World AIDS Day is the national day when the world pauses to remember those lost to this terrible disease and for a look toward the future. This year is the 30th Anniversary of the disease. There are events happening all over South Florida, including the 4th Annual World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk 2011 in Wilton Manors. This event is to remember all the friends and family that we have lost to HIV/AIDS and a Rally to look toward the future. Leading this year’s candlelight walk which begins at Hagan Park will be Margret Cho, the hilarious stand-up comedian.  Come join the whole community on Dec. 1 for this wonderful evening in Wilton Manors.


In Palm Beach County Compass is holding several events in honor of World AIDS Day. Here’s a list:

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Showing of the film The Ryan White Story.
Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Largest section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Display in south Florida will be open for the public to view this day through Saturday evening. A Wellness Empowerment Series luncheon will be hosted in the Bistro Cafe.
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.: Opening Quilt Ceremonies including candle light vigil, new panel induction ceremony, calling of the names and Voices of Pride performance
Friday, Dec. 2: HOPE Youth Program youth and mentors will discuss and share their thoughts on The Ryan White Story.
Saturday, Dec. 3: Compass opens at 3 p.m. and an interfaith service and closing ceremonies will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.