Category Archives: Cummunity

Kerala Flood Disaster Relief – Appeal for Support

Our friends and their communities in Kerala need your help now. This tiny Indian state is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc. The calamity has caused immeasurable misery and devastation. Many lives have been lost.Please contribute if you can. https://www.gofundme.com/kerala-flood-disaster-relief
As of this writing, 45 people have died in the last few days, landslides are happening everyday and many places are cut off. Hundreds of homes were totally destroyed and many more were damaged. For the first time in history, 27 dams in the State had to be opened. Never before had the State witnessed a calamity of this scale.
Thanks in advance,
Vijay
(For) Team SanGaMa
http://www.sangama.us/

Jyoti Kala Mandir Silver Jubilee Odissi Dance Celebration

You are invited to come for our grand silver jubilee production.
Jyoti Kala Mandir – To celebrate 25 years of Odissi Dance in the Bay Area, Guru Jyoti Rout invites you all to our showcase event.
Saturday,July 21st 2018 at 4 PM Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon
Free Admission, All are Welcome!
Visit jyotikalamandir.org or reach us at (510) 589 – 3989 for more information or to be a part of this wonderful celebration.

ONAM Celebration on Saturday, Sept 8th 2018

Bay area Kerala group, SanGaMa, is planning to celebrate the upcoming ONAM festival on Saturday, September 8th at Livermore.
The details are here: http://www.sangama.us/
So, if you have moved recently to the neighborhood, and would like to meet/greet local families or would like to participate/register for stage performances, feel free to join. This is a great opportunity.
We are planning a grand Onam feast (Grand Vegetarian lunch) with traditional festivities like Pookkalam, Maveli and cultural programs like Thiruvathira dance, kids’ dance songs/music, et al.
As part of our cultural outreach, we encourage anyone interested to join, to be part of this rich and ancient festival!
To know more about Onam, please check out here:
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onam>
*Sponsors:* If you are a local business interested in sponsoring the
event, please send a note.
Best Regards,
Bindu
sangamau…@g…com
http://www.sangama.us/

Bollywood Concert Emerald Glen Park Jun 12th 6 – 8:00pm

Aki Goes To Bollywood @ Dublin Free Summer Concert Series, Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater, Dublin, CA
Tue Jun 12th 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
The City of Dublin will host Summer Concerts monthly on Tuesdays and also at the Farmer’ Market on each “First Thursday” at Emerald Glen Park’s new outdoor Amphitheater. Food trucks will be on site and beer and wine available for purchase beginning at 6:00 p.m.

HCCC participation at Livermore Rodeo event 2018

All are welcome to participate – Parade on June 9th Morning 8:00 AM in Livermore downtown
Livermore temple has been participating, since 2013, in the annual Rodeo parade of the City of Livermore. Our volunteers decorate a truck with posters & banners of our culture & HS activities and display it as float / tableau for the parade.
Attend in Large Numbers – Dress in traditional Indian attire, Join HCCC Float, play music & dance along the parade cheering the audience along the way.
More details @ http://www.elivermore.com/rodeoparade.htm
Parade Route @ http://www.elivermore.com/rodeoparade/rodeoparade_map2007.pdf
Where : Livermore City Downtown – 2nd Street
Theme : Culture, Harmony and Diversity
When : June 9th, 2018 @ 9AM
Attire: Traditional Indian
What to bring: Drums and Any Musical Instruments to play along the parade route
Questions: Event Coordinators
Umashankar Meda @ 925 321 0665 or email @ ec_human_service…@l…com
Or Bhaskar Swaminathan @ 925 487 5017
Livermore Rodeo Parade 2018 final

Live DJ, light, fog and PA system , rental service

Make your celebration even better with ”Tri valley sound”.  Live Dj,  lights,  fog  machine will give an extra effect to your event.  Want to arrange a karaoke party for fun or just want to rent some system, we are here. Choose package according to your event. Send your questions or queries on the link below
https://trivalleysound.com
or call or email on
(925)-750-8204
(925)-399-8272
contac…@t…com
Pleasanton, CA

SEF Holi – March 31, 2018, Alameda County Fairgrounds

giftofvision.org/events
Do good and have fun with colors!

SEF is happy to bring another colorful Holi in the East Bay at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 31st, 2018. The festival is kid friendly, has a super DJ with great music, will have food for purchase and lots of colors, including one free packet with admission. Please bring friends and family to support the event.
Saturday, March 31st, 11AM – 3PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
Tickets : $15
Link to Tickets: http://www. giftofvision.org/events
SEF is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, with a mission to eradicate curable blindness in India. We currently have nine fully functional super-specialty eye hospitals providing free eye care to the poor. SEF has performed over 1.5 million free eye surgeries and today, is the largest provider of totally free eye surgeries in India. Please visit us at https://www.giftofvision.org/events/sef-holi-2018pleasanton for more information.

