In the spirit of giving that accompanies the Yuletide, the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis raises funds to thwart the leading cause of disability with holiday-themed 5Ks across the United States. Whether they're sprinting, jogging, moseying, or steering an imaginary fleet of reindeer, every contestant does their part by joining the race and sharing in the spirit of the season. Jingle bells are supplied to accessorize shoestrings, and participants are encouraged to don their jolliest holiday apparel as they race for a worthy cause. Postrace festivities include a meeting with Santa and Rudolph, an elf village filled with arts and crafts, and a jingle-bell boutique with wares from local vendors.
Friday Night Live, a hybrid evening of stepping satisfaction, begins with a 50-minute beginner or intermediate/advanced ballroom-dance lesson led by BallroomLIVE's expert instructors. After repairing your pair of left feet, enjoy dinner and cocktails at 7:30 p.m., and then delve into dancing until 10 p.m. Use the night as a chance to implement freshly refined steps or to simply enjoy an active soiree with dance-minded minglers. For additional pre- or post-event education, check out today's feature deal for three group-dance lessons at BallroomLIVE.
California, like its European counterparts France and Italy, is synonymous with wine. During A Celebration of Wine, libations from 60 regional wineries fill tasting glasses. In addition to rich reds and crisp whites, cuisines from more than 30 central-California eateries are represented. This salute to epicurean taste is organized to raise money for the enology department at Cal State University, Fresno—it's the rare chance to drink wine and support education at the same time. The event itself is even educational, as a cooper takes the stage to perform a popular demonstration of how classic oak barrels are made. Participants can cap off their afternoon with coffee and dessert while dancing to live music performed by giant saxophone-playing grapes.
Though guests to Island Waterpark might meet humans on their way to the water, they might also encounter Pelican Pete—a giant blue pelican in a floral-print shirt and bermuda shorts. He and an athletic lifeguard staff oversee guests as they wander among fountains and roaring water in attractions designed for everyone from toddlers to adults. Bright-blue tube slides spiral down into splash pools, a giant bucket tips gallons of water onto passersby, and a three-story open slide sends riders on a straight shot into a landing zone that pads their descent with a foot of water and a coral reef packaged in bubble wrap. Aquatic revelers can also float down a 500-foot lazy river and children can frolic under arching fountains and waterfalls in a designated play area.
With a challenging, five-acre corn maze and a pumpkin patch offering an enormous variety of beautifully orange pumpkins, Historic Cobb Ranch provides seasonal amusement for fall-loving children and adults alike. A deluxe pass gets you one admission to the corn maze, plus unlimited access for the day to the other on-site amusements, which include a pumpkin patch, an animal farm, wagon rides, a playground, a rope maze, a tricycle track, a bounce house, farm train rides, and a straw-bale pyramid. Boldly navigate your troupe through the winding 2.5-mile corn maze, designed to honor the 100-year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Afterward, kids can prepare for their Halloween night dressed as Henry Kissinger by roaming the pumpkin patch and choosing the perfect pumpkin, whether tall, plump, or able to fit into skinny jeans. Those needing to spruce up their living room with fall décor can pick up mini-pumpkins, corn stalks, or charming straw bales.
At the Break Room, players grab a cue and maneuver past a foosball table and boxing machine to face off at one of 16 9-foot pool tables. Tunes pump from jukeboxes and LCD televisions readily show the sporting event du jour in a space permeated by free WiFi.