NOVEMBER 2011
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

Events

SIGNIFICANT DATES

NOV. 4: HAJJ BEGINS
NOV. 10: GURU NANAK DEV SAHIB’S BIRTHDAY

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER

NOV. 4-5: SAMUHIKA KALYANOTSAVAM; organized by JET (Jeeyar Educational Trust) USA Tampa; at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Prajna students will perform followed by a discourse by Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji; at 10 a.m. Saturday, Samuhika Sri Sita Rama Kalyanotsavam; to register, visit www.jetflorida.org

NOV. 4-6: “RADHEY RADHEY;” discourse by Swami Maheshvaranandji; Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir, 16220 Livington Ave., Lutz; 7:30 to 9:30 on Friday and Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday; for more information, call Narine at (813) 908-3724 or Karen at (813) 401-9820.

NOV. 12: 24th India Festival; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; starts at noon; for information, call festival Chairman Dinesh Gandhi at (727) 858-4123, e-mail dineshgandhi5@hotmail.com or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

NOV. 13: INDIAN SENIORS DAY; organized by Ambaji Mandir of Tampa Bay, 10991 58th St., Pinellas Park; 5 to 7 p.m.; followed by mahaprasad; there is no minimum age requirements; for more information, call the mandir at (727) 537-9445.

NOV. 16: Monthly Business and Networking Event; organized by the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce; Bob Rohrlack, president and CEO of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce will speak on economic development; 6:30 p.m.; Wyndham Westshore (700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609); free; no RSVP required; for information, e-mail Suleman@Makhani.net or visit www.indo-us.org

NOV. 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.

NOV. 16: MONTHLY BUSINESS AND NETWORKING MEETING; 6:30 p.m. onward; Wyndham Westshore, 700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa; speaker is Hill Ward Henderson (panel discussion); topic is Financial Health and Analysis of the Current Economy; free event, no RSVP required; for information, e-mail Suleman@Makhani.net or visit www.indo-us.org

NOV. 19: SEVENTH ANNUAL AACSA CONVENTION; the Asian American Convenience Stores Association represents more than 50,000 Indian stores and small business owners; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; daylong program; for information, call (813) 842-0345, e-mail aacsai@aol.com or visit www.aacsa.org

NOV. 19: INDIAN CLASSICAL VEENA CONCERT; The Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater; 7 p.m.; Nirmala Rajasekar on veena accompanied by Thanjavur Murugaboopathi on mridangam; $10 adults, $5 for children more than 12 years of age; childcare will be provided; for more information, call Abhi or Lalitha Janamanchi at (727) 723-7252 or email lalithajv@gmail.com

NOV. 21-23: “FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT”; spiritual discourses by Swami Prakashananda; presented by Chinmaya Mission Tampa; Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa; 7 to 8:30 a.m.; dinner Prasad will be served by temple after the talk, which are free, in English and open to all; for information, call (813) 949-3091, e-mail hariom@chinmayaprasad.org or visit www.chinmayaprasad.org

DEC. 3: ANNUAL BANQUET; benefits the Hindu Temple of Florida; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; for information, call (813) 962-6890.

ORLANDO/OAKLAND/WINTER SPRINGS

NOV. 1: ECONOMIC IMPACT OF ORLANDO MAGIC; organized by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6 p.m.; Amway Center, Orlando; speaker is Alex Martins, president of Orlando Magic; free for IACC members/non-members; RSVP to info@iaccorlando.com

Rupinder KaurNOV. 5: SITAR AND TABLA CONCERT; Red Sun Yoga, 5965 Red Bug Road, Winter Springs; 7:15 p.m.; performers are Nandkishor Muley on tabla and Rupinder Kaur on sitar; tickets are $20; for information, call Mario Teclea at (321) 202-0824.


NOV. 5: MIAMI SANGH’S VISIT TO JAIN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA; 11 a.m.; JSOCF, 407 W. Citrus St., Altamonte Springs; for information, call President Pravinaben Shah at (321) 773-9974 or visit http://www.jsocf.org

NOV. 5: SHREE JALARAM JAYANTI; 4:30 p.m. onward; Jalaram Mandir, 600 Hull Island Drive, Oakland; for information, call (407) 654-0707 or visit www.jalarammandirorlando.org

NOV. 6: NEW AGE GROUP MONTHLY; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; seminar on safeguarding your principal and making it grow in today’s volatile market by investment adviser Scott Nickerson; also, chess, carom and playing cards will be played; snacks, tea/coffee to be served; RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com or call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

Arun GandhiNOV. 10: “LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY GRANDFATHER: NON-VIOLENCE IN A VIOLENT WORLD;” public form featuring Arun Gandhi, peace activist, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; presented by University of Central Florida at UCF Student Union, Cape Florida Ballroom; 3 to 4:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 823-0935.


