Around Town: City council, Iceworm Festival and film night

Fireworks light up the night sky during Iceworm's Fireworks Extravaganza as seen from the Reluctant Fisherman's outdoor deck on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Rummage sale

A rummage sale sponsored by Cordova Church of the Nazarene will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, beginning Jan. 14, for at least two weeks at the old Troopers Building next to Northstar Lumber. Additional donations will be accepted starting on Jan. 14. For more information call Pastor Steve Leppert at 907-429-6262.

Tuesday Night Talks

Join the Prince William Sound Science Center for a Tuesday Night Talks program at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the PWSSC atrium. Rob Campbell will be presenting, “The PWS Plankton Cam: an underwater microscope to view the zooplankton ecosystem of Prince William Sound.”

Free business classes

The Ilanka Cultural Center is hosting free business classes to help new businesses get up and running, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16. Seating is limited, so sign up early. A full list of classes and times is online at For more information and to sign up, contact Audrey Cunningham or Brooke Johnson at 907-424-7903.

City Council meeting

Due to lack of quorum for the Jan. 2 city council meeting, the next Cordova City Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in community rooms A & B at the Cordova Center. In addition, the meetings are streamed and uploaded to the City’s Youtube page,

Saturday Market

This month’s Cordova Saturday Market will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Masonic Lodge.

Calling all hunters and anglers

The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers-Alaska Chapter is hosting a Cordova “Pint Night” membership drive from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Powder House. The group hopes to raise awareness of public land access issues, find new members and meet like-minded people who enjoy recreating on public lands. Families are welcome.

Childbirth education

A childbirth education course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Ilanka Community Health Center will cover labor and birth, relaxation, birth interventions, breastfeeding, postpartum care and care of the newborn. It is free, but pre-register due to limited space. To register, or for more information, contact Karin Siebenmorgen, RN at 907-424-3622.

Iceworm Festival

The 2019 Cordova Iceworm Festival begins Saturday, Jan. 26 and go until Saturday, Feb. 2. This year’s festival theme is “Out of this World”.

Vincent Bonnay, center, hugs Jenna May as she and Glenn Lankard, right, answer questions with Bonnay after the showing of his film, On The Tip of The Tongue. May and Lankard were featured in his film and attended its premiere during the Anchorage International Film Festival at the Alaska Experience Theatre in Anchorage on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Film night: ‘On the Tip of the Tongue’

Hosted by the Eyak Cultural Foundation, French filmmaker Vincent Bonnay’s feature-length documentary, “On The Tip of The Tongue” (Sur Le Bout De La Langue), will be shown from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Cordova Center. His film was one of 160 selected for the 2018 Anchorage International Film Festival, which received more than 1,000 entries. Filmed in Cordova, the documentary follows Eyak people on their journey to regain their language, culture, land and identity stolen from them many years ago.

People walk around the Copper River Gallery during the opening reception of the Cordova Museum’s annual Holiday Art Show on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Holiday Art Show

The Cordova Museum’s annual Holiday Art Show is open at the Copper River Gallery in the Cordova Museum at the Cordova Center. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Food pantry services

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 at 907-424-7738.


Moms, Pops and Tots!

A play group for children from infants to 4 years old is open from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Masonic Lodge. The group focuses on exploring developmental issues and building on each child’s strengths through large-motor and small-motor skills play, pretend play and sensory play. For more information contact Katie Goodale, Tribal Family Services Director, at 907-424-7738.

Al-Anon in Cordova

Al-Anon for friends and family of alcoholics meets 7 p.m. Mondays at the Wellness Center (old DMV office). For more information, contact Katie at 907-965-5909.


Healthcare series online seminars

The 2019 Winter Geriatric Healthcare Series, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, online via the University of Washington, began Jan. 8 and will continue through March 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Each session costs $10 per person or $60 for the entire series. Retirees, students and volunteers who do not need credits or certificates do not need to register and can attend for free. Register online at The Jan. 15 session will be “Differential Diagnosis of Dementia, Delirium, and Depression” by Emily Trittschuh, PhD.

Gospel sing-along

Join members of the St. George Episcopal Church on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. at the Cordova Community Medical Center for their Tuesday gospel sing-along, started in honor of Frances Mallory, and led by Christina Vican and Belle Mickelson. Anyone who wants to sing or play gospel songs is welcome to join to bring smiles to the long-term residents and hospital staff. For more information contact Belle on 907-424-5143.


Little Ones at Storytime

Little Ones at Storytime, with youth services librarian Anna Hernandez, is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the Cordova Public Library. Join Anna for stories, songs, and finger plays, geared toward preschool ages. There will be no Storytime Dec. 23-30.

Teen Art

Teen Art with Paula Payne will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Education Room at the Cordova Center. There will be no Teen Art Dec. 23-30.

Open studio life drawing

An open studio life drawing class Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., begins Jan. 30 at the Cordova Center education room. A model fee donation of $5-10 is suggested and drop-ins are welcome. For more information call Paula Payne at 907-424-6667.


Morning Music

Morning music is back from 8:05 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the Mt. Eccles Elementary School music room for kindergarten through sixth grade students. Learn to sing and play fiddles, guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo and mandolin. Older students and parents are needed as helpers. Pre-schoolers are welcome to come with their care givers. For more information call Belle Mickelson at 907-424-5143.

After School Art

After School Art with Debbie Carlson will be held 3-4 p.m. Fridays in the Education Room at the Cordova Center. This program is geared towards grades 1-4. There will be no After School Art Dec. 23-30.

Patch the Pirate Kids Club

Patch the Pirate Kids Club will be held 3-5 p.m. Fridays at the MorningStar Independent Baptist Church, 412 First St., for children grades first through sixth.

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