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

  • 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
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


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

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


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

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

Karvachauth – Tradition and Fun

Its Karvachauth time, again. If you live in the Tri Valley area, this year (2011) as well you can head out to Livermore Temple for the Karva Chauth Puja / Katha. There will be three sessions on Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 – including at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The pooja sessions can be joined only in the beginning, else one would need to wait for the next session.

Within Bay Area, Sunnywale, Fremont Temples typically have huge gatherings of women coming coming in the evenings for Thali Puja. In the Tri-Valley area, the Livermore Temple is slowly but steadily becoming a nodal point for this north-Indian style puja as well (even as its predominantly a Venkateswara temple). Karvachauth Moon View 2011

Mehndi/Henna – Putting Mehndi on the day, or the day prior, is also a big part of the tradition. Can’t see someone professional catering to the Tri Valley residents. So its either Do-It-Yourself, or there are other places in Bay Area to head to for about 25 bucks: Lovely Sweets-Tisha (Fremont) – 510-396-7501, or Sadia Fashion House (Fremont) – 5109968062, and probably many others.

There is special food for this festival too. Most of the grocery stores or “Sweet Shops” (like Cafe Tazza) in Dublin/Pleasanton will carry the stuff – Matthi (mostly sweet), Phenia-Jalebi, Cocunut, etc. is traditionally required.

At least in northern India, this festival has become a big fun (and big money and more!) event (beauty treatment and spas in Ludhiana, botox for Karwa Chauth in Delhi,  and and even a Karvachauth mobile app that turns the screen of your phone into a ‘sieve’ / ‘chalni’, through which one can see the moon). There apparently are no big events or get-togethers that have caught up here, but don’t be surprised to see desi women, probably traditionally attired, in movie theatres in Hacienda and elsewhere during the day this time around! Get togethers in the evening to watch the chand (moon) together has become quite common, followed by dinner pot lucks.

The last thing is the big wait for the moon – that, especially on this day, seems always to play hide and seek. Moonrise on Oct 15 this year is slated to be at 8:38 PM for San Francisco.

About: Karva Chauth is an annual one-day festival celebrated by Hindu and some Sikh women in North India and parts of Pakistan in which married (and some un-married) women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands (or future husbands). The fast is observed in the states of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat. The festival has become a big deal with Indian diaspora, including in US.

Rising Tri Valley Asian Indian Population

According to 2010 Demographic Profile Data, 11.3% of San Ramon, 7.4 of Pleasanton, and 6.8% of Dublin population is now of Asian Indian Origin.
This is a reasonably high concentration of Asian Indian population in one valley area. And if you live here, its not a surprise anymore if you see an even higher percentage of your desi brethren once you are driving in the shopping catchment area of Dublin, living in a residential cluster like Windermere, or even shopping in a place like Costco, or Babys-r-us (that tells an even different story!)

  • Dublin has 3,116 Asian-Indians, i.e 6.8% of total population
  • Pleasanton has 5,214 Asian-Indians, i.e 7.4% of total population
  • Livermore has 1,578 Asian-Indians, i.e 1.9% of total population
  • San Ramon has 8,179 Asian-Indians, i.e 11.3% of total population
  • Danville has 745 Asian-Indians, i.e 1.8% of total population

In San Ramon, where public schools are excellent and quite some new housing has been built in the last decade, Indians skyrocketed from 1,463 in 2000 to 8,179 in 2010, a jump of 459%.
City of Pleasanton, with good housing and schools, shot up 175.29% from 1,894 Indians in 2000 to 5,214 in 2010.
Dublin, a smaller city really came up from behind, with only 672 (2.2%) of its residents from India in 2000, to a new number of 3,116, an increase of 363%. This is attributable again to good schools, new upcoming housing, and better connectivity.

The numbers reflect the demographic patters of some other dynamic parts of California economy.
Indian Americans now constitute 22.6% of the population in Cupertino, 18.08% in Fremont, 15.52% in Sunnyvale, 13.64% in Santa Clara and 11.46% in Union City. By numbers, the state of California, San Jose remains first with 43,827 Indians, followed by 38,711 in Fremont and 32,996 in Los Angeles.County Population Asian Indians USA 2010
Aaccording to Census 2010 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Indian American population in California rose from 360,392 residents in 2000 to 528,176 in 2010, an increase of 46.4%. In Counties, Alameda (from 47,194 to 72,169) and Contra Costa (from 13,376 to 18,255).

