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Events & Adventures Arizona has a Fresh new Outlook on Camping

Nothing is more American than pitching a tent, building a bonfire and grabbing a cold one while being surrounded by friends.  Camping is a summer getaway, a rite of passage, and gives us a sense of nostalgia.  It’s the best way to remove yourself from your daily routine and step back into an easier way of life.  If you are not typically a camper or outdoorsy person you’re in luck, because here in Arizona we have the perfect camping environment.  Not only is it just a short drive north to get away from the heat, the dry weather keeps the bugs at bay, and the cooler weather makes it perfect for swimming or cozying up next to the fire. Northern Arizona has beautiful water sources for kayaking, high rising evergreens that canopy the area with shade, and amazing evenings with clear, starry skies.

Events & Adventures takes this as an opportunity to help you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind on Memorial and Labor Day weekends. This Memorial Day weekend we will be heading to Cottonwood, do some hiking amongst the Red Rocks of Sedona and kayak in the Verde River. The nights will be spent fireside getting to know new friends, and reminiscing about past adventures.  Outdoorsy or not, Events & Adventures has you covered.  There will be camping experts at your disposal that will teach you how to rough it for the three days, or how to “glamp” up your campsite to make it just as glamorous as your own bedroom.

As the summer months roll in, Events & Adventures will be taking to the high country multiple times. We’re going to the Mt. Lemmon cabins for 4th of July weekend (with all the hotel luxuries you need, while still getting to enjoy the outdoors) and tent camping again up north for Labor Day.  The days in the valley are getting warm, so join Events & Adventures for the perfect escape from the heat and stress!

A Billiards Night to Remember with Events & Adventures Dallas

Billiards night with Events & Adventures is always a hit.  Despite the pouring rain, over 20 members came out to play and several tables were reserved for our group.  The atmosphere was as friendly as always, and the more experienced members made sure to immediately bring new members into the fold and broke the ice.

As we played, we began to realize that we had a lot in common, including not being the best at billiards!  As each of us took a shot, the other gave tips and encouragement.   As we all mingled and discovered shared interests, eventually we were talking more than we were playing.  It didn’t matter how well or poorly we shot, everyone was supportive and had a great attitude.  We ended up playing doubles for most of the night and we all made some great new friends in the process.

All of us were glad we decided to go even with the bad weather because we had a great time and met great people.  We had the event at Rack Daddy’s; it had a full service bar and many TVs where we watched playoff hockey and basketball in between playing billiards. We can’t wait for this to come up on the calendar of events again!  Whether it’s just some friendly competition in town or something more exotic, Events & Adventures always has the cure for boring.

The San Francisco Club Goes Sailing and Leaves Their Troubles Behind

Ahoy there! Hop aboard and grab a seat on the port or starboard side, then get ready to cast out the bow and set sail. It was a perfect 80 degree weekend, and 16 Events & Adventures members set sail on the San Francisco Bay.

They say with any relationship you have to have trust and communication; Events & Adventures members were able to practice both in order to charter a five-person sail boat. Sailing builds effective communication and members were trained to work together with each team member in different positions (trimming sails, steering, calling tactics) in order to man the ship.

The team learned new skills such as what to do if someone falls off the boat during a man-overboard (MOB) drill. During the MOB drill, the team had to retrieve a float dropped into the water with the boat under sail. But the real fun began as the crew set sail under the Golden Gate Bridge around Angel Island. We took in the fresh ocean air and even attempted to race a few boats as we headed back to shore.

Sailing is a fantastic experience whether you just do it once or make it a way of life. A sailor can work on the water or go sailing to get away from work in the most literal sense. Give it a try and find out if sailing is your next passion by joining Events & Adventures on our next sailing trip.

Reinvent the Traditional Mingling Session

Classic meet and mingle nights at bars may be our go-to plan when you want to meet new people, but why not put a twist on the how you go about mingling with new people? Trivia nights are a method of mingling you probably never thought of—it’s also a fantastic way to spend a weeknight for those looking for a fun and relaxed activity! Events & Adventures has done everything from music bingo to pub trivia to themed trivia nights (like Vancouver’s upcoming Simpsons trivia night).

Putting our heads together in a competitive but friendly environment is always a great way to break the ice and making mingling easy! While any gathering can be fun with a great group of singles, there is a certain kind of bonding that happens when people put all the random facts in their head together to represent Events & Adventures at a local trivia night.

With trivia nights for music-lovers, travelers, TV show fans, any other interest you can think of there is no shortage of options in our city! Last week, we visited one of our favorite venues, The Bimini in beautiful Kitsilano. Events & Adventures members are always treated to prime seats in the house for a few hours of entertainment thanks to our connections in the city. It was a creative way to kick back after work, and trivia is a fantastic way to find out more about that special person you might feel you have a connection with, or even to just discover new friends who share an interest in the same topics as you!

