FEBRUARY 2020
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

SIGNIFICANT DATES

FEB. 21: MAHA SHIVRATRI

EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG

FEB. 19 ICC SENIORS GET-TOGETHER; India Cultural Center, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no age restriction; for information, call Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172 or (813) 863-3048.

FEB. 19: TiE TALK: INDIA IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER; organized by TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Tampa Bay; Professor Jagdish Sheth, renowned scholar and internationally recognized thought leader, will share his views; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; USF Connect, 3802,Spectrum Blvd., Tampa; free for TiE members, $10 non-members; for information, visit https://hub.tie.org/e/february-tie-talk

FEB. 22: DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT; organized by Ekal Vidyalaya Tampa Bay chapter; India Cultural Center (ICC), 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 6 p.m.; $100 per ticket; for information, call Dr. Umesh Choudhry at (727) 507-0584, Dr. Jawahar Taunk at (727) 480-3829, Dr. Chandresh Saraiya (813) 309-0647 or visit www.ekal.org

FEB. 23: EAST-WEST MUSIC & DANCE FESTIVAL; organized by Shruti Foundation; Water Works Park, 1710 N. Highland Ave., Tampa; noon to 6 p.m.; $10 advance or $15 at door; food vendors, kids play area; for information, visit www.shrutifoundationtampa.org

MARCH 21: “TRADITION OF LORD JAGANNATHA”; presented by Sanatan Mandir, TBRYA and Floriya; discourse given by Gajapati Maharaja Shri Dibyasingha Deb; 6 to 9 p.m., 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa; for information, call the temple at (813) 221-4482 or visit www.sanatanmandirtampa.org

APRIL 12: CARNATIC VOCAL CONCERT; organized by Swaralaya; performer is Aruna Sairam and group; 5 p.m.; Hindu Temple of Florida cultural hall, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, email swaralayaoftampa@gmail.com

BARTOW/LAKELAND

FEB. 16: PICNIC; organized by the Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida; 10 a.m.; $25; Mary Holland Park, 2015 Shumate Drive, Bartow; for details, call Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit www.bscfl.com

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/KISSIMMEE

FEB. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION CLASSES; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 9 to 10 a.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

FEB. 1: 8th ANNUAL INDIA DAY; Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) partners with Orlando Magic and Fairwinds Credit Union; Amway Center, 400 W. Church St.; fan fest with cultural activities from 4 to 6 followed by 7 p.m. game Magic vs. Miami Heat; post-game show will feature Bollywood actor Govinda; tickets are $30; to purchase tickets, visit www.iaccorlando.com or email info@iaccorlando.com

FEB. 5, 12, 19, 26: AAPI YOGA THERAPY; free; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 699-5277 or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

FEB. 2: NEW AGE GROUP MEETING; presented by HSCF New Age Group; 1:30 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; learn about elder care services offered by Aliviar Care Centers; snacks and hot tea/coffee; free for paid members with prior RSVP to hscfnewagegroup@gmail.com; for information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259.

FEB. 9: KEERTHANA (MUSICAL GALA NIGHT); presented by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) in its community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 3:30 p.m.; donations welcome; Indian American Youth Orchestra will perform; for information, call Dr. Guru Prasad at (321) 277-3724 or e-mail keethanaband@gmail.com

FEB. 15: VALENTINE’S KARAOKE; dinner and dance; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, 4907 W. South St., Orlando; free for society members, $20 non-members; dinner starts at 5:30 with music program at 6:30; to RSVP, visit www.gujaratisocietycfl.com

APRIL 5: MYSHADI BRIDAL EXPO; presented by Desh-Videsh Media Group; Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway; noon to 5 p.m.; free admission, parking; several booths to showcase latest trends and products for weddings; for information, call (954) 784-8100.

GAINESVILLE

MARCH 14: INDIA FEST; presented by the India Cultural & Education Center; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Bo Didley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.; health fair, Indian food, music/dance, fashion, jewelry; for information, email Indiafest@icec-florida.org or visit www.icec-florida.org/

FORT MYERS

MARCH 28: 33rd ANNUAL INDIA FEST; organized by India Association of Fort Myers; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero; food, clothing, jewelry, entertainment, Bollywood fashion show; for information, call Suresh Bheemanapalli at (937) 270-9596, email suresh.b@iafortmyers.org or visit www.iafortmyers.org

NAPLES/BONITA SPRINGS

MARCH 8: INDIA FEST; organized by India Association of Naples; 2 to 7 p.m.; free; Cambier Park, 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples; for details, email naplesindia@gmail.com or visit www.ianaples.org

SOUTH FLORIDA (DAVIE/WEST PALM BEACH/MIAMI)

FEB. 8: IPOF ANNUAL GALA; organized by Indian Physicians of South Florida; inauguration of incoming President IPOF Dr. Naveen Goel; speakers, entertainment; Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie; 6:30 p.m.; for more information, visit www.IPOF.org

FEB. 15: 17th ANNUAL INDIAFEST; organized by Palm Beach India Association; Meyer Amphitheater, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 10 a.m.; free and open to public; features musical, dance and cultural performances; food, clothing, and craft vendors; and art exhibits; for details, visit http://www.sfindiafest.org/ or e-mail info@sfindiafest.org

FEB. 15: FITNESS MANTRA; presented by M2Fit; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; sports such as KhoKho, kabbadi, gilli danda, gully cricket and other fun games will be played; Tropical Park, 7900 S.W. 40th St., Miami; to participate or for more information, call Megha Gupta at (216) 956-3263.

MARCH 14-15: 27th ASIAN TRADE, FOOD FAIR AND CULTURAL SHOW; presented by Bangladesh Association of Florida; South Florida Fairgrounds (Expo Center), 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; noon to 10 p.m. both days; $12 per person; for information, call (561) 876-2255 or visit www.asianfair.org

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

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

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