Activities in Live Oak

Five Pilates Mat or Three Group Pilates Reformer Classes at Joy of Movement Pilates & Gyrotonic Studio (Up to 63% Off)

Joy of Movement Pilates & Gyrotonic

Aptos

Certified instructors in eco-friendly studio help students hone mind-body health through Pilates mat and Reformer classes

$75 $29

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Two Personal Training Sessions at Body Personal Training (65% Off)

Body Personal Training

Aptos

From the merchant: Trainer will help you realize your potential and achieve your fitness goals though amazing workouts and motivation.

$150 $53

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One or Two-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or Group Lesson for Two at Capitola Surf and Paddle (Up to 53% Off)

Capitola Surf and Paddle

Capitola

Group standup-paddleboard lessons focus on basic techniques in the calm waters along the coastline of Capitola Village

$40 $19

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1, 5, or 10 Rides to Soquel Demonstration Forest, or Biking Class from Shuttle Smith Adventures (Up to 64% Off)

Shuttle Smith Adventures

Aptos

Shuttles take avid cyclists from Aptos to the highest point of Soquel Demonstration Forest, or instructors teach mountain biking to newbies

$25 $12

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Wine Flights and Appetizers at It's Wine Tyme (Up to 51% Off)

It's Wine Tyme

Capitola

Wine tastings include one flight of wine per person, plus shared appetizers

$40 $20

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Single or Double Kayak or Standup-Paddleboard Rental at Kayak Connection (Up to 37% Off)

Kayak Connection

Santa Cruz

Standup paddleboards and single and double kayaks let renters explore waterways

$35 $22

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

MetaBody

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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$106 for a PADI Open-Water Scuba-Certification from Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel ($424 Value)

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Twin Lakes

After hours of practice in pool and in Monterey Bay's open waters, receive PADI open-water certification and celebrate with barbecue party

$424 $106

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$30 for $60 Worth of Martial Arts at To The Point Martial Arts

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Westside

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$60 $30

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$55 for $100 Worth of Wildlife Watching at Shark Camp

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

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$100 $55

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Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Eastside

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

$169 $59

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10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 73% Off)

Motion Pacific

Central Santa Cruz

Rhythm & Motion classes combine inventive dance routines with engaging music to create an exhilarating, high-energy workout

$130 $35

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One or Three 60-Minute Golf Short Game Lessons with Bruce Michael Vieira, PGA Instructor (Up to 50% Off)

Bruce Michael Vieira PGA Instructor

Multiple Locations

Class-A PGA instructor breaks down the short game and teaches proper mechanics; lessons capped at three students

$80 $45

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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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Six-Week Beginner CrossFit Classes in the Morning, Mid-Day, or Evening at Studio 831 (52% Off)

Studio 831

Westside

Learn how to safely and efficiently complete the exercises of CrossFit in a four-week session, followed by two weeks of classic classes

$145 $69

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Five Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio (Up to 78% Off)

Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio

Eastside

Physically invigorating and meditation-based yoga styles for students of varying skill levels

$75 $19

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$15 for $30 Worth of Leisure-Park Visits — Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz

Free lessons with a coach and a three-month membership with all equipment provided

$30 $15

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One-Month Salsa Workshop for One or Two at Bailamos Salsa Rueda (Up to 70% Off)

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

Portuguese Hall (CDPES Building)

Groups learn to dance salsa in a "wheel" of interchanging partners as a leader calls out different moves

$28 $9.50

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Four-Week Dance Series, or Six Drop-In Classes for One or Two at The Palomar Ballroom (Up to 63% Off)

The Palomar Ballroom

Multiple Locations

Professional instructors lead dance classes and series in salsa, swing, ballroom, and tango for all skill levels

$52 $19

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One- or Three-Month Unlimited Membership with Personal-Training and Fitness Assessment at Curves (Up to 58% Off)

Curves

Live Oak

Women’s gym focuses on supportive environment and health; unlimited membership includes gym access and person-training, fitness assessment

$59 $29

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One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz (53% Off)

CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Learn foundational CrossFit weightlifting, gymnastics, and sprinting skills in a positive and encouraging environment with a certified coach

$125 $59

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Weight-Loss Plan or One- or Three-Month Chinese Medicine Program at Optimal Health and Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Optimal Health and Fitness

