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Holiday 2 Palo Alto Weekly December 7, 2012

A sweet way to get together Baking Norwegian Christmas cookies continues a family tradition By Carol Blitzer

rowing up in Berkeley, Karin Thorne always looked forward to the days leading up to Christmas when the family gathered to honor their Norwegian roots — and make cookies. Lots of cookies. “I remember coming home from school to a house that smelled like every kid’s dream of Christmas. My mother’s kitchen was Santa’s workshop. We sampled every batch, and frequently,” she wrote in an email to the Weekly.


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She recalls her mother and grandmother starting early in December, filling every kitchen container, from lobster pots to canning kettles or soup terrines, to make vast quantities of traditional Norwegian treats. Her grandfather came from Norway in the 1890s, and graduated from

St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1906, she said. As kids, Thorne and her sister and brother would decorate shoe boxes with Christmas wrapping paper, which their mother would fill with cookies to be given to their father’s work colleagues, teachers and neighbors. Each of the 30 boxes would have a holiday note affixed.

Thorne, who teaches seventhgrade social studies at Jordan Middle School, has continued the tradition at her Palo Alto home. Her 19-year-old son has participated each year in the family-andfriends gathering that starts with Thorne and her two siblings, who (continued on page 41)

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live in the Bay Area, agreeing on a baking day. “Skipping a year is out of the question. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without this ritual,” according to Thorne. This year they’re gathering on Dec. 16, making all the same recipes, but “not in the same quantities.” Friends and family get together to share the baking, then get to share the bounty at the end of the day. And the recipes have evolved over time, with less butter and sugar. “We talk about how we did it last time,” Thorne said, adding that it’s not formal. “If someone doesn’t come on time, that’s fine. “It’s the kind of thing that keeps families together, talking to each other,” she said. “Every year we look forward to doing it all over again!” The following are the Haugen family’s traditional Norwegian Christmas cookie recipes. N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at cblitzer@


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Uforia Studios 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto 650-329-8794 Uforia Studios specializes in dance (zumba, hip-hop, Bollywood, hula hooping), strength and sculpting (uDefine) and spinning (uCycle). All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.

Western Ballet 914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A, Mountain View 650-968-4455 Western Ballet has adult classes

Lucy Geever-Conroy, Flight Instructor for Advantage Aviation 1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-493-5987 Offering learn-to-fly seminars, ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.

REI 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View 650-969-1938

Health & Fitness 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto 1-877-727-6771 In a Red Cross First Aid class students learn CPR, choking rescue, bleeding control and treatment of burns, fractures, seizures and more. Adult CPR and First Aid certificates.

Betty Wright Swim Center @ Abilities United 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-494-1480 BWSCwelcome Aquatic exercise and therapy in the fully accessible, public, warmwater (93 degree), indoor pool. Classes include aqua aerobics, aqua arthritis, back basics, body conditioning, Aichi yoga and prenatal. Physical therapy, personal training, Watsu and land massage by appointment. Group swim lessons.

Be Yoga 440 Kipling St., Palo Alto

650-906-9016 Community yoga studio. Small class sizes. Also offered are workshops on ayurveda, reiki and meditation. The Happy Body Program uses a weight-loss system involving nutrition, exercise and relaxation. Focus is on a balanced lifestyle with improved health and greater youthfulness.

California Yoga Center (Palo Alto)

Jacki’s Aerobic Dancing

541 Cowper St., Palo Alto 650-967-5702 The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students. With studios in Mountain View and Palo Alto, classes cultivate strength, flexibility and relaxation. Ongoing yoga classes are scheduled every day and include special classes such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops explore a variety of yoga-related topics.

CMAC Swim School CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto 650-493-5355 CMAC Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are a half-hour long, and each class contains three to four participants.

The Happy Body 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside 310-488-1862

890 Church St., Mountain View 650-941-1002 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.

Jazzercise 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 ongoing. Go directly to class to register.

Jim Gorman Swim School 3249 Alpine Road, Portola Valley 650-854-6699, ext. 1000

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Winter Class Guide Daily lessons from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Small group lessons for all ages and abilities.

Karate Classes OHCC Multipurpose room, 100 Terminal Ave, Menlo Park 650-330-2250 www.menlopa /depa r tments/com/ohcc.html A class to develop body awareness, learn safety skills and gain discipline and confidence. The class teaches basic kicking, blocking and punching techniques.

