Don't let the winter chills trap you at home this season keep busy with a variety of local classes and workshops. Beat the cold weather blues away by learning a new language, or dodge the rain with kickboxing, yoga and spin classes at a number of studios in the area. Adults can give cooking or backpacking a try, and fun activities for kids are all over the map. Options for any age and interest are nearby to help you stay active, inspired and warm this season.
Business, work and technology
2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 239, Palo Alto
Career Generations offers group workshops and programs to meet specific career needs. Career coaches help assess skills in the context of today's marketplace, generate career options, improve resumes and social-media profiles and design a successful job-search plan. Additionally, coaches help improve networking, interviewing and negotiating skills.
For the dancer
Beaudoin's School of Dance
464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
Beaudoin's School of Dance holds tap, ballet, ballroom and jazz dance classes, as well as preparation for wedding dances. Courses are available for adults as well as children ages 3 and up.
53 Shorebreeze Court, East Palo Alto
Brazivedas offers classes in Brazilian dance, music and martial arts for all ages and experience levels. Classes are held at several venues including Lucie Stern Community Center, Cubberley Community Center and a home studio in East Palo Alto. Class descriptions and locations are available online.
Cubberley Community Center, L-5, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschoolers to adults, with a variety of programs to meet dancers' needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Pilates and combination classes are available for students of various levels of ability.
Cubberley Community Center, L-3, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes for young children (beginning at age 3) up to adults. Types of dance taught range from modern to hip-hop/jazz, lyrical, belly dancing, ballet and contact improvisation. Adults with no prior experience are welcome.
819 Ramona St., Palo Alto
Uforia Studios offers classes in dance, spin, Zumba, conditioning and its own version of yoga. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.
Zohar School of Dance and Company
Cubberley Community Center, L-4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Founded in 1979, Zohar School of Dance holds a range of dance classes in jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater and tap for adults, as well as some classes where children can accompany their parents. Drop-ins are welcome unless otherwise noted.
The Great Outdoors
1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
With many instructors, Advantage Aviation has a wide offering of classes to train new pilots as well as help more experienced ones to receive needed licenses.
Brad Lozares Pro Shop Golf Lessons
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Group clinics, semi-private and private lessons are available for juniors and adults at any level of experience. Private lessons can be booked per session or in package deals. A team of experts are also available for scheduled golf-club fittings.
REI Outdoor School
2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View
Newcomers and seasoned outdoor adventurists can find a range of classes at the local REI, including everything from bike-riding lessons to GoPro video editing. Other offerings include avalanche awareness, backpacking basics and GPS navigation instruction. REI members and nonmembers are welcome to group and individual classes.
Health and fitness
440 Kipling St., Palo Alto
This community yoga studio holds a range of yoga classes in vinyasa, iyengar, ashtanga, prenatal and aerial styles, as well as classes to relax and relieve tension.
Blue Iris Studio
3485 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Blue Iris studio offers classes in yoga and Pilates, as well as wellness services, for all ages and experience levels. Mats and other gear are provided, and class schedules can be found online.
440 Portage Ave., Palo Alto
Equinox's Palo Alto location offers a variety of fitness and wellness activities including cycling, Pilates, yoga, conditioning and more. It also features Precision Run, Cross Fire and RX Series workout programs.
Kim Grant Tennis Academy
3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The Kim Grant Tennis Academy organizes tennis classes for adults and children, starting at age 3, ranging in ability from beginner to advanced. Classes are also available for those with special needs.
600 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto
Aiming to make fitness not feel like work, SoulCycle combines inspirational coaching and high-energy music in spin classes. Riders as young as 12 can participate in a variety of classes for any level of fitness.
Stanford Campus Recreation Association (SCRA)
875 Bowdoin St., Stanford
Club membership is not required for participation in the swimming, tennis and fitness programs offered at SCRA. Swim instruction includes group and private lessons for children, including classes for parents and their babies (younger than 2 years) offered January through March by instructor availability. Tennis classes and lessons are offered for adults and children ages 4 and older.
796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering cardio kickboxing classes and martial-arts training for kids and adults.
Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto
Cubberley Community Center, M-4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
At Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, established in 1973, students learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan, or tai chi). Beginning classes start monthly.
Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA
Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, a nonprofit organization with nationally accredited instructors, holds classes designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and health. Beginner classes are offered for all ages and fitness levels.
