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?

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, – this event usually sells out; so it serves better to buy in advance.

Wanna be Indian extras for a bollywood/tollywood film shoot – livermore?

Hi friends, on Oct 5,6,7 (fri/sat/sun) , we are looking for Indian “extras” in our bollywood/tollywood movie for a puja scene shoot in a livermore picturesque house.

If you are interested to come on any one or all days with (without) your families, email to [email protected] for more details. .

Food and film credit will be provided. No pay. Any age more than 10 yrs old will work. It will be a fun event.

Mantra Sadhana Seminar – Learn Ancient Sanskrit Mantras!

Art of Living presents Mantra Sadhan, a simple and easy way to learn Vedic chants and mantras/ What is a mantra? Mantra is 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.

The seminar, conducted in Dublin, CA, 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. This will be taught by Prof V. Sastry who is a is a priest at Halifax
HinduTemple in Canada.

Special Event Information
Course Link:
Date & Timings: Wednesday Oct 10th to Sunday Oct 14th (No class on Oct 12th)
Weekday: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
Location: Art of Living Tri-Valley Center, 6690 Amador Plaza Road Suite 215 Dublin, CA 94568

Contact/RSVP Details: Vaishali Patel
Ph: (510) – 967-2380
email: [email protected]

Forever Pancham – A musical evening

After the successful show Surmai Shaam on film ghazals last April, Audigy Systems Inc now presents –

Forever Pancham – A musical evening remembering the magic & legacy of RD Burman.

Join us to relish the legacy of rich, melodious, lively music that transcends the barriers of time and age. Though its close to two decades since RD Burman passed away, his magic continues to rule. We would revive Panchamda’s golden melodies with a live band of amazingly talented musicians & singers from bayarea and out of state who will rekindle fond memories of late R D Burman through his evergreen songs.

Date: 22nd September 2012, at 7:00 PM
Venue: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

More details:
Early bird tickets available at:
(without service charge)
Or Call Sudhir @ 408-802-5128 for more information, tickets/sponsorships.

Please book tickets early. Theater has limited seating.


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.

Young Rembrandts Afterschool Enrichment Drawing Classes

Registration for the next session of Young Rembrandts Afterschool Drawing Classes are starting at many schools campuses throughout the East Bay….Check to see if we are in your school at

Young Rembrandts is based on an acclaimed, step-by-step drawing method that works hand-in-hand with our original, innovative art curriculum developed by a team of educators and artists. Our tiered lesson plans and multisensory approach to learning meet every child at their unique ability level.

Our curriculum is designed so a child can be enrolled from pre-school to sixth grade and never repeat a lesson. This allows our students to continually build skills and develop their personal style and creativity.


Ganesh Chaturthi for Kids in Pleasanton

Have you made clay Ganeshas in your childhood and want your children as well to have the same divine experience?

The Balagokulam chapter of Pleasanton is organising a Ganesh Chaturthi activity for the kids. Kids will be making clay Ganeshas and take them home to perform Puja.

The event details are below:

Venue: Creekside Park,  5665 W Las Positas Blvd, Pleasanton
Date:  September 16th (Sunday)
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Please note that the parents need to be present to assist the kids in making the Ganesha murthis.  All materials needed for the activity will be provided by us. This FREE event is an activity of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh to educate kids about their roots.

You can also view the flier for the event here:

Fall Bollywood Dance Classes

Now that kids are back to school and days become regular, are you planning for some kids activities? How about some fun and learning with Bollywood Dance?

Friends, after successfully running summer dance camp, now I am going to start Bollywood Dance Classes again for all active kids with age 5-8 years (in Dublin).

This Dance program will help them improve their motor skill with some cool dance moves. It is a wonderful opportunity for kids to get social with their age group beyond class room and learn synchronization and coordination as a team. On top of that they will be more disciplined by listening and following dance directions.