Kidz Love Soccer Burgess Soccer Field, Menlo Park 408-774-4629 classes.php Kidz Love Soccer youth soccer classes are open to boys and girls of all abilities. The curriculum is customized for kids of all ages. Classes encourage a better SELF (Sportsmanship, Esteem, Learning and Fun).

Kim Grant Tennis Academy 3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-752-8061 The Kim Grant Tennis Academy offers tennis classes to minis (ages 3-5), beginner (ages 5-7), intermediate I and II, advanced and elite players.

Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park 650-326-2025 littlehouse / classes.cfm Little House Activity Center offers children and adults a variety of classes including health and wellness classes for seniors, athletics

Admission Open House Sunday 2-4:30 p.m. January 13, 2013 RSVP to Daily tours by appointment.

for kids, arts and crafts, language and computers.

Palomo Archery 4022 Transport, Palo Alto 650-391-9968 Palomo Archery offers classes for groups and parties.

Red Star Soccer Academy 248 Walker Drive, #8, Mountain View 650-380-0099 Red Star Soccer Academy is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to youth player development. It 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.

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society 1185 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 650-344-3345 Scottish country-dance classes are held most Wednesdays at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion. Classes for both advanced and beginning dancers are available. Drop-ins are welcome.

Studio Kicks 796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-855-9868 650-855-9869 (fax) Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and martialarts training for kids 3 and 12 and up. Taught by owner/instructor

Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the “Power Rangers.�

Swim Pro Lessons Burgess Pool, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park 650-328-7946 Regular classes, workouts and lessons specifically for adults are held weekly as well as by appointment. Participants can learn to swim, improve strokes or simply get a workout.

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-327-9350 Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto. Established in 1973. Students learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T’ai chi ch’uan). Beginning classes start monthly.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA 3391 Middlefield Road, YES Hall, Palo Alto 650-396-9244 The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA offers classes designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility while promoting relaxation and good health. Beginner classes in Taoist Tai Chi internal art of Tai Chi Chuan are offered for all ages and fitness levels in Palo Alto. First class is free. A nonprofit organization with nationally accredited instructors.

Yoga at All Saints’ Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto 650-322-4528

Free Dyslexia Consultation at Athena Academy the school for children gifted with Dyslexia Grades 2-6 Rolling admissions –mid-year students accepted 525 San Antonio Ave, Palo Alto


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U Student/teacher ratio 6:1 U The best evidence-based teaching techniques for dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities U Cutting edge research incorporated into our innovative, dynamic curriculum U Teachers trained in multiple teaching approaches: Slingerland, Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, DavisŠ Learning Strategies, Woodin Math, Montessori, and new focused learning techniques U Students receive the individualized instruction they need, drawn from the best resources U Extended hours available


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Sand Hill School

View hall/comm_services/ (click on the “Senior Center� link on the left, then click on the “Classes� link on the left) 650-903-6330 The Mountain View Senior Center offers a wide array of classes covering topics and activities such as art, music, language, history, dance and exercise.

at Children’s Health Council Grades K-4, expanding to grade 8

School should be fun. If you need help, call us.

Language Courses ABC Languages 1370 Willow Road, Menlo Park 650-204-7908 ABC Languages offers up to 20 different language classes to adults and children. ABC’s teaching staff is composed of experienced instructors who are native speakers of the language they teach.

At Sand Hill School you’ll ďŹ nd teachers who really care and know how to teach children who are bright but struggling with learning and social challenges.

Thursday morning parent visits 10:30-11:30 Sign up online. 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA

GASPA German 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park 650-520-3646 GASPA offers Saturday classes for children and adults between 9 a.m. and noon. Its focus is on both learning the German language and becoming acquainted with German culture and traditions. REI offers a variety of outdoor classes, including bike maintenance, riding, and outdoor navigation. Kundalini-style yoga, combining asana (physical poses), breathing exercises and meditation. Practice is best done on an empty stomach. Students should bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes. If floor work is difficult, exercises can be modified to be done in a chair. All ages. No registration necessary.

Youth Boxing Fitness (Non-Contact) 2860 Spring St. Unit 1, Redwood City 650-290-1920 Recreational boxing programs are designed for the general public. Offers non-contact boxing fit-

ness and conditioning classes for men, women, and children ages 8 and up.

