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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.

Events & Adventures Vancouver Takes the Plunge and Goes Scuba Diving

Scuba diving may bring up visions of sandy beaches, warm weather, and tropical fish — but that doesn’t mean you have to go the Tropics to do it. Our Vancouver club experienced all the wonders of scuba diving right here in Canada.

Events & Adventures Vancouver members crossed scuba diving off their bucket lists last weekend. We all took a dive off the deep end and learned how to use our gills. The Diving Locker is Vancouver’s largest 5-star dive center, serving divers for over 45 years and offering scuba lessons, gear, and local BC dive trips.

Participating in the Diving Locker’s introduction class was a fantastic way to introduce adventure-lovers to the world of scuba diving in a safe environment. The class we took is the first module of the internationally recognized PADI Open Water Course. Under the supervision of certified instructors, we experienced the thrill of breathing underwater. The most challenging yet fun part? Trying to mingle with our fellow Events & Adventures members while swimming underwater.

Events & Adventures booked a private four hour lesson for our members. We sat through a comprehensive classroom session to learn about proper scuba diving techniques, and then we headed over to the pool where we (wet)suited up! Once we arrived, we were taught all of the safety details involving our equipment, and then it was time to dive in.

The first breath of air you take underwater is eye-opening. We were all staring around in awe at the clear blue waters of the pool, watching your friends swim around, or simply sitting at the bottom of the pool because you can is an experience that we will never forget!

There is no better way to meet new friends than taking part in an adventurous activity. You get to challenge yourself and connect with someone else over a life changing experience. Bonding by experiencing the underwater world with the other members of Events & Adventures Vancouver was certainly one of those kinds of activities.

Our Minnesota Club is Getting Ready for Their Summer Adventure

Here in Minnesota the weather is starting to warm up and everyone is excited to get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This summer Events & Adventures Minneapolis is going to get out and take advantage of the few months of bliss we get each year during these seasons! So get ready to check a few things off your bucket list because together we’re going to give you a summer adventure like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

We’re heading out to Sandstone to try out Anchors Climbing Course, which is a rock climbing course built with top-rope anchor systems, and top-belaying anchors. We’ll also learn some aid climbing techniques, so if our members acquire a taste for rock climbing they’ll have the knowledge to be able to safely go on their next adventure. After that, our next stop is the Kettle River for white water rafting right in our own backyard! The rapids on the Hell’s Gate section of the Kettle River are action-packed with spectacular views. The three hour trip races through rapids that vary from intermediate to advanced in difficulty.

We also have our Memorial Day camping trip coming up; it’s one of the biggest events of the whole year! We’re meeting up with the Chicago club in the Wisconsin Dells for a weekend full of adventures and good times. Then, make sure to take the 4th of July off because we’ll be watching the fireworks on a private yacht on Lake Minnetonka! There’ll be breathtaking sights, a summer breeze, and delightful cuisine, so this event is sure to be a truly unforgettable night!

Later in the summer we’re hitting Ft. Snelling Base Camp, where we can all work together and inspire each other to face our fears head on conquer the 30 foot rope course. And for those who are not as brave but still want to join us, there’s a 15 foot indoor course that is much less intimidating. These are only a few of the awesome events we’ll be hosting in the next few months. We’ll also be making the most of the spring and summer with bonfires, drive-ins, sand volleyball, wine tasting, pickleball, and a lot of other exciting things! So get ready to have the time of your life, because with Events & Adventures Minneapolis, your social calendar is always filled!

The Dallas Club Goes Zip-Lining

Last Weekend the Houston and Dallas Events & Adventures clubs got together and spent the weekend zip-lining and horseback riding in Nacogdoches. We stayed at the Zip Inn, and we could hear the zip liners flying from the moment we arrived. The lines were so close to our lodge that we could yell to the riders from our lawn chairs as they flew past us.

We spent the first night hanging out around the camp fire, and we learned a little about each other. Then early Saturday morning we feasted on a full breakfast that our members helped make, and then we were off.

It was a cool morning so the good people at Rose Lake Ranch let us borrow scarves. We broke up into two groups. After the first group mounted up and headed out, those of us who stayed at the ranch met the locals, who mostly consisted of llamas, foals, potbellied piglets, goats, deer, chickens and all kinds of rabbits.

