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AUG. 18: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TO-GETHER: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at India Cultural Center, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; free, lunch served; no minimum age; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

THROUGH AUG. 20: BALA VIHAR FOR KIDS AND YUVA KENDRA FOR YOUTH CLASSES DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION; offered by Chinmaya Mission, 18708 Hanna Road, Lutz; classes are for children/youth grades pre-kindergarten through college; world renowned and acclaimed spiritual program with new, updated curriculum for 2010; Hindu culture, prayers and values taught at children’s age levels in a fun and loving learning environment; orientation and welcome back party will be 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 28; for registration and information, call Rajitha Dundigalla at (813) 760-3632 or Bhavya Trivedi at (813) 749-7702, visit www.chinmayamission.org/tampa or e-mail tampa@chinmayamission.org

AUG. 25-31: ISHA YOGA - INNER ENGINEERING PROGRAM; Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; (Note: Free introductory talk about the program at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25); for more information, call (813) 413-1661 or email tampa@ishafoundation.org or visit www.ishayoga.org 

AUG. 28: ONAM 2010; organized by Malayalee Association of Central Florida; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; chief guest is Kerala Transport Mnister Jose Thettayil; starts at 5 p.m. followed by procession and cultural program; for vendor booth and more information, call Sheela Kutty at (727) 946-6554 or T. Unnikrishnan at (813) 334-0123.

SEPT. 10: NINTH ANNUAL GOLF INVITATIONAL; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce in Tampa; The Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa; $100 entry fee includes green and cart fees, lunch, awards dinner, foursome photo, on-course beverages, range balls; to sponsor or participate in the golf event, contact tournament coordinators Dr. Amar Patel at (727) 479-8802; Suraj Nayee at (813) 716-4923; Fabian Lokenauth at (727) 249-6504; Suleman Makhani at (813) 368-7700 or visit www.indo-us.org

OCT. 30: 23RD ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E.  Fowler Ave., Tampa; 1 to 10 p.m.; $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 years and younger; for information, call festival Chairman Kanti Bakarania at (813) 653-4981 or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

NOV. 20: PEHCHAAN FUNDRAISER; “Ron,” English play by Sudipta Bhawmik of New Jersey; also, “Shadow Dance,” debut of new dance form by Gopa Rautray of Tampa; save the date as more details to come; for information, e-mail pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com


AUG. 8: “DASHAVTAR - FOLK THEATRE OF KOKAN;” documentary filmmaker Ashok Rane will be present at screening for information discussion; 2 p.m.; Student Union Building, Room Cape Florida 316 CD, University of Central Florida, Orlando; free but donations are welcome; for more information, e-mail orlandomarathi@yahoo.com

AUG. 14: MUSICAL EVENING; presented by Geetanjali Cultural School of Music; Shri Jalaram Mandir of Orlando, 600 Hull Island Drive, Orlando; 6:30 p.m.; free; for more information, call Sharda at (407) 287-4829.

AUG. 28: FIRST ANNUAL WEST INDIAN BOLLYWOOD FUSION REMIX; solo and group dance competitions; organized by Association of Asian Cultural Festivals; Rotary Club, 475 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando; $15 for adults, $10 for children; free dinner; full liquor cash bar; for more information, call Lallman Persaud at (407) 340-0954 or (407) 532-1980 

AUG. 29: JANMASHTAMI; BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando; for details, visit www.swaminarayan.org

SEPT. 1: JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL; organized by ISKCON Orlando, 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; activities include bhajans, gaura arati, class, video, abhishek, Krishna book reading, midnight maha arotika and prasadam served from 7:30 p.m.; for more information, call Ishana at (407) 226-0222, Danuka at (407) 257-3865 or visit www.iskconorlando.com

SEPT. 5: GENERATION OM SCHOOLARSHIP AWARDS; three students to receive scholarships; Chinmaya Mission, Casselberry; details to come; for information, call (407) 415-8502 or e-mail  info@generationom.com


SEPT. 1: SRI KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; 6 p.m. to midnight; for more details, call the temple at (386) 462-2014 or Saksi Gopal dasa at (352) 222-1440.


