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Dublin: More Housing, No; Pedestrian Friendly Retail, Yes

Dublin City is entertaining a proposal to construct more blocks of dense housing on the eastern side on Tassajara Road, opposite Emerald Glen Park, just north of Dublin Blvd. So far this land is supposed to be for pedestrian-friendly retail and restaurants.
It would simply be good and desirable by all Dublin residents if the land is left alone to be used for retail as originally planned. Dublin, after all, has a lot of big-box retail and now an enormous amount of housing for its size. Modern pedestrian-friendly retail would be an awesome, welcome addition. (Another story for another day – if the parcel can be used for the new High School).  To understand what’s going on – the pink color below is the originally planned retail-oriented area:

Existing Land Use - AT Dubin
Existing Land Use

And see, below, the pink area replaced with housing.  So the new proposed plan is to instead construct more dense housing. Really? ?(And amongst other issues, where would kids from this new development go to school? – there is some serious thinking required here on part of the City Council and the School District).

Proposed Land Use - AT Dublin
Proposed Land Use


A large retail area, walkable from across the Emerald Glen Park, Waterford, Sorrento, The Villas would be pretty cool – it’s a need, it’s a desire, both for the city’s residents, and its image.
Pictures above, worth a thousand words, are telling a different story that is evolving instead.
Granted a relatively much smaller retail is still part of the proposed plan – with two Hotels and a small Cinema. But it’s unacceptably small.  There is a large well-earning population around that can help the retail sustain and flourish. There is no reason to dilute or change the existing Land Use Plan. And every reason for Dublin residents to oppose this planThere is a petition to make the voice heard, that can be signed here.  The Dublin city staff report on the item is available at http://bit.ly/2hEw92v on the city website (source of the pictures above).

Car pool using app for guaranteed parking at Dublin BART

​Carpool commuters traveling by BART will have a new option for securing parking at the Dublin/Pleasanton station by the end of January. In a joint effort between BART, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Scoop Technologies, beginning next Monday, riders who carpool to the station and use the Scoop cellphone app will be guaranteed parking spots until 10 a.m. as part of a pilot program to better utilize parking spaces.
Commuters who wish to use the service can download the Scoop application and schedule a ride to the station by 9 p.m. the night before for morning service, or by noon for evening service.
Scoop will then notify users shortly after the deadline if they have found a match with one their 55,000 customers.
Users can utilize a variety of enhancements with the app, including paying for or receiving money for the carpool, paying for BART parking and indicating whether or not their vehicle is wheelchair-accessible.
More information about the pilot program can be found at rideshare.511.org.

Multicultural celebration in Pleasanton on Sat Jan 21

The Pleasanton Public Library will present a multicultural celebration at the Amador Theater, located at 1155 Santa Rita Road, on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Music from a variety of cultures will be featured in Pleasanton.
Sponsored by the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council and the Friends of the Pleasanton Library, the event will be a celebration of the many different cultures represented in Pleasanton. The festive event will feature the different song and dance traditions from each of the cultural groups.
According to Yu Tao, head of Adult and Literacy Services, the community has changed with 25% of residents coming from another country and 30% of people speaking a language other English at home. The Pleasanton Library wants to recognize and embrace the cultural diversity through providing materials in different languages and programs and activities which reflect the community.
As part of the multural culture focus, there is currently an Indian culture picture exhibition on display at the library, as well as many other library activities and events.

Now a site like TriValleyDesi.com for the Fremont area – TriCityDesi.com

Over last year or so, as the user base of this site neared 2500, there were a few posts coming from the Tri-City area of Fremont, Newark, and Union City as well. That someone should set up a site for that area as well became a refrain I would hear again and again, in emails and discussions. So come January 2017, and we have created TriCityDesi.com, on the same pattern. Some posts have also been moved to this new site to seed it.

TriCityDesi.com is rooted in the success and usefulness of TriValleyDesi.com. The premise is the same: an area with a lot of Indians, but who are not connected well, so not able to help each other. No one can deny the benefits and use of a well-moderated message-board, but there is nothing stopping the community to air any kind of content. There are more than 150 different categories, and more are being continuously added.

A community site can only be as good as the participation it receives from the community. So please do reach out to your friends in the tri-city area. The new site will also get as good a moderation and user-support as this one. TriCityDesi.com is set up to be a totally separate site. New users, new posts, new ads. We believe in keeping it very local so that it can stay vibrant, and useful for the community.

