Saturday, December 1st marks the 31st annual observance of World AIDS Day. It’s the perfect time to recommit to the fight against HIV, honor those living with the virus, and remember those who have lost their lives. All listed events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 27th

• 7 to 7:30 pm – World AIDS Day City Proclamation Reading, Hagerstown, City Hall, Council Chambers (1 East Franklin Street, Hagerstown). The mayor’s World AIDS Day proclamation will be read at the opening of the city council meeting to let the city know its citizens care about keeping Hagerstown educated and proactive about HIV and AIDS while remembering where we’ve come from. Numbers make a statement so please attend if able. Please stay after the reading for potential photo opportunities. More info at Bit.ly/2zgvBpQ.

Friday, November 30th

• 8:30 to 10:30 am – World AIDS Day Baltimore, hosted by the City Health Department. War Memorial Building (101 North Gay Street, Baltimore). Join the BCHD and their partners for breakfast; a musical performance by Davon Fleming; storytelling; the official launch of the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) campaign; and invited speakers including officials from Baltimore City, the Maryland State Department of Health, and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. RSVP at Bit.ly/2Q3sGud.

• 9:30 am – noon – More Than Three Decades: Inspiring HIV Discoveries Through Basic Science Research, National Library of Medicine – Lister Hill Auditorium (NIH Campus, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda). The event will bring together researchers from across the NIH and other experts in the HIV field to discuss the role basic scientific research plays in developing effective treatment and prevention tools.  Learn how NIH is working to move the world closer to an AIDS-free generation. RSVP requested to Scgcorp.com/worldAIDSday2018/Registration.

• 11 am to 2 pm – Health is the New Wealth, hosted by the African-American Health Program (Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring). Sexual health education and resources in a fun, safe environment. Music, food, and condoms will be in abundance. RSVP at Bit.ly/2QcB0rG. More info at Bit.ly/2Dx5cqn.

• 11 am to 3 pm – World AIDS Day Kick Off at Bowie State, Bowie State University (New Student Center – Ballroom A – 1400 Jericho Park Road, Bowie). “Join a day of awareness, empowerment, and education as we work towards eradicating HIV/AIDS in our communities.” Free onsite confidential HIV testing. RSVP at Bit.ly/2PDlLIN. More info at Bit.ly/2Tp1815.

• 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Baltimore in Conversation Event: World AIDS Day, MICA Gateway Building, the BBOX (1601 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore). “Join a one-of-a-kind immersive storytelling experience with five different couples and five different love stories. You’ll meet lovers who survived HIV/AIDS in the early 80s, or others who have loved against all odds. See the photo exhibition, listen to their stories, and share in the magic of love.” RSVP at: Bit.ly/2Q5FDDz. More info at Bit.ly/2Bgavcz. Contact G. Barrow at 410-396-4448 x208 or genevieve.barrow@baltimorecity.gov.

• 7 to 9 pm – One Mic One Cause: World AIDS Day, Impact Hub Baltimore (10 East North Avenue, Baltimore). Open mic. “All talent is welcomed! Celebrate World AIDS Day with live performances, food, resources, HIV and hep C testing, and more.” RSVP to Bit.ly/2KgfkoO. Contact: Chanta Gore 443-884-7713 or cgore@parkwestmed.org.

• 7 pm to 2 am – Fire and Ice – Free Kiki and Mainstream Ball (Oxford Event Center – 9700 Martin Luther King, Jr., Highway, Lanham).There are two halves to this ball. The first half of the ball (Ice) is for the KiKi scene and the second half (Fire) is for mainstream. Each scene has its own separate cash prizes. (No battling of the scenes.)” Hosted by Mother Daijah Gabbana West and Father Twin Gabbana West. Commentators: DMV Father Kirk Marciano Aga and Legendary Snookie Juicy 007, with DJ Tony (PlayBoy).Sponsored by Heart to Hand. Bit.ly/2QbFMp.

Saturday, December 1st

• 9:30 am – World AIDS Day: Remembering Our History, Providence Baptist Church (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore). Contact Thomasine Baskerville at 410-747-5249 or sisdeac@aol.com.

• 10 am to 2 pm – World AIDS Day: Know Your Status, hosted by the Prince George’s County Health Department (Palmer Park Community Center

7720 Barlowe Road, Landover). Contact Rhonda Wallace at 301-583-3170 or rkwallace@co.pg.md.us.

• 10 am to 2 pm – World AIDS Day Commemoration: Know Your Status, hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Baltimore Alumnae. Delta Community Center (2501 Springhill Avenue, Baltimore). Various health agencies will be present, and free, private, confidential HIV testing is offered. More info at Bacdst.org.

• 4:30 to 7 pm – Ain’t I a Woman? A Conversation About Health for Black Women by Black Women. “This program will feature three dynamic speakers who will discuss the importance of physical, mental, and social health for the black woman. They will provide practical and realistic ways that women can begin taking steps in the direction of total health and well-being.” Hosted by Mary Bowman and  sponsored by Heart to Hand and Busboys and Poets. (5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville). RSVP at Bit.ly/2zidqA2. More info at Bit.ly/2Dx34Pp.

Sunday, December 2nd

• 4 to 6 pm – Second Annual World AIDS Day Gospel Celebration, Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore (401 West Monument Street). “Many special local congregations and musical artists are expected. Be numbered in the many that will be blessed during this evening of commemoration and celebration.”  More info at Bit.ly/2Q9B9Mg. Contact 410-669-6222.

Thanks to Carmi Washington-Flood, head of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for her assistance in compiling these events.

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