Fall 2012 Class GuideFall is just around the corner. That means it's back to school for kids, but there are classes available for adults and kids outside of the campus, as well. Maybe it's time dust off the old dance shoes or brush up on a foreign language. Fall is a great time to learn a craft or an instrument. All the classes listed below are local, so give one a shot!
The Class Guide is published quarterly by The Almanac, The Palo Alto Weekly and the Mountain View Voice.
Business, Work and Technology
2225 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
CareerGenerations offers one-on-one and group sessions to meet specific career needs. CareerGenerations career coaches can help assess talents in the context of today's marketplace, generate career options, improve resumes and social-media profiles, design a successful search plan, and skillfully network, interview and negotiate salaries. Contact CareerGenerations for a free initial consultation.
For the Dancer
Beaudoin's School of Dance
464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
Tap, ballet, ballroom and jazz dance classes available for children and adults. Special classes for preschoolers.
4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto
Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschool to adult with a variety of programs to meet dancers' needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, boys program, lyrical, pilates and combination classes are available for beginning to advanced levels.
4000 Middlefield Road, L-3, Palo Alto
DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes from ages 3 to adult. Classes range from modern to hip-hop, lyrical, pilates, jazz, ballet and contact improvisation, as well as providing a performance showcase.
819 Ramona St., Palo Alto
Uforia Studios specializes in dance (zumba, hip-hop, Bollywood, hula hooping), strength and sculpting (uDefine) and spinning (uCycle). All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.
Zohar School of Dance and Company
4000 Middlefield Road, L-4, Palo Alto
Founded in 1979, Zohar offers classes to adults in jazz, ballet and modern dance. Under the direction of Ehud and Daynee Krauss, the studio is known for its professional instructors and inspiring classes.
The Great Outdoors
Lucy Geever-Conroy, Flight Instructor for Advantage Aviation
1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Offering learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.
Health & Fitness
CMAC Swim School
CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto
CMAC Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are a half hour long, and each class contains three to four participants.
Kim Grant Tennis Academy
3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The Kim Grant Tennis Academy offers tennis classes to minis (ages 3-5), beginner (ages 5-7), intermediate I and II, advanced and elite players.
4022 Transport, Palo Alto
Palomo Archery offers classes for groups, parties, boy scout/school classes and private instruction.
American Red Cross: Silicon Valley Chapter
400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto
In a Red Cross First Aid class students learn CPR, choking rescue, bleeding control and treatment of burns, fractures, seizures and more. Adult CPR and First Aid Certificates. Locations in San Jose and Palo Alto.
Betty Wright Swim Center @ Abilities United
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Improve health and wellness through aquatic exercise and therapy in the fully accessible, public, warm-water (93 degree), indoor pool. Classes include aqua aerobics, aqua arthritis, back basics, body conditioning, Aichi yoga and prenatal. Physical therapy, personal training, Watsu and land massage by appointment. Group and private swim lessons.
440 Kipling St., Palo Alto
Friendly community yoga studio. Small class sizes, excellent instruction, reasonable prices. Also offered are workshops on ayurveda, reiki and meditation.
California Yoga Center (Palo Alto)
541 Cowper St., Palo Alto
The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students. With studios in Mountain View and Palo Alto, classes emphasize individual attention and cultivate strength, flexibility and relaxation. Ongoing yoga classes are scheduled every day and include special classes such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops explore a variety of yoga-related topics.
796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and martial-arts training for kids 3 and 12 and up. Taught by owner/instructor Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the "Power Rangers."
Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto. Established in 1973. Students learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan). Beginning classes start monthly.
Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA
3391 Middlefield Road, YES Hall, Palo Alto
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA offers classes designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility while promoting relaxation and good health. Beginner classes in Taoist Tai Chi internal art of Tai Chi Chuan are offered for all ages and fitness levels in Palo Alto. First class is free. A nonprofit organization with nationally accredited instructors.
Yoga at All Saints' Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St., Palo Alto
Kundalini-style yoga, combining asana (physical poses), breathing exercises and meditation. Practice is best done on an empty stomach. Students should bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes. If floor work is difficult, exercises can be modified to be done in a chair. All ages. No registration necessary.
Just for Seniors
450 Bryant St., Palo Alto
Avenidas offers classes from balance, line dancing and back fitness to dementia caregiving and computer. Membership costs, fees and class listing included on the website.
German Language Class
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Learn to speak, read and write German with an emphasis on conversation. Basic grammar and Germanic culture are also covered. The instructor, a college-credentialed teacher, lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, where she later received a master's degree.
International School of the Peninsula (ISTP)
151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto
ISTP offers extensive after-school language classes at its two Palo Alto locations. Classes offered in French, Mandarin and Spanish to preschool students (3 to 5 years old). Additional classes taught in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Russian for elementary and middle school students.
