Around Town: Thanksgiving food distribution, Molly of Denali, Partner Pie Eating

A Thanksgiving display at Cordova Public Library. (Nov. 8, 2019)
A Thanksgiving display at Cordova Public Library. (Nov. 8, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Thanksgiving food distribution
The Salvation Army is accepting food donations and offering distribution on Saturday, Nov. 23 at The Salvation Army at 514 First Street. To receive food, bring photo ID for adults in the household and identification for each child.

Bake Sale
Cordova’s Parent Teacher Association is hosting a bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 23 in front of Nichols to raise funds for their PTA/Noel Pallas scholarships. If you wish to donate a baked good, contact Julie Reynolds at

Molly of Denali screening
Native Village of Eyak is hosting a free screening of the cartoon series, Molly of Denali from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Mt. Eccles Commons. The children’s cartoon series is the first to feature an Alaska Native lead character. Writer Wáats’asdíyei (Joe) Yates will give a special presentation. Bring a potluck dish to share.

Partner Pie Eating Competition
The Powder House is hosting a Partner Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition and fall fundraiser for Cordova’s Disc Golf Club starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov 24. Teams consisting of one feeder and one eater register by paying the $20 team fee at the event. Teams with the best completion times will receive prizes. Open to the public. Extra 4-pound Kirkland pumpkin pies will be available for purchase after the event. For more information, contact Micah Renfeldt at or Vivian Kennedy at

The Alaskan Bar is hosting Friendsgiving starting at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. Celebrate friendship, potluck and football. Cordova Taxi will be running. Call 907-424-3299 for more information.

Small Business Saturday
Remember to shop local on Nov. 30 for Small Business Saturday!

Gifts on the Go
The Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting their silent auction fundraiser “Holiday Gifts on the Go!” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Call CFRC at 424-4357 for more info.


Open registration
The City of Cordova Parks and Recreation Department announces Open Registration for the Bidarki Holiday Bazaar. Dates for the 2019 Holiday Bazaar are Friday, Dec 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. To sell items, a state and local business license or special event license is required. Stop by or call the Bidarki at 907-424-7282 for details on pricing and to reserve a merchandise or food service table.

Main Street Lamp Post Contest
Decorate a lamp post to make Main Street sparkle this holiday season and you could win great prizes. Poles must be decorated before Dec. 6. To sign up to adopt a pole and for more information, contact Lynn Steen at Steen’s Gifts at 907-424-8327.

Tickets on sale
Mamma Mia tickets are available for purchase at the Net Loft and Cordova Museum. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Wolves in the Copper River Gallery
America’s Wolves are featured at the Copper River Gallery at the Museum through Nov. 28.

Harbor Arts heART SHOW
The heART SHOW now features works from Harbor Arts artists. As arts pieces sell, they may be taken home and new works will go up in their place. A percentage of sales will go to Cordova Arts and the show will hang until late December.

Open gym for Cordova’s youth
The Bidarki Rec Center has reserved open gym time for Cordova’s youth. Ages 12 to 18 are welcome to enjoy the gym for free from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact the Bidarki at 907-424-7282 or stop by the facility at 103 Council Ave.

Skeet and trap
Join the Cordova Trap & Gun Club every Sunday from 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. for skeet and trap shooting at the Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. For more information, follow their Facebook page at or email

Bidarki adult volleyball
Adults 18 and older are welcome to play open league volleyball 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Bidarki Rec Center. For information on drop-in and membership rates, contact the Bidarki at 907-424-7282 or stop by the facility at 103 Council Ave.

Tot Time
The Bidarki Rec Center opens the upstairs gym for little ones 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Toys, mats and other items are provided so tots and their caregivers can enjoy some free, inside playtime, rain or shine. There is no fee to attend.

Bidarki adult basketball
Adults 18 and older are welcome to play open league basketball 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bidarki Rec Center. For information on drop-in and membership rates, contact the Bidarki at 907-424-7282 or stop by the facility at 103 Council Ave.

Morning Music
Elementary school children are welcome to come and sing and play guitar, fiddle, ukulele, bass, mandolin, and banjo from 8:05 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays at the elementary school music room. Older kids, parents and community members are welcome and needed as helpers. Pre-schoolers can come with their parents or caregivers.


Moms, Pops & Tots
A play group for children, infants to age 4, is 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Masonic Lodge throughout the school year. The group is free to attend. For more information contact NVE Tribal Family Services director Katie Goodale 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.


Life Hacks for Kids
Life Hacks for Kids is a free weekly after-school program at Cordova Public Library for students grades four through six. Students will learn useful life skills such as using common household tools, restaurant etiquette and ordering, grocery shopping, laundry, camping, first aid and fire safety, and basic sewing. Stop by the library from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays to participate. For questions, call the library at 907-424-6667.

Gospel sing-along
Join members of St. George’s Episcopal Church on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. at the Cordova Community Medical Center for a gospel sing-along to bring smiles to the long-term residents and hospital staff. For more information contact Belle at 907-424-5143.

Knit & Lit Book Club
Bring your knitting and join the Knit & Lit Book Club at 7 p.m. at the fireplacein the Cordova Public Library, the last Tuesday of every month.

Ilanka community wellness and recovery support circle
A wellness and recovery support circle will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Ilanka Wellness Center located at the old DMV office across from St. George’s Episcopal Church. The group is for those wanting to develop skills to live a substances-free life in a safe environment. For more information, call John at 907-424-3622.

Tuesday Night Talks
The Prince William Sound Science Center hosts weekly science lectures September through April. Stay up-to-date on upcoming lecture topics, times and locations and watch past lectures online at


A children’s story time activity will be held at the Cordova Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Caregivers must attend.

Celebrate Recovery
A Christian program to help overcome issues with substance use, abuse, divorce, fear, anxiety, food, gambling, and other hurts, habits and hang-ups is every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene’s Christian Education Building on Adams Avenue. Childcare is provided. For more information, contact Alan Roemhildt at 907-429-7667 or Amber Wasson at 907-440-7347.


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Patch the Pirate Kids Club
Patch the Pirate Kids Club will be held 3-5 p.m. Fridays at the MorningStar Independent Baptist Church, at their new location at the old troopers building, for children grades first through sixth.

After-school art
Free art activities for first graders and up will be held weekly at 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Cordova Education Room. No school no art.


Cordova Disc Golf Club putting league
Join the Cordova Disc Golf Club at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Powder House for weekly putting league play, weather permitting. Backup locations TBA. For more information, follow the club’s Facebook page at or email Micah Renfeldt at


Youth gathering
Attend youth gatherings at 6 p.m. Sunday nights at the Church of the Nazarene Education Building on Adams Avenue. Students grades 7-12 are welcome. Call Pastor Steve Leppert at 907-429-6262 for more details.

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