Class GuideWinter is upon us. But staying indoors doesn't have to mean doing less. The less-than-ideal weather makes it a good season to start a new physical activity or hone an artistic bent. All the classes listed below are local.
The Class Guide is published quarterly by The Almanac, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Mountain View Voice.
Sylvan Learning Center
900 Main St. #900, Redwood City
Sylvan custom-tailors classes to meet children's academic goals and needs. Focuses on allowing teenagers to take challenging courses, get good grades, score well on the SAT or ACT to get into college.
Mid-Peninsula High School
1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park
Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and electives designed to keep students engaged in learning. Classes are Monday-Thursday and limited to 15 students. A barbecue lunch is held every Thursday. The science and art classes will have weekly field trips.
Business, Work and Technology
2225 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
CareerGenerations offers group sessions to meet specific career needs. 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. Free initial consultation.
For the Dancer
Bayer Ballet Academy
2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View
Bayer Ballet Academy is a school of Russian ballet that teaches the Vaganova method.
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 students 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.
For the Love of Dance
2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View
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. Opportunities to perform throughout the year.
L'Ecole de Danse
Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Mountain View
L'Ecole De Danse (School of Ballet) teaches Vaganova and Cecchetti styles. Creative dance, pre-ballet and full curriculum for all levels starting at age 4-and-a-half. Adult classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced.
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.
914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A, Mountain View
Western Ballet has adult classes for absolute beginners to professionals. For children through teens preparing for careers in ballet, there is a graded youth program with 13 pre-professional levels. Faculty consists of current and former professional dancers.
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 Great Outdoors
Lucy Geever-Conroy, Flight Instructor for Advantage Aviation
1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Offering learn-to-fly seminars, ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.
2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View
REI offers classes on topics such as bike maintenance, riding and outdoor navigation.
Health & Fitness
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.
Betty Wright Swim Center @ Abilities United
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
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 swim lessons.
440 Kipling St., Palo Alto
Community yoga studio. Small class sizes. 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 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.
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.
The Happy Body
3154 Woodside Road, Woodside
The Happy Body Program uses a weight-loss system involving nutrition, exercise and relaxation. Focus is on a balanced lifestyle with improved health and greater youthfulness.
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
890 Church St., Mountain View
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing offers a well-balanced hour of abdominal work, weight training and safe, easy-to-follow aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m., at Mountain View Masonic Temple.
800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park
Jazzercise blends aerobics, yoga, Pilates and kickboxing movements into dance routines set to new music. All fitness levels welcome. Classes are ongoing. Go directly to class to register.
Jim Gorman Swim School
3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley
650-854-6699, ext. 1000
Daily lessons from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Small group lessons for all ages and abilities.
OHCC Multipurpose room, 100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park
A class to develop body awareness, learn safety skills and gain discipline and confidence. The class teaches basic kicking, blocking and punching techniques.
Kidz Love Soccer
Burgess Soccer Field, Menlo Park
Kidz Love Soccer youth soccer classes are open to boys and girls of all abilities. The curriculum is customized for kids of all ages. Classes encourage a better SELF (Sportsmanship, Esteem, Learning and Fun).
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.
Little House Activity Center
800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park
Little House Activity Center offers children and adults a variety of classes including health and wellness classes for seniors, athletics for kids, arts and crafts, language and computers.
4022 Transport, Palo Alto
Palomo Archery offers classes for groups and parties.
Red Star Soccer Academy
248 Walker Drive, #8, Mountain View
Red Star Soccer Academy is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to youth player development. It is affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Club Soccer. Red Star teams compete in Nor Cal Premier League and U.S. Club Soccer sanctioned tournaments.
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
1185 Castro St., Mountain View, CA
Scottish country-dance classes are held most Wednesdays at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion. Classes for both advanced and beginning dancers are available. Drop-ins are welcome.
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."
Swim Pro Lessons
Burgess Pool, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park
Regular classes, workouts and lessons specifically for adults are held weekly as well as by appointment. Participants can learn to swim, improve strokes or simply get a workout.
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.
Youth Boxing Fitness (Non-Contact)
2860 Spring St. Unit 1, Redwood City
Recreational boxing programs are designed for the general public. Offers non-contact boxing fitness and conditioning classes for men, women, and children ages 8 and up.
Just for Seniors
450 Bryant St., Palo Alto
Avenidas offers classes ranging from balance, line dancing and back fitness to dementia caregiving and computers. Membership costs, fees and class listing included on the website.
Mountain View Senior Center
266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View
www.mountainview.gov/city_hall/comm_services/ (click on the "Senior Center" link on the left, then click on the "Classes" link on the left)
The Mountain View Senior Center offers a wide array of classes covering topics and activities such as art, music, language, history, dance and exercise.
1370 Willow Road, Menlo Park
ABC Languages offers up to 20 different language classes to adults and children. ABC's teaching staff is composed of experienced instructors who are native speakers of the language they teach.
275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park
GASPA offers Saturday classes for children and adults between 9 a.m. and noon. Its focus is on both learning the German language and becoming acquainted with German culture and traditions.
German Language Class
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Students 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 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.
Istituto Educazione Italiana
1000 El Camino Real, Atherton
The Italian Educational Institute offers evening language classes for adults, with a revamped curriculum, reduced fees and classes led by native Italian speakers. Skype-based lessons are also available. Classes start on Jan. 7, and tuition can be paid through PayPal.
Mind and Spirit
Ananda Palo Alto
2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Ananda Palo Alto offers classes on meditation, chanting and yoga.
