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- March 7, 2014

Class Guide

Springtime has arrived in Mountain View, making it an ideal time to get out and enjoy the bounty of local classes the area has to offer. Whether for children or adults, for interests ranging from cooking and wine tasting to Scottish dancing and volleyball, there's something for everyone.

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

Academic Achievers

FLEX Los Altos

4600 El Camino Real, Suite 201, Los Altos


Participants learn what colleges are looking for in application essays and get help writing essays and applications that fit them best.

For the Dancer

Bayer Ballet Academy

2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View


Bayer Ballet Academy is a school of Russian ballet that teaches the Vaganova method.

For the Love of Dance

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View


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.

L'Ecole de Danse

740 Sierra Vista Ave., Unit G, Mountain View


L'Ecole de Danse (School of Ballet) teaches Cecchetti style of ballet. Creative dance, pre-ballet and full curriculum for all levels starting at age 4. The school also offers beginning, intermediate and advanced adult classes.

Western Ballet

914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A, Mountain View


Western Ballet offers adult classes for beginners to professionals as well as for children through teens preparing for careers in ballet (there is a graded youth program with 13 pre-professional levels). Faculty consists of current and former professional dancers. Cost of a single adult class: $15.

The Great Outdoors


2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View


REI regularly offers classes on topics such as bike maintenance, riding and outdoor navigation.

Shoreline Lake Aquatic Center

3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View


Shoreline Lake and Aquatic Center offers a variety of weekend lessons for sailing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing, as well as private lessons. There are also some summer camps approaching for kids and teens. Camp Shoreline for younger kids has a combination of water sports and land activities, while the teen camps teach windsurfing and sailing.

Health & Fitness

Feldenkrais Movement with Jean Elvin

266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View


Jean Elvin, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, leads these fitness classes at the Mountain View Senior Center. Feldenkrais can help improve coordination, balance, posture and self-esteem. The classes run March 28 through June 6, Fridays, 10-11:15 a.m. Mats provided.

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing

890 Church St., Mountain View


Jacki's Aerobic Dancing offers hour-long dance classes with abdominal work, weight training and safe, easy-to-follow aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m., at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge.

Red Star Soccer Academy

248 Walker Drive, #8, Mountain View


Red Star Soccer Academy is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to youth player development. Offers various youth soccer programs for boys and girls. Red Star is affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Club Soccer. Red Star teams compete in Nor Cal Premier League and U.S. Club Soccer sanctioned tournaments.

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

1185 Castro St., Mountain View


Scottish country-dance classes are held most Wednesdays at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion. Classes started in mid-February and run through May. Classes for both advanced and beginning dancers are available. Drop-ins are $10, or $8 per week if entire fee is paid at the beginning of the semester.

United States Youth Volleyball League

Sylvan Park, 550 Sylvan Ave, Mountain View


Run by the USVYL and volunteers, the youth volleyball program allows boys and girls of all skill levels from ages 7 to 15 to play and learn the sport in a fun, supportive and co-ed environment. The season begins on April 16 and lasts until June 7.

Yoga Belly

455 Castro St., Mountain View


Yoga Belly offers a range of yoga classes for all levels of experience. Discounts offered for students and seniors.

Just for Seniors

Mountain View Senior Center

266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View

650-903-6330 (click on the "Senior Center" link on the left, then click on the "Classes" link on the left)

The Mountain View Senior Center offers a wide array of classes covering topics and activities such as art, music, language, history, dance and exercise.

Mind and Spirit

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 110, Mountain View


The Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center holds regular practice meditations sessions each week. Instruction is available free of charge to both new and more experienced practitioners. The center also organizes courses, retreats and contemplative art activities that include flower arranging, archery, photography and writing.

Music, Arts and Crafts

Alberto's NightClub

736 W. Dana St., Mountain View


Alberto's NightClub holds lessons throughout the week for salsa (Tuesdays and Thursdays), bachata (Wednesdays) and tango (Sunday) styles of dancing for both beginners and more experienced dancers.

