NOV. 2: DIWALI FESTIVITIES BEGIN
TAMPA BAY AREA
NOV. 7: WINTER GALA; hosted by Academy of Odissi Dance; red carpet affair; evening filled with mesmerizing Indian dances followed by dinner; $25 tickets; India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; for information, call Gopa Rautray at (813) 992-5234.
ORLANDO/WINTER PARK/LAKE BUENA VISTA
NOV. 13: 4th ANNUAL SUR & TAAL; presented by Asian Cultural Association; 4 p.m.; $15; Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep lane, Winter Park; for information, visit www.aca-florida.org or call (407) 333-3667.
NOV. 14: HSCF NEW AGE GROUP TRIP; organized by Hindu Society of Central Florida New Age Group; 10:30 a.m.; Scenic Boat Tour, 312 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park; tour followed by lunch at Tabla restaurant, 216 N. Park Ave., Suite H, Winter Park; $10 for annual NAG paid members, $40 non-members; email to email@example.com
NOV. 20: 12th ANNUAL ASHOKA GALA AWARDS; presented by Indian American Chamber of Commerce; 6 p.m.; Four Seasons Resort and Spa, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista; red carpet, live entertainment, open bar; all proceeds benefit charity; for tickets, visit www.iaccorlando.com