Spirituality & God -Discussion/Meditation: Sun Apr 1st

An informal study/discussion/Meditation group, not particularly aligned to any belief system/guru/tradition, but open forum to share noble spiritual concepts and ideas of all kinds.
Next Meeting on Sunday, April 1st
Check out http://www.neospirituality.org/ or send an email, if interested to join.
We also share/exchange inspiring spiritual books in our meetings.
FREE participation & Networking!
Vijay
http://www.neospirituality.org/
spiritualityneo@gmail.com

Atirudra MahaYagnam from March 1st to March 11th

Atirudra MahaYagnam from March 1st to March 11th

Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, CA, would like to reach out to the Hindu community in the Bay area and across the US and invite them to participate in the Atirudra Maha Yagnam and Sata Chandi Homam to be performed at the Livermore temple from March 1 through March 11, 2018. This is the first time an event of this magnitude is performed by Livermore Temple. Atirudram is a Mega 11 day event with participation by 121 priests and ritviks, many of them coming all the way from India. We therefore urge devotees to seize the opportunity at hand and participate all eleven days of the event.
What is the Ati Rudram? The four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva) are the roots of our religion and foundation for Sanatana Dharma. Rudram and Chamakam are contained in the Krishna Yajur Veda. Rudram is the most sacred means of worshipping Lord Siva. Eleven recitations of the Sri Rudram (Namakam) followed by one recitation of the Chamakam is called the Ekadasa Rudram. Eleven Ekadasa Rudram recitations make one Laghu Rudram. Eleven Laghu Rudram recitations make Maharudram and eleven Maharudram recitations constitute Ati Rudram!

Festival of South Asian Children’s Content | FSACC’18

We, at TokaBox, are delighted to share about our upcoming event – Festival of South Asian Children’s Content this February.
(Dont’ miss to download the story telling schedule below)
FSACC came into being to support and provide a platform for content creators in the south Asian children’s space to come together.
It is a FREE PUBLIC EVENT that provides an ideal way for the content creators to meet their audience, interact with them and raise awareness about the quality content available in this space.
Location: India Community Center, Milpitas
FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/377190789412474/
More details at – www.tokabox.com/FSACC
Join us to meet Authors Vidya Muralidhar, Pinky Mukhi, Sandhya Acharya, Ranjani, Pridhee Gupta, Kavita Bafna, Sridevi Krishnan, book vendors Usborne books and Kitaab world and our sponsors Brain-O-Magic, Drawn to Discover and Lekha Ink.

Spirituality & God – Study/Discussion Group

Spirituality & God— Mostly monthly meetings. Next one on Sun, Feb 4th. An informal study/discussion group, not particularly aligned to any belief-system/guru/society, but open forum to share noble spiritual concepts and ideas of all kinds.
Check out http://www.neospirituality.org/  or send an email to spiritualityne…@g…com, if interested.
We also share/exchange inspiring spiritual books in our meetings.
or join us in Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/neospirituality/
Thanks,
Vijay

Free event for Seniors and their Families Jan 27

Annual Senior Day  ” Jolly Good Old times”   Free event for Seniors and their Families. HCCC_HS_2018_AnnualSeniorsDay_v2
A Special Fun Day for Seniors.
A fun filled day of programs just for Seniors ➢ Games ➢ Story Telling ➢ Dances ➢ Share your experiences ➢ Singing, Chanting ➢ Raffles ➢ Gifts ➢ And many more
Venue-  Hindu Community & Cultural Center
Jan 27, 2018 – 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Livermore Shiva Vishnu Temple
1223 Arrowhead Ave
Livermore CA 94550
Feel Free to Contact Suman Jain @ 925-371-5640

Spirituality & God: Discussion Group

As we are on the cusp of a new year, with new hopes and aspirations, we thought it may be a good idea to start a discussion group focused on Spirituality & God.  This would be an informal discussion group, not particularly aligned to any belief system/guru/society or anything of that kind, but an open forum where :
– We can openly and freely discuss noble spiritual concepts and ideas of all kinds in a friendly and positive environment
– Discuss or share spiritual books, articles, videos, etc
– Ask questions/critique in a “non-threatening” and respectful environment
– Listen to spiritual experiences, share spiritual techniques/practices that worked
– Explore avenues to extend help to those in need around us
– And ultimately evolve as better human beings!
For now, we just call it  as Neo-Spirituality..We just want to have fun talking & loving God, in a less “loaded” environment!
If this idea resonates with you and if you would like to meet up/discuss with like-minded individuals or share any content to the group, please send a note to spiritualityne…@g…com   or join our FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1973648486243094/
Happy New Year 2018!