FUN things to do in Santa Clara

How do you spell FUN?  In the South Bay in California we spell it like this:

Last week, we had a Fantastic experience—we learned to fight with padded weapons called Combative Wushu Weapons. It was a fantastic way for students to learn realistic sword combat safely and without risk of injury.  A weapons expert taught our members traditional weapon striking and defensive techniques, and once we learned the basics our members had the opportunity to spar with fellow students and even the instructors! Afterwards, the class was divided into evenly-matched teams for exciting session of sword fighting matches and games like capture-the-flag and defend-the-general.

We had more fantastic experiences at our weekly volleyball game. As usual, more than 20 members came out to either join in on the action or just kick back with a cool drink and watch. To round out our trifecta of action packed fantastic experiences we spent an evening smashing shuttlecocks back and forth as we tried our hands at badminton. It was the first time many of us had played the game, and we all managed to have a wild and action packed time despite the sophisticated image the game has—showing that anything can be exciting when you have our great members around you.

U stands for the unfettered creativity of our members as we descended upon an upscale ceramic lounge and let our creative juices flow. We created everything from a magnificent dragon to a paw-printed dog bowl as we mingled and cracked jokes.

And finally, N stands for the fact that there is NOTHING quite like hanging out with other Events & Adventures members.  At our last members meeting, we had a chance to share future event ideas, got to know the names of new members, play darts and board games. It was a great opportunity to just kick back and swap stories with a great group of people.   At Events & Adventures’ South Bay club, every day is all about the FUN!

The Minneapolis Club has Great Activities for the Summer

There is nothing Minnesotans love more than when the weather finally starts to warm up and they can enjoy hanging out on a patio, enjoying ice cold beverages and playing yard games. That’s why this summer Events & Adventures Minneapolis is having a Sunday Summer Patio Tour. We’re hitting up all the best places around the Twin Cities that fit the patio lounging theme.

We are kicking off our Summer Patio Tour at Forepaugh’s in May. Forepaugh’s Restaurant is a gorgeous, state-of-the-art venue located in a historic, Victorian mansion. The rooftop terrace overlooks Irvine Park and the quaint porch and patio offer views of the Ramsey House.

We will get to try a small tasting menu created just for Events & Adventures members, including great dishes like beef satay, lemon candy, shrimp caprese bites, and Malaysian chicken samosas. We will also have our own personal whiskey connoisseur who will be mixing personalized drinks for our guests and educating those who want to learn about whiskey. He’ll also be holding parlor games like trivia where our members can win great prizes.

Forepaugh’s is also known for being haunted so they will be hosting ghost tours through the mansion for the brave at heart. The paranormal activity in Forepaugh’s Restaurant seems to revolve around the original owner of the mansion, Joseph Lybrandt Forepaugh and his former maid and lover named Molly. Their apparitions have been seen on countless occasions within Forepaugh’s Restaurant.

Without a doubt there is something for everyone to enjoy at Forepaugh’s.  See you on the patio!

Events & Adventures Vancouver Goes Hiking to Welcome Spring

The weather is warming again in the Pacific Northwest, and that means it’s time for us to dust off our hiking shoes! Vancouver has been blessed with sunny skies for the past two weeks, and Events & Adventures members took advantage of that. We spent the past two weekends on two amazing hikes.

There is no better way to welcome the start of spring and summer than by hiking and enjoying nature. Here in Vancouver we are spoiled with emerald green forests, crystal clear oceans and sweeping coastlines. We went everywhere from Lighthouse Park in North Vancouver, to Brothers Creek Trail in West Vancouver, and to more rugged hikes in areas like like Elm Mountain in Chilliwack. There is no shortage of trails so members of all experience levels can join in and make the most of the nature around us this summer.

Hiking is one of those activities that is always a great bonding experience. What better way is there to make new friends than by exercising outdoors, while laughing and exploring untamed with a group of singles just as adventurous as yourself?

If you missed out on the first few hikes of the year, don’t worry there will be many more to come. There is nothing quite as satisfying as dipping your toes into a stream while enjoying a picnic after a hike and meeting a special someone who appreciates nature the way you do, or climbing to the top of a mountain with the enthusiasm of new friends by your side!

Events & Adventures San Francisco Enjoys a Night of Baseball

Events & Adventures enjoyed the crisp spring air as we watched the San Francisco Giants take on the Oakland Athletics in a battle of the bay during a preseason game. We all came together that night to celebrate baseball being back in the Bay Area. Regardless of whether we bled orange or green, we came together for our mutual love of baseball and great company.

