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- May 11, 2012

Summer Class Guide 2012

Summer is here, and classes for kids and adults are available across the Midpeninsula. Want to beat the heat? Maybe it's time to practice that breaststroke or finally take up ice-skating. Getting a leg up in school can be tough. Summer is a great time for an SAT or language class. All the classes listed below are local, so give one a shot!

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

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

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 preschoolers.

Dance Connection

4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto

Studio: 650-852-0418

Office: 650-322-7032

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.

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.

Zohar School of Dance and 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

Lucy Geever-Conroy, Flight Instructor for 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

CMAC Swim School

CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto


CMAC Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are a half hour long and each class contains three to four participants.

Kim Grant Tennis Academy

3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


The Kim Grant Tennis Academy offers tennis classes to minis (ages 3-5), beginner (ages 5-7), intermediate I and II, advanced and elite players.

Palomo Archery

4022 Transport, Palo Alto


Palomo Archery offers classes for groups, parties, boy scout/school classes and private instruction.

American Red Cross: Silicon Valley 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

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), indoor 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.

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."

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

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

Sur La Table Cooking School

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

(650) 289-0438 (Go to "cooking classes" navigation bar, and search "Palo Alto")

Classes are two to two and and half hours long. Recipes and tasting-sized portions will be provided in the class. Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes, and classes for kids and teens.

The Silicon Valley Boychoir

600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto


The Silicon Valley Boychoir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto and trains boys in the art of choral singing with an emphasis on vocal coaching, music literacy, and the highest artistic standards. The multi-level choir for boys in grades 1-8 is expanding next fall and adding additional levels. Auditions are June 4 (see ad).

Art for Well Beings

2460 Park Blvd. #3, 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.

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.

pstyle:smallhead>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.

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

668 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.

School Days

T'enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto


Play-based approach develops skills and a love of learning. Two, three and five day per week options for 18 months to five years with emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement, values and fun in two beautiful locations.

Amigos de Palo Alto

1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto


Amigos de Palo Alto 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.).

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.

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.

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-4. 6:1 student/teacher ratio.

Sora International Preschool

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 a second language at an early age.

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 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.To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call our display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

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