Girls Scouts Passport To India event in Pleasanton

On May 20, 2011, in Pleasanton, kids get to experience a bit India in the form of Henna Tattoos, food, fashion, entertainment in Mohr Elementary School – thanks to the Girls Scouts event Flight International Passport to India – a Gold Award event.
Presented by Girls Scouts of Northern California, Crossroads Service Unit, the event is hosted by Nehal Tenany (Troop 31473).
Its a great event for kids of all ages! All Activities are FREE! Include food, Henna Tattoos and much more!
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Come and go anytime!
Place: Mohr Elementary School
3000 Dennis Drive, Pleasanton
Multipurpose Room

Full of Fun and Learning – Experience the Indian culture, food, fashion, entertainment, religion, and more!
There will be a series of booths filled with activities great for the family! Learn how to write in Hindi! Try the various foods! Even get a Henna tattoo! Kids will be issued a “Cultural passport”. This passport will get stamped at different booths. Completed passports will get a small prize.
Donations are welcome. All donations will be contributed to a non -profit educational organization in India!
No prior registration is necessary. For any questions, please contact: [email protected]. Or call 925-600-9940 for details!

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout 14-18 may earn. Someone once described the Girl Scout Gold Award as being “what you really want to be remembered for” in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

New Leaders Sought for local Punjabi Group

The Punjab Heritage Society, a local cultural organization for the past several years, is looking for some energetic and passionate people to take on a leadership role for the coming years.   The Punjab Heritage Society has successfully put on an annual Baisakhi show in Pleasanton to showcase the talents of our local children.   The current leadership team would like to bring in new people into the group, especially those with young children.

If you are interested in becoming one of the new leaders or would just like to get more information, please contact Harinder at [email protected].


Youth College, Career and Community (CCC) Fair – Livermore Temple

Youth & Education wing of HCCC Presents: Youth CCC Fair (College, Career & Community) at the Livermore Temple on April 23..
Please attend if you are middle or high schoolers or their parent and:

  • Have questions about college admissions
  • Want to speak with college graduates one on one

This could be your means of getting a head start towards your career.

(HCCC – Hindu Community and Cultural Center)
Saturday, April 23, 2011
11am to 4pm
@ HCCC Assembly Hall


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – KEY NOTE SPEAKERS
12:30 PM – 1:00 pm – LUNCH
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – FORUM
2:30 pm – 4:00 PM – INFORMATION BOOTHS
Ask questions to our esteem panel

Questions or to register  email: [email protected]

Understanding your Child – Workshop

Here is an attempt you can make to understand your child better – and it does come with Indian ethos.
Art of Living center is organizing a free workshop on May 7 that “will enable you to understand you child, and enhance the relationship between parent and child.” By the sound of it, could be surely a useful and potentially fateful workshop!
According to the description of the workshop:

Learn the root causes of your child’s behavior and learn tools to help your child break these behaviorial patterns.
Understand your child and help them reach their fullest potential.

This is for you if you feel:
1. Your child is shy
2. Sibling rivalry turns into fights all the time
3. Your childs doesn’t listen to you
4. Child watched Tv and plays video games all the time and doesn’t listen to you.

This workshop will help you parent your child to

– Enhance their creativity
– Improve focus and concentration in studies
– Be independent and responsible
– Communicate better
– Feel more free and natural
– Respond to stress in an emotionally healthy way

We will also talk about emotional and mental development, nutrition and food choices, the role of music and art, and social interaction.

May 07, 2011 10:00 AM
Art of Living Center for Yoga and Meditation, Tri Valley
6690 Amador Plaza Road, #215
Dublin, CA 94582
Contact: 925-964-9228

Dublin based Tri Valley Cricket Club back in action

The Tri Valley Cricket Club (TVCC) has been successful in restarting the club after sitting out 2010, thanks to some new recruits moving into the tri-valley area and availability of a great indoor practice facility.

The season play starts up next saturday (April 30, 2011) and runs till end of August. The club (within Tri Valley Cricket Foundation) will be playing T30 format under NCCA, which is the oldest organized cricket association in northern california.

This year the club was not able to secure the Dublin Emerald Glen park ground from the City.

Dublin Emerald Glen Park Cricket Pitch
Dublin Emerald Glen Park Cricket Pitch

So they will be playing out of Tracy (which is a “batsman’s paradise” – located at Krohn Road, Tracy, CA 95377).

Tracy Cricket Club Players
Tracy Cricket Club Players

However, they are hoping to get back to playing in Dublin next year. To qualify to play in the grounds, the club needs to attain the non-profit status 501(c)(3). However if they cannot attain the status on their own, the Club plans to look towards some Dublin based organization to sponsor them. The status requires that the organization’s membership is open to public, serves Dublin community, and membership must be ideally 51% Dublin residents (though there are ways around that). There are additional rules and insurance requirements.