Just for Seniors Avenidas 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto 650-289-5400 Avenidas offers classes ranging from balance, line dancing and back fitness to dementia caregiving and computers. Membership costs, fees and class listing included on the website.

Mountain View Senior Center 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain

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German Language Class 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-329-3752 Students learn to speak, read and write German, with an emphasis on conversation. Basic grammar and Germanic culture are also covered. The instructor, a college-credentialed teacher, lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, where she later received a master’s degree.

International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto 650-251-8500 ISTP offers after-school language classes at its two Palo Alto locations. Classes offered in French,






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Winter Class Guide Mandarin and Spanish to preschool students (3 to 5 years old). Additional classes taught in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Russian for elementary and middle school students.

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Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

Alto University. Drop-ins welcome. Wear comfortable clothes.

Music, Arts and Crafts

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. Financial assistance available.

Art for Well Beings

1000 El Camino Real, Atherton 650-868-5995 The Italian Educational Institute offers evening language classes for adults, with a revamped curriculum, reduced fees and classes led by native Italian speakers. Skypebased lessons are also available. Classes start on Jan. 7, and tuition can be paid through PayPal.

Ananda Palo Alto 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-323-3363 Ananda Palo Alto offers classes on meditation, chanting and yoga.

Inner Resources for Stress 585 Franklin St., Mountain View 650-903-6337 A non-religious course that uses relaxation, breathing and meditation to help people deal with stress. Led by doctoral students from Palo

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Art with Emily 402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto 650-856-9571 Emily Young teaches mixedmedia, multi-cultural art lessons to children at her fully equipped studio in Palo Alto.

Art Works Studio 595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto 650-796-1614 Art Works Studio offers a variety of fine-art classes for kids.

Beginning Digital Photography Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood

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Mind and Spirit

2460 Park Blvd. #3, Palo Alto 650-776-8297 Art for Well Beings offers art classes especially welcoming people with special needs. AFWB is open to the public. Drop-in or sessions are available. All materials provided.

CSMA instructor Rachel Lee with students.

City 650-330-2200 www.menlopa /depa r tments/com/cclasses.html In this hands-on introduction to digital photography, participants will work to understand the camera’s menus and function modes, metering, focusing, filters, the flash, white balance, light, color, and basic composition which will prepare for portraiture, night shooting and printing activities in class.

Casablanca Market 793 Castro St., Mountain View 650-964-3000 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.

2263 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View 650-967-0831 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.

Draeger’s Cooking School 1010 University Drive, Menlo Park 650-685-3704 www.draegerscookingschool. com/ Draeger’s cooking classes are

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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.

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750 West Evelyn Ave., Mountain View 650-969-3958 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. Michelle Le

Peninsula Volunteers Little House offers bridge classes and other activities for seniors. taught by chefs and cover a wide array of regional cuisines.

Iberia Restaurant Cooking Classes 1026 Alma St., Menlo Park 650-325-8981 ht t p : / /iber ia rest au ra / cooking-classes/ Iberia offers classes on paella, tapas and other Spanish cuisine.

Kindermusik with Wendy 1404 Bonita Ave., Mountain View 650-968-4733 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. Cost depends on class and session length.

Manzana Music School Palo Alto 650-799-7807 ManzanaMusicSchool@yahoo. com Group lessons for children and adults on guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, vocal, arranging and music theory.

Midpeninsula Community Media Center 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-494-8686 www.communitymediacenter. net 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.

Music Within Us 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 150, Mountain View 650-325-2194 Dr. Lisa Chu offers classes and workshops sessions using techniques drawn from the fields of life coaching, mindfulness-based meditation, yoga, deliberate practice, group facilitation, sound healing and music improvisation.

New Mozart School of Music 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto 650-324-2373 New Mozart offers early-childhood music classes for children 2-7 years of age.

Old World Designs 727 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park 650-321-3494 Old World Designs has stitching classes for all levels.

Opus1 Music Studio 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 650-625-9955 Opus1 Music Studio is offering group music lessons for all kinds of instruments to ages 2 and up. Beginners to advanced level.

Pacific Art League 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto 650-321-3891 Art classes and workshops by qualified, experienced instructors for students from beginners to advanced and even non-artists. Classes in collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Sculpture. Registration is ongoing.





