The 28th annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life takes place Sept. 22, starting with registration at 10 a.m. at Sunset Beach, home to the Vancouver/B.C. AIDS memorial.
Despite the fact a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS is not the automatic death sentence it once was, having the disease is still challenging, particularly with the side effects of the drug cocktails needed to stay alive. As walk organizers from Positive Living Society of B.C. describe it, living with HIV/AIDS is a battle, but one that doesn’t have to be fought alone.
As of 2011, HIV/AIDS affected more than 71,000 Canadians, 12,000 of whom live in B.C. The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life spreads awareness of this reality and raises vital funds for those with HIV and AIDS in our community.
Proceeds from the walk support Positive Living B.C.’s Complimentary Health Fund, which reimburses low-income HIV-positive members for health expenses not covered by other plans — up to $35 monthly. Even drinking filtered water and getting the right vitamins can determine the fate of someone with a compromised immune system. So register now at aidswalkvancouver.ca.
Some of the city’s top jazz performers are donating their time to raise money to help upgrade the sound system and renovate the Carnegie Centre Theatre, a public space where residents and friends enjoy free entertainment and programs every day of the year.
Jazzing up the Carnegie includes performances by more than a dozen musicians, including Hugh Fraser, Paul Plimley and Dalannah Gail Bowen, as well as the 17-piece Carnegie Jazz Band and Jazz Combo, led by trombonist Brad Muirhead.
The show takes place Sept. 18 at the Cultch with a reception at 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit tickets.thecultch.com or call 604-251-1363.
The Prime Chamber Ensemble is holding a concert Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 West 49th Ave. Serenade For Strings will highlight works by Mascagni, Elgar, Vivaldi, Borodin and Mozart. For ticket information, call 778-231-1602, 604-917-0235 or 604-931-0743.
Are you gay, bisexual or just not sure? Need a safe place to talk? HOMINUM is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. The group meets every Monday evening in various locations. For information and meeting location, call Don at 604-329-9760 or Art at 604-462-9813.
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