One of the things that makes Events & Adventures so unique is that no matter where the event is or what you’re doing, you’ll always find a friendly face to greet you there. Gone are those awkward outings where you’re left to fend for yourself in a sea of new faces, and in their place is an easy way to make meeting new people fun. The secret to this is our event hosts, who are members themselves, and know a thing or two about getting the most out of your membership. Members can count on our hosts to lead the event and introduce them to many other members of the group.
While all of our hosts are expertly trained in the art of helping club members shake their shyness and make the most of their Events & Adventures experience, we’d like to highlight two of our star hosts who go the extra mile to ensure that our members are having the best time possible at each event.
Whether he’s teaching you moves on the dance floor or greeting you at one of our wine tastings, Xavier is the person you go to when you want to know what’s going on around the city. A Chicago born native, Xavier joined the Events & Adventures Chicago club over two years ago and became an event host shortly after. His knowledge of the city and enthusiasm for Events & Adventures make him the perfect point of contact for any member new to the city or just looking to learn more about the club and our members.
There’s also Janelly, one of the newest additions to the Events & Adventures hosting team. Janelly has been a member for almost a year and has a passion for people, and life in general. You can find her hosting everything from days out at the museum, to group dinners, to our yacht parties on the lake. Janelly makes it very easy for members to integrate into the group, and in good fun and in a way that breaks the ice for those members who are a bit more shy or nervous about their first event. More often than not she’ll greet you with a smile, and then take a selfie with you. Janelly has recently finished her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and we couldn’t be prouder of her achievement.
It’s not summer yet, but the weather is starting to make it feel like it’s just around the corner. Last Saturday Events & Adventures members from the Bay Area enjoyed the amazing February weather as we challenged ourselves to work together on an outdoor ropes course at Fort Miley in San Francisco.
The combination of low and high rope courses enable participants to grow as both a team and individuals by exploring skills like leadership, communication, problem-solving, and coaching. The low ropes course focuses on collaboration; the challenges call upon every member of the team to participate, while the high-rope course emphasizes risk-taking, trust, and coaching. The challenges enable participants to expand their comfort zones, sometimes dramatically and recognize their fears while conquering them. The adventures we undertook helped us bond on a level that probably couldn’t achieve otherwise!
Everyone worked together with members they just met, or ones they’ve been getting to know. We helped each other leap over walls, shimmy across a line between two trees, and make our way from one plank to another while we were suspended in the air. It was a great day, but in a way, the day in the life of an Events & Adventures member!
We’re so happy to share the real life success story of Events & Adventures member Cassie. Here it is in her own words.
“Knowing that I was dead set against dating online, a friend of mine recommended that I try Events & Adventures. After just a few events, I met friends that I knew I’d have for life. Everyone in the group was so unique and all had such kind spirits, so I knew I was in the right place to meet a loving man. From March to August I went to events sporadically and then there he was! I was so intrigued when I met and spoke with him, but at the time I was convinced that liked a friend and fellow club member of ours, so I played match maker and invited him to church for her. He came multiple weeks in a row, but never made a move on my friend or myself.
Finally, after a month or so he admitted he liked me and we went on our first date. We were sure right off the bat that we were made for each other, and if it weren’t for Events & Adventures we may have never met! I highly recommend joining E&A to not only gain a huge amount of friends, but to potentially meet the love of your life as I have. We were married six months later and the rest is history! I also want to say thank you to the hosts at each event for making it comfortable for the newbies! Without you some people may never introduce themselves to a single soul. Good luck to all who join!” ~ Cassie M.
We’re days away from Special Olympics Minnesota’s biggest event and fundraiser, and we want to be sure you know about all the great things going on. There’s something for everyone, so join your fellow E&A members for this weekend full of festivities.
On March 5th, we’re heading out to Lake Calhoon where we’re playing a snow volleyball tournament with over 30 co-ed teams on snow-covered courts, so be sure to wear your warmest winter gear—and your game face! There are still spots available to join our team so sign up now before they are all gone!
