Class Guide | May 10, 2013 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

- May 10, 2013

Class Guide

Looking for something to do this summer? Try your hand at cooking, swimming or exercise your mind by learning a new language. School's out — and so are your kids — so sign them up for a fun science or sports camp. All the classes listed below are local.

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

Business, Work and Technology


2225 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto


CareerGenerations offers group sessions to meet specific career needs. CareerGenerations career coaches can help assess talents in the context of today's marketplace, generate career options, improve resumes and social-media profiles, design a successful search plan, and skillfully network, interview and negotiate salaries.

Dance Connection

4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto

Studio: 650-852-0418

Office: 650-322-7032

Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschool to adult with a variety of programs to meet every dancer's needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, boys program, lyrical, pilates and combination classes are available for beginning to advanced levels.


4000 Middlefield Road, L-3, Palo Alto


DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes from age 3 to adult. Classes range from modern to hip-hop, lyrical, pilates, jazz, ballet, and contact improvisation, as well as providing a performance showcase.

For the Dancer

Beaudoin's School of Dance

464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto


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

Uforia Studios

819 Ramona St., Palo Alto


Uforia Studios specializes in dance (Zumba, hip-hop, Bollywood, Hula Hooping), Strength and Sculpting (uDefine) and Spinning (uCycle). All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.

Zohar School of Dance and Company

4000 Middlefield Road, L-4, Palo Alto


Zohar offers classes to adults in jazz, ballet and modern dance. The studio is under the direction of Ehud and Daynee Krauss.

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


In a Red Cross First Aid class students learn CPR, choking rescue, bleeding control and treatment of burns, fractures, seizures and more. Adult CPR and First Aid Certificates.

Andy Harader Tennis Camp

Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


Andy Harader, head coach at Palo Alto High School for both girls and boys tennis teams, leads a tennis camp that runs all summer, every week, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday. Ages 7-16; all levels.

Be Yoga

440 Kipling St., Palo Alto


Friendly community yoga studio with small class sizes and workshops on ayurveda, reiki and meditation.

Betty Wright Swim Center at Abilities United

3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Improve health and wellness through aquatic exercise and therapy in the fully accessible, public, warm-water (93 degrees), indoor pool. Classes include aqua aerobics, aqua arthritis, back basics, body conditioning, Aichi yoga and prenatal. Group and private swim lessons.

California Yoga Center (Palo Alto)

541 Cowper St., Palo Alto


The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students. With studios in Mountain View and Palo Alto, classes emphasize individual attention and cultivate strength, flexibility and relaxation. Ongoing yoga classes are scheduled every day and include special classes such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops explore a variety of yoga-related topics.

CMAC Swim School

CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto


CMAC Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are a half-hour long and each class contains three to four participants.

The Happy Body

305 North California Ave., Palo Alto


The Happy Body Program is a different approach to weight loss. Using a system involving nutrition, exercise and relaxation, teachers Aniela and Jerzy Gregorek help achieve the desired results of a balanced lifestyle featuring improved health and greater youthfulness.

Kidz Love Soccer

Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto


Kidz Love Soccer youth soccer classes are open to boys and girls of all abilities. The curriculum is customized for kids of all ages. Classes encourage a better SELF — Sportsmanship, Esteem, Learning and Fun.

Kim Grant Tennis Academy

3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


The Kim Grant Tennis Academy offers tennis classes to minis (ages 3-5), beginner (ages 5-7), intermediate I and II, advanced and elite players.

Palomo Archery

4022 Transport St., Palo Alto


Palomo Archery offers classes for groups, parties and Boy Scout/school classes.

Studio Kicks

796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


650-855-9869 (fax)

Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and martial-arts training for kids 4 and up. Taught by owner/instructor Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the "Power Rangers."

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Taijiquan Tutelage teaches the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan). Beginning classes start monthly.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA

3391 Middlefield Road, YES Hall, Palo Alto


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

Yoga at All Saints' Episcopal Church

555 Waverley St., Palo Alto


Kundalini-style yoga, combining asana (physical poses), breathing exercises and meditation. Practice is best done on an empty stomach. Please bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes. If floor work is difficult, exercises can be modified to be done in a chair. All ages. No registration necessary.

Just for Seniors


450 Bryant St., Palo Alto


Avenidas offers classes from balance, line dancing and back fitness to dementia caregiving and computers. Membership costs, fees and class listings are included on the website.

Language Courses

German Language Class

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


This Palo Alto Adult School class teaches participants how 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, from where she later received a master's degree. June 11-July 16, Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $74.

International School of the Peninsula (ISTP)

151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto


ISTP offers extensive after-school language classes at its two Palo Alto locations. Classes offered in French, Mandarin and Spanish to preschool students (3 to 5 years old). Additional classes taught in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Russian for elementary and middle school students.

The Peninsula Parents Place

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.

