Business & Tech
2225 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
650-320-1639 / [email protected] / careergenerations.com.
CareerGenerations offers group workshops and programs to meet the career needs of a variety of individuals, including college students looking for internships, graduates looking for employment and those re-entering the market. The next six-week Job Search Group for Women starts on Jan. 24.
ReBoot Accelerator for Women
655 Oak Grove Ave., P.O. Box 445 Menlo Park.
650-427-9433 / [email protected] / rebootaccel.com.
ReBoot Accelerator for Women keeps local women current, connected and confident about re-entering the workforce through workshops taught by instructors from LinkedIn, Google, Apple and Enjoy and social media experts.
53 Shorebreeze Court, East Palo Alto.
650-644-7343 / brazivedas.com.
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, Stanford University campus and a home studio in East Palo Alto.
4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto.
650-322-7032/ [email protected] / danceconnectionpaloalto.com.
Dance Connection offers a preschool combination class for preschool-age children (beginning at age 3), graded classes for youth and adults and other programs to meet dancers' needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Pilates and other instruction is available for students at various levels of ability. Registration for the Spring 2018 season will be accepted until Feb. 1 on a space-available basis.
Zohar School of Dance & Company
L-4, 4000 Middlefield Road, L-4, Palo Alto.
650-494-8221 / [email protected] / zohardancecompany.org.
With roots going back to 1979, Zohar School of Dance holds a range of adult dance classes in jazz, contemporary, modern, ballet, musical theater and tap. Though mainly an adult studio, Zohar also welcomes younger students. Classes are ongoing.
Sports & Outdoors
Brad Lozares Golf Shop
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
650-856-0881 / bradlozaresgolfshop.com.
Group and private lessons — teaching golf skills, rules and etiquette — are available for juniors and adults at any level of experience.
Kim Grant Tennis Academy
3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
650-752-8061 / [email protected] / kimgranttennis.com.
The Kim Grant Tennis Academy organizes an array of tennis classes and programs for adults and children, including those with special needs. Registration for Spring 2018 opens Jan. 30.
United States Youth Volleyball League
Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
310-212-7008 / [email protected] / usyvl.org/locations/paloalto.
Run by the league 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. Registration is open for the April 10 to June 2, 2018 season.
Health & Fitness
440 Portage Ave., Palo Alto.
650-319-1700 / equinox.com/clubs/northern-california/paloalto.
Equinox's Palo Alto location offers a variety of fitness and wellness activities including Firestarter, a day's worth of cardio in 30 minutes; The Pursuit by Equinox, a cycling experience; and a Barre and band class.
600 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
650-784-7510 / [email protected] / soul-cycle.com/studios/palo/28.
SoulCycle combines inspirational coaching, high-energy music, indoor cycling, choreography and more to create an enjoyable, full-body workout. Riders of all fitness levels and as young as age 12 can participate in a variety of classes.
796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
650-855-9868 / [email protected] / studiokickspaloalto.com.
Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering cardio kickboxing classes and training in martial arts for children and adults.
Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto
4000 Middlefield Road, M-4, Palo Alto.
650-327-9350 / [email protected] / ttopa.com.
At Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, established in 1973, students learn the classical Yang Style Taijiquan Slow Form style of tai chi. The next new classes for the six-month basic instrucitons begin Jan. 2, 2018.
Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA
3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto / 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto / 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
650-396-9244 / taoist.org/usa/locations/palo-alto.
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, a charitable organization with nationally accredited volunteers, holds classes designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and health. Beginner classes are held a few days each week.
819 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
650-329-8794 / uforiastudios.com.
Uforia Studios offers exercise classes incorporating dance (Pop and Hip Hop), cycle classes (Revolutions and Revolutions: Road) and strength and cardio (Grit).
YogaWorks Palo Alto
440 Kipling St., Palo Alto.
650-468-2929 / yogaworks.com/location/palo-alto.
