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- March 8, 2013

Class Guide

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 row class. Maybe a language class is the best fit. All the classes listed below are local.

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 group sessions to meet specific career needs. CareerGenerations career coaches help assess talents in the context of the marketplace, generate career options, improve resumes and social-media profiles, design a search plan, and help the job seeker skillfully network, interview and negotiate salaries.

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 preschoolers 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 for beginning to advanced levels.


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


DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes from ages 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


Zohar offers classes to adults in jazz, ballet and modern dance under the direction of Ehud and Daynee Krauss.

The Great Outdoors

Lucy Geever-Conroy, flight instructor for Advantage Aviation

1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


Advantage Aviation offers learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.

Health & Fitness

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 are available.

Be Yoga

440 Kipling St., Palo Alto


Be Yoga is a community yoga studio. It has small class sizes and offers workshops on ayurveda, reiki and meditation.

Betty Wright Swim Center @ Abilities United

3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Participants can improve health and wellness through aquatic exercise and therapy in the fully accessible, public, warm-water (93 degrees) indoor pool. Classes include aqua aerobics, aqua arthritis, back basics, body conditioning, Aichi yoga and a prenatal program. Group lessons are also available.

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.

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.

Studio Kicks

796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and 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 teaches 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. This is 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. Students should 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

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.

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

Art for Well Beings

2460 Park Blvd. #3, Palo Alto


Art for Well Beings (AFWB) offers art classes, and it especially welcomes people with special needs. It is open to the public, and drop-in or sessions with all materials provided are available.

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.

Manzana Music School

Palo Alto


Manzana Music School offers 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. There are biweekly free orientation sessions and tours.

Music with Toby

Palo Alto

Toby Branz offers small group and semi-private music lessons in Palo Alto based on the Orff method, with songs, games, movement, rhythm and listening activities. She's a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

New Mozart School of Music

305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto


New Mozart provides 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 group music lessons for all kinds of instruments to ages 3 and up, with skills ranges of beginners to advanced.

Pacific Art League

227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto


The Pacific Art League offers art classes and workshops for students from beginners to advanced, and even non-artists. There are classes in collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Registration is ongoing.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto


Palo Alto Art Center offers classes and workshops for children and adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more.

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 artistic standards.

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 2 to 2-and-a-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.

TheatreWorks Playmakers

Palo Alto


TheatreWorks Education introduces TW Playmakers — camps with theater games and activities, during spring break (K-5) at various locations, and summer (K-8) at Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto. Campers can practice creative storytelling, playwriting, and improvisation. Activities are designed to help students build verbal confidence and performance skills.

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.

School Days

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 child care 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 Monday-Friday afternoons; Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings or afternoons; and Tuesday-Thursday mornings or afternoons.

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school. The school promotes academic excellence, community responsibility and vibrant Jewish living. As a community day school, Hausner serves families from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and religious practices.

International School of the Peninsula

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

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


International School of the Peninsula offers 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. Sand Hill School offers an opportunity to find what fits best for each child. It serves grades K-4 with a 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.

T'enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto


T'enna Preschool offers a 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 locations.

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 8 and 10, 2013, 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.

Advertiser Directory

Amigos de Palo Alto

Cantor Arts Center

Career Generations

Children's Health Council

For The Love of Dance

German American School

German International School

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

Girls Middle School

International School of the Peninsula

Menlo School

Mid-Peninsula High School

Music With Toby

Palo Alto Friends

Palo Alto Preparatory

Silicon Valley Boy Choir

Sora International School

Waldorf School