JULY 2013
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida





JULY 5-6: 36th ANNUAL Veerashaiva Samaja of North America, Florida chapter CONVENTION; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; several cultural programs to be held, including a concert and Kathak dance recital; for details, call (727) 289-9599, e-mail VSNA2013.Convention@gmail.com or visit www.vsnaconvention.com

JULY 13: SAHAJA YOGA MEDITATION; Town ’N Country Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa; 11 a.m. free and open to all; for details, www.meetup.com/Tampa-Free-Meditation-Meetup/

JULY 14: TAMPA BAY RATH YATRA; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; begins at 10 a.m.; for sponsorship and aarti puja or more information, call Satish K. Sharma at (813) 877-2192, Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or Kiron Senapati at (813) 340-2324, e-mail tampabayrathyatra@yahoogroups.com or visit www.tampabayrathyatra.org

JULY 14: SHRI KRISHNA MADHURAM; musical play on life of Lord Krishna and Radha in Hindi; Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa; 6 p.m.; tickets start at $35; for information, call Parimal Butala at (813) 892-8197.

JULY 17: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; free; Homeowners Choice Insurance Building, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; speaker Henry Gonzalez III, president of Platinum Bank, Tampa Bay Region, will discuss “Why is community involvement important and how can it help you in your career?”; dinner will be served; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

JULY 17: 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 28: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORKSHOP; presented by Pehchaan; workshop by Nikki Daniels, executive director of Family Justice Center; 2 to 4 p.m. with registration at 1:30; Carrolwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; free admission; tea/coffee will be provided; RSVP to pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com or call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, Sapna Dembla at (813) 265-3225 or visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

AUG. 6: “Vedic Wisdom: Empowering Youth in Modern Age”; discourse by Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; presented by JET USA Tampa; to register, e-mail jetusatpa@gmail.com, visit www.jetflorida.org; for information, call (813) 383-8555 or (919) 561-7626.


THROUGH JULY 7: SHRIMAD BHAGWAT KATHA (IN HINDI); presented by Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for timings and other details, call Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224, temple at (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org/

JULY 7: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP; free for paid annual members of the group; others $3 per person; 1:30 p.m.; Havan Room of Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; celebrate Independence Day; games include chess, cards and antakshri; study circle will be held; snacks, tea and coffee will be served; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or email hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com

JULY 7-9: SHRIMAD BHAGWAT SAPTAH; presented by Vaishnav Parivar of Orlando; by H.H. Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahodayshri; 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday-Tuesday; JCC of Greater Orlando, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Vijay Patel at (516) 301-8860.

JULY 13: SHRI KRISHNA MADHURAM; musical play on life of Lord Krishna and Radha in Hindi; Osceola Performing Arts Center (formerly Tupperware), 3141 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee; $30 donation, preferred, premium, VIP, sponsor tickets available; proceeds to benefit various charities; for information, call Krish Patel at (407) 454-3334 or Kamal Patel at (863) 670-1045.

JULY 14-20: DISCOURSE ON SHRIMAD BHAGVAT KATHA; priest/lecturer is Acharya Shri “Balshuk” Gopeshji Maharaj; Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; for information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com or visit www.durgasaitemple.org

JULY 25: DOING BUSINESS WITH THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY; speaker event organized by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida; speakers are Hector Bauza and Wilson Camelo of Bauza & Associates; Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Orlando International Drive Convention Center, 8214 Universal Blvd., Orlando; $20 for guests; free for chamber members; RSVP to info@iaccorlando.com or visit www.iaccorlando.com 


JULY 10-11: SHRIMAD BHAGWAT SAPTAH; presented by Vaishnav Parivar of Polk County/Tampa; by H.H. Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahodayshri; 5 to 8:30 p.m. both days; Anoopam Mission, 4685 U.S. 98 S., Lakeland; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Bhitti Patel at (727) 656-6867.


JULY 12: SHRI KRISHNA MADHURAM; musical play on life of Lord Krishna and Radha in Hindi; Marion Technical Institute Auditorium, 1614 S.E. Fort King St., Ocala; 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $35, $50, $75, $100; event includes dinner served from 7 to 8 p.m.; proceeds will benefit Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida); for information or to purchase tickets, call Trupti Patel at (862) 251-3198 or Kalpesh Mehta at (352) 875-5275.

JULY 14: RATH YATRA; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.


AUG. 10: 2013 MANASOTA INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota; Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto; noon to 8 p.m.; $2 per person (ages 5 and over); tickets available at India Bazaar, 5112 14th St. W., Bradenton; food, cultural activities, dance program; interested vendors can call Bhumin Patel at (941) 773-4460; for information, call festival Chairman Dr. Snehal Parikh at (941) 518-6298 or Anish Patel at (941) 962-9812.


JULY 18-23: Dada Bhagwan’s Gurupurnima; presented by Dada Bhagwan Pariwar (family) of Southeast U.S.A.; in the presence of Pujya Deepakbhai Desai; Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville; real-time translations from Gujarati to English; daily program from 9:30 a.m. till 7:30 pm.; no cost to attend the event; all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided free; for program details, visit usevents.dadabhagwan.org; for more information, call (877) 505-DADA (3232), Ext. 10, or e-mail gp@us.dadabhagwan.org


JULY 21: SENIOR CITIZENS TALK; Mohsin Jaffer, M.D., to speak on geriatric issues; South Florida Hindu Temple, 13010 Griffin Road, Davie; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; for information, call Ravin Mehta at (954) 701-3500 or Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674.

JULY 22: GURU PURNIMA CELEBRATION; 7:30 to 9 p.m. followed by dinner; Balchandani residence, 12011 S.W. 97 Terrace, Miami; Sailappan residence, 18062 Clearbrook Circle, Boca Raton; to be a Puja Yajaman, e-mail hariom@cmmiami.org or visit www.cmmiami.org

AUG. 3: MUSIC FOR THE SOUL CONCERT; organized by Association of Performing Arts of India; performers are vocalist Pandit Sanjoy Banerjee, Sudhir Limaye on tabla, and Dr. Manohar Apte on harmonium; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Artserve Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 33304; tickets range from $18 to $23 online or $20 and $25 at door; for purchase, visit www.apaiart.com

Event submissions are free of charge. E-mail editor@khaasbaat.com.

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

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