Mind and Spirit

Ananda Palo Alto

2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


Ananda Palo Alto offers classes on meditation, chanting and yoga.

Music, Arts and Food

Sur La Table Cooking School

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

(650) 289-0438 (Go to "cooking classes" navigation bar, and search "Palo Alto")

Classes are two- to two-and-a-half hours long. Recipes and tasting-sized portions will be provided in the class. Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes and classes for kids and teens.

The Silicon Valley Boychoir

600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto


The Silicon Valley Boychoir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto and trains boys in the art of choral singing with an emphasis on vocal coaching, music literacy, and the highest artistic standards. The multi-level choir for boys in grades 1-8 is expanding next fall and adding additional levels.

Art with Emily

402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto


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

Art Works Studio

595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto


Art Works Studio offers a variety of fine-art classes for kids, as well as summer camps.

Art for Wellbeings Summer Art Camp

2460 Park Blvd. No. 3, Palo Alto


In this summer art camp for young people with special needs and their friends, one fruit will be focused on each day and be eaten as a snack. Participants will learn about the seed, plant or tree, growing cycle, and foods made of this fruit. The day will start with a welcome and introduction to the fruit of the day, and participants will then create an art project based on the fruit (and eat it!). For ages 8-18, the camp runs three sessions in July.

Manzana Music School

Palo Alto


Manazana offers lessons for adults and children aged 6 or older on guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, vocal, arranging and music theory. House-call and Skype lessons are also available.

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.

New Mozart School of Music

305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto


New Mozart provides early-childhood music classes for children 2-7 years old, including violin classes and group Suzuki lessons.

Opus1 Music Studio

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto


Opus1 Music Studio offers group music lessons for all kinds of instruments to ages 2 and up. Beginners to advanced level.

Pacific Art League

668 Ramona St., Palo Alto


Art classes and workshops by qualified, experienced instructors for students from beginners to advanced and even non-artists. Classes in collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Sculpture. Registration is 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.

School Days

Amigos de Palo Alto

1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto


Amigos de Palo Alto is a full Spanish-immersion preschool. Offering parents a safe environment where they may leave their children, both for child care and to begin learning from bilingual instructors how to speak and learn Spanish the same way their native language was learned — naturally. Preschool sessions are offered five days a week.

International School of the Peninsula

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

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


After-school programs for preschool, elementary- and middle-school students. Classes include French cooking, Asian cooking, chess, science, robotics, Chinese dance, art and craft, watercolor, gymnastics, soccer and multi-sports.

Milestones Preschool

3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Milestones Preschool, a developmental program, provides children aged 2-5 years an educational environment that promotes their development of the social skills, independent thinking, intellectual growth, and positive self-image they need to succeed in kindergarten and later in life. NAEYC accredited. State of California License 434407984.

Sora International Preschool

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 a second language at an early age.

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.

For Kids

Camp Edmo

Palo Verde Elementary, 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto


At Camp Edmo, entering K-fourth graders participate in arts, science and animation activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, the Children's Creativity Museum & the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA). Palo Verde Elementary in Palo Alto also hosts Camp EdTech, a digital media camp for entering 5th-8th graders where campers create, direct, edit & star in their own short films and animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their perspective of the world in a Digital Photography program. Both camps runs Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. plus extended day and lunch options.

Galileo Innovation Camps for Kids

Walter Hays Elementary School, 1525 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


The world needs innovators. That's where Galileo comes in. Drawing from the innovation process developed by the Stanford (Institute of Design), Galileo runs an evolving series of imagination-sparking programs for kids from pre-K through 8th grade: Camp Galileo (pre-K-5th graders), Galileo Summer Quest (5th-8th graders), The Tech Summer Camps (4th-8th graders) and Chabot Space & Science Camp (3rd-7th graders). Extended care from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Optional healthy lunch program.

Kingdom Rock VBS

Peninsula Bible Church, 3505 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


At Kingdom Rock VBS, kids ages 4 years to fifth grade learn about the Bible through various activities. June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Stanford Jazz Camp

Braun Music Center (541 Lasuen Mall) and Dinkelspiel Auditorium (471 Lagunita Drive), Stanford University Campus


Jazz Camp immerses participants in a fun, focused, and supportive environment. The Jazz Camp curriculum includes master classes, ensemble playing, private lessons, and performance, as well as theory, musicianship and jazz history. The camp culminates in a public recital by student combos. In addition to daily class sessions and rehearsals, students may attend jam sessions and Stanford Jazz Festival concerts for free. Participants can choose to stay on campus in dormitories. For ages 12-17; no audition required for enrollment.

Something for Everyone

Palo Alto Adult School

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto


650-329-8515 (fax)

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.

The fall Class Guide will publish on August 7 and 9, 2013, with deadlines approximately two weeks prior.

To inquire about placing a listing in the class guide, email Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany at or call 650-223-6519.To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call our display advertising department at 650-326-8210.