Painting classes from 6/18 in San Ramon

Hello all, My father, Vijay Somanchi, a renowned artist in India is visiting me for 3 months. He is planning to offer painting classes while he is here, this summer.
Painting classes for adults and kids above the age of 12 years will be offered.
Please RSVP by 06/15 or contact us on 510-456-5764 to register
The curriculum is as follows:

  •  Adults ($10/hr):  Oil painting and Water colors 10AM-12PM, Mon, Wed and Fri
  •  Children (ages 12-18) ($8/hr):  Drawing and Water colors 3-5PM, Mon-Fri

About the artist:Vijay' s Art
He did many art camps and presented at art seminars motivating the young talent in India. He was invited to be a Guest lecturer in Nagarjuna University, Guntur, in Art and Architecture 2009-10 and a guest speaker at NIFT, Hyderabad 2011-12 after he retired from Banking.

Please refer to the his website to know more about the artist and his paintings. Regards, -Anoop.
www.vijaysart.com

Tulip After School in “Dublin” for K-5!

Tulip After School will be opening its 2nd location in West Dublin after its successful venture in Sunnyvale. Now enrolling for Fall 2012-13.
Program Highlights:

  • Homework Help
  • Enrichment Activities(Yoga, Dance, Creative Art, Martial Arts)
  • Languages
  • Pick Up from Local Schools
  • Healthy Snacks

For more information call 408-930-1862 or email [email protected] and  check www.tulipafterschool.com !

 

 

Summer Enrichment Programme

5yrs to 10yrs olds can learn Bollywood Dance, Art & Craft T-shirt ‘Tie & Dye’, Public Speaking, Kirigami Art – all together for $10/hr in San Ramon at our SUMMER 2012 ENRICHMENT CLASSES. Class timings are 3pm – 5pm.

Time Monday (June 18th) Tuesday (June 19th) Wednesday (June 20th) Thursday (June 21st)
3-4pm Art & CraftT-shirt `Tie & Dye’ Public Speaking`Farm Animals’ Kirigami Art Public Speaking`Wild Animals’
4-5pm BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’ BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’
Time Monday (June 25th) Tuesday (June 26th) Wednesday (June 27th) Thursday (June 28th)
3-4pm Art & CraftT-shirt `GlitterDecoration’ Public Speaking`Wonders of Nature’ Kirigami Art Public Speaking`Wonders of Nature”
4-5pm BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’ BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’

Note: Kirigami is a fold and cut paper art.

Contact Zainab at 925-699-5432, or [email protected]

“Apni Bhasha”- Hindi and Gujarati Classes in San Ramon

Hi, I am starting Hindi and Gujarati Classes for Kids in San Ramon, CA. Let me know, if you or your friends are interested in sending their kids for the lessons.

In an hour long sessions kids will learn reading and writing in Hindi and Gujarati. In addition, they will learn meditation, shlokas, rhymes, poems and stories from Indian mythology.

I will try to make the learning fun for the kids and educate them in our languages. At the same time, they will also learn about our rich culture!

Moreover, there will be just  five to six kids in a group. So, just the right size group…. small enough to focus and big enough to learn from each-other…..

Three levels- Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

Initially, kids will be put in the Beginners’ group and later on will be moved on to the groups according to their learning ability and age.

Contact for special summer pricing.

Offering Special Summer/Sibling Discounts right now:

Those, who are interested can email on [email protected].

-Regards, Shraddha Pathak (925)-548-4221

Enriching Summer Camps Academics with Public Speaking

Described as the School that Shapes Tomorrow’s Citizens, Genius Kids San Ramon offers exciting personalized summer camps commencing June 18, 2012 continuing till August 31, 2012.

  • Baby Genius (Infant and Toddler), Pre School, Pre-K, Grades K- 6th
  • Just Public Speaking
  • Just Enrichment Arts and Crafts

Keep your child away from the distractions of TV/internet this summer. Our academic Summer & Spring camps are designed to bridge your child from one grade level to the next, reviewing & reinforcing what has been taught in school & preparing them for the following year. They learn study skills & the ability to enjoy learning, whilst having fun at the same time.

