Around Town: Holiday Kick-off, Moonlight Madness and Mamma Mia!

An array of gift baskets at Cordova Family Resource Center. (Nov. 22, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
An array of gift baskets at Cordova Family Resource Center. (Nov. 22, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

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.

Holiday Gallery Gala
The Cordova Historical Society is hosting a Holiday Gallery Gala from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Copper River Gallery. Cost is $35 per person and includes an annual membership with the society, drinks, heavy appetizers, door prizes, fellowship and annual local holiday art opening. Tickets are available at the Cordova Museum.

Hometown Holiday Kick-off
The Cordova Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Kick-off begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 on First Street. Gather at the Community Center for hot chocolate and Christmas carols, watch the Fire Department Parade at 5:30 p.m., Santa lights the tree at 5:45 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar
The City of Cordova and Parks and Rec. Department is hosting their 2019 Bidarki Holiday Bazaar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Mt. Eccles Elementary School.

Moonlight Madness
Shop Cordova First during the first night of Moonlight Madness starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. For a list of participating businesses who are staying open late, look for the Chamber’s ad inside this week’s Gift Guide, or visit the Chamber at

Robotics Virtual Qualifier
The Mt. Eccles fouth, fifth and sixth grade Robotics Virtual Qualifer is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the CHS Tech Room. Students are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m. with breakfast, snacks to share, lunch and drinks. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Kristie Beckett at

Mamma Mia!
Stage of the Tide presents “Mamma Mia!” Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Net Loft and the Cordova Museum.


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.

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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