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Today marks World AIDS Day, when we remember the lives lost to AIDS while also celebrating the progress we've made in tackling this disease. Check out the ways that community groups are commemorating this day.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


South Florida Observes World AIDS Day Dec. 1

By John Hayden

The AIDS Quilt is far too big to ever be displayed in its entirety again. Each unique panel is dedicated to a life lost to HIV/AIDS. After 40 years, it would cover more space than any urban space could provide.

As the quilt grows, so does its reach. World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. On that day and Friday, sections will be on display at Hagen Park in Wilton Manors from noon to 5 p.m. The quilt panels started their South Florida tour in Key West at the closing of the SMART Ride on Nov. 18.

Midland Medical, along with local activists Jimmy Cunningham and Steve Margolis worked to offset shipping costs.

“Our city is an amazing and bustling LGBTQ+ community. It’s only fitting that the quilt is represented in Wilton Manors,” Cunningham said.

The quilt is not the only World AIDS Day event in South Florida. CAN Community Health will hold the official opening ceremony on Dec. 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Galleria Mall.

The event will be headlined by the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida (GMCSF) and their artistic director Gabe Salazar. Other guest speakers and performers include Lenora Jaye, Velvet Lenore, and Kal Bul. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis will address the crowd.

Later that day, Broward House is hosting its annual candlelight walk and vigil from Hagen Park to The Pride Center at Equality Park on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. At the center, participants can get free, rapid HIV tests done.


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Weekly Events

TODAY: World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk and Vigil

Honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and step forward for research and prevention at this annual walk and vigil from Hagen Park to The Pride Center, where there will be HIV testing available.

SAT: Santa Paws

Make memories with your pup and take photos with Santa Claus at Colohatchee Dog Park. There are plenty of treats to go around, too! 

SUN: "Holiday Fantasia"

Celebrate the holidays and local artists with the second annual event with performances and art exhibits at Sunshine Cathedral.

MON: "Holiday Pops"

Symphony of the Americas performs nostalgic holiday tunes alongside soprano Kyaunnee Richardson. 

Job Opportunities

Lube and Tire Technician -- Wilton Manors

STAR Quick Lube & Auto Care Center is hiring an experienced lube/tire technician with a proven track record of changing oil, filters, and tires.

ARNP Nurse Practitioner -- Wilton Manors

The Osteopathic Medical Arts Center is hiring a highly skilled, LGBTQ-friendly nurse practitioner who appreciates a fun and progressive work environment. Position starts part time with potential to move to full time as schedule fills.

Friday's Furry Friend

Sawyer has been waiting since July 27 to get adopted. At 2 years old, he still acts like a big puppy with so much fun energy. He loves kids and adults, and he also likes most other doggies too! Sawyer loves to run and play, but is happy to settle for a bubble bath and massages. This fellow walks nicely on leash, too. He is a happy dog with a great demeanor.

It's in the Stars

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Hear the trumpet call: the holidays are here! For many, Thanksgiving marks the start of the inevitable rush toward New Year’s Eve, a period of reckoning as we come back together with family and relatives. The Judgment card asks you to open up to the possibility of reunion and reconnection—even when challenging. Worry not: The Empress signals the potential for a more nurturing atmosphere this year; present yourself with compassion and embrace this time of congregation. We all easily fall into the separateness of the Four of Swords, isolated in our own worlds, but reversed, the card reinforces the need to rejoin your significant others and bask in the promise and celebration of the last days of the year. 

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