After the snow volleyball tournament, we will be doing the Polar Plunge with Team Events & Adventures, featuring Heather the Events Coordinator and Jesse the Sales Manager! We have pledged to raise over $500 for the Special Olympics, so please be sure to head over to our Events & Adventures Polar Plunge page to donate to this awesome foundation!
Now if plunging into freezing cold water is not for you, we still want you to come join in the fun and cheer on our snow volleyball team and the brave souls jumping into the lake. The Minneapolis Plunge is a fun-filled day of activities with something for everyone! Throughout the day there will be live entertainment at the Plunge stage, fire pits with free s’mores, blow-up igloos with free coffee, a DJ, food trucks, warming tents and more! We can’t wait to get out there and have lots of fun while raising money for a great cause. Don’t miss out on this event! See you at Thomas Beach!
Most of us really don’t take time off to enjoy the wonders of natures or the companionship of others on a weekend getaway. Some are afraid to take the time off from work and others just aren’t sure how to plan such a trip. But every few weeks Events & Adventures does just that. Our members treat themselves to the chance to make new friends and have a spectacular time away from the grind of daily life. Just last month, a short three hour drive from the Valley of the Sun brought the Phoenix club to Pinetop, where a light dusting of snow was on the ground and a chill was in the air as we got settled into our cabin for the weekend.
No E&A getaway would be complete without the adventure, right? While we were there, we went skiing and snowboarding; some were experts and some were just learning, but all had a great time on the slopes. While the active group was taking to the snow, the less adventurous in the group went antiquing downtown, relaxed in the cabin and took a walk along the lake. Whether you are the thrill-seeking type or the lounging-around type, sometimes a weekend getaway is just what you need to take you away from your daily stress.
In the months to come, Events & Adventures Phoenix will be in Globe overlooking the valley, we’ll be taking to the Upper Salt River for some white water rafting, camping in Sedona in tents, and kayaking the Verde River, all in addition to our daily events around our great city. There is just so much to do when you are with the right people, and your hosts at Events & Adventures make sure of that. So regardless if you’re idea of a weekend getaway is an adrenalin-fueled adventure or an opportunity to slip away and relax, Events & Adventures has you covered!
The Ultimate Valentine’s Party—what can we say, except that it was without a doubt the single best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! What a great opportunity to get to know the beautiful and dynamic place we call home, and do it fashionably.
We kicked off the night by getting dressed to the nines before boarding our 50-passenger deluxe party bus to begin a two hour tour of our fair city. The surround sound system pumped out the party music, beverages and snacks were provided on board, the starlit ceiling and mirrors inside the bus set the VIP atmosphere, and we were treated to several stops at Vancouver’s best lookout points.
At exactly 9pm we hit Stanley Park for a beautiful view of the city, and to see the 9 O’ Clock Gun—a cannon that is shot at 9pm every night! From there we cruised through downtown before making a stop at Queen Elizabeth Park to look out over the city. Our driver really knew how to cruise Vancouver comfortably and in style, and it truly made the experience!
After such a unique nighttime adventure, it was hard to believe the second half of the night was just starting! We arrived at the historic Fox Cabaret just in time for the doors to open, and we were promptly ushered up to our private VIP balcony overlooking the vintage cinema, now converted into a nightclub. It was really the best of the both worlds—our own personal security guard ensuring our privacy and our own bartender, but also in-and-out access to one of the club’s most popular nights, as well. Not to mention the bottles of complimentary sparkling wine that were waiting for us when we arrived!
The club downstairs was absolutely packed and we all had a blast dancing when we hit the floor. All in all, this year’s Valentine’s party was a huge hit with the members of Events & Adventures Vancouver. If you weren’t lucky enough to be there, make sure you join us for next year’s!
Games Night with the members of Events & Adventures is guaranteed to be a blast! As always, Games Night started with an introduction to our newest club members, as well as playing icebreaker games for all of us to get to know each other. It wasn’t long before the party really got started and we got into the crazy assortment of games.
This month it was at a local gym so there was plenty of space to play cards, giant jenga, or board games all at the same time, not to mention we had the whole gym to ourselves to play racquetball, basketball, and ping-pong. We even got in a game of wallyball, which is basically volleyball in a racquetball court using the walls to play. If you haven’t tried it, you should join us for our next game, because it will definitely give you a new perspective on some sports you probably haven’t played since you were a kid!
