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Palomar College to host the AIDS Memorial Quilt

SAN MARCOS, Calif. -- A portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Palomar College later this month with a week of events planned to mark the occasion.

The first sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt were created by a group of strangers in 1987 to document the lives of people whom they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS and to help people understand the devastating impact of the disease.

Today the quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic, with more than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels -- most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — that have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members. Portions of the quilt regularly tour the nation, being displayed at schools, community centers, and events.

Palomar College will host the display March 11-15.

The week will include a reception, a number of presentations, discussions, and educational opportunities about the history of HIV/AIDS.

Events include:

Tuesday, March 12

11:30 am to 12:30 pm in LL-208C

Bill Jahnel "The Bow Tie Guy" presents Memory Quilts: Documenting Love and Loss in Needle and Thread

2:30-3:30 pm in MD-157

Fergal O'Doherty reading "A Tree with No Leaves"

3:30-4:30 pm in MD-157

Peter Bowman of Vista Community Clinic presents HIV/AIDS and Civil Rights Protection

Wednesday, March 13

1-2 pm in LL-208C

Vista Community Clinic presents HIV Education

2-4 pm in O-13

Screening of "How to Survive a Plague"

5-7 pm in Second Floor Library Lobby

Reception. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 14

12:30-2 pm in MD-157

Kathy Grove with two guest speakers: I Don't Live with HIV, It Lives with Me: Women's Stories

More information about the week of events is HERE.

Palomar College is located at 1140 West Mission Rd. in San Marcos.