Archive for June, 2011

$35 for One-Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga at Cindy’s in Sunnyvale ($165 Value)

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$35 for One-Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga at Cindy's in Sunnyvale ($165 Value)

Yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical fitness art that does not involve firing crossbows at a grendel. Bend and stretch bloodlessly with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one-month of unlimited classes at Yoga at Cindy's in Sunnyvale (a $165 value).

Yoga at Cindy's takes a variety of yoga styles and places them into a heated environment. Using hot air harvested from the egos of smug astronauts, the rooms are heated between 90 and 98 degrees, which leads to improved detoxification and warm, malleable muscles. The studio offers classes for all levels, from non-nimble newcomers to yoga veterans as flexible as the space-time continuum. A flexible schedule ensures that students will find a time to engage in heated flexing no matter the night shift, 9-to-5, or sub-temporal job, with the number of classes soon to be doubled thanks to a second yoga room. Each one is led by a friendly, experienced instructor who will keep the class quality high, while maintaining a non-competitive, healthy environment.

Heated yoga practice is an excellent way to purge a clogged system of malingering toxins, re-center a topsy-turvy nervous system, and build stamina from a slushy puddle to an upright, impervious snowman. Whether engaging in vinyasa or more vigorous power flows, the charming atmosphere at Cindy's is an ideal place to get into a committed routine. From the neutral-hued lobby, dotted with potted plants and eastern decorative touches, to the airy expanse of the gossamer curtain-lined studio, the yoga center exudes an air of relaxation.

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$15 for Two Tickets to see "Mortified" at Shattuck Down Low on July 22 at 8 p.m. in Berkeley ($30 Value)

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$15 for Two Tickets to see "Mortified" at Shattuck Down Low on July 22 at 8 p.m. in Berkeley ($30 Value)

Performance has the capacity to make us feel and experience powerful new emotions, just like becoming a parent or realizing that you've fallen in love with the Quaker Oats man. Awaken unknown sentiments with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to see Mortified at Shattuck Down Low on Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. (a $30 value).

A critically acclaimed show, Mortified brings average adults onstage to relive past pits of awkwardness and embarrassment through the reading of youthful journals, letters, and other writings. Performances are carefully curated by Mortified's crack team of humiliation experts, digging through volunteers' juvenilia to search out the pieces that offer the most entertaining and cathartic evenings as well as the most effective blackmail. Today's deal allows viewers to cringe with commiserating delight at Shattuck Down Low, an intimate bar, lounge, and music venue with cozy booths and couches that give viewers a comfortable perch from which to watch the readings. A guest band and large dance floor provide a post-show opportunity to shimmy and shake mortification away or bring it raining down with ceremonial awkwardness-summoning moves.

Seating at the venue is limited and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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$155 for Ground-School Training and an AFF Solo or Tandem Skydive ($309 Value) or $119 for a Tandem Jump (Up to $199 Value) with Skydive Sacramento

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$155 for Ground-School Training and an AFF Solo or Tandem Skydive ($309 Value) or $119 for a Tandem Jump (Up to $199 Value) with Skydive Sacramento

The first parachute was invented when Jack, tumbling haplessly from his titanium beanstalk, used a purloined pair of giant underpants to steady his fall. Glide to earth safely with today's Groupon to Skydive Sacramento, located at the Lincoln Regional Airport. Choose between the following options:

• For $155, you get six to eight hours of ground school-training (a $120 value) plus an AFF solo or working-tandem skydive (a $189 value, for a $309 total value).
• For $119, you get a tandem jump (up to a $199 value).

Ground-school graduates can apply their six to eight hours of training in landing and emergency procedures toward an AFF solo skydive. While hurtling from heights of up to 13,000 feet, meat missiles will receive in-the-moment instruction from two skilled teachers who, if requested, can also keep a grip on their pack for extra stability and whistle a Simon and Garfunkel song for comfort. At around 4,500 feet, lone leapers will yank their ripcords and pilot their newly opened parachutes in a leisurely groundward glide.

Snug in a sturdy, comfortable harness, tandem leapers will ascend to heights of up to 12,000 feet in one of Skydive Sacramento's three FAA-inspected aircraft. There, they’ll be tied to an experienced, USPA-certified instructor and catapulted into the azure void for a minutes-long plunge that will fling them groundward at speeds of up to 120 mph. Once the instructor pulls the ripcord, skydivers will have time to take in views of the nearby Sierra Mountains and compute their weight in Newtons as gravity reels them in toward the 32-acre student landing area.

Those who opt to purchase a digital-video or photo package receive a 10 percent discount off the regular price ($99–$125) and the chance to smile for a falling photographer. Tandem jumpers should budget four hours for the experience, from on-the-ground orientation to touchdown to celebration jig, and ground school and an AFF jump usually take a full day.

