FREE HEALTH FAIR ON MAY 18 IN TAMPA
The 15th annual Community Health Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Hindu Temple Community Hall in Tampa. This volunteer-run community service has been a tradition at the Hindu Temple of Florida since 1998. According to chief coordinator Dr. Renuka Ramappa, each year the Health Fair, which is available free to the public, generates a tremendous response: there are typically 400 attendees, and 50-plus participating physicians. Physicians and volunteers work together to present free screenings and health information services, she said.
The public can benefit from the various medical services provided, which include free screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, osteoporosis, and stress; evaluations of vision, stroke screening, fat analysis, etc., and information regarding mammography, self-breast exams, obesity, overactive bladder, robotic surgery, asthma, and allergies, dental examinations, and health insurance and more. The blood sugar and cholesterol screenings will be sponsored by LabCorp. There will also be exhibits on these topics, and others, provided by pharmaceutical companies and also from the Trinity Medical Center, New Port Richey, and Tampa General Hospital.
One of the fair’s highlights is the opportunity it provides attendees to interact with physicians, by asking questions regarding nutrition, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, stress management, child health, menopause syndrome, bypass surgery, peptic ulcer, heart disease and more. Fun-filled activities for children include a clown, face painting, as well as door prizes. The fair will also have booths with jewelry, clothes and authentic Indian vegetarian food from the Prasad Sadan (the Hindu Temple kitchen).
For more information on the Health Fair at Hindu Temple, 5509 Lynn Road, call (813) 962-6890 or visit http://htflt.org/
VOCALIST ARATI ANKALIKAR-TIKEKAR TO PRESENT CONCERTS IN TAMPA, FORT MYERS AND FORT LAUDERDALE
Renowned classical singer Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar returns to the Sunshine State once again. Accompanied by Shankhachur Lahiri on tabla and Milind Kulkarni on harmonium, she will be presenting three concerts this month in Florida.
Recipient of National Film awards twice for Best Playback Singer, she began training with the late Pandit Vasantrao Kulkarni of the Agra Gwalior gharana. She has also received training from Kishori Amonkar of the Jaipur Atrauli gharana. Ankalikar-Tikekar has performed at prestigious conferences in India such as the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav (Pune), Malhar Utsav (Delhi), Tansen Samaroh (Gwalior), Dover Lane Festival (Kolkata), the Shankarlal Festival (Delhi), etc. She has several audio cassettes and CD recordings to her credit.
MAY 11: TAMPA – Concert starts at 6 p.m. For venue and more information, email Anil Nirgudkar at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 18: FORT MYERS – Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida, 12552 Plantation Road. For information, call Ramesh Patel at (239) 634-6402 or Mallika Nandur at (239) 851-0480 or visit www.hindutempleswfl.com
MAY 19: FORT LAUDERDALE – Presented by the Association of Performing Arts of India, the Celestial Vocal Concert will be held 5 to 8 p.m. at Artserve Auditorium, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets range from $18 to $23 and are available at www.apaiart.com or call (954) 885-1466.
PUJYA SHRI ASHWINKUMAR PATHAK TO PRESENT SUNDERKAND IN ORLANDO, LAKELAND
Pujya Shri H.H. Ashwinkumar Pathak will present Sunderkand on May 25 in Orlando and on May 26 in Lakeland. Sunderkand is a musical recitation of the fifth chapter of Shree Ram Charit Manas written by Tulsidas. lt is a pious prayer highlighting the adventures of Lord Hanuman on the mission of locating Sita, and ensuring her release from Ravana. Also, it is a story of moral values that Tulsidas expounded through narrations by Shree Ram.
Presented by the Gujarati Society of Central Florida, the Orlando Sunderkand will begin at 5 p.m. May 25 at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood.
The Lakeland Sunderkand will be at Anoopam Mission, 4685 U.S. 98 S. Mahaprasad will be at 6:30 followed by Sunderkand at 7:30 p.m.
For information on both the events, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020 or Manoj Patel at (407) 342-0117.
Annamacharya CONCERT MAY 25 IN ORLANDO
Telugu Association of Greater Orlando and Hindu Society of Central Florida will present Annamacharya Sankeertanotsavam on Saturday, May 25, at HSCF. The music concert is in honor of Saint Tallapaka Annamacharya (1408-1503). The mystic composer of the 15th century is the earliest-known musician of South India to compose songs called "sankeertanas" in praise of Sri Venkateswara.
HSCF is at 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Entry is free. Temple canteen is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.hindutempleorlando.org
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