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- March 9, 2012

Class Guide Spring 2012

Want to take advantage of the warm spring weather this year? Looking to get a jump on your studies? Try a bird identification class or a rowing class. Maybe a language class is the best fit. All the classes listed below are local, so give one a shot!

The Class Guide is published quarterly by The Almanac and includes offerings along the Midpeninsula.

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

Bayer Ballet Academy

2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View


Classical Russian ballet.

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 boys and seniors.

Center for Movement Education

Center for Movement Education (CMER) offers both introductory one-day workshops to explore what dance/movement therapy is about, as well as a selection of comprehensive alternate route training courses for professional development in becoming a dance/movement therapist. Most CMER courses provide continuing education credit as an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (#3888).

Dance Connection

4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto


Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschool to adult with a variety of programs to meet every dancer's 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 age 3 to adult. Classes range from modern to hip hop, lyrical, pilates, jazz, ballet, and contact improvisation, as well as providing a performance showcase.

L'Ecole de Danse

Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


L'Ecole De Danse (School of Ballet) — 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. Please call for more information.

Uforia Studios

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.

Western Ballet

914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A, Mountain View


Western Ballet has a welcoming, caring place to study ballet. Adult classes for absolute beginners to professionals, providing the largest selection of drop-in classes in the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. 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. Cost of a single adult class: $15.

Zohar Dance Company

4000 Middlefield Road, L-4, Palo Alto


Founded in 1979, Zohar is unique in that it 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

Bair Island Aquatic Center

1450 Maple St., Redwood City


Learn to Row classes for adults at Bair Island Aquatic Center (BIAC), a local nonprofit boathouse. No previous experience or fitness level required. Six sessions in spring and summer, consisting of two weekends of classes (9 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday), followed by four weeks of instruction in the novice crew. Cost: $250 (includes three month membership at BIAC). Visit the website for details and registration information.

Lucy Geever-Conroy, Flight Instructor and 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

Empowerment Boot Camp

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


Empowerfit is different from other military-style boot camps. Visit the website or call for more information and to register.

American Red Cross: Silicon Valley Chapter

2731 North First St., San Jose


Palo Alto 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. Call 1-877-727-6771 for dates/times or visit the website.

Andre's Boot Camp (ABC)

No two sessions are the same but every session will offer either circuit training or interval training. ABC is designed for those who enjoy multi-sport activities. A variety of athletic "toys" are used to make the classes both fun and challenging. Call, email or visit the website for more information.

The Happy Body

3154 Woodside Road, Woodside


Most people approach fitness and weight loss in all the wrong ways. The result is a vicious cycle involving disappointing ups and downs, wasted money and needless dependence on gurus and trainers. The Happy Body Program is different. Using a system involving nutrition, exercise and relaxation, teachers Aniela & Jerzy Gregorek help achieve the desired results of a balanced lifestyle featuring improved health and greater youthfulness.

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), in-door 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.

Be Yoga

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.

Darshana Yoga

654 High St., Palo Alto


Fresh yoga classes in Palo Alto. A blend of alignment and flow. Director Catherine De Los Santos has taught yoga in Palo Alto more than 25 years.

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.

Jazzercise at Little House Activity Center

800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park


Jazzercise blends aerobics, yoga, Pilates and kickboxing movements into fun dance routines set to new music. All fitness levels welcome. Classes are ongoing. Go directly to class to register.

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 offers training for eager young athletes who aspire to reach their full potential in soccer. Red Star is affiliated with the US Soccer Federation and US Club Soccer. Red Star teams compete in Nor Cal Premier League and US Club Soccer sanctioned tournaments.

Studio Kicks

796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


650-855-9869 (fax)

Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and fun 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." Get the whole family healthy and fit. Stop by for a free class.

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto. Established in 1973. Learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan). Beginning classes start monthly. Classes are held at the Cubberley Community Center.

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. Call or visit the website for class schedule and more information. 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. Please 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. Every Saturday, 8-9 a.m., in the Parish Hall. $5/person.

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.

Language Courses

ABC Languages

585 Glenwood Ave., Menlo Park


ABC Languages offers up to 20 different language classes to adults and children either in groups or privately. ABC's teaching staff is composed of experienced instructors who are native speakers of the language they teach.

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, from 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.

Istituto Educazione Italiana

1000 El Camino Real, Room 8, Atherton


Italian language for adults in the evening on the campus of Menlo College. Workshops in painting Tuscan and Venetian landscapes/cityscapes using acrylics. Workshops in Florentine silversmithing at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Classes start March 26.

Parents only

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

Custom Handweavers

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. Call for more information, email or visit the website.

Art for Well Beings

2460 Park Blvd., 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. Please call to register.

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, as well as summer camps.

Children's Music Workshops

PO Box 60756, Palo Alto, CA 94306


Kids music classes and private lessons for guitar, piano and voice. Locations in Palo Alto and Mountain View. Music for special-needs children too.

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. Private music lessons offered, taught by international faculty. Financial assistance available. Private lessons also offered.

Kindermusik with Wendy

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.

Lingling Yang Violin Studio

Palo Alto


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

Palo Alto


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

Palo Alto


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.

Music Within Us

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View


Dr. Lisa Chu offers classes, workshops, and individual 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 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

688 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. Register online or stop by the Art Center for a class brochure.

School Days

Lydian Academy

815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park


Lydian Academy is a personalized middle and high school recognized for academic excellence and great teachers. Lydian has rolling admissions and welcomes new students every week, year round. Earn your diploma from Lydian or get ahead by taking UC-approved and AP classes in Lydian's after-school and summer programs. Lydian also offers professional tutoring with proven results.