  • Reading, Writing
  • Comprehension & Creative Story Writing
  • Logic & Critical Thinking
  • Language & Grammar
  • Brain Building Exercises
  • Public Speaking
  • Art/Crafts
  • Educational Science
  • Famous Literature
  • Movies
  • Memory Games/Chess Club

Unleash your child’s creative talents every day by engaging in interactivity, telling jokes, watching movies & making friends. Contact [email protected] or call 510-713-2431 for more information.

Bollywood Dance Summer Camp in Dublin

Planning for summer activities for your children? How about some fun and learning with Bollywood Dance?!
Friends, I am going to start a Bollywood Dance Summer Camp from June 11th to July 5th, 2012 – Monday to Thursday.

  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM for Age Group 9-13 years
  • 02:00 PM – 04:30 PM for Age Group 5-8 years

Kids will learn multiple dance styles during these 3-4 weeks. It would be full of entertainment, as well as fitness for kids.
Each week they learn different dance/song. So you can sign up for full 4 weeks ($200), or even choose any 3 weeks ($150) (to accommodate for any other vacation plans).
Hurry up and sign up soon; kids will sure have FUN and enjoy this summer camp.

Just confirm on this post, and don’t forget to send it across to your other friends.

You can always reach me @408-625-7237 or [email protected] to get more information.
Looking forward to some fun summer time!

Archana

Know Breath Know life – May 17th – 20th 2012

Learn to relax and live life to the fullest.
This Art of  Living Course includes yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, practical wisdom and interactive processes.
To register: http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/program/12258
Contact Phone: 5109672380
Contact Email: [email protected]

“The Art of living is to gain this ability in life-it’s very simple, just a skill-the ability to free your mind of the past, to free your mind of the future fears, and to be able to play with every situation that is in front of you, to be able to take every situation that is in front of you.”
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mantra Sadhana Seminar – Art Of Living Tri Valley

A rare opportunity to learn the meaning and correct chanting of the Mantras – this is the very first Mantra Sadhana Seminar being hosted in the TriValley Area.

What is a mantra? “Mananaat traayate iti mantrah” – That which helps the mind to transcend, that which saves you from repetitiveness is a mantra. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from worries. Mantras are universal and can be chanted by anyone. Since 5000 years, people have achieved higher states of consciousness, attained supreme peace and experienced bliss by chanting mantras.

The seminar teaches the correct intonation and meaning of popular ancient Sanskrit Mantras. Knowing the meaning of the mantra invokes peace, love, and leads to a meditative state. Chanting mantras creates subtle vibrations that affect the consciousness in a positive way.

This workshop is open to anyone above 16 yrs of age. The course consists of theoretical background on different branches of Vedas and basics of Vedic chanting with its specific style consisting of udaat (high), anudaat (low) and svarit (middle) notes. This course also covers common Mantras and ensures that the student understands the meaning of the Mantras and master the correct intonation for chanting the mantras

This will be taught by Prof V. Sastry who is an Engineering Professor and is a priest at Halifax Hindu Temple in Canada.

Introduction to Mantra Sadhna Seminar and Interview with SastryJi:

Register for the course at http://aoljgd.org/MSS

Volleyball Championship in San Ramon

Spandana Foundation is organizing “2nd Annual Spandana Volleyball Championship 2012” in San Ramon, CA

Date: 19th May 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: Central Park, San Ramon, CA
Registration Fee: $60 until 30th April 2012; $80 after that.
Registration on Website: http://www.spandana.org/volleyball2012.html

Register to support the cause. Winners and Runners up will get team cups and individual cups. Each team should have a minimum of six players, and two extra. Teams can be mixed men and women. Awards of 100 USD for winning teams each category: Beginners, Advanced, Youth.