In case you have something to post, please login here: http://www.tricitydesi.com/wp-login.php.
Again, Tri-City area consists of Fremont (including communities of Centerville, Niles, Irvington, Mission San Jose, and Warm Springs), Newark and Union City. In case you are looking for to post with respect to Tr-Valley area, please continue to use www.trivalleydesi.com.

Transitioning to Elementary School – Free Parent Workshop Jan 18

For Families of Incoming Kindergartners in Fall 2017 – The City of Pleasanton’s FREE Community Education Series continues
with Transitioning to Elementary School on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the
Pleasanton Public Library, located at 400 Old Bernal Ave.
Parents and guardians who have children eligible for Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten
during the 2017-18 school year are invited to a panel discussion about the shift from preschool to
elementary school. This workshop will provide information, tools and resources for families of young
students, ages 4 – 6. The panel will include teachers and parents from the Pleasanton Unified School
District. The district nurse will also be on hand to answer all your questions about vaccinations.
Families will get their questions answered about sleep and nutrition, preparing for homework, the
value of routines, and much more!
The event is FREE and registration is recommended. Go to pleasantonfun.com and enter course code
#63584. For more information, please email amcgovern@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

Looking for a few % extra off your deals? Here’s the way

Just want to share a way to get some extra % off your many online shopping trips. ebatesAs you shop, you get the following kind of additional discounts – over and above any other coupons!
Just sign up with Ebates
Walmart – 2%
Macy’s – 10%
Kohls – 10%
Groupon – 9%
Last Call – 8%
JC Penny – 12%
Best Buy – 1%
Nordstrom – 6%
etc. etc – there are over 500 stores.
Just check it out here. Money is deposited in your Paypal.

Did you sign the petition to stop Ikea in Dublin?

no-ikea-in-dublin-ca-2016If not, it’s still not too late. The more I have thought about this, the more it makes little sense to have an Ikea open up in this area. If you tend to agree, do something, do your bit, at least be heard. One way is to petition here:
https://www.change.org/p/dublin-city-council-say-no-to-ikea-in-dublin-california
If you know of another way, please do share. I signed because an Ikea does not seem like the best way to use this prime land. Dublin and adjoining cities are places for families, not the kind of places that need the kind of furniture Ikea sells (go near a university!). It seems Ikea is just using this parcel’s location near a major interchange to get people from afar come and shop at this Ikea – it will bring traffic, pollution, and more cars that will start driving into the neighborhoods and could cause security issues (if you know the burglaries that have occurred in Dublin Ranch, and more recently in Pleasanton areas since Outlets opened). It has nothing positive for the residents of the area. They are not really going to find this store of much use after a visit or two – rather they have to live with the traffic and chaos on the road that will follow. Dublin Blvd and 580 are becoming such a pain to drive on, anyway. And more importantly, with this, the residents loose an opportunity to get some other retail or other stores to open on this piece of land, which could have been more in line with the needs of the residents. Or maybe this area could have just been left alone. The big Ikea warehouse will be a sore sight forever.  Ikea has tried to bribe the residents a lot with its free bags , but really? Is that what it takes? The city could lament a loss of some tax revenue; but Council, have a soul! Dublin is developing into a fine city with great schools, and you can do better than a big box warehouse in two colors!

40% off at Sri Ananda Bhavan Pleasanton

sri-ananda-bhavan-deal-pleasantonSouth Indian Cuisine at Sri Ananda Bhavan (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available:
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https://www.groupon.com/deals/sri-ananda-bhavan-pleasanton
Sri Ananda Bhavan @ Pleasanton Meadows opposite Walmart
4515 Rosewood Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
+19259241122

Get your unclaimed money under CA State Program

Folks just wanted to share this program – it just helped me claim more than a hundred dollars. It’s run by California State Controller’s Office and called Unclaimed Property Program.
These were checks from companies like Microsoft, Wells Fargo, etc. – and I never even knew there was money lying against my name!
And the process to claim was pretty straightforward – search with your first name, last name, and if you find any property against a past address that you can identify, just claim it online. In 2-3 weeks you will get checks in your mail!
You can start here: https://ucpi.sco.ca.gov/UCP/Default.aspx
Have fun!

