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Group Piano for Children
This weekly Menlo Park class aims to make piano lessons productive and enjoyable by arranging beginner students in small groups. Fridays, Sept. 25-Dec. 5, 3:45-4:30 p.m. $298 resident; $401 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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'Growing Grains' class
This class will instruct students in growing grains like wheat, oats, barley, rye, sorghum, amaranth and quinoa -- a process not as difficult as one might think. Topics covered will include growing, threshing, winnowing, milling and cooking, and there will be samples of homemade bread, grain salad and muffins. Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $49. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Women's Financial Revolution workshop
This presentation for women given by Teresa Dentino, founder and CEO of The Financial 411, will discuss financial literacy and engagement in both professional and personal lives. The event will also include a Q&A session and networking. Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. $16 (includes wine and food). Private location, address provided upon registration, Portola Valley.

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Adult Video Production course
This four-week course will offer hands-on, practical experience in video production, including working with cameras, a teleprompter, audio equipment, a switcher and character graphics. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-22, 6:30 p.m. $99. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
 

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Fall Arranging from the Garden
In this Gamble Garden class, Joan Sanders will lead a tour through her garden, pointing out plants that work well for fall arrangements. After she will demonstrate kinds of arrangements that can be made. The event is limited to 12 participants. Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m. $25 member; $35 nonmember. Private garden, address provided upon registration, Atherton.
 

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Organic Gardening in a Drought
This Common Ground class will explore the use of biodynamic compost and compost teas for maintaining soil health, reducing the need for other fertilizers or amendments. Each attendee will receive a sample tea bag. Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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'Fundamentals of Water-Wise Gardening'
This Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency class will review basic water-saving gardening techniques, including plant selection and placement, proper irrigation, soil preparation and design options. Registration is required. Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Mindful Parenting Series
This 8-week course focuses on developing parents' self-awareness through meditation, mindfulness and empathy -- with the ultimate goal of reducing stress and conflict and cultivating love and respect in parent-child relationships. Tuesdays, Oct. 14-Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon. $200. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

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Compassion Cultivation Training
This class meeting weekly will instruct students in stepping back from the frenzy of modern life and in developing their capacity for compassion. Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $200. Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Fiber workshop by Peopleologie
This workshop for teens and adults by Peopleologie will explore the processes of turning cotton into cloth and sheep wool into a sweater. Attendance at the three weekly sessions is recommended but not required. Registration is required. Thursdays, Oct. 9-23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Genealogy class
Little House Activity Center will offer a weekly class on genealogy to help community members in investigating the lives of their ancestors. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $86; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

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Preserving Stories with Photobooks
This four-session course at Little House will teach students how to create photobooks, including how to upload photos, arrange them on the page and format the book using Snapfish. Pre-registration is required. Fridays, Oct. 3-24, 1:30-3 p.m. $40 member; $50 nonmember. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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OverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
Community members can make appointments to speak with staff of the Portola Valley Library one-on-one for assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Contact the library to sign up. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-29, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Accent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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German Language Class
This class, taught by a college-credentialed teacher who lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, will focus on speaking, reading and writing German. Basic grammar and culture will also be covered. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, Room 406, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Earth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .
 

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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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Joyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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'Salad Loverís 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.