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Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.

1735 Market Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Claiming an audience of more than 100,000 young professionals in the Philadelphia area alone, UpcomingEvents.com is one of the most cohesive local sites to check for upcoming parties, concerts, and fundraisers. But it's not just a place to find out about events?it's also a way to get the word out about your own plans. Rife with events ranging from beer & wine festivals to charity events to black tie parties, the website is as effective in bringing people together as plastering a flyer on thousands of computers, but without all the legwork.

1712 Walnut Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The Celiac Awareness Tour travels across the country to promote awareness of celiac disease and energize enthusiasm for gluten-free living. Each stop features presenters that range from medical experts who have studied celiac disease to vendors of gluten-free goods. Chefs' demonstrations exhibit recipes that don't contain gluten or Cracker Jacks prizes. Guests can also flit from booth to booth sampling gluten-free items from both local and national manufacturers and merchants, such as Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, Natural Nectar, Feel Good Foods, and Redwood Hill Farms.

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

If an Alchemy Dance Company performance is fulfilling the company's mission, you won't just take in some contemporary dance?you'll get an "experience that transforms people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world." In keeping with that goal, the company's artists also immerse themselves in the community through community outreach programs. These include dance classes for children ages 3?5 at a nearby YMCA, discounted classes at Performance Garage, and workshops throughout the area designed to enhance self-expression and confidence while reducing the city's incidence of stubbed toes.

320 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Run by Anna Maria Florio, the daughter of Italian immigrants, La Cucina at the Market imparts vital culinary arts to its students in intimate, informative classes. Students plunge their hands into the world of handmade pasta in Making Handmade Pasta: Easy as 1, 2, 3, which runs through the art and science of noodle and sauce. In classes of up to 15 people, pupils knead, roll, and slice pasta dough to infuse homemade Italian entrees with a personal touch. Nascent noodle artists acquire the art of lengthy fettuccine and broad pappardelle, and afterward pastacrafters will be able to construct an edible sculpture of a penguin in formalwear using bowtie-mimicking farfalle.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Talk Cinema offers an industry-insider peek of upcoming foreign and independent pictures, all curated by longtime film critic Harlan Jacobson. Guests receive the indiscreet honor of previewing the freshest films, followed by a discussion led by a guest speaker who might be a notable critic, a filmmaker, or an artisanal popcorn chef. Attendees have no prior knowledge of the day's screening, giving viewers a roulette of genres to experience, including psychological thrillers, romantic dramas, and heart-warming documentaries on the evolution of ice-cube trays. All shows start on Sundays at 10 a.m., with doors opening at 9:30 a.m.

214 Walnut Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US