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A Meetup in Minneapolis

What to Expect From Events & Adventures

Each Events & Adventures (E&A) location has unique characteristics that make it interesting and fun. A meetup in Minneapolis will look different than a meetup in San Francisco, not only because of the different activities available, but because of the incredible single members that make up each group.

Events & Adventures has been bringing singles together for over 30 years! It’s a casual way of meeting new people while doing things you love. It just so happens that everyone with you will also be single! Whether you’re looking for fun adventures and new friendships or for a true love connection, Events & Adventures handles all the planning and details so you can focus on having fun. Sparks are bound to fly when you gather eligible singles together. We help you make that happen.

We’ve gone straight to the source to get the details on what a meetup in Minneapolis really looks like by interviewing the Event Manager with E&A. Once you’re signed up, this Event Manager is going to be your contact for schedules, events, questions, and more. They are also the best person to give you an intimate view of what to expect, as they interact with our single members every week!

We asked Reid to comment on what people can expect from a meetup in Minneapolis:

Q: What makes a meetup in Minneapolis special?

A: With almost 7,000 acres of parkland and water, Minneapolis provides our members with daily opportunities to connect with one another in the beauty of nature without leaving the city.  Engaging with one another in outdoor activities creates strong bonds and lasting memories.  The winters may be cold, but Minneapolis members still thrive with an abundance of winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating and more!

Q: If there was one word to describe what the single members in your group are like, what would it be and why?

A: Welcoming – Minneapolis members tend to be very active in a wide range of interests and activities that the city and its surroundings have to offer.  Food, culture, nightlife and the amazing art scene, all seem to be magnified by the serenity and peacefulness of a city which has embraced and amplified its green spaces during economic growth.  There’s not a lot to complain about here and in this spirit our members are very welcoming to one another and always eager to pull a chair over to include you in the group.

Q: What’s your personal favorite meetup at Events & Adventures?

A: My favorite meetups are when we are able to gather together in nature at local and even state parks.  Hiking, boating and getting to know one another outside is always a great recipe for forming strong bonds with one another.

Q: What are the most popular events attended by the members?

A: Members in Minneapolis love the outdoors and our volleyball but you will always find us in large groups year-round bowling turkeys and enjoying a pint together.

Q: Have you witnessed love connections?

A: We see romance all the time. It’s just so easy to connect with the people in Events & Adventures because you are creating bonds over shared activities. No one is pressuring you to make a connection or forcing you out on a date. You’re just hanging out, doing cool things, and meeting new people. It’s natural that someone hits it off with another club member and if not, that’s fine too because you’ve had an amazing time, experienced something new, and made new friends.

There’s never been a better time to sign up for Events & Adventures. The recent months have kept us cooped up in the house but summer is on the way.

If you’re single and looking to join our membership in Minneapolis, just sign up today to speak to our professional staff at www.eventsandadventures.com.

singles meeting online

Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Loneliness

Single and Stressed?

Social Distancing doesn’t mean loneliness! There’s a lot of chaos in the world right now, and it can make the idea of meeting new people seem daunting or downright scary. What are singles going to do when it comes to dating during the Coronavirus threat and social distancing warnings? It doesn’t have to be intimidating!  Make the most of the single life by joining Events & Adventures.  Meet people naturally and safely with the nation’s largest social club for singles.

During these difficult times, it’s more important than ever to know who you’re with.  We take all the necessary precautions, make all the plans, and let you focus on just having fun with other singles like you!  At Events & Adventures, there’s something for everyone, from safe, small group activities to online events like trivia contests and happy hour.  There’s no swiping, no profiles, no pressure, and no awkward first dates.  Meet singles just doing things you already love to do!

 

Our Events

For over 30 years, Events & Adventures has been connecting like-minded singles through great, pre-planned events.  Our members have built lasting relationships and lifelong friendships while both, trying new things in town, as well as traveling across the globe.  Today’s trying circumstances won’t last forever, and when they’re behind us we’ll be ready to resume our international travel, from Australia to Antarctica and beyond.  Whether in safe, small group events or on exciting outdoors adventures, our members meet other singles and make new friends.  You never know, you might even make that special connection you’ve been looking for.