At this most recent Games Night, there were over 50 people in attendance, but regardless of how many people are present, there are always new and interesting people to meet. And you meet them while everyone is having a great time! On this particular night—being that it was the Saturday before Mardi Gras—the evening featured the appropriate theme. We all wore the beads synonymous with the occasion and got to eat gumbo, red beans and rice, king cake cupcakes, and all sorts of other delicious Big Easy treats!
No matter where or when the event takes place, Events & Adventures provides the games and equipment for the all the games, so the members just have to show up and have fun! As a member of Events & Adventures, finding something to do is never the problem, it is deciding what to do that presents the challenge!
Last weekend, the members of Events & Adventures Phoenix went skydiving, and well, whether or not you were excited about jumping out of an airplane beforehand, it was sure to get your blood pumping once you got on that plane! The adrenaline junkies love this event, but it always gets you wondering what it is about the thrill of bailing out of a perfectly good airplane that makes a person want to repeat it over and over again. Every jump with Events & Adventures results in a member making skydiving a new hobby! Many of us struggle with the notion of finding something we are really passionate about as adults, but as members of the club, several of us have found the hobbies that truly feel alive.
As members of Events & Adventures, we have had the opportunity to skydive, hike all over the world, find wine that matches our palate perfectly, and discover the joys of trampoline dodgeball! With so much to do, it is easy to find activities you enjoy, but more exciting than that, many of our members have found that one thing that makes moves them more than any other activity, and many more have found that person to share those passions with.
During my time in Events & Adventures I have had the opportunity to see people terrified of airplanes actually go on to get their skydiving certification. I’ve seen some drinkers who used to prefer their wine from a box expand their palates to the point of taking sommeliers classes and changing careers. The opportunity has risen on so many occasions to witness the marriage between two people that had simply given up on the idea of ever meeting that life-long partner. When you spend time getting to know yourself, what makes you tick, and take the opportunity to try something new, it’s amazing what happens in your life. Once you have found what makes you put out positive energy, the positive energy returns to you.
Gone are the days where you had to be born into the circus to fly through the air. This past week Events & Adventures Minneapolis took to the air and conquered their fears at Twin Cities Trapeze! In fact, nine of our members came out on Sunday afternoon to check an item off their bucket list and fly through the air.
We each took a turn climbing up a 20 foot ladder to the platform high above, and with our hearts pounding we jumped off into the air, leaving our fears behind. We were able to climb up and jump off about a half-dozen times each to perfect our tricks—or at least do what some said we would never do. By the end of the class, some members were even able to hang by their knees and reach out for a mid-air catch with the instructor!
The instructors were amazing and very helpful, especially with those of us who were a little nervous jumping off the platform for the first time. And even though most of our heart rates did not drop for a day or two, we can’t wait to get back! It’s just another weekend of excitement for Events & Adventures members in the Twin Cities.
Welcome to Games Night with Events & Adventures Vancouver—now happening right after the New Members Icebreaker each and every month! These two back-to-back events are both located at the beautiful and welcoming Elephant & Castle, right by Burrard Station. Games Night has definitely become one of our Vancouver club’s must-do events!
What started as a more intimate gathering for board game lovers is now easily one of our most popular events. We begin the evening by introducing and warming up our newest members with a few icebreaker games, before the party really gets started, and just in time for all of our wonderful other members to join in on the fun! These events have grown to regularly include 40 to 50 fun-loving singles; in fact, it’s become so expected that our host venue The Elephant & Castle has now reserved the entire upstairs lounge just for us!
We provide the games; you just get your mingle on! E&A brings some of the most loved board games that are perfect for parties and getting to know others, like Cards Against Humanity, Dirty Minds, Cranium, Trivial Pursuit, Apples to Apples, and even more. Have your own new game that you’d like to share? Bring ’em out for all to enjoy! Don’t miss out on the fun every first Friday of the month with Events & Adventures Vancouver!