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- August 9, 2013

Class Guide

Fall is just around the corner. That means it's back to school for kids, but there are classes available for adults and kids outside of the campus, as well. Maybe it's time dust off the old dance shoes or brush up on a foreign language. Fall is also a great time to learn a craft or an instrument. All the classes listed below are local, so give one a shot.

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

Academic Achievers

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. Ages 3 and up. Classes start Sept. 3.

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. Fall classes start Sept. 3.

L'Ecole de Danse

740 Sierra Vista Ave., 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 5. Adult classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced.

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 run from September thru mid-February and the first class of the year is on Sept. 4. Classes for both advanced and beginning dancers are available. Drop-ins are $9 or $7 per week if entire fee is paid at the beginning of the semester.

Western Ballet

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


Western Ballet has adult classes for absolute beginners to professionals. 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


Shoreline Lake and Aquatic Center has fall kayaking, sailing and windsurfing camps. Camps include all necessary equipment and are offered at all skill levels from beginning to advanced. Sailing classes are open to participants age 14 and over; kayaking age 13 and over; windsurfing age 14 and over.


2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View


REI regularly offers classes on topics such as bike maintenance, riding and outdoor navigation. Fall class times and prices are listed on the website.

Health & Fitness

Flying Fish Swim School

280 Polaris Ave, Mountain View


Indoor swimming pool, offering group, semi-private and pre-competitive classes for all ages. $8 drop-in rate. Fall season goes from Oct. 31 to Dec. 20.

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing

890 Church St., Mountain View


Jacki's Aerobic Dancing offers long 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 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. 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.

Studio Kicks

796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto


Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering kickboxing classes (for ages 12 and up) and martial-arts training (ages 3 and a half and up). Taught by owner Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the "Power Rangers."

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.

Just for Seniors

Mountain View Senior Center

266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View (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.

Music, Arts and Crafts

Casablanca Market

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 a dinner at the end of class.

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. Financial assistance available.

Custom Handweavers

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 in a Navajo style.

Kindermusik with Wendy

1404 Bonita Ave., Mountain View


Group music classes for young children, from birth to 7-year-olds 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.

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.

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 over to attend classes.

School Days

Action Day/Primary Plus

333 Eunice Ave., Mountain View


Infant, toddler and preschool programs. 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 prekindergarten care and gives individual attention to kids. The school also offers a performing arts program.

Palo Alto Prepatory High School

2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View


Palo Alto Prep is a small private high school that offers a college preparatory program. First day of classes is Aug. 28.

Yew Chung International School (YCIS)

310 Easy St., Mountain View


YCIS provides multi-cultural and bilingual education in English and Mandarin Chinese for children from preschool to 5th grade. 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 Mountain View Voice, Palo Alto Weekly and Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Mountain View, Los Altos, 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 winter Class Guide will publish on December 4-6, 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.

Advertiser Directory

Action Day Primary Plus

Building Kidz School

German International School

Jacki's Aerobic Dance

Palo Alto Preparatory

Peninsula Youth Theatre

Western Montessori

For The Love of Dance

The Waldorf School


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