The club is always open to new recruits. According to Paul Singh of TVCC, the club conducts formal practices on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Hit’N Sports in Pleasanton. Interested folks can always join them then, and can also contact the club at: [email protected]

Concord Baisakhi Mela 2011

Free sumptuous food, and entry. Where else could it be, but in a Punjabi cultural event. One of the handful of such events – the 8th Annual Diversity Spring Festival will be held on Saturday May 14 2011 at the Todos Santos Park Plaza in downtown Concord (the corner of Willow Pass and Grant Street) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) festival is sponsored by the Therapeutic Residential Services, and the Federation of Indo-American Association of Northern California. The event is presented by South Asian Behavioral Health and Training Foundation – SABH CENTER which is a Non-Profit California agency providing residential & mental health services to mentally & developmentally disabled, new immigrants & seniors.
Every year about 5,000 people from all over the Bay Area attend the Concord Baisakhi festival. There are expected to be 50 + booths for clothing, electronics, financial, health and information in 2011. As well, expect Cultural shows by children and artists.
Check last year’s event with pictures here.

Team Asha Marathon Kicks off in San Ramon

The Team Asha Marathon program is kicking off in San Ramon on April 16th, 2011 (besides in San Francisco and Sunnywale).
The program provides training and guidance to run a marathon, as well as helps the cause of child education in India.

You can train with Team Asha for a Half or Full Marathon by joining the Team Asha Marathon Training program (A marathon is 26.2 miles; a half marathon is 13.1 miles). There is an initial, nonrefundable registration fee of $75 or $100 (depending on when you register.) There are other costs for races, gears, etc, as well as a goal to raise money (about $2000) for the noble cause. There isn’t a minimum fitness level to join the training program. Train for about 6 months for full and about 3 months for half. Join the entire group for a weekly long run (Saturdays) and track session (most Tuesdays.), and there are socials that you get to participate in.

Program Highlights
A comprehensive beginner friendly program.
3 month training for a half marathon and 6 months for a full marathon.
Train with experienced coaches and assistant coaches.
Speed and strength workouts every week.
Guidance on running form, apparel and nutrition.
Guidance from mentors during weekday runs.
Gain bragging rights after you finish a marathon. 🙂
Get fit! Learn to live a healthy and active life style.
Make new friends, attend team parties & dinners!

Some quick stats about Team Asha
Years in Operation : 11
Number of Runners : 1191 to date (412 women)
Funds Raised : $2.8 million
Age of Asha Runners : 18 to 60+
Supported Projects : 385
Children Benefited: 500,000+
Free Info sessions

East Bay Program Kickoff

Apr 16th, 2011 – 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
Windemere Ranch Middle School
11611 East Branch Pkwy
San Ramon, CA 94582

Register at:
Contact: [email protected]

Team Asha is a sports program organized by Asha for Education (Asha) that gives the chance to individuals of all ages to discover the magical benefits of physical activities like running and biking including but not limited to an active and healthy lifestyle. All that while helping raise funds for projects supported by Asha in India. Team Asha aims to provide every runner, every biker with the means to change their own lives and make a positive difference in the life of thousands of underprivileged children in India.
The program has been in existence since 2000 and helped hundreds of runners, 70% of them first timers, to reach new endurance levels and take on bigger challenges. Our expert coaches and involved mentors add a personal touch to the training and help you with not just running a marathon but leading a healthy lifestyle as well. Learn more about the program here.
Last year alone, more than 200 participants have helped raise over $370,000 towards 38 projects supported by Asha for Education, Silicon Valley Chapter.

Spring Egg Hunt in Emerald Glen Park

With winter and rain behind, kids would want to be out in the parks. Celebrate Spring with ‘The Eggstravaganza’ that begins at 10:00am and ends at 11:30am on April 23, 2011. The Spring Eggstravaganza features a unique Free Style egg hunt where children do not compete to pick up as many eggs as possible. Two designated egg hunt areas will allow you and your children to leisurely pick up eggs and take photographs. There is a limit of 10 eggs per paid participant. Other fun features of this event will include:

  • Carnival games with prizes
  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Petting Zoo
  • Bubble Station
  • Parachutes games
  • Refreshments
  • and
  • A photo opportunity with Peter Rabbit!

Emerald Glen Park – Near Tennis Courts
4201 Central Parkway
Dublin, CA 94568

Emerald Glen Park encompasses 40 acres and features a playground with water activities, bocce ball courts and a skateboard park and tennis and basketball courts that are well lit for evening enjoyment.

$6.50 Residents
$7.50 Non Residents

Phone: 925-556-4500

Indian population

According to US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2009 –
The City of Pleasanton has a total foreign born population of 13,665 (20.6%), out of which 2,862 are from India.

  • i.e – 4.31% of population of Pleasanton is of Indian origin. Indians are the top Immigrant group in Pleasanton.

The City of Dublin has a total foreign born population of 9,220 (21.7%), out of which 896 are from India

  • i.e – 2.10% of population of Dublin is of Indian origin. Indians are the 5th largest immigrant group in the city.

The City of San Ramon has a total foreign born population of 13,032 (26.6%), out of which 2,621 are from India

  • i.e. – 5.35% of population of San Ramon is of Indian origin. Indians are just behind Chinese as the top immigrant group.

By comparison, about 16% of population of Fremont is of Asian Indian origin.
These numbers may look on the lower side, but well this is the statistic as of now. More current and detailed numbers are expected to be released by end of this year.