Inner Resources for Stress
585 Franklin St., Mountain View
A non-religious course that uses relaxation, breathing and meditation to help people deal with stress. Led by doctoral students from Palo Alto University. Drop-ins welcome. Wear comfortable clothes.
Music, Arts and Crafts
Art for Well Beings
2460 Park Blvd. #3, Palo Alto
Art for Well Beings 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 to children at her fully equipped studio in Palo Alto.
Art Works Studio
595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto
Art Works Studio offers a variety of fine-art classes for kids.
Beginning Digital Photography
Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City
In this hands-on introduction to digital photography, participants will work to understand the camera's menus and function modes, metering, focusing, filters, the flash, white balance, light, color, and basic composition which will prepare for portraiture, night shooting and printing activities in class.
793 Castro St., Mountain View
Casablanca Market offers monthly Moroccan cooking classes. Students will prepare three to four Moroccan dishes, which they will eat during the dinner at the end of class.
Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center
230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View
The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts for ages 14 months to adult. Vacation and summer camps, one- and two-day arts workshops offered throughout the year. Financial assistance available.
2263 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View
Ongoing classes in weaving, spinning and knitting for beginner and intermediate students. Day and evening sessions. Students can explore the ancient art of Temari, a Japanese folk art, or learn to weave the Navajo way.
Draeger's Cooking School
1010 University Drive, Menlo Park
Draeger's cooking classes are taught by chefs and cover a wide array of regional cuisines.
Iberia Restaurant Cooking Classes
1026 Alma St., Menlo Park
Iberia offers classes on paella, tapas and other Spanish cuisine.
Kindermusik with Wendy
1404 Bonita Ave., Mountain View
Group music classes for children ages birth to 7 and their caregivers. All classes include singing, instrument play, movement, musical games, and home materials, and aim to develop the whole child through music. Five levels of classes as well as a multi-age class. Cost depends on class and session length.
Manzana Music School
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 Within Us
2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View
Dr. Lisa Chu offers classes and workshops sessions using techniques drawn from the fields of life coaching, mindfulness-based meditation, yoga, deliberate practice, group facilitation, sound healing and music improvisation.
New Mozart School of Music
305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto
New Mozart offers early-childhood music classes for children 2-7 years of age.
Old World Designs
727 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park
Old World Designs has stitching classes for all levels.
Opus1 Music Studio
2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
Opus1 Music Studio is offering 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.
Savvy Cellar Wines
750 West Evelyn Ave., Mountain View
Savvy Cellars Wines has classes highlighting regional wines, pairing wine with food, and introductory classes for wine novices. Must be 21 or older to attend classes.
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.
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.
Childbirth and Parenting Classes at El Camino Hospital
2500 Grant Road, Mountain View
El Camino Hospital offers a wide array of classes for mothers, expecting mothers and their spouses and children. Classes include childbirth preparation, breastfeeding preparation, infant safety and mothers support groups.
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.
Action Day/Primary Plus
333 Eunice Ave., Mountain View
Providing quality infant, toddler and preschool programs for more than 33 years. On-site dance and computer classes offered. Fully accredited staff and facilities.
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 -11:45 a.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.); and Tuesday-Thursday (8:30 -11:45 a.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.).
Building Kidz School
250 E. Dana St., Mountain View
Building Kidz School provides infant, preschool and pre-kindergarten care and gives individual attention to kids. The school also offers a performing arts program.
Circle of Friends Preschool
3214 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park
Circle of Friends Preschool's goal is to promote the development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, lingual and intellectual. Detailed assessment of each child helps build partnerships with families to support emerging competencies. Play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn concepts and integrate knowledge in a hands-on environment.
German-American International School
275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park
German-American International School (GAIS) is an international school serving approximately 300 students from preschool through 8th grade. GAIS offers a German bilingual program through 5th grade, and welcomes English-speaking students in a new English language middle school program that offers German, Spanish and French as additional language options. GAIS follows the academically rigorous, inquiry-based programs developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
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 aims to promote 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.
Kirk House Preschool
1148 Johnson St., Menlo Park
Kirk House Preschool is a half-day preschool with both morning and afternoon classes for children aged 3-5 (Young Fives class). Kirk House Preschool is a Christian, play-based school that offers a development-oriented curriculum in a park-like setting.
815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Lydian Academy is a personalized middle and high school with rolling admissions. It welcomes new students every week, year round.
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.
Palo Alto Prep
2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View
Palo Alto Prep is a private high school designed to help students succeed in every aspect of life with confidence and success.
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.
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.
360 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley
Woodland School's focus is on strong academics, inclusive community and individual character development. Its blend of a traditional and inquiry-based approach emphasizes the "6 C's of 21st Century Learning" — critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, character and cross-cultural competency.
Yew Chung International School (YCIS)
310 Easy St., Mountain View
YCIS provides multi-cultural and bilingual, English and Mandarin Chinese, education to children from preschool to 5th grade. Yew Chung education aims to liberate the joy of learning within each child. No prior Chinese experience is required.
Something for Everyone
Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School
333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View
The MV-LA Adult School has a long history and commitment to adult education. Offering: Arts and crafts, computers, digital-camera techniques, ESL, foreign languages, high school programs and GED, memoirs, music and dance, needlework, orchestra, parent education, physical fitness and vocational education. Older-adult classes (55+) available.
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 Spring Class Guide will published the week of March 6, 2013, with deadlines approximately two weeks prior.
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Amigos de Palo Alto
Children's Health Council
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
German International School
Mid-Peninsula High School
Sora International School
For The Love of Dance
German American School
Palo Alto Friends
Silicon Valley Boy Choir
Music With Toby
Palo Alto Preparatory
International School of the Peninsula