Genius Kid Club Livermore

genius-kid-club-livermore-camp1genius-kid-club-livermore-5genius-kid-club-livermore-4At Genius Kids our advanced accelerated learning programs are designed to meet each child’s individual development needs. Our curriculum has been recognized worldwide for its emphasis on leadership, public speaking, and personality development.
Our center centrally located in the Livermore area close to many schools, right off the 580 freeway, caters to school age students Before and After School care for Grades TK-6, offering transportation to and from the local schools. In addition, we provide exciting campus during spring and summer breaks including field trips, academic advancement, and public speaking, arts and crafts, cooking lessons, Lego story-building, chess and lots more. Children are required to be at least 4.9 years or older to be enrolled in our programs. Programs offered are:
– Transitional & Enrichment Kindergarten
– PreK & Transitional Kindergarten
– Enrichment Kindergarten
– After School Academics Program (ASAP)
Contact or request a tour: http://www.geniuskidsonline.com/child-care-center/the-genius-kids-club-livermore-livermore-ca

Shop Online and Earn Cashback!

Ebates Coupons and Cash BackAs you get ready for Shopping this Thanksgiving and Holiday season, there is a way to earn another 3 – 10% off your shopping. Figure what you want to shop, where, and just go to the specific website through ebates.com. The extra percentage off will just easily, simply be added to your account, and you can get it back via Paypal, etc. There is no reason not to do this!
Macy’s – 6% back
Nordstrom – 6% back
Ulta – 6% back
Walmart – 4% back
Old Navy – 8% back
Neiman Marcus – 8% back
JC Penny – 6% back
Gap – 8%
Home Depot – 2%
Amazon – upto 7% back – and so on – there are hundreds of stores! Click here to earn the cashback.

Free Prime like service for some non-Amazon sites

If you use and enjoy Amazon Prime, now there is another service that is available for free for Amex card holders. Its called ShopRunner. Members get free 2-day shipping to a more diverse group of retailers. Also ShopRunner members enjoy free return shipping, member-only deals and have access to Express Checkout at select stores. The list of stores is available here. While many stores are higher end, there are others like Tommy Hilfiger, Last Call, Staples, Toysrus, Babysrus, Newegg, Under Armour. Can’t go wrong for with free shipping and free returns, for just using your Amex!

Free Technology Bootcamp Nov 7 Sat

Where: Embassy Suites, 2885 Lakeside Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Date: Nov 7, 2015
Sat: 9am-11pm –> Big Data
– Big Data Industry Trend Overview, Hadoop Framework and Tools, Apache Spark, Apache Storm , Solr
Sat: 11-1pm –> Web Dev
– Web Development frameworks, MVC, Ruby on Rails, Angular .js, PHP
Sat: 2-4pm –> DevOps
– Intro to DevOps, Cloud computing, Dockers, Container technology Jenkins, Chef, AWS etc
Sat: 4-6 pm –> Data Science
– R, Python, Spark and Hadoop for Data Science applications
Email: Learning Bamboo : learningbambo…@g…com

50% Off Your Order at Fresh Pixx Pizza Dublin

The Fresh Pixx Pizza at Fallon Road Dublin has a great deal going on. For those who may not have tried, its great pizza chain by Round Table Pizza. They let you choose exact toppings and ingredients for your individual pizza or custom-made salad (on Pizza crust – great choice) – and is sized perfect.
The deal is: 50% Off Your Order – Mix and Match any two 10” pizzas or entrée salads and received 50% off those items.
Valid for both Dine-In or Carry-Out Only. This limited time offer is valid through 9/24/2015. One coupon per order. Not valid with any other offer, promotion or discount. Second pizza or salad must be of equal or lesser value.
Catch – if you want to order 4, use two different coupons.
http://www.freshpixxpizza.com/fp/promotion.asp

Diwali Celebration 2014 – Dublin John Green

Sunday, Nov 2 11:00a
John Green Elementary School – MPR Room
Dublin, CA
(This event has a fee)

Activities for Main event : Nov 2nd, 2014. ( 11 am – 4.00pm)
11 00 a.m. to 11:15 am – Ganesh Pooja
11:15 am to 11:30 am – Community Introduction
11:30 am to 12:15 pm – Talent Show

Ideas – Dances, Songs, Music, Essay, Skits of spiritual and cultural siginficance

12:15 pm to 1:00 pm – Lunch and social time
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Individual and Group Performances (Non Bollywood/Filmy Style)
Ramayan and Narakasura based activity course that inspires children with stories from Ramayanam
Cultural display and competition

Bring your items created during the neighborhood activities. These will be displayed. All participants will be able to add “likes” to the items. The likes will be tallied up for bragging rights.
A rangoli and art station. Interested participants can use flowers, colored rice, etc.