From unique online events to local adventures to world travel, you’ll have over 30 great activities to choose from every month. Have fun with like-minded singles in a pressure-free environment where you can be yourself.  It’s not a dating app or a dating service, and all of our members are pre-screened. Practice social distancing and still have fun! Trust us, you’re gonna wish you did this sooner!

 

Your Safety Is Our Priority | Social Distancing

We continue to make your health and safety a top priority and have made several adjustments to our calendars to support the global efforts being put in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.  For the time being, our group activities are only 6 to 12 people, making it easy to make meaningful relationships in intimate settings.  These will open up to bigger gatherings once it’s again safe to do so. There are also outdoor activities that will keep our members out of confined spaces, while keeping in line with social distancing warnings.

Many events have even been moved online in order to keep our trivia contests, comedy nights, and happy hours on schedule! In addition, when it comes to public events, we always get our own section! Sometimes it pays off to be part of an exclusive club!  And as always, all our members have passed a full background check, so you never have to guess or worry.

In short, there’s never been a better time to meet that someone special, and you don’t have to stay stuck in the house.  If you’re ready for your next adventure, and to make the most of the single life, join the nation’s largest social club, Events & Adventures today.

 

Ready to get MORE out of life? Just visit EventsandAdventures.com.

Dating Apps sharing Personal Information?

Are Dating Apps Sharing Your Personal Information?

Are dating apps sharing your personal information?
It seems like almost every day we learn of another report on the news where a large company has been hacked, or maybe even intentionally, releases information. What does this mean though? Is it really applicable to us? The answer—ABSOLUTELY!

Information is one of the most coveted assets for online scammers–especially when it comes to your personal information. From dating to banking, we do it all online, automatically assuming these apps and services have the necessary protections in place to keep our information safe. However, dating services in particular have long been held up to scrutiny regarding the effectiveness of their security for their love-seeking members.

What’s Happening?
The most notable, and maybe most morally questionable, breach occurred with Ashley Madison in 2016. The dating site, which promotes discreet affairs for married individuals, uses the slogan, “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” to attract potential members. In 2016, the most popular dating site you’ve never heard of leaked information about 37 million of its members. Not so discreet!

Many dating apps and websites have since followed suit, with evidence of major security flaws, full breaches, and worst of all, intentional sharing of information. The sidestep shuffle around US and international security laws has allowed some sites to release private information such as location data, employment information, sexual preference/orientation data, personal details, phone numbers, and more. Not only does this expose us to potential financial security threats, but to a full range of interpersonal issues such as identity theft or harassment. For example, how comfortable would you be with your dating profile showing up in a potential employer’s search? Or if your neighbor could look up your sexual orientation? By nature, these sites host a variety of private details that may not be as protected as we are sometimes led to believe.

Meet People Naturally
There are more natural ways of dating that do not have to involve profiles, endless swiping, and potential exposure of your private information. Events & Adventures lets you put the phone down and truly meet people face-to-face, without the usual discomfort of first dates. A membership with Events & Adventures allows you to choose your favorite activities from over 30 dynamic events per month, and the best part is, everyone there will be single! It is the nation’s largest social club for singles where the only information shared is the kind whispered over wine at dinner, or yelled from the tops of your favorite mountain trails. With so many activities, everyone can find something they love to do, without the pressure of making a connection. It’s about making genuine connections and friendships, and learning to just have fun!

You could take the time to hack-proof your profiles or look into privacy agreements, or you could come to Events & Adventures, where none of that stuff matters. Besides, chances are you’ll find someone here who will spark your interest enough to delete all the useless apps. Break up with online dating and visit us at www.eventsandadventures.com.

Events and Adventures Thailand Trip 2019

Thailand Trip Q&A

This February, Events & Adventures ventured out on a 14-day international trip to the exotic paradise of Thailand. What better way to learn about this amazing trip than hearing from the people that got to go on the adventure themselves?