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$10 for $20 Worth of Chinese Fare at Mandarin Gourmet in Palo Alto

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$10 for $20 Worth of Chinese Fare at Mandarin Gourmet in Palo Alto

When it comes to clairvoyant pastries, breaking apart a fortune cookie is much more dignified than digging through a jelly donut in search of a mini magic 8 ball. Delve into culinary premonitions with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Chinese fare at Mandarin Gourmet in Palo Alto.

The chefs at Mandarin Gourmet meld the flavors of fresh proteins, seasonal produce, and sauces prepared daily to forge an expansive menu of classic Chinese cuisine. Finely minced shrimp in lettuce cups ($15.95) can be strewn about as tasty confetti at dinner parties, and the mongolian beef massages taste buds with an onslaught of pleasantly spicy flavor ($12.95). Dueling flavors coalesce into one harmonious dish with the eggplant's hot garlic sauce ($9.95) and the sweet and sour pork ($10.95), sating appetites and drafting alliances between rival taste buds. A plate of six potstickers ($8.95) primes palates with meaty or meatless morsels and can be used to lure fire ants into a rival bobsleigh squad’s sled. Diners can ruminate amid Mandarin Gourmet's clean, modern décor, which incorporates radiant wall sconces and traditional Chinese accents into its dining room's upscale attire.

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$45 for $100 Worth of Wine Online from OneHope Wine

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$45 for $100 Worth of Wine Online from OneHope Wine

Though a charity auctioneer’s fast-paced gibbering can raise a hefty sum for a worthy cause, he’s usually just trying to further his country-rap career. Today's Groupon gets you a far more intelligible way to give: for $45, you get $100 worth of wine and merchandise online from OneHope Wine. OneHope donates half of its profits to a variety of causes.

The young crew behind OneHope believes wine can do more than dance with flavor and enliven social gatherings, employing its award-winning California wines to fund good works. The grape merchants fill elegant bottles with rich potions, including California merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc ($18.99 each). Created in partnership with Robert Mondavi Jr., the 2009 merlot is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels by high-grade organic time, resulting in flavors of toasty spice and a versatile drinkability.

Worthy causes such as the AIDS/LifeCycle, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and Act Today! soak up the benefits of OneHope's fundraising. The company has garnered distribution at big events and has seen its cause championed by celebs including Lisa Rinna and a slew of others. Today's Groupon makes a fine gift for the humanitarian vineyard enthusiast previously accustomed to stomping grapes for veterans.

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$99 for Aveda Massage and Facial Plus Sauna and Steam Amenities at Rêve SpaSalon in San Mateo ($205 Value)

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$99 for Aveda Massage and Facial Plus Sauna and Steam Amenities at Rêve SpaSalon in San Mateo ($205 Value)

When a friend says he's got your back, he might be an enemy trying to steal your most massageable body part. Beware of relaxation bandits with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a one-hour Aveda Elemental Nature massage, a one-hour Aveda Elemental Nature facial, plus sauna and steam amenities at Rêve SpaSalon in downtown San Mateo (a $205 value).

As one of the largest Aveda spas in Northern California, Rêve SpaSalon personalizes each one-hour Elemental Nature massage ($85) based on the Aveda Elemental Nature philosophy and the favorite Aveda aromas of individual noses. Rather than kneading your name in cursive, the personalized treatment uses a blend of techniques that may include Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology, and, when gestationally appropriate, prenatal. A one-hour Elemental Nature facial applies the same levels of pampering care to the face using a fully customized mixture of serums and services to satisfy any type of skin ($85).

Groupon clients can stop sweating the small things or the giant pieces of furniture that weigh down living-room rearrangements with all-day access to steam-room and sauna amenities ($35). Arrive early to enjoy the heat therapies before your appointment, heat-treat your smile to a burnished gleam, or continue to melt muscles beyond the postmassage, soft-butter stage afterward. And with ample parking, even the world right outside the salon is a sanctuary of serenity.

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$35 for a Weekend Bay Sail from Modern Sailing School & Club in Sausalito (Up to $70 Value)

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$35 for a Weekend Bay Sail from Modern Sailing School & Club in Sausalito (Up to $70 Value)

Learning to sail bestows people with stylish windblown hair and the ability to talk to clams before putting them in chowder. Reap boating benefits with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a weekend bay sail from Modern Sailing School & Club in Sausalito (up to a $70 value).