Yoga at All Saints' Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St., Palo Alto
Yoga classes are offered in the church's Parish Hall room each Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. No previous experience is necessary.
Just for seniors
450 Bryant St., Palo Alto
Avenidas offers a plethora of classes focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing, music and writing. Membership costs, fees and class descriptions are listed on the website.
Berlitz Learning Center
159 Homer Ave., Palo Alto
Berlitz offers adult and youth language instruction in Spanish, Italian, French and English as a Second Language in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Private lessons are also available for certain languages, and they offer cultural agility training for corporations.
German Language Class
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
This Palo Alto Adult School class teaches participants how 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 University. The winter-quarter class will be held on Thursday evenings from Jan. 15 to March 5.
German-American School of Palo Alto
GAIS Campus, 275 Elliot Drive, Menlo Park
Since the 1960s, the German-American School of Palo Alto (GASPA), a Saturday school, has offered German language classes that also touch on German culture and traditions. Classes are available for all skill levels and age groups, beginning at preschool (age 3) up to adults. No prior knowledge of German is required.
Palo Alto Chinese School
480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Chinese School serves children ages 4 to 18 with two programs: Chinese as a second language for students with limited experience and a Mandarin program for those proficient in listening and speaking abilities.
Language Studies Institute
445 Sherman Ave., Suite Q, Palo Alto
The Language Studies Institute runs 10-week courses for professionals, travelers and children at all levels in a variety of languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Russian and more. Private and semi-private lessons are also available.
Mind and spirit
Ananda Palo Alto
2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
650-323-3363 ext. 0
Ananda Palo Alto classes teach various topics including yoga and meditation. Register for classes online or attend a drop-in class.
Integrated Healing Arts
4153-4161 El Camino Way, Palo Alto
Integrated Healing Arts instructors teach ongoing classes on meditation, self-development, self-realization, tai chi, qigong and spiritual health.
Music, arts and crafts
Alison's Music Lessons
4335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Alison White is an experienced music teacher who offers guitar, piano and singing lessons to children, adults, families and people with special needs. Parents and their children are encouraged to take music classes together as a fun bonding experience. Small group guitar classes are offered for children ages 4 to 14.
Art for Well Beings
2460 Park Blvd., No. 3, Palo Alto
Art for Well Beings provides art instruction for all ages and especially welcomes people with special needs.
Art with Emily
402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto
Emily Young teaches small mixed-media and multicultural art classes for children privately and in small groups at her studio in Palo Alto. All materials are included in class prices.
Art Works Studio
595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto
Art Works Studio holds a variety of fine-art classes for kids. Classes are also offered at U-Me in Menlo Park and in cooperation with Palo Alto Menlo Park Parent's Club (PAMP). The Winter/Spring 2015 session is 16 weeks long.
Lingling Yang Violin Studio
A classically trained violinist, Lingling Yang offers violin instruction year-round to children 7 and up and adults for all levels. Auditions are required for intermediate and advanced violin players.
Midpeninsula Community Media Center
900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
The media center offers workshops for a range of media arts, including video production, TV studio work and more. The center suggests starting with a free hour-long orientation class, which are held biweekly.
Opus1 Music Studio
1350 Grant Road, #5, Mountain View
4131 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Palo Alto
Opus1 Music Studio holds group music lessons in piano, violin, viola guitar, voice, flute, saxophone, calrine and music theory, in addition to holding private and semi-private lessons. Registration for classes starting January 2015 is open now.
Pacific Art League
668 Ramona St., Palo Alto
The classes and workshops at the Pacific Art League are taught by qualified, experienced instructors for children and adults of various abilities. Instructors teach a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, watercolor, collage and more.
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Classes and workshops for children and adults are held at the Palo Alto Art Center, covering such mediums as ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more. Registration for Palo Alto residents begins Dec. 5, and nonresident registration begins Dec. 12.
Sur La Table Cooking School
Town & Country Village, Suite 57, Palo Alto
Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes and classes for kids and adults. Specific courses are listed on the website: Click on "Classes" on top navigation bar and find the Palo Alto location under California.
Children's Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
Children's Health Council holds a variety of classes monthly on addressing issues like dyslexia, anxiety and depression, and exploring topics including social-emotional learning, being a first-time parent or choosing schools. All classes are taught by the organization's experts.
