AUGUST 2012
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

significant dates

AUG. 2: RAKSHA BANDHAN
AUG. 10: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI
AUG. 15: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY
AUG. 19: RAMADAN ENDS (EID MUBARAK)

Events

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER/NEW PORT RICHEY

AUG 2: RAKSHA BANDHAN; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Ambaji Mandir, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for information, call (727) 388-6685 or visit www.ambajimandir.org/

AUG. 8-12: GITA YAGNA; Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir, 16220 Livingston Ave., Lutz; officiating priest is Pandit Anand Sukul of New York; 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday; for information, call Pandit Purnanand Sharma at (813) 486-8681 or Sundar Sugrim at (813) 689-8748.

AUG. 10: SHREE KRISHNA JANMASTAMI UTSAV; 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Ambaji Mandir, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for information, call (727) 388-6685 or visit www.ambajimandir.org/

AUG. 10-13: DEVI YAGNA; Vishnu Mandir, 5308 Lynn Road, Tampa; officiating priest is Pandit Hanuman Bephia and assisted by Swami Sharma; 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday; sponsored by Sandra Bephia and her daughter Roneeta; for more information, call Sandra Bephia at (813) 480-3414 or MJ Jaimangal at (727) 946-8144.

AUG. 13-16: “RESHAPING YOUR DESTINY”; free lectures in English by Swami Swaroopananda; presented by Chinmaya Mission Tampa; 7:15 to 9 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (813) 995-1175, e-mail hariom@chinmayaprasad.org or visit www.chinmayaprasad.org

AUG. 15: ICC SENIORS GET-TO-GATHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement; for information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

AUG. 15: INDO-US CHAMBER MONTHLY BUSINESS & NETWORKING MEETING; quarterly social mixer; The Westin Tampa Bay, 7627 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; free; dinner will be served; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

AUG. 19: PARENTING A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY; workshop presented by Pehchaan; free; speaker is Kwang-Sun Cho Blair, associate professor, department of Child and Family Studies, USF; Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Tampa; 2 to 4 p.m.; for information, visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

AUG. 18 OR 19: CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, 2035 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (parking lot); 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; free children’s entertainment,, gifts and prizes; get mehndi/henna done; food and music, clothing and jewelry sale; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

Yogiraj Dr. Om Prakash MaharaAUG. 31-SEPT. 3: YOGA ASANAS AND MEDITATION CAMP; presented by Yogiraj Dr. Om Prakash Maharaj; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday; for information, call Aruna Mehta at (813) 786-1756 or Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149.

SEPT. 8: IAFPE CHAPTER INAUGURATION; Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) to hold its 30th annual convention and Florida chapter inauguration; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 to 7 p.m. social hour, remarks by chief guest U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis at 7 and dinner/entertainment at 8; event co-chairs are Dr. Rao Emandi and Satya Shaw; for information, call Shaw at (813) 842-0345 or e-mail satyashawcpa@aol.com

SEPT. 9: WORKSHOP; “Food and Mood – You are What You Eat”; presented by Pehchaan (www.pehchaantampabay.org); speaker is Brinda Sachdev, practicing nutritionist; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road , Tampa; 2 to 4 p.m.; free; for information, call Vandana Shelkar at (813) 943-5288, Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563 or e-mail pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com

OCT. 5: 11TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; Cheval Golf & Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz; 1 p.m. shotgun start; for information, call Kamlesh Darji at (813) 841-9216 or visit www.indo-us.org

NOV. 2-3: 25th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; for information, call festival Chairman Pradip C. Patel at (813) 785-2736, Samaj President Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149 or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

NOV. 17: AACSA CONVENTION; Asian American Convenience Stores Association to hold eighth annual convention; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. onward; to register free online, visit www.aacsa.org or call (813) 908-1602.

ORLANDO/OAKLAND/WINTER SPRINGS

AUG. 2: RAKSHA BANDHAN; Sai bhajans from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Maa Durga and Sri Sai Baba temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com or visit www.durgasaitemple.org/

AUG. 4: HINDU HERITAGE CAMP; Park Square Homes, 5200 Vineland Road, Suite 150, Orlando; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; children 5 to 15 years of age can participate; $15 for first child; $5 for other family members; for information, call Kashmira Parekh at (407) 582-9179 or Pallavi Raol at (386) 943-4296.

AUG. 4-5: WORKSHOP SERIES; “60+ LIFE PLANNING – HINDU PERSPECTIVE;” sequel to Vanaprasthi-third quarter of Hindu lifestyle; Campus of Hindu University of America, 113 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days; $75 per person and $100 per couple includes vegetarian lunch and dinner; for information, call Abhinav Dwivedi at (407) 275-0013, e-mail abhinav@hua.edu or visit www.hua.edu

AUG. 4-11: Bhagawat Saptha; presented by Sri Sharadbhai Vyas in Hindi; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277.

AUG. 9: JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL; bhajans, abhishek, Krishna book reading; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; ISKCON, 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; for information, call Daruka das at (407) 257-3865 or visit www.iskconorlando.com/

AUG. 10: SHRI KRISHNA JANAM ASHTMI; 9 p.m. to midnight; Shri Shiv Dham Hindu Temple, 460 O' Berry Hoover Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 380-2661.

AUG. 10: Sri Krishna Janmashtami; 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be Sri BalKrishna Puja (Samuhik), 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. will be Bhagawat Saptha Pravachan by Sri Sharadbhai Vyas and from 11 p.m. to midnight will be bhajans followed by Sri Krishna Janma Mahotsavam; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 699-5277.