Contact [email protected]

Pleasanton – Licensed Day Care/Preschool/AfterSchool

Licensed quality child care in Pleasanton available now. I am a qualified ECE teacher, with Montessori experience and training. My curriculum is based on the Montessori and Waldorf methods of teaching. I provide hot vegetarian lunch as part of my daily lunch program. I offer full time and half time options. I can speak English, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada fluently, which will help your child immensely in their language development. Call now as I have limited seats.
Number: (650) 585 6823

Hindu Heritage Camp for Kids Apr 8

We are having a Hindu Heritage Camp  for kids (age 5 yrs to 13 yrs) at Dublin Library on 8th April (Sunday) from 1 PM – 4:30 PM. With a perfect blend of cultural activities, games and sports and religious lessons, HHC is proven to be an effective medium to impart Hindu values to the children while they make many friends. The following are the activities to be held the coming Sunday afternoon:

  • Ice Breakers for kids to get acquainted with others and feel comfortable as a group.
  • Warm-up exercises for kids to get ready to play games.
  • Games where kids have fun and channelize their loads of energy.
  • Shlokas to be recited during various times of a day – waking up, food, study time, sleep. 
  • Art and Crafts to realize their innate creativity and artistic talents.
  • Story telling where kids learn moral and historic stories to develop great character.
  • Discussions where they can address common challenges faced by kids at school.

There will finally be a kids performance of what they learn as well. Please register immediately at http://bit.ly/hhcpleasanton

Where:            Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568
When :            April 8th, 2012
Time:              1 PM – 4:30 PM
Fees:                $11/Family (goes towards Balgokulam souvenir and Balagokulam magazine annual subscription)
Contact:         Smita @ 925-354-4396 and Shailaja @ 925-931-0654
Email id:        [email protected]

Forward it to all those who want their kids to be confident Hindus!

Unique Online Hindi Immersion Program For Kids!

While most desis would like their children to know basic Hindi (or other regional mother tongues for that matter), many non-desis would find it valuable if their children could speak another language. And yes Mandarin, Spanish, but why not even Hindi, especially if you are in the Bay Area?

Problem is, where to start, and how to maintain it? Enter Cheeni for Tots’ “Let’s Enjoy Hindi in Just 13-min a Day” Program.

The program evolved from the children’s Hindi-English storytime that the founder Rakhi Sharma conducted at the Alameda County Library. And now some of her focus is moving to the Tri Valley Area since some of the initial patrons moved to this area, and she got suggestions from friends that it would be good to share it with TriValley residents as well.

More on the program:
It is a unique program with rich-multimedia content (audios, videos, Talking Board (TM), worksheets, charts, evaluation, and more), the 13-min a Day System, and weekly live, on-line, interactive sessions. CheeniForTots-Hindi-Learning-Online-Program

Research shows that a simple way to enhance intelligence, creativity, self-esteem, and academic ability in kids is to give them the gift of knowing more than one language. And, this can be valuable and can be done, even if the parents do not know the language. A very easy way to start this process is by having your kids have fun with the new language, which is the goal of the 13-Min A Day program.

The best part is the program is designed for those who have no initial exposure to, or familiarity with, Hindi and contains instructions in English, so that non-native speakers of the language (both parents and kids!) can start learning the language together, with no problems what-so-ever (thanks to our clever system and innovative tools).

To find out all the exciting details about the philosophy behind this program, the content, the secret of the 13-min A Day system,  what parents are saying, as well as registration and sign-up details, you can watch an interesting video at http://www.cheenifortots.com

Based on interest from Tri Valley Area, Cheeni for Tots could do a special webinar dedicated just to Tri-Valley parents where Rakhi could educate them more about the program and its value.

Ushanjali School of Dance Annual Day in San Ramon

Annual Day STUDENT SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE by the Students of Ushanjali School of Dance will be held in the Multipurpose Room, Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon on Saturday, APR 21 2012 at 5:00PM.
The school imparts Training in primarily Bharatanatyam, as also in Indian Folk Dances, Semi Classical Dances, Indian Fusion and Contemporary Dances out of 3 locations: San Ramon, Pleasanton, Fremont.
Instruction is open to age 5 years onwards, for a nominal fee, four times a month. For more information contact [email protected]

Tamil Chithirai Thiruvizha in Pleasanton Apr 14

Tamil activities continue to take center stage with Tamil Manram bringing a FREE fun filled afternoon of events at Hart Middle School, Pleasanton for traditional Chithirai Thiruvizha.