Tamil Cultural Celebration Muthamizh Vizha in Pleasanton

Muthamizh Vizha – Celebration Of Tamil Culture – Literature, Music, Dance and Drama, especially related to ancient art forms is being held in Harvest Park Middle School Pleasanton, CA on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

A scene from some Muthamizh Vizha
A scene from some Muthamizh Vizha
In its continuing tradition, Tamil Manram is proud to present muthamiz vizha with “neeyaa, naanaa” style makkaL vivaatha arangam (மக்கள் விவாத அரங்கம்), skit and other entertainment events with literary value.
The title for makkaL vivaatha arangam is குழந்தைகளை வளர்ப்பதில் முக்கியப் பங்கு வகிப்பது – தாயா? தந்தையா?
If you are interested in participating in makkaL vivaatha arangam, please contact Sridharan Minor, VP Cultural at [email protected]

  • Muthamiz Vizha
  • Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM
  • Harvest Park Middle School – 4900 Valley Ave Pleasanton, CA 94566
  • Free for Tamil Manram members.

Muthamizh Vizha Tamil Cultural Program
Muthamizh Vizha Tamil Cultural Program

Tamil Manram is committed to the growth of Tamil cultural activities in the bay area. Tamil Manram regularly conducts Children’s events and encourages our children to learn Tamil language and Tamil culture.

Remember ‘zindagi na milegi dobara’? Tomato battle in Alameda County Fairgrounds

Desi’s are now totally aware of the Spain’s Tomato Fight Festival La Tomatina – courtesy the movie ‘zindagi na milegi dobara’. Well, a baby, but fun version of a similar –  Tomato Battle:NorCal is coming to Alameda Farigrounds (Pleasanton) on October 1st. It’s an all-day event featuring a beer garden, battle of the bands/rock show, and a GIANT FREAKING TOMATO FIGHT!!! – Costs $40 – teens and up!

Here is a video from past Tomato Battles:


Pakistani Group performs in Pleasanton Fairgrounds

A musical mela will be bring forth entertainment for Pakistani youngsters on Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at the Alameda County fair ground in Pleasanton, California. There is no entry fee for the show, which is scheduled to start at 11:00 am, while the music session will begin around 2pm onwards. The show is presented by the Pakistan association of San Francisco bay area (PASF) and It features a live performance of Kamijee and the North American Tour team for the first time in the Bay area.

Free Public Speaking Class

Due to popular demand, Genius Kids is offering FREE public speaking classes this week (Sept 12, 13). Give your child the best life skill – effective communication, self confidence and critical thinking skills, the ability to interact in any social situation.
Monday September 12, 2011 – from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for Grades K-3rd.
Tuesday September 13, 2011 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for Grades 4th-8th.

Personal Benefits:

  • learn to be more sensitive and skilled communicator
  • public speaking encourages you to look inside yourself and explore what matters to you–>share
  • learn to consider listeners-what do they want, need, like,care about
  • learn the power of speech-words have emotional content
  • words can hurt, heal, create, build, transform
  • in the beginning there was only speech…learner may only have speech
  • learn to focus topic, how to structure, learn to listen, critically evaluate, discriminate type of message, appeal is it valid?
  • learn to be active in learning–speak up and learn

Practical Benefits:

  • can give or get help in class
  • oral communications always one of top skills demanded by employer- what occupation doesn’t need it?
  • learn to speak concisely, clearly and confidently
  • will help you speak out in important situations, as parent, citizen, customer, tax payer Social Benefits
  • nature of human to form groups- depends on communication skills
  • learn ability to persuade others—change things for better–be involved- seek civil justice, human rights-democracy-freedom of speech

