Subject: Saraswati Puja Schedule
Dated: Feb 09, 2000
Dear Member,

This is just a reminder that we are going to have Saraswati Puja
coming Saturday February 12,2000 at Sunnyvale Hindu Temple from
11:00 am.

The schedule of events, address and directions,appears at the
bottom of this mail.

Saraswati Puja will have a Children's Talent Show and Fancy Dress.
We want the show to be a big event and highly encourage you to enroll
your child for participation. We have this show every year and it
turns out to be a big morale booster for our children. In the Fancy
Dress show, children may dress up as you wish and walk on the stage.
In the Talent Performance, children express their talent on the
stage through Music, Dance, Recitation, playing Instrumental organs,
Acting or Speech.

Please contact Susmita Bhatacharya at (408-578-9328 (H) or
650-786-8694(W)) to enroll your child for these shows.

              http://www.prabasi.org/SaraswatiPuja 
ELECTION FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
===============================
Election for eight Board of Directors of Prabasi will be held
during Saraswati Puja. Election forms may be downloaded from
the web at:
http://www.prabasi.org/Administration/DirectorNominationForm.html You may contact Jyotirmoy Ganguly at (408)246-0285 for details.

IMPORTANT: The deadline for submitting the filled-in form is
           TOMORROW February 10, 2000.


MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
======================

The response to the volunteer signup has been very encouraging. We're
looking for someone with an artistic talent who can draw art pictures
(line art) both for the Shankha cover page as well as for inside
features. Also we are short of Festival Managers, and it would be
very helpful to have you help us in this matter too.

Please sign up as a Prabasi volunteer at:
http://www.prabasi.org/CGI/VolunteerShowBlankSignup.cgi You may check out the volunteer incentives at:
http://www.prabasi.org/Administration/Volunteer/VolunteerIncentives.html 

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
=======================

Bay Area Prabasi Chairman, Shyamal Choudhury was given a Community
Service award by Biswa Banga Sammelan(Sponsored by West Bengal Govt)
in Calcutta at Rabindra Sadanon Jan.6, 2000. Shyamal, in his award
acceptance speech, has thanked all the NABC Committee members and
Prabasi Board of Directors, volunteers and the members of Bay Area
Prabasi.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR SARASWATI PUJA
=====================================

     11:00 AM      Puja begins
     12 NOON       Pushpanjali
     12:30 PM      Prasad distribution begins
     1:00 PM       Khichuri Bhog distribution
     2:30 PM       Election process starts (Introduction of nominees)

     2:30 PM       Children participants must meet at the stage
                   and contact Susmita Bhatacharya
     3:00-4:00 PM  Fancy Dress "Go As You Like" Show
     4:00-5:30 PM  Children's Talent Show
     3:00-7:00 PM  Election
     5:30 PM       Arati
     6:30-8:00 PM  Dinner Break
     7:00 PM       Election booth closes
     8:30-9:30 PM  Bhanu Shingher Padawali
     9:30-9:45 PM  Announcement of Election results
     9:45-11:00 PM An evening of songs with Debashis Ghosh
                   (Invited Artist)

     Note: For children's program please contact Susmita Bhatacharya
     (408-578-9328 (H) or 650-786-8694(W)). You'll need to register
     your name electronically for participation at:
     http://www.prabasi.org/Administration/ECulturalForm.html 
This same schedule is also at:
http://www.prabasi.org/Activities/Saraswati/SaraswatiEvents.html 

ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS
======================

Address of Sunnyvale Hindu Temple
     450 E. Persian Drive
     Sunnyvale CA 94089
     Phone:  408-734-4554

 Directions

 From the East Bay:

   1. Take 880 S or 680 S, Exit on 237 West (towards Mountain View)
   2. On 237 West, Exit on Lawrence Expressway (same Exit as Carribean
      Dr, but bear left on exit and loop over)
   3. Make a right on Tasman Dr.
   4. Make a right on Morse Avenue (at T junction)
   5. Make a right on Temple's parking lot.

 From South via Hwy 101 N:

   1. Take 101 N and exit on Fair Oaks Avenue North (right on exit).
   2. Make a left on Tasman Drive
   3. Make a right on Morse Avenue (at T junction)
   4. Make a right on Temple's parking lot.

 From North via Hwy 101 S:

   1. Take Fair Oaks Avenue North exit
   2. Make a left on Tasman Drive
   3. Make a right on Morse Avenue (at T junction)
   4. Make a right on Temple's parking lot.

 Local Residents from South:

   1. Take Lawrence Expressway North
   2. Make a left on Tasman Drive (after Sandia)
   3. Make a right on Morse Avenue (at T junction)
   4. Make a right on Temple's parking lot.

More details, including maps to reach the Hindu Temple may be
obtained from:
http://www.prabasi.org/Activities/Saraswati/SaraswatiDirections.html 
FOOD
=====

KHICHURI BHOG will be served to all attendees during lunch. Dinner
will only be served to patrons and volunteers. For all others,
food will be available from an external caterer.

FEES
====

Saraswati Puja is FREE for Yearly Members and Patron Members.

Guests and others will need to pay as follows:
            Individual/Guests:  $15
       Dependent child/parent:  $10
                      Student:  $10

Children 5 years and under are FREE.

CHITRA DIVAKARUNI
=================

Here is a message from a previous Bay Area resident and well-known
writer, Chitra Divakaruni on her new book "Sister of My Heart".

"The paperback of Sister of My Heart is out & I will be in the Bay
Area this week for a few readings/talks. It will be lovely if you can
come to one of them. Please also tell friends.

Wed Feb 9 at 12:30 in the afternoon Stacey's in downtown SF
    Feb 9 at 7:30 pm Barnes & Noble, Walnut Crk

Thurs Feb 10 at 1 pm Book Passage in Corte Madera
      Feb 10 at 7:30 pm Modern Times, SF (Mission district)

Chitra Divakaruni (Email: dchitra bayou.uh.edu Dept of English)"

We wish you all the best and hope to see you back at Saraswati Puja.


- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 02/09/2000
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