When the first group got back the rest of us got our turn on the horses. We went up and down hills, through the woods and if you were lucky (or unlucky depending on your terrain preference) through the creeks. The land was gorgeous and it was a unique experience—we didn’t have to follow the trail thanks to our guides, and truly got to experience nature on horseback.

After a great barbecue lunch we headed to the zip line course. We had an awesome time zip-lining through the trees. The guides were great; they made sure we were safe and but also let us stretch our wings and get adventurous. Our group had a great time both teasing and encouraging each other. Some were daredevils and others were afraid to leave the platforms, but we all helped each other out and made sure that all of us had fun.

After dinner was over and the sun set, many of us decided to try the nighttime glow-in-the-dark zip-lining. The platforms had rope lights and everyone wore glow in the dark necklaces so the guides could catch them. It was a less intimidating option for those who were afraid of heights (since you couldn’t see the ground). We spent the rest of the night by the fire with s’mores and popcorn, enjoyed each other’s company and looked back on all the amazing memories we’d made as members of Events & Adventures Houston and Dallas!

Events & Adventures Santa Clara Dishes on Their Weekly Activities

What’s a “typical” week like with Events & Adventures? Well, we started the week with an incredible hibachi dinner at Benihana. Then on Tuesday night over 20 of our members gathered for our weekly tradition of a little sand volleyball—with lot of eating, drinking and laughing out loud mixed in.

On Wednesday, we had an event at Vino Locale set up exclusively for our members. We call these events ‘Premier Club’ events. Our members had the entire Secret Garden patio to themselves as they sampled wine, and enjoyed the musical stylings of a live jazz guitarist.

Then, we celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day together by laughing until our sides hurt thanks to the antics of comedian Dana Carvey performed, who performed at a comedy club called The Improv. On Friday night we got a private room at Bowlmor, the most upscale bowling alley in the Silicon Valley, where we had exclusive access to a bocce ball court, ping-pong and a bar.

We christened the weekend by meeting celebrities and touring the incredible movie memorabilia at Steve Wozniak’s Comic Con on Saturday morning. Our members met and took pictures with Jeremy Renner (Avengers), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), William Shatner (Star Trek), R2D2 and many other iconic characters and celebrities. We even got to sit in the actual DeLorean car used in the movie Back to The Future, see Wilson (Tom Hank’s Volleyball friend from Castaway), come within arm’s reach of Iron Man’s helmet and marvel at Wolverine’s adamantium claws.

But that was just the beginning of the day. We ended on Saturday night at Pure Lounge with our Young Professionals event, which is geared toward members under 40. Our members had a great time dancing and enjoying the nightlife together.

We ended the weekend by giving our members the choice between Skeet Shooting at a beautiful country club or going on a GPS scavenger hunt throughout Redwood City. During the scavenger hunt members performed hysterical challenges– like forming a chorus line with strangers, or standing in a lagoon while being forced to hold their shoes over their heads! At the end trophies were awarded to the winning group and a fantastic time was had by all. There isn’t anything comparable to a “typical” week with Events & Adventures.

Events & Adventures San Francisco Offers Some Dating Tips

Dating today is different than it was for our parents’ generation. They lived in an era where just sitting down next to a stranger on the ferry could turn into a conversation that might one day lead to marriage and two kids. Our generation lives in a fast-paced world, so sitting down and having a conversation can be hard to manage. Here are a few dating tips for Events & Adventures members that will help make dating in the new millennium much easier.

In today’s world we tend to “play the game,” like arguing with ourselves for hours about when the right time to call back is. We’ve all been there—feeling like we’re at the mercy of someone else’s casual feelings. In a scenario like this, they probably weren’t very interested in making a connection with you at all. You’re left holding on, playing a mind game in hopes that if you just play your cards right they’ll see how ridiculously awesome you are and you’ll both end up happily ever after.  Do yourself a favor and stop playing games—unless that game is dodgeball or a board game with Events & Adventures!

We also make the mistake of looking for instant gratification. We’re all so busy we feel like we don’t have the time to put ourselves out there—after all, who knows how long it will be before you get a chance to see someone again, or how long it will take to figure out where to meet next time you do?  We worry that by the time we figure these things out the person will have lost interest or moved on.

