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The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque: SuicideGirls: "Blackheart Burlesque" at The Catalyst on September 14 at 8 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

SuicideGirls: "Blackheart Burlesque" at The Catalyst on September 14 at 8 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque

The Catalyst

Alternative burlesque celebrates Star Wars and Donnie Darko with slinky comedy, exposed skin, tattoos, and piercings

$31 $17

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Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel: $129 for a PADI Open-Water Scuba-Certification from Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel ($424 Value)

$129 for a PADI Open-Water Scuba-Certification from Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel ($424 Value)

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Santa Cruz

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

$424 $129

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Ultimate Pure Self Defense: $30 for $60 Worth of Martial Arts at To The Point Martial Arts

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

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Westside

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

$60 $30

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Adventure Out: $55 for an Introductory 3-Hour Surf Lesson at Adventure Out ($99 Value)

$55 for an Introductory 3-Hour Surf Lesson at Adventure Out ($99 Value)

Adventure Out

Multiple Locations

Students learn from trainers that have up to ten years of surfing experience during 3-hour surfing lesson with all gear included

$99 $55

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Archery Santa Cruz: Group Lesson and Range Time for Two or Four or Private Party for Up to 10 at Archery Santa Cruz (Up to 45% Off)

Group Lesson and Range Time for Two or Four or Private Party for Up to 10 at Archery Santa Cruz (Up to 45% Off)

Archery Santa Cruz

Downtown Santa Cruz

Learn about form, safety, and skill development in a group lesson or while aiming at novelty targets in a private birthday party

$50 $28

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

$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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Segway Santa Cruz Tours: $45 for Lighthouse and Tide Pools Segway Tour from Segway Santa Cruz Tours ($69 Value)

$45 for Lighthouse and Tide Pools Segway Tour from Segway Santa Cruz Tours ($69 Value)

Segway Santa Cruz Tours

Segway Santa Cruz

Segway tours glide along beautiful ocean seascapes past the lighthouse and Mitchell’s Cove tide pools

$69 $45

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The Palomar Ballroom: Six Dance Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes for One or Two at The Palomar Ballroom (Up to 63% Off)

Six Dance Classes or One Month of Unlimited 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

$72 $29

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Seabright CrossFit: Five Yoga Classes, Month of Unlimited Yoga, or Month of CrossFit and Yoga at Seabright CrossFit (Up to 75% Off)

Five Yoga Classes, Month of Unlimited Yoga, or Month of CrossFit and Yoga at Seabright CrossFit (Up to 75% Off)

Seabright CrossFit

Eastside

CrossFit builds strength through scalable exercises based on functional movements; yoga classes boost flexibility and peace of mind

$75 $19

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TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz: 10 or 20 Classes at TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz (Up to 76% Off)

10 or 20 Classes at TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz (Up to 76% Off)

TriYoga Center of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Wavelike spinal movements, rhythmic breathing, and sharp focus inspire relaxation and boost strength, flexibility, and endurance

$100 $29

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Art Social: Social Painting Event for One or Two at Local Bar or Restaurant from Art Social (Up to 52% Off)

Social Painting Event for One or Two at Local Bar or Restaurant from Art Social (Up to 52% Off)

Art Social

Multiple Locations

Local artists unleash students’ creative sides during three-hour painting classes held in various local wine bars and restaurants

$45 $22

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Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio: Five Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Five Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio

Multiple Locations

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

$75 $25

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

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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Yoga for Cancer Foundation: 10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga for Cancer Foundation (Up to 66% Off)

10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga for Cancer Foundation (Up to 66% Off)

Yoga for Cancer Foundation

Westside

Designed with cancer patients in mind, yoga classes help rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit

$75 $35

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The Golden Fleece: Beginner Knitting or Crochet Class for One or Two with Optional Starter Kit at The Golden Fleece (Up to 65% Off)

Beginner Knitting or Crochet Class for One or Two with Optional Starter Kit at The Golden Fleece (Up to 65% Off)

The Golden Fleece

Central Santa Cruz

Beginner classes give students solid foundation in each craft; starter kit includes yarn with needles or crochet hook

$45 $17

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Bailamos Salsa Rueda: One-Month Salsa Workshop for One or Two at Bailamos Salsa Rueda (Up to 62% Off)

One-Month Salsa Workshop for One or Two at Bailamos Salsa Rueda (Up to 62% Off)

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

Central Santa Cruz

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

$28 $12

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Motion Pacific: 10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 70% Off)

10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 70% Off)

Motion Pacific

Central Santa Cruz

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

$130 $39

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Odonata Wines: Wine Tasting for Two or Four or a Library Wine-Tasting Event on October 17 at Odonata Wines (Up to 50% Off)

Wine Tasting for Two or Four or a Library Wine-Tasting Event on October 17 at Odonata Wines (Up to 50% Off)

Odonata Wines

Multiple Locations

Subtle, food-friendly wines from local, organic grapes are among the more than 25 wines available from the winemaker’s library

$20 $12

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

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

Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Claudio Franca Self Defence And Kickboxing - Santa Cruz

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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Select Local Merchants

  • Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers
    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.
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    Pacific Ave.
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Art Social
    During three-hour classes at Art Social, instructors strive to foster an environment as lively as the paintings that inspire them. At various restaurants, wine bars, or galleries across the Bay Area, students begin the evening chatting with classmates against the backdrop of soft music and clinking wine glasses. Once students have settled into their personal painting stations, instructors delve into history, context, and scratch 'n' sniff features of the evening's chosen painting, which has included works such as Gustav Klimt's The Kiss or Van Gogh's Starry Night. Step-by-step instruction ensures students of all levels take home a personal masterpiece, whether it is a replica of the painting being taught or the bowls of fruit that haunt the student's mind.
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    1220 Pacific Ave, 2nd FL
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Affordable Chef
    Chef Mark Gallagher's food has been devoured in barns and pine forests, on beaches and amid vineyards. As a caterer, he customizes his menus to the setting and to his clients' every preference?the one uniform detail being the quality and nutrition value of the ingredients. Gallagher brings the same skill set and premium meats, fish, and produce to private kitchens, where he works alongside his clients in hands-on cooking lessons. The result is a totally unique four-course custom menu. Afterward, Gallagher composts food waste and any biodegradable plates and flatware, which can be provided upon request and an affidavit affirming one's willingness to be hugged by a tree.
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    on-site
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Vino Prima
    At Vino Prima, the wine pours freely. Surrounded by 360-degree views of the Santa Cruz wharf and sparkling lights of the boardwalk, patrons soak in the views as they sip their choice of wine by the flight or glass, with a rotating selection of 30 wines pouring daily. Enclosed in their protective casings, more than 150 boutique wines are also available by the bottle, which can later be filled with a miniature version of your favorite 14th-century shipwreck. On some weekends, belly dancing and live-music sessions create a lively atmosphere to complement the always-flowing libations.
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    55 Municipal Wharf
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Kayak Connection
    The folks at Kayak Connection outfit visitors with sea kayaks and standup paddleboards before leading them on guided tours or sending them out to explore Santa Cruz Harbor and Elkhorn Slough on their own. Tours vary from romantic sunset paddles to trips designed for families and include one tailored to getting glimpses of local birds.
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    413 Lake Ave, # 103
    Santa Cruz, CA US
  • Odonata Wines
    Odonata's winemaker, Denis Hoey, combines old-world methods with modern ideas and techniques to create subtly complex wines in the traditional French style. A focus on sustainably grown, organic local grapes helps to create the food-friendly wines, which can be enjoyed immediately but also age well.
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    2343 Mission St.
    Santa Cruz, CA US

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