This event has a fee:
Ages 11 and above – $15.00
Ages 5 to 10014 – $10.00

Diwali Celebration 2014 – Dublin Indians – Donations are Welcome

Sai Sai Temple – Pleasanton

The Sai Baba temple in Pleasanton is organizing its one year anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 14th. The day is full of activities with Bhajans, Dance Performance by children, etc. Sai Baba Temple PleasantonSai Sai Temple, Pleasanton The attendance at the temple has steadily been increasing over the past year. The weekly high point is considered to be the usual Thursday Aarti between 7:45 and 9:00. The temple is open everyday morning and evening.
The temple was formed as a break away from the Sri Datta Sai Mandir, San Ramon when 6 or 7 volunteers pooled resources and took up a location on rent in Pleasanton at the Hopyard exit, near Home Depot. To their credit, you don’t see any names – only silent volunteer work towards their purpose.
The temple is always looking for volunteers, or you can sign up to contribute towards the wish list.
So if you live in the area, a good place to make a spiritual call to, especially on Thursday evenings. You will also get a feel of the community, see kids helping each other in their own little area with color crayons, volunteers helping with prasadam (food) and some others hanging outside.
Directions to sai sai temple pleasantonThe address is:
Sri Sai Temple
6644 Owens Dr.
Pleasanton, CA-94588.
Tel:(925) 732 1343
http://www.srisaitemple.org/

Yoga and Meditation Workshops in Pleasanton

Santhosham! Universal Peace Foundation of North America is hosting special yoga and meditation workshops guided by our beloved Gurumahan “Jagathguru Mahamaharishi Paranjothiyar”. This is a great opportunity to take a break from the daily routine and stressful life. Learn simple yogic techniques that will keep you healthy and peaceful in all tough situations and manage daily stress.
yoga and meditation pleasanton 2014 Paranjothiyar
Register now at www.upfna.org for special programs guided by Gurumahan:

  • Mahashakthi Yogam for Adults (Beginners)
  • Kids yoga camp (Age 7-12)
  • Yoga Dharana for Teens (Age 13- 19)
  • Intensive Kundalini Meditation (For Practitioners)
  • Limited Seats Only! Hurry Up!

Mahashakthi Yogam Inner Energy Awakening Course
August 16th and 17th – 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM Pleasanton Hard Middle School
August 18th to 22nd and 25th – 6:00 – 8:00 AM Fremont Sri Siddhi Vinayak Cultural Center
Cost $175 including food

Kids Yoga and Personality Development Camp – Pleasanton
Boys and Girls Age 7 to 14
Aug 12, 2014 & Aug 15, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $100 includes snacks

Yoga Dharana for Teens
Aug 13, 14 – 5 – 7:00 PM Pleasanton $60

Free Spiritual Discourses/Satsangs
Please bring your own yoga mat or beach towel for these courses
For more info, please contact upfna.bayarea@gmail.com or 408-306-3157 or see more details at www.upfna.org

Tri Valley Desi Population – on Map for the first time

What’s a better testimony than numbers? That the Tri Valley Area is undergoing a demographic transformation can be generally seen, but is clearly depicted in this Racial Dot Map produced by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service based on 2010 Census data. The RED dots represent Asian Population, and its easy to see how the area looked like almost four years back.  If anything, the density of the red may only be increasing in this area; in fact rather drastically over last couple of years.

Granted the red dots represent the Asian population as a whole, not people from Indian sub-continent as such. But going by what one may be observing see on the streets, stores and schools, and anecdotal data, it may not be an over statement to say that the desi Indian population is almost exploding at least in some specific areas.

The Dot Map below from Cooper Center has been over laid with specific local areas/streets to help easily identify the areas under focus.