Dating through social media only encourages this mentality; people on Tinder are used to swiping in one direction and finding someone they can hook up with in an instant.  When you date on the internet it’s not who you are, but how you look. Studies have even been done where fake dating profiles were created with objectively terrible personal biographies and pictures of attractive supermodels—and despite how disgusting these fake profiles sounded they still received dozens of messages a day.

Events & Adventures is the perfect way to break this habit; when you join us, all you have to do is show up. We take care of planning the events and finding great people; you focus on starting a conversation with a new friend while playing flag football or putting your brains together to solve the scavenger hunt.

Dating has become a sport. We date because we believe we’re supposed to date. Our schedules are so packed we fit in opportunities to date whenever we can, and often the caliber of the people we meet aren’t the quality of companionship we deserve. But Events & Adventures members have the chance to really connect with people, have rewarding experiences, and the opportunity to build a friendship and see where it leads. So as a reminder, here are some dating tips to help you really make a connection:

  • DO make Eye Contact (Put the phone away!)
  • DONT mistake kindness for attraction
  • DO be original, BE YOU, if they can’t like you for who you really are they are not worth it.
  • DONT think chivalry is dead (it’s not), remember small genuine gestures of kindness matter.

Events & Adventures allows you to be active, be yourself and to create new experiences while making friends. You never know when you might find that special connection.

Events & Adventures Santa Clara Gets its Members VIP Treatment

What’s it like to be treated like a VIP at the stadium that just weeks before the mostly highly sponsored and most highly viewed annual sporting event in the world? On March 12th, the members of Events & Adventures Santa Clara found out!

Forty of our members got a private tour of Levi’s Stadium and everyone at the venue went out of their way to make sure that this was an extraordinary day. Our group was given the honor of being the first people allowed in to tour the stadium since the Super Bowl.  We were given unbelievable access to the player’s locker rooms, VIP seating areas, the broadcasting booth, the field (which still had the Super Bowl grass) and much more.

After the tour our members were given access to the interactive Levi’s Stadium Museum. The entire museum was reserved just for our members and we were able to try on the 49er’s uniforms, perform routines with cyber 49ers cheerleaders, and run the 40-yard dash against cyber-versions of some of the team’s most famous players thanks to the magic of technology.

We ended the day with a meal at The Bourbon Pub, a restaurant located at the stadium. Everyone at the restaurant bent over backward to serve our huge group and make sure that everyone had a fantastic time!  Spending the day at Levi’s Stadium with our Events & Adventures friends is a memory that everyone will surely cherish for a very long time to come.

Celebrating Irish Culture with Events & Adventures San Francisco

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. Events & Adventures San Francisco is celebrating the entire week with fun filled events for everyone to participate in. You don’t need to be Irish to get together and enjoy some corned beef and cabbage, just make sure you wear green so you don’t get pinched.

This week started with The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown San Francisco, complete with leprechauns, bagpipes and kilts. The performers marched down Market Street to celebrate and showcased the Irish community, Irish culture and character in all its forms. Then the real fun began when the Irish Bank, a local pub in San Francisco shut down the alley way for a giant block party with live music and of course green beer. Events & Adventures members kept the party going into the weekend; we all dressed up in green and got to try beer from over 30 local breweries including Anchor Steam, 21st Amendment, Lost Coast and many more. Members got to try beer, learn to dance to Irish jigs and listening to reels, hornpipes and polkas all at the Fairfax Brew Fest.

St. Patrick’s Day is a day most of us look forward to, and in the spirit of the holiday here are some traditions that go along with it—some are more familiar than others.

  • Drinking – Since many Irish-Americans are Catholics, some may be required give up alcohol for Lent. However, they are allowed to break this fast during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This is one reason why the day is so heavily associated with drinking.
  • Dyeing water or beer green – Chicago dyes its river green for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and many bars serve green beer. The White House also dyes the water in its fountain green. Lots of cities incorporate green in public displays in different ways. For example in Seattle, all the floats of the St. Patrick’s Day parade are painted green and observers are supposed to wear green or else risk being pinched.
  • Pea planting – In the Northeast, many celebrate by planting peas. The color of the plants and the fact that this time of year makes for ideal growing conditions make it a perfect tradition for St. Patrick’s Day.