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Sur La Table Cooking School 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 289-0438 (Go to “cooking classes� navigation bar, and search “Palo Alto�) Classes are two to two-and-ahalf hours long. Recipes and tasting-sized portions will be provided in the class. Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstrationonly classes, and classes for kids and teens.

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The Silicon Valley Boychoir 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto 650-424-1242 The Silicon Valley Boychoir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto and trains boys in the art of choral singing with an emphasis on vocal coaching, music literacy and the highest artistic standards.




Parents only Childbirth and Parenting Classes at El Camino Hospital 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View 650-940-7302 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.

Parents Place Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto 650-688-3040 peninsula Parents Place offers parenting classes on subjects ranging from strategies for managing picky eaters to making the switch from diapers.



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Amigos de Palo Alto 1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto 650-493-4300 Amigos de Palo Alto is a full Spanish-immersion preschool. Offering parents a safe environment where they may leave†their children, both for childcare and to begin learning from bilingual instructors how to speak and learn Spanish the same way their native language was learned — naturally. Preschool sessions are offered Monday-Friday (1-4:30 p.m.); Monday, Wednesday and Friday (8:30 -11:45 a.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.); and Tuesday-Thursday (8:30 -11:45 a.m. or 1-4:30 p.m.).

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Building Kidz School 250 E. Dana St., Mountain View 650-967-8000 Building Kidz School provides infant, preschool and pre-kindergarten care and gives individual attention to kids. The school also offers a performing arts program.

Circle of Friends Preschool

I have taken six Computer classes, plus Knitting, Cooking and Woodworking classes. The teachers are great and I have met wonderful people in my classes. The prices have been great for the classes. I recommend Palo Alto Adult Education to everyone I know. Neva Yarkin, Childcare


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3214 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park 650-854-2468 Circle of Friends Preschool’s goal is to promote the development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, lingual and intellectual. Detailed assessment of each child helps build partnerships with families to support emerging competencies. Play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn concepts and integrate knowledge in a hands-on environment.

This class is a great way to learn English grammar and it’s very fun! Here you can say ‘Goodbye, boring grammar!’ Anastasia Cherkashina, Au pair

An after school tutoring program helps kids achieve in math.

German-American International School

International School of the Peninsula

275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park 650-324-8617 German-American International School (GAIS) is an international school serving approximately 300 students from preschool through 8th grade. GAIS offers a German bilingual program through 5th grade, and welcomes Englishspeaking 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.

Cohn Campus (grades 1-8): 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto Cooper Campus (nursery): 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto 650-251-8500 After-school programs for preschool, elementary- and middleschool students. Classes include French cooking, Asian cooking, chess, science, robotics, Chinese dance, art and craft, watercolor, gymnastics, soccer and multisports.

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-494-8200 Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is a kindergarten through eighth-grade school located in Palo Alto. Founded in 1989, the school aims to promote academic excellence, community responsibility and vibrant Jewish living. As a community day school, Hausner serves families from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and religious practices.





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Kirk House Preschool 1148 Johnson St., Menlo Park 650-323-8667 Kirk House Preschool is a halfday preschool with both morning and afternoon classes for children aged 3-5 (Young Fives class). Kirk House Preschool is a Christian, play-based school that offers a development-oriented curriculum in a park-like setting.

Lydian Academy 815 El Camino Real, Menlo Park 650-321-0550 Lydian Academy is a personalized middle and high school with rolling admissions. It welcomes new students every week, year round.

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3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-618-3325 Milestones Preschool, a developmental program, provides children aged 2-5 years a fun and educational environment that promotes their development of the social skills, independent thinking, intellectual growth, and positive self-image they need to succeed in kindergarten and later in life. NAEYC accredited. State of California License 434407984.

Palo Alto Prep 2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View 650-493-7071

Winter Class Guide 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 Spring Class Guide will published the week of March 6, 2013, with deadlines approximately two weeks prior. To inquire about placing a listing in the class guide, email Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren at or call 650-223-6515. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call our display advertising department at 650-326-8210. Palo Alto Prep is a private high school designed to help students succeed in every aspect of life with confidence and success.