Dandia in Pleasanton Fairgrounds – Oct 15, 2011

SEF Dandiya will be organized on Oct 15, 2011 Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton featuring Dhol Baaje Entertainment, like last year. Tickets are $15 – and recommended to be purchased in advance as they WILL be sold out on the day (at actually any dandiya event). This is your only other chance to attend garbha this year in the Tri Valley, other than one Organized by Windemere Friends

  • Free garba/dandia lessons available from 6:00-7:00pm on the event day for those who have purchased the tickets.
  • Contact [email protected]
  •  Free Parking
  • Complimentary checkin of dandia sticks while you enjoy Garba
  • Free entrance for Kids age 5 and below
  • Special Dancing Area for Kids for Extra Safety

SEF Dandiya Pleasanton 2010

Other SEF Events at Sept 24, Oct 1 and 4 in Santa Clara.



Induz Dandiya 2011 featuring Dr. Sharvari Dixit
Saturday, Sep 24 7:30p to 11:30p
at Centerville Junior High School Fremont, Fremont, CA
Induz Dandiya 2011 featuring bay area’s most popular Garba/Dandiya DJ Dr. Sharvari Dixit and troupe. Make it an extra special Navratri celebrations for you and your family at the spacious and convenient venue in East Bay.
Child care facility, ample parking, food, dandiya sticks etc will be available.
lap once, clap twice, clap three times…and you’re almost there!
Garba is THAT easy! This TWO HOUR workshop will teach you the basic hand and feet coordination to get YOU on the dance floor this Navratri season!
Get a head start and join us in the Garba & Raas workshop on:
– Sunday, September 18th from 1PM to 3PM in San Jose, OR
– Sunday, September 25th from 1PM to 3PM in Milpitas
Register: [email protected]
Gujarati Cultural Association Upcoming Events – Navratri Garba/Dandia
Date: September 25 & 30
October 1,7 & 8th
Small Steps Foundation Diwali Dandia Nite 2011 – Oct 8th
Saturday, Oct 8 7:30p
at Centerville Junior High School Fremont, Fremont, CA
SSF Dandia Nite 2011 in Fremont!
Most kids friendly dandia – Local Center will manage the kids corner with beautiful, craft, fun and brain bending activities, when they are tired from dancing. Biggest in Fremont with electrifying Bollywood music by Dimple Patel.Buy your tickets at or from the other store ticket outlets.

Windemere Friends – Dandiya for Education 2011

After last year’s overwhelming success, once again“Windemere Friends”- a neighborhood group of Indo American families is organizing “Dandiya for Education 2011″. 100% profits go to neighborhood schools!

  • When: Oct 1, 2011 – 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Where: Windemere Ranch Middle School (Gym)
  • 11611 East Branch Pkwy, San Ramon, CA

Tickets: $12 each, $15 at the door (if there’s any left)(Kids 5 yrs & under free)

Contact: [email protected]

Dandiya For Education 2011 San Ramon
Dandiya For Education 2011 San Ramon

The Band: “Aseem and Madhvi”. The Bay Area’s most famous group for singing Dandiya. They have been performing in the Bay Area for more than 15 years!

  • Free dandiya training 7 – 7:30 PM
  • Popular Indian food served by Indian Restaurant
  • Dandiya will be available for purchase

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

Dandia or Raas and Garba, is a traditional dance popular in Western India. In India, this celebration occurs during the fall festival of Navratri (Nav-raa-tree). Dandiya is a dance with short sticks that promotes slow calorie burning. Many folks have tried Dandiya and enjoyed it. We will have a special training session from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM for all newcomers.
Windemere Friends – We are a group of concerned citizens that want to make a difference in our community. We have started this in August 2010 with the aim of organizing activities that we like right here in San Ramon while raising funds for the schools.
The group is 100% volunteer based with no administrative costs.

Today’s deal: $10.00 For Facial Threading in San Ramon/Dublin

Hi Everyone – Come To Sasta Desi to check out today’s amazing deal: Today’s deal: $10.00 For Facial Threading! Includes Eyebrows, Upper Lip and Full Chin.  Just Click on the link above to purchase the deal and to save a lot of money on your favorite local desi restaurants, grocery stores, boutiques and more!

