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OCT. 5: 11TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT; Cheval Golf & Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz; 1 p.m. shotgun start; for information, call Kamlesh Darji at (813) 841-9216 or visit www.indo-us.org

OCT. 5-29: ‘STUDENT-TEACHER SHOW;’ presented by Shyama’s Art; opening reception ceremony will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5; Corridor Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa; for more information, call Shyama’s Art at (813) 843-6784.

OCT. 7: FIA INDIA NIGHT 2012; presented by FIA of Tampa Bay and Center for India Studies, USF; USF Marshall Center, Oval Theater and Banquet Hall, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., MSC 4100, Tampa; 4:30 to 6 meet and greet; 6 to 7:30 p.m. will be a dance program of Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Bharat Natyam styles followed by dinner banquet; $75 event contribution and $100 sponsor; all proceeds will benefit needy families and student educational scholarship fund of FIA; for information, email Madhavi Sekharam at madhaviSekharam@gmail.com, call (813) 727-9440, (813)766-0135 or visit www.fia-tampabay.com

OCT. 7-13: “ESSENCE OF SPIRITUALY;” talks in English, yoga and meditation by Swami Mukundananda; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; yoga and meditation 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; discourses will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to noon Saturday; for free registration, visit www.jkyog.org/2012; for information, call Himmatbhai Parekh at (813) 969-1661 or Satish Sharma at (813) 877-2192.

OCT. 11-14: ART OF LIVING BASIC COURSE; 6:30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; Rodeway Inn, 201 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; also, every Saturday at 11 a.m., there is a free Mind and Meditation Workshop by Art of Living at the same location; for information on the basic course or the free workshop, contact Sejal Patel at (727) 415-4268 or e-mail sejalaol@gmail.com or Anvesh Kalia at (917) 582-2971 or e-mail Anveshkalia@gmail.com

OCT. 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.

OCT. 17: INDO-US CHAMBER MONTHLY BUSINESS & NETWORKING MEETING; topic is “The Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform,” presented by Kirsten Vignec, shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson, attorneys at law; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Homeowner’s Choice Insurance - Corporate Office Headquarters, 5300 W. Cypress St., Tampa; free; dinner will be served; for information, visit www.indo-us.org

OCT. 27: DIWALI; organized by Rajasthani group; for details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

NOV. 2-3: 25th ANNUAL INDIA FESTIVAL; organized by the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay; Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa; for information, call festival Chairman Pradip C. Patel at (813) 785-2736, Samaj President Chetan Shah at (727) 688-6149 or visit www.indiafestivaltampa.com

NOV. 10: “SWARA PRABHAT;” morning concert on eve of Diwali; presented by Swaradhana and Center for India Studies at University of South Florida; renowned vocalists Pandit Radharaman Kirtane and Lavanya Dinesh will be accompanied by Dr. Manohar Apte on harmonium and Thiru Pant on tabla; 9 a.m. to noon; College of Public Health, USF, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa; $25 per person till Nov. 7; $35 from Nov. 8 till concert date (both include tea/coffee, snacks); sponsorship $125 (includes four guests, tea/coffee, snacks and reserved seating); free for kids under 16 years of age and USF students with valid student ID must request ticket in advance; for concert ticket, visit www.swaradhana.org or e-mail info@swaradhana.org

NOV. 17: AACSA CONVENTION; Asian American Convenience Stores Association to hold eighth annual convention; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. onward; to register free online, visit www.aacsa.org or call (813) 908-1602.

NOV. 25: CONTEST; preliminary round for BMM Sa Re Ga Ma; conducted by Maayboli Melawa (Marathi Mandal) of Tampa Bay; for time, venue and other details, call (813) 438-6229 or visit http://MMTBUsa.org 


NOV. 4: FOURTH ANNUAL DIWALI DINNER & DANCE; organized by Charotar Patidar Samaj of Florida; starts at 3 p.m.; Trinkle Center, Hillsborough Community Center, 1206 N. Park Road, Plant City; $25 per person; for information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020, Kamal Patel at (863) 670-1045 or visit www.patelpower.net


OCT. 5-7: BHAGAVAD GITA RETREAT; presented by Hindu Society of Central Florida; Swami Udit Chaithanyaji will give discourse “Awakening to New Consciousness” in English; free; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 7; mahaprasad will be served; for more information, call HSCF office at (407) 699-5277, Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733, Ganesh Ramachandran at (407) 970-5253, or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

THROUGH OCT. 6: “THE PATH TO HAPPINESS;” talks in English, yoga and meditation by Swami Mukundananda; Shree Jalaram Mandir, 600 Hull Island Drive, Oakland; yoga and meditation 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Sunday and 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday to Friday; discourses will be 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 12:30 Saturday; for free registration, visit www.jkyog.org/2012; for information, call (201) 280-6938.

