Prizm News / November 26, 2018 / By Prizm News

From vigils to Zumba, events and gatherings are planned for the 30th annual observance.


By Prizm News

World AIDS Day will be marked across Ohio this week with vigils, discussions, fundraising events, testing a Zumba-thon and more.

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Dec. 1 marks the 30th observance of World AIDS Day, when people around the world honor those who’ve died and recommit to fighting the disease.


World AIDS Day at Cocktails: Join CANAPI at Cocktails 2.0 for an evening of entertainment, drinks and remembrance for World AIDS Day. Bring friends to celebrate those living with HIV and to remember those we’ve lost. Free entry and complimentary appetizers. Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Cocktails-Akron, 33 W. Mapledale Drive, Akron, 44301.


World AIDS Day Observance: The Ross County AIDS Task Force, which supports and serves those living with HIV in Central and Southern Ohio, hosts this gathering and observance. Saturday, Dec. 1 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Pump House Center for the Arts, 1 Enderlin Circle Chillicothe, 45601.


World AIDS Day Zumbathon: Join The Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., along with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and featured guest instructor Patrice Matthews. All proceeds go to Caracole Inc., an HIV testing and educational center as we observe World AIDS Day. Please bring a toilet paper, toothpaste, or monetary donation in order to participate. Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-noon at Bush Recreation Center, 2640 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati, 45206.

World AIDS Day Commemoration at the Library: Commemorate the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day in the Main Library Huenefeld Tower Room. There will be informational resources available from the following organizations: Caracole, Planned ParenthoodHamilton County Public Health, Central Community Health Board, Women Helping WomenLighthouse Youth & Family Services , GLSEN, UC PrEP and The Early Intervention Program. There will also be a panel discussion on the impact of HIV and AIDS on Cincinnati and the surrounding area. No registration required. Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Main Library), 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, 45202.

ACT UP: Party With a Purpose: Caracole’s fundraising event is a tribute to the important advocacy group from the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The theme is a reminder that we are not only coming together to party, but to party with purpose. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, 45202.

World AIDS Day Service: Join people of faith as we remember all those who have died from AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses and empower each other to continue the fight to see the end of AIDS in our lifetimes. The guest speaker will be The Reverend Damon Lynch Jr., pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, a University Hospital board member and founding member of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center board. Light Refreshments will follow the service. Saturday, Dec. 1 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, 65 E. Hollister St., Cincinnati, 45219.

World AIDS Day Community Conversation: This community conversation will reflect on what it means to commemorate the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Whether you have been affected personally or have experienced the disease through others, share what the 30th anniversary means to you. Every voice matters in a safe and respectful environment. Share your stories and experiences, and learn from others. Sunday, Dec. 2 from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. at at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (Main Library), 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, 45202.


World AIDS Day 2018 Community Forum: Join Case Western Reserve University’s AIDS Clinical Trials Unit for its annual World AIDS Day community education forum. Refreshments, community village, HIV research updates, dinner and raffle baskets. All are welcome. Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, 44106.


Day With(out) Art Film Screening: The Columbus Museum of Art invites you to a free film screening of “Alternate Endings, Activist Rising” to mark the annual Day With(out) Art, organized by Visual AIDS in observation of World AIDS Day. Highlighting the impact of art in HIV/AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives, the program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nationwide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis. Community partners will introduce the films and to give voice to those impacted by the ongoing epidemic. Tickets are free, but please register in advance. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43215.

World AIDS Day Fundraiser for Equitas Health: Join Club Columbus for food, refreshments, special guests, ticketholder giveaways, silent auction items and a 50/50 raffle, all benefitting Equitas Health. Club Columbus will match each dollar donated. Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Club Columbus, 795 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, 43212.

Film Screening: “1985”: Join Equitas Health for a screening of “1985” on World AIDS Day to kick off the beginning of AIDS Walk Ohio registrations. The film showing begins at 5 PM and is free to the first 90 people to RSVP. Stay after the film for a brief conversation of what is new this year for AIDS Walk Ohio and a reception at the bar upstairs. Your RSVP includes admission to the film, validated parking, popcorn (inside the theater) and one drink ticket. The film is about a closeted advertising executive who returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Shot on black-and-white super 16mm film, “1985” takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family. Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus, 43201.


Know Your Status: World AIDS Day 2018: The Dayton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presents Know Your Status: World AIDS Day 2018. There will be free testing and a panel presentation facilitated by the International Awareness and Involvement Committee. This event is free to the community. Light refreshments will be served. Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St., Dayton, 45417.


A Conversation With Jesse Milan: Jesse Milan Jr., president and CEO of AIDS United, will present a talk titled “You Are the Keeper of the HIV Movement.” Milan, who has lived with HIV for over 35 years, has 30 years experience in executive roles in the private and global health sectors. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and co-chaired the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment. Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Oberlin College’s Finney Chapel90 N. Professor St., Oberlin, 44074.

Art and AIDS on 8mm: Early Films by Luther PriceA panoply of early super-8mm films by influential queer artist Luther Price. This program features work made amidst the AIDS crisis and showcases Price’s interest in bodily decay, obsolescence, melodrama and abstracted narrative forms. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at Clarence Ward ’37 Art Building, Classroom 103, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, 44074.


HIV/AIDS Discussion: The PEOPLE Club, in partnership with The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Ryan White Program, will host a discussion about HIV and AIDS. Featured speakers will include Dan Barbee, chief executive officer of UTMC, and Dr. Joan Duggan, associate dean of faculty affairs in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and director of UTMC’s Ryan White Program. There also will be a panel discussion with three clients of UTMC’s Ryan White Program who are living with HIV, as well as free HIV testing. Friday, Nov. 30 from noon-1 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1000B, UT Health Science Campus, 3000 Arlington Ave., Toledo, 43614.


Free World AIDS Day Dinner & Vigil: Everyone is welcome to take part in a free community dinner and candlelight vigil in honor of World AIDS Day. Free, confidential, HIV testing will be available throughout the event. The vigil starts at 5 p.m., and the dinner will begin at 6 at the The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, 44505.

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.