Classes will start from September 28th to December 16th 2012 (10 Weeks) – Friday/Sunday and timings are:
• Friday 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Bhangra
• Sunday 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Bollywood Dance
• Sunday 11:30 AM -12:30 PM – Hip-Hop with Bollywood Style

Each above class will run for 10 weeks for a nominal $120 only.
Hurry up and sign up soon; kids will sure have FUN and love these dance classes.
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.

See you all soon…

Affordable Indian wear now in East Dublin

If you are looking for cool Kurtis and stylish salwar kameez at affordable rates, you need not travel to Fremont or South Bay for it.

Rangbandhejdublin presents kurtis statring from USD 10. We also keep chudidar leggings for 10 USD, wrap around ethnic skirts for USD 12, Men Kurtas.

We buy kurtis from Jaipur, Mumbai and Indore. If you are interested in ordering dandiya dress …….Hurry up………

Kids dandiya dress available if you order before Sep 15, 2012.

Like us on facebook at get 5% off coupon.


Math Teachers Needed Local to San Ramon – Dublin – Pleasanton – Danville

Must Love working with Kids, Flexible Hours, Training Provided for Free.

Please send contact Details to:

[email protected]

All applicants send in a phone number and Resume to the above mail.  All visa status applications will be considered. Prior teaching experience helps but not needed. Educational Background should be Science, Commerce or Engineering or Math based.

Soundaralahari classes

I am starting Soundaralahari classes from September in Pleasanton. Please contact Premalatha at 925 426 0107.

  • The Soundarya Lahari meaning “Waves Of Beauty” is a famous literary work in Sanskrit.
  • SoundaryaLahari is a series of 100 slokas composed by Adi Sankaracharya.

Ushanjali School of Dance – Bharatanatyam Dance Classes


Classes reopen on Sept 4th after the summer break.

New student Registration is now open. Call 510-565-6202 for more information and to schedule a trial class.

Training is offered in Bharatanatyam Dance following the traditional format.Other forms of dances – folk, semi classical and indian contemporary will also be taught to registered students.

Considering opening a branch in Pleasanton. Call to enquire.


Naina Shastri,

Artistic Director of Ushanjali School

Any place desi parents (visiting from india) meet up/walk in evenings?

Hello, I live in pleasanton and have parents visiting from India;  but they are bored in the evenings. Is there a place desi parents (visiting from India) meet up/walk  in evenings? Similar to lake Elizabeth area in Fremont?

Preferably closer to pleasanton/dublin (as opposed to Windermere) – that is too far from where I live.

Upcoming Art of Living Course Aug 23rd – Aug 26th 2012

Course Benefits
Breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension
Skills for improving relationships at home and at work
Tools to handle your mind & negative emotions

Learn Sudarshana Kriya
An Immensely powerful technique that incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level

Course Details & Contacts
August 23rd – Aug 26th
Weekdays 7.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Weekends 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Art Of Living – Tri Valley Center
6690 Amador Plaza Road, Suit 215
Dublin, CA – 94568

Sunil : Ph (510) 593-5858 email: [email protected]

Ram : Ph (408) 569-6077 email: [email protected]


To register for Art of Living Course please click flyer or visit:


Licensed Day Care in San Ramon – closer to Montevideo elementary school and freeways 680


I am operating a licensed day care in San Ramon.

* Full Day / Half- Day Program
* After School Care
* Assist with School Home-work and other academic work
* Very close to Montevideo elementary School, San Ramon
* Closer to freeways 680
* Can pick up children from Windemere / Gale – Ranch schools.
* Very reasonable pricing
* Hindi – classes twice a week
* Limited seats available

Rama Devi
[email protected]

925 217 1295


Clothing, Painting and Jewelry Sale

Hi all, we are having a huge exhibit/event in San Ramon. This includes Zaris (Traditional and casual Indian dresses for kids and adults), VijayKumar’s paintings including landscapes, portraits and abstracts(Famous artist in India) and Nuthana creations (Handmade Jewelry).

Visit  for clothing collection for paintings.


