Thursday, December 01, 2005

World AIDS Day around Texas

The 8th Annual Interfaith Service of Remembrance & Hope will take place Thursday, December 1 at 7pm at the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition. All are invited to this service. For more information, please contact Roger Temme, Interfaith Care Alliance, at 512-459-5883 or

The South Texas Interfaith Council will sponsor its annual World AIDS Day Interfaith Service on Thursday, December 1 at 7pm. The service will take place at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3151 Reid Dr., in Corpus Christi. A reception will follow the service. Each year the service is hosted by a different faith community, emphasizing the fact that all denominations and religions have been affected by this pandemic. The service provides a unique opportunity for the public to offer support for those who are living with HIV as well as family, friends, care givers and health care professionals who assist them. For more information, please contact Sandi Santana or Ann Rogers at

AIDS Arms, The Resource Center, Legacy Counseling, AIDS Interfaith Network, and Dallas Legal Hospice in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will host a leadership luncheon entitled "Crisis on Crisis: The Impact of HIV/AIDS" on Thursday, December 1 at 11:30am. Community leaders throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex will hear critical updates on the AIDS epidemic and its impact on the quality of life and economic status of North Texas. For more information, contact AIDS Arms at 214-521-5191.

AIDS Arms will recognize World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm at Urban Market, located at 1500 Jackson Street in Dallas. Information about the local and global HIV/AIDS epidemics will be provided, along with food, drink, and entertainment. For more information, contact AIDS Arms at 214-521-5191.

Skillful Living Center will present the Fall Teen Summit 2005 for approximately 800 high school teens. The event will be held Thursday, December 1 from 9:30am to 2:30 pm at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, 1808 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., in Dallas. The theme is "Empowering the Hip Hop Generation with Healthy Sexuality and Relationship Skills." The audience is comprised of the students that have attended the Sexual Abstinence & Relationship Education Program. There will be video clips, special presentations from students, media presentations, food, fun, prizes, speakers, and entertainment. Please contact Mary Tavares at 214-330-8468 for more information.

The Tarrant County Public Health Department's Adult Health Services unit will display a panel of the Quilt in the lobby of the health department at 1101 S. Main in Fort Worth. Literature and red ribbons will be available for the public. Free testing for HIV and syphilis will be offered December 1-2 at the Adult Health Services clinic. For more information, please contact Elaine Allen at 817-321-4862 or

The University of Texas Medical Branch's AIDS Clinical Trials Unit will host an open house to unveil its Wall of Remembrance on Thursday, December 1 from 12-2pm at 707 Tremont in Galveston. Lunch will be served. Please call 409-763-2437 for more information.

The Harris County Hospital District's Thomas Street Health Center and Houston Health and Human Services will be hosting a Celebration of Remembrance. This World AIDS Day event will consist of an hour of remembrance with commemorative speeches from PWAs, health care professionals, and city/county officials. The ceremony will conclude with the traditional Remembrance Tree, where community members are asked to place ornaments on a 12-foot Christmas tree. The ornaments are in honor of those who have passed away this year due to AIDS. Following the Celebration of Remembrance, Thomas Street Health Center will host an open house and information fair. This will be a collaborative effort with agencies from the City of Houston. Many HIV/AIDS agencies will display information about their agency and their services. The community will be able to talk and network with these agencies for further assistance and understanding. The event will be held from 11am to 2pm at 2015 Thomas Street in Houston. For further information, please contact Jeff Benavides at 713-873-4026.

The Montrose Counseling Center (MCC) in Houston is commemorating World AIDS Day 2005 with the following events:

Red Ribbon Chain of Remembrance:
The Red Ribbon Chain of Remembrance is a colorful art project to honor those affected/infected with HIV/AIDS. Each link of the chain will be decorated in memory of a loved one or friend with a display of words encouragement, artwork, or a commemoration of a special moment or memory in time. Strips of red and white paper will be available for anyone who is inspired to add a link to the chain, which will be on display in the lobby of MCC during the week of World AIDS Day. The community at large is encouraged to participate in this simple, yet powerful, project.

Candlelight Observance:
On Thursday, December 1, MCC will hold a candlelight observance at 6 p.m. in the MCC parking lot at 701 Richmond Av. (two blocks east of Montrose Blvd). Candles will be provided. The observance will be marked with words of encouragement and hope, about what we are dealing with in terms of the epidemic, and honoring those lives that have been touched by HIV/AIDS. A moment of silence will be held in remembrance of those who have passed. This observance is free and open to the public.

Free Anonymous HIV Testing:
MCC will provide free and anonymous Ora-quick HIV testing, as well as HIV/AIDS education and awareness on Wednesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1. A booth will be set up at Kroger, 3300 Montrose Blvd. on those days from noon to 5pm. Testing will be on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about these events, please contact Sally A. Huffer at 713-529-0037, ext. 324.

Planned Parenthood Association of Lubbock, Inc. and Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) will host a World AIDS Day Memorial Service from 7 to 9pm at the MCC, located at 4501 University Av. After the service, attendees will be invited into Palmer Hall to view six AIDS quilt panels on display. For more information, contact Tony R. Thornton at, or MCC at 806-792-5562.

The Community Coalition for AIDS Education will host the 13th Annual World AIDS Day Seminar on Thursday, December 1 from 8:30-11:30am at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center, 601 N. Second St., Lufkin. This event is for all high school students in local and surrounding counties. In addition, the Coalition, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Lufkin Health Center, will offer free and confidential HIV testing at two locations:

Planned Parenthood Lufkin Health Center 1404 Frank St., Lufkin, 936-634-8446 8:30am-4pm

The Pitser Garrison Civic Center 601 N. Second St., Lufkin 1-4:30pm

Test Results will be available in approximately 20 minutes. For more information, contact Bonnie Lee at 936-634-8446, ext. 223.

In the Permian Basin, DSHS Public Health Region 9/10, the Permian Basin Counseling Center and the Ector County Health Department are coordinating the following World AIDS Day activities with several community agencies:

o A memorial at the University of the Permian Basin at 12pm, releasing of hundreds of balloons in the sky at the end of the memorial;
o An HIV forum from 1-2pm for university students and the public who wish to learn or have questions about HIV;
o HIV/AIDS awareness ribbons will be passed out throughout the community;
o Community churches are being asked to ring their church bells at 12 noon in remembrance of those millions that have passed away; and
o Public service announcements and media coverage.

Contact Anita Montanez, DSHS Region 9/10, at 432-571-4143 for more information about these events.

Special Health Resources for Texas (SHRT) in Texarkana will host a World AIDS Day remembrance ceremony on Thursday, December 1 at 803 Spruce St. During November, SHRT placed poster boards on the walls of its clinic for anyone to write or draw on. These posters will be on display at the ceremony. For more information, please contact Joey Pack or Annette Martin at 903-792-5924.


Bryan H said...

Houston has organized a committee for World AIDS Day. Please visit our website for a complete list of this year's events.

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