Sand Hill School 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto 650-688-3605 For young minds, one size doesn’t fit all. At Sand Hill School, find what fits best for each child. At Children’s Health Council. Grades K-4. 6:1 student/teacher ratio.

children as well as those that want their children to begin a second language at an early age.

T’enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 650-223-8788 Play-based approach develops skills and a love of learning. Two, three and five day-per-week options for 18 months to five years with emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement, values and fun in two locations.

Sora International Preschool

Woodland School

701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto 650-493-7672 Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool. Sora’s mission is to help families that are raising bilingual

360 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley 650-854-9065 Woodland School’s focus is on strong academics, inclusive community and individual character development. Its blend of a tra-

ditional and inquiry-based approach emphasizes the “6 C’s of 21st Century Learning� — critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, character and cross-cultural competency.

Yew Chung International School (YCIS) 310 Easy St., Mountain View 650-903-0986 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 650-940-1333 The MV-LA Adult School has a long history and commitment to adult education. Offering: Arts and crafts, computers, digitalcamera 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.

Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-329-3752 650-329-8515 (fax) Hands-on computer, language, test preparation, writing, bird identification, investment, hiking, yoga and certificate courses available. Hundreds of online classes are offered by the Palo Alto Adult School in conjunction with Education to Go.

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Last Year’s Grant Recipients 10 Books A Home .......................................$5,000 Able Works..................................................$5,000 Adolescent Counseling Services ..........$10,000 Art in Action ................................................$5,000 Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula........7,500 Break Through the Static..........................$2,500 Breast Cancer Connections .....................$5,000 Canopy .........................................................$3,000 CASSY ........................................................$15,000 Children’s Center of the Stanford Community ..................................$4,000 Cleo Eulau Center.......................................$5,000 Collective Roots .........................................$7,500 Downtown Streets Team ........................$15,000 DreamCatchers ........................................$15,000 East Palo Alto Center for Community Media ................................$3,000 East Palo Alto Charter School .................$7,500 East Palo Alto Children’s Day ..................$5,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation ................$5,000 East Palo Alto Youth Court ........................$3,000 Environmental Volunteers ........................$3,000 Family Connections....................................$7,500 Foothill College Book Program ................$5,000 Foundation for a College Education ........$7,500 Hidden Villa .................................................$5,000 InnVision ......................................................$7,500 JLS Middle School ....................................$5,000 Jordan Middle School ..............................$5,000 Kara ............................................................$15,000 Mayview Community Health Center .....$10,000 Midpeninsula Community Media Center.........$5,000 Music in the Schools Foundation ............$5,000 My New Red Shoes ...................................$3,000 New Creation Home Ministries ...............$5,000 Nuestra Casa ..............................................$5,000 Pacific Art League .....................................$2,500 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation ..............$5,000 Palo Alto Community Child Care ..............$6,500 Palo Alto Council of PTAs .........................$2,128 Palo Alto High School Get Involved!.......$1,500 Palo Alto Housing Corporation ................$5,000 Palo Alto Library Foundation ..................$17,500 Palo Alto Youth Collaborative.................$10,000 Peninsula Bridge Program .......................$5,000 Peninsula Youth Theatre ...........................$3,000 Project Safety Net....................................$20,000 Project WeH.O.P.E. .....................................$7,500 Quest Learning Center ..............................$5,000 Ravenswood Education Foundation .......$5,000 Silicon Valley FACES..................................$7,500 South Palo Alto Food Closet .....................$1,000 St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club ...............$5,000 St. Vincent de Paul.....................................$6,000 TEDxGunnHighSchool ...............................$2,000 TheatreWorks .............................................$5,000 Youth Community Service .......................$10,000

Support our Kids with a gift to the Holiday Fund.


ach year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to suppor t programs ser ving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Since the Weekly and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation cover all the administrative costs, every dollar raised goes directly to suppor t community programs through grants to non-profit organizations ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. And with the generous suppor t of matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard and Hewlett foundations, your taxdeductible gift will be doubled in size. A donation of $100 turns into $200 with the foundation matching gifts. Whether as an individual, a business or in honor of someone else, help us reach our goal of $350,000 by making a generous contribution to the Holiday Fund. With your generosity, we can give a major boost to the programs in our community helping kids and families.

Give to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund and your donation is doubled. You give to non-profit groups that work right here in our community. It’s a great way to ensure that your charitable donations are working at home.


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