Juneau Chess Club meeting, 4-8 p.m., Downtown Library. Sets provided; rules taught; all welcome. Details: 790-1934.
Assembly Finance Committee meeting, 5 p.m., Chambers.
Fisheries Development Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m., DIPAC.
Starting Your Own Small Business, a two-evening seminar at the Juneau Small Business Development Center, 6-9 p.m., 3rd Floor Conference Room, the Juneau Empire Building. Pre-registration: 463-3789.
Douglas Service Area Advisory Board meeting, 7 p.m., Douglas Library.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Seven Circles Coalition Youth/Adult Partnership Conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Chambers.
Immigration attorneys will offer free half-hour sessions today and tomorrow, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Vincent de Paul's Smith Hall. Attorneys work with Catholic Community Service and are not affiliated with any government agency. Appointments required, call 789-4622.
Library Story Time, 11 a.m., Douglas Library.
Capital City Emergency Planning Committee meeting, noon, City Hall Conference Room #224.
Baby-Parent Time, noon-1:30 p.m., Bartlett Regional Hospital Admin. Building Classroom. For parents and their infants up to 1 year old.
Bill Egan Forum on Public Policy Issues first session: Jim Ayers will speak on "Pollution and prejudice: What is happening to us?" noon, Baranof Hotel. Details: Cindy, 790-3931.
Low Vision Support Group, 1 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: 586-4920.
Airport Board Finance Committee meeting, 3-5 p.m., Glacier Restaurant Conference Room. FY 2003 and FY 2004 budgets to be discussed.
Opening reception for the exhibition "Eight Stars of Gold: The Story of Alaska's Flag," 4:30 p.m., Alaska State Museum. Details: Mark, 465-2901.
Asthma and Allergy Support Group meeting, 6:30 p.m., Bartlett Regional Hospital cafeteria. Details: Cathy, 789-7936, or Judy, 789-0317.
Public Hearing on Alternate Heliport Study, 7 p.m., Chambers.
Juneau Youth Services Board of Directors meeting, 7 p.m., Lakeside Classroom, 9290 Hurlock Ave. Open to the public.
Adult badminton open gym, 8-10 p.m., Auke Bay Elementary School. Teen-agers and adults encouraged to attend. All skill levels welcome. Gym fee is $3, shuttlecocks provided. Details: Theresa Walden, 790-2499.
Friday, Jan. 18
Library Story Time, 11 a.m., Valley Library.
Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, noon, School District Office.
Gruening Park Drama Shop, begins today, held every Friday through April 26, 3:15-5 p.m., Gruening Park Rec Room. Details: J. Althea, 586-4933.
UAF Juneau Center Seminar: Play and survival to independence in brown bears of Pack Creek, Admiralty Island, 3:30 p.m., Anderson Building Room 221, 11275 Glacier Highway.
Palestinian Dinner, 6 p.m., McPhetres Hall. The event includes Middle Eastern food, a slide show and folk dancing instruction, sponsored by Alaskans for Understanding. Details: Dixie, 789-0449.
Juneau Macintosh Users Group meeting, 6:30 p.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Subject: Digital photos with iPhoto. Details: Tim, 789-8470.
Juneau International Folk Dancers, 7:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple.
Fireside Program: Autumn through the Pacific ecoregions, 7:30-9 p.m., Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Details: 789-6640.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Board of Education Retreat on Strategic Plans, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Schiable House.
Juneau Chapter of the American Primrose Society meeting, 10 a.m., Mendenhall Library. Details: Pam, 586-5080.
Crafters Anonymous, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Salvation Army, 439 Willoughby Ave. Bring a craft idea, supplies (enough for 5 to 10 people) and a potluck dish to share. Details: Major Nila, 586-2136.
Family Bead Circle, 4-5:30 p.m., City Museum. Details: 586-3572.
Burns Night, held by the Stroller White Pipes and Drums, 7 p.m., Centennial Hall.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive. Or they can be faxed to 586-3028 or e-mailed to the newsroom clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is noon two days prior to the event.