We had a super fun Q & A with two of our members that joined Events & Adventures on our exciting Thailand trip: Rachel Wolfson from our Chicago Club and Susan Euing from our San Francisco Club. Here’s what they had to say about their time abroad with Events & Adventures:

Q: Have you ever been abroad before this trip?

R: Yes, but not with Events & Adventures. This was a first.

S: Yes, many times, but this was my first time with Events & Adventures.

 

Q: What was your favorite part of traveling with Events & Adventures?

R: My favorite part was meeting the different people from the other Events & Adventures locations and learning about Thailand from Natalie (our tour guide). It was fantastic exploring somewhere I had never been before.

S: The trip itinerary and it was a really great price!

 

Q: Out of all of the excursions you went on while in Thailand, which was your favorite and why?

R: I loved the floating river lodge. You got to be away from the rest of the world, no electricity, very peaceful while hearing the water underneath and relaxing overall. Also, we got to meet our first elephant, Wandi!

S: Personally, my favorite was the Hmong village. It was filled with very interesting people and culture.

 

Q: What was something unexpected that happened on the trip that left you pleasantly surprised?

R: When we got to play with baby tigers- they were so cute and surprisingly big at a month and a half old. I couldn’t believe the size of their paws at that age!

S: I had a wonderful and very compatible roommate. We are keeping up our new friendship even though we live two states away.

 

Q: Did you come back with any fun souvenirs?

R: A photo with frame (made out of recycled elephant dung) of one of my best friends from E&A and myself riding on U2, the elephant. We had lots of laughs on her and another elephant, as well as along the trip! Lots of great memories!

S: I bought a pig made out of rope for the year of the pig!

 

Q: If you could give someone going on Events & Adventures’s next Thailand trip a tip, what would it be?

R: Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never done before. And make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes; there are lots of stairs! Try sitting with someone new each time you are sitting on the way to one of the spots you are going to explore so you can get to know them! you never know what type of similarities you might have!

S: Bring more dressy clothes than  you think you’ll need and get a full-body Thai massage!

 

Susan and Rachel’s amazing memories prove you can create lasting bonds while traveling the world with Events & Adventures. We can hardly wait for our next journey to a faraway land!

What exhilarating vacation will you be joining us on? Will you be floating down the Amazon River with us in August or staying stateside in NYC during the Holiday Season in November?

The number one requirement to come along? Join Events & Adventures! When you do, you get to live a life you love!

AI and the Dating App

Artificial Intelligence Is Entering the Dating Scene

Over the last couple of years, Artificial Intelligence has started to appear in the dating app scene. With these new and “improved” apps, gone are the days of swiping. Now, data mining is the way of online dating future.

What are these Apps and What Do They Do?

The most prominent AI app stateside was created by Denver native, Kevin Teman. In an article published by 303 Magazine on April 4, Teman explains how his dating app hybrid works. His app, AIMM, is essentially Siri meets matchmaker. The app launched back in 2017 and has taken all of the techniques of dating apps, matchmakers, speed dating, and dating services to create a dating service hybrid.

Again, you talk to this app like you talk to Siri, answering questions like, “Tell me an embarrassing story about your childhood” then the app will analyze your answers, sort them into different personality categories, and introduce you to people on its own accord. It takes roughly a week for the app to “get to know you” if you use it for five to ten minutes a day.

So essentially, you’re dating a robot for a week so you can find a person you might have a connection with.

According to Mashable’s article, “What Will Online Dating Look Like in 2030?,” across the pond in the UK, Loveflutter, is their AI dating app equivalent. This app matches people based on personality traits it decodes from each person’s tweets. The founders also plan to use AI to coach Loveflutter users on where to meet offline after analyzing their chats with matches.

In the future, these apps may dive even deeper into our phone data and start using information like if you pay your bills on time (or at all), what websites you visit (or shows you binge watch), your camera roll, and how much you exercise (thanks FitBit.)

Is This Too Good to Be True? (Most Definitely)

At first, this shiny new approach to modern dating looks pretty nice. Why wouldn’t we want help weeding out people we probably won’t have compatibility with? And we can do it from the comfort of our couches? Win-win.

