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- March 10, 2017

Spring Class Guide

Spring is in the air! And along with it, there are plenty of classes to keep you inspired and stimulated as the days get warmer, the sunshine stays longer and the pollen count inevitably increases. Now's the time to revisit those resolutions you made in January — the ones you might've forgotten about — and sign up for that dance class you've always wanted to take or that cooking class that might jumpstart your nutritious eating goals. Whatever is on your to-do list for the year, this list is bound to fulfill at least one of your goals, interests or passions.

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

Business, Work & Technology


2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite #200, Palo Alto, 650-320-1639, info@careergenerations.com, careergenerations.com

CareerGenerations offers group workshops and programs to meet the career needs of a variety of individuals, including college students looking for internships, graduates looking for employment and those re-entering the market.

ReBoot Accelerator for Women

585 Broadway, Redwood City, 650-387-3743, reboot@gsvlabs.com, rebootaccel.com

ReBoot Accelerator for Women keeps local women current, connected and confident about re-entering the workforce through workshops taught by instructors from LinkedIn, Google, Apple and Enjoy and social media experts. ReBoot offers 8-week and 5-day accelerator courses as well as a 2-day bootcamp and workshops to refine specific skills.


Bayer Ballet Academy

2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, 650-988-9971, info@bayerballetacademy.com, bayerballetacademy.com

Bayer Ballet Academy is a school of Russian ballet that teaches the Vaganova method beginning with children at age 3. The academy offers a variety of classes to prepare students for the professional level, as well as a new program specifically for boys.

Dance Connection

Cubberley Community Center, L-5, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto



Dance Connection offers a preschool combination class for preschool-age children (beginning at age 3), graded classes for youth and adults, and other programs to meet dancer's needs. Ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, Pilates and more are available for students at various levels of ability.

For the Love of Dance

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View, 650-861-0650, fortheloveofdancemv@gmail.com, fortheloveofdancemv.com

For the Love of Dance provides training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater and aerobics. The family-owned studio teaches children and adults at all levels and serves the communities of Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale.

L'Ecole de Danse

740 Sierra Vista Ave., Unit G, Mountain View, 650-365-4596, lecolededanse.net

L'Ecole de Danse offers a full ballet curriculum starting at age 7. They also offer classes for adults either wishing to resume ballet or looking to explore it. Annual performances offer onstage experience.

New Century Dance School

215 and 223 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View, 650-924-5000, newcenturydance.com

The New Century Dance School guides students children (beginning at age 4) and adults in classical Chinese dance, ballet, movement arts, meditation and exercise.

Western Ballet

914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, 650-968-4455, westernballet.org

Western Ballet holds ballet classes that draw from the Russian Vaganova method and the newer more "open" classical method. Classes are available for children, teens and adults and for both newcomers and those pursuing professional careers.

Health & Wellness

Advantage Aviation

1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-437-8964, info@advantage-aviation.com, advantage-aviation.com

With many instructors, Advantage Aviation has a selection of flying classes that train new pilots as well as help more experienced ones acquire needed licenses.

Ananda Palo Alto

Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-323-3363 ext. 0, inform@anandapaloalto.org, anandapaloalto.org

Ananda Palo Alto classes and events cover various topics including yoga, meditation and spirituality.


4758 W. El Camino Real, Los Altos, 650-481-8139, losaltos@barre3.com, barre3.com/locations/los-altos

Classes at this studio combine ballet barre exercises with elements of yoga and Pilates, aiming to help students develop flexibility, strength and improved posture.

Bikram Yoga Mountain View

1910 W. El Camino Real, Suite E, Mountain View, 650-967-2968, info@bikramyogamountainview.com, bikramyogamountainview.com

In its 90-minute classes, Bikram Yoga Mountain View instructs students in 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises in a heated room. Classes are held each day of the week.

California Yoga Center

1776 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View, 650-967-5702, californiayoga.com

California Yoga Center in Mountain View holds asana yoga classes for students at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The center also holds classes on pranayama, restorative yoga and back care.


440 Portage Ave., Palo Alto, 650-319-1700, equinox.com/clubs/northern-california/paloalto

Equinox's Palo Alto location offers a variety of fitness and wellness activities including cycling, Pilates, yoga, barre, conditioning, Zumba and more. It also hosts dance-based fitness classes by Danceation, which encourage movement, positivity and community.

Flying Fish Swim School

280 Polaris Ave., Mountain View, 650-625-1333, flyingfishswim.com

Flying Fish Swim School in Mountain View offers group and private swimming instruction for all ages and skill levels. Online registration is available for classes, and the fall session starts on Jan 3.

