WORLD AIDS DAY: Events Held Around The State
Events are being held today throughout the state as part of World AIDS Day. Listed below is a schedule of events.
- San Francisco: An event will be held at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor activist Irene Smith with the First Annual Grove Award for HIV/AIDS Community Service. The event also features author Armistead Maupin and actress Judith Light. A candlelight vigil will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Luggage Store Annex, 1000 Market St. Elsewhere, six "teenage AIDS ambassadors will promote AIDS awareness among young people at 10 a.m. at the Community Meeting Room, Main Library" (Pimentel, San Francisco Chronicle, 12/1).
- Los Angeles: To commemorate the day, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is announcing the impact of AIDS locally and providing information on the county's 70-80 World AIDS Day events being held to educate young people about HIV prevention and treatment. The agency is encouraging young people to get tested and return for their results.
- San Diego: A Tree of Life will be lighted in a ceremony at 6 p.m., and an accompanying presentation will feature San Diego Council members Christine Kehoe and Barbara Warden. Panels of the NAMES Project quilt will be displayed at a number of locations throughout the city. Mayor Susan Golding (R) has declared Dec. 1-6 "Ordinary Miracles Week." Ordinary Miracles, a nonprofit organizations, hopes to raise $50,000 to benefit AIDS groups by encouraging restaurants, hairstylists and other businesses to donate a portion of their profits for one day.
- Claremont: A panel discussion on the current status of AIDS treatment, sponsored by the Foothill AIDS Project and Claremont College, begins at 4 p.m. A candlelight walk begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service and a fundraiser.
- Oakland: Kaiser Permenente announced today that it will launch a community outreach program for East Bay residents with HIV/AIDS (release, 12/1).
- Sacramento: Mayor Joe Serna Jr. (D) and AIDS activists will speak about AIDS on the steps of the Capitol, followed by a candlelight march to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K streets (Hubert, Sacramento Bee, 12/1).