Chithirai Thiruvizha (Festival celebrated during the Tamil month of Chitirai) is an annual celebration during the month of April, with roots in Madurai. It is one of the longest celebrations of the world and lasts for one month. The first 15 days of the festival is celebrated for Meenakshi, and the next 15 days are celebrated for Alagar.

Chithirai Thiruvizha Festival
Chithirai Thiruvizha Festival in Madurai

Chithirai Thiruvizha 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2 PM
Hart Middle School
4433 Willow Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588

  • புலி வேஷம், மயிலாட்டம், ஒயிலாட்டம், பொய்க்கால் குதிரை, முளப்பாரி வைத்தல், பூக்கோலம், காட்சிப் படங்கள், காணொளிகளுடன் கூடிய கண்காட்சி, பொருட்காட்சி
  • பம்பரம், பல்லாங்குழி, பரமபதம், பாண்டியாட்டம் போன்ற விளையாட்டுக்களின் செயல்முறை விளக்கங்கள்
  • கனிவான நிகழ்ச்சிகள், போட்டிகள் மற்றும் பரிசுகள்

Happy Holi, and too bad no Holi colors this year as well

Happy Holi!
After the grand Holi Dhamaal in 2010 organized by TVIA in the Emerald Glen Park in Dublin, we saw no one coming forward to organize one last year, and of course not this year as well. Holi sure is a fun time. Its one time when even strangers from the community can come together and get playful with each other. Bonhomie, dance, music is in the air. The fun is unique in itself, and sets up a good, interesting instance of an Indian festival for children.

If we don’t see an impromptu gathering in the Emerald Glen park, or elsewhere in the Tri Valley Area on the weekends of 10th/11th March, or even the next one, lets see if some of us would like to step up in ensuring we don’t go without one next year (2013).
Please participate in the poll below, if you can. Please provide an update for others if you or some group you know plans to get together to throw some colors for this year as well.

[polldaddy poll=6017680]
Please contact admin[a]trivalleydesi.com if you would like to help organize next year.

There is something wrong with daily deals … Until Now!!

Lately – “Big Daily Deal” concept has taken hold. Millions of consumers are bombarded with offers every single day, telling them what to buy, when to buy, and if they do not buy it, they are doomed.  Consumers are told,

  • Today you deserve a day at the spa, even though you may not be interested in one
  • Tomorrow get a haircut at saloon that you have never been to before and will never go to again
  • Day after tomorrow, eat at this restaurant, 40 miles away from your home, where you will never visit again

There is more unknown deal coming your way the day after…  Keep waiting until “figure out what you may (or may not) want.

Icing on the cake is look on the poor merchant’s face, he was probably convinced to offer that he did not really want to sign up for, but has to honor it. He is trying to read in your eyes and ask

  • Are you going to buy more than the coupon value?
  •  How many coupons are you going to use?
  • Are you someone who is a repeat customer?

Have you ever felt that you are being judged by this merchant? it is not a great feeling.

I thought, there is something fundamentally wrong with direction of the offers market. Is there something that can be done?  How can we help the local businesses manage their campaigns in a cost effective way, so they can offer the most discount to the customers, not the middleman. Business owners make offers that they want to, and they will be happy to honor it. Customer knows that they will always find a local deal at a single place when they want it, not when they are told by the “Big Daily Deal Company” and above all, it should be simple to use, not cluttered with all kind of irrelevant information.

So here it is… my attempt to provide a unique experience to restaurant owners and its patrons through www.b4eatingout.com . A website, which has local deals, up to the minute updated by local restaurant owners/managers. Whether you are stepping out for a quick lunch or planning a family dinner,  always check B4 EATING OUT.