AT&T Park was packed that night with fans young and old to come see their teams they have been waiting for since October. Events & Adventures bundled, grabbed some beer and garlic fries, and gathered in the bleachers to cheer on our teams! As soon as pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw out the first pitch, all eyes were on the diamond. We all teased fans of the opposing teams, but at the end of the day we all had a great time, and no matter what team we were rooting for we were all there to enjoy some hardball and make new friends.

After the event, Events & Adventures members jokingly contemplated about what made a “real” baseball fan, and here are a few of the things we came up with:

  • Celebrates wins and gets depressed about losses
  • Knows every player on the team
  • Comes to at least 20 games a year and watches the rest on TV unless there’s an emergency
  • Doesn’t go overboard with the team merchandise and instead shows their dedication through spirit
  • Refrains from using a cellphone and engaging in non-baseball-related conversations during games
  • Cheers for ONE team and only that team
  • Comes to the game no matter the weather conditions

And mostly importantly, a real fan is a person who cheers on their team in the way that’s appropriate and respectful.  On this late night in March our Giants fans went home with the win. But don’t worry A’s fans, we still have a long baseball season ahead of us and there are sure to be many games on the calendar ahead.

Meet New People While Having New Adventures in Santa Clara

The first week of April was a busy one for Events & Adventures members in the Bay Area, as we sang, danced, made works of art, and learned how to defend ourselves. All these things were mixed in with a little laughter over wine, and a hike through the redwoods to look at waterfalls.

On Monday, we found our inner artists as we learned to draw caricatures from a professional. The venue was an eclectic warehouse covered with art from the ceiling to the floor. We learned and created while a DJ filled the air with great beats for inspiration.  Then on Tuesday, we met for our weekly tradition of sand volleyball, board games, drinks and good company at The Sports Page Bar and Grill. As usual, over two dozen of our members were in attendance.

On Wednesday, we attended an incredible class in self-defence. The Urban Combat Reality-Based Self-Defence class taught us how to respond to dangerous emergencies in the real world. We learned what to do when a stranger approaches and how to react if they were to attempt to enter our cars. Not only was the information invaluable, but the atmosphere was also energetic and incredibly fun. We will definitely be going back to this venue!

Thursday night we cowboyed it up with a line dancing lesson and then mingled at a country-western bar. Then on Friday, over two dozen of our members sang their hearts out when we revisited our favorite karaoke bar. At Events & Adventures it doesn’t matter how well you sing—all your club members will support you and cheer you on from the sidelines. So let all your inhibitions fly right out the window!

When Saturday night rolled around, over two dozen of our members relaxed and mingled at a shoe-themed wine bar. A little wine, a little shoe shopping and a lot of laughs ensued!  Finally on Sunday morning, we pulled on our hiking boots and nearly three dozen members hit the trails to walk through redwoods and view breathtaking waterfalls. As always with our Events & Adventures hikes, this event was incredibly popular. It was a beautiful day to get some exercise and to meet new people.  So many memories were already created this week, and many more left to make this the month!

Find Things to do on a Rainy Day in the Bay Area

Gloomy weather can ruin the moods of even the most optimistic of people, but at Events & Adventures we always find a way to make the most of our time together; no matter what the weather is like, we’ll always have things to do on a rainy day.

It’s happened to all of us—we plan a lovely day outdoors and then the weather decides to be a spoilsport; it begins pouring the night before and continues relentlessly for the next entire day, ruining your plans entirely! When you’re in that situation it’s very easy to fall into a sour mood and wonder what to do to make the day a little less disastrous. That’s where Events & Adventures comes in. We planned a weekend of outdoor adventures, and a little rain didn’t stop us from making the most of our weekend.

On Saturday, a group of us went up to wine country to try a variety of wine from some of the local wineries and educated ourselves on the different varietals. Even though we couldn’t play any of the lawn games because of the weather, we still made the best of it. We shared cheese, crackers, wine and great conversation. Meanwhile in the South Bay, our members turned a flag football game into a successful day of mudball. The rain was coming down hard and our members were playing even harder. Wet and wild was definitely the theme of the day.

Then on Sunday, Raider, Chucky and Buster led our way through the rain. These were some of the horses that members got to ride at Garrod Farms as they enjoyed a trail ride. It was drizzling a bit but this did not stop us from taking in the beautiful landscapes. The trails allowed us to wander through vineyards and oak chaparral forests teeming with wildlife. In the South bay nothing was going to stop us from hiking through that redwood forest and enjoying nature and the company of our fellow members.

So next time you’re looking for things to do on a rainy day, let Events & Adventures create the kind of experience that you’ve always craved.