With locations across the nation, YogaWorks studio holds classes on yin and yang, Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, power and restorative yoga, as well as TRX, a circuit workout and circuit training.
450 Bryant St., Palo Alto / 4000 Middlefield Road, 2nd floor, Building 1, Palo Alto.
650-289-5400 / avenidas.org.
Avenidas offers a plethora of classes, as well as lectures and workshops, for seniors 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.Registration for Winter classes, which run from January through March, opened Dec. 4.
Bay Area Friendship Circle
3921 Fabian Way, Suite A023, Palo Alto.
650-858-6990 / bayareafc.org, / [email protected]
The Bay Area Friendship Circle offers programs for children, teens and young adults with special needs ages 2 to 22 year-round as well as winter and summer camps. Trained teen volunteers provide one-on-one friendship and support. To register for programs or camp visit the website. Winter camp operates Dec. 26 to Dec. 29.
Berlitz Learning Center
159 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
650-617-0720 / berlitz.us/paloalto
Berlitz provides adult and youth language instruction in Spanish, German, French, English and other languages. Private lessons, tutoring, testing services and cultural agility training for businesses are also available.
German-American School of Palo Alto
GAIS Campus, 475 Pope St., Menlo Park.
650-520-3646 / [email protected] / gaspa-ca.org
Started in 1960, the German-American School of Palo Alto (GASPA), a Saturday school, teaches immersive German language classes, which also cover culture and traditions. Sessions are available for all skill levels and students ages 3 to 18. No prior knowledge of German is required.
Language classes at the Palo Alto Adult School
Palo Alto High School, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
650-329-3752 / [email protected] / paadultschool.org/class/world-languages
Classes are offered in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. The classes cover beginning and advanced skills and sometimes literature and arts. Registration is open for Winter 2018 classes, which begin in January.
Mind & spirit
Ananda Church of Self-Realization
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
650-323-3363 / [email protected] / anandapaloalto.org
Ananda Palo Alto classes and events cover various topics including yoga, meditation and spirituality.
Integrated Healing Arts
4153-4161 El Camino Way, Palo Alto.
650-493-7030 / [email protected] / integratedhealing.org
Integrated Healing Arts instructors teach ongoing classes on meditation, self-development, self-realization, tai chi, qigong and spiritual health.
Art with Emily
402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto.
650-856-9571 / [email protected] / artwithemily.com
Emily Young teaches mixed-media and multicultural art classes in small groups for children and adults at her studio in Palo Alto, as well as individual lessons.
Art Works Studio
595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto.
650-796-1614 / [email protected] / artworkspaloalto.net
Art Works Studio holds regular fine-art classes for youth, who are given the chance to explore and learn about art history.
Art & Soul
Webster Street Studio, 2326 Webster St., Palo Alto.
650-269-0423 / artandsoulpa.com
Art & Soul runs after-school art clubs throughout the week at Walter Hays and Ohlone elementary schools and Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, in addition to a club on Wednesdays at its studio. Programs allow children to explore drawing, painting and sculpture techniques, as well as develop their observational skills. Art & Soul also offers art & wine events for private groups.
Common Ground Garden
687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
[email protected] / commongroundgarden.org.
A teaching space and a demonstration garden for sustainable farming, Common Ground Garden organizes adult education classes like fall fruit tree pruning, bare-root fruit tree planting, how to grow and use medicinal herbs and other topics. Youth education programs are also offered. The next hands-on workshop for adults is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2018. (Those who register before Dec. 20, will receive an early-bird special.)
555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
650-473-0664 / [email protected] / deborahspalm.com
Deborah's Palm is a nonprofit community organization that aims to provide a warm and supportive environment for all women. Its class offerings range from workshops on compassion and stress management to classes on cooking, dance, memoir writing and art.
The Midpen Media Center
900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
650-494-8686 / [email protected] / midpenmedia.org
The center offers workshops for a range of media arts, including video production, photo enhancement, studio work and more. The center suggests starting with one of its free hour-long orientation sessions. The next orientation is scheduled for Dec. 21.
