Around Town: It’s feeling a bit like December with tree lighting, holiday bazaars, tree sale, more

Long-tailed Ducks, formerly known as Oldsquaw, are common winter residents of Prince William Sound. As many as 600 of these birds have been counted during one of Cordova’s past Christmas Bird Counts. Photo by Milo Burcham/For The Cordova Times
Long-tailed Ducks, formerly known as Oldsquaw, are common winter residents of Prince William Sound. As many as 600 of these birds have been counted during one of Cordova’s past Christmas Bird Counts. Photo by Milo Burcham/For The Cordova Times

Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Kickoff

The Cordova Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Kickoff event 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, in front of the chamber’s office on Main Street. Celebrate the start of the season and see Santa light the Cordova holiday tree, enjoy hot chocolate, and sing Christmas carols with family, friends and neighbors.

2017 Holiday Bazaar

The city of Cordova Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to attend the annual Holiday Bazaar from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. More than 30 local vendors will showcase handcrafted artisanal goods, fine art, photography and more. There will be a food court and pictures with Santa. For more information call Bidarki Rec Center at 907-424-7282.

Cub Scouts Christmas tree sale

Cordova Cub Scouts will have Christmas trees for sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Cordova Center.

Belle Mickelson turns 70!

Cordova is invited to come celebrate Belle’s 70th birthday with some square dancing and a potluck from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Homeport located below the Baptist Church. Musicians, dancers, potluckers, friends and family are welcome.

Paint Night at the Alaskan

Paint night at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Learn to paint and go home with an 11×14 masterpiece. Cost is $45 and includes supplies and instruction. Contact Jessicca Hoover for more information at 907-429-7997.

Saint Ann Sisterhood Bazaar

Annual Bazaar with homemade items, cookie trays and baked goods will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Indian tacos will be for sale. Stop by and have lunch or shop for a homemade item. Contact Darrel Olsen at 907-253-5757 for more information.

Tacos for Toys

Tacos for Toys, a fundraising dinner for local families in need on Christmas will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn. Food includes carne asada and fish tacos with all the fixings. The evening’s events include an appearance by Santa Claus, silent and live auctions, and a toys and canned food drive. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army Chapter in Cordova. For more information or to donate, contact Jessica Thomas at 907-885-1592.

Christmas Bird Count

The 46th annual Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Cordova Center’s education room by the library to get a route assignment. There will be a potluck that evening. Beginner birders are welcome! In preparation for the bird count there will also be a review of winter birds 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Forest Service, 3rd floor conference room. For more information, call Milo Burcham at 907-429-GOAT.

Food pantry services

The Little Chapel is administering Salvation Army extension food pantry services. People needing assistance can pick up food on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Little Chapel. In an emergency at other times, call the Little Chapel at 907-424-3629. Native Village of Eyak administers food distribution on behalf of the Food Bank of Alaska. For more information on the program, contact Rebecca Calfina at NVE’s office 907-424-7738.

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