Would you like 15% off your bill at Favorite India or A Free Appetizer at Hyderabad Biryani house in San Ramon or Free Entrée at Luna Loca in Danville.. Check the site. A lot more restaurants are coming up. Deals can be printed, emailed or viewed on any device. ALL DEALS are valid when presented from your mobile device…

Check www.b4eatingout.com . Your feedback is crucial and appreciated. Leave your comments


 

California Meditates – Take the meditation challenge

California Meditates – the meditation challenge comes to Dublin/San Ramon.
Get ready to meditate for 30 days – attend an Open House, get your questions answered, get updated about tools/support available. Its a novel wellness campaign (from the Art of Living Foundation), of empowering people from various backgrounds to use meditation as a practical & effective tool to increase one’s well-being and quality of life includes the following highlights: Easy to access Meditation sessions, Opportunities for Group Meditations, Gala Meditation Celebrations, etc.
California Meditates - Challenge - Art of Living 2012
Registration Fee waived till Feb 21.
When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 11:00 am
Where: ART OF LIVING – Tri Valley Center
6690 Amador Plaza Rd
Dublin, CA 94568

How:
Official Website
Tickets
Cost: $0.00 – $25.00

What/Why: The Meditation Challenge
Benefits of regular meditations include greater peace of mind, better focus, increased enthusiasm. A common question that a beginner or any others may ask is how to keep up the practice. The Meditation Challenge offers an opportunity to be guided into meditating daily with some consistency, for a month or less.

Easy, Convenient & Effective
Experience some benefits of meditation through a few days of practice. To support you the challenge offers
* Easy access to guided meditations
* Guidance from experts to help you have a better meditation experience.
* Fun, comraderie- Invite your friends/coworkers to the challenge.

How do I Get Started?
*Register for the challenge & meditate each day.
*Join us for group meditations each week.
*Win prizes each week as you complete the challenge

Tamil Pattimanram Entertainment Festival in San Ramon

BayArea-Tamil-Manram-San-Ramon-Feb-2012Tamil Manram is proud to present an entertaining afternoon of pattimanram by ‘Sivaji’ fame Pattimanram thiru. Raja (on Feb 12).  The title for pattimanram is “திருமண வாழ்வில் அதிகம் விட்டுக் கொடுத்து அனுசரித்துப் போகிறவர் ஆண்களே! பெண்களே!”
The evening promises to be one to laugh, think and join the debate!

If you are interested to participate in the pattimanram here are the rules.
Participant must be a member of Tamil Manram. If you are not a member, you can become a member online.
Prepare a 5 minutes audio or video on the pattimanram topic, either favoring men or women. If you create a video send it as YouTube link. Send the audio clip/video link to JP at [email protected] and Venu [email protected]
Deadline to submit your entry is February 5, 2012.
Once selected, participant must pay $25 participation fee (which includes admission ticket)

Pattimanram
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2 P.M.
Quail Run Elementary School
4000 Goldenbay Avenue
San Ramon, CA 94582 [ Map ]
$10 (members); $12 (non-members)
Purchase tickets online

Two Day Bengali Theater Festival in Pleasanton

Natya Mela 2012, a two day Bengali Theater Festival will be organized by Sanskriti in Pleasanton on Feb 4 and 5. Sanskriti is a Bay Area’s prominent Cultural and Charitable Association.
Venue: Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road,Pleasanton,CA,94566

Feb 4, 2012 – Saturday
3:15 PM “Bhul Swargo” Actopia, Bay Area
4:20 PM “Ekti GaNye Thaki” ECTA, New Jersey
5:55 PM – 6:40 PM Break
6:45 PM “Thikana” Brishchik, Seattle

Feb 5, 2012,Sunday
2:15 PM “Burkah Nama” Auditiya, Bay Area
3:00 PM “Norok Gulzar” Ankur, Sacramento
4:05 PM – 4:35 PM Break
4:40 PM “Tiktiki” Re-Act(Houston-Durgabari) Texas

Tickets are 20 – 30 USD, with a combo for two days for 40.
Check here for synopsis of the plays, and to book.natya-mela-bengali-theatre-2012-pleasanton-sanskriti

Last year, in October, Sanskriti was involved in organizing a festival to celebrate Durga Puja Other Cultural Programs and activities, including games like Carom and Table Tennis. As well they organized an event to pay tribute to Rabindra Nath Tagore on the occasion of his 150th Birth Anniversary at the same location Amador Theater, Pleasanton.