Tri Valley Desi Asian Population in Bay Area, CA - Racial Dot Map
Tri Valley Desi Asian Population – Racial Dot Map

The Map provides a good picture of which Tri Valley Areas are popular with the Asians or Indians. What really comes as no surprise is the Windermere, Gale Ranch, Camino Tassajara area of San Ramon, along Bollinger Canyon Road. Its known to be thickly populated with Indians and Chinese. On some streets and roads you will only find Indian households door to door, one after the other. Some people says its much of a South Indian microcosm. The schools of the area present the same picture – and have excellent scores. Next in San Ramon are some older areas in west San Ramon along Alcosta and Marketplace. Particularly apartments there are high density Indians. Coming down south, the Pine Valley area has some desi population, and further south, the area between Alcosta and Village Parkway in Dublin is again heavily dotted with red.

East Dublin is the other major desi area. Especially the last couple of years has seen a major influx of desis moving from all over the Bay Area into the Dublin Ranch neighborhood, including Positano and other new construction going on in the area at fast pace that supposedly provides some of the best value in the entire Bay Area. The prime area surrounding popular  Emerald Glen park is pretty multi racial, but still reasonably desi as well. Especially towards the north of it. Dublin Boulevard from Hacienda to Village Parkway provides the best desi shopping experience with multiple stores and the Regal Cinema at Hacienda is always on with the latest Hindi release from Bollywood. The schools in the area are getting better every year – that is a no brainer. The Brigadoon area on the far west has a few desis living as well, and so do the apartments along the Dougherty Road. The apartment/condo living next to Bart in Dublin again has a good concentration of desi folks.

Pleasanton is where this Dot Map helps to give a more definitive picture than is generally known. The area between Owens Drive, Avalon Apartments and Stoneridge is heavily red. This has probably even gone higher in last year – especially with the apartments in the area. As Stoneridge meanders to the east, the homes around it are again pretty Asian, going up drastically around the south western end of Stoneridge. While West Pleasanton over all has a sprinkling of Indian population, the central business district goes quite opposite, and then again increases along 680, and showing high around the apartments south of Stoneridge Mall.

Asians are generally sprinkled over all of Tri Valley area, and Livermore shows the same pattern. The Indian population shows a little higher numbers around the Livermore Temple, kind of expected.

Check for the actual numbers from the 2010 Census for Asian Indians in Tri Valley Area with Percentage.

If you are aware of specific areas that are significantly growing in Indian Desi population, please feel free to comment below.

Sign up to stop more housing East of Dublin

Doolan Canyon is a virtually pristine open space located on east of Dublin – think of between Dublin Ranch housing area, and Costco in Livermore.
There are proposals to turn that area into more and more housing, which destroys this natural area, and raises the question on what is the need to create a glut of new housing in the area at the cost of nature, and creating pressure on existing resources.

Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014 is a volunteer effort to collect signatures to put this on poll, and stop this.
What Can We Do to Protect it from being re-zoned as residential or commercial by the City of Dublin?

Sign up to support this and possibly help as a volunteer here: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/30947672600960

What is DOOLAN CANYON?
Doolan Canyon is a virtually pristine open space located adjacent to and east of the current eastern Dublin urban growth boundary.
It has been and is currently zoned as agricultural, and is under the jurisdiction of the County of Alameda.
This property creates an open-space buffer zone between Dublin and Livermore, as well as habitat for endangered species and a lovely visual resource for the Tri-Valley.

Why is it threatened?
Certain developers have approached the City of Dublin and requested that Dublin study a plan to annex the area called Doolan Canyon to the City of Dublin and to re-zone this open space from agricultural to residential, and permission to build a residential development.

If approved, this would:

  • Add to traffic on the main streets of Dublin;
  • Exacerbate the water situation;
  • Burden the City with the cost and responsibility to provide infrastructure as well as fire, police, and medical services;
  • Essentially destroy the canyon forever, and further reduce the rural quality of life for all of us in the Tri-valley area.
  • Impair visual resources for the area;
  • Kill or remove endangered species;

Per Around Dublin Blog, Pacific Union Homes is currently proposing to build 1,990 homes, dozens of other buildings, and a network of roads on 1,450 acres in Doolan Canyon. The site is immediately adjacent to the Doolan Canyon-Tassajara Hills Regional Preserve, which is owned by the East Bay Regional Park District. Expansion beyond Livermore’s Urban Growth Boundary and the boundaries of the unfinished Eastern Dublin Specific Plan not only threatens the stunning beauty of Doolan Canyon but also poses a significant danger to the unspoiled majesty of North Livermore Valley.

