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Classes/WorkshopsStorytelling for Beginners
Led by experienced storyteller and teacher Enid Davis, this series of six classes will teach adults of all ages how to tell well-crafted traditional and personal stories that can be shared with family and the community. Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 13, 3:30-5 p.m. $60/$70 six classes. Avenidas, Garden Room, 450 Byrant St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsWater-Wise Color Palette class
This Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) class will suggest ways to add pleasing, year-round color to a home garden with drought-tolerant plants -- including shrubs, grasses, trees and flowers. Oct. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsHealth care programs orientation
The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School will hold a workshop for those interested in health care careers, providing information on the certified nursing assistant and medical assistant paths and the programs offered by the school. Online registration is requested. Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
The San Mateo County History Museum will welcome Derrick Kikuchi, who will guide participants through a workshop called "Join the Fold: Exploring Origami and the Art of Paper Folding." Participants will learn about the history of origami and make some origami creations of their own. Oct. 17, 1-4 p.m. $10 member; $15 nonmember. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Classes/WorkshopsAnnual Caregiver Conference
Avenidas will present its 12th annual Caregiver Conference, giving support and inspiration to caregivers. Industry experts and legal and medical professionals will be on hand, and attendees can participate in dynamic group sessions. Lunch will be provided. Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $45. Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, 266 and 270 Escuela Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsNavigating Service Systems
Stanford Autism Spectrum Disorders Parent Education Program will hold a half-day conference entitled "Navigating Service Systems," providing parents and caregivers with information about various community services, including early intervention, special education (IEP process), 504 plans, regional centers and medical/mental health services. Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30. Stanford Child Psychiatry, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsDrop-In Bike Clinic
Professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy will be available at the Dero Fixit station to give advice and help community members work on their bikes. He can assist with changing a tire, adjusting shifting and brakes, identifying mysterious noises and more. All ages are welcome. Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsWaste Not: Worm Composting 101
This Common Ground Garden course will inform participants about what vermicomposting is, how to start composting, caring and feeding compost worms, harvesting and using worm castings, and more. Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m. $25. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsCreate a Succulent Wreath at Gamble Garden
Linda Roark, Gamble Garden's succulent expert and artist, will bring back her popular class on making a 10-inch succulent wreath. Provided materials will include a wreath form and plant cuttings to complete it. Oct. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $85 member; $95 nonmember. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsSilicon Valley Home Buyers' Seminar
Avi Urban will offer a seminar on buying real estate in Silicon Valley, exploring s if the area is in a real estate bubble, whether to buy or rent, and five reasons not to buy a home in Silicon Valley. Oct. 18, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Bank of America, 600 Hansen Way, Suite 220, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsIntro to Drawing Classes
In this art course, students will work from photos while learning about composition, form, light and shadow, the theory of color, paper and other drawing materials. Techniques to be covered include blending, hatching, burnishing and perspective drawing. Mondays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. $120 member; $130 non-member; $25 drop in; $15 supplies. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsPruning Your Fruit Trees for Bounty
In this class at Common Ground Garden, Tom Cronin will teach the basic techniques of pruning and give an overview of needed tools. The event will include both demonstration and hands-on learning of the pruning process. Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m. $40. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsDecorate a Sugar Skull
Community members can decorate sugar skulls in celebration of Día de los Muertos during this detailed craft event. Blank sugar skulls (calaveras) and colorful decorations will be provided. Attendees must be age 16 or older and should bring a shoebox or a similar container to carry home the finished product. Oct. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsTai chi in Portola Valley
Tai chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead a weekly 60-minute class for adults of all abilities in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The ancient exercise form aims to build stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper mind, as well as relieve stress. Fridays, Oct. 9-30, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsFree Yoga in the Park
These free yoga sessions at Mitchell Park will guide participants in meditation and simple breathing techniques that calm the mind. Attendees should bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Saturdays, Oct. 10-31, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, Bowl, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsAlzheimer’s Friendly Business Training
Home Instead Senior Care is offering free trainings for local businesses on how to reduce feelings of isolation among individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Visit the website or call for more information. Monday-Friday, Oct. 1-31, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Home Instead Senior Care, 883 N. Shoreline Blvd., A100, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsBeginning iPad Class
Little House Activity Center will hold a weekly class teaching beginners how to use an iPad. Visit the website for more info. Wednesdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $52 member; $60 nonmember; $20 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsNew Line Dancing Classes
These weekly classes at Little House Activity Center will provide instruction in beginning line dancing (6:45-7:30 p.m.), couples line dancing (7:30-8 p.m.) and intermediate line dancing (8-8:45 p.m.). Price packages are available that combine beginning and intermediate classes. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 10, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $55 member; $60 nonmember; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsEnvironmental Volunteers Training
Environmental Volunteers will host training sessions for new volunteers, individuals who want to share their love of science and nature with students from local schools. No prior experience is necessary. RSVP is required. Visit the website for more info. Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $75 (scholarships available). EcoCenter, 2650 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsLipreading class at Avenidas
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, this free Foothill College Community Based Fall Quarter class will offer help to those who have difficulty hearing in noisy environments, group conversations and other situations. Mondays, Sept. 21-Dec. 7, 1:15-2:45 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 425 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsLipreading class in Menlo Park
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, this free Foothill College Community Based Fall Quarter class will provide help to those who have difficulty hearing in noisy environments, group conversations and other situations. Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Dec. 8, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsWrite Your Life Story memoir class
Taught by local author and writer Phyllis Butler, this weekly class held at Deborah's Palm will assist students in discovering their own voice while writing creatively about their lives. Thursdays, Aug. 13-Dec. 17, noon-1 p.m. $50 series of four classes; $15 drop in. Deborah's Palm Women's Center, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsYoga classes at Little House
Little House Activity Center is now offering a variety of weekly yoga classes -- covering Hatha, Chair, Restorative and Kundalini yoga styles -- taught by experienced professional instructors. See website for the full schedule. Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-Dec. 31. $15 Hatha, Chair or Restorative; $8 Kundalini. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.