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- December 6, 2013

Class Guide

Winter is coming, but that doesn't have to mean staying huddled indoors. A range of local classes, from dance and yoga to cooking and language courses, are designed to keep both the body and mind active.

The Class Guide is published quarterly by the Palo Alto Weekly, the Almanac and the Mountain View Voice.

Business, Work and Technology


2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 239, Palo Alto


CareerGenerations offers group sessions to meet specific career needs. Career coaches help assess skills in the context of today's marketplace, generate career options, improve resumes and social-media profiles and design a successful job search plan. Additionally, coaches help improve networking, interviewing and negotiating skills. Contact CareerGenerations for a free, initial 15-30 minute phone consultation.

For the Dancer

Beaudoin's School of Dance

464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto


Tap, ballet, ballroom and jazz dance classes for children and adults. Special classes for preschoolers.

Dance Connection

4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto

Studio: 650-852-0418

Office: 650-322-7032

Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschooler to adults, with a variety of programs to meet dancers' needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, boys program, lyrical, Pilates and combination classes available for beginning to advanced levels. Yoga and Zumba classes are also available.

Lingling Yang Violin Studio -  Palo Alto


Offers private violin instructions to children 7 and up and adults for all levels. Year-round enrollment. Audition required for intermediate and advanced violin players. Taught by classically trained violinist.



4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberly Community Center, L-3, Palo Alto


DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes for young children (ages three) up to adults. Class range from modern to hip-hop/jazz, lyrical, belly dancing, ballet and contact improvisation. Adults with no prior experience are welcome.

Uforia Studios

819 Ramona St., Palo Alto


Uforia Studios offers dance classes, strength and sculpting classes and spinning classes. All fitness levels and abilities welcome.

Zohar School of Dance and Company

4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberly Community Center, L-4, Palo Alto


Founded in 1979, Zohar offers a range of dance classes for both children and adults.

The Great Outdoors

Lucy Geever-Conroy, flight instructor for Advantage Aviation

1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


Offering learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.

Health & Fitness

American Red Cross: Silicon Valley Chapter

400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto


The Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter offers a CPR and first aid class for both adults and children.

Be Yoga

440 Kipling St., Palo Alto


This community yoga studio offers a range of classes as well as instructor training workshops.

California Yoga Center

541 Cowper St., Palo Alto


The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students at studios in Palo Alto. Yoga classes are scheduled every day and include topics such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops cover additional yoga-related topics.

CMAC Swim School

CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto


Carol Macpherson Aquatics Center Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are small and are a half-hour long.

Kim Grant Tennis Academy

3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


The Kim Grant Tennis Academy offers tennis classes for adults and children, starting at age 3, ranging in ability from beginner to advanced. Classes also available for teen and adult beginners, as well as those with special needs.

Stanford Campus Recreation Association (SCRA)

875 Bowdoin St., Stanford


Club membership not required for participation in the swimming, tennis and fitness programs offered at SCRA. Pool includes accessible chair-lift entry. Swim instruction includes group and semi-private lessons for children aged 2.5 and older. Tennis classes and lessons are offered for adults and children ages 3 and older.

Studio Kicks

796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering cardio kickboxing classes and martial-arts training for kids and adults. Owner and instructor Richard Branden is a six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the "Power Rangers."

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto

Cubberley Community Center, Room M4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


At Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, established in 1973, students learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan). Beginning classes start monthly.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA

Unity Palo Alto: 3391 Middlefield Road, YES Hall, Palo Alto

St. Mark's Episcopal Church: 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto


The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA offers classes designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and health. Beginner classes in Taoist Tai Chi internal art of Tai Chi Chuan are offered for all ages and fitness levels. A nonprofit organization with nationally accredited instructors.

Yoga at All Saints' Episcopal Church

555 Waverley St., Palo Alto


Yoga classes are offered in the church's Parish Hall room. Students should bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes. If floor work is difficult, exercises can be modified. All ages welcome; no registration necessary.

Just for Seniors


450 Bryant St., Palo Alto


Avenidas offers variety of classes focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing and writing. Membership costs, fees and class listings/descriptions listed on the website.

Language Courses

German Language Class

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


This Palo Alto Adult School class teaches participants how to speak, read and write German, with an emphasis on conversation. Basic grammar and Germanic culture are also covered. The instructor, a college-credentialed teacher, lived and studied in Germany through Stanford University, from where she later received a master's degree. Classes run Jan. 14 - March 4 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $116.

Mind and Spirit

Ananda Palo Alto

2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


Ananda Palo Alto offers classes covering various topics including yoga and meditation.

