Community - December 7, 2011

Class Guide

Children's Health Council

650 Clark Way, Palo Alto | 650-326-5530 | |

Children's Health Council's Learning Center offers a range of services for struggling learners: evaluation, individual support/coaching, assistive technology, school-placement services and more.

Learning Strategies

PO Box 535, La Honda, CA, 94020 | 650-747-9651 | |

A Learning Strategies tutor will come to the home, and set up individual learning programs.

Lydian Academy

815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | 650-321-0550 |

Lydian Academy is a personalized middle and high school, It has rolling admissions and welcomes new students every week, year-round. Earn a diploma get ahead by taking UC-approved and AP classes in Lydian's after-school and summer programs. Lydian also offers tutoring.

Palo Alto Adult School

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto | 650-329-3752 | 650-329-8515 (fax) |

Hands-on computer, language, test preparation, writing, investment and certificate courses available. Hundreds of online classes are offered in conjunction with Education to Go.

QWERTY Education Services

1050 Chestnut St., #201, Menlo Park | 650-326-8484 | |

Academic tutoring and diagnostic educational evaluation for K-12 and college. Contact Michael Perez, director, for a no-cost phone consultation.

Jazzercise at Little House Activity Center

800 Middle Ave, Menlo Park | 650-703-1263 | |

Jazzercise blends aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing movements into dance routines set to new music. All fitness levels welcome. Classes are on-going; go directly to class to register.

ABC Languages

585 Glenwood Ave., Menlo Park | 650-204-7908 | |

ABC Languages offers up to 20 different language to adults and children either in groups or privately. ABC's teaching staff is composed of experienced instructors who are native speakers of the language they teach.

Istituto Educazione Italiana

1000 El Camino Real, Room 8, Atherton | 650-868-5995 |

Italian Language for adults in the evening on the campus of Menlo College. Workshops in painting Tuscan and Venetian landscapes/cityscapes using acrylics in collaboration with the Pacific Art League (668 Ramona St., Palo Alto). Workshops in Florentine silversmithing at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Full fee and schedule information can be found online.

Bair Island Aquatic Center

1450 Maple St., Redwood City | 650-241-8213 | |

Learn to Row classes for adults at BIAC, a local nonprofit boathouse. No previous experience or fitness level required. Six sessions in spring and summer, consisting of two weekends of classes (9-12 Saturday and Sunday), followed by four weeks of instruction in our novice crew. Cost: $250 (includes 3 month membership at BIAC).

Be Yoga

1923 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park | 650-906-9016 |

Community yoga studio. Small class sizes, reasonable prices. Also offered are workshops on ayurveda, reiki, and mediation.

Kiwi Crate

103A Pioneer Way, Mountain View | 967-4311 | |

Kiwi Crate delivers monthly crates with all the materials and inspiration for projects related to a theme such as safari, space or colors. Projects may include arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play and more. Kiwi Crate has hand-selected and kid-tested projects that are open-ended and encourage curiosity, exploration and creativity. Great for ages 3-6.

The Talking Playhouse

595 Price Ave., Suite A, Redwood City | 650-678-9769 | |

Social-learning and social-skills classes and activities for all age groups, including theater games and writing groups. See website for timetable and more information.

Little House Senior Activities Center

800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park | 650-326-2025 |

Computer workshops, health lectures, investments, travel, self-improvement, movies, opera previews, ballroom dancing and weekend trips for people over 50. Register in person or by phone.

Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View | 650-917-6800 | |

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.

International School of the Peninsula (ISTP)

151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto | 650-251-8519 | |

After-school programs for preschool, elementary and middle-school students. Classes include French cooking, Asian cooking, chess, science, robotics, Chinese dance, art and craft, gymnastics, soccer and multi-sports. For a complete list of classes, visit the website.

Midpeninsula Community Media Center

900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto | 650-494-8686 | |

The Media Center offers classes every month in a wide range of media arts, including publishing media on the web, podcasting, digital editing, field production, TV studio production, Photoshop for photographers, citizen journalism, and autobiographical digital stories. One-on-one tutoring is also available. Biweekly free orientation sessions and tours. Website has specific dates, fees, and scholarship information.

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto | 650-329-2366 | |

Classes and workshops for children and adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more. Register online or stop by the Art Center for a class brochure.

Circle of Friends Preschool

3214 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park | 650-854-2468 |

Circle of Friends Preschool offers a well-rounded curriculum in a warm personal environment. Its goal is to promote the development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, language and intellectual. Detailed assessment of each child helps build partnerships with families to support emerging competencies. All this in a play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem-solve, learn concepts, and integrate knowledge in a hands-on environment.

German-American International School

275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park | 650-324-8617 | |

GAIS is an international school serving approximately 300 students in preschool through 8th grade. GAIS offers a German bilingual program through 5th grade, and welcomes English-speaking students in a new English language Middle School program that offers German, Spanish and French as additional language options. GAIS follows the academically rigorous, inquiry-based programs developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Jim Gorman Swim School

3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley | 650-854-6699 ext. 100 |

Private and small group lessons for all ages and abilities, from water babies (3-30 months) to national champions. Weekday and weekend lessons available for sign-ups now.

Kirk House Preschool

1148 Johnson St., Menlo Park | 650-323-8667 | |

Kirk House Preschool is a half-day preschool with both morning and afternoon classes for 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds (Young Fives class). Kirk House Preschool is a Christian, play-based school that offers a development-oriented curriculum in a park-like setting.

Palo Alto Prep

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto | 650-493-7071 |

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

Phillips Brooks School

2245 Avy Ave., Menlo Park | 650-854-4545 |

The Phillips Brooks School, an independent co-educational day school for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade, prepares each student to live a creative, humane and compassionate life, and to be a contributing member of society. The curriculum emphasizes the basic academic disciplines and their integration into everyday life, while developing the foundation for individual scholastic excellence and inspiring an enthusiasm for life-long learning. The overall school experience weaves the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical areas of growth into the fabric that is the Phillips Brooks School community.

Trinity School

2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park | 650-854-0288 | |

Trinity School encourages preschool to grade-5 children from all backgrounds to love learning. Trinity fosters rigorous academics grounded in child-centered content. The legacy of a Trinity education is a curious mind and a discerning heart.

Woodland School

360 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley | 650-854-9065 |

Preschool-8th grade. Woodland School's focus is a challenging academic program with a strong enrichment program of art, music, drama, computers, gymnastics and physical education. Science, math and technology are an integral part of the 5th-8th-grade experience. Extended Care is offered from 7:30 a.m-8:15 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Call for a brochure or to set up a tour.

Kiwi Crate

103A Pioneer Way, Mountain View | 967-4311 | |

Kiwi Crate delivers monthly crates with the materials and inspiration for projects related to a theme such as safari, space or colors. Projects may include arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play and more. Projects encourage curiosity, exploration and creativity. For ages 3-6.

The Class Guide is published quarterly. Listings of cases offered in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside and other nearby towns are provided. Due to space constraints, not all listings can run and priority is given to classes in the towns mentioned above. To inquire about placing a listing in the Class Guide, email Online Editor Tyler Hanley at To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call our display advertising department at 650-854-2626.


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