Archive for February, 2012

$17 for One Box of Organic Fruits and Vegetables with Delivery from Betty’s Organics ($34 Value)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
$17 for One Box of Organic Fruits and Vegetables with Delivery from Betty’s Organics ($34 Value)

You are what you eat, which is why most dragons behave like clumsy knights. Explore the powers of physical transformation with this Groupon.

$17 for One Box of Organic Fruits and Vegetables with Delivery ($34 Value)

Customers have a choice from the following four standard-sized boxes:

Deliveries occur Monday–Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. This Groupon includes the $5 sign-up fee. A credit or debit card is required to schedule delivery, but customers will not be charged unless opting to subscribe to Betty's Organics following the Groupon redemption, too add items to an order, or to upgrade to a larger box.

Betty’s Organics

Established by George Guess in 1993, Betty’s Organics fell into the hands of Betty Souch a year later and has been in the family ever since. Today, Betty’s daughter runs the operation, overseeing weekly, biweekly, or monthly deliveries of organic produce to area residences. Seasonal fruits and veggies from local farms nestle into standard or family-sized boxes alongside a few out-of-season items from reputable wholesalers. All produce is 100% certified organic in accordance with either the California Organic Food Act or the Organic Crop Improvement Association, ensuring that each avocado or bunch of red kale has been raised without exposure to chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or smutty daytime TV. Customers can visit the website to modify each parcel’s contents the weekend before delivery.

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One Ticket to See Stars on Ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose on March 4 at 3 p.m. (Up to $95.75 Value)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
One Ticket to See Stars on Ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose on March 4 at 3 p.m. (Up to $95.75 Value)

Ice skates allow one to traverse a frozen landscape without the hassle of hitching a ride on a zamboni or a giant's slapshot. Watch professionals prevail over a frosty tundra with this GrouponLive deal to see Stars on Ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. For $43, you get one ticket for reserved seating in rows 1–25 of sections 101, 102, 114–116, and 128 or in rows 1–9 of sections 103–113 and 117–127 (up to a $95.75 value, including all fees).

When you click "Buy" you'll be redirected to Ticketmaster.com where you will enter the case-sensitive code "GROUP" into Special Offer Code field to complete your transaction. See below for more info on Ticketmaster fees.

Now in its 26th year, the Emmy-winning Stars on Ice tour continues its cross-country glissade during a dazzling one-night stop at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Under the guidance of the show's producer and skating legend Scott Hamilton, four-time world champion Kurt Browning laces up his first pair of director's shoes to lead the star-studded cast, which showcases such blade virtuosos as Sasha Cohen, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and Ilia Kulik. Throughout the afternoon, elaborate costumes join forces with popular songs to coax crowd-wide admiration, and innovative choreography injects classic moves with mid-pirouette texting sequences to engage fans young and old.

Note on Ticketmaster fees: You'll get the same percentage off the convenience charge, but you'll still need to pay the full Ticketmaster processing fee, the optional printing-at-home fee, and tax. Ain't no discounts on tax.

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Sun-Spot Treatments at Reviance Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center (Up to 73% Off). Three Options Available.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Sun-Spot Treatments at Reviance Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center (Up to 73% Off). Three Options Available.

Aside from skincare, the only way to look young is to cut the eyes out of your grade-school photo and wear it as a mask. Get a glossy finish with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $99 for one sun-spot treatment on a palm-sized area (a $250 value)
  • $199 for three sun-spot treatments for a palm-sized area (a $750 value)
  • $299 for one sun-spot treatment for the full face and neck (a $750 value)

15- to 30-minute IPL photofacial sessions deploy intense light blasts toward sun spots or other blemishes, aiming to clear up complexions and diminish the signs of age.

Reviance Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Reviance Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center's board-certified surgeons and medical aestheticians work to improve physiques and complexions, drawing from an extensive menu of cosmetic services that includes skin treatments, laser treatments for hair and scar removal, injectables, and plastic-surgery procedures. Unlike the before and after pictures at pie-eating competitions, Reviance's gallery of before and after photos showcases tightened and toned outcomes.

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Outing to See the Marin Symphony at Marin Center in San Rafael (Up to 59% Off). Six Options Available.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Outing to See the Marin Symphony at Marin Center in San Rafael (Up to 59% Off). Six Options Available.