AUG. 24: RIG, YAJUR UPAKARMA AND RAKSHA BANDHAN; Hindu Society of NorthEast Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for details, call (904) 268-7630 or visit www.jaxhindutemple.org

AUG. 28: FUSION2 THE FUTURE; Bharat Natyam, Kathak, ballet; presented by Kalaivani Dance & Music Academy; evening of entertainment and dinner; Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd., Jacksonville; 5 to 7 p.m.; $20 donation for adults and $10 for youth (10 to 18 years of age); babysitting services available; for more information, call (904) 810-7626 or (904) 262-2288.


AUG. 6: MONTHLY BHAJAN; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for more details, call (239) 482-0677, (239) 274--5584 or (239) 466-5236, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com 


AUG. 7: “BOLLYWOOD WONDERS LIVE;” presented by Woodlands & Naiks; performing will be Amit Kumar, Rohanpreet, Vaishali, Tanmay and Sa Re Ga Ma fame musicians Girish Vishwa and group; 8 p.m.; Coral Springs Center For The Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; $25, $35, $50, VIP, VVIP; for more information, call Prasad Naik at (407) 595-3205 or (954) 749-3221 or visit www.woodlandsus.com

AUG. 13: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI CELEBRATION; magical night of music and dance; Piyoosha and Kailash Anju from India to perform; $15; doors open at 7 p.m.; Shiva Mandir, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; for details and more information, call (954) 735-3560, e-mail fhoshivamandir@gmail.com visit www.fhosm.com

AUG. 15: SUNDAY MORNING RAMAYAN WORKSHOP; 9 a.m. to noon; discourse on “Ethics associated with the four stages of life,” by Pandit Bimal Maharaj; Shiva Mandir, 3000 N.W. 29th Ave., Oakland Park; for details and more information, call (954) 735-3560, e-mail fhoshivamandir@gmail.com visit www.fhosm.com

AUG. 27: GALA FUNDRAISING EVENT; presented by South Florida Hindu Temple in Southwest Ranches; musical night with Kavita Murti and others; 7:30 p.m.; Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; for more information, call Mohan Gupta at (954) 817-0155 or Meenu Gupta at (954) 560-9846 or visit www.sfht.org

AUG. 28: CHINMAYA BALA VIHAR WELCOME BACK PARTY AND ORIENTATION; 2 to 5 p.m.; venue to be determined; parents and students invited; book orders will be taken; Sunday classes for Chinmaya Bala Vihar and Study Groups resume Sep. 12; for more information, visit http://www.cmmiami.org

AUG. 29: RAKSHABANDHAN CELEBRATION AND BOWLING PARTY; organized by Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC); Strikers Family Sports Center, 8500 N.W. 44th St., Sunrise; 3 to 6 p.m.; free for IRCC members; non members pay $10 per person $35 annual IRCC family membership; for more information, call Sanjay Gupta at (954) 461-4003, Durgesh Thakar at (954) 755-2667, Krishna Garg at (954) 552-1513, Poonam Wadhwa at (954) 345-3412 or visit http://www.irccflorida.com/

SEPT. 4: MUSICAL CONCERT; concert featuring Hariprasad Chaurasia on bansuri, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee on tabla and Mohini Athavale on tanpura; organized by the Association of Performing Arts of India (www.apaiart.com); concert tickets are from $29 to $125; fundraising dinner $75 after the concert; 6 to 9 p.m.; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; for information, call (954) 462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org



STARTING OCT. 1: TARANA MUSIC; offers vocal and harmonium lessons for all ages; group and private classes are given by Sharmistha Banerjee; Compton Park Clubhouse, Tampa; classes also offered in Oldsmar/Palm Harbor area; for information, call (727) 481-5856 or visit www.taranamusic.org

YOGA AND MEDITATION: The Hindu Temple of Florida Vidyalaya presents Yoga and Meditation Classes 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, starting April 6. Conducted by Shri Sree Reddy, the classes will be held in the temple hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. Minimal fee of $20 per month for the Raja Yoga and Jyothi Meditation classes will be charged. For information, call Nainan Desai at (813) 931-7442, Indira Sastry at (813) 854-1444, Suman Lingappa at (813) 994-2915 or Gayathri Chandra 813-814-2966.