Appointment Must Be Made
In Home Service For Groups Of 3 Or More.
Buyer can buy up to 4 Coupons
Coupons Will Be Valid For One Year From Purchase Date.

Seeking teachers to teach Telugu, Hindi and Mandarin

Recently opened learning center seeking to introduce Telugu, Hindi and Mandarin classes for students ages K-6. Please call 510-364-4033 or email [email protected] with resume and experience. Must have experience in teaching kids these languages and a formal curriculum structure. Center located in San Ramon and open 7 days a week. Classes will be on weekends – Saturdays or Sundays.

Rooms available for lease as well for tutors who wish to conduct their own business.

Seeking Carnatic and Hindi Music Teacher

Recently opened learning center seeking to introduce Carnatic and Hindi singing lessons for ages K-6. Please call 510-364-4033 or email [email protected] with resume and experience. Must have experience in teaching kids these subjects and a formal curriculum structure. Center located in San Ramon and open 7 days a week. Classes will be on weekends – Saturdays or Sundays.

Rooms available for lease as well for tutors who wish to conduct their own business.

Free Public Speaking Class

Have you always wanted your child to overcome shyness, be an effective communication, learn the importance of social etiquette and how to present themselves in various situations.. well this is your chance. The Lil’ Genius Kids, a franchise of the award winning center Genius Kids,  presents a FREE public speaking class at its new expanded location 1021 Market Place, San Ramon on Wednesday September 7, 2011 from 6:30-7:30pm. Grades K-6 – email [email protected] for a FREE coupon or call 925-244-1080 to reserve a seat.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John Maxwell

The Lil’ Genius Kid, an award winning educational concept and franchise of the most innovative educational center, Genius Kids, featured on  CNNMoney.com

has expanded its location to a beautiful large campus at 1021 Market Place, San Ramon CA 94583.

Offering drop in care and membership driven programs, catering to PreSchool, Pre-K, K, and After School Grades K-6th, as well as Reading , Book and Public Speaking Clubs – including pick up from local schools.

Contact Rennu at 925-244-1080 or email: [email protected] for more information.

Most classes are filling up so do not miss this wonderful opportunity of an accelerated award winning  educational facility to the residents of the Tri-Valley.

Little Genius Montessori Preschoo, Pre-K, Kindergarten in Dublin,CA

Little Genius Montessori provides a loving and caring environment for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old in our Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Extended Child Care programs. We are located in Dublin, CA.
We are currently accepting applications for the priority wait list. Please call
925-803-5867 for more details or for tour.

Email: [email protected]
Please visit us at

Talk By Dentist

HCCC Human Service Presents a talk By Dr. Preeti Chitgopekar on Dentures, their care and their fitting in your mouth, Gum health, disease and Cardiac Issues, Implants and how it fosters quality of life

Where: Assembly Hall at Shiva Vishnu Temple 1223 Arrowhead Ave Livermore CA 94550

When: September 3rd 2011 from 2 4 P.M.

More information Contact :  Suman Jain at [email protected]  or call temple 925-449-6255#3



Annual Seniors Day

HCCC  Human Service Presents  ANNUAL SENIORS DAY. We invite seniors to come and enjoy a day full of activites- talent show.

Where: Shiva Vishnu Temple Assembly Hall, 1223 Arrowhead Ave Livermore CA 94550

When: Oct 8th, 2011 From 10:oo A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Register by Oct 4th 2011 to participate in the performance.

To register- Contact  Suman Jain at suman [email protected]  or 925-371-5640  OR Dharini Baskaran at [email protected] or 925-875-9689

Shiva0Vishnu Temple Office at 925-449-6255 #3


Pleasanton, Dublin redistricting may result in Indian-American winning US Congress seat

Last week, Pleasanton, Dublin and Danville have been redistricted in the Congressional electoral map. And this suddenly creates a possibility that we may see the third ever Indian-American getting elected to the U.S House after Dalip Singh Saund (1956)and Bobby Jindal (2004).
So what’s the scoop, and who are we talking about here?