Live concerts are meticulously coordinated events, with dedicated roadies ensuring that each instrument is tuned and that each baby knows when it’s time to crawl onstage. See a seamless show with this GrouponLive deal to the Marin Symphony's Ingenious Interplay concert at the Marin Center in San Rafael. Choose from the following seating options:

  • For $16, you get one seat in dress-circle rows 32–34 (up to a $39.05 value, including all fees).
  • For $28, you get one seat in dress-circle rows 28–30 (up to a $66.50 value, including all fees).
  • For $40, you get one seat in dress-circle rows 21–26(up to an $82.90 value, including all fees).

Choose between the following performances:

  • Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Ingenious Interplay celebrates the Marin Symphony's 59th season by pairing two contemporary pieces by Estonian classical composer Arvo Pärt with four of Bach's famous Brandenburg concertos. Concertmaster Jeremy Constant's sprightly violin solos gradually give way to cinematic menace in Pärt's Fratres, which audiences may recognize from the film There Will Be Blood in the scene where Daniel Day Lewis teaches his son how to apply a fake mustache. Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten elegizes the titular English composer with mournful strings and tubular bells, and the complex orchestration of Bach's Brandenburg concertos no. 1, 3, 4, and 5 capture the whimsy and regality of the Baroque era. Prior to the show, ticketholders can explore the music's history and learn how to clean a trumpet with peanut butter with conductor Alasdair Neale during a free one-hour discussion. A Tuesday-night wrap party invites guests to hobnob with the orchestra over drinks and complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the nearby Embassy Suites. The Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Marin Center sends showgoers to and from the 1,960-seat Memorial Auditorium amid leaping arches and soaring atria.

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$119 for a Full STD Screening with HIV Test at STD Test Express ($249 Value). 31 Locations Available.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
$119 for a Full STD Screening with HIV Test at STD Test Express ($249 Value). 31 Locations Available.

There are many myths about how certain diseases are spread, which led to the development of the cooties shot and the founding of the Toilet Seat Anti-Defamation League. Tackle the truth with this Groupon.

$119 for a Full STD Screening with HIV Test ($249 Value)

A confidential eight-test panel checks for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, two types of herpes, and HIV with urine and blood samples. Results are typically available through a secure personal online account within two or three business days with result notifications sent via email, and physicians are available to discuss positive diagnoses and prescribe treatments, if necessary.

STD Test Express

STD Test Express takes the embarrassment out of testing for sexually transmitted diseases by offering quick, convenient, off-the-record STD screening and supplying the results through a personal online account. Since many of these bugs are asymptomatic, it is especially important to test for them and prevent their inadvertent spread to new and old partners, as outlined in the testimonials page.

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Italian Fare at Basso’s Restaurant (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Italian Fare at Basso's Restaurant (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Without neighborhood restaurants to congregate in, neighbors would be forced to hold barbecues in busy intersections and demand soft drinks from passing firemen. Avoid awkward dining experiences with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $25 for $50 worth of pizza and casual Italian American fare
  • $45 for $100 worth of pizza and casual Italian American fare

Napolitana-style 12-inch pizzas start at $11.50 on a menu with pasta dishes ($8.95+), half-pound burgers with beef from Niman Ranch ($8.25), and other comfort fare.

Basso's Restaurant

On a charming corner in Noe Valley, the black awning of neighborhood favorite Basso's Restaurant draws guests inside, where they watch chefs pull the crackling crusts of Napolitana-style pizzas from ovens in an open-concept kitchen. Whole-milk mozzarella bubbles on each pie before diners decorate it with toscana salami, organic green-apple slices, or festive tinsel. House-made meatballs, which use beef from the humane farm Niman Ranch, sit inside toasted sandwiches, stand next to forkfuls of spaghetti, or arrive à la carte as sides.

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Intro to Wilderness Training Backpacking Class for One or Two from Bay Area Expeditions (Up to 57% Off)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Intro to Wilderness Training Backpacking Class for One or Two from Bay Area Expeditions (Up to 57% Off)

The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $69 for an Intro to Wilderness Training class for one (a $150 value)
  • $129 for an Intro to Wilderness Training class for two (a $300 value)

Participants hoist their instructor-provided materials and set out with fellow explorers for a five-hour trek through rugged landscapes such as Golden Gate Park, Los Altos Hills, and Mount Tamalpais, learning backpacking techniques, hiking safety, water-purification methods, and signaling. The class's basic curriculum enables novice hikers to acclimate themselves to the rigors of conquering nature trails, and lessons in crisis prevention and management equip hikers, bikers, and outdoorsmen of all skill levels to handle unexpected challenges. Please see here for a current schedule of classes, more dates may be added based on demand.

