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Intermediate Facebook Class
This class will inform students on how social media works, specifically Facebook. Those who attend should already have a Facebook account, know their password, and bring a laptop or tablet. Seats are limited. April 24, 1:30-3 p.m. $10. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

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Creative writing class
This class will assist those interested in writing stories, either for personal satisfaction or publication. The instructor, author and feature columnist Phyllis Butler, has had her work appear in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and international publications. Tuesdays, April 3-24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $55 for all meetings; $15 drop-in class. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

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Digital Photography with Neal Mesnchel
Taught by acclaimed photojournalist Neal Menschel, this four-week workshop will focus on camera equipment, capturing images and composition. April 3-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $150. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Tai Chi with Ben Dineen
Tai Chi classes will be held in the Woodside Native Plant Garden, weather permitting. This centuries-old Asian exercise seeks to produce stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper mind. Instructor Ben Dineen invites all ability levels to this 60-minute class. The program is funded by the Friends of Woodside Library. Fridays, April 4-25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

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Creativity Workshop: "Embracing Gratitude"
In this afternoon retreat, students will learn to combine gratitude with art. Reflective writing, guided meditation, group sharing and art making will be included. No art experience necessary. Workshop takes place in a private studio in Palo Alto. Contact Rona Foster. April 26, 1-4 p.m. $55; materials included , , Palo Alto.
 

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Reiki 1 Healing Class
A Reiki 1 training will be held at Stanford campus, aiming to teach students how to direct healing energy through gentle touch and bring peace of mind and balance to themselves and others. April 26, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $200 (includes manual and certificate). La Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center, Room 208/209, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford.

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'Save Water and Have Your Vegetables, Too!'
This class will be taught by the renowned Rosalind Creasy, a landscape designer, edible plant expert and consultant for the Denver Water Department. Rosalind is a garden writer, photographer and authority on edible landscaping. She has gardened her way through three California droughts. April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Special Education Basics Training
Parents Helping Parents, the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the JLS Middle School PTA will present a three-hour workshop for parents, staff, teachers, high school students. Topics covered will include the special education process, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) law, how an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed, parent's rights and effective collaboration. Free childcare and Spanish translation will be provided. April 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. JLS Middle School Cafetorium, 480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.

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'Growing a Cut Flower Garden'
Lanette Anderson, Hidden Villa's flower farmer, will give a class on all things flowers, providing skills and knowledge about locally adapted flower varieties -- including which beautiful flowers are the easiest to grow and longest lasting. April 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $50. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Watercolor painting for beginners
In this nine-week watercolor class, artist Leslie Mueller will cover texture, abstraction, creating black and preserving white. March 3-April 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $180. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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'Growing Your Own Citrus Successfully'
Master Gardeners will discuss how to grow citrus in Santa Clara County. Students will learn how to select, plant and care for citrus plants, including how to water, fertilize and prune. Instructors will also discuss the varieties suited to the county. April 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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'Making Finances Fashionable and Fun'
This workshop will discuss how finances and fashion can be organized to help bring peace of mind. It will also provide tools to get legal, financial and medical affairs in order by breaking them down into manageable pieces. April 29, 6-9 p.m. $45. Oshman Family JCC, 3291 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Remodeling v. New Construction workshop
By addressing key factors, this workshop will help homeowners consider whether they should remodel their current home or build a new one entirely. See website or call to register. April 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Harrell Remodeling Inc. Design Center, 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

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Meet the iPad
This class will cover basic functionality, application use, settings management, helpful features and more in a personal and comfortable setting. It will be taught by Curtis Golden of Seniors Savvy. Wednesdays, April 9-30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $60. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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'Maintaining Your Native Garden'
This class will cover how the maintenance of water-conserving gardens differs from that of traditional landscapes. Topics will include the care of California native and drought-tolerant plants, soil and irrigation equipment. The event is sponsored by Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). Registration is required. May 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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'Serious Salads' Cooking Class
Learn how to make a wealth of salads in this Palo Alto Adult School class. The class will begin with a balsamic vinegar taste test them move on to cooking. May 1, 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Palo Alto Adult School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Gamble Garden Class - Dahlias with Deborah Dietz
Expert Deborah Dietz will talk about dahlias -- how to care for them, enjoy them and protect them. May 2, 10 a.m.-noon. $30 members; $40 nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Container Gardening
Rose Marie Nichols and her husband Keane McGee, owners of Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Ore., will teach a class on container gardening. Topics will include organic methods, soil, plant varieties and small spaces. Rose Marie is coauthor of "McGee and Stuckey’s Bountiful Container," a complete guide to growing edible plants in containers. May 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