The Peninsula Parentsplace
Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
The Peninsula Parentsplace offers parenting classes on subjects ranging from strategies for managing picky eaters to making the switch from diapers.
Mind and Spirit
Ananda Palo Alto
2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Ananda Palo Alto offers classes on meditation, chanting and yoga.
Music, Arts and Crafts
Sur La Table Cooking School
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
www.surlatable.com (Go to "cooking classes" navigation bar, and search "Palo Alto")
Classes are two to two-and-a-half hours long. Recipes and tasting-sized portions will be provided in the class. Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes, and classes for kids and teens.
The Silicon Valley Boychoir
600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto
The Silicon Valley Boychoir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto and trains boys in the art of choral singing with an emphasis on vocal coaching, music literacy, and the highest artistic standards.
Art for Well Beings
2460 Park Blvd. #3, Palo Alto
Art for Well Beings (AFWB) offers art classes especially welcoming people with special needs. AFWB is open to the public. Drop-in or sessions are available. All materials provided.
Art with Emily
402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto
Emily Young teaches mixed-media, multi-cultural art lessons for children at her fully equipped studio in Palo Alto. Semi-private and private lessons available.
Art Works Studio
595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto
Art Works Studio offers a variety of fine-art classes for kids.
pstyle:smallhead>Lingling Yang Violin Studio
Offers private violin instruction for children 7 and up and adults of all levels. Year-round enrollment. Audition required for intermediate and advanced violin players. Taught by classically trained violinist and very experienced violin teacher. Her students include award winners at violin competitions and members of PACO, CYS and ECYS.
Manzana Music School
Private and group lessons for children and adults on guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, vocal, arranging and music theory.
Midpeninsula Community Media Center
900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
The media center offers classes every month in a wide range of media arts, including publishing media on the web, podcasting, digital editing, field production, TV studio production, Photoshop for photographers, citizen journalism and autobiographical digital stories. One-on-one tutoring is also available. Biweekly free orientation sessions and tours.
Music with Toby
Toby Branz offers private voice and violin lessons in Palo Alto and San Francisco. She received her master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2010 and a postgraduate diploma in 2011.
New Mozart School of Music
305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto
New Mozart provides private lessons on all instruments for all ages and early-childhood music classes for children 2-7 years of age.
Opus1 Music Studio
2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
Opus1 Music Studio is offering private and group music lessons for all kinds of instruments to ages 2 and up. Beginners to advanced level.
Pacific Art League
668 Ramona St., Palo Alto
Art classes and workshops by qualified, experienced instructors for students from beginners to advanced and even non-artists. Classes in collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Sculpture. Registration is ongoing.
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Classes and workshops for children and adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more.
T'enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Play-based approach develops skills and a love of learning. Two, three and five day-per-week options for 18 months to five years with emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement, values and fun in two locations.
Amigos de Palo Alto
1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto
Amigos de Palo Alto is a full Spanish-immersion preschool. Offering parents a safe environment where they may leave their children, both for childcare and to begin learning from bilingual instructors how to speak and learn Spanish the same way their native language was learned — naturally. Preschool sessions are offered Monday-Friday (1-4:30 p.m.); Monday, Wednesday and Friday (8:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.); and Tuesday-Thursday (8:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.).
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is a kindergarten through eighth grade school located in Palo Alto. Founded in 1989, the school is committed to promoting academic excellence, community responsibility, and vibrant Jewish living. As a community day school, Hausner serves families from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and religious practices.
International School of the Peninsula
Cohn Campus (grades 1-8): 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto
Cooper Campus (nursery): 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto
After-school programs for preschool, elementary- and middle-school students. Classes include French cooking, Asian cooking, chess, science, robotics, Chinese dance, art and craft, watercolor, gymnastics, soccer and multi-sports.
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Milestones Preschool, a developmental program, provides children aged 2-5 years a fun and educational environment that promotes their development of the social skills, independent thinking, intellectual growth, and positive self-image they need to succeed in kindergarten and later in life. NAEYC accredited. State of California License 434407984.
Sand Hill School
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
For young minds, one size doesn't fit all. At Sand Hill School, find what fits best for each child. At Children's Health Council. Grades K-4. 6:1 student/teacher ratio.
Sora International Preschool
701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool. Sora's mission is to help families that are raising bilingual children as well as those that want their children to begin a second language at an early age.
Something for Everyone
Palo Alto Adult School
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Hands-on computer, language, test preparation, writing, bird identification, investment, hiking, yoga and certificate courses available. Hundreds of online classes are offered by the Palo Alto Adult School in conjunction with Education to Go.
The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and Menlo Park Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and beyond are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority.
The winter Class Guide will publish on Dec. 5-7, 2012, with deadlines approximately two weeks prior.
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