Integrated Healing Arts

4153-4161 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, 650-493-7030, iha@integratedhealing.org, integratedhealing.org

Integrated Healing Arts instructors teach ongoing classes on meditation, self-development, self-realization, tai chi, qigong and spiritual health.

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing

Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St. Mountain View, 650-941-1002, joanier@pacbell.net, jackis.com

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing offers dance classes with abdominal work, strength training and easy-to-follow aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Classes meet at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays year-round.

Kim Grant Tennis Academy

3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-752-8061, admin@kimgranttennis.com, kimgranttennis.com

The Kim Grant Tennis Academy organizes an array of tennis classes and programs for adults and children, as well as those with special needs. Camps are also held over winter break.

Mountain View Tennis

Cuesta Tennis Center, 685 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, 650-967-5955, info@mountainviewtennis.net, mountainviewtennis.net

Taught by certified professionals, Mountain View Tennis' affordable programs for youth and adult tennis players of all levels are held at Cuesta, Rengstorff, Whisman and Cooper courts. The winter session starts January 4.

Shoreline Lake

3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, 650-965-7474, boathouse@shorelinelake.com, shorelinelake.com

Shoreline Lake's Boathouse offers a variety of group lessons for sailing, stand-up paddling, kayaking and windsurfing, as well as private lessons.

Studio Kicks

796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650-855-9868, info@studiokickspaloalto.com, studiokickspaloalto.com

Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering cardio kickboxing classes and training in martial arts for children and adults.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA

Unity Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, Mitchell Park, The Bowl, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, 650-396-9244, taoist.org/usa

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, a charitable organization with nationally accredited volunteers, holds classes designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and health. Beginner classes are held a few days each week.

YogaWorks Palo Alto

440 Kipling St., Palo Alto, 650-468-2929, yogaworks.com/location/palo-alto

With locations across the nation, YogaWorks studio holds classes on yoga fundamentals; vinyasa, Hatha and Iyengar styles; restorative yoga; and circuit training.

Yoga is Youthfulness

590 Castro St., Mountain View, 650-964-5277, info@yogaisyouth.com, yogaisyouth.com

Yoga is Youthfulness offers classes for students of all levels daily, including early in the morning and in the evenings. Classes teach ashtanga, iyengar and hatha styles of yoga, as well as other subjects like prenatal yoga and meditation.

Music, Arts & Crafts

Art with Emily

402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto, 650-856-9571, emilyjeanyoung@gmail.com, artwithemily.com

Emily Young teaches mixed-media and multicultural art classes in small groups for children and adults at her studio in Palo Alto, as well as individual lessons.

Art Works Studio

595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto, 650-796-1614, artworkspaloalto@gmail.com, artworkspaloalto.net

Art Works Studio holds regular fine-art classes for youth, who are given the chance to explore and learn about art history. A new 16-week session will begin in January 2016.

Art & Soul

Webster Street Studio, 2326 Webster St., Palo Alto, 650-269-0423, 650-316-9208, artandsoul.paloalto@gmail.com, artandsoulpa.com

Art & Soul runs after-school art clubs throughout the week at Walter Hays and Ohlone elementary schools as well as Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. Additionally, it hosts a club on Wednesdays at Hoover and Barron Park elementary schools. Programs allow children to explore drawing, painting and sculpture techniques, as well as develop their observational skills. Art & Soul also offers Art & Wine events for private groups.

Deborah's Palm

555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-473-0664, info@deborahspalm.com, deborahspalm.com

Deborah's Palm is a nonprofit community organization that aims to provide a warm and supportive environment for all women. Its class offerings range from workshops on compassion and stress management to classes on job strategy, knitting, goal setting and art.

Palo Alto Summer Strings

First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, 650-766-5084

This summer camp offers a chamber music workshop during which students will experience playing in a trio or quartet. Each five-day session includes coachings, a masterclass and a Friday concert. At least one year of private lessons is required, and the first session starts on June 12.

Peninsula Youth Theatre

2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, 650-988-8798, info@pytnet.org, pytnet.org

Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) offers drama classes in acting, musical theater and other skills to children of various abilities and ages. Registration for the December camp is now open, and online registration for the Winter/Spring classes, which run Jan. 23-April 7, is coming soon.

Tumasov Fine Art Studio

823 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 415-490-8925, tumasovfineartstudio@gmail.com, tumasovfineart.com

The studio offers workshops and classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, piano and more, as well as an after-school art program for kids.

