

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

$35 $20

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$165 for $300 Worth of Moonwalk Rental — G & G Movie Screens

G & G Movie Screens

Bell

Backyard movie night! Outdoor screen package includes: 12-foot screen, HD projector, 2500-watt powered speaker.

$300 $165

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Five Private Dance Classes from Glamorous Productions (65% Off)

Glamorous Productions

Compton

Hip-hop, African, modern, praise, and jazz dance classes are offered for children aged 9–18

$250 $88

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Build Two Custom Terrariums with Succulents and Air Plants

One-Hour Terrarium Making Class

Southeast Los Angeles

DIY expert Phillip Kuhn teaches guests to assemble their own unique terrariums with air plants, succulents, rocks, and personal objects

$48 $48

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Enchanted Green Hallow's Eve Fest for Two or Four on Sunday, October 26 (Up to 42% Off)

Enchanted Green Hallow's Eve

STAR Enrichment Center

Exotic wildlife rescue hosts Halloween fest with tours, trick-or-treating, costume contest, movies, and crafts at new satellite location

$12 $8

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LA Philharmonic Presents "Prokofiev & Dvorak" or "Happy Birthday, 'Hurricane Mama': Salonen, Saariaho & Sibelius"

LA Philharmonic presents "Prokofiev & Dvorak" or "Happy Birthday, 'Hurricane Mama': Salonen, Saariaho & Sibelius"

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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See pianist Behzod Abduraimov interpret Prokofiev and Dvorak or Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct a birthday celebration for the hall’s pipe organ

$112 $67

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"The Great Latino Love Debate" at Downtown Independent Theatre on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

The Great Latino Love Debate

Downtown Independent Theatre

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Town Hall-style dating event pairs 6 love experts with 200 singles for an evening of advice, fun, and flirting

$41.99 $25

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Mix a 60-Second Dough and Bake Pizza with a Chef

Hands-On Pizza-Making Class

Los Angeles

Chef Patricia Rose shows you how to mix pizza dough in just one minute, before everyone adds toppings, bakes their pizzas, and shares a meal

$70 $70

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Yoga NoHo (Up to 70% Off)

Yoga NoHo

Los Angeles

Stretch and twist during relaxing yoga classes, such as Restorative Yoga, or burn calories and tone during Vinyasa or Power Flow

$130 $39

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5 or 10 Lagree-Method Pilates Classes at Pilates Plus West LA (Up to 61% Off)

Pilates Plus West LA

West Los Angeles

Lagree-Method classes combine Pilates movements with strength, cardio, and resistance training

$125 $49

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

The Ultimate Women's Expo

Los Angeles Convention Center

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

$40 $10

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

Street Food Cinema

Multiple Locations

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

$24 $14

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Standup Comedy for Two or Four with Tickets to a Future Show at Hollywood Improv (Up to 76% Off)

Hollywood Improv

Hollywood Improv

Storied comedy club hosts nationally touring comedians such as Michael Palascak, Greg Fitzsimmons, and David Huntsberger

$80 $20

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$40 for a Hands On Three-Hour Cooking Class at Hipcooks ($65 Value)

Hipcooks

Multiple Locations

Students participate in the preparation of gourmet dishes before sitting down to eat at this studio that emphasizes taste over recipes.

$65 $40

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F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show at 333 Live on Saturday, November 1, at 8:00 p.m. (Up to 43% Off)

F.A.C.E. Runway Fashion Show

333 Live

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Mingle with celebrities and fashion bloggers while watching a runway show displaying designers' 2015 collections; after-party with DJs

$31.74 $18

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$12 for a Three-Day Pub Crawl Pass from Hollywood Halloween PubCrawl ($25 Value)

Hollywood Halloween PubCrawl

Multiple Locations

Three-day, Halloween-themed pub crawl features drink specials and after-party

$25 $12

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"Little Shop of Horrors" at Cupcake Theater on October 3–November 9 (Up to 50% Off)

"Little Shop of Horrors"

Cupcake Theater​​

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A lovelorn flower-shop employee finds himself in trouble when his venus flytrap finds an appetite for human flesh in this R&B musical

$38 $19

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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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The Hollywoodland Murder: Deadly Dinner Theater for One or Two at Next Door Lounge (Up to 52% Off)

Next Door Lounge

Hollywood

Guests dine on three courses as the Hollywoodland Murder show provides entertainment in a stylish, welcoming speakeasy

$84 $45

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5 or 10 Women's Kickboxing Bootcamp Classes at Foxy and Fierce Women's Kickboxing (Up to 76% Off)

