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World AIDS Day events taking place across San Francisco

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Two large events will be taking place in The City on Thursday, Dec 1 to mark the anniversary of World AIDS Day.

At 10 a.m. on Thursday morning students from the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy will join community members in writing the names of those who have passed away from HIV/AIDS in brightly colored chalk along Castro Street.

A public memorial event will also be taking place at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park on Thursday afternoon from 12 noon to 2 p.m. More than 1,000 people will gather in a tent set up in the Grove, to pay tribute to lost friends, family members and loved ones. 

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In attendance will be Supervisor Scott Wiener, State Senator Mark Leno, Paul Kawata, executive director of theNational Minority AIDS Council, and several members of Hemophilia groups, who will give a panel presentation on their work.

Later in the month there’s a unique event happening that offers a chance to get involved: the Santa Skivvies Run is happening on Dec. 11 as a fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Keep an eye out for several hundred Santas in their underwear that day, as they complete the one mile run through the Castro District.

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