More details on this can be seen here:
http://morganking.com/save_doolan_canyon.htm

Sarod Recital by Amjad Ali Khan in Livermore

anjad ali khan sarod livermore 2014Amjad Ali Khan & Sons
Thursday, March 20 at 7:30PM
Bankhead Theater | Downtown Livermore

Save $10! Use the promo-code SAROD

Amjad Ali Khan is the world’s acknowledged master of the sarod, the small string instrument known for the resonant and nearly vocal qualities it brings to Indian classical music. A prolific composer of ragas, or traditional melodies, Khan’s exquisite music crosses cultural barriers, seamlessly blending Indian traditions with other musical influences. Winner of numerous international accolades, the sixth generation sarod virtuoso now performs worldwide with his sons Amaan and Ayaad, in a glorious opportunity to experience a living tradition.

Tickets $36 $45 $55/Students $15
Call 925.373.6800
Click www.bankheadtheater.org
Come By Bankhead Theater | 2400 First Street Downtown Livermore
*Offer applies to all remaining seats, expires Friday, March 13th at 6PM, subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets, student tickets or with any other offer.

The mission of the not-for-profit Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is to establish and operate a world-class performing arts center that promotes and encourages the presentation and creation of visual and performing arts, enhances the public’s appreciation, enjoyment, and understanding of the arts.

Diwali Festival and Fireworks at Alameda Fairgrounds

Come and Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on Saturday, October 26th at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. Join thousands of people in the only Diwali festival with spectacular fireworks and a laser show. Enjoy cultural programs, Ram-leela, a dazzling parade, animal rides, a petting zoo, delicious food and a live music concert.

  • Date: 10/26/2013 – 10/26/2013
  • Time: 11am – 11pm
  • Presented By: FIA and Fremont Hindu Temple
  • Cost: Adult $5, Children 5 and up $5
  • Parking: $8

Bay Area cities, including Cupertino and Hayward, held Diwali festivities earlier this month, and another celebration is scheduled for Friday in Sunnyvale. Last year, about 10,000 people attended the inaugural festival and a similar-size crowd is expected this time at the fairgrounds. Traditional food and drink will be available, as well as booths offering arts and crafts and animal rides. A parade will begin at 5 p.m. Bollywood pop singer Harjeet Mehndi will perform live in a concert beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will culminate in a fireworks show, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Each year, Diwali is observed sometime between mid-October and mid-November. This year, its main day of observance is Nov. 3.

SEF Dandia 2013 – Pleasanton

This year’s SEF Dandiya will be held at Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566 on Saturday, OCT 19 2013 7:30PM

Tickets can be bought at New India Bazaar, Dublin and Kamal Spices, Pleasanton
Early bird (till Sept 30) $15, Regular $17, at door $20.
EMAIL TO REGISTER FOR FREE DANDIA LESSONS – sefdandialessons@gmail.com
GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR 50 OR MORE TICKETS – Contact sefdandia@gmail.com for more info.
Free Dandiya Sticks may be available for the event.

Dharma and Yoga Fest in Pleasanton

Listen to Anuradha Paudwal and others over Kirtan, enjoy classical dance and music, indulge in Yoga, and for kids, they can enjoy the Balgopal Theme Park, or watch Krishna Leela, a performance by no less than 250 kids of Balgokulam. Top this with free food, free entrance, and free parking. All this at Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA on September 14, 2013 from 11 AM till 9 PM.

This well publicized pan-Bay Area event is being organized under the aegis of different organizations. The main organizers of the event is Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) with the support from local organizations. If you are in the tri valley area, you may see posters saying Sri Dutta Sai Mandir, San Ramon, and at other places its the Fremont or Sunnywale Hindu temple. The event has different sponsors for the consumption of different geographies in the Bay Area.

Ultimately, it is to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, with a tag line of Universal Peace Through Dharma and Yoga.

There is also a performance by Jay Uttal, a ‘Spiritual Music Composer and Singer’ and Karnamrita Dasi and the group Kirtaniyas.  The dignitaries expected to attend are Dr. Ved Nanda, Paramacharya Palaniswami, Sannyasin Senthilnathaswami,  Sister Denise Lawrence and  Swami Prasannatmananda. What stands out is that many of them have made a name from themselves, though they are not from India.