A young Indian-American is now challenging established norms in an audacious bid to win a seat in the U.S House of Representatives. Ranjit Gill, a law student at University of California in Berkeley is just 24 (he’d have crossed the qualifying age by election day), but he’s drummed up a war chest of nearly $ 500,000, the third-highest in the country for a Republican challenger, forcing the party leadership and political pundits to take notice. If Gill can pull it off, he will be the youngest U.S Congressman since 1797.

Ranjit Gill (Ricky) makes an audacious bid for US Congress seat

Gill, known locally by his nickname Ricky, is aiming for the Ninth Congressional District in California, which is currently held by Democrat Jerry McNerney, 60, an engineer from Pleasanton now serving his third term. Normally, few would have given the Indian-American upstart any chance, considering the monotonous regularity with which incumbents, riding on the odds stacked against challengers in terms of raising money and nursing constituency, are re-elected.

But a growing anti-incumbency mood coupled with lucky breaks in constituency redistricting offers Gill a sniffing chance. An electoral map approved this week by California’s bipartisan Citizens Redistricting Commission will include more of San Joaquin County, where Hispanics outnumber whites, while cities like Pleasanton and Dublin (McNerney strongholds) have been moved to other districts. Local pundits say the changes have dropped areas that Gill knows nothing about (read Dublin, Pleasanton) and constituents who know nothing about him. McNerney has already said he would move from Pleasanton to San Joaquin County.

A first generation Indian-American whose parents are both physicians, Gill is pumped up in an area which has a large Sikh community involved in farming and agriculture and a big Hispanic labor force. His forbears hail from Ropar in Punjab but he was born in a town called Lodi, California (not related to the dynasty or the town from the sub-continent; it’s a town most famous for Zinfandel wine) and speaks both Punjabi and Spanish. Gill has staked out positions on major issues for the agricultural industry, including his support for diverting water to the San Joaquin Valley and the creation of a guest worker program.

Much of his campaign contributions are believed to come from alumni supporters at Princeton and UC Berkeley, and Indian-Americans in the medical, agricultural, and academic fraternity. California’s large and pedigreed Sikh community and the nearly 15 per cent Asian-American population in the district has already lined up to support him. His parents, both obstetricians who moved to the area in the 1970s, are well known in the medical community and are plugged into a sprawling fund-raising network for local political causes, which Gill has tapped into from his campaign headquarters at the Flag City RV Resort near Lodi.

Gill will turn 25 — the minimum age required to be a member of the House — a month before the June 2012 primary. He was 17 when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger chose him to serve as the student member of the State Board of Education. He attended Princeton University, graduating in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy.

So Dublin, Pleasanton, Danville residents don’t really get to vote for Ranjit Gill. But the fact that voters in these cities are not part of his contituency now simply increase his chances of winning.

Janmashtami Celebration in Livermore

Join the Tri Valley, and even wider community, in celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna (Janmashtmi) this year. The Krishna Janmashtami Celebration will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2011

Event Schedule – Sunday August 21st 2011

  • 11:00 AM Lord Sri Krishna Utsava Murthi Abhishekam
  • 12:00 Noon Archana, Theertha Prasadam
  • 12:30 PM Geetha Parayanam
  • 3:00 PM Sri Krishna Sankeerthana
  • 5:00 PM Utsavam
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Geeta Recital
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Bhajans by Ushma Vahia and Group
  • 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM | Bhajans by Mino Puri and Vikas Singh
  • 11:30 PM – 12:00 AM | Sri Krishna Janamkal Puja – Aarti, Prasadam
  • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Children’s’ Program on Krishna Leela

Dinner will be served in the Assembly Hall from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Hindu Community and Cultural Center
1232 Arrowhead Ave, Livermore, CA 94551

India Independence Day 15th August Celebrations 2011 – Fremont Festival of India

This year again, The Federation of Indian Associations is organizing the grand mela and parade on August 13-14th. The mission of these India Independence Day festivities is to promote unity in diversity and democracy and build healthy relationship between various Indian and American communities. Folks from Tri Valley area have traditionally attended this biggest Indian mela in the bay Area with enthusiasm.
Location is same as lasy years – 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA, 94536 (Corner of Paseo Padre and Walnut Ave).
The Festival of India Banquet Night would be held in San Jose Airport Garden Hotel on Sunday night.
This year’s events will feature a Free Health Fair, Dance Competition, Grand Parade, Kid’s Corner, Banquet and a grand Cultural Program.

