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SIGNIFICANT DATES

FEB. 11: VASANT PANCHAMI

Other Area Events

By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

FEB. 6-12: ISHA YOGA – INNER ENGINEERING PROGRAM, Museum of Science & industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; weekdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; note: there is a free introductory talk about the program on Feb. 6-7 at MOSI; for more information, call (813) 413-1661 or 866-424-ISHA (4742), email tampa@ishafoundation.org or visit www.ishayoga.org

Feb 10: “GROWING UP SOUTH ASIAN IN AMERICA,” organized by Pehchaan; parents and adolescents invited to a panel discussion; 2 to 4 p.m.; registration begins at 1:45 p.m.; Compton Park, 16101 Compton Drive; panelists are Preethy George, Amina Mahmood and Yasmina Pandharpurwala; for information, call (813) 545-9782 or e-mail pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com

FEB. 16: ANNUAL FAPI VALENTINE'S DAY FUNCTION; 6:30 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5311 Lynn Road, Tampa; live professional orchestra and songs, wine tasting; dinner and full bar included; for tickets and more information, e-mail nrattehalli@gmail.com

FEB. 20: ICC INDIAN SENIOR GET-TOGETHER, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ICC, Lotus Hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; lunch served; free for seniors and everyone else is invited; for information or a ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-6930 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

MARCH 15: FIRST ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR, sponsored by Vishnu Mandir; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the temple, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; free health screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, obesity as well as a bond density test and blood pressure check; health care professionals and physicians will be available to answer questions and distribute information about child, adolescent, senior health and safety topics; for information, call Dr. Sadhana Shah at (727) 798-4258 or Dr. Ram Ramcharran at (727) 460-2460.

ORLANDO

FEB. 3: BOOK AUTHOR VISIT, author Monica Pradhan of “The Hindu-Bindi Club” will participate in a Q&A session; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call Shobana Daniell at (407) 782-2123.

FEB. 3 AND FEB. 16: HINDU SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA NEW AGE (SENIORS GROUP); on Feb. 3, the group meets from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; $5 per person; seminar, study circle, games, tea party for 50 years and older; also, on Saturday, Feb. 16, an additional event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971- 9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or e-mail hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com.

FEB. 17: “KEM CHO MAJJA MA?” Gujarati play presented by Jayesh A. Patel in association with the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; 5 p.m.; Lyman High School, 865 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, FL 32750; for information, call Himanshu Bhatt at (407) 929-4311 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

JACKSONVILLE

MARCH 6: MAHASHIVRATRI, Rudrabhishekam three times in the evening starting at 6, 9 and midnight; Hindu Society of North East Florida (HSNEF), 4968 GreenLand Road, Jacksonville; for information, call (904) 268-7630.

MARCH 22: FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF HINDU SOCIETY OF NORTH EAST FLORIDA; local artists from Jacksonville and RasaJhari will present “Payal Ki OMkar”; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Mandarin Middle School, 5100 Hood Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257; free; for information, call (904) 268-7630, e-mail info@jaxhindutemple.org or visit www.jaxhindutemple.org

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST AREA)

FEB. 16-17: INDIAFEST, presented by Manav Mandir with support from the Indian Association of the Space Coast; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wickham Park Pavilion, 3845 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; tickets are $4 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under and children ages 5 and younger are free; for information, call Yasmin Majeed at (321) 720-8590 or visit www.indiafestbrevard.org

GAINESVILLE

FEB. 2: 16TH CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION SEMINAR, presented by the India Cultural & Education Center and Florida Medical Association; 1115 S.W. 13TH St., Gainesville; for information, call Vidya Jain, M.D., at (352)378-3017.

MARCH 29: INDIA FEST, presented by the India Cultural & Education Center (www.icec-florida.org); 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Fe Community College Gymnasium, 3000 N.W. 83rd St., Gainesville, FL 32606; $3 admission, kids younger than 5 years of age are free; Indian food, dance, art, music, jewelry, clothing, henna; health fair will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and cultural show from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; for vendor information, call Naina Patel: (352) 384-1594 and for general information, call Manisha Ranade: (352) 271-3065.

TALLAHASSEE

FEB. 22: RUSHDIE SPEECH, Mumbai-born author and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie will make his first public appearance in Tallahassee at Ruby Diamond Auditorium (Wescott Building); 8 p.m.; tickets are $15 to $50; for information, visit www.sevendaysfestival.org or call (850) 644-6500.

SOUTH FLORIDA (FORT LAUDERDALE/MIAMI AREA)

FEB. 23: FIFTH ANNUAL INDIAFEST; organized by the Palm Beach India Association; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Meyer Auditorium, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; for information, click on www.sfindiafest.com or e-mail info@sfindiafest.com

FEB. 24: INDIA JAZZ SUITES, presented by the Association of Performing Arts of India (www.apaiart.com); features kathak dancer Pandit Chitresh Das and tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith; 5 to 8 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

MARCH 22: JAZZ YATRA 2008; presented by Sahara; evening of fusion dance and music when East meets West; 7 p.m.; Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; tickets are $20, $30, $40; seniors and students are $15 (limit one per person with valid ID); for information, call Lakshmi Subrahmanian at (954) 755-7091 or visit www.saharafl.org



CLASSES

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

ORLANDO

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

SOUTH FLORIDA

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


PLACES OF WORSHIP

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

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.

SHIV MANDIR: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; officiating priests are Pandit Balraj Maharaj and Ram Maharaj; 2001 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 907-6311.

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

ORLANDO AREA

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.

LAKELAND(POLK COUNTY)

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

ALACHUA (ALACHUA COUNTY)

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.

INVERNESS (CITRUS COUNTY)

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

JACKSONVILLE/ORANGE PARK

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 (MIAMI AREA)

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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