Dublin Library hosts an intriguing workshop on the Spiritual Practice of Chanting

On 29th January, 2012 (Sunday) attend a free workshop on the Spiritual Practice of Chanting at the Dublin Library. The workshop would cover topics like what is Chanting, what name of God should one chant, how should one chant and benefits of Chanting.

  • Venue: Dublin Public Library 200 Civic Plaza Dublin, CA 94568
  • Language: English
  • Date: Sunday, 29 January 2012
  • Time: 2.00 PM – 3.30 PM
  • Total seats available: 30

This event is being organized by the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF). SSRF’s aim is to “educate society on the spiritual dimension and how it affects our lives. We conduct research and convey knowledge about the spiritual dimension to help people understand it, advise those who are curious to experience it for themselves, and guide those who have intense desire for spiritual growth and God-realisation towards achieving their goal.”

SSRF was founded with the blessings of His Holiness Dr. Jayant Balaji Athavale. As a Consultant Clinical Hypnotherapist, he had learned that some of his patients with whom he had very little success, had recovered after adopting spiritual remedies such as visiting sacred places, remaining in the holy company of spiritually evolved people (Saints) or performing certain religious rituals. After interacting with Spritual minded people, he concluded that there are spiritual causes behind not just illnesses of patients, but also behind all major events and most problems in life. He worked tirelessly in the field of Spirituality to share with others his research into the understanding of the spiritual dimension using a scientific approach. The believers also believe in their ability to perceive the subtle dimension or the unseen world, or in other words, sixth sense.
The organization is based out of Australia, has very active member base in Europe, and also registered in the USA.
Not sure what brought the workshop to the Dublin (California) Library, but it may be worth attending – even if just to get more exposed to the intriguing concept.
Check out this video on the concept:

Understand Your Child Workshop

Understand Your Child – Workshop will be conducted on February 3rd, 2012 – 7:00pm in Dublin, CA.
Parenting can prove to  be a very rewarding experience in one’s life. Because of the changes in our  lifestyles, values and human relations, parenting is also becoming a challenge with parents having to deal with many issues related to children’s behaviour.  Often parents are found saying my kid

· Does not listen to me
· Jumps around and breaks  many things
· Does not eat properly
· Is just glued to the TV  all the time
· Is just not interested in studies, etc.

Understand Your Child workshop is a 2.5 hour interactive seminar from the Art of Living which helps parents deal with several such issues by finding the root cause behind them. It gives them an insight into how children think and thus a better understanding of their behavior. It points out small things that adults tend to overlook that may have a deep impact on children. Several hundred such workshops have been conducted benefiting many thousands of parents making their relationships with their children much more harmonious.

Please click on the following link to register for the workshop: http://secure.artofliving.org/event_details.aspx?event_id=102175

WORKSHOP DETAILS
Date & Timings: Feb 3rd 2012 Friday at 7.00 p.m.
Course Location: 6690 Amador Plaza Road, #215, Dublin, CA 94568
Contact Information: Sridhar Nomula (510) 334-7908 and Rashmi Patel (925) 3361203

 Invite your friends, family& peers!

Jhankar Live Bollywood Music at the Dublin Library

Stop by at the Dublin Library on Sat, Jan 28 for a “breathtaking” bollywood music concert by Jhankar Live. Started in 2006 by a group of passionate music enthusiasts, the team excels in presenting soft, melodious songs as well as fast-paced numbers. Jhankar Live Bay Area Music GroupJhankar-live-bollywood-music-dublin-ca-2012

JhankarLive also performs for charitable causes and supports education and artistic talent development of poor children. Members of JhankarLive, fondly called “the jhankaris”, are all full-time employees of leading Bay Area organizations. Since its very first year of performing, Jhankar Live has performed to massive applause and rave reviews. For more information about the free afternoon concert, please call (925) 828-1315 or write to [email protected]

An afternoon of Bollywood Music
Saturday, January 28
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dublin Library
200 Civic Plaza, Dublin
(925) 828-1315

Update: Jan 28, 2012
The group performed to a packed hall. The songs were chosen in memory of late Deva Anand and Shammi Kapoor. Entertaining!