West Valley Music

262 Castro St., Mountain View, 650-961-1566, info@westvalleymusic.com, westvalleymusic.com

West Valley Music helps students further their music skills or try their hand at different instruments. Group lessons are held for instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele and violin, as well as band and orchestra. Private lessons are also offered.

Lingling Yang Violin Studio

Middlefield Road and East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, 650-456-7648, linglingviolin.blogspot.com, linglingy@gmail.com

This studio offers private violin instruction to children ages 7 and up and adults of all levels. Enrollment is offered year-round and auditions are required for intermediate and advanced violin players. Classes are taught by a classically trained violinist and experienced violin teacher whose students include award winners at violin competitions and members of PACO, CYS and ECYS.

Opus1 Music Studio

1350 Grant Road, #5, Mountain View

4131 El Camino Real, #200, Palo Alto, 650-625-9955 (Mountain View), 650-384-6848 (Palo Alto)


Opus1 Music Studio holds group music lessons for young children, including classes for first-time music learners (ages 3 to 6) and sessions on piano performance and music theory. Private lessons are also offered.

The Midpen Media Center

900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-8686, info@midpenmedia.org, midpenmedia.org

The center offers workshops for a range of media arts, including video production, photo enhancement, studio work and more. The center suggests starting with one of its free hour-long orientation sessions.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-2366, cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter

Palo Alto Art Center classes and workshops — teaching children, teens and adults — cover such areas as ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, Adobe PhotoShop and more.

Sur La Table Cooking School

Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, #57, Palo Alto, 650-289-0019, cooking073@surlatable.com, surlatable.com

Sur La Table offers hands-on cooking classes, guiding students in making regional cuisines, themed meals or special foods like bread, croissants and baked goods. Classes for kids, teens and adults are available.


Children's Health Council

650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, 650-326-5530, info@chconline.org, chconline.org

Children's Health Council holds a variety of classes touching on child-behavior issues, dyslexia, anxiety and depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and other topics related to encouraging all children's success.

Parents Place

200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-688-3040, parentsplaceonline.org/location/peninsula

A resource center for parents, Parents Place on the Peninsula offers workshops on subjects ranging from sibling rivalry to building a child's self-esteem and confidence. Parent and child activity groups are also organized.


Emerson School

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-424-1267, emersonschool@headsup.org, headsup.org/emerson-school

Emerson School provides a full-day, year-round program for grades one to eight, teaching a personalized, Montessori curriculum. Lessons draw from classical subjects and other areas, including art, music, foreign language, physical education, communication, life skills and more.

German International School of Silicon Valley

310 Easy St., Mountain View, 650-254-0748, office@gissv.org, gissv.org/gissv-home-english

The German International School of Silicon Valley is a private school providing preschool to high school students with a bilingual education. The school also offers German language courses for all ages on Saturdays, as well as adult and corporate courses on weekdays.

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-8200, hausner.com

Instructing children in kindergarten through eighth grade, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School provides strong academics, instruction in Jewish studies and the Hebrew language, enrichment opportunities and after-school programs.

HeadsUp! Child Development Center

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-424-1221, pacdc@headsup.org, headsup.org/headsup

HeadsUp! Child Development Center serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers (to age 6) with a full-day program, year-round. The Montessori curriculum focuses on building thinking skills and personal values. A bilingual Chinese-English preschool classroom is also available.

Kehillah Jewish High School

3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-213-9600, kehillah.org

This college-preparatory high school (grades nine through 12) features modern science and computer labs, art and music studios, a drama program, a full range of academic courses with small class sizes, sports teams and more.

Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto

4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, Cubberley Community Center, 650-646-1066, kabir@livingwisdomhighschool.org, LivingWisdomHighSchool.org

Living Wisdom High School serves ninth through 12th grade, and offers a strong emphasis on personalized learning as well as project-based, experiential, in-depth study rooted in creativity, inner development, compassion, critical thinking and problem-solving. Additionally, daily yoga and meditation instruction is included, and curriculum includes a balanced approach to academics and well-being through outdoor adventures and field trips abroad. The school will open in the fall of 2017.

Living Wisdom School of Palo Alto

456 College Ave., Palo Alto, 650-462-8150



TK-8th grade. See 6-minute video at LivingWisdomSchool.org. 24 years of proven success with new high school opening fall 2017 (see listing or ad). Offering daily yoga and meditation and experiential, project-based learning, Living Wisdom School has 24 years of proven success and serves grades TK through eighth grade. It offers a 1:6 teacher-student ratio in kindergarten; an integrated arts program which includes music, theater, art and dance; a balanced approach to technology; and after-school care.

Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-223-8788, earlychildhood@paloaltojcc.org, paloaltojcc.org/preschool

The Oshman Family JCC's award-winning preschool program provides an atmosphere for building healthy and positive learning experiences. The Yad B' Yad program is for children 12 to 18 months of age. Parent/caregiver participation programs are available for children 12 to 23 months old.

Meira Academy

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-485-3589, office@meiraacademy.org, meiraacademy.org

Meira Academy is a traditional, all-girls Jewish high school devoted to academic excellence in general and incorporates Jewish studies as well as seminaries in Israel with an overarching goal of preparing its students for college.

Milestones Preschool

3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-618-3325, preschool@abilitiesunited.org, abilitiesunited.org

Milestones Preschool offers a year-round, project-based program that fosters the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children ages 2 to 5.

Mustard Seed Learning Center

2585 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-7389, info@mustardseedlearningcenter.org, mustardseedlearningcenter.org

The Mustard Seed Learning Center is an after-school tutoring and care program that teaches local youth to speak Mandarin Chinese, in addition to emphasizing social development and excellence in mathematics, science, arts and music. It also has a preschool program.

Peninsula School

920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park, 650-325-1584, peninsulaschool.org

Peninsula School is a progressive institution teaching about 250 students from nursery through eighth grade, with an emphasis on choice and experience. Classes cover core subjects as well as instruction in music, physical education, drama, weaving, woodshop and more.

Sand Hill School

650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, 650-688-3605, info@sandhillschool.org, sandhillschool.org

As part of the Children's Health Council, Sand Hill School teaches children from kindergarten through eighth grade with language-based learning differences, and assists with the attention and social difficulties that go along with them.

Waldorf School of the Peninsula

Mountain View Campus, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, 650-417-7600; Los Altos Campus, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos, 650-209-9400, admissions@waldorfpeninsula.org, waldorfpeninsula.org

Waldorf School of the Peninsula serves children from nursery up through high school. Areas of focus include fostering self-discipline, critical thinking, independence and cooperation, creative expression and a love of learning.

Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley (YCIS)

310 Easy St., Mountain View, 650-903-0986, info@sv.ycef.com, ycis-sv.com

YCIS provides a multicultural and bilingual (English and Mandarin Chinese) education to children from preschool to middle school. Teachers facilitate student's academic, personal and social development and emphasize a global perspective.

For Adults


450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, 650-289-5400, avenidas.org

Avenidas offers a plethora of classes, as well as lectures and workshops, for seniors focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing, music and writing. Membership costs, fees and class descriptions are listed on the website.

Bay Area Friendship Circle

3921 Fabian Way, Suite A023, Palo Alto, 650-858-6990, bayareafc.org, info@BayAreaFC.org

The Bay Area Friendship Circle offers programs for kids and teens with special needs ages 2 to 22 year round as well as winter and summer camps. Trained teen volunteers provide one-on-one friendship and support. This year's winter camp will be held from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23. To register for programs or camp visit their website.

Language classes at the Palo Alto Adult School

Palo Alto High School, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-3752, adultschool@pausd.org, paadultschool.org/class/world-languages

Classes are offered in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. The classes cover beginning and advanced skills and sometimes literature and arts.

Mountain View Senior Center

266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View, 650-903-6330, senior.center@mountainview.gov, mountainview.gov/seniors

The Mountain View Senior Center organizes a wide array of classes exploring topics and activities such as art, music, dance, languages, computer use and exercise — including Feldenkrais and pickleball, a low-impact game played with a paddle.

Palo Alto Adult School

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-3752, adultschool@pausd.org, paadultschool.org

Computer, language, cooking, writing, art, outdoor and finance classes — and many other offerings — are available through the Palo Alto Adult School. Registration for the spring session is underway, and classes start on March 20.

Stanford Continuing Studies

Littlefield Center, 365 Lasuen St., Stanford, 650-725-2650, continuingstudies@stanford.edu, continuingstudies.stanford.edu

Stanford Continuing Studies organizes classes in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing and professional and personal development. Courses are held in the evenings or on Saturdays. Stanford Continuing Studies also presents lectures, performances, conferences and other events.

Class Guides are published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and the Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley and Woodside 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 submitting a listing for the next Class Guide, email Editorial Assistant Anna Medina at amedina@paweekly.com or call 650-223-6515. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.


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