Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



DEC. 1: PEHCHAAN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WALK; Al Lopez Park, 4810 North Himes Ave.,, Tampa; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; for information, call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563 or email; to register for the walk, visit

DEC. 19: 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.

Jeff TobeJAN. 8, 2013: BUSINESS WORKSHOP; “Anticipate How Entrepreneurs Know What Their Customers Need Before They do!”; presented by creativity guru Jeff Tobe; organized by The Indus Entrepreneurs; Patel Auditorium, USF Tampa, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. (opposite MOSI), Tampa; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; TiE members pay $25, includes dinner; non-members cost is $35, includes dinner; for tickets, visit

FEB. 15-17: FOURTH ANNUAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IIFF) OF TAMPA BAY; for details, call Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 308-9797, e-mail or visit


DEC. 1: GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Osceola Performing Arts Center (Tupperware), 3141 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee; starts at 4 p.m.; free for society members and $5 for non-members; for information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517, Neil Kapadia at (407) 832-3835 or visit

DEC. 2: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP SEMINAR; 1:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; attorney Nishad Khan to present seminar on foreclosures and short sales of properties; for more information, contact Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or email

DEC. 15-16: ORLANDO HINDU TEMPLE SILVER ANNIVERSARY; fundraising dinner at Bahia Shrine Auditorium on Dec. 15; pujas and cultural program will be at the temple on Dec. 16; for more information or to participate in the two-day celebration program, call Mala Karkhanis at (407) 365-0985, Dipti Smart at (321) 695-4422, HSCF at (407) 699-5277 or visit

DEC. 16: GS SENIORS’ COMMITTEE TRIP; Gujarati Society seniors to visit Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa; bus to leave from Swaminarayan Temple, 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, at 8:30 a.m. and return at about 5 p.m. to temple; $20 per person; for information, call Rupaben at (321) 948-4113 or I.C. Bhavsar at (407) 948-1058.

Vipin MehtaJAN. 6, JAN. 13, JAN. 27, FEB. 3, 2013: “HEALING YOURSELF BY WAYS OF METAPHYSICS;” seminar series presented by Vipin Mehta, author of “Global Healing Trilogy”; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Albin Polasek Museum, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; cost is $110 for four Sundays or $30 per session; free parking and refreshments will be served; limited seating, pre-registration is required and can be done online at or call (407) 647-6294.

JAN. 19: BHARATA NATYAM/FOR NEW AUDIENCES; presented by Lotus Yoga Center; performed by Jaan R. Freeman; Lotus Yoga Center, 465 Oakland Ave., Apopka; 6 to 7:30 p.m. $16 advance or $20 at door; for information, call (407) 697-6437, e-mail or visit

JAN. 27: “INDIA DAY” CELEBRATION; Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) partners with Orlando Magic; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; starts at 4 p.m.; street festival features Indian dances, music, display tables; at the half time of the basketball game, Indian dances will be featured; to book game tickets ($17 and up), call Rayfield Warren of the Magic at (407) 916-2679; for more information, visit


DEC. 2, DEC. 16 AND DEC. 30: SATSANG; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 to 6 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.


DEC. 7: GOOD BYE 2012; organized by Indian American Cultural Center; Cultural Center of Charlotte County (bingo room), 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte; 6:30 p.m.; $15 per person; catered Indian food, music, dance, cash bar; RSVP or visit


DEC. 2: JALARAM JAYANTI; presented by Jalaram Mandal of Fort Myers; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of South West Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information,

DEC. 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY; organized by Fort Myers India Association; Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral; for details, call Sapna Mathur at (239) 247-5004 or visit


DEC. 2: CHINMAYA GITA CHANTING COMPETITION; A.D. Henderson University School - Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 2 to 6 p.m.; open to kids, youth and adults; free; to register, visit

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