PUBLISHED: 6:06 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Mental Illness Awareness Week events Oct. 5-11. This is a National Week long event of the National Alliance of Mental Illness, recognized in all 50 states and internationally. The first gathering and Kick-Off event of the Juneau Partners for Mental and Physical Health will be Oct. 9. A coalition of education, support and advocacy organizations working together and/or in support of individual, family and community health from 6:15-8:30pm at the Juneau Senior Center. Bring a desert and enjoy the evening. Reading of the Governor's Proclamation in support of Mental Illness Awareness Week will be at 12:15pm at the Capital Steps. Come and support families and individuals struggling and working toward a higher quality of life and recovery.Heathside Books evens for October include: Book reading and signing on Oct. 16 from 7-8pm with Alexander Dolitsky, author of "Spirit of the Siberian Tiger: Folktales of the Russian Far East," at the Nuggett Mall Hearthside Books.

The Alaska Vocational Institute will be starting a 20-week office and computer skills training beginning Nov. 10. This full-time training prepares clients for entry-level work in office occupations. Call The Learning Connection at 586-5718, visit our website at or stop by 210 Ferry Way for an application, funding options and more information.

Community Schools Adult Gym will be held at Thunder Mountain High School during October. Cost is $3.00 per session and participants are encouraged to bring their own basketball or volleyball. All sessions are from 6:30-8:30pm. Sessions will be held on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information call 780-2075.

Juneau Partners for Mental and Physical Health will hold a kick-off meeting Oct. 9 from 6:30-7:30pm at the Juneau Senior Center, sponsored by NAMI Juneau.

Capital City Celebrations Volunteer Meeting to help support events for the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood on Oct. 9 at 7pm at the library in the valley.

Haines community events for the rest of October include: Haines Emblem Club Taco Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 pm on Oct. 14, 21, and Oct. 28; American Legion Hamburger Feed on Oct. 9 from 5-7pm; The Big Read Movie Night at 7 pm on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17. The Haines and Klukwan schools libraries will show movies bases on The Adventure of Tom Sawyer; Sheldon Museum will host a performance by "Mark Twain" at 1pm on Oct. 11.

March of Dimes Jail & Bail on Oct. 16 from 11am to 2pm at The Hangar on the Wharf.

The Juneau Airport Board regular meeting will be held at 7p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Aurora Room. Further information may be gained by going to

Barlett Regional Hospital will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for its renovated front lobby on Oct. 20.

The Whale Project of the JAHC is having a fundraising dinner Sunday Oct. 19th at the Moose Club, with two local whale scientists talking about the latest research. For more info visit

The Janice D. Holst School of Dance is offering classes once again, ranging from ballet to tap and hip-hop. To sign up for classes or for more information contact Janice Holst by E-mail at or call 586-1462 or call the studio at 723-1462.