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- March 7, 2014

Class Guide

Spring is prime time to start things anew and become more active. A range of local classes — from dance and yoga to cooking and language courses — can be a great way to refresh the mind and body.

The Class Guide is published quarterly by the Palo Alto Weekly, the Almanac and the Mountain View Voice.

Business, Work and Technology


2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 239, Palo Alto


CareerGenerations offers group sessions 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. CareerGenerations offers a free, initial 15-30 minute phone consultation.

For the Dancer

Beaudoin's School of Dance

464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto


The school holds tap, ballet, ballroom and jazz dance classes for children and adults, as well as special classes for preschoolers.

Dance Connection

4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto


Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschooler to adults, with a variety of programs to meet dancers' needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, boys program, lyrical, Pilates and combination classes are available at beginning to advanced levels. Yoga and Zumba classes are also taught.


4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberley Community Center, L-3, Palo Alto


DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes for young children (beginning at age 3) up to adults. Classes range from modern to hip-hop/jazz, lyrical, belly dancing, ballet and contact improvisation. Adults with no prior experience are welcome.

Uforia Studios

819 Ramona St., Palo Alto


Uforia Studios offers dance classes, spinning classes and strength and sculpting classes. All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.

Zohar School of Dance and Company

4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberley Community Center, L-4, Palo Alto


Zohar offers a range of dance classes for both children and adults.

The Great Outdoors

Advantage Aviation

1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


With 28 instructors, Advantage Aviation has a wide offering of classes, including learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school, flying lessons and free seminars for pilots.

Health & Fitness

American Red Cross: Silicon Valley Chapter

400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto


The Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter offers a CPR and first-aid class for both adults and children.

Be Yoga

440 Kipling St., Palo Alto


This community yoga studio offers a range of classes as well as instructor training workshops.

California Yoga Center

541 Cowper St., Palo Alto


The California Yoga Center holds classes for beginning to advanced students at studios in Palo Alto. Yoga classes are scheduled every day and include topics such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops cover additional yoga-related topics.

CMAC Swim School

CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto


Carol Macpherson Aquatics Center Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are small and are a half-hour long.


440 Portage Ave., Palo Alto


Equinox offers a variety of fitness and wellness activities including cycling and Pilates. It also features Metcom3, Stacked 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 also available for teen and adult beginners, as well as for those with special needs.

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. Pool includes accessible chair-lift entry. Swim instruction includes group and semi-private lessons for children aged 2.5 and older. Tennis classes are offered for adults and children ages 3 and older.

Studio Kicks

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. Owner and instructor Richard Branden is a six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the "Power Rangers."

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto

Cubberley Community Center, Room M4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto teaches the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan). Beginning classes start monthly.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA

Unity Palo Alto, Y.E.S. Hall, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto


The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, a nonprofit organization with nationally accredited instructors, offers classes designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and health. Beginner classes in Taoist Tai Chi internal art of Tai Chi Chuan are offered for all ages and fitness levels.

United States Youth Volleyball League

Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto


Run by the USVYL and volunteers, the youth volleyball program allows boys and girls of all skill levels from ages 7 to 15 to play and learn the sport in a fun, supportive and co-ed environment. The season begins on April 16 and lasts until June 7.

Yoga at All Saints' Episcopal Church

555 Waverley St., Palo Alto


Yoga classes are offered in the church's Parish Hall room. Students should bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes. If floor work is difficult, exercises can be modified. All ages are welcome; no registration is necessary.

Just for Seniors


450 Bryant St., Palo Alto


Avenidas offers a variety of classes focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing and writing. Membership costs, fees and class descriptions are listed on the website.

Language Courses

Berlitz Learning Center

159 Homer Ave., Palo Alto


Berlitz offers adult and youth language classes in Spanish, Italian, French and English as a Second Language (ESL). They also offer language and 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. Classes run March 18 to May 13 on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Language Studies Institute

445 Sherman Ave., Suite Q, Palo Alto


The Language Studies Institute offers group, children's, corporate and traveler's classes in a variety of languages including Arabic, Hindi, German, Russian and others.

