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SIGNIFICANT DATES

JULY 6: GURU PURNIMA

Other Area Events

By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

JULY 15: INDOUS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MONTHLY MEETING; 6:30 p.m.; Quorum Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa; for more information, visit www.indo-us.org

JULY 15: 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.

JULY 25: ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL PROGRAM 2009; presented by the Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (FAPI); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by general body/election of officers and social/cultural/dinner; Hyatt Regency Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St., Tampa; for more information, call FAPI President Dr. Krishan Batra at (813) 963-9857.

JULY 26: MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA; presented by Shri Ayyappa Society of Tampa Inc. (SASTA); 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; playback singers are Biju Narayanan, Rimi Tomy; also, Ramesh Babu of Mohanlal Show fame and Preetha of Asianet fame; tickets are $20 for students, $30, $100, $500; children younger than 10 years of age are free; for more information, call Gokul Padmanabhan at (813) 909-7865 or visit www.swamysharanam.org

AUG. 7: EIGHTH ANNUAL GOLF INVITATIONAL; organized by the INDOUS Chamber of Commerce in Tampa; time, location and other details are in the works; for updates, visit www.indo-us.org

AUG. 16: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY CHARITY FESTIVAL; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; noon to 7 p.m.; free; organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay along with numerous organizations in the Bay area; on the agenda are flag hoisting, dances, music, entertainment, exhibits showcasing Indian states, sale of Indian arts, crafts, clothes and jewelry and a variety of Indian cuisine; food and charity drive will be held to support the needy families and children (www.childrenshome.org and www.metromin.org); for information, call FIA President Dr. Ram Reddy at (813) 926-6617 or Event Chair Malti Pandya at (813) 431-9731.

AUG. 29: GANESH CHATURTHI; organized by the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB); for time, venue and more details, write to mmtb_moderator@yahoo.com or join MMTB mailing list at groups.yahoo.com/group/mmtb

SEPT. 6: 2009 FOGANA COMPETITION; presented by India Cultural Center during the Labor Day weekend; starts at 1 p.m.; Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; tickets are $10, $25, $50, $100; limited booths available; for booths, call Nikunj Patel at (813) 264-4638; for other information, call Swapna Shah at (813) 789-4142.

BARTOW

JULY 19: FIRST ANNUAL PICNIC; organized by the Charotar Patidar Samaj of Florida; Mary Holland Park, Bartow (south end of Broadway Avenue); free; food, drinks, sports such as cricket and volleyball; noon till dark; for more information, call Kamal Patel at (863) 670-1045 or Nilesh Patel at (863) 698-8342 or e-mail CharotarPatidarSamaj@gmail.com

INVERNESS

JULY 11: GURUPURNIMA GRAND CELEBRATION; Saibaba Temple, 4707 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; starts at 8 a.m.; for more information, call the temple at (352) 860-2181, e-mail shiridisaicenter@yahoo.com or visit www.floridashirdisai.org

ORLANDO

JULY 2-4: AMERICA TELUGU SAMBARALU; Orange County Convention Center, Orlando; organized by North America Telugu Society; several programs on the agenda, including youth activities, exhibits; for online reservations, visit www.sambaralu.org

JULY 5: FREE GURU PURNIMA CELEBRATION; in honor of Paramahamsa Nithyananda; sponsored by Life Bliss Meditation at Orlando; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the International Vedic Hindu University (IVHU) campus, 113 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando; for details, visit www.lifeblissmeditation.org or email LifeBlissOrlando@yahoo.com

JULY 11: SECOND ANNUAL GARAM GARBA; organized by Exit 10 group; fundraiser to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; 8 p.m.; $8 regular admission and $5 for students; Hindu Temple of Orlando community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for more information, call Neal Patel at (407) 616-8872 or Nirav Amin at (321) 277-5837 or visit www.garamgarba.com

JULY 19: HSCF NEW AGE SENIORS ONE-DAY CRUISE; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age; group will meet at 8:15 a.m. sharp at Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, to take the bus and leave for a five-hour cruise; bus transportation, cruise and hot meal lunch will be served free; only pay $3 per person at the port before entering the bus; 1:30 p.m.; seats are limited, so please RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920, (there won't be a monthly seniors group meeting in July)

AUG. 13: JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Bhajans, kirtan, abhishek, arati, video, class, children activities and vegetarian feast prasadam; ISKCON of ORLANDO, 2651 Rouse Road; for more information, visit www.iskconorlando.com

AUG. 22: AACSA EXPO 2009; organized by the Asian American Convenience Stores Association of Central Florida; 1 p.m. till midnight; BCC Titusville Campus Gym, 1311 N. U.S. 1, Titusville; for more information, call Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit www.aacsacfl.com

JACKSONVILLE

JUNE 17-19: AKRAM VIGNAN (STEP LESS PATH TO SELF REALIZATION); Pujya Deepakbhai Desai, a direct disciple of Gnani Dada Bhagwan, will present Akram Vignan Live; he will be explain the actual scientific basis regarding vexing questions like "who am I", what are bondages, how to be free of bondages, how to get rid of worries, anger, greed, who is God, Is there a solution for our daily puzzles, etc." in practical terms; free to the public with free dinners to be served; 6:30 p.m.; Land Mark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd., Jacksonville; for registration to attend the events and Gnan Vidhi, scroll down to Florida events in the link: http://www.dadaevents.org; for more information, call Sudhir Patel at (904) 743-7327 or V. S. Narayan at (904) 737-1674.

FORT MYERS

JULY 10: MONTHLY BHAJAN; organized by the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida; Cypress Lake Middle School, 8901 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers; 7:30 p.m.; to become a sponsor or for more information, call (239) 574-2501 or (239) 404-6638 or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

TALLAHASSEE

AUG. 29: UTSAV/INDEPENDENCE DAY; organized by the India Association of Tallahassee (IATLH); 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Florida State University's Moore Auditorium; Utsav, the non-film cultural event, also will take place; IATLH is partnering with FSU's International Center and FSU Indian Student Association for the event; for details, visit the association's web site www.iatlh.org

SPACE COAST AREA

AUG. 15: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION; organized by the Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC); Melbourne Stadium; for more information, visit www.iascbrevard.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

THROUGH JULY 25: TRIBUTE TO A MIRACLE: CELEBRATING COLORS OF THE SOUND; exhibition of paintings by Naushad Shaikh; free admission; city of Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise; gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; for information, call (954) 747-4641 or visit http://www.sunrisefl.gov/2civiccc_art.html#

AUG. 29: MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by the Association of Performing Arts of India (APAI); Rajeeb Chakraborty on sarod, Reena Shrevastava on sitar (brother-sister duo) and Subhen Chatterjee on tabla; 6 to 9 p.m.; Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; $15, $25; $5 extra at the door; for more information, call 1-866-468-7630 or visit www.Ticketweb.com; to reach APAI, call (954) 885-1466, email: apaiart@comcast.net or visit www.apaiart.com



CLASSES

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

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.

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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