PUBLISHED: 5:24 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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.

Haines community events for the rest of October include Haines Emblem Club Taco Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 pm on Oct. 21 and 28 and The Big Read Movie Night at 7 pm on Oct. 17.

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

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.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us in a one mile walk or a 5K fundraiser run hosted by AWARE and Southeast Road Runners, in honor of Juneau's White Ribbon Campaign, where people pledge to not commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. The event will be held at Sandy Beach on Oct. 25 at 10am. Run in your Halloween costume or walk a mile in high heels! Serious runners and walkers are welcome as well. $20 if you pre-register or $25 on race day. Children 10 and under are free. Scholarships are available. Registration forms can be picked up at JRC, Pavitts, Fitness Essentials, Foggy Mountain, Nugget Outfitters, Curves, and AWARE. For more information call AWARE at 586-6623.

The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce invites Southeast Alaska residents to come to Sitka the week of October 13 and enjoy the Alaska Day festivities. There will be a dress ball on Friday night, a parade on Saturday, and plenty of other activities. The fast ferry leaves Juneau on Oct. 16 and returns on Oct. 19. For more information, call the Sitka Chamber of Commerce at 747-8604 or visit

Upcoming events at the Juneau libraries include: 49 Stars to Celebrate Alaska Day on Oct. 17 from 2-4pm at Valley Library. On Oct. 19 at 3:30pm, Reptiles are appearing at the Douglas Library! Look in 597! This program is part of the Natural History Educational Company and the Kentucky Reptile Zoo live animal education program with naturalist Scott Shute. Shute is an accomplished wildlife photographer and author of the U.S. Guide to Venomous Snakes and Their Mimics. He has served as a host and narrator for a wide variety of educational videos.