NOV. 19: SECOND ANNUAL IACC GALA AND AWARDS BANQUET; organized by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando; 7 p.m.; for information, visit www.iaccorlando.com

NOV. 19: 5K WALK-RUN; Boone High School, 2000 S. Mills Ave., Orlando; 7:30 a.m. registration and walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m.; $10 per adult, $5 per children pre-registration or $15 per adult and $10 child on day of event; support homeless schoolchildren in Seminole and Orange counties; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida, Central Florida Association of Physicians from Indian Subcontinent, Association of American Physicians of India and other community organizations; for information, call Sreenivas Jarugula at (407) 267-7595.

NOV. 26: 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF MUTHAMIZH SANGAM OF CENTRAL FLORIDA; Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood ; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; live music/band with dance; admission starts at $40; for information, call Priya Rajan at (321) 332-5820 or e-mail realtorpriya@gmail.com, Babu Balasundaram at (407) 334-8006 or e-mail bbabub@yahoo.com or visit www.mscf.shuttlepod.org

DEC. 3: TALENT SHOW & GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Linda W. Chapin Auditorium, Orange County Convention Center Hall C, International Drive, Orlando; starts at 4 p.m.; free; deadline for items is Nov. 1; for information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517, Neil Kapadia at (407) 832-3835 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

TITUSVILLE

DEC. 26-31: SIXTH FAMILY MEDICAL MISSION 2011; organized by Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation; doctors, nurses, premed and medical students will be volunteering at RMS Hospital, Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad Highway, Dhandhuka, Gujarat (www.rmshospital.org); donations from doctors and hospitals of used working medical equipment X-ray, EKG and anesthesia machines, operating room and surgical supplies; for information, call Dr. Kanti Bhalani at (321) 298-5531, e-mail kbhalani@hotmail.com or visit www.doctorsfoundation.org

OCALA

NOV. 6: SATSANG AT YOUR HAVELI; starts at 3 p.m. with children’s lessons followed by Satsang; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

GAINESVILLE

NOV. 6: SITAR AND TABLA CONCERT; organized by India Cultural and Education Center; Nandkishor Muley on table and Rupinder Kaur on sitar; ICEC, 1115 S.W. 13th St.; 3 p.m.; ICEC members are $20; non-members $25; students are free with ID; for information, call Prabhakar Keskar at (352) 338-1591.

JACKSONVILLE

NOV. 6: “BUDDHA: UNIVERSAL AMBASSADOR OF PEACE;” English musical play presented by Rasajhari and Motherscry Inc.; performance by Kalaivani Dance & Music Academy, Georgia; Robinson Theater, University of North Florida, Jacksonville; 3 to 5 p.m.; $20 per person; for information, call Dr. Uma Eyyunni at (904) 810-7626, Srinivas Kishore at (850) 321-4705 or e-mail Buddha.musical@gmail.com

FORT MYERS

NOV. 4: MONTHLY BHAJAN; 7:30 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; for information, call Mallika Nandur at (239) 482-0677, Anjana Bhatt at (239) 274-5584, e-mail hindutempleswfl@gmail.com or visit http://www.hindutempleswfl.com

TALLAHASSEE

NOV. 5: 14TH ANNUAL CULTURAL GLIMPSES OF INDIA; organized by India Association of Tallahassee; Lawton Chiles High School Auditorium, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane, Tallahassee; 4:30 to 8 p.m.; group dances, songs and popular items; for more information e-mail president.iatlh@gmail.com or visit www.iatlh.org

SOUTH FLORIDA

DEC. 10: ANNUAL BANQUET & MEDICAL EXHIBITION; organized by the Indian Physicians of South Florida (IPOF); free to all current active IPOF members; guests pay $35; 6 p.m. till midnight; India House Banquet Hall, 1711 N. University Drive, Plantation; for information, call Dr. Asha Gupta at (954) 234-5674, Dr. Meenu Gupta at (954) 560-9846, e-mail ipofus@yahoo.com or visit www.ipof.org

NOV. 24-27: CHINMAYA YOUTH KENDRA RETREAT “FLOWING INTO SPIRITUALITY;” Chinmaya Govardhan Ashram, St. Augustine; residential retreat for young adults, ages 18-25 years, with music and art workshops, satsang/discourses, seva, and surrender in silence; $250/person; conducted by Swami Prakshananda and Brahmacharini Arpita; email chykflorida@gmail.com to register.

AACSADEC. 3: JAGRUTHI (AWAKENING); Ekal Vidyalaya fundraiser; colorful dance and music show; 6:30 to 10 p.m.; Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St. (U.S. 1 and Monroe Street), Hollywood; $25 in advance or $30 at door; children 11 years of age and younger are $10; above 12 years of age are $20; dinner is included; to purchase tickets online, visit www.ekal.org, call (305) 273-0009 or email dadebygmail.com

 

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