The Peninsula Parents Place
200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
A resource center for parents, Parents Place on the Peninsula offers parenting workshops on subjects ranging from strategies for managing picky eaters to making the switch from diapers. Parent and child activity groups are also organized.
Amigos de Palo Alto
1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto
Amigos de Palo Alto is a Spanish-immersion preschool for children 2 and a half years and older. Instructors are all bilingual, and children learn Spanish naturally through play, song, art and academics. Amigos also offers Spanish-immersion after-school programs for kindergarteners with some Spanish experience.
2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
Emerson School provides a full-day, year-round program for grades 1 to 8 teaching a personalized, Montessori curriculum. Emphasis is on building thinking skills and personal values.
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
Instructing children in kindergarten through eighth grade, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School provides strong academics, a welcome environment, enrichment opportunities and after-school programs.
HeadsUp! Child Development Center
2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
HeadsUp! Child Development Center serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 0 to 6) with a full-day program, year-round. The Montessori curriculum focuses on building thinking skills and personal values. A bilingual Chinese-English preschool classroom is also available.
International School of the Peninsula
Cohn Campus (grades one to eight), 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto
Cowper Campus (nursery), 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto
International School of the Peninsula is an independent bilingual immersion day school with French and Mandarin nursery to 5th-grade programs, as well as a middle school program. Programs offered include foreign languages, cooking, science, dance, arts and crafts, cultural activities and after-school activities.
Kehillah Jewish High School
3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
This college-preparatory high school (grades nine through 12) offers modern science and computer labs, art and music studios, a drama program, a full range of academic courses with small class sizes, and sports teams.
815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Lydian Academy is a middle and high school offering instruction that adjusts to each child's learning style, interests and strengths. The school strives to help each student achieve academic excellence and authentic success. Lydian admits new students continuously and offers a summer school program.
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Meira Academy is a traditional, all-girls Jewish high school devoted to academic excellence in general and Jewish studies. The school also provides students with the skills and knowledge base needed for entrance to colleges and universities as well as top seminaries in Israel.
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Milestones Preschool offers a relationship-based developmental program and enrolls children ages 2 to 5. There is an early drop-off service for morning class and extended-day service for afternoon class. Enrollment is accepted throughout the year.
Mustard Seed Learning Center
2585 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
The Mustard Seed Learning Center preschool program provides children from ages 2 and a half to 5 years a dual academic immersion opportunity (Mandarin and English), as well as a play-based learning experience. It also offers an after-school tutoring program.
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center Preschool
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills
The JCC's preschool program uses a play-based approach that develops skills and a love of learning. Two-, three- and five-day-per-week options for children 18 months to 5 years old (4 years old at Congregation Beth Am) are offered, with an emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement, Jewish values and fun.
Sand Hill School
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
Sand Hill School works with young children from kindergarten through sixth grade (expanding to eighth) with learning, attention and social challenges. The student/teacher ratio is six to one. The school is located at the Children's Health Council.
Sora International Preschool of Palo Alto
701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool for children 2 and a half to 6 years old. Sora's mission is to help families that are raising bilingual children, as well as those that want their young children to begin learning a second language.
Waldorf School of the Peninsula
Mountain View Campus (middle and high school), 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View
Los Altos Campus (nursery through fifth grade), 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos
Waldorf School of the Peninsula serves children from nursery up through the end of high school. Areas of focus include critical thinking, development of ethics and fostering a love of learning. Waldorf seeks to inspire creativity, innovation, cooperation and the development of communication skills.
Something for everyone
Palo Alto Adult School
Palo Alto Adult School, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Computer, language, cooking, writing, art, birding and finance classes, and many more, are available through the Palo Alto Adult School. Hundreds of online classes are also offered in conjunction with Education to Go. Registration for the winter session begins Dec. 12.
The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and The 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.
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Emerson School, Palo Alto
German International School of Silicon Valley, Mountain View
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Palo Alto
Halstrom Academy, Cupertino
Heads Up, Palo Alto
Kehillah Jewish High School, Palo Alto
Lydian Academy, Menlo Park
Palo Alto Adult School, Palo Alto
Peninsula School, Menlo Park
Sand Hill School, Palo Alto
Trinity School, Menlo Park
Woodside Priory, Portola Valley