Around Town: Family Gala, Copper River Basin Symposium, Weekly Happenings

The Iceworm marches down First Street. (Feb. 1, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
The Iceworm marches down First Street. (Feb. 1, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

PTA Family Gala
Students in grades K-6th are invited to “Have a Ball at the Ball” on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Eccles Commons. There will be dancing, crafts, photos and fun. $10 per family ad kids must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds benefit the Cordova PTA.

Copper River Basin Symposium
The Copper River Basin Symposium will be held Feb. 18-20 at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Visitor Center in Copper Center. Deadline for registration is Jan. 31. The event, which is intended to foster collaboration and strengthen relationships for shared stewardship of the Copper River Basin, is open to the public. There is no registration fee; however, there is a fee of $40 per day for optional meals, which can be paid for when you register at copperriver.org.

Ongoing

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. for skeet and trap shooting at the Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. For more information, follow their Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/CDVTrapGun or email CDVTrapGun@gmail.com.

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.

Mondays

President’s Day
The Cordova Times will be closed Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day.

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.

Tuesdays

Al-Anon in Cordova
Al-Anon for friends and family of alcoholics meets at noon on Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. For more information, contact Amber at 907-440-7347.

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 pwssc.org/education/Tuesday-night-talks.

Wednesdays

TEEN Art
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 cityofcordova.net. Watch council meetings on YouTube at youtube.com/user/cathyrhs.

Storytime
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.

Thursdays

Around Town!
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Fridays

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.

Saturdays

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Sundays

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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