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Musical Theater Workshops for Kids and Teens
For ages 10 to 19, Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions taught by three musical professionals. Students work on training and fine-tuning their voices and learn about song acting and performance. Each workshop includes group sessions and mini private sessions with each teacher. Workshops are capped at five students. April 27, May 4, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Spring Garden Watercolor Class with Peg Conley
Peg Conley of Words and Watercolors returns for a morning of painting with watercolors on the Patio and among the flowers at Gamble Garden. May 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $40 members/$50 non-members. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Top 10 Herbs to Grow
This class will discuss 10 immensely useful plants, including how to plant, prepare, harvest and use these plants for common maladies and health preservation. May 10, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $42. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Interfaith Choral Workshop
In this workshop directed by Craig Jessop, students of all faiths can explore the music of Mack Wilberg. That evening, the group will perform 10 to 12 pieces at Stanford Memorial Church. Register on website. May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 (includes lunch). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park.

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Foothill College One-Stop Enrollment workshop
To receive priority fall registration, new Foothill College students can participate in a one-stop enrollment workshop. May 3 and 10, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Free. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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German Language Class
In the Palo Alto Adult School course, students will learn to speak, read and write German - with an emphasis on conversation. This relaxed and lively beginning level class also covers basic grammar and German culture. The college-credentialed teacher lived and studied in Germany through Stanford. Tuesdays, March 18-May 13. No class April 1. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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The Future of Online Education
This event will provide academics, content providers and technologists a forum to discuss changes to the educational landscape with the advent of the Internet and online education, as well as to consider what will come next. May 14, 4-10 p.m. $20 Students, $40 IEEE/NATEA members in advance; $50 general. Packard Auditorium, 350 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Summer Desserts Cooking Class
Learn how to make desserts made from summer produce in this Palo Alto Adult School class. The class will make apricot souffle, raspberry brownie cake and sour cream peach pie. May 15, 6:30-9 p.m. $50. Palo Alto Adult School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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Safe, Effective Pest and Disease Control
The class will address the safest ways to manage ants, snails, slugs and other pests and disease in a summer garden. It will also cover lesser-known beneficial insects that can be an integral part of keeping a yard in balance. Integrated pest management is safe for kids, pets and the environment. May 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

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The home buyers seminar
This class will discuss home buying right now in Silicon Valley, including issues such as upgrading, moving to a different area and investing in real estate elsewhere. May 18, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Bank of America, 1001 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Flower Arranging made Easy and Memorable with Joan Sanders
Joan will demystify the art of flower arranging and teach simple ideas to create a spring flower arrangement quickly and easily. Students will be then be invited to make their own. All materials are provided. May 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $40 members; $50 nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Social and Nightclub Dance
Students will learn nightclub two-step, swing, salsa and other popular social dances in this six-week class. Both singles and couples are welcome. Every Monday, April 14-May 19, 7:30-9 p.m. $33. Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

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Beginning Clothing Construction Class
Learn a new skill or update sewing skills with professional sewing teachers in this Canada College Fashion Department class. Class participants will work with knits and wovens to create a variety of garments. Open to all skill levels. Jan. 14-May 20, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. $138 and up. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
 

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Zoom In - Digital Video (Weeknights)
Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to Youtube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software, equipment plus a booklet. May 12-21, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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Yoga for a Healthy Back
Patricia Becker, the Common Ground Center Director, teaches yoga classes locally and at Stanford. Yoga poses will be covered that help both thighs and the back. The class will be off-site; directions will be given after registration. April 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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eBooks and eAudiobooks Help
The Portola Valley library invites community members to make a one-on-one appointment to receive help accessing the library’s free online books. Bring a device and any questions to this session. Please contact the library to sign up for an appointment. Wednesdays, March 19-May 28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Create a Container Garden with Sarah Easley
Sarah Easley will give a demonstration and talk about the elements of design she uses to create eye-catching container gardens, followed by an opportunity for students to create their own. May 31, 9-11:30 a.m. $45 member; $55 non-member. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Wild Plants as Food, Medicine and Soil Indicators
Drew Harwell will teach a class about plants commonly referred to as weeds that have many beneficial uses. He will discuss what they tell gardeners the health of the soil and how too harvest and process them for food and medicine. He will also provide tips on how to discourage the growth of some weeds in a garden and encourage others. May 31, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $44. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

