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- May 9, 2014

Class Guide

Summertime means more daylight and usually more free time, especially for kids liberated from busy school schedules. Don't let that freedom turn into boredom though; Mountain View has a myriad of classes — from Bikram yoga to guitar to ballet — to keep people with all interests occupied, even exhilarated, during the summer months.

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

Alberto's Salsa Studio and Ultra Lounge

736 W. Dana St., Mountain View


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

Bayer Ballet Academy

2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View


Bayer Ballet Academy is a school of Russian ballet that teaches the Vaganova method. The academy offers both intensive summer ballet programs and dance camps for younger boys and girls.

For the Love of Dance

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View


For the Love of Dance provides training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, the family-owned studio 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 teaches a Cecchetti style of ballet, including creative dance, pre-ballet and full curriculum for all levels, with children staring around age 5. The school also offers classes for students with different abilities during the summer.

Western Ballet

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


Western Ballet offers adult classes for beginners to professionals, as well as for children and teens preparing for careers in ballet. The youth program is graded with 13 pre-professional levels. There are also summer programs suitable for each level. The faculty consists of current and former professional dancers.

The Great Outdoors


2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View


REI regularly offers classes on topics such as bike maintenance, camping skills 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 summer camps offered: Camp Shoreline for younger kids will include a combination of water sports and land activities, while teen camps teach windsurfing and sailing.

Health & Fitness

Bikram Yoga Mountain View

1910 W. El Camino Real, Suite E


Bikram Yoga Mountain View teaches regular classes on 26 yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises. The classes are held in a heated room, and are meant to help students tone muscles and clear toxins through sweating.

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing

890 Church St., Mountain View


Joan Rabin,

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, from 9 to 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. It offers various youth soccer programs for boys and girls. Red Star teams compete in Nor Cal Premier League and U.S. Club Soccer sanctioned tournaments. The organization also holds summer soccer camps for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 at Grant Park in Los Altos.

Yoga Belly

455 Castro St., Mountain View


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

Just for Seniors

Feldenkrais Movement

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 on Fridays from June 20 to August 1 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Mats are provided.

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 exploring 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

Build It Again With Bricks

398 Main Street, Los Altos


At this locally owned store, children and adults can build and play with Legos. Among its offerings are after-school Lego classes, summer and winter Lego camps and workshops, and birthday parties.

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. Classes are often filled well in advance, 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, with courses suited for children 14 months old to adults. One- and two-day arts workshops are offered throughout the year, as well as many summer camps. Financial assistance is 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


Kindermusik with Wendy provides group music classes for children from birth to 7 years old and their caregivers. All classes include singing, instrument play, movement, musical games and home materials, aiming to develop the whole child through music. Five levels of classes are offered, 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 (PYT), 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. PYT also holds camps and classes over the summer.

Savvy Cellar Wines

750 W. 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.

West Valley Music

262 Castro St., Mountain View


West Valley Music holds group classes, clinics and events for beginners and more experienced players to practice a variety of instruments.

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


With a location in Mountain View, Action Day/Primary Plus has provided quality infant, toddler and preschool programs for more than 33 years. Its staff and facilities are fully accredited. On-site dance and computer classes are offered. It also holds a Camp Tiki day program during the summer from June through August.

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 pre-school 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. The school also offers summer trips to keep students engaged and learning during break.

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. The school also offers Chinese immersion summer camps with a variety of globally-focused activities.

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, dance, needlework, orchestra, parent education, physical fitness and vocational education. Older-adult classes (55+) are available.

The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and Menlo Park Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and beyond are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in local 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.

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