Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice, San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice, San Jose, CA, USA  - Pictures

Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice, San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San Jose at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For over 30 years, this whimsical event has brought people from all over the Bay Area together during the holidays.

Each year, the two-acre park is transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Some of the original displays housed in one of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, include a melting snowman, caroling mice and elf woodcrafters. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of trees decorated by San Jose schools, community groups and businesses.

Christmas in the Park is a non-profit organization that is supported through fundraising efforts and is free to the public. Children can have their photograph taken with Santa, watch nightly entertainment and enjoy holiday themed refreshments.

The City of San Jose is an in-kind sponsor and works closely with in providing services. It takes more than 260,000 volunteer hours from Board Members and the community to bring this well-loved holiday tradition to San Jose each year.

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Cars and Croissants at Santana Row, San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

Cars and Croissants at Santana Row, San Jose, CA, USA  - Pictures

Cars and Croissants at Santana Row, San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

MARCH TO DECEMBER – 9AM TO 12PM – SANTANA ROW – Free event

At 100|OCTs Cars and Croissants on The Row, they have cars and croissants, as well as coffee for everyone.

Platinum Sponsors are: BRM Chronographes, Ferrari Silicon Valley and Maserati Silicon Valley, HRE , Andrea Kohler, Audi Stevens Creek

Gold Sponsors are: Los Gatos Luxury Cars, SS Customs, Clean Wheels, Borelli Motor Sports, Club Auto Sport and Garage Unlimited of Monterey

Location for the event is on The Row itself for exotic cars, and on the parking lot at the end of the street for performance cars.

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Bhavani Island – Prakasam Barrage – Durga Temple, Vijayawada, AP, India – Pictures

Bhavani Island - Prakasam Barrage - Durga Temple, Vijayawada, AP, India  - Pictures

Bhavani Island – Prakasam Barrage – Durga Temple, Vijayawada, AP, India – Pictures

* The beautiful and picturesque temple lies on top of Indrrakiladri Hills and enshrines Goddess Kanaka Durga. The hill offers some amazing vistas of the city.

* The Prakasam Barrage is built across the Krishna River and is imposing in appearance. It stretches 1,223.5 metres across the river, over a lake and is the largest barrage in Asia.

* Spread over an area of 133 acres, Bhavani Island is a river island that offers a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It is a place to rest, relax and enjoy oneself with its mangroves, well-manicured gardens, pristine woodlands, rolling meadows and shimmering water bodies.

Bhavani Island is a popular picnic spot, where children can run around carefree while adults can enjoy the energising and refreshing ambience. Situated in Krishna River, the island is quite close to Prakasam Barrage. There are great boating facilities, which allow visitors to explore the river.

The swimming pools on the island are well-maintained and clean. Visitors, who do not want to spend time in the pools, can opt for other watersports or try their hand at fishing and angling.

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Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple(Vaikunta Puram), Tenali, AP, India – Pictures

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple(Vaikunta Puram), Tenali, AP, India  - Pictures

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple(Vaikunta Puram), Tenali, AP, India – Pictures

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple(Vaikunta Puram), Tenali, AP, India

Anjaneya(Hanuman) Swamy Temple, Ponnuru, AP, India – Pictures

Anjaneya(Hanuman) Swamy Temple, Ponnuru, AP, India  - Pictures

Anjaneya(Hanuman) Swamy Temple, Ponnuru, AP, India – Pictures

Ponnur Temples are very famous in our region as the 30 to 40 feet high monolithic statues of Hanuman and Garud are in the temple along with Sahasra lingeswara swamy (1001 Shiva Lingas).

Others temples located near by are Sahasra Lingeshwara Swamy Temple Sri Vinayaka Swamy, Navagrahas, Nandhi, Sri Pandu Ranga Temple, Sri Garauthmantha Temple, Sri Dashavathara Temples.

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Vodarevu Beach, Chirala, AP, India – Pictures

Vodarevu Beach, Chirala, AP, India  - Pictures

Vodarevu Beach, Chirala, AP, India – Pictures

Vodarevu beach is 6 km from Chirala in Prakasam district. It is also near to Suryalanka Beach, Bapatla. Vodarevu beach has a gorgeous beach. Vodarevu beach is fairly famous with tourists regularly, this too is a nice getaway from the movement and hustle of city life. There is a constant inflow of tourists spending their weekends in these peaceful settings as the place is very nice to visit and for relaxation.

Vodarevu beach makes quite a nice weekend hideout and has got quite a good share of tourist inflow, mainly because of its peaceful setting.

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Diwali Lakshmi Kubera Pooja with 1008 lamps, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

Diwali Lakshmi Kubera Pooja with 1008 lamps, Fremont, CA, USA  - Pictures

Diwali Lakshmi Kubera Pooja with 1008 lamps, Fremont, CA, USA – Pictures

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India,Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Diwali was first celebrated in the White House in 2003 and was given official status by the US Congress in 2007 by former president George W. Bush. Barack Obama became the first president to personally attend Diwali at the White House in 2009. The United States Postal Service issued a Diwali postage stamp on 5 October 2016.