Opus1 Music Studio
4131 El Camino Real, #200, Palo Alto.
650-384-6848 / musicopus1.com.
Opus1 Music Studio offers piano, violin, guitar and voice lessons led by professional teachers. Private lessons and group classes are both offered for all ages and all levels, from newborns to adults.
Pacific Art League
668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
650-321-3891 / [email protected] / pacificartleague.org
The classes and workshops at the Pacific Art League are taught by qualified, experienced instructors for children and adults with varying experience. Instructors teach many mediums, including drawing, painting, watercolor, printmaking, digital art and more. Registration for Winter 2018 is open.
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
650-329-2366 / cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter
Palo Alto Art Center classes and workshops — teaching children, teens and adults — cover such areas as ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, Adobe PhotoShop and more. Registration for the Winter quarter, which begins Jan. 8, 2018, is open.
Silicon Valley Boychoir
600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
svboychoir.org / [email protected]
Silicon Valley Boychoir (SVB) offers rehearsals, musicianship classes and performance opportunities to boys ages 7 to 17. Auditions by appointment are available.
Sur La Table Cooking School
Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, #57, Palo Alto.
650-289-0019 / [email protected] / surlatable.com/category/cat2211278/Cooking+Classes
Sur La Table offers hands-on cooking classes, guiding students in making regional cuisines, themed meals or special foods like bread, croissants and baked goods. Classes for kids, teens and adults are available.
Children's Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.
650-326-5530 / [email protected] / chconline.org
Children's Health Council holds a variety of classes touching on child-behavior issues, dyslexia, anxiety and depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and other topics related to encouraging all children's success. All classes are taught by the organization's experts.
200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto.
650-688-3040 / parentsplaceonline.org/peninsula
A resource center for parents, Parents Place on the Peninsula offers workshops on subjects ranging from sibling rivalry to building a child's self-esteem and confidence. Parent and child activity groups are also organized.
Amigos de Palo Alto
1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto.
650-493-4300 / [email protected] / amigosdepaloalto.com
Amigos de Palo Alto is a Spanish-immersion preschool for children 2 1/2 and older. Students are a mix of native and new Spanish speakers, and the program combines reading, writing, art and play to develop a love of learning. Amigos also offers Spanish-immersion after-school programs for kindergartners with some Spanish experience.
2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
650-424-1267 / [email protected] / headsup.org/emerson-school
Emerson School provides a full-day, year-round program for grades 1 to 8, teaching a personalized, Montessori curriculum. Lessons draw from classical subjects and other areas, including art, music, foreign language, physical education, communication, life skills and more.
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
650-494-8200 / hausner.com
Instructing children in kindergarten through eighth grade, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School provides strong academics, instruction in Jewish studies and the Hebrew language, enrichment opportunities and after-school programs.
HeadsUp! Child Development Center
2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
650-424-1221 / [email protected] / headsup.org/headsup
HeadsUp! Child Development Center serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers (to age 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.
Hwa Shin Bilingual Chinese School
750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
408-807-1088 / [email protected] / hwashinschool.org.
This nonprofit, bilingual Chinese school (for students who do not speak Mandarin at home) offers classes for students ages 5 to 18. Chinese language and culture (dance, kung fu and Chinese painting) are taught. Classes are also at Fairmeadow Elementary School, Oak Knoll (Menlo Park) and Laurel School (Menlo Park). Most students continue their Mandarin at local high schools at a level 3.
International School of the Peninsula
151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto.
650-251-8500 / [email protected] / istp.org
International School of the Peninsula is an independent bilingual immersion day school with two nursery-to-fifth-grade programs in French and Mandarin Chinese, as well as an international middle school program. Some of the programs offered include media and technology, music, gastronomy and athletics.
Kehillah Jewish High School
3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
650-213-9600 / kehillah.org
This college-preparatory high school (grades 9-12) features modern science and computer labs, art and music studios, a drama program, a full range of academic courses with small class sizes, sports teams and more.
Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
650-223-8788 / [email protected] / paloaltojcc.org/preschool
The Oshman Family JCC's preschool program provides one- to five-days-per-week options for children 18 months to 5 years old (ages 2 to 4 at Congregation Beth Am), with an emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement and play. Parent/caregiver participation programs are available for children 12 to 23 months old.
Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto
Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
650-646-1066 / [email protected] /LivingWisdomHighSchool.org
Living Wisdom High School serves ninth through 12th grade, and offers a strong emphasis on personalized learning as well as project-based, experiential, in-depth study rooted in creativity, inner development, compassion, critical thinking and problem-solving. Additionally, daily yoga and meditation instruction is included, and curriculum includes a balanced approach to academics and well-being through outdoor adventures and field trips abroad. The school opened Fall 2017.
Living Wisdom School of Palo Alto
456 College Ave., Palo Alto.
650-462-8150 / [email protected] / LivingWisdomSchool.org
Offering daily yoga, meditation, and experiential, project-based learning, Living Wisdom School has 24 years of proven success and serves students in transitional kindergarten through Grade 8. It offers a 1:6 teacher-student ratio in kindergarten; an integrated arts program which includes music, theater, art and dance; a balanced approach to technology; and after-school care.
Lydian Academy LLC
815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
650-321-0550 / lydianacademy.com
Lydian Academy is a middle and high school offering individualized instruction to prepare students for college. Lessons include a mix of one-on-one teaching and group sessions. It also tutoring, after-school and summer school programs.
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
650-485-3589 / [email protected] / meiraacademy.org
Meira Academy is a traditional, all-girls Jewish high school devoted to academic excellence in general and Jewish studies, preparing its students for college, as well as seminaries in Israel.
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
650-618-3325 / [email protected] / milestonespreschool.org
Milestones Preschool offers a year-round, project-based program that fosters the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children ages 2 to 5.
Mustard Seed Learning Center
2585 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
650-494-7389 / [email protected] / mustardseedlearningcenter.org
The Mustard Seed Learning Center is an after-school tutoring and care program that teaches local youth to speak Mandarin Chinese, in addition to emphasizing social development and excellence in mathematics, science, arts and music. It also has a preschool program.
920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park.
650-325-1584 / peninsulaschool.org
Peninsula School is a progressive institution teaching about 250 students from nursery through eighth grade, with an emphasis on choice and experience. Classes cover core subjects as well as instruction in music, physical education, drama, ceramics, woodshop and more.
Sand Hill School
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.
650-688-3605 / [email protected] / sandhillschool.org
Located at the Children's Health Council, Sand Hill School teaches children from kindergarten through sixth grade (expanding to eighth) with language-based learning differences, and assists with the attention and social difficulties that go along with them.
Sora International Preschool of Palo Alto
701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
650-493-7672 / [email protected] / sorapreschool.com
Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool for children 3 to 6 years old. The school combines an early-childhood play experience, instruction in Japanese and English, and exposure to both cultures through traditional events.
Something for everyone
Palo Alto Adult School
Palo Alto High School, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
650-329-3752 / [email protected] / paadultschool.org
Computer, language, cooking, writing, art, outdoor and finance classes — and many other offerings — are available through the Palo Alto Adult School. Registration for winter quarter, which runs from Jan. 16 to March 23, 2018, is open.
Stanford Continuing Studies
Littlefield Center, 365 Lasuen St., Stanford.
650-725-2650 / [email protected] / continuingstudies.stanford.edu
Stanford Continuing Studies organizes classes in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing and professional and personal development. Courses are held in the evenings or on Saturdays. Stanford Continuing Studies also presents lectures, performances, conferences and other events. Winter registration is open. Most classes begin the week of Jan. 15, 2018.
Class Guides are published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and the Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley and Woodside 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 submitting a listing for the next Class Guide, email Associate Editor Linda Taaffe or call 650-223-6511. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.
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