Optimal Health & Fitness

Comprehensive plan helps achieve weight loss via coaching sessions and body measurements; traditional Chinese techniques enhance wellness

$760 $149

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One-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Up to 56% Off)

SUP Shack

Eastside

Instructors lead students through basic core-strengthening maneuvers and rent out fast, versatile boards

$20 $10

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One Month of Unlimited Adult or Kids' Martial-Arts Lessons at Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 75% Off)

Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Santa Cruz

Adults or kids learn practical self-defense skills while building strength, endurance, and discipline in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes

$135 $34

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$189 for an Open-Water PADI Certification Course with Scuba-Equipment Rental ($510 Value)

Adventure Sports Unlimited

Central Santa Cruz

Earn PADI open-water certification after instruction in a heated pool and four ocean dives across Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

$510 $189

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$60 for a Survival-Training Clinic with Adventure Out ($125 Value)

Adventure Out

Multiple Locations

Participants learn how to find shelter, water, and food, and make fire in the wild; clinic developed by survival expert Cliff Hodges

$125 $60

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$34 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Martan Mann Piano Teacher

Martan Mann Piano Teacher

Boulder Creek

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$60 $34

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$30 for One Month of Preschool Ballet Dance Classes and a Ballet Dress at Agape Dance Academy ($65 Value)

Agape Dance Academy

Scotts Valley

Imagination and technique are at the center of these ballet classes for preschoolers, which balance technique with the simple joys of dance

$65 $30

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Four Creative Dance Classes or Four Level 1–3 Ballet, Jazz, or Tap Classes at Wings School of Dance (Up to 76% Off)

Wings School of Dance

Scotts Valley

Positive, nurturing dance classes instill the basics of classic dance techniques and new styles

$105 $25

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$75 for $150 Worth of Boxing at Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA

Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA

Scotts Valley

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$150 $75

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1 Month of Unlimited WingChun Self-Defense Classes for 1, 2 at International Academy of WingChun (Up to 81% Off)

International Academy of WingChun

Scotts Valley

WingChun self-defense classes teach a system of strategies for overcoming an assailant, all while heightening physical fitness and awareness

$117 $25

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$40 for $99 Worth of Cardio Kickboxing— Choi's Tae Kwon DO

Choi's Tae Kwon Do Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley

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$99 $40

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Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 75% Off). Three Options Available.

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Watsonville

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

$169 $48

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9-Hole Golf Outing for Two or 10 9-Hole Rounds of Par-Three Golf at Casserly Golf Course (Up to 70% Off)

Casserly Golf Course

Watsonville

9-hole, par 3 course rolls over terrain of former cattle ranch

$90 $27

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Four-Hour Beginning Rock Climbing Class for One, Two, or Three from Treks and Tracks (Up to 60% Off)

Treks and Tracks

Multiple Locations

Experienced outdoor guides teach climbing and belaying techniques at two picturesque state parks and provide all safety gear

$105 $49

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4 Beginner, 6 Intermediate, or 10 Advanced CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Los Gatos (Up to 76% Off)

CrossFit Los Gatos

Los Gatos

Coaches guide clients of various levels in strength and conditioning program to boost muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility

$120 $29

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Slow-Smoked BBQ and Drinks for Two or Four at The Cats Restaurant & Tavern (Up to 39% Off)

The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

San Jose

Pitmasters grill 16-ounce ribeye steaks, St. Louis style smoked ribs, and Atlantic salmon, and slow-smoke barbecue for 10 hours

$40 $25

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at The Dailey Method (Up to 60% Off)

The Dailey Method

Los Gatos

Hybrid fitness technique unites core conditioning, yoga, and orthopedic exercise to tone muscles and improve alignment

$100 $55

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$18 for $40 Groupon — Tavan Music Academy

Tavan Music Academy

Los Gatos

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$40 $18

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Boot-Camp Package at Be Fit Boot Camps (Up to 91% Off). Three Options Available.

