Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Starting today, November 29, 2010, the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation & AIDSWalk San Joaquin are hosting their first of two San Joaquin Art 4 AIDS Project —free and open to the public— events.
Local high school students were asked to submit artwork for this art contest to increase their awareness of HIV in our community. The top 5 of over 40 submissions, as well as artwork donated by local fine artists, will be in display.
Today, the Tidewater Art Gallery —located at 223 E. Weber Ave in Downtown Stockton— is hosting the Artist’s Showing & Reception from 6 thru 9 p.m.
On Friday, December 3rd, from 5 – 10 PM, will be the Art 4 AIDS Auction & Winner’s Reception, held at the Mexican Heritage Center —located at 30 E. Acacia St. in Stockton. The winners of the art competition will be announced and the auction of the student and fine art pieces will begin. This exhibition will be held until January 7th. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Free and open to the public.
In addition —also on Friday, December 3rd, from 5 – 9 p.m.— will be the Annual Holiday Home Tour, benefiting the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation & the Haven of Peace women’s shelter. Local homeowners have decorated their homes for the holidays and are opening them to the public. Tickets for this event are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Tickets are available at the San Joaquin AIDS Foundation, Serventi’s with Flair, Alpine Nursery & Tank House, With Garden Flair and the Mexican Heritage Center that Friday evening.
These two organizations are hosting these events due to ongoing State budget cuts in HIV Prevention Education programs. These have been closed down in other counties, which are seeing increased numbers of people diagnosed with HIV infections —according to San Joaquin County Public Health Department, the county is seeing a new HIV infection every two days and over 30% of those cases are in people under the age of 29. For every one person that knows they are infected, there are 5 people that don’t, because they have not had an HIV antibody test.
Other AIDS related events
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, will bring the 22nd Annual World AIDS Day and Candlelight Vigil to the University of the Pacific‘s Morris Chapel at 6 p.m.
Performances by the Lincoln High School Choir and a spoken work piece by “Words of Wisdom” will be followed by a reading of names, to commemorate those who we have lost to the HIV epidemic in San Joaquin County and to honor those that remain to fight. Free and open to the public.