Archive for January, 2013

$10 Donation to Help Fund Memory Books for Foster Youth

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
$10 Donation to Help Fund Memory Books for Foster Youth

The Issue: Foster Youth Without Connections to Their Past

Every day, young people age out of foster care in California, leaving their temporary homes at age 18 without having been reunified with their birth families or adopted. Many have spent their youth moving from home to home, never having a chance to form lasting adult relationships, so they are left alone to remember their past and plan for their future.

The Campaign: Providing Life Books for Foster Youth

If 17 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Seneca Family of Agencies can fund life memory books for two youth in foster care enrolled in Seneca Center programs. Each additional $85 raised will fund a life book for another youth.

Therapeutic counselors work with youth in foster care, meeting weekly to discuss their interests, take pictures at their favorite sites, and interview people who are important in their lives. Youth then write down their memories and paste pictures of the people and places they love in a life book to document who they are and better retain their happy memories. Having scrapbooks to reflect on their past can help foster youth create a meaningful bond with their childhoods and give them a sense of identity and personal history, as well as a foundation from which to develop goals for the future.

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The Package Tour: New Kids on the Block with Special Guests 98° & Boyz II Men at HP Pavilion at San Jose on July 7

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
The Package Tour: New Kids on the Block with Special Guests 98° & Boyz II Men at HP Pavilion at San Jose on July 7

Boy bands go back further in human history than most people realize, as evidenced by the recent discovery of ancient Egyptian LPs titled "Baby symbol, Baby symbol, O shape." Hum along to history with this GrouponLive deal to see The Package tour: New Kids on the Block with special guests 98° and Boyz II Men at the HP Pavilion at San Jose. For $50, you get one G-Pass for seating in rows 1–6 of section 201, 215, 216, or 228 on Sunday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $63 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.

"Ladies, we're coming for you," purred Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block. When NKOTB appeared on the January 22 episode of ABC's The View, Donnie had already stirred up excitement by revealing the group had a new album, 10, and a new single, "Remix (I Like The)". But when he dropped the news of their summer tour, Sherri Shepherd almost jumped out of her "I Love Donnie" T-shirt as the studio audience’s squeals of joy threatened to knock satellites out of orbit. The thunderous bliss escalated even higher when he made the biggest of big reveals—NKOTB is being joined on the road by special guests 98° and Boyz II Men, giving the tour its apt name, The Package. Fans immediately cancelled all other summer plans while trying to hide their wedding rings.

The poster boys for boy bands since 1986, New Kids on the Block left an indelible stamp on pop music and pop culture. Their bubblegum songs and airtight five-part choreography created the template by which all successful modern boy bands and Biebers abide, as did their distinct personalities. Jordan was the dreamboat, Jonathan was the shy guy, Joey was the baby, Donnie was the bad boy, and low-voiced Danny was the glue. Throughout the '80s and '90s, the Boston quintet resided in the hearts, tape decks, lockers, and Trapper Keepers of millions of fans. Hits such as "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Hangin' Tough," and "Step by Step" entered radio and MTV perpetuity, and they sound even more refreshing in this modern age. That's because, despite their good looks and media hoopla, the boys of NKOTB were expert singers who locked onto harmonies and wouldn't cop out with auto-tuning. Although they're no longer "new" or "kids"—as the members are now in their 40s – the distinguished gentlemen of New Kids on the Block still get their teenage kicks as their summer tour sizzles with signature moves, new jams, greatest hits, and an everlasting chemistry.

Fans of 98° have waited 12 years for the return of the mercury-raising quartet. Heirs to the NKOTB throne, the brotherly duo Nick and Drew Lachey, along with Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons, weren't the prepackaged product of string-pulling producers. They were simply fine vocalists with a penchant for four-part harmonies that hit the big time due to their talent and ambition. In mega hits such as "Because of You," "I Do," and "The Hardest Thing," the group sold more than 10 million albums before an overlong hiatus that led to solo careers and Jessica Simpson. Now that pop music has become popular again, the group has reunited for The Package and plans on belting out fan favorites while giving tastes of its upcoming album.

With more than 60 million records sold, Boyz II Men’s penchant for heart-tugging ballads and barbershop-quartet-shaming harmonies has made it one the most successful groups in R&B history. From the new-jack-swing era of Cooleyhighharmony, when Boyz were boys, through its current post-adolescent druthers for infusing Motown classics with polyphonic manhood, the members of Boyz II Men persevere by squeezing emotion out of their hearts like human toothpaste tubes filled with soul. On stage, the group dives into a bottomless trough of classics from its champion career, which includes combustible anthems such as “I’ll Make Love to You” and the seminal song “End of the Road,” which is mostly heard blaring from police megaphones during high-speed car chases.

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Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.

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$299 for $595 Toward Louisville Slugger Commemorative Bat Signed by Chipper Jones or Pablo Sandoval from BigTimeBats.com

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
$299 for $595 Toward Louisville Slugger Commemorative Bat Signed by Chipper Jones or Pablo Sandoval from BigTimeBats.com

Autographed sports memorabilia spruce up mantels and give devoted fans a socially acceptable excuse to frame used mouth guards. Honor the greats with this Groupon.

