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Health care programs orientation
The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School will hold a workshop for those interested in health care careers, providing information on the certified nursing assistant and medical assistant paths and the programs offered by the school. Online registration is requested. Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Zoom In Video Production Workshop (Feb. 13-28)
Offered by the Midpeninsula Media Center, this 16-hour intensive video workshop will cover all aspects of creating a digital video, including using a camera, lighting, audio, producing, editing, uploading to YouTube and producing a DVD. Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Feb. 14, 2-5 p.m.; Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $180. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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Rose Care and Pruning
Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler will lead a free workshop on taking care of roses, in which she will review types of roses and identify tools and techniques for care and pruning. Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Winter to Spring Plant Clinic
The UCCE Master Gardeners will offer an important plant clinic -- complete with personal consultations -- on preparing gardens for spring. Topics covered will include readying for spring planting, coping with frost damage, using compost and what should be planted at this season. A rose expert will be on hand. Feb. 13, 9-11 a.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Youth Video Production Camp
During this weeklong camp, students will use KMVT 15's professional studio equipment to gain basic skills in camera work, directing, audio, acting and producing. By the end of the week, students will create segments -- including game shows, talk shows and entertainment performances -- that will be broadcast on cable Channel 15. Feb. 15-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $389. KMVT Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.

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Free federal and state income tax filing and help
Community members who made $31,000 or less or qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for 2015 can prepare their federal and state income taxes for free through Turbo Tax Freedom Edition, with assistance from on-site volunteers and tax experts at the Mountain View Public Library. Those interested should call (866-577-1231) to make an appointment. Feb. 16, 2-7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Mindfulness for Parents
Led by Jenny Ward, MFA, of Parents Place, this workshop will help to reduce parental stress through mindfulness. Techniques for finding self-compassion, self-awareness and peace in difficult circumstances will be shared. Feb. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Success with Low-Water Ornamentals
Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will discuss water-wise Mediterranean and California native plants, which are well suited to the Bay Area's dry summer climate. She will cover design tips, irrigation and available online resources. Questions are welcome. Feb. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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Midpeninsula Media Center Orientation
The Midpeninsula Media Center will offer orientation sessions, where community members can learn the basics about the public access TV channel and its available resources. Information will be shared about opportunities to produce programming. There will be a studio tour and questions will be answered. First and third Thursdays of the month, Jan. 7-Feb. 18, 6-7 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Writing Workshop with The Black Hats
BookBuyers will host a workshop for writers with The Black Hats, featuring Dean Fearce, Joan Reginaldo and Ernest Ortiz. The group invites writers of all ages to come share and improve their work. Feb. 19, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Homesteading 101: All About Bare Root Trees
This workshop at Common Ground Garden will provide students with a hands-on lesson in working like an arborist with fruit trees. Topics to be covered include the bare root definition, tree and plant selection, timing of plantings, hole size, fertilizing, water basin and watering requirements, and critter protection. Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Espalier Pruning with Chris Ingram
At this Gamble Garden event, Chris Ingram will discuss the proper selection, planting and early training of espaliered fruit trees and the proper pruning and structuring of existing espaliered fruit trees. He will also identify key differences in pruning needs between types of fruit trees. Those interested should call the office to register. Feb. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25 member; $35 nonmember. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Caregiver Workshop
This monthly workshop for adult caregivers at the Portola Valley Library will present ideas for seasonally-themed snacks and activities for children under age 5. Children of any age are welcome to attend with their caregiver. Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Honey Bees: Learn About Our Local Bees
Ken McKenzie, president of the Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild, will discuss bee biology, beekeeping and the challenges facing bees. He has experience managing bee hives and swarms, and he can answer questions from attendees. Feb. 24, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Myself Out Loud: Creating the Personal Story
Enid Davis will teach a six-week storytelling class for people who want to share their life stories. The course is ideal for seniors and professionals who have much to tell. Those interested can learn more about the instructor on her website (storyfriends.org). Pre-registration is requested. Thursdays, Feb. 25-March 31, 3-4:30 p.m. $100 Avenidas member; $110 nonmember. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

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Write Your Life Story memoir class
Taught by local author and writer Phyllis Butler, this weekly class held at Deborah's Palm assists students in discovering their own voice while writing creatively about their lives. Pre-registration is requested. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, noon-1 p.m. $50 series of four classes; $15 drop in. Deborah's Palm Women's Center, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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How to have a voice in your child's IEP
Martina Sholiton -- founder and director of Parental Advocacy for Children in Exceptional Situations (PACES) and the former director of special education in San Jose Unified School District -- will teach parents how to improve Individualized Education Program (IEP) outcomes, as well as how to resolve conflicts effectively. The workshop is open to the public. March 26, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.
 

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Tai chi in Portola Valley
Tai chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead a weekly 60-minute class for all ability levels in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The ancient Asian exercise form aims to build stronger bodies, better balance and sharper minds, as well as relieve stress. Fridays, Feb. 5-26, 10-11 a.m. Free. Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Beautiful, Drought-tolerant Plants for Sun & Shade
Kim and Kevin Raftery will discuss their favorite plants, which are beautiful, drought-tolerant and easy to grow. Highlighted plants also have little to no disease or pest problems and require minimal irrigation. Those interested should call the office to register. Feb. 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25 member; $35 nonmember. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Full Day of Dance
The Wonderful Winter Workshop (WWW.2.0) will present Full Day of Dance, during which there will five movement classes teaching Pilates mat and line, tap, improvisation and contemporary dancing. There will be 15 minutes between each class. The price per class reduces with each added class. Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $20 single; $50 for five Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View.

