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    December 1st marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day in New Haven. On Tuesday, a collaboration of New Haven AIDS Service organizations, working in concert with the New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS, will come together to commemorate and remember those who have survived and those who have perished from HIV/AIDS. This year’s event will be offered at the United Church of Christ on the New Haven Green at noon. Keeping in mind the work remaining to be accomplished in dealing with universal access, stigma and discrimination, this World AIDS Day is meant to again focus the community’s attention on the goals still ahead. Everyone is invited to attend the service at the United Church of Christ on Tuesday at noon until 1:00 P.M. After the program, individuals are welcome to remain at the church for refreshments.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven this week:

    ROOF Housing Fair

    On December 1st from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the ROOF Project will be sponsoring a housing fair in the City Hall Atrium. At this event, local banks, community organizations and businesses will provide information for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, renters whose landlords are in foreclosure, new home buyers and current homeowners/renters who would like to learn about energy saving and weatherization programs. Seminars will also be held to provide more in-depth information on each topic and the event is open to all New Haven residents.

    Mayor’s Night In

    I encourage residents to drop by my office Tuesday night, December 1st at 5 p.m. to discuss your questions, concerns and suggestions for our City.

    Tree Lighting

    Join me on Thursday, December 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. for the annual tree lighting on the Green! This event is the City’s traditional kick-off to the holiday family and is free for the entire family. There will be live musical performances, carousel rides, holiday crafts, hay rides, letter writing to the North Pole and train rides. Santa, Rudolph and other costumed characters will be stopping by to take photographs with the kids! The ceremony is hosted by Ronald McDonald and WTNH/MyTV 9 in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees.

    To see a full listing of holiday happenings in New Haven, please visit: www.infonewhaven.com/holdays.

    The following cultural events are taking place in the City this week:

    December 1st-20th—Sister’s Christmas Catechism at Long Wharf Theatre. For more information and times, please visit: www.longwharf.org.

    December 1st—Leitner Family Observatory & Planetarium Show at 6 and 7 p.m. For more information, please visit: http://lfop.astro.yale.edu.

    December 2nd—Upper State Street Holiday Tree Lighting beginning at 5:30 p.m at State & East Sreets. For more information, please visit: www.upperstatestreet.org.

    December 3rd—Luminaria on the Green. Children can decorate their own luminaria bags at Light Your Way station from 6 to 9 p.m.

    December 3rd-5th—Weekend Festival Downtown, featuring live music and horse and carriage rides. Chapel & Broadway districts. 5-9pm.

    December 5th-13th. Trees of Hope at the Long Wharf Maritime Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit: www.ronaldmcdonaldhouse-ct.org/Events/toh/index.html.

    December 6th—Trinity Choir of Men & Boys Annual Christmas Concert beginning at 4 p.m. at Trinity Church on the Green.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: elyons@newhavenct.net. An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, in your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

    The Mayor's Monday Message list is not shared with any outside groups and is used solely for the purpose of delivering timely information about issues and events in the City from the Mayor's office to your inbox.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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