Mind and Spirit

Ananda Palo Alto

2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


Ananda Palo Alto offers classes covering various topics including yoga and meditation.

Integrated Healing Arts

4153 El Camino Way, Palo Alto


Integrated Healing Arts offers ongoing classes on meditation, self-development, self-realization and spiritual health.

Music, Arts and Crafts

Art for Well Beings

2460 Park Blvd., No. 3, Palo Alto


Art for Well Beings offers art classes for all ages and especially welcomes people with special needs.

Art with Emily

402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto


Emily Young teaches mixed-media, multi-cultural art classes for children at her studio in Palo Alto.

Art Works Studio

595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto


Art Works Studio holds a variety of fine-art classes for kids. Classes are offered at U-Me in Menlo Park and also in cooperation with Palo Alto Menlo Park Parent's Club (PAMP).

Lingling Yang Violin Studio

Palo Alto


A classically trained violinist, Lingling Yang offers violin classes year-round to children 7 and up and adults for all levels. Auditions are required for intermediate and advanced violin players.

Manzana Music School

Barron Park, Palo Alto

650-799-7807 or 408-460-6903

Manzana Music School offers group lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocal for up to three students. All abilities are welcome. The music school offers a free trial half-hour lesson for potential guitar, banjo and mandolin students.

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. It also holds biweekly free orientation sessions and tours.

Opus1 Music Studio

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto


Opus1 Music Studio offers group music lessons in piano, violin, guitar, saxophone, voice and clarinet.

Pacific Art League

227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto


Pacific Art League's art classes and workshops are taught by qualified, experienced instructors for students with abilities ranging non-artists to advanced. Classes cover sculpture, collage, oil painting, portraits, sketching, life drawing, acrylic, watercolor and brush painting. Registration is ongoing.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto


Classes and workshops are held at the Palo Alto Art Center for children and adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more.

The Silicon Valley Boychoir

600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto


The Silicon Valley Boychoir trains boys in the art of choral singing, with an emphasis on vocal coaching and music literacy.

Sur La Table Cooking School

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes and classes for kids and teens. Information is listed on the website: Click on "Cooking Classes" in top navigation bar, and then search "Palo Alto."

School Days

Amigos de Palo Alto

1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto


Amigos de Palo Alto is a Spanish-immersion preschool for children ages 2.5 to 5 years. Instructors are all bilingual, and children learn Spanish naturally — through play, song, art and academics. Preschool schedules include two-, three-, and five-day options for morning or afternoon. Amigos also offers Spanish-immersion after-school programs for kindergarteners as well as summer camps for preschoolers through rising first-graders.

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is a community day school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

International School of the Peninsula

Cohn Campus (grades 1-8): 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto

Cooper Campus (nursery): 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto


An independent bilingual immersion day school with French and Mandarin nursery to fifth-grade programs, as well as a middle school program. It also offers afterschool enrichment programs to all, regardless of enrollment in the school. Programs offered teach foreign languages, cooking, science, dance, art and crafts and cultural activities.

Milestones Preschool

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.

Mustard Seed Learning Center

2585 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto


The Mustard Seed Learning Center Pre-School Program offers children from 2.5 to 5 years a dual academic immersion opportunity (Chinese/English), as well as a play-based learning experience.

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.

Sand Hill School

650 Clark Way, Palo Alto


Sand Hill School works with young children from kindergarten through sixth grade with learning, attention and social challenges. The student/teacher ratio is 6:1. 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. Sora's mission is to help families that are raising bilingual children as well as those that want their children to begin learning a second language.

T'enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto


The preschool's play-based approach develops skills and a love of learning. Two-, three- and five-day-per-week options for 18 months to 5 years are offered with an emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement, values and fun.

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.

To inquire about placing a listing in the next class guide, email Editorial Assistant Sam Sciolla at or call 650-223-6519. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

Advertiser Directory

Gideon Hausner, Palo Alto

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, San Jose

German International School of Silicon Valley, Mountain View

Mid-Peninsula High School, Menlo Park

German American International School, Menlo Park

Palo Alto Adult School, Palo Alto

Sand Hill School (Children's Health Council), Palo Alto


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