Bay Area Expeditions

Bay Area Expeditions' experienced outdoorsmen, with backgrounds ranging from U.S. military service to botany education, lead students on instructional excursions to bolster wilderness-survival skills. Classes help students identify edible or medicinal plants, earn ASHI certification for first aid, or learn primitive skills, such as creating fire with friction or weaving a net from a foreclosed spider web. Overnight expeditions lead guests beneath the starry skies of Big Sur or snowshoeing tours through the Sierra Nevadas’ snow-dusted basins.

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One or Four Horseback-Riding Lessons or Intro to Horses Lesson at Airdance Farm in Livermore (Up to 59% Off)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
One or Four Horseback-Riding Lessons or Intro to Horses Lesson at Airdance Farm in Livermore (Up to 59% Off)

Horses became the transportation of choice among American settlers because oxen were too slow and it was difficult to afford the gunpowder necessary to shoot oneself out of a cannon. Experience travel on four legs with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

$25 for one horseback-riding lesson (a $55 value)
$89 for four horseback-riding lessons (a $200 value)

  • One hour in duration

$49 for introduction to horses lesson (a $120 value)

  • Learn about horses and meet foals
  • Watch jumping or military riding demo
  • One introductory riding lesson
  • Minimum two hours of learning time

Airdance Farm

With 13 years of experience in horse boarding, breeding, and training, Airdance Farm shares its time-earned expertise with learning riders. While enjoying the outdoor sun and soothing breezes, students learn the subtleties of equitation at such onsite facilities as an all-weather outdoor arena, a round pen, and a large unfenced jumping area. When practicing trots or gallops while throwing water balloons at unsuspecting downtown businessmen, riders can lead their loyal steeds along a small cross-country track or gallop track.

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$99 for a Scuba-Certification Course at Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel in Soquel ($249 Value)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
$99 for a Scuba-Certification Course at Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel in Soquel ($249 Value)

Scientists suggest that much of the ocean is still unexplored, which goes to show that much of the ocean is hidden beneath couch cushions. Scour the ocean floor for pocket change with this Groupon.

$99 for a Scuba-Certification Course ($249 Value)

  • Five classroom sessions
  • Five pool dives
  • Four ocean dives, available Saturdays and Sundays
  • Two postcertification dives

Classroom sessions and pool dives area available Tuesday and Thursday nights and Sundays, and are sometimes combined in one session.

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

The team at Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel teaches classes, repairs equipment, and plans diving trips, all with a focus on building an active scuba community. Seasoned instructors with NAUI and PADI certification lead beginners from the classroom to the ocean, where they meander through kelp forests and master the art of underwater basket weaving. Experts coordinate travel to premier international and local dive sites such as Catalina Island, aiming to make the three to five yearly trips affordable and fun. The crew also recommends new and used gear for purchase or rental, including Oceanic booties, Tusa masks, and radar equipment that helps divers avoid traveling mermaid salesmen.

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Weekday or Weekend Full- or Half-Day Canoe Trip from River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips in Healdsburg (Up to 51% Off)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Weekday or Weekend Full- or Half-Day Canoe Trip from River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips in Healdsburg (Up to 51% Off)

Canoeing is a great way to reconnect with Mother Nature's picturesque scenery and unreliable dial-up Internet. Rejoin the wild interface with today's Groupon to River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips in Healdsburg. Choose between the following options:

  • For $37, you get a half-day river trip valid on weekdays (a $75 value).
  • For $37, you get a half-day river trip valid on weekends (a $75 value).
  • For $45, you get a full-day river trip valid on weekdays (a $90 value).
  • For $45, you get a full-day river trip valid on weekends (a $90 value).

Each option includes a self-guided trip with canoe rental.

River's Edge outfits explorers for full- or half-day canoeing expeditions along the picturesque Russian River. In waterfaring steeds capable of carrying up to three adults, paddlers travel 5–15 miles in the course of 3–6 hours, all while negotiating obstacles such as rapids, boulders, and otter condominiums. Beginners may opt for a half-day trip, while all full-day travelers should have some prior experience navigating moving water, maneuvering through tight turns, and honking their way through log jams.

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