Deals in Port Lavaca

$75 for Primate Encounter for Two Adults and Two Children at The Texas Zoo ($150 Value)

The Texas Zoo

Victoria

Along with general admission, families enjoy a hands-on encounter with the zoo’s primates, which includes feeding the lemurs

$150 $75

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Individual or Family Membership or Kids' Birthday Party at El Campo Museum of Natural History (Up to 56% Off)

El Campo Museum of Natural History

El Campo

Learn about bears, waterfowl, and jungle animals in exhibits featuring over 500 taxidermied specimens from around the world

$25 $12

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2K, 3K, or Sunset Discovery Flight from Cowboy Up Hang Gliding (Up to 46% Off)

Cowboy Up Hang Gliding

Wharton

Clients fly side-by-side with an instructor, taking in spectacular bird’s-eye views of the Texas landscape

$189 $139

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Admission for Two or Four, or One-Year Individual or Family Membership at Matagorda County Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Matagorda County Museum

Bay City

Recreations and real artifacts depict important county events; kids explore a 19th-Century replica town with a schoolhouse, corral, and more

$8 $5

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All-Day Fishing Trip for Up to Three from Knee Deep Fishing with Captain Ciruti (Up to $625 Value)

Knee Deep Fishing with Captain Ciruti

Matagorda-Sargent

30-year veteran of Matagorda Bay guides anglers on trips for redfish, speckled trout, or tripletail, depending on what’s in season

$625 $375

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$19 for $35 Worth of Sports Camp — Coastal Oaks Rv Resort

Coastal Oaks Rv Resort

Rockport

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

$35 $19

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Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

CC Speedway

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

$99 $49

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Hand-Cut Steaks and Oysters at Greek Brothers Oyster Bar (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Greek Brothers Oyster Bar

El Campo

Chefs hand-cut USDA Choice porterhouse, rib-eye, and filet mignon, and shuck oysters and shrimp by the half pound

$40 $22

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Seafood and Steak at Crab-N Seafood Restaurant(47% Off). Two Options Available.

Crab-N Seafood Restaurant

Business 35 between Rockport & Aransas Pass

This waterfront restaurant delivers all the freshest catches the region has to offer, each prepared with the kitchen’s original recipes

$93.96 $50

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6 or 12 Cupcakes at The Cupcake Shoppe (57% Off)

The Cupcake Shoppe

Port Aransas

Cupcakes made-from-scratch every day in flavors like red velvet, strawberry, snickerdoodle, and Boston cream

$15 $6.50

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Italian Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Capparelli's Italian Food Rockport (Up to Half Off). Three Options Available.

Capparelli's Italian Food Rockport

Rockport

Chefs top homemade pizza dough with fresh ingredients, stuff meats and veggies between homemade bread slices, and pile pasta onto plates

$20 $12

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One or Two Dozen Gourmet Cupcakes at Downtown Confection Connection (Up to 47% Off)

Downtown Confection Connection

Corpus Christi

Gourmet cupcake varieties include vanilla bean, coconut, and strawberry shortcake

$33 $18

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Slow-Cooked, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Customizable Toppings and Optional Drinks at Jamba Juice (Up to 44% Off)

Jamba Juice

Corpus Christi

Kick-start your day with 100% organic, whole-grain oats slow-cooked with soymilk and topped with your choice of 36 topping combinations

$3.49 $2

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As the name suggests, Dos Amigos Guide Services consists of two friends: Barry Klinge and captain Kenny Watts. For the better part of two decades, this duo has fished and hunted together all around Texas. They established Dos Amigos as a way to share their wisdom and passion for the outdoors with others. Barry and Kenny organize a number of different adventures, including boat and kayak fishing trips that explore the miles of shoreline, back lakes, and flats between Port O'Connor and Corpus Christi. For customers hoping to stay on land and eliminate potential run-ins with Nessy?who likes to vacation in Texas?Dos Amigos offers duck hunting trips, as well.

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Seadrift,
TX
US

Founded in 1998, Operation Warm distributes winter coats to children across America, protecting their health and safety as well as buoying their spirits. We spoke to executive director Rich Lalley about the organization?s history, mission, and accomplishments.

The Roots

After reading a newspaper story about children waiting at a bus stop on a cold February day just a mile from his home, retired businessman Dick Sanford was "outraged," Lalley said. "He couldn't understand how children in his community could be without coats. He went to a department store and bought all 58 children's coats in stock" and distributed them through a school, whose superintendent he knew from the Rotary Club. "Dick was blown away by the reaction of the kids and reaction of the parents."

Why a New Coat Means More Than Comfort

"Our motto is 'more than a coat,' and I like to say we bring happiness and warmth to children through a new winter coat," Lalley said. "When they get a brand-new winter coat all their own, it's like Christmas day. You will hear stories of a girl who wears the coat to bed for three weeks, the boy who wants to wear it into April. It's oftentimes the first new piece of clothing the children have received in their lives. They feel better about themselves, and when they feel better about themselves, children perform better in school."

"This Coat Was Made Just for You"

"One of the first coat distributions I was on was at a little afterschool program in [Chicago?s] Rogers Park. A Rotary Club near Rogers Park provides a great deal of support to this little afterschool program called Family Matters. One of the little girls looked at me and said, 'Thank you for the coat. When do I have to give it back?' And we said she could keep it. That's why all our coats have the label 'this coat was made just for you' sewn inside and kids can write their names on it."