Jhankar Live Performs in Dublin Library
Jhankar Live Performs in Dublin Library

Pleasanton’s Downtown Yoga takes you on a retreat to India

Local Pleasanton based ‘Downtown Yoga’ is organizing a “Return to India” – a 14-night/14-day retreat in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. If you wanted to visit India with a Yoga twist, this could be your chance! Dates are February 11-25, 2012.

Danae Robinett and Jim Coughlin will host and guide the group. The group will be staying at the Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Retreat Center. This event is limited to 24 guests. Pricing is Single $3,490 per person, Double $3,190 per person, Triple $2,990 per person. All guests will be responsible for their round-trip airfare to and from Bangalore.
The pricing includes 14-nights accommodation fees, all yoga practice fees, all travel to and from the Kochin Airport to the Kondai Lip Retreat Center in Kerala, all internal travel to and from sacred sites and tour events, all meals, all event coordination.

Downtown Yoga is located on Main Street in Pleasanton, California. Number is 925-819-9983.
They align most closely with the Iyengar Yoga Tradition and integrate several fundamental directions from the Yoga Sutra of Patanajali in their philosophy & teaching.
The next Spring Renewal Retreat will be from April 28 – May 5, 2012 that takes you to Haramara Retreat Center in Sayulita, Mexico.

Local student on Christmas and Holidays

The ‘melting pot’ that is America is at no time more evident than during the holiday-season. It reaches the crescendo at Christmas, when, whatever your ethno-religious background, you just don’t want to NOT be a part of all the revelry. What does it then mean for non-Christians, especially as you see yourself doing more for Christmas, than for your own festivals?

Shalaka Gole, a budding student of journalism from California High School in San Ramon lays it out rather nicely in an article posted on December 23, 2011 in San Ramon Patch .

An All-American Christmas, the Hindu Way:
There is nothing like the voices of Dean, Bing, Ella, Frank, and Judy to ring in the holiday season. This year, I started listening to Christmas music on Nov. 28. Our family’s old prelit tree stands decked out in the corner as early as Dec. 4th. And I was planning Christmas presents to my friends before Thanksgiving.

This is all pretty standard American stuff, but I did all this disregarding the fact that I was raised as a Hindu in an Indian house.

I wholly subscribe to the American idea of Christmas, along with my immigrant parents and little brother. We do dress up and cook for Diwali, every year. But Christmas presents are also the norm, decorating the tree is a major event and Santa came for my little brother for 10 years. We have been willingly sucked into the commercialism and culture of the season, and I’m not terribly sorry.

I used to feel guilty about liking Christmas and felt like I was trying to fit myself into an idea of Christianity that I don’t believe in. I wasn’t sure of what it meant for me to love Christmas, a holiday that wasn’t really mine to celebrate.

But I’ve started thinking of Christmas as a culturally American time, where different kinds of people can come together for many different reasons. To some it may rightfully mean the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but to others like me, it means the mood and actions of all those around me.

There is something about the feeling of the holidays that makes the cold air less biting and puts everyone in a better mood. People smile more, sing more, count their blessings, and give to others. At school, I see Jews, Christians, Hindus, and religiously confused teenagers alike talk about how much they love the atmosphere. It’s cliché, but I think the cliché stems from truth.

I think Christmas can be said to embody America, commercialism and a profit-driven mentality mixed in with charity and good feeling, shared by those of all ethnic backgrounds. It has become a holiday anyone can celebrate, and include or leave out the pieces they wish.

