World AIDS Day events

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Nov. 21
No Pants No Problem
Studio 1212
1212 E. 10th St., Charlotte
10 p.m.
The concept couldn’t be any simpler: You come, you drop your pants, you dance in your underwear. The event will also feature a number of performances and installations from local artists and activists. The event is an safer-sex/harm-reduction awareness party. The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) will be on hand with condoms and other safer sex goodies. Cover is $5 without pants and $10 with pants. Proceeds benefit RAIN.

Nov. 24
Memorial Quilt
Renaissance Hotel
31 Woodfin St., Asheville
6 p.m.
WNCAP will host the Names Project Foundation and the AIDS Memorial Quilt for a display and opening reception. The foudnation’s Mike Smith will deliver a keynote address, with music provided by classic guitarist James Barr. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily from Nov. 25-Dec. 1.

Dec. 1
A Celebration of Lives
Renaissance Hotel
31 Woodfin St., Asheville
7 p.m.
WNCAP hosts “World AIDS Day, A Celebration of Lives” with artist Kat Williams and other musical performances.

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Dec. 1
The Voices Project
Wells Fargo Auditorium
Knight Theater
430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
6-8:30 p.m.
In celebration of World AIDS Day, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) and Mecklenburg County Health Department present this special evening of story-sharing, bringing voice to those living with HIV and remembering those who have passed. Storytellers include Power 98’s No Limit Larry, WCCB’s Morgan Fogarty, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s the Rev. Ollie Rencher and others. Open to the public, free. Donations accepted. Doors open at 6 p.m. for pre-show reception.
thevoicesprojectclt.org

Dec. 1
Balloon Release
St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church
1600 Norris Ave., Charlotte
3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Mecklenburg County HIV/AIDS Council a balloon release, guests speakers and a public affirmation of the importance of World AIDS Day.

Dec. 2
‘The Last One’
Conover Station
409 4th St. SE, Conover
6-8 p.m.
AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) hosts the production, “The Last One,” by Gastonia’s James Kellogg. A reading of names of individuals lost to HIV/AIDS will also be held. Dinner is provided at no charge. Attendees are encourages to wear red. The evening will end in a candlelight vigil. Please contact Annie Earle at 828-322-1447, ext. 223, for more information or to RSVP.

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Dec. 2
Delta Sigma Theta
Cone Center, McKnight Hall
UNC-Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte
6:30 p.m.
In partnership with RAIN and The Red Pump Project, this World AIDS Day event will have Kareem Strong and Dr. Diana Rowan as guest speakers, entertainment by Jimmeka Anderson and The Voices of Eden Gospel Choir of UNC Charlotte, and free testing provided by Carolinas CARE Partnership. This event is free and open to the public.

Dec. 4
Stronger Together
Charlotte Marriott City Center
100 W. Trade St., Charlotte
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) hosts its “Stronger Together” luncheon raising awareness of and funds for the group’s continued work fighting HIV/AIDS. The Ribbon of Love Leadership Award will be presented to Lesa Kastanas and Walter Kearns. $35.
carolinarain.org

Dec. 6
Red Pump/Red Tie Affair
Hart Witzen Gallery
136 E. 36th St., Charlotte
7-10 p.m.
Red Pump Charlotte hosts its annual “party with a purpose” commemorating World AIDS Day. The group will also present its annual Red Pump Award to the Rev. Debbie Warren of the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN). The Red Pump Project works to raise awareness on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. It’s signature annual event “effectively couples fashion and philanthropy while serving to bring awareness and education about the impact of HIV/AIDS to the forefront in the Greater Charlotte community and beyond.”

Dec. 7
Winter Walk for AIDS
UNC-Greensboro
1400 Spring Garden St., Greensboro
Triad Health Project hosts their 23rd annual Winter Walk for AIDS and the inaugural Ron Johnson 5K Run on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Free onsite testing begins at 12:30 p.m., registration opens at 1 p.m., opening remakrs at 2 p.m. and the race and walk beginning at 2:10 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
To register or for more information, visit triadhealthproject.com/events/winterwalk.php.

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