Arts & Entertainment

AIDS exhibit opens Dec. 4

A new exhibit opens Dec. 4 at Richland's Bethel Church that will take visitors on a visual journey into the AIDS-infected regions of Africa.

World Vision Experience: AIDS -- Step into Africa is a nationally touring exhibition that focuses on the horrors of the disease and the steps taken to help the children affected by HIV and AIDS in the hardest-hit region of the world -- Sub-Saharan Africa where about 25 million people are infected with HIV, which is two-thirds of the world's infections.

Visitors can take a walk through a replica of an African village and experience the effects of the universally spreading disease in a realistic way.

The tour also includes a personal audio track relating the story of one of four children infected with AIDS.

The tour is partnered with Bethel Church, Benton-Franklin District Health Department, Central United Protestant Church, Church of the Nazarene, Columbia Bible Church, Columbia Community, Desert Springs, Faith Assembly, Garden Christian Assembly, Richland Assembly of God, South Hills Church and West Side Church.

The World Vision Experience exhibit will visit 80 cities during its 2007-08 tour and remains in the Tri-Cities through Dec. 8. Admission is free.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Bethel Church is at 600 Shockley Road. For more information, go to or call 628-0150.

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world's poor regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;