Vijay
spiritualityne…@g…com

Lohri Festival 2018 – Jan 14 in Newark

Lohri is a Punjabi festival which celebrates the winter solstice. This festival marks the longest night of the year. Celebrations include bhangra and giddha on the beats of dhol.
Our Supporters:
Ginny Bedi of Ginny Bedi Law Firm is a passionate and kind Punjaban. We are grateful for her contribution to this festival.
Raj Budwal of Bay Area Third Eye has agreed to be the official photographer of Lohri Festival 2018.
Dr. Ria Singh (Popular Chiropractor from Fremont) has been very generous and always supportive of Global Women Power. We thank her for her contribution.
For tickets, please call on 510-830-8771 or 408-422-8585
Organizers: Alka Madan and Rosy Kaur

“Aham Asmi – I am” Multicultural Dance Extravaganza Dec 10

Namaha Foundation for the Arts in Partnership with SEWA International USA, is organizing a Multicultural Dance event with teams from the Tri Valley and other parts of the Bay Area presenting dances celebrating “Womanhood”!s
This is a Fundraiser for SEWA’s “Girl Hygiene and Women Empowerment” Programs
Please come and enjoy an evening of lovely dances and support a worthy cause!
Check out this link for more information about the event and to get your tickets!
https://www.sewausa.org/chapter/bay-area/event/sewa-bay-area-dance-mela-fundraiser

Holiday Open House Toy and Food Drive 12.14.17

Dear Tri-Valley Desi Indians,
I wanted to let you know that Assemblywoman Baker will be hosting a Holiday Open House Toy and Food Drive on Thursday, December 14th at 6:00pm at our San Ramon District Office, 2440 Camino Ramon, Suite 345. We would love to see you all there! Please feel free to share this invitation. Please RSVP by contacting me at Ira.Phata…@a…com
I have attached a flyer with additional details.
Warm regards,
Ira Phatak
Intern
Catharine B. Baker
Assemblywoman, 16th District

SanGaMa Christmas -New Year (’18) Celebration on Dec 9th

SanGaMa- The Bay Area Kerala group is planning to  celebrate Christmas-New-Year celebration/dinner on Saturday, Dec 9th evening in San Ramon. Please send a note if you are interested to join the fun and interact with local families!
As part of our cultural outreach, we encourage anyone interested to join and participate in our programs.  Check out the details at our website  http://www.sangama.us/
If you are a local business interested in sponsoring the event, please let us know.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2018!
Vijay Valliyil
sangamau…@g…com
http://www.sangama.us/

SEF Dandiya 2017 Pleasanton – Sep 30

Sankara Eye Foundation presents fund raiser event SEF Dandiya 2017 Pleasanton on Sep 30 at Pleasanton Middle School (PMS) Gym from 7 to 11:00 PM.
Admission is $20, Dandia sticks are sold separately for $6.
The goal for SEF, USA is to support the service provider, SEF, India and raise funds for surgeries as well as capital funds to build super specialty eye-care hospitals across India.

Mega Health Fair on Oct 14th

Hindu Community and Cultural Center is organizing Free Annual Health Fair. We will have Doctors with the following specialties available on site offering Free Health Advice.
Cardiology,   Internal  Medicine   Nutritionist,  Homeopathy,  Ayurveda, Natural Therapy, Dentist, Physical Therapy
Following Free Services will be offered: Cholesterol Testing, Blood Sugar Testing, Heart Disease Risk,  Diabetes Risk,  Biometrics Measurement,  Nutrition Advise
Skin Allergies Advise,  Physical Therapy,  Dental Advise and Many More.
Free Flu Shots up to 300
Venue:
Hindu Community and Cultural Center
1232 Arrowhead Ave  Livermore CA 94551
Phone # 925-449-6255
Date and Time: Saturday Oct 14th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Contact- Suman Jain – suman121…@y…com

Onam 2017 Celebration on Saturday, Sept 16th

Bay Area Kerala group, SanGaMa, is planning to celebrate ONAM festival on Saturday, September 16th 2017 in Livermore, California.
The details are here: http://www.sangama.us/
So, if you have moved recently to the neighborhood or would like to meet/greet like-minded families in the neighborhood or participate in the events, feel free to join. This is a great opportunity.
We are planning a grand Onam feast (Sadya) with traditional festivities like Pookkalam, Maveli and cultural programs like Thiruvathira dance, kids’ dance songs/music, et al.
As part of our cultural outreach, we encourage anyone interested to join!
Thank you,
Vijay Valliyil
sangamau…@g…com
Ph: 925-261-6601
www.sangama.us