Supporting local Organization are Sri Datta Sai Mandir – San Ramon,  Shea homes, Geeta Society, Art of Living, and the support is rounded off by Mata Amritanandmayi Center and Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore. There are many more organizations and individuals that have a role in the program, including sessions by Brahma Kumaris, and others.

The organizers have taken care to cover every aspect of the culture – from Dandiya, Tabla, Bhangra, Folk Dances, Mrudungam, Bharatnayam, Kathak, Geeta Recital to Patriotic songs.

If it is what it promises to be, its worth a visit this coming Saturday!

 

$11 for $22 Worth Food at Favorite Indian Restaurant in San Ramon

Treat your palate to a burst of Indian flavors with this deal. For only $11, enjoy $22 worth of fine Indian food at Favorite Indian Restaurant in any of their four locations: two in Hayward, one in Union City, and one in San Ramon. Sink your teeth into authentic Indian specialties in a comfortable and homey restaurant.

  • 21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA, 94583
  • Dine-in only, Limit 10 vouchers purchase per person, subject to one voucher per table visit limitation
  • Limit 1 voucher per table per visit
  • Not valid for drinks
  • Voucher(s) cannot be redeemed until after the deal closes midnight of February 24, 2013

Click here to see the deal.

$5 for $10 Worth of Indian Ice Cream at Nirvanaah, Dublin

Nirvanaah! opened on Dublin, CA a while back. Its a premium ice-cream store in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in Indian desserts that are 100% vegetarian and egg-less.

  • Authentic Indian flavors
  • 100% vegetarian
  • No eggs used
  • All natural ingredients

All the ice creams and desserts served at Nirvanaah! are made by Kwality Foods.
For limited time, get $5 for $10 Worth of Indian Ice Cream at Nirvanaah in Dublin (or Sunnyvale, Fremont). You can buy up to 5 vouchers per person. Check out the deal here (and can get another $5 off). Buy by Feb 5 and use by April 30. Deal extended – now closing midnight Feb 8 2013.

Hindi movie Race 2 at Regal Hacienda Crossings in Dublin

Bollywood movie Race 2 is playing at the Regal Hacienda Crossings in Dublin starting this Friday 01/25. Its an anticipated sequel to 2008 suspense thriller Race featuring mainstream actors and is first major release of the year.
Looks like Regal at the Hacienda Crossings may be trying to see what kind of a response does a Hindi movie elicit in Tri Valley area. This may be an extension of the trend from other Bay Area theatres like Century in Union City and Fremont, AMC Mercado in Santa Clara, UA in Emeryville where the mainstream theaters find good business in showing Bollywood releases. This is apart of Big Cinemas in Fremont that exclusively shows films from different languages in India.
With increasing Indian origin population in the Tri Valley area, perhaps its a good chance for folks to flock there, and demonstrate that indeed there is a market. If this trend continues then, it will be one less drive to Fremont or Union city.

Alameda County Fairgrounds hosts Diwali Celebration Sat, Oct 27

Diwali Celebration – Federation of Indian Associations and Fremont Hindu Temple are organizing a grand celebration that promises fun for the entire family with cultural program, kids corner, entertainment, parade booths, real animals, gourmet food and fireworks.

Saturday, October 27
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
(510) 659-0655

Windemere Friends – Dandiya for Education 2012

After last TWO years of overwhelming support and success, once again “Windemere Friends”, a neighborhood group of Indo American families is organizing “Dandiya for Education 2012″. 100% of it’s proceeds are donated to SRVUSD schools. (2011 Event – Last Year’s donations to schools: $8,800)
***As of Sept 30, this event is already SOLD OUT!***
When: Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 – 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Where: Dougherty Valley High School Gymnasium (New Venue)
10550, Albion Road, San Ramon, CA

So get your Indian outfits ready for the fun filled evening with family, friends and neighbors! Come and relish a variety of Indian- food served by a popular Indian restaurant. And the bay-area’s best LIVE Dandiya-music to go with it !!