Be Fit Boot Camps

Multiple Locations

Expert personal trainers lead boot-camp sessions in which pupils sprint, lunge, and pass medicine balls

$221 $25

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$28 for $80 for 2 hours of Golf Simulator Rental — Fit Precision The Golf Difference

Fit Precision The Golf Difference

Los Gatos

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$80 $28

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$49 for a 28-Day Fat-Blast Program at Performance Science Training Institute ($485 Value)

Performance Science Training Institute

Multiple Locations

28-day program helps women jump-start their weight-loss goals with metabolic movement training sessions and nutritional guidance

$485 $49

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Cardio Kickboxing or Martial Arts Classes at Studio Kicks Training Center (Up to 82% Off). Three Options Available.

Studio Kicks Training Center

Los Gatos

Burn calories in high-energy cardio kickboxing classes or master the 5,000-year-old techniques of martial arts

$57 $10

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$35 for Four Stroller-Fitness Classes from StrollerPower! ($90 Value)

StrollerPower!

Multiple Locations

Instructors lead groups of moms with stroller-age kids through energetic workouts at local parks and trails

$90 $35

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Two-and-a-Half Hour Painting Party for One, Two, or Four from Bottle & Bottega San Jose (Up to 51% Off)

Bottle & Bottega - SW San Jose

Los Gatos

Patrons drink, paint, and mingle as an experienced artist leads them step-by-step through the creation of their own painting masterpiece

$35 $20

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One or Three Private Sessions of Pilates at Heart Of A Rose Pilates Healing Arts (Up to 65% Off)

Heart Of A Rose Pilates Healing Arts

Los Gatos

Clients can tone muscles, prevent injury, and promote overall well-being with Stott Pilates techniques

$175 $65

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$80 for Five 30-Minute Private Guitar Lessons at Chris Bryant Guitar School ($225 Value)

Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

$225 $80

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$22 for Wine Tasting for Two with Cheese Plate and $5 Credit at Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden ($36 Value)

Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden

Saratoga

Outdoor patio and garden harbors guests who sip on flights of wine and nibble complementary cheeses

$36 $22

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One Month of One or All Martial Arts Classes at Seikishin Dojo (Up to 84% Off)

Seikishin Dojo

Morgan Hill

Instructors teach students of all levels traditional martial arts such as Jujutsu, Shinkendo, Aikido, or tactical street defense

$100 $25

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at The Dailey Method (Up to 57% Off)

The Dailey Method

Morgan Hill

Ballet- and Pilates-inspired fitness classes, along with yoga and Ballet Barre taught in a sunny 2,800-sq.-ft. studio

$100 $55

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10 or 20 Gym Passes Including Fitness Classes at Anytime Fitness (Up to 83% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Multiple Locations

Day passes include use of all gym equipment and admission to daily Zumba, kickboxing, boot-camp, and other fitness classes

$100 $19.99

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6 or 12 CrossFit Classes at Morgan Hill Crossfit (Up to 79% Off)

Morgan Hill Crossfit

Morgan Hill

Instructors lead functional workouts that challenge the entire body and scale to exercisers of all stripes

$100 $25

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 1 Free Month Of Dance Classes at T & Company Dancer Center Inc.

T & Company Dancer Center Inc.

Dry Creek

For $5, receive a coupon for 1 free month of dance classes

$5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $400 Off A Package Of 8 Personal Training Sessions at Renew Yourself Fitness

Renew Yourself Fitness

Campbell

For $5, receive a coupon for $400 off a package of 8 personal training sessions

$5

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Wine and Wine Tastings, or Four Bottles of Cellar Wine at Travieso Winery (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

Travieso Winery

Campbell

House blends and vintages include California-style sangiovese, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon, which are often poured at Saturday tastings

$50 $15

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One-, Three-, or Six-Month Membership with Personal Training at The Right Stuff Health Club (Up to 81% Off)

The Right Stuff Health Club

Multiple Locations

During a week or hour of one-on-one sessions, trainers help guests hone in on their fitness goals and get acclimated with the gym

$149 $29

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$70 for $140 Worth of Guitar Lessons — Ryan Acosta Music

Ryan Acosta Music

Campbell

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

$140 $70

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One Month of Regular Martial Arts Classes for Little Rhino for Ages 3–6 at PRO Martial Arts (Up to 50% Off)

PRO Martial Arts

Campbell

Motivation martial arts classes instill students aged 3 and up with confidence, poise, self-respect, and self-defense skills

