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Exhibits, walk planned for World AIDS Day

November 27, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A candlelight walk Monday at 6:30 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue will launch local observances of World AIDS Day.

Candles for the 10-minute walk will be provided to participants at the Washington County Health Department as they journey to the adjacent campus of North Hagerstown High School.

At North High, exhibitors from 17 different organizations will have information and displays pertaining to AIDS, testing, medical treatment, home health care, support groups and assisted living.

From July 1996 through June 1997, six cases of AIDS have been diagnosed in Washington County, according to figures supplied by the Maryland AIDS Administration.

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The total number of AIDS cases diagnosed in Washington County since the disease was recognized in 1981 is 104, the figures show.

A major feature of this year's World AIDS Day exhibit will be two sections from the famous NAMES Project AIDS memorial quilt that has been displayed on The Mall in Washington, D.C.

The memorial panels each represent an individual who died of AIDS and are handmade and hand decorated.

A program of music, dance and drama at 7:30 p.m. in the North High auditorium will revolve around this year's theme, "Children Living in a World With AIDS."

Performers will include the dance company Souls of the Feet, choreographer Jacqui Pitts of Frederick, Md., and Jamie Reichert, a solo artist from Frostburg, Md.

Tim Wagner, a North High freshman, is to provide vocal music along with the Campher Memorial Youth Choir directed by Rhonette Keats King.

Pandora's Box Teen Health Theater of Oakland, Md., is to present an improvisational drama concerning teens and AIDS.

The West Virginia University Creative Arts Center is to present a drama entitled "Through The Eyes of HIV: A Journal Comes To Life."

The program is free and open to the public. Donations will be used to benefit the local work of the AIDS Coalition of Washington County, which is sponsoring the event.

Transportation to and from the events can be arranged by calling 301-791-4082.

For more information on World AIDS Day, call 301-416-7728.

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