Please click on the following link to buy the tickets for this event and for sponsorship opportunities to help out your community and schools….. did we mention marketing exposure to a 1000+ crowd?

http://sites.google.com/site/NewWindemereFriends

Dandia or Raas / Garba, is a traditional dance popular in Western India. This celebration occurs during the fallfestival of Navratri (Nav-raa-tree). Dandiya is a dance with short sticks and an ever-changing partner, that promotes great calorie burn! Many folks have tried Dandiya and really enjoyed it. We will have a special training session from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM for all our newcomers.

-Windemere Friends

Dandiya in Pleasanton 2012

Much like previous years, this year again you can do your share of Dandiya in Pleasanton on Saturday, OCT 20 2012, starting at 7:00PM.

Location – Pleasanton Middle School, 5001 Case Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

Admission is $15.00. Free for kids under 5, and a separate area for kids. Free parking.

For tickets, www.giftofvision.org – this event usually sells out; so it serves better to buy in advance.

Jazz and Violin – Global Conversation in Pleasanton

Violinist Kala Ramnath, along with the Bay area Saxophonist George Brooks, are performing under their band Global Conversation -some raga influenced jazz and some jazz inflected raga! The show is presented by Sankara Nethralaya Om Trust at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, 925-339-8090 on Sunday, Sep 30 2012 7:00PM Tickets are $25, $35, $50.

Kala Ramnath belongs to a violin dynasty from India- Mewati gharana – a unique musical lineage of seven generations which straddles both the classical systems of the subcontinent. Her violin playing is characterized by an immaculate bowing and fingering technique, command over laya, richness and clarity in sur. She has revolutionized the technique of playing the violin by taking this instrument so close to vocal music that today her violin is called The Singing Violin. Kala also has been involved in the background score of the Hollywood film Blood Diamond working with composers like James Newton Howard and George Acogny.
Currently she has a series of concerts ongoing with North-South duet compositions with Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi.

George Brooks is a prolific and diverse saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He is the founder of several important Indian fusion groups including Summit with Fareed Haque, Kai Eckhardt, Zakir Hussain and Steve Smith, Bombay Jazz with Larry Coryell and Ronu Majumdar and the Kirwani Quartet with Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink and Indian flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia. Brooks has taught on the faculties of Mills College in Oakland, The Jazz School in Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He lives in northern California.

Spacious grocey at Sikandar San Ramon

Sikandar Cash and Carry is a new grocery store in San Ramon – and its a little distinctive in its brightly lit aisles, large shopping carts, barcode scanners and its size – at 8,000 square-foot. The supermarket features food from all over India, Fiji, and the Middle East.

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The owners have stores and a distribution company in California for the last 30 years. There is another Sikandar branch in Sacramento. The family also have stores in Berkeley (Milan) and San Leandro (Santos).

Sikandar Cash and Carry is located at 2556 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583; tel: (925) 838-2075. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.; closed Monday.
Source – indiawest

Spice up at the Alameda County Fair

Mark June 23 and 24 to be at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton – the two days celebrate the Spice of India Festival with a lot of food and culture.
There is live cooking demo and food, cultural booths, Best of the Bay Samosa Contest, and what not. See details below, and in the flyer.
The Alameda County Fair is celebrating turning 100. This year’s Centennial celebration includes the return of the downtown Pleasanton Parade, a brand new concert format, and a variety of distinctive memorabilia chronicling its 100 year history.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Noon – 2nd Best of Bay Samosa
Rolling & Cooking Contest
1:15 pm Yoga & Meditation
1:30 pm Travel to India, No Passport Needed
3:00 pm Bollywood Fitness
3:30 pm Contemporary Dance & Music
4:30 pm Live Bollywood Music & Karaoke
5:30 pm Recognition & Vote of Thanks

SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Noon – Cooking Demo by
Famous Bay Area Chefs
1:15 pm Yoga & Meditation
1:30 pm Travel to India, No Passport Needed
3:00 pm Contemporary Dance & Music
4:30 pm Live Bollywood Music & Karaoke
5:30 pm Recognition & Vote of Thanks

Bollywood – Henna – Great Indian Live Cooking demo & food – Cultural booths – Traditional dance across various Indian states – Live Music * Yoga

Spice of India Poster
Spice of India Poster - Pleasanton

Best Of the Bay SAMOSA Contest
SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD • 12 p.m.
More information: festivalsquare@alamedacountyfair.com • Krishna Kumar, 510-213-1223, krishna@aprilmedia.com