Foxy and Fierce Women's Kickboxing

Hollywood Dojo

Slam fists, feet, elbows, and knees into pads with muay thai moves spliced with Pilates, yoga, and strength conditioning

$100 $29

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Five or Ten Dance Classes at MNR Dance Factory (59% Off)

MNR Dance Factory

West Los Angeles

Dancers choose from classes such as jazz, tap, hip hop, and ballet

$120 $49

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at InYoga Center (Up to 76% Off)

InYoga Center

Valley Village

Expansive yoga studio hosts more than 50 classes each week, including rigorous & beginner friendly class styles

$160 $39

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General Admission for Two or Four Adults, or Dual or Family Membership at USS "IOWA" (Up to 39% Off)

USS IOWA

Los Angeles

“Battleship of Presidents” provides a memorable experience for families and visitors as they venture through over years of history

$36 $25

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One, Three, or Six Sewing Classes at 8-Limbs (Up to 56% Off)

8-Limbs

Echo Park / Silverlake

Skilled sewing instructors teach students the basics or guide them through making a clean-seamed project, pattern, or skirt

$75 $35

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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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Standup-Paddleboarding Lessons or Four-Hour Rental for One or Two at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 83% Off)

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

Instructor with more than 25 years slicing waves teaches students to master the same

$160 $49

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5 or 10 Open-Play Sessions at The Awesome Playground (Up to 56% Off)

The Awesome Playground

Highland Park

Sock-adorned kids traipse through indoor play equipment for endless fun

$40 $20

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Hookah for Four or Two Hookahs for Six or More at Midnight Boba Hookah Lounge (Up to 50% Off)

Midnight Boba Hookah Lounge

Los Angeles

Groups share hookahs redolent of fruits and pleasant fragrances

$20 $11

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LA Celebrity Homes Tour for Two, Four, or Six From LA Hollywood Tours (Up to 74% Off)

LA Hollywood Tours

Los Angeles

Seated in an open-air van, tour-goers cruise by numerous celebrity mansions in picturesque Los Angeles

$98 $28

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5 or 10 Pure Barre Fitness Classes at Pure Barre Hollywood (Up to 56% Off)

Pure Barre Hollywood

Hollywood

Full-body workouts of Pure Barre fitness classes utilize a ballet, pilates, & yoga movements to create long, lean & toned bodies

$90 $40

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$49 for a One-Hour Weekday Horseback Tour for Two from Sunset Ranch Hollywood ($80 Value)

Sunset Ranch Hollywood

Hollywood Hills

Ride through the hills of Griffith Park on a leisurely horseback tour and see the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and downtown LA

$80 $49

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10 Boot Camp Classes or 5 or 10 Weeks of Classes at Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" (Up to 84% Off)

Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!"

Multiple Locations

12 outdoor locations host early-morning boot camps that eschew screaming and exhausting exercise in favor of motivating people for the day

$175 $29

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5, 10, or 15 Aquatic Yoga Classes at H2Yoga (Up to 55% Off)

H2Yoga

The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy, Westside JCC

Heated indoor pool eases tension and limbers muscles as students build strength and flexibility in creative yoga sessions

$85 $39

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5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes at Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club (Up to 75% Off)

Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club

Los Angeles

Exercisers follow the lead of experienced fitness instructors in classes ranging from calm, body-lengthening yoga to intense boot camp

$90 $25

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

Los Angeles

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

$10 $5

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Five- or Ten-Class CrossFit Pass at Combat Crossfit (Up to 66% Off)

Combat Crossfit

Central San Pedro

Coaches guide exercise routines that combine weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques to build strength and versatility

$100 $39

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120-Minute Painting Class from Art of Bella (44% Off)

Art Of Bella Studio

Mid-Wilshire

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

$45 $25

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One, Three, or Six 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Piano Studies LA (Up to 55% Off)

Piano Studies LA

Hollywood

Each lesson covers both technical and musical aspects of piano-playing, focusing on the student's choice of classical or popular songs

$40 $20

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Three or Six Weeks of Outdoor Fitness Boot-Camp Classes at Northridge Early Birds Bootcamp (Up to 84% Off)

Northridge Early Birds Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

A certified personal trainer rises with the sun to help students sculpt fit figures with cardio circuits and resistance exercises

$90 $19

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Sweat City Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

Sweat City Fitness

Multiple Locations

Trainers vary routines for every session of their 20-25 person outdoor boot camps

$50 $19

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Ballroom Dance Lesson for Two or Two Wedding Dance Lessons for Two at Amy Lawrence Ballroom Dance (Up to 74% Off)