Parking Map India Day Fremont

Festival Parade Route

There will be more than 100 booths consisting of Clothes, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors serving up regional cuisines from across India.

Mallika Sherawat

Grand Marshal India Independence Day Festival Fremont 2011
Grand Marshal

India Independence Day Fremont 2011 Poster
India Independence Day Fremont

Integrated Amrita Meditation Course Aug 20-21

The IAM Meditation training will be held at M.A. Center in San Ramon, California on Aug 20-21, 2011. This 160-acre site of Amma’s first U.S. ashram provides a beautiful and quiet venue for the meditation training.

The Saturday schedule is 8:30am (registration) to 3:00pm, and Sunday is 9am to 1:00pm. Participants must attend the entire training. Youth ages 16 & 17 are welcome to take the course with parental permission. (Those who have previously completed the full course are welcome to join the current class on Sunday at 9:00 am for a free refresher, which will review for you the steps of the practice and answer your questions)
Cost: $15.00 (to cover facilities expenses)
Meals: Lunch on Saturday can be purchased on site for $7 cash per person. Please make a reservation with registration, but pay cash when served.
Course Location: Amrita Hall, M. A. Center, San Ramon, California
(10200 Crow Canyon Road Castro Valley, CA – 94552)
Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for any questions.

Free Ayurveda Seminar on Aug 13

Ayurveda is the Science of life and longevity.  Come and learn about Ayurveda in Dublin on Aug 13.

*Improve your lifestyle with ancient secrets
*Learn to bring more energy into your life
*Learn your dosha and body type
*Learn to relax and rejuvenate
*Remedies with your kitchen spices
*Eating Right
*Better Digestion
*2 hours with Ayurveda expert Karen Roth, educator of Ayurveda at large medical facilities like Kaiser.

Venue:  6690 Amador Plaza Road, #215 Dublin, CA 93568 (925-964-9228)

looking a chef for a preschool

We are looking for a chef who can come on daily basis to preschool and cook lunch. Maintian hygenic conditions when preparing food. Sees that meal is ready for the schedule.Understands the importance of and meets the needs of students with allergies or specific dietary needs.
Is adaptable and implements changes in menus, if instructed to do so.

Vocal & Bharathanatyam Recital

Enjoy this Sunday (July 17, 2011)  afternoon listening to a free classical music performance followed by Bharathanatyam dance by local talents:

  • Vocal concert by Ananya Ashok Disciple of Anuradha Sridhar, Artistic Director Trinity Center for Music
  • Grand Bharathanatyam Recital by Shri Krupa Dance Company (Artistic Director: Vishal Ramani )

Location is Livermore Temple Assembly Hall at 1:30 PM.
Admission is Free.

The event is organized by Hindu Community and Cultural Center.

Spandana Volleyball Championship 2011 in Windemere

Spandana is organizing Volleyball Championship 2011 in Windemere Ranch Middle School on Saturday, June 18 2011 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Register today and reserve your spot in the event.

Request you to sponsor this event and support Spandana Foundation. Spandana Foundation is a non-profit with 501(C(3) status making
difference in the lives of underprivileged people in India for last 5 years. All the proceedings from this event will go to Spandana for its
projects in India. If you would like to donate, please visit

Cost/Fee: 60$/ Team

Class-3 Rafting trip on Saturdays 16th July and August 6th

Bay Area Desi Recreation group’s Rafting trip is being arranged for beginners Class-III on Saturday (July 16th and August 6th ) and Class-IV trips with max 12 seats are arranged on Sundays (August 28th and September 4th -long week-end).
Jul 16 2011 at 10:00 am – Venue : Lotus CA near Folsom., 6500 Hwy 49, Lotus, California, United States

Expert guide will accompany each raft consist of 6-8 rafters for class-III and 6 rafters for class-4 (only 2 boats allowed per day for class-4). Swimming is not required as life jacket is full proof but good to have some swimming experience for C4. Water flow will make sure you don’t have to paddle a lot so.Check the pictures from last years trip on the group page.