This year, I’ll spend Christmas weekend eating a home-cooked Jewish meal, opening presents, listening to Sinatra and sharing with my Jewish, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, and Christian friends, making it a truly American holiday.

Pleasanton School to host Spandana Spelling Bee 2012

Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton will host Spandana Spelling Bee 2012 on Saturday, 4th February 2012 Time: 10 AM to 7PM. It will be open to students from the entire Bay Area. The purpose is to encourage kids to excel in their spelling habits.
Registration fee: $20 until 10th Jan 2012, $25 until 29th Jan 2012
Last date for registration: 29th Jan 2012 11:00 PM
Categories:

  • Junior Bee (1st to 3rd grades)
  • Intermediate Bee (4th to 5th grades)
  • Senior Bee (6th to 8th grades)

There will be 3 Winners from each category. Winners will get trophies and certificates. All participants will get certificates.
For Rules, Guidelines, Sample Words and Registration, please visit www.spandana.org/spellingbee.html
Spandana will provide reference material for preparation upon registration. All students from any schools in Bay Area are encouraged to participate. 10% of registration fee will be given to schools/PTAs that support this event.

100 devotees to chant the 1000 names of Lord Ayyappa

For the first time ever, Ayyappa Samaaj will be conducting this very special puja for Lord Ayyappa on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Livermore Temple. On this day, at least 100 devotees are needed to chant the 1000 names of Lord Ayyappa. All devotees are requested to participate in this event LAKSHA ARCHANA on DEC 17 2011 @ 4:00 PM and receive HIS blessings. Register for Laksha Archana and/or Maala Dhaarana (Deeksha).

Also, all devotees are invited to attend Ayyappa Bhajan, Archana & Abhishekam at the Livermore Shiva-Vishnu temple on Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ 6:00 PM. Every month, on Uttara Phalguni thithi, bhajans, abhishekam and archana are scheduled at the Livermore temple.

Schedule (Sunday, December 18, 2011):

6:00 PM Sankalpam, Abhishekam
6:30 PM Bhajan Starts with Sharana Ghosham
7:00 PM Bhajan Ends, Aarti and Maha Prasadam

This is part of Ayyappa Samaaj’s Mandalam Season 2011 – From 11/16/11 To 1/15/2012.
About Mandalam Season: The months of Kaartika / Vrishchika, Maargazhi / Dhanur are most auspicious for Lord Ayyappa, during which period Mandala Puja is celebrated. Devotees observe traditional austerities (vratham), which normally start from the first day of Kaartika/ Vrishchikam (November 16). Devotees initiate the vratham by wearing a Thulasi or a Rudraksha maala. After 41 days (on December 25th) the devotees end their vratham by carrying Irumudi and removing the maala. (Kids can observe short vratham days by wearing maala on December 17th and end it on December 25th). On January 15, 2012 we will also celebrate Makara Vilakku puja.

Free YOGA CLASSES Every Saturday

HCCC HUMAN SERVICES PRESENTS

Weekly Yoga Classes

Where: Temple Assembly Hall
Shiva-Vishnu Temple
1232 Arrowhead Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
When: Every Saturday
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M

Yoga Bharati conducts FREE yoga classes at Shiva-
Vishnu temple, Livermore every Saturday. To enroll in the
yoga class, attend any Saturday class and sign up with the
instructor.

Free Health Advisory Services and Health Fair

Do you need medical advice from a health care professional? If so, HCCC offers free health clinic every Saturday. Also check out the Health Fair on Dec 3.

Free Health Advisory Services

Where: Temple Assembly Hall
Shiva-Vishnu Temple
1232 Arrowhead Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
When: Every Saturday
Time: 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M

THIS SERVICE IS FREE! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! NO HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIRED!

Any question, please contact temple at 925-449-6255.

Health Fair on 3rd Dec
Free medical advice on Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Women’s Health, Nutrition & Diet, Chiropractic Services, Physical Therapy and Eye Disorders.

When: 3rd Dec 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M

Free evaluation: Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and
Cholesterol

For more information please contact Suman Jain at
[email protected] or call the temple at 925-449-6255.

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