Aiding awareness of an epidemic

APLA hosts its AIDS Walk on Sunday

The Challenge: More than 25,000 are expected to hit the streets Sunday for AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Goal: Raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles and other local AIDS service organizations. This year, APLA also will provide cash grants to AIDS Alabama; Montrose Clinic of Houston; and NO/AIDS Task Force of New Orleans, which was forced to cancel its Sept. 25 AIDS Walk.

Mission: APLA provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. For information, visit www.apla.org.

Celeb support: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Roma Maffia, Rita Moreno, Jai Rodriguez, Hal Sparks

Where: The 10K walk begins and ends at San Vicente between Melrose and Santa Monica.

When: You can still register online before Sunday at AidsWalk.net, bring donations and register on site or just donate. Call (213) 201-WALK.

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Women & Words will hold its annual women’s literary event and luncheon Saturday, to benefit Penny Lane, at the Olympic Collection. Cost is $75.

Penny Lane is a foster care agency that cares for more than 1,500 abused, abandoned and neglected children each year in the Los Angeles area.

Visit WomenandWords.org.

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