Amy Lawrence Ballroom Dance

Los Angeles

Dancing pairs learn the moves for the foxtrot, waltz, tango, and other dances; couples prepare for their first dance as newlyweds

$95 $25

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Family or Individual Travel Town Museum Foundation Membership (Up to 50% Off)

Travel Town Museum Foundation

Los Angeles

Support educational outreach and restoration programs with a year of gift shop discounts, admission to members-only events, and souvenirs

$60 $30

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Private Tap-Dancing Lessons for One, Two or Four with Mark at Upstairs Tap Studio (Up to 61% Off)

Mark at Upstairs Tap Studio

Venice

Instructor Mark Marchillo guides students through the principles of percussive footwork, accommodating beginning to advanced dancers

$75 $35

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One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two at LA Fit Camp (Up to 71% Off)

LA Fit Camp

Los Angeles

NASM-certified trainers motivate clients of all fitness levels through fun, challenging workouts

$60 $19

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at LA BeachFit (Up to 84% Off)

LA BeachFit

Multiple Locations

Burn fat and build muscle in these challenging boot camp and CrossFit outdoor fusion sessions

$147 $25

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Two-, Four-, or Six-Class Punch Cards at Latin Dance (Up to 91% Off)

Latin Dance

Los Angeles

Learn salsa, cumdia, bachata, and merengue dances from Latin-dance instructor with more than 16 years of experience

$90 $29

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Two Personal Training Sessions with Diet and Weight-Loss Consultation from Fitfean (75% Off)

Fitfean

Melrose

Certified personal trainers and wellness coaches help you reach your fitness ideal through functional exercise and nutrition

$150 $38

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Four or Eight Weekly Acting Classes at Jeffrey Fox Acting Workshop (Up to 57% Off)

Jeffrey Fox Acting Workshop

Complex Theatre

Small-group acting lessons with an experienced coach build students’ skills through scene work, exercises, and improv

$225 $99

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at LA Jiu Jitsu Academy (54% Off)

LA Jiu Jitsu Academy

Melrose

Kids Brazilian jiu-jitsu for self-defense, bully proofing, exercise, life values

$149 $69

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One or Three Two-Hour Intro Sewing Classes for Kids or Adults at Lilian Raven Clothing (Up to 56% Off)

Lilian Raven Clothing

Leimert Park

Students learn basic sewing skills including operating sewing machine, creating patterns, and threading

$60 $29

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Two, Four or Six 60-Minute Personal-Training Sessions at Got Trainer? (Up to 85% Off)

Got Trainer?

Los Angeles

Trainer designs a workout program to help clients lose weight, build muscle mass or recover from injury

$150 $29

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Two or Four On-Camera Acting Classes at Atwater Playhouse (Up to 54% Off)

Atwater Playhouse

Los Angeles

Led by a veteran director, the workshop focuses on breaking down new scenes, creating a character, and delivering consistent performances

$70 $35

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Fitopia L. A. Fitness Studio (Up to 74% Off)

Fitopia L. A. Fitness Studio

Los Angeles

Students torch calories in Zumba, kickboxing, cross-training, boot-camp, and small-group-training classes

$150 $49

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5 or 10 Boot Camp or Kickboxing Classes at XTC Gym (Up to 63% Off)

XTC Gym

Eagle Rock

Build strength and endurance in boot camp or kickboxing classes

$100 $39

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$109 for $350 Worth of Dance Lessons — MIHO NAITO BALLET

Miho Naito Ballet

Westwood

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

$350 $109

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One-Year Individual or Family/Dual Membership to the Chinese American Museum (Up to 56% Off)

Chinese American Museum

Chinatown

In its 10th year, CAM's current exhibits include L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments, documenting Chinese immigration to the States

$50 $22

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$45 for 10 Yoga Classes at The Yoga Collective ($130 Value)

The Yoga Collective

Venice

Experienced instructors lead a variety of challenging, flow-based yoga classes in this downtown Venice studio with access to parking

$130 $45

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Teagen Rose Fitness (65% Off)

Teagen Rose Fitness

Los Angeles

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

$180 $63

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$38 for $85 Toward one hour guitar lesson (with extra 15 minute "how to practice" coaching session)

Zotzinmusic

Atwater Village

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

$85 $38

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Admission for Two or Four with $10 or $20 Off at Gift Shop at The Museum of Contemporary Art (56% Off)

The Museum of Contemporary Art ( moca )

Downtown Los Angeles

Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other visual masters star in permanent collection at museum filled with post-1940 art

$34 $15

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One, Three, or Five 60-Minute Signature Artavia Workouts at Artavia Massage & Fitness (Up to 78% Off)

Artavia Massage & Fitness

Eagle Rock

Personal trainer to athletes helps you reach fitness goals with personal training sessions that blend yoga, boxing, and core exercises

$90 $27

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$53 for $150 Worth of Personal Training — Juan Guadarrama Fitness

Juan Guadarrama Fitness

Los Angeles

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

$150 $53

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Stand Strong 3D (70% Off)

Stand Strong 3d, Llc.

