JANUARY 2016
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

JAN. 5: GURU GOBIND SINGH SAHIB BIRTHDAY

JAN. 15: MAKAR SANKRANT/PONGAL/MAGHI

JAN. 26: INDIA REPUBLIC DAY


EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG

JAN. 4-6: TIPS FOR HAPPY LIVING; organized by Chinmaya Mission; talks by Swami Prakashananda; 7:30 to 9 p.m.; free; Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, visit www.chinmayaprasad.org

JAN 13: I WiLL: Influencing Women in Life & Leadership; inaugural luncheon; mission is to create a network of South Asian women that collaborate and inspire with a holistic approach to the whole woman; 11:30 a.m.; Centre Club, 123 S. West Shore Blvd., #8, Tampa; for more information and to register, email influencingwomen@gmail.com

JAN. 17: “Meet and Greet” by Women’s Forum; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 2 p.m.; GSTB office at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Women’s Forum Chair Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767.

JAN. 20: 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.

JAN. 20: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; guest speaker is Jairek Robbins, a performance coach and motivational speaker; free; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd., 8th floor, Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

JAN. 23: CHILDREN’S GASPARILLA PARADE; Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay Youth Committee’s first-time participation in Children’s Gasparilla Parade; starts at noon at Westshore Boulevard, Tampa; for information, call Youth Committee Chair Nila Patel at (813) 971-8081.

JAN. 24: “Meet and Greet” by gstb Golden Age Committee; 4 p.m.; Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay office at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Golden Age Committee Chair Himatlal Parekh at (813) 922-8090.

JAN. 28-31: Art of Living Happiness Program; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekend; Dr. John Long Middle School, 2025 Mansfield Blvd, Wesley Chapel; for information, call Sasidhara at (201) 683-1777 or Amit Tyagi at (813) 300-0364.

JAN. 29: KARAOKE; organized by Hindu American Foundation Tampa chapter; singing, stand-up comedy, poetry; 6:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida Prasad Sadan, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call (813) 454-9541.

FEB. 4: INDIA DAY AT FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS; organized by Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; 6 to 10 p.m.; free parking; event held during state fair night before school holiday in Hillsborough County schools; for information, call GSTB President Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747.

FEB. 13: 11th AACSA (ASIAN AMERICAN CONVENIENCE STORES ASSOCIATION) AWARDS GALA; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa,; entertainment by Esha Deol; for information, call (813) 842-0345.

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

JAN. 16: BOLLYWOOD THROUGH THE AGES; presented by The Vedic Cultural Center of Central Florida; Bahia Shriners Auditorium, 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando; doors open at 5 p.m.; to purchase $15, $25 tickets, visit https://btta.eventbrite.com; proceeds to benefit mandir construction; for information, call Karishma at (407) 802-8716.

JAN. 23; TEMPLE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION; Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 574-8044.

JAN. 31: INDIA DAY; Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) partners with Orlando Magic; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; street fest starts at 3 p.m. followed by 6 p.m. Magic vs. Boston Celtics game; for more information, visit www.iaccorlando.com or email info@iaccorlando.com

FORT MYERS

FEB. 13: 29TH INDIA FEST 2016; organized by India Association of Fort Myers; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on the grounds of Hammond Stadium, 144006 Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers; dances, music, fashion, jewelry, handicrafts and food on the agenda; $5 entry; for information, e-mail ravi@fteinc.net or visit www.iafortmyers.org/

SOUTH FLORIDA (BOCA RATON/MIRAMAR/FORT LAUDERDALE)

JAN. 3: DESHI WINTER FEST; presented by Dhaka Club of Florida; Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10 tickets; for information, call (561) 313-4187.

JAN. 9: SURYA - THE ETERNAL RHYTHM; visualization of Afro-Caribbean poetry via Indian dances; presented by Ekal Vidyalaya; Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar; 7:30 p.m.; for tickets, call (954) 602-4500 or visit www.miramarculturalcenter.org

JAN. 30: DAZZLING DANCES OF INDIA AND SPAIN; Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 5 to 7 p.m.; tickets are $30, $40 and $20 for students with current ID at door; performers are Harija Sivakumar, Dr.Radha Kotamraju and Paco and Celia Fonta of Siempre Flamenco; for information, call (954) 885-1466, email apaiart@comcast.net or visit www.apaiart.com

Event submissions are free, e-mail information to editor@khaasbaat.com by the 20th.

Disclaimer: Please check with local organizers, event details are subject to change.

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