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Classes/WorkshopsMindful Parenting Series
This 8-week course focuses on developing parents' self-awareness through meditation, mindfulness and empathy -- with the ultimate goal of reducing stress and conflict and cultivating love and respect in parent-child relationships. Tuesdays, Oct. 14-Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon. $200. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsCompassion Cultivation Training
This class meeting weekly will instruct students in stepping back from the frenzy of modern life and in developing their capacity for compassion. Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $200. Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsGetting Things Done course
David Allen of Getting Things Done will teach a one-day course on increasing personal productivity called "Mastering Workflow Series Level 1: Fundamentals." Oct. 22, Experience GTD's brand new Mastering Workflow Series. A simple and dynamic one-day event designed for anyone seeking to learn the GTD® methodology. This course is taught by David Allen, This powerful program delivers a highly effective and sustainable way to gain greater personal productivity. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $595. Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsHow to Start a Fall Vegetable Garden
This Edible Urban Farm Company workshop will offer practical skills community members can use to plan and plant a garden this fall. Topics covered will include plant spacing and placement and basic crop rotation. Hands-on activities are included. Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $25. Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Classes/WorkshopsFiber workshop by Peopleologie
This workshop for teens and adults by Peopleologie will explore the processes of turning cotton into cloth and sheep wool into a sweater. Attendance at the three weekly sessions is recommended but not required. Registration is required. Thursdays, Oct. 9-23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Little House Activity Center will offer a weekly class on genealogy to help community members in investigating the lives of their ancestors. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $86; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsPreserving Stories with Photobooks
This four-session course at Little House will teach students how to create photobooks, including how to upload photos, arrange them on the page and format the book using Snapfish. Pre-registration is required. Fridays, Oct. 3-24, 1:30-3 p.m. $40 member; $50 non-member. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsIntermediate Photoshop Elements class
This course will lead participants in using Adobe Photoshop Elements to smooth wrinkles and blemishes, whiten teeth, change eye color, apply borders and filters, and more on photos. Contact the library to register as space is limited. Oct. 25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsDivorce Recovery Seminar
This Deborah's Palm seminar taught by area professionals will discuss the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce, as well as cover career transition, helping children cope and resources for starting anew. Registration is required. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsHome Buyers Real Estate Seminar
This seminar led by Avi Urban on buying a home and real estate in the area will cover such topics as the right to buy, down and up-sizing, relocating and investing in real estate elswehere. Oct. 26, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Keller Williams Realty, 505 Hamilton Ave., Suite 100A, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsExploring Art & Spirit: 'Labyrinths & Mazes'
Led by minister and artist Amy Zucker Morgenstern, the next Exploring Art & Spirit class at Unitarian Universalist Church will focus on "Labyrinths & Mazes." The course is hands-on, and no art experience or materials are required. Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Kathryn Kain will an intensive, one-day workshop at Little House helping community members to explore monotype printmaking. Workshop is limited to 10 people, so those interested are encouraged to sign up early. Materials will be provided. Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $120. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsHealth care programs orientation
These workshops for those interested in health care careers will provide info on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant paths and programs offered through the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. Register on the website. Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-noon; Oct. 28, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsOverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
Community members can make appointments to speak with staff of the Portola Valley Library one-on-one for assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Contact the library to sign up. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-29, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsAccent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsReducing energy use workshop
This Energy Upgrade Mountain View workshop will include and hands-on instruction on ways to save energy and money at home. Registration is required. Nov. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View City Hall, Council Chambers, Floor 2, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsCreative writing class
Profession writer Phyllis Butler will teach this weekly class on writing creatively for publication or personal satisfaction. Thursdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 6, 1-2 p.m. $50 member; $55 non-member; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsGerman Language Class
This class, taught by a college-credentialed teacher who lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, will focus on speaking, reading and writing German. Basic grammar and culture will also be covered. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, Room 406, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsWomen's Financial Revolution workshop
Teresa Dentino, CEO and founder of The Financial 411, will lead a workshop providing critical financial information for women to use in personal finances and professional development, or during widowhood or divorce. The event seeks to be motivational, fun and empowering. Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m. Free. Address provided upon registration, , Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsEarth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .
Classes/Workshops'King Henry VIII and His Legacy"
Michael Svanevik will teach a Little House course called "King Henry VIII and His Legacy - Tudor England, 1485-1603," discussing the intellectual, treacherous and lusty monarch and his children who ruled England. Wednesdays, Oct. 29-Dec. 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFor the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsJoyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/Workshops'Salad Lover’s Dream' Garden Class
Local organic gardener Jody Main will lead this class on basic veggie gardening skills, soil preparation easy planting and harvesting. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.