One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

* Hindus across the world celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years after Rama defeated Ravana. To honor the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from Lanka and to illuminate their path, villagers light Diyas to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

* For some, Diwali also celebrates the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of -Agyatavas- in Mahabharata.

* Deepavali is linked to the celebration of Lakshmi, who is venerated amongst Hindus as the goddess of wealth and prosperity and is the wife of Lord Vishnu. The 5-day festival of Diwali begins on the day Goddess Lakshmi was born from the churning of cosmic ocean of milk by the Devas (gods) and the Asuras (demons); while the night of Diwali is the day Lakshmi chose Vishnu as her husband and they were married. Along with Lakshmi, devotees make offerings to Ganesha, who symbolizes ethical beginnings and fearless remover of obstacles; Saraswati, who embodies music, literature and learning and Kubera, who symbolizes book-keeping, treasury and wealth management.

* Other Hindus believe that Diwali is the day Vishnu came back to Lakshmi and their abode in the Vaikuntha; so those who worship Lakshmi receive the benefit of her good mood, and therefore are blessed with mental, physical and material wellbeing during the year ahead.

Date : 10/29/16 7pm to 9pm
Venue : Vedic Dharma Samaj Fremont Hindu Temple, 3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont, CA, 94538.

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Airport Day, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, CA, US

Airport Day, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, CA, USA  - Pictures

Airport Day, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, CA, USA – Pictures

ENTRY AND PARKING IS FREE! Enjoyed aircraft displays with all kinds of different and exciting aircraft to look at with the whole family! Numerous exhibitors and vendors were at Airport Day including a wide variety of San Carlos Flight Centers groups.

Airport Day is also an aviation themed scavenger hunt for the kids, it is a fun and exciting way from them to see everything the day has to offer. Once you build up an appetite from all that scavenger hunting you can choose from a wide variety of food trucks that will be on location! To top everything off there will be a drone zone, helicopter rides and free airplane rides for children! What better way to spend an Airport Day than in the sky viewing the beautiful Bay Area from above!

San Carlos Flight Center booths

FlyOutGroup (FOG)
Fly Like a Girl (FLAG)
Student and New Pilot Support Group
The Collective
Youth Aviators Weekend (YAW)

Stopped by the San Carlos Airport for 4th Annual Airport Day. Enjoyed aircraft displays, exhibitors and vendors, drone zone, food trucks, helicopter rides and free airplane rides for children.

San Carlos Airport – San Mateo County Airports, 620 Airport Way, San Carlos, California 94070.

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Dusherra Celebrations(Ram Leela and Ravan dahan) at BAYVP, Milpitas, CA, USA – Pictures

Dusherra Celebrations(Ram Leela and Ravan dahan) at BAYVP, Milpitas, CA, USA  - Pictures

Dusherra Celebrations(Ram Leela and Ravan dahan) at BAYVP, Milpitas, CA, USA – Pictures

All devotees are invited to celebrate Dusshera celebrations with Ram Leela dances, Ram Leela Act in English (Specially for Kids) by Braj Theatre, Ravan Dahan, food and lots of fun.

Come Savor the very popular Fafda-Jalebi-Chutney Ujjani.

Sunday, 9th October, 2016, 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar(Bayvp) Shreemaya Krishnadham, 25 Corning Ave, Milpitas, California 95035.

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Bay Area Durga Utsav(Saradotsav – San Jose, Santa Clara and Fremont), San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

Bay Area Durga Utsav(Saradotsav - San Jose, Santa Clara and Fremont), San Jose, CA, USA  - Pictures

Bay Area Durga Utsav(Saradotsav – San Jose, Santa Clara and Fremont), San Jose, CA, USA – Pictures

Pashchimi Durga Puja 2016.
Oct 7 – 11, 6pm to 10pm.
Unify Event Center, 765 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95122.
This year, Pashchimi is thrilled to have Anupam Roy and his band, EXCLUSIVE in the bay area – do not miss the event!

BayArea Prabasi – Sharodotsav 2016.
Oct 7 to Oct 9.
Santa clara county fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose, CA 95111.
3 days of puja, exquisite decorations, food, cultural programs.
Keka Ghosal, Kushal Paul, Joy Sarkar.

Bay Area Durga Utsav Santa Clara.
October 7 – October 10 – 5 PM to 8 PM.
Banquet Hall 5155 Stars and Stripes Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054.
4 days of Puja, Food, Prasad, Cultural Program. WomenNow TV is geared up for yet another spectacular Durga Puja 2016.

Durga Puja in Fremont – Saradotsav 2016.
Fremont Hindu Temple, 3676 Delaware Dr, Fremont, California 94538.
October 6 – October 10 – 7 PM to 10 PM.
FOG (Festival Of Globe) brings Fremonts only Durga Puja. Starting from Thursday ( Sashti) following exact India timing. Most Authentic and Auspiscious.

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