Address: 1017 S Wedgewood rd, San Ramon,  CA
date: July 21st
time: 11am – 6pm

After School Pickup and Day care for Live Oak Elementary School in San Ramon

Hi, I have few openings at my after school day care for next session starting August 2012.

Everything $400/month for 1st to 5th Grade.
$550/month for Kindergarten.

1. Fresh nutritious vegetarian meals.
2. Free pickup from Live Oak Elementary.
3. Home work help.
4. Free Bollywood dance classes.
5. Free Art classes.
6. Free cooking classes.
7. Free Public speaking classes.
8. Free tennis instruction.

Instructors Qualification

1. Qualified to be a University Lecturer in India.
2. Experienced in Teaching High School, College students and Preschool.
3. CPR, First Aid and Preventive Health training completed.
4. Preschool Teacher for 4 yrs.
5. Licensed facility
6. Tennis Instructor at Fremont Tennis Center for 2 yrs.

Regards, Zainab 925-699-5432

Family Portraits, Event Photography

My name is Aisha and I am an independent photographer offering rates that fit any budget.
Let me capture your next priceless moments and memories! For more information please contact me.

Here is a link to just a few photos I took. Contact me more information at (209) 627-9039 or email me at [email protected]

Thank you for your interest! I am so excited to hear from you & I look forward to meeting you!

How to find someone good and reliable for a service you need?

Good help is hard to find. As you go through different stages of life or move from one location to another, you need different services.  For example, when you move, you need a good mover. You also have to find a good mechanic, physician, dentist, and other providers close to your new home. Similarly, when you have a kid, you need to find a good pediatrician, or after you buy a house, you may need a good gardener, plumber, electrician, handyman and other providers.

How do you find someone good for a service that you need? You could look up on Yellow pages or use Google search, but these sources just provide a listing of service providers. You cannot tell the good ones from the bad ones. Obviously, you would like to find a reputable provider for whatever service you need.

The other option is looking at online review sites such as Yelp or Angie’s list. However, Yelp is geared more towards restaurants and Angie’s list requires a paid subscription. But more importantly, can you trust the reviews posted on these sites by people you don’t know? Are those reviews really objective and unbiased? What you would like to have is a recommendation from someone you know and trust.

So the safest and least expensive option is to ask your friends. Whatever you are looking for, chances are someone in your circle of friends has used the same service sometime in the past. So why not tap into your social network to find a good reliable provider for the service you need? If your friend likes his gardener, maybe you should use the same gardener. If your cousin likes the law-firm that she uses, perhaps you might want to use the same law firm. Similarly, if your neighbor likes her music teacher, you might want to talk to that music teacher.

A recently launched Danville based new online service called Trustrecs ( makes it really easy for you to tap into your social circle to find a good provider. The service is free and in beta right now.  It helps you get trustworthy recommendations at zero cost. Try it and let me know what you think.


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.
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

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: [email protected] • Krishna Kumar, 510-213-1223, [email protected]

Improve your Business English skills!

Hello!  My name is Stacey Lichter, and I am an experienced English language tutor living in Walnut Creek.  I have worked with several Asian Indians, so I understand the  English grammatical mistakes and errors in syntax which are common among those whose native languages include Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati. Don’t let your English language skills keep you from getting that great promotion! I can help you improve your business communications now.

Let your professionalism shine through grammatically correct emails, presentations, and resumes. Lessons cost $50 per hour, but lesson package discounts are available.  I am also available to tutor middle school and high school students who need help with English, grammar, and writing skills.

For more information or to schedule a lesson, please email [email protected]

Rainbow Math Afterschool Program

Rainbow Math, an after school program in Newark, CA is offering a full day summer camp beginning July 9, 2012 to Aug 31, 2012 for grades K to 6. Camp Activities include Vedic Mathematics, Hindi, Spanish, Language Arts, Science, Indian Cultural Studies, Chess, Ping Pong, Bollywood Dance, Piano.
Summer Camp Tuition : $180 per week, Reg Fee: $50 per student
Visit us at
Call 510 402 MATH or email [email protected]

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.

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 !



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