AUG. 10: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI UTSAV; 6 p.m. to midnight; Maa Durga and Sri Sai Baba temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com or visit www.durgasaitemple.org/

AUG. 11: SPOKEN SAMSKRITAM (SANSKRIT) CLASS; presented by Samskrita Bharati (www.SamskritaBharatiUSA.org); 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; knowledge of a Devanagari script is preferred; free; address will be mailed to registered participants; pre-register by e-mail to florida@SamskritaBharatiUSA.org

AUG. 11-12: YOGA ASANAS AND MEDITATION CAMP; by Yogiraj Dr. Om Prakash Maharaj; 5 to 8 p.m.; Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs; for information, call Jignesh Vyas at (407) 687-3150.

AUG. 14-17: SHRI KRISHNA CHARITRA KATHA; presented by Bhagavatacharya Dipakbhai Shastri; 6 to 8 p.m.; Maa Durga and Sri Sai Baba temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com or visit www.durgasaitemple.org/

AUG. 17: “RANG;” kathak dance performance by Nirupama and Rajendra of Abhinav Dance Company, Bangalore; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 7 p.m.; for ticket information, call (407) 699-5277.

AUG. 18: SHREE HANUMAN CHALISA 108 TIMES; Shree Hanuman Mandir, 3119 Lauressa Lane (a k a 2563 L.B. McLeod Road), Orlando; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; for information, call Hari P. Singh at (407) 679-2226, Gowtam Ramdat at (407) 383-7455 or e-mail shreehanumanmandir@gmail.com

AUG. 18 OR 19: CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, 9456 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; free children’s entertainment, gifts and prizes; get mehndi/henna done; clothing and jewelry sale, food and music; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

AUG. 22: NETWORKING EVENT; organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC); 6:30 p.m.; Park Square Homes conference room, 5200 Vineland Road, Orlando; for more information, call Beena Parikh at (321) 217-8605 or Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit www.iaccorlando.com

SEPT. 20: 20TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando; organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC); for details, call Beena Parikh at (321) 217-8605 or Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit www.iaccorlando.com

SEPT. 28: SHREYA GHOSHAL MUSIC CONCERT; Orange County Convention Center: Linda Chapin Theater, Orlando; presented by AAPI, AAPI Charitable Foundation, Florida Federation of Physicians of Indian Origin (CAPI, BIMDA, FAPI, TIPS, IAMA, PBIMA, IPOF); for premium tickets, contact Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733 or e-mail dpillai605@aol.com, Dr. Vraj Panara at (407) 252-7487 or e-mail vpanara871@yahoo.com, Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar at (407) 230-2232 or e-mail aapi@ravijahagirdarmd.com

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

AUG. 5: SUKAMEWA HINDOLA UTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

AUG. 11-12: JANMASHTAMI UTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

AUG. 19 AND AUG. 26: UTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

FORT MYERS

AUG. 10: JANMASHTAMI; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for time and other details, call the temple at (239) 225-7245, Rakesh Patel at (239) 634-6402, Rajan Patel at (239) 634-1412, or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com

AUG. 29: ONAM; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for time and other details, call the temple at (239) 225-7245, Rakesh Patel at (239) 634-6402, Rajan Patel at (239) 634-1412, or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com

GAINESVILLE

OCT. 2: Ragamala Dance – Sacred Earth; Bharat Natyam dance by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy; University of Florida, Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road, Gainesville; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $15 (UF students $10); for information, call (352) 392-2787 or visit performingarts.ufl.edu

SHRI KRISHNA JANMASTHAMIALACHUA

AUG. 9 AND AUG. 12: SHRI KRISHNA JANMASTHAMI CELEBRATIONS: Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; for details, call the temple at (386) 462-2017, Saksi Gopal das at (352) 222-1440, e-mail alachuatemple@gmail.com or visit www.alachuatemple.com

SARASOTA/BRADENTON

Shantala ShivalingappaOCT. 11-13: KUCHIPUDI DANCE; part of the Ringling International Arts Festival; Shantala Shivalingappa (www.shantalashivalingappa.com/) will present the one-hour dance performance; 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; tickets are $25, $35 and $45; for information, call (941) 360-7399 or visit www.ringlingartsfestival.org/2012/

 

SOUTH FLORIDA (SUNRISE/SOUTHWEST RANCHES/FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI)

AUG. 9: SHRI KRISHNA JANAM ASHTAMI; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for details, call (954) 252-8802 or visit www.sfht.org

AUG. 18-21: “Reshape Your Destiny;” talks by Swami Swaroopananda; presented by Chinmaya Mission; free admission ($3 parking); Grand Ballroom, Miami Airport Marriott, 1201 N.W. Le Jeune Road; 7:30 to 9 p.m.; for details and more information, visit www.chinmayamission.org/miami

AUG. 26: RAKSHABANDHAN AND BOWLING PARTY; organized by Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC); Strikers Family Sports Center, 8500 N.W. 44th St., Sunrise; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free for IRCC members; non-members pay $10 per person $35 annual IRCC family membership; for more information, call Victor Swaroop at (954) 394-5661 or visit www.irccflorida.com

AUG. 29: ONAM; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for details, call (954) 252-8802 or visit www.sfht.org

Fusion of Flamenco and KathakSEPT. 8: Fusion of Flamenco and Kathak; featuring Clarita Filgueiras and Prashant Shah with live music on guitar, sitar, sarangi and tabla; 7 p.m.; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; tickets range from $20 to $55; for information, call (954) 462-0222 or visit www.browardcenter.org/APAI2012

NOV. 2: ANNUAL GALA; India US Chamber of Commerce South Florida; Aqualina Resort and Spa, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; for information, call (305) 931-8257, e-mail indousasfl@bellsouth.net or visit www.indousasfl.com

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