VEDAS: Veda class is being conducted by B. Ganesan (Ganesh) at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; an engineer by profession, Ganesan works in Abu Dhabi, teaching Veda mantras for the last 17 years; Sri Rudhram, Chamaham, Sookthams, Upanishads are being taught for Vedic chanting during this free class; for information, call Ganesan at (813) 732-5935.

VIDYALAYA AT HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: Every Sunday except on public holiday for first-graders to 12th grade; 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.; subjects include Mathematics and English; $25 registration fee per academic year, $125 per fall or winter term; Hindu Temple is at 5509 Lynn Road in Tampa; for more information on Vidyalaya, call Manish Kharod at (813) 963-0616 or Ravi Narayanan at (813) 961-6120.

PANDIT JASRAJ SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOUNDATION: Vocal and harmonium classes by Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Radha Raman Kirtane; table classes (group and special) by Aditya Narayan Banerjee (www.adityabanerjee.com); classes held at different locations depending on the day; for more information, call (813) 960-0176 or e-mail: pjsmftampabay@hotmail.com; Web site: www.pjsmf.com

CHHANDAYAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Sitar, vocal and table classes by Hidayat Khan (son of sitar maestro Vilayat Khan), Mithali Bhaumik Banerjee (vocal) and Pandit Sameer Chatterjee (tabla); classes are held in Clearwater; for more information, call Satya Challa at (727) 712-1233 or Viji Reddy at (727) 934-7721 or e-mail sameer@tabla.org

BALVIHAR BY CHINMAYA MISSION OF TAMPA BAY: Sundays from 10am to noon in Tampa; ages 5 through teen; children learn about Hindu religion, culture and festivals through stories from the Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita; for more information on location and fees visit www.chinmayaprasad.org or call Laxmi Sastry at (813) 948-3590 or e-mail nsastry@tampabay.rr.com

SANKARA CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF FLORIDA: classes in Carnatic percussion instruments mridangam, ghatam, kanjira and morsingh by Ghatam Vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran (brother of T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram) and N. Ganesh Kumar (www.ganeshkanjira.com); classes held in Tampa and at the Hindu Temple of Florida; for more information, call Kala Gangadharan at (813) 979-4598 or Jyothi Venkatachalam at (813) 977-9039 or (813) 404-7899 or e-mail jvenkata@yahoo.com or ganesh@ganeshkanjira.com

TAMPA SHAKHA/BALAGOKULAM: free activities for all ages, including yoga, games, field trips, and shlokas for children and adults; 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Hindu Temple of Florida, Lynn Road; for more information, call Vijay Singh at (813) 920-7494.

VEDANTA CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg, 216 19th Ave. S.E. (first house to the right on crossing Bay Street on 19th Avenue Southeast) holds lectures on Vedanta every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon by Swami Yuktamanandaji. There also is a Gita class on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by meditation at the center, which is part of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math of India. For more information, call (727) 896-9840 or click on www.vedantaflorida.com


JAIN VISHWA BHARATI U.S.A.: Every Saturday classes are held on Pranayam, Yogic Exercise and Relaxation, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; donations accepted; JVB Center, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; for information, call (407) 852-8694 or e-mail jainvishwa@hotmail.com


CHINMAYA MISSION: Classes and activities for adults and children from kindergarten to grade 12 on Hindu culture, based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta (Oneness); times and days vary; for information, e-mail studygroup@CMmiami.org



HINDU TEMPLE OF FLORIDA: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 962-6890.

DADA BHAGWAN’S GROUP OF TAMPA BAY: Satsang every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.; everyone is invited; call Ramesh Patel at (813) 926-1143 or Mukesh Patel at (813) 969-1740.

JAIN SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY: Monthly bhavna from 3 to 5 p.m. every fourth Sunday; also, non-Jains can take Dev Darshan of statues made of marbles by sculpture-artist from Rajasthan; 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; both events at Days Inn hotel at Fletcher Avenue and Interstate 75; call Kini Shah at (813) 503-0715 or Pradeep Bavishi at (727) 525-5400.

VISHNU MANDIR: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday only, discourse by Pandit Vishnu Sharma; 5303 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624; (813) 654-2551.

SANATAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday; 311 East Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33602; (813) 221-4482.

SHRI SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR: 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday only; officiating priest is Pandit Purnanan Sharma; 16220 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, FL 33559; (813) 264-1539.

SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA MANDIR: daily morning arotik at 7 followed by Srimad-Bhavatavam class; 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday Bhagavad-Gita class followed by prasadam; 14610 N. 17th St., Tampa; (813) 971-6474 or click on www.iskcontampa.com

BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; darshan is closed between noon and 4 p.m. but reopens at 4 p.m.; 9226 E. Fowler Ave. (between Interstate 75 and U.S. 301); (813) 986-5473.

MANAV DHARMA ASHRAM: sumiran is from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of every month; satsang is 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by dinner; yoga classes begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; bhajans are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Sunday; 7520 Caron Road, Tampa, FL 33615; call the ashram at (813) 889-7155, Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

SHREE YAMUNA PREETI SEVA SAMAJ: Pushtimargiya Satsang Mandal invites Vaishnavs of Tampa Bay area to weekend Satsang sabhas and kirtans; 1340 Robin Road S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707; call Smitabein Patel at (813) 961-3816 or Himatlal Parekh at (813) 969-1661.

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF TAMPA BAY AREA MOSQUE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; 7326 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33601; Tel: (813) 628-0007.

GURDWARA: 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily; 15302 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592; (813) 986-6205.

CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI) CONGREGATION OF FLORIDA: Worship services at 10 a.m. every Sunday at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619; for information, call John Philip at (813) 986-6844 or Daniel Cherian (Anand) at (813) 985-9890 or click on www.csichurchflorida.org


HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, FL 32707; (407) 699-5277.

GURDWARA, SIKH SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: 11:30 A.M. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 2527 W. Aloma Ave. (west State Road 426), Oviedo; (407) 805-0404.

MASJID AL-RAHIM, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WEST ORLANDO: five times daily prayers and pray on Friday; 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, Orlando, FL 32811; (407) 523-7882.

SARASWATI DEVI MANDIR/INDO CARIBBEAN CENTER: Sunday service is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; all special days observed with worship; 1453 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808; for information, call (407) 522-1988 or click on www.saraswatidevimandir.com

SHRI SHIVDHAM HINDU TEMPLE AND BRAHMRISHI YOGASHRAM: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando, FL 32825; (407) 380-2661 or e-mail ymcco@yahoo.com

SANTOSHI MA TEMPLE: bhajan and aarti first Friday of every month; 10900 Park Ridge Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786; (407) 996-2830.

SHRI DEVI BHAVAN: 9 A.M. TO 11:30 a.m. every Sunday; Pandit is Eshwar Persaud; 6206 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32835; (407) 822-8057.

SHRI LAXMINARAYAN MANDIR: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday; 269 N. Klondike Ave., Pine Hills, FL 32811; (407) 877-7916.

SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR (BAPS): 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL 32809; (407) 857-0091.

POINCIANA HINDU MANDIR INC.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday and on special festivals; 3999 Monterey Road, Kissimmee, FL 34758; (407) 873-2679.


SHRI SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE: 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, FL 33815; (863) 682-8260.


ISKCON OF ALACHUA (International Society for Krishna Consciousness): founder is A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, P.O. Box 819, Alachua, FL 32616; (386) 462-2017.


SHIRDI SAI CENTER: 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, FL 34452; for timings of the center and any other information, call (352) 860-2181 or e-mail shirdi@gowebco.com


HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA (HSNEF): 714 Park Ave., Orange Park; for information, call (904) 269-1155 or click on www.jaxhindutemple.org


SOUTH FLORIDA HINDU TEMPLE: 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330; for timings and classes at the temple, call (954) 438-3675 or e-mail info@sfht.org

SHIVA VISHNU TEMPLE OF SOUTH FLORIDA: 5661 Dykes Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331; 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; call (954) 689-0471 or click on www.shivavishnu.org

SHIVA MANDIR: 3000 N.W. 29TH Ave., Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309; for information, call (954) 735-3560 or click on www.fhosm.com

ISLAMIC CENTER OF BOCA RATON: 3100 N.W. FIFTH AVE., Boca Raton, FL 33431; for information, call (561) 395-7221 or click on www.icbr.org

SIKH GURUDWARA: 1600 S.W. 60th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331; for information, call (954) 680-0221.

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