TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER/NEW PORT RICHEY
JULY 3: GURUPOORNIMA; 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Ambaji Mandir, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for information, call (727) 388-6685 or visit www.ambajimandir.org/
JULY 5-8: YOUNG JAINS OF AMERICA CONVENTION; theme is “iJain: Evolution of a mind;” keynote speaker is Vivek Maru, senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World; Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive; for more information, visit www.yja.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
JULY 13 AND JULY 15: 10-YEAR VISHNU MANDIR ANNIVERSARY; free concert at the Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road; from 7:30 p.m., Terry Gajraj of New York will be accompanied by Avinash Singh and the Supertones Band of Orlando, who will perform melodious film and devotional songs; on July 15, the actual 10th anniversary day, at 10:30 a.m., special pujas will be performed by Pandit Kapil Dev and new resident priest, Pandit Lal Singh of England, at Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road; for information, call (727) 798-4258 or (727) 460-2460.
JULY 17-22: RAMAYANA KATHA; Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir, 16220 Livingston Ave., Lutz; officiating priest is Pandit Rudranauth Sharma; katha will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday; sponsored by Sundarlall Sugrim and family; for information, call Pandit Purnanand Sharma at (813) 486-8681 or Sundar Sugrim at (813) 689-8748.
JULY 18: 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.
JULY 18: INDO-US CHAMBER MONTHLY BUSINESS & NETWORKING MEETING; HCI Building, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; topic: How does the bank decide whether to give you the loan that you applied for?; speakers are Shyam Mundra (Northstar Bank) and Suleman Makhani (SunTrust Bank); 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; free; dinner will be served; for information, visit www.indo-us.org
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. 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. 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 email@example.com or visit www.chinmayaprasad.org
AUG. 19: INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION; organized by the Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay (FIA of Tampa Bay); India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; starts from 10 a.m.; activities include Indian dance and Music Idol contest; as part of the celebrations, FIA is conducting youth activities such as public speaking workshop, art competition, FIA youth debate and college admissions panel by recent graduates; well-known singer Ajay Warriar, a guest performer who can sing in 14 Indian languages, will be judge of the “FIA-Tampa Bay Music Idol” contest; all events are free for participants and attendees; for information, contact FIA President Dr. Madhavi Sekharam at (813) 792-2646 or email MadhaviSekharam@gmail.com or event chair Dr. Swarna Lokesh at (727) 934-1564 or e-mail Swarnamba12@gmail.com or visit www.fia-tampabay.com
JULY 1: “THE HEALING POWER OF THE ZERO STRESS YOGA ZONE;” presented by the Hindu Society of Central Florida; Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai will teach the class; registration is $60 at the door; Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for registration information, call (407) 699-5277.
JULY 7: GARAM GARBA FUNDRAISER; presented by Exit 10 to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Rawal Bros of Daytona Beach will perform; Hindu Society of Central Florida temple hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 8 p.m.; for information, call Paras Shah at (407) 782-9496 or Sajan Parag at (941) 266-6324.
JULY 7: GURU PURNIMA CELEBRATION; Shri Shiv Dham Hindu Temple and Yogashram, 460 O’ Berry Hoover Road, Orlando; 6 to 9 p.m.; for information, call Yagi Patel at (561) 306-2646 or Savitri Bachoo at (407) 924-8799.
JULY 12: “ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AND MYTH BUSTING”; organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce; talk by Christopher Oakley, vice president and regional executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Jacksonville; 6 p.m.; Park Square Homes conference room, 5200 Vineland Road, Orlando; free for IACC members and $20 for non-members, RSVP is required as seats are limited; for more information or to register for the event, call Beena Parikh at (321) 217-8605 or Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit www.iaccorlando.com
JULY 13: SONU NIGAM CONCERT; presented by Paracha Entertainment; Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando; 8 p.m.; tickets from $39; for information, call Rahim at (404) 576-8909 or Drew at (407) 456-3226.
JULY 14: SHRI VIBHUJI MAHARAJ SATSANG; presented by Manav Dharam of Orlando; bhajan/kirtan from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by satsang and then mahaprasad; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for information, call (407) 264-7313 or (407) 509-0699.
JULY 19-22: INSPIRING TALKS AND INTENSIVE RETREAT BY ANANDMURTI GURUMAA; 7 to 9 p.m. on July 19-20 and 3 to 5 p.m. on July 21-22; Hindu Society of Central Florida temple, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free; for information, call (727) 709-2364, (954) 801-7867 or visit www.gurumaa.com
JULY 22: PILGRIMAGE TRIP; Gujarati Society of Central Florida Seniors’ Committee organizing a trip to Shirdi Sai Florida Center temple in Inverness, Hare Krishna Temple (ISKCON) in Alachua and Pushtidham (Vraj) in Ocala; $25 per person; bus will leave from Swaminarayan Temple, 1325 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando at 8 a.m. and return at about 5:30 p.m. to the mandir; for details; call Rupaben at (321) 948-4113 or I.C. Bhavsar at (407) 948-1058.
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); tickets available at grocery stores in Orlando from Aug. 1; for premium tickets, contact Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Vraj Panara at (407) 252-7487 or e-mail email@example.com, Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar at (407) 230-2232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
JULY 28: AN EVENING OF HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR MIND, BODY & SPIRIT; performers are vocalist Milind Chittal, Nandkishor Muley on tabla, and Dr. Manohar Apte on harmonium; Red Sun Yoga, 5965 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs (corner of Tuskawilla Road and Red Bug Lake Road); 7 p.m.; tickets $20 ($15 for students) or call Nandkishor Muley at (407) 924-8373 or Kishor Pathare at (321) 960-5497.
JULY 1: SATSANG; starts at 3 p.m. followed by prasad after 6; 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. 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 email@example.com or visit www.alachuatemple.com
JULY 7: GURU POORNIMA CELEBRATION; from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for details, call (352) 860-2181 or visit http://www.shirdiusa.com/
JULY 3: GURU PURNIMA; Hindu Society of North East Florida, 4968 Greenland Road, Jacksonville; for information, call (904) 268-7630 or visit www.hsnef.org
JULY 21: ICS SUMMER PICNIC; organized by the Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville; Summer Waves Water Park-Jekyll Island, Georgia; $26 per person entry fee for ICS members, non-members pay $35; to RSVP, visit www.jaxics.org
SOUTH FLORIDA (SUNRISE/SOUTHWEST RANCHES/LAUDERHILL/MIAMI)
JULY 1: DIGICEL TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL CRICKET; West Indies and New Zealand match; Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill; start at 3 p.m.; for fees and information, call (561) 361-1700 or visit http://www.cricketcouncilusa.com/
JULY 3: GURU PURNIMA; organized by Chinmaya Mission Miami; 7:30 to 9 p.m.; all welcome at Balchandani residence in South Miami for archana and a video discourse by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda; for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cmmiami.org
THROUGH JULY 14: RANGOTSAV/CELEBRATING COLORS; exhibition of recent paintings by Naushadali Shaikh; 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. Wednesday-Thursday; for information, visit www.pashyanti.net
JULY 23: NAAG PANCHAMI; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches; for information, call (954) 252-8802 or visit www.sfht.org