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Hands-on Farming Instruction
This Common Ground class will be taught at a Los Altos Hills farm by Pam Scott, who set out to grow half the food she and her husband eat. Several years into the effort and she is far past her goal. The class is recommended for gardeners of all levels. Directions will be given after registration. June 1, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $39. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

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Backyard Compost Workshop
A workshop will cover how to turn fruits, vegetables and yard trimmings into a rich soil amendment. Compost bins, worm bins, and composting accessories will be available for sale. June 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Free (register by phone or website).). Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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'Adding All-Star Plants to Your Garden'
Master Gardener Marianne Mueller will give a talk about the UC Davis Arboretum All-Star plants, 100-plus water-wise plants recommended for this climate that are easy to grow and maintain, are low-water, attractive year-round and beneficial for wildlife. Many are California native plants. June 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Library, Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Repairing Strained Relationships
This 11-week workshop on working through and resolving family conflicts will be led by Jack Hamilton, senior research scientist and former Stanford instructor. April 11-June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $100 members; $125 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

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Watercolor with Alisan Andrews
Alisan Andrews, a member of The Society of Western Artists and the Sequoia Art Group, will teach this class on the basic techniques of the watercolor medium. The class will help students gain an understanding of paint, colors, paper, the use of brushes and how to control water. Wednesdays, May 7-June 25, 10 a.m.-noon. $120. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Adventures in Writing Camp
A team of authors, musicians, teachers and curriculum experts have created a writing camp that tries to break the stuffy mold "writing camp" suggests. Adventures in Writing Camp will be offered to students entering grades 2-6 and aims to make youth passionate about writing. Extended care is available. June 16-27, See website for prices. Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Ave., Palo Alto.

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Starting an Herb Garden
This class will cover organic plant care, herbs that grow well together, and how to create a container herb garden. It will be taught by Jody Main, who is a local food and garden writer, educator and consultant. Her specialties include veggie, herb and berry gardens, as well as container gardens and backyard chickens. June 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $42. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Boomer Fitness Blast
This group fitness class aims at improving muscle strength, flexibility, posture and agility. Instructor LuAnne will also help students focus on specific goals and measure their progress. Registration is required. Mondays, April 21-June 30, 7-8 p.m. $165. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Boomer Stability Ball Blast
Instructor LuAnne will teach the basics of stability ball: position, function and breathing. As students improve their balance, the class will pick up the pace to increase heart rate, muscle strength and endurance. Students need a ball and a mat. Registration is required. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 22-July 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $165 weekly; $265 twice weekly. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Musical Theater Workshops for Kids and Teens
For ages 10–19, Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions taught by three musical pros. Students work on training and fine-tuning their voices and learn about song acting and performance. Each workshop includes group sessions and mini private sessions with each teacher. Each workshop is capped at five students. July 13, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park.

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8th Annual Edible Landscaping Tour
During this tour, attendees can explore local organically-grown edible gardens, meet creative gardeners and pick up gardening tips and ideas. For photos from the previous year's tour, visit the Edible Landscaping Tour page on website. July 19, 10 a.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Musical Theater Workshops for Kids and Teens
For ages 10–19, Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions taught by three musical pros. Students work on training and fine-tuning their voices and learn about song acting and performance. Each workshop includes group sessions and mini private sessions with each teacher. Each workshop is capped at five students. July 20, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park.

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Musical Theater Workshops for Kids and Teens
For ages 10–19, Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions taught by three musical pros. Students work on training and fine-tuning their voices and learn about song acting and performance. Each workshop includes group sessions and mini private sessions with each teacher. Each workshop is capped at five students. July 27, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park.

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Pastel plein air painting classes with Jan Prisco
Portola Art Gallery's Jan Prisco will offer weekly pastel plein air painting classes at Allied Arts Guild and other Peninsula locations. Beginning and intermediate pastel painters are welcome. Wednesdays, April 16 through August 1, 1:30-4:15 p.m. $30/class; $100/four-class bundle. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

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For 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.

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'Salad Lover’s 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.