Class GuideSummer is here, and classes for kids and adults are available across the Midpeninsula. Want to beat the heat? Maybe it's time to practice that breaststroke or finally take up ice-skating. Getting a leg up in school can be tough. Summer is a great time for an SAT or language class. All the classes listed below are local, so give one a shot!
The Class Guide is published quarterly by the Mountain View Voice.
FLEX Los Altos
4600 El Camino Real #201, Los Altos
Participants learn what colleges are looking for in application essays and get help writing the essays and applications that fit them best. This workshop allows students to personalize their essays and applications at their own pace.
For the Dancer
Bayer Ballet Academy
2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View
Bayer Ballet Academy is a school of Russian ballet, which teaches the Vaganova method.
L'Ecole de Danse
740 Sierra Vista Ave. Unit G, Mountain View
L'Ecole De Danse (School of Ballet) — Vaganova and Cecchetti styles. Creative dance, pre-ballet and full curriculum for all levels starting at age four-and-a-half. Adult classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced.
914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A, Mountain View
Western Ballet has adult classes for absolute beginners to professionals, providing the largest selection of drop-in classes in the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. 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
Shoreline Lake Aquatic Center
3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View
Windsurfing, kayak and sailing classes for all levels of experience held throughout the summer. Must be at least 13 years old for kayaking, 14 for sailing and windsurfing.
2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View
REI regularly offers classes on topics such as bike maintenance, riding and outdoor navigation. Volunteer for habitat restoration projects run by Acterra, a non-profit environmental organization.
Health & Fitness
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
1185 Castro St., Mountain View, CA
Scottish country-dance classes are held most Wednesdays at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion.
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
890 Church St., Mountain View
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing offers a well-balanced hour of 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 Mountain View Masonic Temple.
Red Star Soccer Academy
248 Walker Drive, #8, Mountain View
Red Star Soccer Academy is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to youth player development. It offers training for young athletes who aspire to reach their full potential in soccer. 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.
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.
Just for Seniors
Mountain View Senior Center
266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View
www.mountainview.gov/city_hall/comm_services/ (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
Inner Resources for Stress
585 Franklin St., Mountain View
A non-religious course that uses relaxation, breathing and meditation to help people deal with stress. Led by Ph.D. students from Palo Alto University. Drop-ins welcome. Wear comfortable clothes.
Music, Arts and Crafts
793 Castro St., 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.
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.
2263 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View
Ongoing classes in weaving, spinning, and knitting for beginner and intermediate students. Day and evening sessions. Students can explore the ancient art of Temari, a Japanese folk art, or learn to weave the Navajo way.
Community School of Music and Arts at 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. Vacation and summer camps, one- and two-day arts workshops offered throughout the year. Private music lessons offered, taught by international faculty. Financial assistance available. Private lessons also offered.
Kindermusik with Wendy
1404 Bonita Ave., Mountain View
Group music classes for children ages birth to 7 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.
Music Within Us
2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View
Dr. Lisa Chu offers classes, workshops, and individual sessions using techniques drawn from the fields of life coaching, mindfulness-based meditation, yoga, deliberate practice, group facilitation, sound healing and music improvisation.
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.
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 has a long history and commitment to adult education. Offering: 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.
The summer Class Guide will publish on May 9-11, 2012, with deadlines approximately two weeks prior.
To inquire about placing a listing in the class guide, email Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-223-6515 or visit www.paloaltoonline.com. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call our display advertising department at 650-326-8210.
Action Day Primary Plus
German International School
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Kumon Center of Los Altos
Los Altos Christian School
Palo Alto Preparatory
Peninsula Youth Theatre
Sand Hill School