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The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Garba Dandiya Night from 8 p.m. on Sept. 23. Performer will be Geeta Rabari. The event is $15 for GSTB members and $30 for non- members. On Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Amit Patel’s group Disha Vrund will perform for Garba Nights. Garima Khiste will perform during Garba Nights Oct. 7-8. Both events, which are free for GSTB members and $20 for non-members, begin at 8 p.m. at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N. For information, call GSTB President Keval at (813) 494-2700.

Sanatan Mandir at 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Navratri festival from Sept. 26 daily 8:30 to 10 p.m. For details, call the temple at (813) 221-4482, email [email protected] or visit

SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay) will hold Durga Puja from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. This year’s performers are singers Jeet Ganguly and Shreya Guhathakurta. For details, e-mail [email protected] or visit

PEMBROKE PINES: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 at Silver Trail Middle School, 18300 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines. For information, call Dr. Durgesh Thaker at (954) 554-8739, visit or email [email protected]

WEST PALM BEACH: Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Navratri on Oct. 7-8, and Oct. 14. However, on Oct. 15, singer Kinjal Dave will perform from 7 p.m. at Expo Center, South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. The Oct. 15 garba if free to PBIA members, and $35 on For other details, e-mail [email protected]

SUNRISE: The Bengali Association of South Florida is organizing Durga Puja on Oct. 1-2. For time, venue and other details, email [email protected] or visit

The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will hold Navratri Garba from 7 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Lyman High School, 875 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd. Also, on Oct. 7-9, garba will be at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. For information, call 407-864-3090 or visit

Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple will hold Navratri Utsav with music, raas and garba from 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8-9, and Oct. 13. in the community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Single day pass is $15 per person. For more information, call Mahendra Kapadia at (407) 595-9224 or visit

The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Navratri at 8 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. Tickets are $25 per person daily. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 838-0969 or visit

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, will hold Navratri celebrations on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. For information, call (863) 687-ISSO or visit

Singer Atul Purohit will present Garba from 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at World Equestrian Center, 1750 N.W.80th Ave., Ocala. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at door. For information, call (727) 871-2310.

India Association of Naples will celebrate Dandiya Night on Oct. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at North Naples Middle school, 16165 Learning Lane. For information, email [email protected] or visit

The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Raas-Garba with live music from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, and Oct. 7-8 at 3130 Parental Home Road, Jacksonville. The event is free for members, $15 for non-members. For more information, visit

The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Navratri celebrations from 8 p.m. on Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Also, Manav Mandir temple, 7400 Waelti Drive, Melbourne, will begin Navratri, Garba at 5 p.m. on Sept. 26. Dussehra will be celebrated from 6 p.m. on Oct. 5. For information, call (321) 426-0688 or visit

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The new 652-student Dr. Kiran C. Patel Elementary School, a tuition-free, K-5 public charter school in Tampa, hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on July 25. Speakers and attendees included Temple Terrace Mayor Andy Ross, council members and business/community leaders, and Hillsborough County commissioners and school board members.

“The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Campus for Innovative Learning now houses a world-class high, middle and elementary school. The campus has multiple soccer fields, outdoor sports pavilion, tennis courts, dedicated music rooms, state-of-the-art weight room, play areas and ample parking.” said Ashok (Ash) Bagdy, co-founder of the high and elementary schools.

“The students enrolled at Patel Elementary are the future of tomorrow. Grooming them to


beresponsible policy makers will ensure that America remains the beacon of hope for the world,” said Dr. Kiran C. Patel, founder and benefactor of the school and the $50 million campus.

“On Aug. 8, we welcomed 288 kindergarten, first- and second-grade students. The strategic plan of beginning small allows us to really know our students and build our family school culture. Each year, we will add six classes of kindergartners.  Before we know it, these incoming second-grade students will be our first fifth-grade class and we will be a full K-5 school. The building is already full of energy, and this is just the start,” said Principal Ashley Galfond, who  has over eight years of experience as an elementary assistant principal, most recently serving the community of Chiles Elementary School in Tampa Palms.

Following in the footsteps of Patel’s high school on the same campus, the elementary school will focus on Project-Based Learning with a well-rounded rigorous education. The school will implement the Whole Child Approach that includes Social Emotional Learning and Leadership Development.

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