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World AIDS Day is TODAY - Events in San Francisco / Oakland / Marin

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  • Craig Wenzl
    From: CityCraig Date: Dec 1, 2007 9:17 AM Subject: WORLD AIDS DAY - events in San Francisco / Oakland / Marin Body: Here in the Bay Area there
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      From:  CityCraig
      Date:Dec 1, 2007 9:17 AM
      Subject:WORLD AIDS DAY - events in San Francisco / Oakland / Marin
      Body:Here in the Bay Area there are a lot of events going on today. I've edited out things that have already happened...

      The National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park will hold its 14th annual observance, with the theme "Many Faces of AIDS" December 1 from noon to 2 p.m. The event will honor Ruth Brinker, founder of Project Open Hand, the country's first food service organization for people living with AIDS, with its HIV/AIDS Service Award.

      The celebration will feature keynote speaker Charles King, president of New York's Housing Works, the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States that provides a full range of services to PWAs. The Reverend Maureene Bass of Unity Church of San Francisco will lead a guided meditation of hope, renewal, and remembrance, and pianist Naomi Sanchez will accompany vocalist Shannon Day.

      Wells Fargo will be presented with the Donor Appreciation Award for its decision in the early days of the epidemic to provide funding to a number of AIDS causes. It has helped fund the grove's World AIDS Day observances.

      The grove was created by a group of San Franciscans devastated by feelings of loss, searching for a place to remember friends and family lost to AIDS. The nearly all-volunteer constructed, landscaped, and maintained grove was designated a national memorial in 1996.

      The grove is located in the eastern end of Golden Gate Park at the intersection of Bowling Green and Middle Drive East, across from the tennis courts.

      For more information, visit www.aidsmemorial.org.

      Marin AIDS Project

      The Marin AIDS Project will host a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt through December 1 at locations around Marin County.

      The observance will end December 1 with a ceremony to honor local leaders at the Town Center Mall in Corte Madera, from noon to 3 p.m. Sections of the quilt will be on display during the ceremony.

      Cleve Jones created the AIDS quilt in 1987 with a single 3-foot by 6-foot panel as a memorial to his friend Marvin Feldman. In recent years, Jones has been embroiled in a dispute with the Names Project, which oversees the quilt, and he attempted to establish a separate entity in San Francisco that would maintain some of the panels. That effort, however, to date has not materialized. Today the quilt is composed of 47,000 individual panels, each one commemorating someone who has died of AIDS.

      For more information, visit www.aidsquilt.org. For information about the Marin AIDS Project, visit www.marinaidsproject.org.

      Beaded art sale

      Vital Life Services, which serves PWAs in the East Bay, has partnered with Monkeybiz for a one-day sale of handcrafted beaded South African art. Items range from intricate tree ornaments to whimsical animals and dolls that stand three feet tall.

      Vital Life has been providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS the East Bay for 20 years.

      Monkeybiz, is a Cape Town, South Africa-based economic empowerment project for disadvantaged women. The nonprofit works with more than 450 township women, providing glass beads for them to create their designs. The individually made artwork creates income for the women to care for their families.

      The sale will be held at Vital Life, at 5720 Shattuck Avenue at 57th Street in Oakland, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Proceeds will benefit Vital Life and Monkeybiz. For more information, visit www.vitalcalifornia.org or call Peggy Bush, Vital Life executive director at (510) 325-1493.

      SF art exhibit

      The San Francisco LGBT Community Center, in partnership with the Queer Cultural Center, will host a building-wide art exhibition and event commemorating World AIDS Day.

      On display will be local artist Rudy Lemcke's solo exhibit "Picturing AIDS: 1986-1996," a survey of more than 100 pieces of work created during the height of the AIDS epidemic.

      The exhibit also features a premiere of Lemcke's new video, "Where the Buffalo Roam," and a live performance, "(UN)Touchability: HIV and the Queer Community," by Brent Armendinger, Justin Chin, Lemcke, and Kirk Read.

      Lemcke's work has been exhibited nationwide, including the 1991 Whitney Biennial as part of Group Material's AIDS Timeline; the Grey Art Gallery's Media to Metaphor (Art about AIDS) exhibition; and a 1992 World AIDS Day performance at the DeYoung Museum.

      Saturday's live performance begins at 3:30 p.m. with a reception following from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free. The exhibit will be on display through January 15.

      Bike ride

      Members of Positive Pedalers will join in a worldwide simultaneous 27-mile bike ride hosted by Until There's A Cure Cycling Team.

      Each mile of the ride represents one year of the epidemic. This year's ride is in honor of Caleb Glover, an HIV-positive boy who made national news when he was denied access to Alabama's Wales West RV Resort swimming pool in July.

      Locally, cyclists will ride from San Francisco to Mill Valley and back. Other cities participating in the event include: Los Angeles, Portland, Tucson, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Montreal, London, and Sydney.

      Positive Pedalers is a group made up of people living with HIV/AIDS who are committed to eliminating the stigma of disease through positive public example. Most of its members live in California. Funds raised will benefit AIDS/LifeCycle and other rides. For more information, visit www.pospeds.org.

      Until There's A Cure is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds for vaccine development, care services, and youth education. For more information, visit www.until.org.

      Riders will gather at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan Street, in Golden Gate Park on December 1 at 7:15 a.m. and will leave at 8.

      Wellness fair

      The San Francisco Department of Public Health's HIV Prevention Section will host a Health, Wellness, and Prevention Fair as one of the city's events to commemorate World AIDS Day.

      The fair is to promote HIV prevention through overall health and wellness. Community members will be able to access a variety of health and prevention services, including HIV testing, STD screening, hepatitis A and B vaccination, flu shots, massage, acupuncture, and other wellness promoting interventions. Representatives from San Francisco's health care community will be on hand to meet people and provide them with information, including assistance to accessing city programs and services.

      The fair will be at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th Street, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      For more information, contact Doug Sebesta at (415) 554-9031 or douglas.sebesta@....

      Humboldt County summit

      The Humboldt County AIDS Task Force, in partnership with 11 local agencies and organizations, will sponsor a two-day HIV/AIDS summit that will feature music, education, panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and a candlelight vigil.

      The music will continue Saturday, December 1 with Earl Thomas and the True Gospel Singers performance and the exhibit of quilt panels. A candlelight vigil down F Street to Old Town will follow immediately after the concert.

      Live chat

      The International Women's Media Foundation's Maisha Yetu project will host a live chat with African media leaders and experts discussing the role of media in the fight against HIV/AIDS and mapping out strategies to help journalists ensure that media outlets highlight AIDS and related issues in their coverage.

      Panelists include: Dr. Poloko Kebaabetswe, clinical research scientist, Botswana; Mary Odhiambo, National Women's Organization, Kenya; Sheila Tlou, minister of health, Botswana; members of the Parliament's HIV/AIDS Committee, Botswana; and representatives of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization, a non-governmental organization that deals with women's rights and gender equality, Kenya. The discussion will be moderated by Otula Owuor, Maisha Yetu trainer for Kenya and Beata Kasale, Maisha Yetu trainer for Botswana.

      The International Women's Media Foundation is a global network of more than 130 countries dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media as a means to further freedom of the press.

      The live chat will be held December 3 from 5 to 7 a.m. Pacific standard time. To join the chat, visit http://iwmf.chatspace.com. (Web site is not accessible prior to the chat.)

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