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Classes/WorkshopsFake Food Fest: Mexican Fiesta
This Mountain View Public Library activity will lead community members in sculpting a miniature fiesta of inedible nachos, tacos and more with Fimo, a synthetic clay. All materials will be provided. Participants must be 16 years or older. Sept. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsLibrary 101 tutorial
This quick tutorial at the Mountain View Public Library will inform patrons of what their library card gives them access to, which includes museum passes, reading recommendations, language learning software, homework help, children's e-books and digital resources. Sept. 10, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsIntroduction to Permaculture
This workshop at Common Ground Garden will cover permaculture design, sharing practical ways to grow healthy food, harvest and clean water, reduce one's carbon footprint and build community. Sept. 12, 2-5 p.m. $25. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsNanny Training for Newborn Care
Taught by a registered nurse, this newborn care class specifically geared towards nannies and caregivers will focus on safe sleep, reading cues, brain development, developmental play, milestones and more. Sept 12, 1-5 p.m. $150. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsAutumn Plant Clinic
At the Autumn Plant Clinic at Gamble Garden, a UC Master Gardener will be on hand to give personal consultations and advice on managing fall garden problems. Gardening and landscaping solutions for Bay Area fall climate and drought issues will be offered. Sept. 12, 9-11 a.m. Free. Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsInfant Massage class
This hands-on workshop on infant massage will teach parents techniques that encourage restful sleep and provide a way to communicate with their babies. Sept. 13, noon-1:30 p.m. $60. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFinding Medical Information Online
This workshop will cover how to find reliable information online about various health conditions and treatments. Topics covered will include whether to trust an information source, how to find reliable sources and where to find help in doing research. Sept. 15, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsFree family yoga and meditation classes
Taught by Amitabh Sinha, an experienced instructor and Palo Alto resident, these outdoors yoga and meditation classes at Mitchell Park will provide an opportunity for friends and families to enhance their well-being, relax and meet new people. Tuesdays, Aug. 18-Sept. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Bowl, 600 E. Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College New Student Orientation
Foothill College New Student Orientation offers opportunities to meet other students and have a variety of questions answered. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Free parking is also available in Lot 1. Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free in advance. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Parent Orientation
Foothill College will hold a Parent Orientation event, where both parents and students can hear about the many programs and services available through the college. Sept. 16, 6 p.m. Free admission. Foothill College, Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201), 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsPaper Crane Folding workshop
This craft workshop will teach students ages 13 and up how to use origami to make cranes, which symbolize peace and good luck. Participants will take home a crane mobile. Beginners are welcome, and supplies are provided. Sept. 19, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsDrop-In Bike Clinic
Professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy will visit the Mountain View Public Library to assist community members with bicycle repairs at the Dero Fixit Station. Things he can help with include changing tires, adjusting shifting and brakes, and identifying mysterious noises. Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsReBoot: Accelerator for Women
This eight-week program will lead women in re-engaging confidently in the workforce. Exercises will help participants refine their career goals and expand their knowledge of current office technologies. Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-noon. $995. GSVlabs, 425 Broadway, Redwood City.
Classes/WorkshopsUpcycle With Knitting course
This program for those who know the basics of knitting and sewing will teach students how to turn old jeans, jackets, bags and other items into new wearable pieces. Thursdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. $105. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsTai Chi in Portola Valley
Tai chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead 60-minute classes for adults on Fridays in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The centuries-old Asian exercise aims to strengthen bodies, sharpen the mind and provide stress relief. No class will be held on Sept. 18. Fridays, Sept. 4-25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsCommunity Jazz Jam
At this event for intermediate to advanced jazz musicians, Community School for Music and Arts faculty and volunteers will arrange players into combos based on experience level. Vocalists are welcome. Those interested should email the organizers (firstname.lastname@example.org) two weeks prior to the session, providing their name, instrument and years of experience. Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m. $20 at the door. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsGinger Beer Workshop (Oct. 10)
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau covers the method for brewing ginger beer, necessary equipment, and successful, safe conditions. Students can taste ginger beer and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a bottle of ginger beer and a jar of ginger bug starter. Oct. 10, 2-4 p.m. $75. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.
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/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/WorkshopsSpotlight on Mindfulness course
At this weekly class, community members can try out different meditation and mindfulness activities in a supportive environment. Studies suggest these activities may help reduce stress, enable better pain management, and increase awareness and improve handling of difficult emotions. Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $52 member; $60 non-member; $12 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsLet's Knit a Sweater class
This class suited for intermediate knitters will guide students in making their own sweaters, helping in choosing patterns and yarn, measuring gauge and putting on the finishing touches. Tuesdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. $119. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park.
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/WorkshopsFall Mountain View Tennis group classes
This fall Mountain View Tennis will hold group tennis classes for a variety of ages and skill levels at tennis courts throughout the city. Classes begin on Sept. 5. Visit the website for more info. Sept. 5-Dec. 18. Class prices vary. Cuesta, Rengstorff, Whisman Park and Cooper Tennis Courts, Mountain View.
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.