Valley Village

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

$20 $6

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month Unlimited Yoga Classes for One or Two Hollywood Power Yoga (Up to 68% Off)

Hollywood Power Yoga

Hollywood

Three styles of yoga taught by five instructors who emphasize the importance of challenging the body and balancing the mind

$120 $39

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$63 for $125 Worth of Soccer at Northridge Futsal League

Northridge Futsal League

Los Angeles

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

$125 $63

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Two or Four Private Personal-Training Sessions at Dylan Conrad Fitness (Up to 87% Off)

Dylan Conrad Fitness

West Los Angeles

Burn fat and build muscle during customized personal-training sessions that provide students with one-on-one attention

$260 $43

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$64 for $120 Worth of Martial Arts — Hawaiian Total Fitness MMA

Hawaiian Total Fitness Mma

Los Angeles

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

$120 $64

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30-Minute Helicopter Tour for Two or Three People from Copter Pilot (Up to 48% Off)

Copter Pilot

Van Nuys Airport

Helicopter tours provide a bird's eye view of sights such as the Hollywood Sign, Encino, and Santa Monica Pier; custom tours also available

$450 $299

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$39 for Five Body-Sculpting Classes at Pop Physique (Up to $95 Off)

Pop Physique

Multiple Locations

Students sweat to indie and hip-hop tunes during high-intensity strength and flexibility workouts designed around ballet-barre exercises

$95 $39

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$657 for a Recording Package with Songwriting, Engineering, and CD or MP3 at Cult Studios ($2,000 Value)

Cult Studios

Los Angeles

Studio staffed with pro songwriters and audio engineers help music hopefuls write, record, and mix a song, which they take home on CD or MP3

$2,000 $657

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10 or 20 Sessions of Oceanside Meditation and Lite Yoga with Time Out (Up to 72% Off)

Time Out

Multiple Locations

Join the group at the beach, where instructor Tiffany leads relaxation sessions that help you work on body and mind

$130 $39

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Two-Hour Hollywood-Sights Tour for One or Five from Rockin Hollywood Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Rockin Hollywood Tours

Hollywood

Knowledgeable guides lead guests on two-hour tours that visit over 70 famous Hollywood locations

$40 $20

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Six or Eight Fitness Boot-Camp Sessions at Rich LIFE Success Driven (Up to 63% Off)

Rich LIFE Success Driven

Los Angeles

Outdoor boot camps enlist equipment such as resistance bands, free weights, and Bosu balls to strengthen bodies and burn calories

$115 $45

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$69 for $149 Worth of Martial Arts — West Coast Hwarangdo Academy

West Coast Hwa Rang Do

Los Angeles

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

$149 $69

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Four or Eight 60-Minute Private Yoga Sessions at I Heart Kundalini (Up to 61% Off)

I Heart Kundalini

West Los Angeles

Relax and heal in private outdoor Kundalini yoga sessions led by an energy healer and certified yoga instructor

$432 $196

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5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes at UEvolution (Up to 62% Off)

UEvolution

Downtown Los Angeles

Pilates reformer equipment helps tone and build long, lean muscles while supporting your core; small group classes of five or less

$95 $45

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Introductory Painting and Drawing Classes for Kids, Teens, or Adults at Mission: Renaissance (Up to 71% Off)

Mission: Renaissance

Multiple Locations

Introductory art classes utilize the Gluck Method of instruction, teaching basic drawing and painting techniques to students of all ages

$216 $65

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Five, Ten, or Fifteen Classes at CrossFit Woodland Hills (Up to 72% Off)

CrossFit Woodland Hills

Canoga Park

Students exceed personal fitness goals with a full-body, high-intensity exercise program that blends strength, cardio, and stamina training

$150 $49

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At Goals Soccer Centers, athletes of all ages try their hand—or rather foot—at the world’s most popular sport during league and open play. Eleven artificial-turf fields accommodate five-a-side teams for fast-paced outdoor games. Rebound walls enclose pitches, inviting players to bang balls off them for tricky passing, and netting keeps all spherical objects from flying out of bounds. In between matches, teammates refuel at the onsite restaurant or relax in a lounge equipped with TV and free WiFi. Complete with showers, tidy locker rooms also give footballers ample space to dress and clean up before and after contests.

