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Classes/WorkshopsHome buyers seminar
This seminar led by Avi Urban will discuss the pros and cons of buying a home in Silicon Valley, as well as some alternatives. Sept. 21, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Bank of America, 600 Hansen Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration is still open on the school's website. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. July 21-Sept. 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsFall acting classes
Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory will offer classes this fall in which adults and children can learn a variety of theater skills. Classes for adults will be taught by Rick Lombardo, former artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and will begin on Sept. 15. Classes for children (ages 4 to 18) will begin on Sept. 2. Sept. 2-Nov. 14, $225-$285. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsGoogle Tips & Tricks workshop
This Los Altos Library workshop will help community members in utilizing the Google search engine, covering how to limit searches to specific requests and find recent news events. It will also review Google Crisis Maps, Google Trends, Google Scholar and Google Advanced. Sept. 23, 2-3 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Classes/Workshops'Successful Bulbs for our Mediterranean Climate'
Roberta Barnes will give a talk and answer questions on the use of bulbs, discussing different varieties, design ideas, bulb shopping and care. Sept. 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Classes/WorkshopsOverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
The Portola Valley Library will offer appointments for community members to receive one-on-one assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Wednesdays, Aug. 6-Sept. 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsPhotoshop Elements workshop
The Portola Valley Library will hold a workshop to teach students how to crop, edit and retouch images using Photoshop Elements, a photo-editing program available on all San Mateo County Library PC's. Sept. 27, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
This class will discuss the health of honey bee populations and share tips and techniques for making home gardens hospitable to bees and other pollinators. Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsCultivating Positive Power Playshop
This class will assist students in assessing the right path, setting themselves up for success and unlocking confidence and strength. Sept. 28, 1-4:30 p.m. $42 Unity Palo Alto attendees; $75 general. Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsZoom In Video Production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer a 15-hour intensive workshop on creating a digital video, from filming to editing, uploading to YouTube and producing a DVD. All software, equipment and learning materials will be provided. Sept. 20, 21 and 28, see website for times. $150. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsBeginning Improv Class
The Dragon Theatre will host a weekly class on improvisation this fall. Students will learn a variety of skills with a small group in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Those interested should register through the website. Mondays, Sept. 22-Nov. 3, 7-9 p.m. $220 before Sept. 15; $270 after. Dragon Productions Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Classes/WorkshopsHealth care programs orientation
In this workshop for those interested in health care careers, information will provided on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant paths and what programs are offered through the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. Register on the website. Sept. 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsIntroduction to 3D printing
Industrial artist and designer Ellie Lawson will introduce interested community members to 3D printing during this two-hour program. Lawson will give a demonstration of the process that transforms a digital file into a printed object. Sept. 30, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Classes/WorkshopsGroup Piano for Children
This weekly Menlo Park class aims to make piano lessons productive and enjoyable by arranging beginner students in small groups. Fridays, Sept. 25-Dec. 5, 3:45-4:30 p.m. $298 resident; $401 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Classes/Workshops'Growing Grains' class
This class will instruct students in growing grains like wheat, oats, barley, rye, sorghum, amaranth and quinoa -- a process not as difficult as one might think. Topics covered will include growing, threshing, winnowing, milling and cooking, and there will be samples of homemade bread, grain salad and muffins. Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $49. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsWomen's Financial Revolution workshop
This presentation for women given by Teresa Dentino, founder and CEO of The Financial 411, will discuss financial literacy and engagement in both professional and personal lives. The event will also include a Q&A session and networking. Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. $16 (includes wine and food). Private location, address provided upon registration, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsAdult Video Production course
This four-week course will offer hands-on, practical experience in video production, including working with cameras, a teleprompter, audio equipment, a switcher and character graphics. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-22, 6:30 p.m. $99. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Classes/Workshops'Fundamentals of Water-Wise Gardening'
This Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency class will review basic water-saving gardening techniques, including plant selection and placement, proper irrigation, soil preparation and design options. Registration is required. Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Little House Activity Center will offer a weekly class on genealogy to help community members in investigating the lives of their ancestors. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $86; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsPreserving Stories with Photobooks course
This four-session course at Little House will teach students how to create photobooks, including how to upload photos, arrange them on the page and format the book using Snapfish. Pre-registration is required. Fridays, Oct. 3-24, 1:30-3 p.m. $40 member; $50 nonmember. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsAccent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsGerman Language Class
This class, taught by a college-credentialed teacher who lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, will focus on speaking, reading and writing German. Basic grammar and culture will also be covered. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, Room 406, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsEarth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .
Classes/WorkshopsFor the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, 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/Workshops'Salad Loverís Dream' Garden Class
Local organic gardener Jody Main will lead this class on basic veggie gardening skills, soil preparation easy planting and harvesting. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.