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Paying respects to those who have been lost to HIV/AIDS is one way to honor their memories. In the Carolinas, a number of agencies and organizations have arranged for this to be done in a number of ways, be it a vigil, luncheon, exhibition or others. See the list below for an event or a way to show homage for individuals whose flame burnt out too soon.

North Carolina

The AIDS Memorial Quilt
Loss, Life & Love
Nov. 26-Dec. 1
Asheville Masonic Temple
80 Broadway St., Asheville
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project and the Asheville Masonic Temple present portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt the week leading up to World AIDS Day. Free and open to the public.

RAIN World Aids Day Luncheon
Nov. 29
Embassy Suites
401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte
Doors open 11:30 a.m.; luncheon 12-1 p.m.
RAIN hosts a luncheon and awards ceremony. For tickets and information, including details on hosting a table, contact Joyce Brooks at 704-973-9819.

World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil
Nov. 30
Freedom Fountain Monument, Jacksonville
Corner of New Bridge St. and Johnson Blvd.
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day by participating in the 4th Annual Candlelight Vigil. This event is hosted by the Jacksonville (NC) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

World AIDS Day Art Walk
Dec. 1
El Centro Hispano, Inc.
2000 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 26A, Durham
12-5 p.m.
El Centro Hispano exhibits reactionary works of art as the community works together to end HIV/AIDS. Appetizers will be served and an open mic for the community to express their thoughts will be available.

World AIDS Day 2018 Red Ribbon Bruch
Dec. 1
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
2929 Princess Place Dr., Wilmington
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Red Ribbon Brunch, hosted by SEEDS of Healing, Inc., unites the community to include those affected by HIV, faith-based organizations, clinical services and social agencies with the shared concern and commitment to eliminate HIV. Attendees are asked to wear a red-bound or tied accessory such as a ribbon, tie,- scarf. Keynote address will be given by Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe. Commentaries from local leaders, live entertainment with music, spiritual expression by Ministry in Motion of New Beginnings Christian Church and a delicious brunch will be available. Attire is dressy casual.

Live DJ Yoga to Benefit NC AIDS Action Network
Dec. 1
Franklin Street Yoga Center
431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
4:15-5:30 p.m.
A special class is being held on World AIDS Day, and donations will be accepted for the North Carolina AIDS Action Network. DJ fifi hi-fi and Lori partner with a curated playlist and yoga sequence for participants.

World AIDS Day Reception
Dec. 4
House of Mercy
100 McAuley Cir., Belmont
5:30-6:30 p.m.
World AIDS Day celebration at the House of Mercy with appetizers and a tour of the residence. Mingle with residents, staff and board and view the new House of Mercy video.

AIDS Leadership Foothill Area Alliance
Winter Gala
Dec. 9
Café Rule
242 11th Ave. NE, Hickory
6-10 p.m.
This 21th annual formal event with funds raised to benefit ALFA, a United Way agency serving nine counties in the Appalachian mountains and rural northwestern North Carolina. Details are pending. Tickets are available online at

South Carolina

World AIDS Day Healing and Remembrance Service
Nov. 28
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
502 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., Spartanburg
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Piedmont Care, the World AIDS Day service will use words and music to focus on healing and remembering. Join the community as it remembers those lost to HIV/AIDS, prays for those living with HIV/AIDS and supports all the caregivers. Reception to follow. All are welcome.

“RED” — Play in Commemoration of World AIDS Day
Nov. 29
P. Reynolds Jazz
1212 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
7:30 p.m.
A presentation of “RED” will be held to commemorate World AIDS Day and is hosted by Letitia Bromell. Beverages and food will be available for purchase. Seating is limited. Additional shows on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Coffee Talk for World AIDS Day
Nov. 30
Downtown Deli & Donuts
147 E. Main St., Suite D, Spartanburg
7:30-9 a.m.
Join Piedmont Care for coffee and conversation in support of World AIDS Day. Wear a red ribbon or pick one up. Show support of HIV/AIDS care and prevention programs, those living with HIV/AIDS, in remembrance of those lost to the epidemic, and in support of those working in the field.

Care Innovations Rock The Ribbon World AIDS Day Celebration
Nov. 30
CareSouth Carolina
1268 S. 4th St., Hartsville
12-2 p.m.
Care Innovations World AIDS Day celebration, Rock The Ribbon, includes free health screenings, free refreshments, giveaways, vendors and balloon release.

World AIDS Day Reception, Art Show & Sale
Dec. 1
Indigo Flow and Art Studio
1272 Pendleton St., Greenville
4-7 p.m.
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine as artists showcase original art inspired by HIV/AIDS presented by AID Upstate, Avita Pharmacy and Bon Secours. Proceeds from all art sales benefit AID Upstate. Admission is free. Contributions accepted.

World AIDS Day at Winthrop
Dec. 3
Dina’s Place, Winthrop University
2020 Alumni Dr., 269 DiGiorgio Center, Rock Hill
7 p.m.
Join Affinity Health Center in observance of World AIDS Day. Trey Greene of Transcend Charlotte will moderate a panel discussion on HIV and the transgender community. Two special guests will honor the day with song and spoken word performances. Free admission. Cultural credit given for Winthrop students.

[Ed. Note: qnotes has prepared this comprehensive list of World AIDS Day events for our readers. To that extent, organizations and agencies observances may have been omitted. If readers will email with other listings (must have full name, address, phone number and website), qnotes will be happy to add them to the compilation. List accuracy and integrity are vital. Please report any errors or changes that need to be made.]

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.