  • Saturday July 16th and August 6th : Level-III+ -1 day trip on Scenic American River south fork Gorge section from Lotus, CA (after Folsom on Hwy 50).
  • Charges – $82.00 per person including River use fee, taxes & Lunch (regular is $145.00)- BBQ Lunch included, plenty veggie options will be there.
  • Reporting time: 10:00AM takes 2.5 to 3 hours from Bay Area.
  • Minimum age: 8 years
  • Boats will be launched at their campground after the safety talk. Lunch stop after an hour of rafting.
  • Carpool, logistics, maps etc information will be provided to confirmed list.
  • Rafting from 10:30AM – 3PM. Bus will bring you back to the parking lot. After that you can drive back or stay for the camping.
  • Cancellations: 4 days prior to the event start time for class-III, after that only replacements.
  • Optional add on: Riverside camping, Lavish dinner, Live Band in the evening, free wine tasting on the campsite for extra cost.

RSVP/Group coordinator: Sunil Ganu
Phone: 408-243-9110 / 408-461-8390-c

Spice of India Weekend at Alameda County Fair

There is a special two day Spice of India Weekend at the Alameda County Fair which is on from Wednesday, June 22, 2011 till Sunday, July 10, 2011 (at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA)
Spice of India Weekend – June 25-26 Saturday/Sunday – 2011

2011 Fair Prices:  Adult $10, Senior $8, Child $6

All Day in Festival Square both Saturday & Sunday:

• Art & Painting
• Henna Booth
• Produce & Spices (India Plaza,
• Cultural booths Indian
• Indian Food vendors on-site in Festival Square. (dishes for sale)

Saturday -June 25

  • 12:00 – 12:30 – Welcome young and old for yoga and meditation basics with Yogi Mahendra12:30 – 1:45PM – 1st Annual Best of the Bay SAMOSA Contest Fastest Rolling & Best Tasting – Sponsored by India Plaza (*PRIZES for the Fastest Rollers & Best of the Bay overall Samosa)
  • 01:45 – 2:00PM – DJ – Bollywood Music
  • 02:00 – 3:00PM -TRAVEL THROUGHOUT ALL OF INDIA. NO PASSPORTS NEEDED! Unity in Diversity! Come see, hear, and taste from the culture from several regions
  • 03:00 – 6:00PM – Bollywood Extravaganza! Live Dance Performances

Sunday-June 26

  • 12:00 – 12:30 – Welcome young and old for yoga and meditation basics with Yogi Mahendra
  • 10:00 – 1:00PM – My PART by ART: A World Art competition to help Benefits to Aid Japanese Tsunami Relief (In partnership with local corporations and non-profits)
  • 01:15 – 1:45PM – Cooking Demo- Come learn the regional cuisines across the country of India
  • 01:45 – 2:00PM – DJ – Bollywood Hits
  • 02:00 – 3:00PM – TRAVEL THROUGHOUT ALL OF INDIA. NO PASSPORTS NEEDED! Unity in Diversity! Come see, hear, and taste from the culture from several regions
  • 03:00 – 6:00PM – Bollywood Extravaganza!

There are a zillion others fun activities going on at the fair – check

Ayurveda-Homeopathy-Acupressure-Acupuncture Health Fair in Livermore

Livermore Temple is organizing a Free Alternative Medicine Health Fair encompassing guest speakers, Q/A Sessions, Informational Booths in the streams of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Acupressure/Acupuncture.

  • Dr. Jay Apte (Ayurveda)
  • Dr. Pratichi Mathur (Ayurveda)
  • Acharya Dr. G.S. Shergill (Ayurveda)
  • Dr. Rina Valia (Homoeopathy)
  • Dr. Teresa Shen (Acupressure/Acupuncture)

Where: Temple Assembly Hall, Shiva-Vishnu Temple, 1232 Arrowhead Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551
When: 25th June 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 12:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M
For more information on the upcoming event, please contact Suman Jain at [email protected] or call at 925-371-5640.

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