World AIDS Day events on Dec. 1 include The Illumination Project, the annual dance performance at the Hobby Center. $25-$50. Proceeds from the 8 p.m. event benefit Bering Omega Community Services and the Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative. Tickets: 713/315-2525, www.illuminationproject.org. Religious observances include a bilingual World AIDS Day Service at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (United Church of Christ), 7 p.m., hosted with the Gay and Lesbian Latin Organization and the Center for AIDS. For information on additional events, read the World AIDS Day preview in the NovemberOutSmart (sidebar to the Carson Kressley profile, “More Than Just a Queer Eye”) at www.outsmartmagazine.com. Details: www.worldaidsdayhouston.org.
More than 60 Heights merchants and restaurants hold Heights Mistletoe Madness, a Dec. 1, noon-8 p.m. holiday shopping event throughout that neighborhood. Participating businesses include Aunt Mike’s in the Heights, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Karen Derr & Associates Realtors, Carter & Cooley, and Eclectic Home. Details: www.heightsmistletoemadness.com.
On Dec. 1, Janet Mayeaux presents the 8 th annual Luau of Love, a 6 p.m.-1 a.m. fundraiser for HATCH at Michael’s Outpost held in memory of her son, Luke McCormick, with raffle sales throughout the day, music beginning at 7 p.m., and a 10 p.m. show. All proceeds benefit HATCH. Details: Mayeaux, 713/205-2667 or 713/779-2900, www.hatchyouth.org.
On Dec. 4, The Rothko Chapel offers a noon-1 p.m. Catholic meditation directed by Sister Adeline O’Donoghue of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and director of the Ruah Spirituality Center at the Villa de Matel convent. This is the concluding program in the “Twelve Moments: A Year of Meditation at The Rothko Chapel” series. RSVP: 713/524-9839, www.rothkochapel.org.
Lesbian Health Initiative meets on Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., in the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church library. Details: 713/426-3356, www.lhihouston.org.
AIDS Foundation Houston Popular Opinion Leaders group has resumed meeting at the Houston GLBT Community Center and meets on Dec. 4, 6 p.m., and every Tuesday Info: Jennifer Provencher, [email protected].
Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce hosts its holiday party on Dec. 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Salud! Winery. $20. Details: www.thechamberhouston.org.
OUTfront, the local GLBT interest group of Amnesty International, meets on Dec. 5. 6:30 p.m., and every first Wednesday of the month, in the Olive Branch Room (2360 Rice Blvd. at Greenbriar, in the garage apartment). Details: 281/587-5386, www.amnestyhouston.org.
Instead of a monthly general meeting, the Houston GLBT Political Caucus hosts a holiday party and fundraiser on Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m., at the home of Bruce Smith and Tony Carroll. RSVP: 713/521-1000, [email protected].
Southern Country Houston offers free country/western dance lessons on Dec. 6 and every Thursday, 8-10 p.m., at Brazos River Bottom. Details: www.southerncountryhouston.com.
The Community Advisory Board transgender group holds its weekly social at the Houston GLBT Community Center on Dec. 6, 7 p.m., and every Thursday. Details: www.transhouston.com.
HIV+ Healing Art Group, led by painter Kermit Eisenhut, meets on Dec. 7, 9-2 p.m., and every Friday at Art League Houston. Throughout December, group artists exhibit work in a World AIDS Day show at the Houston GLBT Community. Details: Eisenhut, [email protected], www.artleaguehouston.org.
AssistHers holds its general monthly meeting on Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m., at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Details: 713/521-4628, www.assisthers.org.
On Dec. 8, GALLO (Gay and Lesbian Latin Organization) and Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (United Churches of Christ) hold Rosas para la Virgen, a 7 p.m. service for the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe, at Bethel. Details: www.houstongallo.org.
Bunnies on the Bayou meets on Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: www.bunniesonthebayou.org.
The new Houston Area Stonewall Democrats meets on Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Ziggy’s Healthy Grill (West Alabama location). Details: [email protected]
Houston Area Bears holds its monthly business meeting on Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Biba’s One’s A Meal. Details: www.houstonareabears.com.
GALLO (Gay and Lesbian Latin Organization) holds Posada on the Patio, its annual Christmas show, on Dec. 14, 9 p.m., at EJ’s, followed by the breaking of the holiday piñata. Details: www.houstongallo.org.
The Independent Billiard League of Houston holds registration for its winter season on Dec. 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Decades, and on Dec. 15, 2 p.m., at Michael’s Outpost, followed by the Beginning of the Season tournament. The IBL group holds its organizational meeting on Dec. 27, 8 p.m., at Tony’s Corner Pocket. January 3 is the first night of winter season play. Details: www.iblhouston.com.
The Colt 45’s Houston hosts its annual Christmas Show and Community Awards on Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at Brazos River Bottom, benefiting the Colt 45’s AIDS Trouble Fund. On Dec. 21, the Colt 45’s holds its annual wreath-decorating event during the Houston Council of Clubs meeting, 7 p.m., at Mary’s…Naturally. Details: www.colt45s.org.
Two local transgender groups, TATS-Houston (Texas Association for Transsexual Support) and STAG (Some Transgenders Are Guys) meet on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Houston GLBT Community Center. This month, TATS-Houston meets on December 22, 4 p.m., and STAG meets at 5 p.m. Details: www.transhouston.com.
Pride Houston makes available applications for the 2008 Pride Parade beginning Jan. 1 on the organization website. Entrants receive parade placement in the order of their application submission. Details: 713/529-6979, www.pridehouston.org.