However, when you take off the cupid-inspired rose colored glasses of technology-fueled romance, you’ll realize that the founders of these apps don’t have an end goal of people’s happiness; they want people to use their services, not leave them.

As Jean Meyer, the founder and CEO of European dating app Once said in Mashable’s article,

 “The dating industry has zero incentive to create this perfect matching algorithm […] The optimum for a dating service is to show you profiles of people that might be good enough, but not perfection. People who you go on dates with, and then after two, three dates you realize it won’t work out and you go back to the app.”

In the long run, these developments in technologically-fueled dating services will result in more disappointment and discouragement for their users than anything else. Why not spend your time investing in your life and happiness than using newer and nicer apps that are being programmed to sabotage the fulfilling experience of finding meaningful relationships?

Events & Adventures is the Best Alternative to AI

Events & Adventures uses the greatest strategy of all to introduce people. It creates daily opportunities for you to meet actual people (yes, humans) while doing fun and interesting activities. You develop friendships and lasting relationships by getting to know people that want to take a step back from their phones and enjoy their lives.

Do you want to know what’s even better about Events & Adventures? If you meet someone, we consider that a success story, not a loss. We’ve done our job if you find someone special. What makes a better story anyways, meeting your person while jumping out of a plane or while staring at your phone screen? It’s time to cut out the electronic middleman and live a life you love with Events & Adventures.

Dating App Experiment

The Dating App Experiment

The Dating App Experiment

As a single staff member of one of the Events & Adventures clubhouses, I decided to do a bit of an experiment with myself. Like a lot of people, I’m a dating app user; as a person dating in the 21st century it often feels like there aren’t many other options. As a simultaneous member of Events & Adventures, I started to compare and contrast my experiences with my online relationships and the ones I was seeing develop at Events & Adventures.

I’ve been on the classic apps like Tinder and Bumble and have tried some of the more obscure apps like Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel. They each have different layouts and specialties that make them seem like lights at the end of a tunnel filled with fellow singles. In the end, each app seems to turn out to have a similar end: possible dates and little connection.

 

The Findings

Dating apps turned the very real and emotional experience of dating into a very numb and robotic game. I’ve found myself mindlessly swiping through people without even looking at them. The sensation of matching with someone seems to create more of an endorphin boost than an actual opportunity for a true connection.

I’ll never forget when I matched with a guy and mentioned meeting up for dinner with him pretty quickly, trying to bypass the small talk and make something out of a match that seemed promising. He agreed, we set a time and location. The next morning, he was gone. He deleted our match and seeing as that was the only form of contact I had with him, there was no way of getting in touch to see what happened.

The experience stung, but a part of me accepted it because we hadn’t even met. How could I hold this guy accountable when he was only a picture on a screen?

I’ve gone on my fair share of actual dates through these apps too. I’ve even been in short-term relationships with some of the men I’ve meet. The large majority of the time the connection I thought I had with these guys online didn’t come through in person. If we did actually have something in common, there seemed to be a pressure to put a definition on whatever we had right away, which ended up scaring one of us away. When you make dating the primary focus of any activity, there’s an expectation of trust and vulnerability almost instantly. How can you put that kind of pressure on someone you barely know?

Having heard friends express similar frustrations, I know I’m not alone in my dating app woes. I even hear us wondering aloud if there is something wrong with us because of our lack of success.

 

The Solution

Having experienced Events & Adventures for the last six months, I honestly believe it’s not us but the online dating system that’s to blame. Unlike the forced nature of online dating, Events & Adventures creates an organic environment for members to have fun being themselves.

Are you filled with random facts or a board game connoisseur? You can guarantee there’s a trivia or game night coming up with Events & Adventures. More of a sports fan? Every club has at least one viewing party or pickup game on the books. Are you a whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or adrenaline junkie—or do you want to be? Events & Adventures has you covered there, too.

And the best part? Other people are doing all of these things with you. You’ll be able to build connections with people that have similar interests and have the opportunity to see these same people on a weekly, or even daily basis, without having to plan the get togethers yourself.

