AIDS Awareness Month in April will coincide with the 10th anniversary of service to the community by the Douglas County AIDS Project.
Most of the month's events -- which engage people in walking, talking and eating -- are free and open to the public.
Marva Miller, an HIV positive black woman, gets the schedule rolling with a lecture at 7 p.m. April 7 in the Walnut Room of the Kansas Union at Kansas University.
She founded Women on a Mission, an organization to empower culturally diverse groups of women to take responsibility for their bodies and prevent HIV. The event is cosponsored by the National Council for Negro Women.
Dan Renzi of MTV's "Real World" program in Miami will be the featured guest at a spaghetti dinner hosted by KU fraternity and sorority organizations. The event, a fund-raising benefit for DCAP, will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 14 at St. Lawrence Campus Catholic Center, 1631 Crescent. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $3 per person.
- Red Ribbons will adorn trees of downtown Lawrence and South Park April 15 to April 23. Each will represent one person with HIV/AIDS that DCAP served in the last 10 years.
- The Ninth Annual Walk for Health is April 17 at South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets. Registration is 9 a.m., with the 5K walk starting at 10 a.m. Sponsor forms may be picked up at the Community Mercantile, Paradise Cafe, Waxman Candles, Student Union Activities or the DCAP office.
- A Service of Rememberance will be 2 p.m. April 25 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt. The service is a chance for friends and family members to remember loved ones who have died of AIDS-related causes. It will feature music and a candlelight vigil.
- Jane Fowler, co-chair of the National Association on HIV Over Fifty, will speak at 7 p.m. April 28 in Lawrence Memorial Hospital's auditorium. Fowler was infected with HIV at the age of 55 and is active in advocating for HIV positive seniors. The event is sponsored by Lawrence Memorial Hospital and is free and open to the public.