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Classes/WorkshopsPalo Alto Chinese School open house
On three upcoming Fridays, the Palo Alto Chinese School will host an open house and walk-in registration for its Mandarin Chines Program and Chinese as a Second Language Program. Classes start on Aug. 22 and are for children ages 4 and up. Aug. 15 and 22 and Sept. 5, 7-9 p.m. Free. Room 400, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
UC Master Gardeners will lead a workshop on composting with discussion and demonstrations. It will cover cold, hot and worm composting. Sept. 6, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Classes/Workshops'Water-Efficient Gardening 101'
This class on basic water-saving gardening techniques will cover plant selection and placement, proper irrigation, soil preparation and design options. Several drought-tolerant plants will be given out in a raffle. Refreshments will be provided. Sept. 6, 11 a.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsCommunity tree-planting workshop
Local nonprofit Canopy will offer a free, two-part workshop for teens and adults interested in leading community tree-plantings. The first part is a classroom session and demonstration; the second part is a community tree planting on Sept. 6. Sept. 4 or 5, 6-8 p.m.; Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
The Los Altos Library will offer a workshop on using PressDisplay, a service which allows library patrons to translate and search by keyword in 2000 newspapers from over 100 countries. Sept. 9, 2-3 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Classes/WorkshopsHealthy cooking with Laura Stec
Laura Stec -- a chef, educator and author of "Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming" -- will teach a class on quick and healthy cooking tips and techniques. Registration is required. Sept. 11, 5-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsSilicon Valley Grows workshop
UC Master Gardeners will show attendees when and how to collect seeds, covering threshing, winnowing and storing. The event will include hands-on activities to prepare seeds brought by attendees for planting the next season. Sept. 13, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/Workshops'Grow Your Own Seedlings'
This class will share with students how to grow seedlings, covering where to get seeds, timing, care, soil and containers. Sept. 13, 2-4 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/Workshops'Cooking Your Food with the Sun'
In this class taught by Carol Cox, students will learn about several different ways of cooking with the sun, as well as how to make a solar oven. Solar ovens will also be available for purchase. Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsSewing for Kids & Teens
This class will teach kids and teens how to sew, including how to use a sewing machine, do layout, cut and sew a project. Teachers will provided guidance and support. A materials list will be sent out a week before the course begins. Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. $64 resident; $85 non-resident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-Sept. 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsOverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
The Portola Valley Library will offer appointments for community members to receive one-on-one assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Wednesdays, Aug. 6-Sept. 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsPhotoshop Elements workshop
The Portola Valley Library will hold a workshop to teach students how to crop, edit, and retouch images using Photoshop Elements, a photo-editing program available on all San Mateo County Library PC's. Sept. 27, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsHistory class with Michael Svanevik
Michael Svanevik will teach a class at Little House called "San Francisco, 1915-1945." The class will discuss the construction of new bridges, an island, an airport and other infrastructure; the Prohibition; colorful city figures; and other topics. Wednesdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Little House Activity Center will offer a weekly class on genealogy to help community members in investigating the lives of their ancestors. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $86; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsAccent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsGerman Language Class
This class, taught by a college-credentialed teacher who lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, will focus on speaking, reading and writing German. Basic grammar and culture will also be covered. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, Room 406, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFall acting classes
Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory will offer classes this fall in which adults and children can learn a variety of theater skills. Classes for adults will be taught by Rick Lombardo, former artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and will begin on Sept. 15. Classes for children (ages 4 to 18) will begin on Sept. 2. Sept. 2-Nov. 14., $225-$285. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsEarth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .
Classes/WorkshopsKids arts and crafts class
This Menlo Park course will lead children in creative art projects including painting, drawing, collage, working with clay and more. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Dec. 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $228 resident; $307 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFor the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsJoyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/Workshops'Salad Loverís Dream' Garden Class
Local organic gardener Jody Main will lead this class on basic veggie gardening skills, soil preparation easy planting and harvesting. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.