Subject: Durga Puja is just 7 days away
Dated: Oct 03, 2002
Dear Member,

On the final week before Durga Puja, we would like to update you on
some important facts to help you make the most of the puja
celebrations next week.

First of all, remember that this is your very last chance to get your
annual membership at discounted rates for this year. Our discounted
rate positively ends on Oct 5, and if you have not taken advantage of
the low rates, please do so. Here are some facts that will help you
make your decision. It also answers some common questions that we have
received over the past couple of weeks.

Fact 1: All programs at Durga Puja, including local and professional
programs, are FREE for annual Prabasi members and donors.

Fact 2: Annual membership rates are going up on Oct 5. More info about
rates are at http://prabasi.org/membership 
Fact 3: If you are not a member, you will have to pay $55.00 per head
for a three-day program or $50.00 per head for a two-day program.

Fact 4: You can also buy individual tickets for the professional
programs as follows: Drama - Khela Jokhon (Individual ticket: 10.00),
Tanushree Sankar - Ballet (Individual ticket: 15.00) Bappi Lahiri with
Orchestra (Individual ticket: 20.00) and Kumar Sanu with orchestra
(Individual ticket rate: 25.00)

Fact 5: Tickets may be purchased by calling any one of the people
listed at the bottom of poster
http://prabasi.org/Activities/DurgaPuja2002/durgapujaposter-2002.jpg 
For the benefit of people who have not renewed their membership, here
is a link you can click to register online quickly before time runs
out.

...URL removed...

Please click on the link above also to verify if your registration is
confirmed. If your membership is already renewed, you will get an
appropriate response to that effect.

COMPLETE DURGA PUJA SCHEDULE
============================

Given below is the schedule as of today. Barring last minute changes,
this schedule may now be considered stable.

Friday, October 11

Time                  Event                        Comments
---------------------------------------------------------------------
6:30 PM               Puja starts
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM     Bodhan
7:45 PM - 8:15 PM     Aarti
8:15 PM - 8:30 PM     Anjali
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM    Open Dinner for Members and  Dinner is included 
in membership
                      Donors                       fees for Donors
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM    Drama - Khela Jokhon         Professional program 
with artists
                                                   from Kolkata.

Saturday, October 12

Time                  Event                        Comments
---------------------------------------------------------------------
10:00 AM              Puja starts
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM    Children's Hour
12:00 noon - 1:30 PM  Anjali
12:00 noon            Prasad Distribution          Right after first
                                                   Anjali
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM     Bhog (only to Pratima)
12:15 PM - 3:00 PM    Khichuri Distribution        Parallel to Anjali
                                                   and Prasad
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM     Tanushree Shankar and Troupe Professional
                                                   program from 
Kolkata.
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM     Evening Aarti
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM     Mahalaya                     By local artists.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM    Open Dinner for Members and  Dinner is included
                      Donors                       in the
                                                   membership cost for
                                                   Donors.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM    Bappi Lahiri and Orchestra   Professional
                                                   program from Mumbai.

Sunday, October 13

Time                  Event                        Comments
---------------------------------------------------------------------
11:00 AM              Puja starts
11:00 AM - 12:30 noon Children's Hour
12:00 noon - 12:45 PM Anjali
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM    Shantir Jal, Biswarjan
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM    Open Lunch for Members       Lunch is free only
                                                   for Donors.
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM     Sindur Khela
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM     Dhunuchi Naach competition on
                      spot, Biswarjan Dance
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM     Kumar Sanu and Orchestra     Professional
                                                   program from Mumbai.


To get more details, visit http://prabasi.org/durgapuja 
We request all members with children under 5 to keep their children on
their lap during professional programs. We anticipate a large
audience during the professional programs. This measure is to ensure
that all paying members get a seat. Thanks for your cooperation.

VENUE AND DIRECTIONS
====================

Durga Puja will be celebrated at Chabot College, Hayward.

Venue:
      Performing Arts Center
      Chabot College
      25555 Hesperian Blvd.
      Hayward, CA 94545
Phone:
      (510) 786-6600

Chabot College Performing Arts Center is centrally located in the San
Francisco East Bay Area south of Oakland (in Hayward) near the
intersection of Hwy. 880 & Hwy 92 West (San Mateo Bridge).

PARKING PERMITS MAY BE REQUIRED ON CERTAIN DAYS

Friday, October 11th: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Parking Permit: $1.00
Saturday, October 12th: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Parking Permit: $1.00
Sunday, October 13th: Free

Please purchase your permit ticket from dispensers located in parking
lots and display it face up, visible from outside the vehicle. Prabasi
will not be responsible for any citation or tow-away of the vehicle.

Directions from San Jose:
     Hwy 880 North, exit Hwy 92 (San Mateo Bridge) West, stay in Right
     hand lane and take first exit Hesperian Blvd,
     Stay right to head North. You should now be heading North on
     Hesperian Blvd.
     (from either of the 3 directions).
     IMMEDIATELY Get over into the left hand lane, left at 1st light
     (Depot Rd.), 2nd right into
     Parking Lot "F".

Directions from San Francisco:
     Hwy. 80 (Bay Bridge) East, Hwy 980 South, Hwy 880 South, Hwy. 92
     West (San Mateo Bridge),
     stay in right hand lane and take first exit Hesperian Blvd.
     Stay right to head North. You should now be heading North on
     Hesperian Blvd.
     (from either of the 3 directions).
     IMMEDIATELY get over into the left hand lane, left at 1st light
     (Depot Rd.), 2nd
     right into Parking Lot "F".

Alternate from San Francisco:
     Hwy. 101 South, Hwy 92 (San Mateo Bridge) East, take Hesperian
     Blvd exit, turn left (North) at
     light.
     You should now be heading North on Hesperian Blvd. (from either
     of the 3
     directions).
     IMMEDIATELY get over into the left hand lane, left at 1st light
     (Depot Rd.), 2nd
     right into Parking Lot "F".

Looking forward to meeting you at Durga Puja next week.

Sincerely,

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 10/03/2002
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