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- April 2, 2021

Spring Class Guide

The pandemic may have changed the meaning of "normal life," but it hasn't hampered the plethora of local opportunities available for those looking to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Local gyms, art studios and schools have all made the pivot to online learning to cater to the community in a time of social distancing. But the spring also welcomes the reintroduction to a few in-person classes this year: Dance outdoors, do yoga, and send your children back to class once again. It's all here in the Spring Class Guide of 2021. Be sure to contact or check the listing's website for the latest information.

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

Business & Tech


2225 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

650-619-2214 / [email protected] / careergenerations.com

CareerGenerations currently offers group workshops and 1:1 help via Zoom to meet the career needs of a variety of individuals, including college students looking for internships, and graduates and professionals exploring career options or looking for employment.

ReBoot Accelerator for Women

585 Broadway, Redwood City

650-387-3743 / [email protected] / rebootaccel.com

ReBoot Accelerator for Women keeps local women current, connected and confident about reentering the workforce through workshops taught by instructors from LinkedIn, Google, Apple and social media experts.


Dance Connection

4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto

650-322-7032 / [email protected] / danceconnectionpaloalto.com

Dance Connection offers a mix of in-person, online, hybrid and outdoor dance classes tailored for preschool-age children (beginning at age 3), youth and adults of all levels. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Pilates and other instruction is available. Spring registration is ongoing until Memorial Day, May 31.

Zohar School of Dance & Company

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. Livestream classes via Zoom are available.

Sports & Outdoors

Baylands Golf Links

1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

650-856-0881 / baylandsgolflinks.com

Private lessons teaching golf techniques, rules and etiquette are available at any level of experience. Check online for spring registration.

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 clinics now open.

Health & Fitness


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. The studio is only offering outdoor classes. Call for the latest updates.

Studio Kicks

796 San Antonio Road A, 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. Classes are currently held remotely on Zoom and in-person two days a week. Check online or call for registration.

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. Outdoor classes are available. Call or email for more information.


4000 Middlefield Road Building B, Palo Alto / 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto

650-289-5400 / avenidas.org

Avenidas offers many classes, as well as lectures and workshops, for Midpeninsula seniors focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing, music and writing. Classes via Zoom are available for members and nonmembers. Register online.

Special needs

Bay Area Friendship Circle

3921 Fabian Way, Suite A023, Palo Alto

650-858-6990 / [email protected] / bayareafc.org

The Bay Area Friendship Circle currently offers virtual 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. For more information or to register for programs, visit the website.

Language courses

Berlitz Palo Alto Language Center

3000 El Camino Real Building 4, Suite 200, Palo Alto

650-294-4362 / berlitz.com/language-centers/palo-alto

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 available online and in-person.

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

Live online classes are offered for Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and sign language. They cover beginning and advanced skills. Check online for start dates.

Music & arts

Art & Soul

Webster Street Studio, 2326 Webster St., Palo Alto

650-269-0423 / [email protected] / artandsoulpa.com

Art & Soul offers private and small group lessons online or in-person by bringing the class to home backyards. Programs allow children to explore drawing, painting and sculpture techniques, as well as develop their observational skills. Email or call for more information.

Community School of Music and Arts

Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View

650-917-6800 / [email protected] / arts4all.org

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts, with courses suited for adults and children as young as preschool-age. Most classes are currently held online. Register for classes through the website.

New Mozart School of Music

2100 El Camino Real Suite C, Palo Alto

650-324-2373 / [email protected] / newmozartschool.com

New Mozart School of Music offers music lessons year-round to students of all ages and abilities. Piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, guitar, flute and early childhood music classes are available. In-person private lessons are available. Group classes remain online. Check website for more details.

The Midpen Media Center

900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto

650-494-8686 / [email protected] / midpenmedia.org/workshops

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. Classes held via Zoom.

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, digital art and more. Registration for online spring classes 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. Virtual and outdoor classes are available.

Sur La Table Cooking School

Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, #57, Palo Alto

650-289-0019 / surlatable.com

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. In-person classes for kids, teens and adults are available.

Silicon Valley Boychoir

600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

650-424-1242 / [email protected] / svboychoir.org

Silicon Valley Boychoir offers rehearsals, musicianship classes and performance opportunities to boys ages 7 and up. Private and small group classes are currently online. Auditions by appointment only.

Parent education

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.

School days

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. The school offers in-person care only. Enrollment is ongoing.

Emerson School

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

650-424-1267 / [email protected] / emersonmontessori.com

Emerson School provides a year-round program for grades one to eight, 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. Classes are remote and in-person. Apply online.

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto

650-494-4404 / [email protected] / 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. In-person and remote instruction available. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

HeadsUp! Child Development Center

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto

650-424-1221 / [email protected] / emersonmontessori.com

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. Classes are remote and in-person. Call or visit the website for more information.

Silicon Valley International School

151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto

650-251-8500 / [email protected] / svintl.org

Silicon Valley International School, formerly the International School of the Peninsula, offers 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 programs include media and technology, music, gastronomy and athletics classes. Check the website for the latest information.

Kehillah Jewish High School

3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

[email protected] / 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. Contact the school or visit the website for information on reopening plans.

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 on experiential learning, family involvement and play.

Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto

Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

650-646-1066 / livingwisdomhighschool.org

Living Wisdom High School serves ninth through 12th grade students 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. In-person and online instruction available.

Living Wisdom School of Palo Alto

456 College Ave., Palo Alto

650-462-8150 / 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 low teacher-student ratio; an integrated arts program; a balanced approach to technology; and after-school care. In-person and online instruction available.

Lydian Academy

815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

650-321-0550 / [email protected] / 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 offers tutoring and after-school programs. The school opens for in-person learning April 12. Enrollment is ongoing.

Meira Academy

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 and preparing its students for college. The school currently offers in- person and remote learning.

Learning Links

3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

650-219-7351 / [email protected] / learninglinks.org

Learning Links, formerly Milestones Preschool, offers year-round programs for junior preschool and preschool, pre-kindergarten and special education students to foster social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The school offers in-person care.

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. Call for more information on enrollment.

Peninsula School

920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park

650-325-1584 / [email protected] / peninsulaschool.org

Peninsula School is a progressive institution teaching 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. The school is following a hybrid learning model for all of its students. Call or visit the website for admissions information.

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 second through eighth grade with language-based learning differences, and assists with the attention and social difficulties that go along with them. Admission for the 2021-2022 school year is now open.

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

Classes on computer skills, language, cooking, art, outdoors, and many others are available through the Palo Alto Adult School. Registration is open. Check the school's catalogue online to see what classes are currently being offered.

Stanford Continuing Studies

Littlefield Center, 365 Lasuen St., Stanford.

[email protected] / continuingstudies.stanford.edu

Stanford Continuing Studies organizes classes in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing and professional and personal development. Courses are currently only held online. Register for classes at the website.

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 Editorial Assistant Lloyd Lee at [email protected] or call 650-223-6526. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.


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