$299 for $595 Towards a Commemorative Bat

Customers can redeem the full value of this Groupon for a limited-edition Louisville Slugger commemorative bat signed by either Pablo Sandoval to honor his MVP win in the 2012 World Series, or Chipper Jones to celebrate his career with the Atlanta Braves.

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Three-Course Pan-Asian Dinner for Two or Four at CreAsian Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Three-Course Pan-Asian Dinner for Two or Four at CreAsian Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Fancy dinners are typically served one dish at a time, starting with appetizers and ending with big, sweet appetizers. Eat up with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $35 for a three-course pan-Asian dinner for two (up to a $75 total value)
  • $70 for a three-course pan-Asian dinner for four (up to a $150 total value)

Each of the above options includes the following per pair:

  • One shared appetizer (up to a $9.95 value)
  • Two entrees (up to a $28.95 value each)
  • One shared dessert (up to a $7.15 value)

See the dinner menu.

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at The Dailey Method (Up to 63% Off)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at The Dailey Method (Up to 63% Off)

Getting into shape involves building muscle, losing fat, and shaving bones down into less massive bones. Look lithe with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $49 for one month of unlimited The Dailey Method fitness classes (a $100 value)
  • $119 for two months of unlimited The Dailey Method fitness classes (a $325 value)

One-hour classes combine core conditioning, yoga, ballet barre work, and orthopedic exercises and can help participants recover from injuries. Childcare is available during some classes for an additional fee. This deal is only valid for new clients, or those who have not visited in the past six months. Click here for a class schedule.

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Persian Dinner with Appetizers for Two or Four, or Hookah for Two at Bijan Restaurant in Fremont (Up to 52% Off)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Persian Dinner with Appetizers for Two or Four, or Hookah for Two at Bijan Restaurant in Fremont (Up to 52% Off)

Dining with friends gives you a chance to taste dishes from around the table, unlike dining alone, which just gives you a chance to lick all the plates without anyone judging you. Curb bad habits with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

$32 for dinner for two (up to a $66.85 total value)

  • One appetizer (up to a $10.95 value)
  • Two entrees (up to a $20.95 value each)
  • Two beers, glasses of wine, or soft drinks (up to a $7 value each)

$65 for dinner for four (up to a $133.70 total value)

  • Two appetizers (up to a $10.95 value each)
  • Four entrees (up to a $20.95 value each)
  • Four beers, glasses of wine, or soft drinks (up to a $7 value each)

$10 for hookah with mixed flavors for two ($20 value)

Chefs blend influences from across the Mediterranean into one menu featuring such dishes as spicy vegetarian pizza ($11.95), pesto shrimp linguine ($12.95), or filet mignon shish kebabs ($16.95). They also host flavored hookah smoking in a colorful, separated bar and lounge area.

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Mediterranean Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Zaki Kabob House

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Mediterranean Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Zaki Kabob House

Shish kebab is as fun to eat as it is to pronounce, much like rutabaga and cumulonimbus. Exercise your tongue with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $17 for $30 worth of Mediterranean food and drinks for two or more
  • $35 for $70 worth of Mediterranean food and drinks for four or more

The Zaki chicken kebab plate is $12.95, a lamb shawarma wrap is $9.95, and a vegan falafel burger is $13.95. See the full menu. Customers can also enjoy freshly brewed espresso and complimentary WiFi available throughout the restaurant.

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One 60-Minute Deep-Tissue Massage or Three 60-Minute Massages of Choice from Yvonne Street C.M.T. (Up to 61% Off)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
One 60-Minute Deep-Tissue Massage or Three 60-Minute Massages of Choice from Yvonne Street C.M.T. (Up to 61% Off)

Muscles melt under the pressure of human touch, providing an easy way to test if someone is a cold, unfeeling robot or an undercover M&M. Flaunt your humanity with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $39 for one 60-minute deep-tissue massage (an $85 value)
  • $99 for three 60-minute massages (a $255 value)

For the second option, Certified massage therapist Yvonne Street alleviates aches and pains with the client’s choice of Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, prenatal, or trigger-point therapies.

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Cajun Cuisine and Seafood at Cajun House (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Cajun Cuisine and Seafood at Cajun House (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Being served by a good waiter makes you feel important, much like hearing people talk about something you did over a grocery store's intercom. Get what's coming to you with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for $30 worth of Cajun cuisine and seafood
  • $25 for $50 worth of Cajun cuisine and seafood for parties of four or more

Patrons choose from a menu of spice-laden dishes and fresh seafood such as clams ($10.99), fried catfish ($9.99), crawfish (market price), or Boston lobster (market price).

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Window Tinting for Two or Four Windows at Quality Auto Glass and Tint (Up to 57% Off)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Window Tinting for Two or Four Windows at Quality Auto Glass and Tint (Up to 57% Off)

The development of modern tinting methods appeased car owners frustrated by their inability to fit tinted windows over their prescription windows. Make your ride cooler with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $69 for window tinting for two windows (a $150 value)
  • $129 for window tinting for four windows (a $300 value)

Experts apply Solar Gard film to darken car windows from the outside and deflect heat, glare, and UV rays. The film comes with a lifetime warranty, and customers have the option to upgrade to 3M film.

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