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Homewbrewing 101
Expert homebrewers will visit the Mountain View Public Library to help get community members started in brewing their own beer. The free workshop is for ages 21 and up. Those interested are encouraged to register; walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Feb. 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Genealogy classes
This series of classes on genealogy at Little House help to get participants started on researching the history of their ancestors, including where they lived, how they managed their challenges and the stories behind family heirlooms. Jan. 14-March 3, 10 a.m.-noon. $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Making Soap from Scratch
In this demonstration style class, students will learn the basics of making soap from scratch -- specifically cold process soap making. Topics to be covered include necessary equipment, supplies (oils, colorants and fragrances) and safety. March 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $45 (plus $10 materials fee). Palo Alto Adult School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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Making Soap from Scratch
This class offered through the Palo Alto Adult School will guide students in making a four-pound batch of soap from a mixture of oils and lye, aka sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Essential oils, fragrance and colorants will also be used. March 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $45 (plus $10 materials fee). Palo Alto High School, Room 1701, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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Zoom In Video Production Workshop (March 7-23)
Offered by the Midpeninsula Media Center, this 16-hour intensive video workshop will cover all aspects of creating a digital video, including using a camera, lighting, audio, producing, editing, uploading to YouTube and producing a DVD. March 7, 9, 11, 21 and 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $180. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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Master Food Preservers: Food Preservation 101
This presentation by the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Mateo/San Francisco Counties will offer an introduction to save home food preservation methods such as dehydrating, freezing, canning, pickling and fermenting. March 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Sabotaging Snails, Slugs and Plant-Suckers
In this class at Common Ground Garden, students will learn about planet-friendly pest control methods and they are both effective and safe ways to manage ants, snails, slugs, and other garden pests and diseases. How to handle minor home incursions of ants, fleas and rodents will also be covered. March 19, 2-4 p.m. $5. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Free lipreading classes at Avenidas
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, these free weekly classes sponsored by Foothill College provide help to those who have difficulty understanding rapid speech or hearing in challenging situations such as restaurants, social gatherings or other noisy places. Mondays, Jan. 4-March 21, 1:10-2:50 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

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Free lipreading classes in Menlo Park
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, these free weekly classes sponsored by Foothill College provide help to those who have difficulty understanding rapid speech or hearing in challenging situations such as restaurants, social gatherings or other noisy places. Tuesdays, Jan. 5-March 22, 9:10-11:50 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Senior Center, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Hatha Yoga Thursday Evenings
Led by Patricia Joy Becker, these classes focus on proper alignment to balance the body. Each session offers a new sequence of poses that stretch and strengthen different body areas. Breathing practices and short meditations are often included. Thursdays, ongoing, 7:15-8:30 p.m. $10 new student (see website for pricing). Yoga is Youthfulness, 590 Castro St., Mountain View.

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HD Studio Basics (March 25-April 4)
This five-session workshop will introduce students to all the roles involved a high-definition TV studio, including producing, directing, camera, audio, graphics, floor director and switching. Participants will learn many skills using the latest digital equipment. March 25, 29 and 31, and April 1 and 4, 6-10 p.m. $180. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Parent & Child Yoga with Patricia Becker
On Fridays, local yoga instructor Patricia Becker will lead classes for parents and children at the Wund3rkid studio. She will guide participants in poses like downward dog, animal poses and the tree pose. Visit the website for more info. Fridays, ongoing, 3 p.m. $30. Wund3rkid, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Adult School Winter/Spring Classes Registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Winter and Spring classes began on Nov. 20. The winter session will run from Jan. 4 to March 18, and the spring session from March 21 to June 3. Visit the website or call for more info. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

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Homesteading 101: Berries
Nancy Garrison, who kick-started the Santa Clara County Master Gardener program, will teach a class on berries. She will touch on variety selection and sourcing, soil preparation, maintenance, pruning, mulching and problem diagnosis. Students will also receive hands-on experience. April 23, 2-4 p.m. $30. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Designing Your Garden Space: Part One
In this class, landscape designer Morgan Vondrak will cover the basics of landscape design, the layout of planting areas and outdoor living areas, plant selection with a focus on native varieties and sustainable design concepts. There will also be a Q&A. Visit the website for more info. May 7, 2-4 p.m. $35-$50. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Designing Your Garden Space: Part Two
Landscape designer Morgan Vondrak will continue her instruction teaching participants how to design their own garden (up to 250 square feet). This class will offer hands-on experience doing a landscape design sketch and installing native plants. Visit the website for more info. May 14, 2-4 p.m. $35-$50. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Bee-autiful Gardens! Planting for Pollinators
Students will hear about a range of tips and techniques for transforming a yard into an oasis for various pollinators, including how to attract them and then keep them healthy. May 21, 2-4 p.m. $5. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Homesteading 101: Best Varieties of the Bay Area
Drew Harwell will share his wisdom on how to grow the healthiest fruits and vegetables year-round in the Bay Area's microclimate. He will cover his favorite vegetable varieties that thrive locally. June 4, 2-4 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Off-the-Grid Solar Cooking
During this class at Common Ground Garden, Carol Cox will review the powerful option of solar cooking, which saves money, flavors food and reduces users' carbon footprint. She will also share several different versions of solar cookers and talk about how to use them in daily cooking. June 18, 2-3:30 p.m. $25-$40. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Fall Pest Prevention
In this class at Common Ground Garden, participants will discover ways to prevent pests and disease in home gardens, thus preparing for success in the spring. They will also learn how to keep ants, rodents and other pests out of the home. Oct. 1, 2-4 p.m. $5. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.