$159 $79

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Extreme Fitness and Sports (Up to 75% Off)

Extreme Fitness and Sports

Campbell

Expert trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes

$150 $39

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Eight Classes or Month of Unlimited Rapid Results Sports X Bootcamp at MED-X Health & Fitness Center (80% Off) 

MED-X Sports & Fitness Center

Campbell

45-minute classes focus on maximum calorie burn in a short time by combining elements of TRX, kickboxing, functional fitness, and karate

$148 $29

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Two Hours of Sports Play for Up to Two or Four Children at MED-X Sports & Fitness Center (Up to 73% Off)

MED-X Sports & Fitness Center

Campbell

Children aged 5 to 12 increase activity levels as they choose from sports and wellness fun aimed at building balance and agility

$30 $10

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5 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes at Xtreme Martial Arts and Fitness Center (Up to 72% Off)

Xtreme Martial Arts and Fitness Center

Campbell

Tone bodies while learning courtesy, discipline & respect with muay thai or X-Fit Kickboxing Classes for adults and teens

$75 $25

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Full-Day Rental of One, Two, or Four Single Bikes or Two Tandem Bikes at Jay's Cycles (Up to 71% Off)

Jay's Cycles

Jay's Cycles

Bikers rove beachside paths atop lovingly maintained single and tandem cycles

$30 $10

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$29.99 for Amusement-Park Admission for One at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (Up to $49.99 Value)

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Gilroy

40 family-friendly rides and attractions inside a park dedicated to inspiring future generations of horticulturists and nature enthusiasts

$49.99 $29.99

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60-Minute Archery Lessons with Equipment for Two or Four People at Predator's Archery (Up $50 to Off)

Predator's Archery

Gilroy

Students learn archery basics using provided equipment during 60-minute lessons, then practice their newfound skills on the indoor range

$50 $26

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$199 for Fairytale Tea Party for up to Eight Kids ($362 value) — Miss Ooh lala

Miss Ooh Lala

Gilroy

From the merchant: Savor pink lemonade and cookies with your guests who enjoy glitter hair, sparkly nails, dress-up, and wisps of makeup.

$362 $199

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Weekday or Weekend VIP Tandem Jump for One, Two, or Four at Skydive Monterey Bay (Up to 39% Off)

Skydive Monterey Bay

Marina

Jump from 18,000 feet and enjoy a thrilling 90-second freefall while attached to an instructor; VIPs receive priority boarding and diploma

$399 $269

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3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Okaigan Karate Dojo (45% Off)

Jkr Okaigan Dojo

Cupertino

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$420 $231

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Three or Six Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at 2B Fit (Up to 84% Off)

2B Fit

Cupertino

Certified trainer helps jump-start weight loss through a high-intensity blend of cardio, resistance training, and team training

$150 $32

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$16 for Movie Package with Two Tickets, Two Popcorns, and Two Drinks at BlueLight Cinemas ($36.50 Value)

BlueLight Cinemas

Cupertino

Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

$36.50 $16

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Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 47% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

$100 $55

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5 or 10 Classes for Kids or Adults at Yu Xin Ballet School (Up to 64% Off). Eight Options Available.

Yu Xin Ballet School

Multiple Locations

The school follows the American Ballet Theater national training curriculum, which is an eight-level program

$125 $49

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9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Five Rounds for One at Blackberry Farm Golf Course (Up to 48% Off)

Blackberry Farm Golf Course

Cupertino

Course measures 1,544 yards and challenges short iron and putting skills with narrow fairways and small greens

$38 $21

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Visit for Two or Four to the San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose Museum of Art

Downtown San Jose

Surprising and playful contemporary art dating back to the mid-20th century, including LED light sculpture, photography, and new media

$16 $15

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"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus LIVE!" at Montgomery Theater on January 28–31 (Up to 50% Off)

Montgomery Theater

Montgomery Theater

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story’s live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

$68 $34

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Pasta-Making Class for One, Two, or Four Adults or Teens at Cucina Bambini (Up to 67% Off)

Cucina Bambini

Willow Glen

In a spacious, inviting kitchen, groups make pasta dough from scratch and form it into fettuccine and ravioli

$45 $19

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5 or 10 Group Dance Lessons for One or Two at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio

Santa Clara

45-minute group lessons cover styles such as waltz, fox trot, swing, and salsa

$75 $25

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$33 for $60 Worth of Tennis Lessons — SAI Tennis Training

Sai Tennis

San Jose

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$60 $33

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at Tribull MMA (45% Off)

Tribull Mma

San Jose

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$159 $87

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1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans.

Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

3535 N Main St.
Soquel,
CA
US

As she twinkle-toed her way across stages in countries from France to Brazil to Japan, internationally lauded dance teacher and choreographer Joy Smith's moves have enraptured audiences in music videos, TV shows, and music tours. At her studio, Santa Cruz Dance Company, she strives to impart a similar passion for dance in students of all ages and abilities. She fosters an encouraging environment in which they can learn the steps and lay the foundations for a lifetime of fitness. Along with a team of instructors, she teaches budding performers the fundamental techniques of ballet, contemporary jazz, acrobatics, and musical theater. The instructors incorporate these techniques into choreographed dance pieces and help students learn to express themselves through the movements—a skill they can use to show their feelings about their favorite roller coaster being put to sleep.

She also calls on her years of dance experience to help whip adults into shape during Zumba classes, an effort which has earned her Good Times' award for Best Aerobic Instructor. As a master trainer, she fires up fitness dance parties with her easy-to-follow blend of aerobics and Latin dance. She takes her training a step further by certifying and licensing Zumba trainers throughout Northern California as a Zumba Education Specialist.

2800 Porter St
Soquel,
CA
US

At 2,600 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one might expect to find sprawling views of the ocean and surrounding forest and not flourishing vineyards. Yet there are more than 70 wineries dappling the hills at various altitudes, privy to the dewy, cooling breezes of the sea and the richness of the rocky soil. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks to their scattered presence, deeming them "less a cohesive wine region than a patchwork of vineyards." Still, this characteristic isolation has resulted in "a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion"—no one style dominates in this rustic setting.

Pinot noirs and chardonnays populate the western front, and the east yields cabernets, merlots, and zinfandels. The majority of the vineyards are small and family owned—a fact reflected in their meticulously bottled libations and the matching sweaters of their holiday photos—but though they exist in chosen hermitage, many of them welcome visitors to their scenic sites. They host weddings, festivals, and open events such as Pathway to Pinot Paradise, a self-guided tour of the pinot noir hotspots.

7605 Old Dominion Ct
Aptos,
CA
US

From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.

Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast one-third fewer calories than regular smoothies.

816 Bay Ave
Capitola,
CA
US

Martial-arts master Francis Farley conquered his childhood timidity by studiously practicing martial arts. He went on to win the North American middleweight title in 1989, and by 1993, he had won the International Sport Karate Association middleweight championship, holding on to that title for five years. He decided to open Farley's Kickboxing Academy, a dojo with a full weight room and boxing ring, in order to teach others various kicks and jabs gleaned from his successful 27-win, 2-loss career, which featured 17 knockouts and one intimidating finger wag. Francis's passion for martial arts—and fitness in general—led him to pair up with instructors such as Joey Thomas, a professional surfer and black belt in Brazilian jujitsu; Willow Brown, the facility's yoga expert, who has more than 10 years of teaching experience; and MMA coach Mike Roberts. These gurus help fitness seekers of all levels blast calories, learn self defense, or gain spiritual tranquility, and they adhere to the motto, "You don't have to be a fighter to train like one," as opposed to, "Once a couch potato, always a couch potato."

2551 S Rodeo Gulch Rd.
Soquel,
CA
US

The team at Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel teaches classes, repairs equipment, and plans diving trips, all with a focus on building an active scuba community. Seasoned instructors with NAUI and PADI certification lead beginners from the classroom to the ocean, where they meander through kelp forests and master the art of underwater basket weaving. Experts coordinate travel to premier international and local dive sites such as Catalina Island, aiming to make the three to five yearly trips affordable and fun. The crew also recommends new and used gear for purchase or rental, including Oceanic booties, Tusa masks, and radar equipment that helps divers avoid traveling mermaid salesmen.

3921 Soquel Dr
Soquel,
CA
US