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Classes/WorkshopsWrite Your Life memoir classes
Phyllis Butler, a local author and feature writer published in California and internationally, will teach a weekly class on writing memoirs, providing guidance, prompts and motivation. Thursdays, Feb. 5-26, 1-2 p.m. $50 four weeks; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsHomemade introductory cooking classes
Homemade Cooking Inc. will offer three introductory courses during which students can experience coaching in healthy cooking, learn about the supportive community and enjoy all-natural foods. Homemade is offering five- and ten-week programs starting now and in the coming months. Feb. 12, 13 and 27, 6-8 p.m. $30 (a friend can attend for free). Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsPhotography Workshop for Girls
This workshop for girls will teach photography techniques and offer practice opportunities, with the ultimate goal of assisting students in capturing memories, communicating ideas and stimulating change. Feb. 28, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free ($35 fully refundable registration deposit). Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsSleeping Through the Night workshop
Certified sleep consultant and local mother Melissa Zdrodowski will give a talk at DayOne Baby covering actions parents can take to help their children sleep through the night, as well as troubleshooting common problems. Feb. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. $40. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsChildbirth preparation info session
Blossom Birth Services will offer a free Childbirth Prep Info Session providing details to women who are 14 to 28 weeks pregnant on what the classes and support Blossom offers. Feb. 28, 9-10:15 a.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave. Suite 120, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsNeedle felting workshop
In this simple workshop at the Mountain View Public Library, participants will create a sheep and a four leaf clover using needle felting. Space is limited, and registration is required. March 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsHousehold Alchemy: Beauty Edition
This workshop at the Mountain View Public Library will guide participants in making their own household products, including homemade body wash, deodorant, crayon lipstick and herbal hairspray. Participants must bring two clean 8-ounce jars, a clean 8-ounce spray bottle and a small pot or empty lip balm tube. Space is limited, and registration is required. March 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsFundamentals of Water-Wise Gardening
This BAWSCA class will discuss basic water-saving gardening techniques including plant selection and placement, proper irrigation, soil preparation and design. It will also cover the benefits of drought-tolerant plants as an alternative to a lawn. Registration is required. March 4, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsExercise workshop with clubs
Steven Rice will hold an exercise workshop with weighted clubs, during which participants will build strength and mobility in the their shoulders, arms and hands. The workshop is ideal for office workers who want to improve posture and athletes who reach overhead frequently. March 7, 9:30-11 p.m. $45 (with $15 advance deposit); $55 at the event. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsReiki 1 class
This course will teach the art of Reiki, which aims to reduce stress and enhance health and happiness through a gentle touch. March 7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $200. Los Altos Reiki Center, 745 Distel Drive, #121, Los Altos.
Classes/WorkshopsSoil Management for Vegetable Gardens
UC Master Gardeners will offer a workshop on improving soil structure, including how to use amendments and fertilizers correctly, as well as grow and cut in cover crops. March 7, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsElevator Pitch Workshop: Getting to Wow!
Offered by VC Taskforce, this event will help entrepreneurs in understanding how to best articulate their business proposition to others. Feb. 23, 6-8:30 p.m. $45-$75. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2 Palo Alto Square, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsSimple Sewing: Zip-up pencil case
This Simple Sewing event for sewers of all levels will instruct participants in how to put a zipper in a small pouch. Space is limited, and registration is required. March 9, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
UC Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will share info on how to grow and care for all types of succulents, including how to propagate them from cuttings. The event will include a demonstration on planting a small container with succulents. March 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsYoga with Surfer Mike
Surfer Mike will lead a weekly course in yoga and meditation with the goal of fostering inner peace and well-being. All ages and levels are welcome. Jan. 5-March 13, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $90-$99. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsTree Care in a Drought class
This BAWSCA class will address proper care, maintenance and irrigation techniques for promoting the long-term health of trees in water-conserving gardens. Registration is required. March 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsUrban bicycling class
This free class will provide bicycling tips to facilitate safe transportation and daily routine exercise. An optional free Bike Share ride is available at the end of class. Those wanting to ride should bring a helmet. March 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsField work in Ireland info sessions
These events will provide information on the Foothill College Ireland Field Study Program, a four-week archaeology and anthropology project taking place this July at Ballintober Castle. See the website for more details. Jan 21, Feb. 18 and March 18, noon and 6 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsSustainable Edibles class
This BAWSCA class will share how to reduce the amount of water used for seasonal vegetable gardening by growing "warm-season" vegetables throughout the summer. The course will also discuss organic maintenance techniques. Registration is required. April 22, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsLaundry to Landscape Graywater
This BAWSCA class will teach students about residential graywater systems, which allow residents to safely reuse water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants. Registration is required. May 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., 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/WorkshopsEdible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class over five Saturdays covering garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, and watering, among other topics. Saturdays, March 7 and 28, April 18, May 9, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.