Around Town: Tip-Off Tournament, Saturday Market, ICC Membership Dinner

Fireworks at Ski Hill. (Jan. 3, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Fireworks at Ski Hill. (Jan. 3, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Tip-Off Tournament
The 38th Annual Cordova Tip-Off Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 16 through 18 at the CHS gymnasium. Teams include Cordova, Wasilla, Scammon Bay and Unalaska. Volunteers are needed to keep the scorebook and run the clock during the tournament. To sign up, visit

Saturday Market
The Cordova Saturday Market will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Masonic Lodge. Contact Jessicca Morningstar at 907-429-7997 if you wish to be a vendor. Follow their Facebook page at for more info.

Women’s March
Women Rising, a Women’s March on Cordova will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 beginning at the Cordova Center. Contact Kara Johnson at for details.

End of Season Celebration
Join Cordova’s First Lego League, grades 4-8 for their End of Season Celebration 6-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at the CHS Tech Room. See final projects, robot design and short game demos. Parents, family and community members all welcome.

ICC Membership Dinner
The 3rd Annual Ilanka Cultural Center Membership Dinner will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Cordova Center. Event tickets are $25 each and include traditional dinner, access to the silent auction, “Meet the Artists”, Ikumat Dance Performance and 2020 ICC Membership. For more information.

Business After Hours Mixer
The Cordova Chamber of Commerce is hosting their first event in a new Business Empowerment Series, starting with a Business After Hours mixer at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the Reluctant Fisherman. For more information or if unable to attend, but interested in other free business resources, visit

Winter Disco
The Cordova Arts and Pageants presents the return of wearable art with a Winter Disco, An Ultra Violet Event on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Cordova Center North Star Theatre. The use of up-cycled materials is encouraged but not required. Interested designers should contact Amber Wasson at 907-440-7347 for more information.

Iceworm Festival
The 60th Iceworm Festival is from Saturday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 in Cordova. For full event details, visit


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


An art class is open to all Cordova teens from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cordova Center Education Room. For more info, call Paula Payne at 907-424-6665.

Open Studio Life Drawing
An opportunity for aspiring artists to practice drawing from a model. Beginning Jan. 29, classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Cordova Center Education Room. $5-10 is the suggested model fee donation. For more info, call Paula Payne at 907-424-6665.

Regular City Council Meetings
Regular meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Cordova Center Community Rooms A & B. The agenda is established on the Friday prior to each meeting date and posted at the post office, library, city hall lobby, the Cordova Center entrance bulletin board and on the city website at Watch council meetings on YouTube 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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