Modern Sailing School & Club unfurls its sails and unveils the beauties of the bay from atop its fleet of large keelboats. Near the nautical avenues of quaint Sausalito, sailors of all skill levels trade in land legs and climb aboard a 30- to 32-foot keelboat for a six-hour sail (10 a.m. to 4. p.m.) throughout San Francisco Bay’s placid waters and bathysphere enthusiasts. Departing on Saturdays or Sundays, boats entrust themselves into the experienced hands of a Master's-licensed skipper, who controls the sails, steering wheel, and inboard diesel engine with breezy ease. Cool heels with restive lounging fueled by home-packed picnics, or join in the crew’s sailing efforts, tightening jibs, taking the helm, or explaining excessive speeds to Neptune’s highway patrolmen.

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$50 for Up to $150 Worth of Facials or Peels at ModVellum

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$50 for Up to $150 Worth of Facials or Peels at ModVellum

Faces act as gatekeepers for incoming food and outgoing laughter, giving them the power to leave our bodies half-starved or bloated with unreleased giggles. Keep your face happy with today's Groupon: for $50, you get up to $150 worth of facials or peels at ModVellum. In addition, guests will receive half off their next facial or peel (valued at $150 or more) when they purchase $35 in skincare products the day of their appointment. ModVellum's aesthetic experts customize treatments for guests' unique skinprints, pampering hard-working head canvases in a peaceful setting. Opt for the signature vespa facial to receive deep cleansing and exfoliation, followed by a radiance-fostering cherry shea-butter mask ($90). An electric-youth facial ups time-reversal wattage with mini-currents that jolt cell turnover for up to three days ($150). More intensive chemical peels can clear stubborn skin conditions such as acne scarring, wrinkles, or subdermal San Andreas faults. A 30-minute defibrillator peel stocks skin with antioxidants ($150), while the oil change acne peel clears face-based star maps ($150 for beginner-level treatment). Whenever possible, all skincare and chemical peels are vegetarian, organic, cruelty- and additive-free, ensuring a squeaky-clean conscience to match your freshly polished mug. Check out ModVellum's menu of services to choose your own glow-boosting visage venture.

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$10 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Pizza and Trattoria Fare at zpizza

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
$10 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Pizza and Trattoria Fare at zpizza

Coin collectors invented pizza in an attempt to put their money where their mouths are, which resulted in a brief craze of arranging toppings in the shape of Grover Cleveland's profile. Dine on well-arranged flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet pizza and fresh Italian classics at zpizza's Mission Street location.

Bakers at zpizza toss up fresh dough and organic ingredients daily to create a menu of toothsome trattoria favorites and a plethora of pizzas that keep vegans and the gluten-shy in the crusty, bubbly loop. Layer a dough foundation with organic tomato sauce, grass-fed skim or vegan mozzarella, additive-free sausage and meatballs, and other select toppings to create your own appetizing architecture ($7.25+). Chicken, cilantro, and sweet corn baste in tangy sauce on a large ZBQ pizza ($19.95), and smaller rustica pizzas ($9.95 each) offer atypical combinations such as the Moroccan's pesto-smothered mix of roasted eggplant, caramelized onion, and pine nuts. A range of sandwiches and calzones ($6.85+), pastas ($8.45+), and large salads ($8.95+) round out zpizza's offerings, filling midsections with semi-circular, tubular, and geometrically undefined edibles.

The green gourmands at zpizza concern themselves with improving the environment as well as internal atmospheres by delivering their piping plates in 100% recyclable containers and bags via bikes to reduce carbon emissions.

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$15 for Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two People at AMF Bowling Centers ($47.39 Average Value)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
$15 for Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two People at AMF Bowling Centers ($47.39 Average Value)

Bowling is better with friends, as you have someone there to talk to between turns and to watch your back when pins decide they've had enough. Bring some backup with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two hours of bowling and shoe rental for two people at AMF Bowling Centers (up to a $47.39 average national value during prime bowling hours; this deal's maximum value varies by location from $23.98 to $69.30). This Groupon is valid at all AMF locations and is good any time.

Gleaming lanes, modern equipment, and tempting refreshments satisfy every stripe of striker at AMF Bowling Centers. Spend two rotations of the minute hand gracefully lobbing three-holed marbles at stoic ivory formations as automatic scoring systems and pin-spotters free fingers for celebratory handstands. Bowlers young and old compete to pick up strike- and spare-hitchhikers with an appropriately weighted ball from the center's stable of spheres. Before beginning the pin bombardment, players don the included rental shoes, ensuring their homemade bowling cleats don’t scratch polished surfaces.

Players can curb game-induced cravings with a selection from the wings, pizza, and burgers available at the on-site grill (not included with this Groupon). Most AMF locations stay open late into the night for 10-pin diehards to practice and sleep-bowlers to actually bowl instead of rooting through refrigerators to throw cantaloupes at milk cartons; check your preferred location for specific hours.

Valid at any time. Prime bowling hours are 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.–close on Friday, all day Saturday, and noon–9 p.m. on Sunday; call your local center for pricing.

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