Emerson School

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto


650-856-2778 (fax)

Emerson School, a private, non-sectarian program for grades 1-8, operates on a year-round full-day schedule providing superior academic preparation, international courses (Chinese, Spanish) and individualized Montessori curriculum. Visit website for details.

Challenger School

3880 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Challenger School is an independent private school that focuses on academic excellence, individual achievement, critical thinking skills and self-reliance. Challenger students achieve scores on average in the 90th percentile on the national Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). Tour the campus to learn about Challenger's preschool through eighth grade programs.

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 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 Mon.-Fri. (1-4:30 p.m.); Mon., Wed. and Fri. (8:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.); and Tue.-Thu. (8:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.).

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 18 months to adult. Vacation and summer camps, one- and two-day arts workshops offered throughout the year. Private music lessons offered, taught by international faculty. Financial assistance available.

Children's Pre-School Center (CPSC)

4000 Middlefield Road, T-1, Palo Alto


Students will experience the joy of finger painting, the thrill of dancing, the pleasure of building towers, and the satisfaction of mastering pre-literacy and pre-math skills with the support and guidance of a dedicated, loving, multicultural teaching staff.

Circle of Friends Preschool

3214 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park


Circle of Friends Preschool offers a well-rounded curriculum in a warm personal environment. The 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. All this in a 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 Sschool (GAIS) is an international school serving approximately 300 students in 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.

Helios New School

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto


Constructivist K-4 secular program for gifted children. Individualized curriculum including foreign language, science, fine arts and social-emotional learning.

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.

Jim Gorman Swim School

3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley

650-854-6699, ext. 100

Patient, professional instructors and warm, clean pools make it fun to learn to swim. Private and small group lessons for all ages and abilities, from water babies (3-30 months) to national champions. Weekday and weekend lessons available for sign-ups now.

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 which offers a development-oriented curriculum in a park-like setting.

Milestones Preschool

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

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Palo Alto Prep is a unique private high school designed to help students succeed in every aspect of life with confidence and success.

Phillips Brooks School

2245 Avy Ave., Menlo Park


The Phillips Brooks School, an independent co-educational day school for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, prepares each student to live a creative, humane and compassionate life, and to be a contributing member of society. The curriculum emphasizes the basic academic disciplines and their integration into everyday life while developing the foundation for individual scholastic excellence and inspiring an enthusiasm for life-long learning. The overall school experience weaves the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical areas of growth into the fabric that is the Phillips Brooks School community.

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-3. 6:1 student/teacher ratio.

School for Independent Learners

909 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos


Private WASC-accredited high school. One-to-one and small-group instruction. FT and PT enrollment. UC-approved college prep, honors and AP coursework. Individualized curriculum. Self-paced and mastery-based — failure is not an option. Also: tutoring, test prep and college counseling. Open every day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Start anytime.

Sora International Preschool

701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto


Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool. Sora provides children a great leaning experience in a warm, cheerful and friendly environment. 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.

St. Joseph Catholic School

1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View


St. Joseph Catholic School offers a comprehensive curriculum with an emphasis on religion, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. In addition to the core curriculum, St. Joseph's also offers a fine arts program, computer instruction and physical education.

Trinity School

2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park


Early childhood through grade 5. Trinity School encourages preschool to grade 5 children from all backgrounds to love learning. Trinity fosters rigorous academics grounded in child-centered content. The legacy of a Trinity education is a curious mind and a discerning heart.

Woodland School

360 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley


Preschool-8th grade. Woodland School's focus is a challenging academic program with a strong enrichment program of art, music, drama, computers, gymnastics and physical education. Science, math and technology are an integral part of the 5th-8th grade experience. Extended care is offered 7:30 a.m-8:15 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Call for a brochure or to set up a tour.

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.

Los Altos Christian Schools

625 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos


Classes include preschool through 8th grade. The instruction level is geared towards challenging the average to above average learner. The goal is to enable students to become leaders and influence the world around them. Several electives are offered to elementary students: Spanish, gym, art, music, computers and library. The school consistently scores in the high 80th and 90th percentile in the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) series. The campus is private, surrounded by hills, trees, and located 1/4 mile from the Interstate 280 Magdalena exit. School tours available.

Something for Everyone

Palo Alto Adult School

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


650-329-8515 (fax)

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 Talking Playhouse

595 Price Ave., Suite A, Redwood City


Social-learning and social-skills classes and activities for all age groups, including theater games and writing groups.

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. Computer classes include meet the PC, intro to Windows XP, sending-receiving email, slide-show photo organizer, MS Excel, eBay sales and surfing, resume writing, grant writing and master the interview. Exercise classes include: belly dance, exercise for the older adult, Feldenkrais, hiking, hula, mat Pilates, Qigong, stability ball, stretch and flex, Tai Chi and yoga. Older-adult classes (55+) available. Current language course offerings include French, Japanese, Spanish, German and Finnish. Language classes include. beading, drawing, ceramics, Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana), knitting and crochet, needle arts and sewing, painting (watercolor, oil, acrylic).

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.

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 summer Class Guide will publish on May 9-11, 2012, with deadlines approximately two weeks prior.

To inquire about placing a listing in the class guide, email Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren at or call 650-223-6515 or visit To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call our display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

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Community School of Music and Arts (aka CSMA)

Music with Toby

Career Planning:

Career Generations


Waldorf School

German International School of Silicon Valley

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

Palo Alto Prepatory

Children's Health Council (Sand Hill School)

Mid-Peninsula High School

Lydian Academy

Amigos de Palo Alto


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