Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



DEC. 1: DIWALI CELEBRATIONS; organized by Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB), a not-for-profit organization for promoting Marathi culture; 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; HCC Brandon, 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa; free for MMTB members and $20 for non-member adults and $10 for children above 5 years; for details, visit

DEC. 2: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WALK; presented by PEHCHAAN  Tampa Bay; 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 Fletcher Ave., Tampa; free; RSVP Tharangini Raman/ Manjusha Naik at (813) 720-7115 or email

TiE TampaDEC. 7: THE TiEBALL HOLIDAY PARTY; presented by TiE Tampa Bay; USF Connect/Research Foundation, 3802 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa; 6:30 p.m.; program includes TiE Tampa Bay 2018 wrap-up, Angel Fund showcase, TiECON 2019 updates, networking and dinner; RSVP required; chartered members (+2 guests) free, members $50, non-members $75, non-members with spouse $100; to register, visit

DEC. 7-9: RAMAYAN YAGNA; organized by Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., Tampa, to celebrate mandir’s six-year anniversary; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; for information, call Nick at (813) 334-0443.

DEC. 8: ANNUAL FUNDRAISING BANQUET; organized by Hindu Temple of Florida; proceeds to benefit new Vidyalaya and Prasada Sadan complex; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5 p.m. onward; for information, call the temple at (813) 962-6890 or visit

DEC. 8: TALENT SHOW; presented by Tamil Sneham; Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa; free admission; register at; for information, call Sheela at (813) 943-6886.

DEC. 9: MUSICAL CONCERT; presented by Shruti Foundation; vocalist Pandit Suman Ghosh with Shankh Lahiri on tabla and Surabhi Adesh on harmonium; 4 to 6 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Church, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa; $25, $50 and students are $15; for information, call (813) 549-9288 or visit

DEC. 19: ICC SENIORS GET-TOGETHER; India Cultural Center, 5511 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.


DEC. 1: GROUP DANCE COMPETITION; organized by Gujarati Society of Central Florida; Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando; 4 to 11 p.m.; open seating free for members; $25 reserved seat online or $35 at the door; for information, email or visit

DEC. 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

DEC. 2: YEAR-END PARTY; presented by HSCF New Age Group; seminar by Prof. Nalini Odapalli, Q&A, Indian snacks and tea; free for NAG members; non-members who RSVP pay $5; Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; 1:30 p.m.; RSVP to

DEC. 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

DEC. 9: EVENING OF LIVE BHAJANS AND GHAZALS; performers are Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan from India and Sejal Ghayal of Melbourne; in the new Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple, 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 4:30 p.m.; for information, call (407) 437-6709.


DEC. 5-9: RISING ARTISTS; multi-media works by artist Kavi on display at Spectrum Miami; Mana Wynwood, 2217 N.W. Fifth Ave., Miami; for information, visit

DEC. 8: DIWALI CULTURAL SHOW; Miami Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, 9851 S.W. 168th St., Miami; 7 to 10:30 p.m.; $25 adult donation, $10 children under 18 years; for information, call (305) 378-0281.

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