All of the romantic relationships I’ve seen develop between Events & Adventures members have come out of the weeks and months they have spent together at Events & Adventures events. When people have the chance to develop friendships, those friendships turn into trust, and that trust can very easily blossom into something more substantial like commitment and love.

Our members have the chance to cultivate relationships with each other without having to worry about defining their experiences, romantic or otherwise, because that’s not what Events & Adventures is about. Our goal is to help people live a life they love, and that definition is different for everyone.

As a self-proclaimed wallflower, I’ve really had the chance to soak up all of the wonderful benefits Events & Adventures provides its members. In a world so fueled by instant gratification, Events & Adventures slows things down and gives its members the change to enjoy their lives with friends, new and old. So why keep staring at a dating app filled with what-ifs and maybes and come have some promised fun with Events and Adventures? You never know where it might lead until you give it a try!

Glassblowing class with Events & Adventures Minneapolis

Glassblowing with Events & Adventures Minneapolis

Read About The Glassblowing Workshop Experience by Events & Adventures Minneapolis

The members of Events & Adventures Minneapolis embraced their artistic side while visiting Vandalia Glassworks, a state-of-the-art hot glass shop and cold working facility. The members entered the world of glassblowing, opening their eyes to new possibilities while learning how to manipulate molten glass to create beautiful ornaments.

Trying their hand at this amazing craft was a great way for members to spend time with each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment

The members attended a Glassblowing 101 class, introducing them to the art at a reasonable pace. Fortunately, Vandalia Glassworks provides a warm and welcoming facility for all levels of glassblowers with the perfect balance of instruction and assistance. For this introductory class, members started with hand-crafted glass paperweights. They were given the equipment along with several personalization options, including a variety of different colors. The group broke off into several small teams who went in one at a time to craft their glass creations.

The members used long poles to gather liquid glass from the main furnace, which was then manipulated at the artist’s discretion. Some members chose solid colors for their sculptures, while others went with a beautiful translucent color. Interestingly, the members used newspapers drenched in water to twist the colors and form the shape of the glass. They returned to the furnace several times to soften the glass and get it just right.

Members enjoyed having so much creative control over the process and were proud of their glass paperweights at the end of the day

When they were finished, members put their sculptures into a cooler where they transformed into a solid take-home masterpiece. Fortunately, this glassblowing facility also features a gallery where members were able to walk-through and view a number of marvelous glass sculptures created by professional artists. A few of the glassblowing artists were present, creating amazing glass ornaments before their very eyes.

The Events & Adventures Minneapolis members made lasting memories at Vandalia Glassworks, learning a fun and unique activity with new friends in a comfortable environment. In fact, Events & Adventures Minneapolis had such a great time that they plan to attend a more advanced glassblowing class later this month! This is just one of many opportunities that Events & Adventures provides its members with to meet people just like them. There’s a lot in store for our great members, we’re excited to see what happens next!

Trip to China with Events & Adventures

My Trip to China, by Events & Adventures Member Gustavo

Many people asked me, “Why do you want to take a trip to China?” Everyone knows the food is horrible, it’s crowded, and it has a lot of pollution. Regardless, my answer has always been the same—because I had never been there and I wanted to experience for myself how China is different from the countries that I have visited. And I can tell you, I do not regret it at all; China has been one of the most amazing trips that I have ever taken. It was different, it was magnificent, it was…simply amazing!

Let’s start with the language barrier. When you are trying to order food and you have no idea what you are ordering, basically you just go by the pictures or how it looks on the table. You just try it, because at the end of the day this is all about experiencing the unknown. When do you really get to eat something crazy, anyway? It was always good food; sometimes it was better than others but overall it was healthy.

We visited three different cities, and when I say different, I mean it. Beijing is a combination of an ancient city mixed with modern construction; the contrast between the styles of architecture was really clear. Xi’an is a smaller city but with a lot of people. It’s very crowded and there’s a lot of traffic, and despite it seeming more polluted than Beijing it still felt like an ancient city. Shanghai was just magnificent. It looks like a modern metropolis and has an amazing skyline with big, colorful buildings. It looks like what it represents–a cosmopolitan and important global center.