OCT. 6-7: “BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: 18TH ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL;” Enzian Teater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland; films to be screened include “West is West,” “Valley of Saints,” “Big in Bollywood” and “Abu, Son of Adam;” individual tickets are $10 or $35 for series pass; for information, call Asian Cultural Association at (407) 333-3667 or Kiran Arora at (407) 876-5772 or visit www.enzian.org

OCT. 7: MONTHLY PROGRAM; organized by the Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; free entry for paid annual members with prior RSVP, otherwise $3 per person; seminar on Social Security to be presented by Edward Jones and Sun America; also, games such as chess and playing cards on agenda; to RSVP, e-mail hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com; for more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920.

OCT. 18: “NEW PROCEDURES & MEDICATIONS;” lecture by Dr. Pradip Jamnadas, Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. RSVP at (407) 894-4880, Ext. 3019.

OCT. 27: DIWALI MELA; presented by the Association of Asian Cultural Festivals; The Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola, 101 Rosaline Ave., Orlando; free admission; 4 p.m. onward; for information, call Lallman at (407) 202-2161 or e-mail LMPersaud@aol.com

NOV. 3: THIRD ANNUAL IACC AWARDS BANQUET & GALA DINNER AND CASINO NIGHT; presented by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6:30 p.m.; Gaylord Palms, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee; $75 IACC member, $100 for non-members; for information, call Beena Parikh at (321) 217-8605, Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050, e-mail info@iaccorlando.com or visit www.iaccorlando.com

NOV. 4: “INTER-FAITH WORKSHOP FOCUSING ON HUMAN VALUES;” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of HSCF, NAG in collaboration with Hindu University of America, Chinmaya Mission and Sikh Society of Central Florida; 1:30 p.m.; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; for more information, contact Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or email hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com

DEC. 1: GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida; entry for item deadline is Nov. 1; Osceola Performing Arts Center (Tupperware), 3141 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee; starts at 4 p.m.; free for society members and $5 for non-members; for information, call Alka Shukla at (407) 221-3517, Neil Kapadia at (407) 832-3835 or visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com


OCT. 2: YAMMUNA LEHRI UTSAV; in presence of 108 Shri Dwarkeshlalji Maharajshree; 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.

OCT. 14 AND OCT. 28: SATSANG; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; 3 to 6 p.m.; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

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OCT. 2: Ragamala Dance – Sacred Earth; Bharat Natyam dance by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy; University of Florida, Curtis M. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road, Gainesville; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $15 (UF students $10); for information, call (352) 392-2787 or visit http://performingarts.ufl.edu


OCT. 11-13: KUCHIPUDI DANCE; part of the Ringling International Arts Festival; Shantala Shivalingappa (http://www.shantalashivalingappa.com/) will present the one-hour dance performance; 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; tickets are $25, $35 and $45; for information, call (941) 360-7399 or visit http://www.ringlingartsfestival.org/2012/


OCT. 1: DINNER WITH PRESIDENT DR. ABDUL KALAM; hosted by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida; 6 to 8:30 p.m.; University Arena (UNF), 4567 Saint Johns Bluff Road; $60 person for chamber members; non-members pay $100; for tickets and information, call chamber President Manjunath Charmani at (904) 382-1419 or visit www.indousnefl.info

NOV. 3: MEGA TAMIL LIGHT MUSIC CONCERT; presented by Jacksonville Tamil Mandram; playback singers are Harish Raghavendra, Mahathi and Sathyaprakash; Allen D. Nease High School, 10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, $20 member, $30 non-members; for information, call (904) 755-8922, (904) 200-5641 or visit www.jaxtamilmandram.org


OCT. 20: MEDICAL CONFERENCE; organized by Treasure Coast Indo-American Physician Society; free CME for physicians, ARNP and physician assistants; Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie; noon till 11 p.m.; for information, call Dr. Humayun Shareef at (772) 708-6847 or e-mail doctorflorida@hotmail.com


NOV. 2: ANNUAL GALA; India US Chamber of Commerce South Florida; Aqualina Resort and Spa, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; for information, call (305) 931-8257, e-mail indousasfl@bellsouth.net or visit www.indousasfl.com

NOV. 10: DIWALI FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS; organized by the Indian Religious and Cultural Center; Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale; noon to 10 p.m.; program will include Bollywood, folk, classical music and dance, IRCC Children Show, Indian fashion show; special program 'Diwali Dhamaka’ will be Nationwide Invitational University Bhangra, Raas, Garba and Fusion Dance Competition; also, food, fashion, jewelry, arts and culture, henna, yoga, kids zone, bridal corner, health screening, special raffle prizes; for information, call chairman Vivek “Victor” Swaroop at (954) 394-5661, Co-Chair Sanjay Gupta at (954) 461-4003 or visit www.irccflorida.com

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