To Events & Adventures members new and old, find that lucky shamrock and follow the leprechaun to the end of the rainbow where you might find your pot of gold, or even better meet some new lads and lasses to celebrate with!

Life Changing Experiences and Great Friends with Events & Adventures Phoenix

An everyday challenge could change your life.  Whether it’s a challenge that arises at work, with your family, or from within yourself, every one of these moments could be something that changes your life for the better or worse.  At Events & Adventures, we are in the business of changing people’s lives for the better!  Our club offers you the chance to have many unique experiences that you would usually never get the opportunity to have.  One of the most rewarding experiences we offer our members is a chance to meet their best friend.

Here are the 5 best ways we make that happen:

  1. Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine and sharing laughter is a great way to get to know someone.  Whether a moment like that comes from a free comedy show shared with someone you just met, making a fool of yourself to play the part you’re assigned at a murder mystery dinner, or sharing stories around a campfire, laughter is abundant and generously shared at Events & Adventures.

  1. Sharing an adventure

Nothing gets conversation and connections going more than sharing a life changing experience.  For many members of our club, skydiving, white water rafting, eating an exotic food, or taking a walk through an underground lava tube are not things they would ever do on their own.  Our club creates an atmosphere that makes it easier to take that chance and go on that adventure—because you’ll have a great group of people beside you, going on that adventure with you.

  1. Creating something together

Getting the creative juices flowing brings out less seen sides of people.  It opens your mind to new ideas and livens up how you are perceived by others. Events & Adventures likes to create, and how we do it varies. Sometimes it could be in the form of a cooking class and learning to make a decadent soufflé, or working together to complete a relay challenge to create a goal and reach it as a group.  Creating and completing a task can be a great way to find that instant connection in a friend or partner.

  1. Giving Back

Giving back to the community is something Events & Adventures takes very seriously.  We love to partner up with local charities and help out the people around us.  Giving back in the form of community outreach can give you a sense of compassion that no other act can give.  Sharing this feeling with others can make it easier to open up and gives you the opportunity to be comfortably vulnerable with others, something that would otherwise not be available in the beginning of friendships.

  1. Traveling Abroad

International travel can be exciting, exhausting, scary, thrilling, tiring, breathtaking, and moving—all at once.  Emotions can run wild and you may experience feelings you never have before.  Events & Adventures gives you the opportunity to go to those exotic places you’ve always wanted to go, without the headache of planning or the nerves of facing an unknown culture alone.  When you’re sharing the experience of riding an elephant, swatting off giant mosquitoes, or seeing one of the seven wonders with your very own eyes, it’s hard not to connect with someone.  Something so life changing can only be shared with those you are with at that very moment.  Joining Events & Adventures is your ticket to meeting your new best friend. And who knows, that best friend could one day become your partner for life.

Events & Adventures Minneapolis Can Make Your Next Hump Day Worthwhile

One thing Events & Adventures members love to do is get out and be active.  So if you’ve been thinking about getting more active—NOW is the time to take action and uncover the best version of you by joining Events & Adventures.

Events & Adventures teamed up with Sweat with Jess for an amazing hump day boot camp!  What better way to celebrate hump day than to sweat together and have a drink afterwards?  Fourteen brave Events & Adventures club members showed up for the boot camp session and we were all excited to get out there and get our summer bodies off to a great start!

We asked Jess why she was so passionate about helping her clients and this is what she had to say:

“Why do I do what I do? Because I love helping people see what they are capable of. I LOVE pushing people to their maximum. I love providing a great workout to help my clients achieve success and a sense of pride!”

Jess’s help alongside the great atmosphere created by our club members turned what might usually be an exhausting hump day into a chance to meet new people and better our lifestyles.

Our hump day boot camp consisted of box jumps, plank salutes, wall balls, sit-ups, overhead rev lunges, burpees and goblet squats! It was no easy task, but when you have a trainer as spunky as Jess and company as great as our members it makes the time fly and burn worth it! The great thing about working with Sweat with Jess is that she adapted the workout for all skill and ability levels. So whether they were an avid gym goer or this was their first time at a boot camp class, everyone was able to succeed!  Afterwards, once everyone was drained so we headed next door to one of our favorite breweries, Urban Growler for a drink and a mouthwatering burger!