As far as sightseeing during my trip to China, the Great Wall just blew my mind!

This should come as no surprise, but what a hike. Obviously, there are no elevators or any easy ways up the wall. There are only stairs and all of them are different heights, sometimes narrow and sometimes very wide. We hiked through 12 separate forts built into the wall to make it to what we think was the top of the wall. Going up was challenging but going down was downright scary, you always want to make sure that you watch your every step.

We visited the Ming Tombs, the Sacred Way, the Temple Of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Last Government Protected Historical Hutong District—all of in Beijing. In Xi’an we had the chance to visit the Terracotta Army, a Buddhist Temple, the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Xi’an City Wall. Finally, in Shanghai, with its spectacular skyline and impressive new architecture, we still got to enjoy the city’s old gardens and a town market where you can buy almost anything and bargain for everything.

I do not have a bucket list of the places that I want to visit—I just want to go everywhere. But before the trip, it was clear to me that China was one of those countries where I would go only with a group, and once again Events & Adventures did not disappoint. The trip was very well-organized from the beginning, the tour guides were terrific, and the staff was always trying to make sure everyone had a great time. I had the chance to make new friends that I had so much in common with and I am sure we will share more awesome adventures in the future. That was my trip to China!

Fitness event with Events & Adventures

Fitness for Our Minneapolis Members Only a Bounce Away

Fitness doesn’t have to be boring or tedious anymore! With Events & Adventures, members learn and try new and exciting ways to rev up their metabolisms and enhance their fitness through innovative exercise classes. Recently our Minneapolis club jumped at the chance to partner with High Five Fit for a Kangaroo Bounce beginner’s class!

Built on a passion and desire to inspire, High Five Fit is based on good vibes while empowering people to live a more healthful lifestyle. Created to motivate and inspire others to be themselves, their main purpose is to spread positivity, happiness, and health.
With Coach Kitty at the reins, she bounced our members through her pioneering Kangaroo Bounce beginner class, which utilizes Kangoo Jumps rebound boots. Just think of Moon Shoes…but modern (and way more awesome). This class coupled cardio progressions with core strengthening exercises and team building challenges with agility drills. Suitable for anybody of any skill level, this class really got our members hearts leaping!

Here’s what some of our members had to say about this fitness experience:

“Amazing experience! Totally loved it! Our instructor Kitty was absolutely amazing! And those kangaroo shoes rock!” ~ Minneapolis Club Member Jelena S.

“Wow! I have never sweated so much and had fun at the same time in my life! Kitty’s energy was amazing and empowered everyone to keep going! One of the coolest workout experiences of my life–I will definitely be back for more!” ~ Minneapolis Club Member Heather N.

Events & Adventures always finds ways to make the mundane interesting and the unusual fun. The members of our Minneapolis club will return for more fitness events packaged in exciting new ways.

Ziplining event with Events & Adventures

Ziplining on Earth Day with Events & Adventures Minneapolis

Our Minneapolis members celebrated Earth Day this year by ziplining through the verdant spring Minnesota landscape. Nestled approximately one hour southwest of the Twin Cities, Kerfoot Canopy Tours in scenic Henderson is home to the longest, fastest, and highest zip lining experience in Minnesota. Originally created to help study the animal and plant life in Costa Rica, ziplining is now used as an exhilarating natural rollercoaster experience!

For two and a half hours, our members were able to go ziplining through 14 different lines with a professional guide. Our two groups were guided through a ground school course before progressing to higher and higher lines as they went along in their journey. With over a mile of lines, a 170 foot high suspension bridge and abundant wildlife and forests to explore, our members had this to say about their experiences:

“It was a great time. Guides made us feel safe and comfortable. They were professional and fun. Course was great for learning and built us up well to the taller and faster lines. It was a great time length where it wasn’t instantly over but didn’t take up the whole day. Never boring. Gorgeous views. Great staff. Good time for all!” ~ Member Jessyca Flug 

“Great event! Really fun group, good guides & a challenging course. Now I wanna go skydiving!” ~ Member Bill Slater

Events & Adventures fills your calendar with awesome events like ziplining and skydiving every month.