World AIDS Day gathering at college |

World AIDS Day gathering at college

Cory Fisher

Lake Tahoe Community College today will host a community gathering for World AIDS Day from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Lake Tahoe AIDS Task Force, the public is invited to participate. This year’s theme: “Give children hope in a world with AIDS.”

“This is a day to bring the community together,” said Task Force Coordinator of Volunteer Services Ann Thennes. “This will be a safe place where you can celebrate having had people who are now gone from your lives, and share your losses.”

A remembrance altar will be set up. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures, candles or other mementos in honor of loved ones who died from the disease.

“The remembrance altar is a very emotional and powerful sight,” Thennes said. “It is meant to give people a chance to say and show how much they loved those people who are now gone because of AIDS.”

In addition to sharing fond memories or stories, Thennes said people are encouraged to cook or bake items for someone who has died from AIDS. “If your loved one had a favorite dessert, please bring it to share,” she said.

There will be several panels from the Names Quilt on display as well as a Tree of Hope, where people are invited to dedicate their own ornaments to someone they’ve lost.

“The loved one may be gone,” Thennes said. “But the love remains.”

For details on the event, contact Ann Thennes at (530) 542-9553.

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