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

SIGNIFICANT DATES

JAN. 2: GURU GOBIND SINGH SAHIB BIRTHDAY

JAN. 15: MAKAR SANKRANT/PONGAL/MAGHI

JAN. 26: INDIA REPUBLIC DAY

EVENTS

TAMPA/CLEARWATER/ST. PETERSBURG

JAN. 4: WINTER PICNIC; organized by SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay); 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fort DeSoto Park, shelter #1, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., St. Petersburg; $35 for family; for details, email soikotflorida@gmail.com or visit www.soikot.org

JAN. 15: 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. 1: SARASWATI PUJA; organized by SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay); India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; starts at 11 a.m.; for details, e-mail soikotflorida@gmail.com or visit www.soikot.org

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

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY/KISSIMMEE

JAN. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: 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

JAN. 4, 11, 18, 25: 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

JAN. 4-11: SHRIMAD BHAGAVATA SAPTAH MAHOTSAV; by Pujya Swami Shantananda; Chinmaya Mission Orlando, 1221 Chinmaya Way, Casselberry; for details, call S. Gopal Sirivalu at (321) 278-3933 or email Saptah@chinmayaorlando.org

JAN. 5: NEW YEAR CELEBRATION; presented by HSCF New Age Group; 1:30 p.m.; HSCF community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; games, share New Year resolutions; 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.

JAN. 11: “HELLARO;” award-winning Gujarati film presented by An Aapne Gujarati; 11 a.m.; 130 E. Altamonte Drive, #1200, Altamonte Springs; $10; tickets are available at www.aapnegujarati.com or call Rujuta Dholakia at (309) 202-4848 for information.

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. 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

SOUTH FLORIDA (WEST PALM BEACH)

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

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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