SEPTEMBER 2014
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK

The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Navratri on
Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at the Florida State Fairgrounds,
4800 N. U.S. 301, Tampa. Khelaiya Group from Surat will be
performing during the four days. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is
free for Samaj members. Dandiya will be available for purchase and nominal parking fees apply. For more information, call Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

Navratri begins from Sept. 24 at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. For timings and other details, call (813) 962-6890.

The Sanatan Mandir at 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Navratri from Sept. 24 with Durga Puja daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. For details, call the temple at (813) 221-4482, email info@sanatanmandirtampa.org or visit www.sanatanmandirtampa.org

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will celebrate Navratri with daily garba at 7 p.m. from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3. Maha Astami Havan will be from 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. For more information, call the Mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit www.ambajimandir.org

SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay) will hold Durga Puja on Oct. 3-5 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Lakshmi Puja will be on Oct. 11 at Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. For details, e-mail Soikotflorida@gmail.com or visit www.soikot.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will hold Navratri Garba on Sept. 26-27 (Swati Fadnis and group), Oct. 3-4 (Dwanit Joshi & Parul Vaidya Group), both at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; and Oct. 10 (Ravin Naik & Group) at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road. For information, visit http://www.gujaratisocietycfl.com/

The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple will present Navratri Utsav and live music Raas and garba from Sept. 24-Oct. 3 in the community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Snacks will be available at the canteen stall. Dussehra celebration will be from 5 p.m. Oct. 4. For more information, call the temple at (407) 699-5277, e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org or visit www.hindutempleorlando.org

And Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will present Navratri Garba & Raas from 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27 at JCC Hall, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando (which is close to the temple). Entrance is free. For information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail contact@durgasaitemple.com

SOUTH FLORIDA

CORAL SPRINGS: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at Taravella High School, 10600 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs. For information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit www.irccflorida.com

SUNRISE: The Bengali Association of South Florida is organizing Sharadotsav on Oct. 4-5 at Westpine Middle School, 9393 N.W. 50th St. (near the Sawgrass Expressway). For details, email sf.bengali@gmail.com or visit www.basfl.org

PALM BEACH: The Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Navratri/Garba at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4. For venue and other information, e-mail president@gopbia.com or visit www.gopbia.com

BARTOW/LAKELAND/WINTER HAVEN

The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Navratri at 9 p.m. on Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294, Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit www.bscfl.com

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

The India Association Cultural & Educational Center will hold garba from 9 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 2-4. For details, call (352) 208-4511 or e-mail iaocalafl@gmail.com

GAINESVILLE

The Gujarati Samaj of Gatorland in Gainesville will celebrate Navratri from 7 p.m. to midnight from Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St., Gainesville. The event is free for Samaj members; $10 for non-members and $5 for non-member students. For details, email gujaratisamajofgatorland@gmail.com

JACKSONVILLE

The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville. For information, call Bakulesh Patel at (904) 813-9616, Bipin Patel at (904) 260-7675, e-mail gujaratisamaj@comcast.net or visit www.gsnef.org

MELBOURNE

The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Navratri celebrations from 7 to midnight Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail iascbrevard@gmail.com or visit www.iascbrevard.com

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