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- September 3, 2021

Fall Class Guide

This fall, jump start the season with a wide range of classes from schools, gyms and sports leagues, among others, that continue to ramp up their learning opportunities. Online classes are still available in many cases, or you can once again learn how to cook, paint and speak a new language right next to a teacher at the many places that are now offering in-person classes and activities. Be sure to check each listing's COVID-19 protocols before signing up.

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 re-entering the workforce through workshops taught by instructors from LinkedIn, Google, Apple and Enjoy and social media experts.


Dance Connection

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. Fall registration now open.

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. In-person and livestream classes via Zoom are available. Reserve ahead of time.

Stanford Quads Square Dance Club

650-853-1711 / [email protected] / stanfordquads.org

This is fast-paced class emphasizes all position dancing (APD) and is suitable for complete beginners and current dancers seeking more experience with APD as well as returning dancers who want a complete review of all of the calls from basic, mainstream and plus. Classes are currently invitation only. Email for location and other information.

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. Fall season for junior programs begins Sept. 7.

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 classes online.

United States Youth Volleyball League

Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

310-212-7008 / [email protected] / usyvl.org/locations/palo-alto

Run by the league and volunteers, the youth volleyball program teaches 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. Late registration ends Sept. 25.

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 yoga, cycling and high-intensity interval training classes.


669 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. Some classes require vaccination.

Studio Kicks

2741 Middlefield 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. Call for more information on classes


4000 Middlefield Road I-2, 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. Check online or call for registration.

Special needs

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 a summer camp program. Trained teen volunteers provide one-on-one friendship and support. Visit online for more information on programs.

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.

German-American School of Palo Alto

GAIS Campus, 475 Pope St., Menlo Park

650-520-3646 / [email protected] / gaspa-ca.org

German-American School of Palo Alto is a Saturday school that teaches immersive German language classes, which also cover culture and traditions. Sessions are available for all skill levels and for children, teens and adults. No prior knowledge of German is required. Fall semester begins Sept. 11 and will be online only.

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 for Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and sign language. They cover beginning and advanced skills. Check the website for class 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. Visit the website for more details.

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 and online lessons are available.

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. Small in-person group workshops and online classes are also available.

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. Online and in-person classes are available.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

650-329-2366 / cityofpaloalto.org

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. Indoor classes are available. Visit the website to see the class catalog.

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-store and online classes are available.

Silicon Valley Boychoir

3149 Waverley St., 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.

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. Amigos also offers Spanish-immersion after-school programs for kindergartners with some Spanish experience. Visit the website for information on summer programs.

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

Cohn Campus: 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto; Willows Campus: 475 Pope St., Menlo Park

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.

Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

650-223-8642 / [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 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.

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

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, after-school programs and summer workshops. In-person and on-campus instruction are available. Registration is open.

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.

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. Registration is ongoing.

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. In-person and online instruction options are available. 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.

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. Go online to view the school's catalogue. Students must be vaccinated.

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. Most classes begin Sept. 20. 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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