JULY 2014
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

EVENTS

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

JULY 6-13: PANCHAMRUT KATHA; by Shastri Narayancharandas Swami; Gujarati/Hindi/English with video/presentations and live interaction; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; kids activities and babysitting will be provided; dinner will be served after katha; for daily timings and other information, visit www.panchamrut.org or call Dr. Dipak Shah at (813) 486-1074, Dr. Ashok Modh at (813) 935-3439.

JULY 16: 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 16: BUSINESS & NETWORKING EVENT; organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; speaker is Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn; free; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; HCI Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

JULY 19: “BHAKTI MADHURAM;” bhajans, ghazals by Shailendra Bhartti; fundraiser for new temple construction for Sanatan Mandir, Tampa; 7 p.m.; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; $100 per person or $1,000 for round table of 10; for information, call Pankaj Patel at (813) 789-3005, Dr. Pawan Rattan at (813) 222-2000 or visit www.sanatanmandirtampa.org

JULY 19: ESSAY AND APPLICATION WORKSHOP; college applications, medical school essays, mentoring students, interview prep; job/resume building; presented by Selective College Consulting; for details, call (813) 391-3760 or e-mail BobLeVine@selectiveCC.com

JULY 23-27: GYAAN YAGNA; discourse from various scriptures; Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; for timings and more information, call Shantia Singh at (727) 492-1010.

JULY 23-24: DISCOURSE ON VISION OF RAMAYANA; by Swami Tejomayananda of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide; 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Carrollwood Country Club clubhouse, 13901 Clubhouse Drive; for information, call (813) 949-3091 or visit www.chinmayamission.org/tampa

JULY 27-AUG. 3: “VYAS PITH;” religious spiritual program by Vijuben Rajani from India; Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa; for timings and daily topics, call (813) 444-9786 or visit www.srilaxminarayanmandir.org

JULY 28 OR JULY 29: FREE CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, 2035 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (parking lot); 9 p.m. onward; free kids entertainment, prizes, gifts, food, drinks and music; mehndi and stalls also; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

AUG. 5-13: “DEVI BHAGWAT;” 6 p.m.; Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; for information, call (727) 388-6685.

AUG. 16: “WAHH” WORLD FUSION BAND; East meets West band combining Western jazz and rock with Indian music; presented by Traditions at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill; doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8; $20 plus tax; cash bar and concessions available; for information, call (352) 799-4653, Ext. 4.

AUG. 24: TEEN DEPRESSION; presented by PEHCHAAN; interactive, informative session with Dr. Aarti Mathur, PsyD. licensed psychologist; 2 to 4 p.m.; Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; free and open to all; light refreshments will be provided; RSVP by email: pehchaantampabay@yahoo.com or call Manjusha Naik at (813) 842-8563, Vandan Kamath at (813) 417-3248 or visit www.pehchaantampabay.org

SEPT. 6: BANYAN BALL 2014; annually organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St.; agenda includes keynote speaker, business awards, entertainment; for tickets or information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit www.indo-us.org

SEPT. 18-21; FIFTH ANNUAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; for details, call (813) 308-9797 or visit www.iifftampa.com

SARASOTA/PALMETTO

SEPT. 6: 2014 MANASOTA INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Association of Manasota and Indian American Association of Manatee and Sarasota; theme of the second annual event is “The Festivals of India;” Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto; noon to 8 p.m.; $3 per person (ages 5 and over); food, cultural activities, dance program; for event sponsorship, call Samir Purohit at (941) 799-0061; for information, call festival Chairman Dr. Snehal Parikh at (941) 518-6298 or Anish Patel at (941) 962-9812.

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

JULY 13: SATSANG; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936, Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729 or visit www.pushtidhamocala.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

JULY 3-6: SRI LALITHA SAHASRA NAMAM/SRI CHAKRAM DISCOURSES; by Brahmasri Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma; HSCF Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; July 3 and 6:30 p.m.; July 4-6 at 5:30 p.m.; for information, call the mandir at (407) 699-5277.

JULY 6: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP SEMINAR; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; seminar by Chet Tokar, financial adviser for Edward Jones; for information, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com

JULY 6: MATA KI CHOWKI; by Mundri Group of Amritsar; 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for information, call the mandir at (407) 437-6709 or e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com

JULY 11-13: PRATISHTHA MAHOTSAV; 8 a.m. onward; Chinmaya Mission, 1221 Florida Road, Casselberry; for information, call Vibhu Agrawal at (407) 963-6301 or visit www.chinmayaorlando.org

JULY 19-22: DISCOURSE ON GLORIES OF LORD KRISHNA; by Swami Tejomayananda of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide; 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; Chinmaya Mission, 1221 Florida Road, Casselberry; for details, call (407) 699-7331 or visit www.chinmayamission.org/orlando

JULY 24: IACC SPEAKER EVENT; organized by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; Ramada Inn, 3155 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando; for details, visit www.iaccorlando.com

JULY 28 OR JULY 29: FREE CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, 9456 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando; 9 p.m. onward; free kids entertainment, prizes, gifts, food, drinks and music; mehndi and stalls also; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

JULY 28-AUG. 3: SHIV MAHA PURAN GYAN YAGNA; by Shastri Rajendra Prasadji; Maa Durga - Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; for timings and other information, call the mandir at (407) 437-6709 or e-mail maadssbtemple@gmail.com

AUG. 23: KING MIKA SINGH IN CONCERT; with Sunny Leone; presented by Krish Patel and Satya Shaw; Orange County Convention Center, Linda Chaplin Theater, 9800 International Drive, Orlando; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $49; for information, call (407) 454-3334 or (813) 842-0345.

INVERNESS

JULY 12: GURU POORNIMA CELEBRATIONS; starting at 8:30 a.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, visit www.shirdiusa.com or call (352) 860-2181.

JACKSONVILLE/ST. AUGUSTINE

JULY 13: “DURGA;” dance ballet with Hema Malini as Durga; presented by the Hindu Society of North East Florida; fundraiser for the temple; University of North Florida, the Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville; 5 p.m.; tickets start at $35; for information, call the temple at (904) 268-7630 or Ramesh Vedula at (989) 400-3531 or visit www.hsnef.org/

JULY 17-18: DISCOURSE; by Swami Tejomayananda of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide; Chinmaya Mission, 6175 Solano Creek Road, Elkton/St. Augustine area; for details on the discourse, call (904) 692-4121 or visit www.chinmayamissionstaugustine.org/

SOUTH FLORIDA (CORAL SPRINGS)

JULY 25-27: DISCOURSE ON RAMAYANA; by Swami Tejomayananada of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide; free talks will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; also, a “Tips for Happy Living Workshop” from 9 a.m. to noon followed by lunch on Sunday for which tickets can be purchased online; DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center, Upper Level Ballrooms, 711 N.W. 72 Ave., Miami; for information, call (305) 279-8456 or visit www.chinmayamission.org/miami

JULY 28 OR JULY 29: FREE CHAND RAAT MELA (NIGHT BEFORE EID); Gro Styles, Pine Oak Plaza, 8923 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale; 9 p.m. onward; free kids entertainment, prizes, gifts, food, drinks and music; mehndi and stalls also; for information, call (813) 843-9040.

AUG. 9: SHREYA GHOSHAL IN CONCERT; Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $39; for information, call (954) 590-0955, (954) 749-3221 or visit www.parachaentertainment.com

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

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

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