Music, Arts and Crafts

Art for Well Beings

2460 Park Blvd. No. 3, Palo Alto


Art for Well Beings offers art classes for all ages and especially welcomes people with special needs.

Art with Emily

402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto


Emily Young teaches mixed-media, multi-cultural art classes for children at her studio in Palo Alto.

Art Works Studio

595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto


Art Works Studio offers a variety of fine-art classes for kids. Classes offered at U-Me in Menlo Park and also in cooperation with Palo Alto Menlo Park Parent's Club (PAMP).

Manzana Music School

Barron Park, Palo Alto

650-799-7807 or 408-460-6901

Manzana Music School offers group lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocal for up to three students. All abilities welcome. The music school offers a free trial half-hour lesson for potential guitar, banjo, and mandolin students.

Midpeninsula Community Media Center

900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


The media center offers classes every month in a wide range of media arts, including publishing media on the Web, podcasting, digital editing, field production, TV studio production, Photoshop for photographers, citizen journalism and autobiographical digital stories. Biweekly free orientation sessions and tours.

Opus1 Music Studio

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto


Opus1 Music Studio offers group music lessons in piano, violin, guitar, saxophone, voice and clarinet.

Pacific Art League

668 Ramona St., Palo Alto


Art classes and workshops by qualified, experienced instructors for students with abilities ranging non-artists to advanced. Classes in sculpture, collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Registration ongoing.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto


Classes and workshops for children and adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more.

The Silicon Valley Boychoir

600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto


The Silicon Valley Boychoir trains boys in the art of choral singing, with an emphasis on vocal coaching and music literacy.

Sur La Table Cooking School

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes and classes for kids and teens. Information is listed on the website: Click on "Cooking Classes" in top navigation bar and then search "Palo Alto."

School Days

Amigos de Palo Alto

1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto


Amigos de Palo Alto is a Spanish-immersion preschool for children ages 2.5 to 5 years. Instructors are all bilingual, and children learn Spanish naturally — through play, song, art and academics — while at Amigos. Preschool schedules include two-, three-, and five-day options for morning (8:30-11:45 a.m.) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m). Amigos also offers Spanish-immersion afterschool programs for kinders as well as summer camps for preschoolers through rising first-graders.

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is a community day school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

International School of the Peninsula

Cohn Campus (grades 1-8): 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto

Cooper Campus (nursery): 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto


Afterschool programs for preschool, elementary- and middle-school students, regardless of enrollment in school. Classes offered include foreign languages, cooking, science, dance, art and crafts, and cultural activities.

Milestones Preschool

3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Milestones Preschool offers a relationship-based developmental program and enrolls children ages 2-5. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon for children aged 2-4 years; Monday-Thursday, 12.30-3.45 p.m. for children aged 4 years and up. There is an early drop-off service for morning class and extended day service for afternoon class.

Mustard Seed Learning Center

2585 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto


The Mustard Seed Learning Center Pre-School Program offers children from 2.5 to 5 years a dual academic immersion opportunity (Chinese/English), as well as a play-based learning experience.

The Peninsula Parentsplace

Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto


The Peninsula Parentsplace offers parenting classes on subjects ranging from strategies for managing picky eaters to making the switch from diapers.

Sand Hill School

650 Clark Way, Palo Alto


Sand Hill School works with young children with learning, attention and social challenges. Grades K-5 and student/teacher ratio of 6:1. Located at the Children's Health Council.

Sora International Preschool of Palo Alto

701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto


Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool. Sora's mission is to help families that are raising bilingual children as well as those that want their children to begin learning a second language.

T'enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto


Play-based approach develops skills and a love of learning. Two-, three- and five-day-per-week options for 18 months to 5 years with emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement, values and fun in two locations.

Something for Everyone

Palo Alto Adult School

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


Hands-on computer, language, test preparation, writing, bird identification, investment, hiking, yoga and certificate courses available. Hundreds of online classes are offered by the Palo Alto Adult School in conjunction with Education to Go.

The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and Menlo Park Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and beyond 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 placing a listing in the next class guide, email Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany at or call 650-223-6519. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

Advertiser Directory

Ventana School, Los Altos

ThinkTank Learning, Palo Alto

King's Academy, Sunnyvale

German International School, Mountain View

Mid-Peninsula High School, Menlo Park

Trinity School, Menlo Park

Sand Hill School, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Adult School, Palo Alto

Waldorf School of the Midpeninsula, Los Altosl

Foothill College, Los Altos

The Girls Middle School, Palo Alto

Emerson School, Palo Alto

Bowman International School

BASIS Independent School, San Jose

Kehillah Jewish High School, Palo Alto

German American International School, Menlo Park


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