9599 Pinehurst Ave
South Gate,
CA
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• The Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 in South Gate • The Pacific Winnetka All Stadium 21 in Chatsworth • The Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys

8630 Garfield Avenue
South Gate,
CA
US

Amid the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard stand two monuments to the silver screen. One, the TCL Chinese Theatre, oozes with history— imported Chinese stone lions, a 90-foot-tall copper roof, and concrete blocks that bear the handprints of Hollywood luminaries from years gone by each memorialize the celebrated role the building has played in Hollywood for more than eight decades.

Next door, Chinese 6 Theatres is a tribute to the cutting-edge. Six theaters, some with 3D capability, immerse viewers in ultra-realistic picture and sound better than sitting inside Steven Spielberg's android brain. Beyond the plush theater seating, a bar slings cocktails for in-movie sipping and a restaurant serves a full menu for cravings after the show. The service schedule varies for the bar and the restaurant but both will be open during Summer 2013. Whether they opt for the historic cinema or the ultramodern theater, visitors can catch a full slate of acclaimed new releases on their chosen big screen.

The storied history of TCL Chinese Theatre rivals those of the more than 200 celebrities whose handprints, footprints, and autographs are cemented into the theater's forecourt. Erected in 1927 and declared a historical and cultural landmark in 1968, the iconic theater stages movie screenings, premieres, events, and red-carpet ceremonies. Today, moviegoers walking through the theater's main courtyard can revel in the same opulence of those 1920s screen idols, craning their necks upward to take in the looming pagoda that frames the entrance. Inside, the theater's original 1927 screen towers high above the plush red-velvet seats, surrounded by wooden panels that rise to a ceiling with flowing Chinese-style drawings. This classic Hollywood setting is one of the reasons why the theater, in an echo of its origins, hosts celebrity-studded premieres, such as the 2012 opening for Life of Pi and the 2013 opening for Beautiful Creatures.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

245 S. Main St
Venice,
CA
US

Petroleum mogul Dr. Armand Hammer clung to life just long enough to see The Hammer Museum make its debut in 1990, passing away three weeks later. Without the founder’s support, construction screeched to a halt and spaces sat in varying states of completion. But not for long. The powers that be at UCLA saw Hammer’s vision, and took control of the abandoned museum in 1994. They restored it to its former glory by importing the university’s own collections and staff. Today, The Hammer’s unique compendium of works still hints at the unlikely collaboration that bore the museum all those years ago. Its stockpile of masterpieces explores the modern-day in a contemporary collection of mostly drawings and photographs. Richard Hawkins’ disembodied zombie george green might best embody current artistic trends; his expressionless eyes stare from a yellow backdrop, the handiwork of an undead inkjet printer. Meanwhile, the Armand Hammer Collection, left behind by the museum’s namesake, balances george and other outlandish works with 19th-century art by Degas, Cézanne, and van Gogh. It’s virtually impossible to predict whether rotating exhibits will land in classic or contemporary camps. They range from performance art installations—Floor of the Forest depicts two dancers moving through hanging jumbles of used clothing and ropes—to sculptures, paintings, and drawings. To cultivate better artistic understanding, the Hammer Museum hosts events including lunchtime art talks, tours, and screenings.

10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

DanceGardenLA was created by Zahra Zuhair and Jenna, who have been belly-dancing since childhood and have travelled the world accumulating impressive professional credits. Zuhair has trained in traditional folk and Eastern styles?including Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan, and Tunisian?but her specialty is Egyptian belly dance, which she has studied with some of the top teachers in Cairo. She has also been featured on the cover of Zaghareet! magazine and has written, directed, and choreographed productions as the artistic director of the Ghazella Dance Company and Po Na Na Dance Theatre. Jenna acted as a goddess bellydance instructor on an episode of Sex and the City, and made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show and the Food Network program Aarti Party. She has also starred in several bestselling belly dance-instruction DVDs.

Thanks to their more than 50 years of combined teaching experience and a talented team of award-winning instructors, the studio was named the Best Place to Learn the Art of Bellydancing in 2012 by LA Weekly. The site recommended instructor Princess Farhana's "witty repartee (and Hollywood rock-scene anecdotes)," and described the predominantly female atmosphere as "always encouraging, never intimidating." The crew teaches classes including classic and tribal-style bellydance, Bollywood, and cutting-edge dance fitness such as Bellyquake and E5.

3191 Casitas Ave., Suite 112
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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