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North Carolina


HIV Testing
Dec. 1, 5-8:30 p.m.
LGBTQ Center of Durham
114 Hunt St., Durham, N.C.
In honor of Worlds AIDS Day, the LGBTQ Center of Durham will provide free HIV testing at its facility.

Annual Red Ribbon Social
Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Fifteen Raleigh
317 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, N.C.
The Crape Myrtle Festival will host its Annual Red Ribbon Social in support of those living with HIV and in remembrance of those who have been lost. Light appetizers, cash bar and DJ Jermainia will be on hand. Admission is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted at the door.

First Annual Carb-Up Dinner
Dec. 5, 5 p.m.
In support of the Winter Walk for AIDS in Greensboro, N.C. For those who register by Nov. 20, an invitation will be extended. Suggested minimum contribution for walkers is $5. Other walk details below.

Winter Walk for AIDS & Ron Johnson 5K Run
Dec. 6, 12 p.m.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1400 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, N.C.
Triad Health Project hosts its Winter Walk and the 5K Run to raise funds and awareness to benefit its client services and prevention programs. Registration is available online for the 5K. Onsite HIV/STI testing will be available at the Elliot University Center.


The Voices Project
Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theatre
430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, N.C.
An evening of storytelling from influential members of the community, whose family or friends died as a result of HIV/AIDS. Includes Matt Harris, The Matt & Ramona Show radio personality; Rev. Jolin Wilks McElroy, First Christian Church; Dr. Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg County Health Department director; Judith Barriga, Latina community liaison; Nolimit Larry, WPEG radio personality; and Darrin K. Johnson, The Online Safe Space Initiative project director at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. More storytellers may be added up until the event. Contributions during the evening go to benefit the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. Pre-show reception starts at 6 p.m. with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

25th Anniversary Open House and Partner Appreciation
Dec. 1, 4 p.m.
Carolinas Care Partnership
5855 Executive Center Dr., Suite 101, Charlotte, N.C.
Silver anniversary celebration honoring partners and friends of Carolinas CARE Partnership. Refreshments will be served. RSVP requested and donations welcomed. Email to learn more.

Dec. 1, 5:45 p.m.
House of Mercy
304 McAuley Cir., Belmont, N.C.
The House of Mercy will hold a brief remembrance and honor residents from 1991-2015, as well as those living with HIV/AIDS and allies who support them. Residence tour follows. Contributions are welcomed.

Film Screenings, Panel Discussion
Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Winthrop University
DiGiorgio Center, Dina’s Place
701 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C.
Wellness Services, Affinity Health Center (formerly Catawba Care), the Center for Career and Civic Engagement, Winthrop University NAACP College Chapter #5957, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Xi Beta Chapter of Winthrop University and the Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter) will team up to honor World AIDS Day by screening portions of the “We Are Empowered,” “Speak Out,” and “Change Begins with Me” videos. The first two videos are a production of the Greater Than AIDS campaign. “We Are Empowered” features recording artist Alicia Keys in conversation with five inspiring women living with HIV. This event will open with information about World AIDS Day. A facilitated dialogue with a panel to discuss the devastating impact of HIV in the U.S./S.C. and information about the local HIV epidemic and community resources, will be included.

Stronger Together Luncheon
Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.
Omni Charlotte Hotel
132 E. Trade St., Charlotte, N.C.
Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) brings community members together for socializing, along with a luncheon and awards. Tickets required. Call Jim Weiner at 704-973-9819 to check on availability.

Red Pump Project
Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Center City Campus
320 E. 9th St., Charlotte, N.C.
The Red Pump Project hosts its 7th annual Red Pump Red Tie Affair, raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS among women. Enjoy a cocktail reception, runway show and awards ceremony. Tickets are $40-$50. VIP admission is $75.


NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
Nov. 23-Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Renaissance Hotel
31 Woodfin St., Asheville, N.C.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project will host an exhibit of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt consisting of 160 panels (total number of panels as of press time is 48,000) commemorating those who lost their battle with HIV/AIDS. Panels come from every corner of the globe. Some are done in memory of teen activist Ryan White, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Native American Marty Prairie. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the Quilts. Age-appropriate HIV education and personalized tours available through the WNCAP office.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel, Ballroom
31 Woodfin St., Asheville, N.C.
Western North Carolina AIDS Project will screen the documentary film, “deepsouth,” which depicts the neglected crisis of HIV/AIDS in the rural South. Afterward a panel discussion will ensue with topics such as those seen in the film and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Asheville and across the state.
Also, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will close out its exhibit at 7 p.m. at the hotel.

Remembrance & Volunteer Awards Ceremony
Dec. 1, 6 p.m.
Conover Station
403 Conover Station S.E., Conover, N.C.
ALFA and the community takes time to remember those lost to AIDS and those still fighting during the event, plus recognize outstanding volunteers.

South Carolina


An Affair to Remember with Avery Sunshine
Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
701 Whaley
701 Whaley St., Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council will welcome singer/pianist Avery Sunshine to the Palmetto State. Tickets are available online and are $65/general and $125/VIP inclusive of open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.