Build It Again With Bricks

398 Main Street, Los Altos


At this locally owned LEGO store, children and adults can build and play with LEGOs. Among its offerings: after-school LEGO classes, summer and winter LEGO camps/workshops, birthday parties as well as adult classes and workshops.

Casablanca Market

2287 Mora Drive, Mountain View


Casablanca Market offers monthly Moroccan cooking classes. Students will prepare three to four Moroccan dishes, which they will eat during the dinner at the end of class. Many classes are already filled, so contact the market to ask about the coming months.

Community School of Music and Arts

Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View


The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts for ages 14 months to adult. One- and two-day arts workshops offered throughout the year. Financial assistance available.

Custom Handweavers

2263 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View


Ongoing classes, both day and evening sessions, are offered in weaving, spinning and knitting for beginner and intermediate students. Students can explore the ancient art of Temari, a Japanese folk art, or learn to weave the Navajo way.

Kindermusik with Wendy

1404 Bonita Ave., Mountain View


Group music classes for children ages birth to 7 years and their caregivers. All classes include singing, instrument play, movement, musical games and home materials and aim to develop the whole child through music. Five levels of classes as well as a multi-age class. Cost depends on class and session length.

Peninsula Youth Theatre, School Play in a Box

Range of locations


Peninsula Youth Theatre, based in Mountain View, offers on-site, after-school drama classes for both public and private schools, called School Play in a Box. Students learn basic acting skills, character development, team-building, story telling, creativity, leadership skills and more. Instructors are experienced theater professionals, and will meet with students (up to 20 per class) once a week for an hour and a half at a time. During the meetings, students play theater games, learn basic acting skills, and rehearse a script for a final performance.

Savvy Cellar Wines

750 West Evelyn Ave., Mountain View


Savvy Cellars Wines has classes highlighting regional wines, pairing wine with food and introductory classes for wine novices. Must be 21 or older to attend classes.

Tumasov Fine Art Studio and Gallery

823 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View


The studio and gallery offer private art lessons in acrylic, watercolor, ceramics and drawing for a variety of styles and subjects, as well as day camps for both kids and adults.

Parents Only

Childbirth and Parenting Classes at El Camino Hospital

2500 Grant Road, Mountain View


El Camino Hospital offers a wide array of classes for mothers, expecting mothers and their spouses and children. Classes include childbirth preparation, breastfeeding preparation, infant safety and mothers support groups.

School Days

Action Day/Primary Plus

333 Eunice Ave., Mountain View


Providing quality infant, toddler and preschool programs for more than 33 years. On-site dance and computer classes offered. Fully accredited staff and facilities.

Building Kidz

Building Kidz School

250 E. Dana St., Mountain View


Building Kidz School provides infant, preschool and pre-kindergarten care and gives individual attention to kids. The school also offers a performing-arts program.

German International School of Silicon Valley

310 Easy St., Mountain View


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

Palo Alto Prep

2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View


Palo Alto Prep is a private high school designed to help students succeed in every aspect of life with confidence and success.

Yew Chung International School (YCIS)

310 Easy St., Mountain View


YCIS provides multi-cultural and bilingual, English and Mandarin Chinese, education to children from preschool to 5th grade. Yew Chung education aims to liberate the joy of learning within each child. No prior Chinese experience is required.

Something for Everyone

Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School

333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View


The MV-LA Adult School offers courses in arts and crafts, computers, digital-camera techniques, ESL, foreign languages, high school programs and GED, memoirs, music and dance, needlework, orchestra, parent education, physical fitness and vocational education. Older-adult classes (55+) available.

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 class guide, email Editorial Assistant Sam Sciolla at or call 650-223-6515. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

Advertiser Directory

Gideon Hausner, Palo Alto

BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, San Jose

German International School of Silicon Valley, Mountain View

German American International School, Menlo Park

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing, Mountain View


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