Pumpkin Stations turn pumpkin shopping and family-park excursions into a one-stop trip. Each of the five Pumpkin Station locations houses a variety of family-fun activities, from giant slides and mini-trains to sky fighter rides and carousels. Mission Valley, for instance, enables visitors to get their sea legs with an on-site boat ride, while the El Cajon game zones gives them a place to rest in between activities. No matter the location, families, friends, and groups can stroll through an asphalt pumpkin patch to seek out a large, plump gourd to take home and carve into a jack-o-lantern.
The JA Titan of Industry Challenge is a worldwide online competition that begins locally in high-school classrooms. Teams of three or four students use graduate-level computer programs to manage a virtual company, collaborating as they control all aspects of the business, including pricing of goods, production, marketing, research and development, and charitable giving. The repercussions of students' decisions are reflected in regular reports of profit, sales, and market shares. Teams must learn the nuances of competing in a global marketplace to succeed, and the top performing team in each classroom is invited to attend the San Diego County-wide JA Titan of Industry Competition on Friday, December 9th, where they get the chance to win savings bonds, laptops, and an opportunity to compete internationally. It costs the organization $40 for each student to participate in the classroom simulation, including costs for materials and training, and Junior Achievement of San Diego & Imperial Counties would like to sponsor 30 teams of students in the event.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.
Party Fitness Studio owner Ninfa Skezas's dance experience has led her all over the world and landed her appearances on TV networks such as Telemundo, Univision, NBC, and Fox. With a background in styles such as merengue, salsa, flamenco, and hip-hop, she fuses these moves into fun Zumba fitness classes set to the tune of Latin beats. Like doctors and street magicians, Zumba instructors must be certified, which is why Ninfa has achieved multiple beginner to advanced Zumba certifications.
An arm of a multi-city pub empire, McFadden's entertains multitudes inside an expansive 10,000-square-foot space, provisioning revelers with frosty beers, potent whiskeys, and a menu of contemporary snacks and salads alongside traditional pub fare. Patrons belly up to the 100-foot mahogany bar for libations, or they can munch on fish 'n' chips while watching sports on one of the 40 high-definition TVs. Upstairs, staff members entertain private parties on a 2,200-square-foot patio with outdoor TVs, a private bar, lounge seating, bottle service, and teaching of secret handshakes, and live DJs supply downstairs gatherings with danceable music every Thursday–Saturday.
Those seeking inspiration for their next bestselling historical conspiracy potboiler starring Marisa Tomei will appreciate today's Groupon: one adult admission to The Da Vinci Experience at the San Diego Air & Space Museum for $12 (normally $24.75). Admission is good for both the exhibit and the museum. This might be your family's last opportunity to experience the Experience before it closes permanently on January 3, 2010 or you relocate to Atlanta for the 2010-11 Hawks season.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.