Kid-Friendly Coats Made in the United States

Operation Warm distributes hundreds of thousands of new coats around the country each year?so many that it contracts with factories to make coats specifically for it. The organization's coats are brightly colored and have extra-deep pockets and detachable hoods, and they come in sizes 3T to adult large. Although domestic manufacturing tends to be expensive, Lalley says 20% of its coats (about 60,000) are made in a union factory in the United States.

1301 East Rio Grande Street
Victoria,
TX
US

The volunteers of Musicians On Call's Bedside Performance Program may not have gone through med school, but that doesn't mean they're not healers. In fact, in some cases the responses they're able to elicit from their small hospital-room audiences—a smile on a stress-racked face, a foot moving ever so slightly to the music—are enough to make most doctors jealous.

The concept is as simple as it is unconventional: a volunteer knocks on a hospital door and asks if the room's occupant would like to hear some music. Patients who agree are treated to a brief private concert, a respite from the anxiety and monotony that can characterize even brief hospital stays. These miniature performances are so effective that in its 14 years of existence the organization has garnered support from celebrities across the musical spectrum and has grown to include branches in six cities: New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Through these branches, it's arranged for more than 400,000 patients, family members, and caregivers to rest their minds and recharge their spirits through the power of live music.

Live music, however, isn't the only salve in Musicians On Call's arsenal. Hospitals in all 50 states, as well as in Puerto Rico and Ireland, have received comprehensive CD libraries, as well as CD players, as part of the organization's Music Pharmacy program.

NBC Nightly News features MOC from Ebie McFarland on Vimeo.

See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand to projects big and small at the Groupon Grassroots blog.

1301 East Rio Grande Street
Victoria,
TX
US

Feelgoodz flip-flops reflect a commitment to sustainable comfort that allows both feet and Mother Nature to breathe more easily. The company’s laid-back philosophy shines through in flip-flop designs made for everyday relaxation, but the laissez-faire attitude stops when it comes to a business model that emphasizes eco-friendly practices from extraction to disposal. Simplicity sets the tone for men’s and women’s flops such as the Moonlight and Ash, both emblematic of Feelgoodz’s signature two-color palette. Flops are compressed with high heat to achieve a level of comfort that graduates from cotton candy to kitten fur as they stretch to conform to feet over time. After countless beachside strolls and urban meanderings, flops can be returned to Feelgoodz via the unFlop recycling initiative, which is designed to cut up and repurpose old flops as bedding in compost bins. After brief careers at a record shop and hot-dog stand, Feelgoodz founder Kyle Berner traveled to Thailand in an effort to satiate his existential thirst for meaning and open-toed footwear. Inspired by the local culture and population, Kyle built a business to enact positive social change and promote foot-smacking symphonies across the world. Years later, the Certified B Corporation carries on this vision by donating a portion of all 2011 sales to Pencils of Promise, an organization focused on building education infrastructure in the developing world.

1301 East Rio Grande Street
Victoria,
TX
US

Endorsed by financial author Dave Ramsey and highlighted on Oprah Winfrey's Life Lift blog, eMeals charts out a week's worth of dollar- and health-savvy dinner recipes to relieve the burden of kitchen-related stress. Each week, organized grocery lists based on food style, family size, and even grocery store showcase flavorful culinary creations for discerning palates. Plans developed by working parents capitalize on sale items at stores such as Walmart, Publix, and Kroger, and an "any store" list can be used to navigate the aisles of other favored grocers. Family meal plans serve seven meals for three to six people, whereas plans for two are tailored to singles, couples, or a pair of sock puppets on a date atop a chest of drawers.

Special paleo, gluten-free, clean-eating, low-fat, and portion-controlled meal-plan options aid nongeneric eaters in assembling targets for their teeth and fitness regimens. The classic version of the Walmart family plan supplies culinary sustenance to families of three to six for an average weekly cost of $75?$85 and takes advantage of the store's regularly discounted prices. A duo can fill a Publix cart for $50?$60 a week, including side dishes.

Born of founder Jane DeLaney's desire to feed her family stress-free dinners provisioned from an organized list without coupons, eMeals allows shoppers to spend more time at the table and less time wandering about the grocery store uttering monophonic 10th-century chants in dismay.

1301 East Rio Grande Street
Victoria,
TX
US

In 2011 The Interrupters documentary introduced audiences to three Chicagoans whose job it was to walk the streets of their neighborhoods mediating violent disputes. They were part of CeaseFire?Chicago's Cure Violence program?working with other Violence Interrupters to mediate potentially lethal conflicts in the city. In 2013, CeaseFire workers mediated nearly 700 high-risk conflicts, often by physically standing between feuding individuals, putting their lives at risk to make their communities safer.

In addition to its work in Chicago, Cure Violence operates programs in five other Illinois cities and 22 cities across the US, and across four countries. The organization's founder, Dr. Gary Slutkin, is an epidemiologist who approaches violence as an infectious disease that should be treated like any other?with scientifically proven methods. Those include detection, intervention, and behavior modification, combined to alter a community's perspective of violence and stop the problem at its source.

Within violence-plagued neighborhoods, the organization's Violence Interrupters?often former violence perpetrators?detect and mediate potentially lethal conflicts. Outreach Workers, meanwhile, work with high-risk individuals to change the way they think about violence and help them improve their lives within the system. On a larger scale, Cure Violence shifts the discourse within whole communities and society at large, emphasizing a health approach to violence instead of punishment.

1301 East Rio Grande Street
Victoria,
TX
US