Arya Samaj Group in Trivalley area

Hi, all, is there is a Arya Samaj group in this area? Or even a few families that could be getting together to do Havan once in a while and working towards inculcating appreciation  for Aum, the Vedas, Gayatri Mantra, the mantras of the Havan, and also a general understanding of the history of the Arya Samaj movement and what it stands for? If not, but anyone could be interested, please contact me and we can set up something. ~ Rohit Email: jivtiho…@g…com

ONAM 2017 Celebration on Saturday, Sept 16th

Bay Area Kerala group, SanGaMa, is planning to celebrate the upcoming Onam festival on Saturday, September 16th 2017 in Livermore, California.
The details are here: http://www.sangama.us/
So, if you have moved recently to the neighborhood or would like to meet/greet like-minded families in the neighborhood or participate in the events, feel free to join. This is a great opportunity. We are planning a grand Onam feast (Sadya) with traditional festivities like Pookkalam, Maveli and cultural programs like Thiruvathira dance, kids’ dance songs/music, et al.
As part of our cultural outreach, we encourage anyone interested to join!
*Sponsors:* If you are a local business, and interested in sponsoring the event, please send a note.
Thank you,
Vijay Valliyil sangamau…@g…com Ph: 925-261-6601

Short film making – cinematographer / senior citizen actor

Hello Everyone, We are currently looking for cinematographer and a senior citizen actor for our short film.  We are a very small team of enthusiastic film makers (just like a hobby)..  shot one before, and have received positive reviews..
If you are interested to join us or help us in cinematography/editing, please feel free to drop me an email to rganesh8…@y…com.
Thanks!

Seeking South Asian Community Leaders in Pleasanton

My name is Harinder Grewal and I am a member of the Pleasanton Library Commission.   The city of Pleasanton is considering building a new library as part of a new Civic Center off Bernal Avenue.  One of our goals is to educate members of the Pleasanton Community on this plan.
As a commission member, my objective is to present this plan to all members of the Pleasanton Community, including those in South Asian organizations.  If you are a member of a South Asian social/religious/community organization here in Pleasanton that would like to learn more about the new library plan, then please contact me at harinder6…@h…com.

Arangetram Invitation – June 3rd

Dear Parents/Gurus/Students,
Aashvi has been my student for more than 8 years. I am very proud of her achievement in dance. After 8 years of her journey learning Bharatnatyam,  Aashvi is performing her Arangetram.
I  would like to cordially invite you all for her Arangetram performance on June 3rd, 2017
Your presence and blessings for her Arangetram will encourage her on this important day! 
Please find the attached invitation and more details. This will be two hours’ event in Santa Clara with 20 min intermission. It’s a free event. There will be snacks provided in the intermission.

CFC Inter School cricket tournament closing ceremony May 21

14 teams from Pleasanton , Dublin, San Ramon and Mountain  House  schools and after school cricket clubs are competing in the 4th Edition of Cricket for Cubs Spring 2017 Inter-School tournament are going to play the finals scheduled this Sunday May 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Elementary Division Finals) and 2:30 pm ( Middle School Division Finals) followed by the closing ceremony. The location is Emerald Glen Park, Dublin.
Below dignitaries are expected for the closing ceremony to hand over the trophies and medals to all 180 players from 11 schools:
Masood Chik, Director, USACA
Sankar Ranganathan, USACA Executive Secretary,
Catherine Baker, California State Assembly Women,
David Haubert, Mayor, City of Dublin and other Council Members.
Jerry Thorn, Mayor, City of Pleasanton and other Council Members.
Phil O’Loane, Council Member, City of San Ramon
PUSD, DUSD, SRVUSD Board of Trustees.
Appreciate if all the passionate cricketers in the community come and cheer for tomorrow’s USA team members along with your friends.
Want to thank our grand sponsor, Kaiser Permanente and Trophy sponsor, ThinkPalm Technologies for supporting the event along with NRI Wealth Management, Sikandhar Cash and Carry Grocery Store and  Chaat Bhavan.
Thanks, Ramesh Immadi

Know Your Child Workshop

It is 2-1/2 hour interactive workshop for parents, grandparents, babysitters and other guardians or caregivers of minor youth. It’s interactive, insightful, and deepens our understanding of childrens’ behavior and our ability to meet their needs.The Know Your Child Workshop includes a root-cause analysis of children’s behavioral patterns and equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge to help the child blossom to his or her full potential. The information shared in the workshop will reinforce a positive relationship with the child and carry this forward during the child’s development.Topics covered in the workshop include information on:· Getting children interested in studies and school work· Finding ways to enhance the creativity of children· Managing stubborn behaviors· Nurturing children to be free and natural.
rsvp: Register