Around Town: Halloween, Election Day, call for artists

Mona and Marty Bossie’s home at 6.5 mile is set up for Halloween. Anyone is welcome to drive by either during the day or at night to check out the decorations. They will remain up through Halloween. Photo courtesy of Mona Bossie

Halloween Art Show

The Cordova Pubic Library is hosting a Halloween Art Show. Open to kids of all ages, drop off artwork at the Cordova Center by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 to be displayed in the windows for Halloween Weekend and the beginning of November. Include full name and age on the back of your art piece. No limit on entries. Contact the library for more info.

Kindness Rock Garden

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Join the Native Village of Eyak in promoting kindness. Paint a rock, any size and shape, to look like a pumpkin. Write a kind message on it and drop it off at the Kindness Pumpkin Patch at the Hollis Henrichs Park sign. Please leave rocks at the “pumpkin patch” through October. For more info, contact Jessica Weaver at 907-424-2246 or Lori Davis at 907-424-2258.

A hideous vampire bat guards a pumpkin that will be given away in a drawing at the AC Value Center grocery store. (Oct. 19, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Win the Giant Pumpkin Contest

Stop by AC Value Center and guess the weight of their giant pumpkin. Closest to the correct weight wins. Call 907-424-7141 for details.

Dressed to Kill – Birds Gone Virtually Wild

Cordova Parks & Rec is raising funds to improve recreational access at Shelter Cove with a free virtual Dressed to Kill event from Oct. 23 through Oct 31. Contests include a Birdie Boudoir Digital Photo Contest and “Perch” themed poetry competition. The top six contestants will win prizes and the top 12 will get a spot in the 2021 Birds Gone Wild Calendar. Email to request to participate. Contest details and a bag of swag will be provided for each participant.

Harry Potter Halloween

Stop by in costume from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct.30 and 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, grab a sweet Honeyduke’s treat from a witches or wizard at CTC, located at 611 2nd St.

Kayak Halloween

Stop by Kayak Café at 524 2nd St. from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 for Harry Potter themed treats, movies and festivities.

PTA Halloween Parade

Put on your costumes and join the Mt. Eccles PTA for a socially distanced Halloween Parade 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The parade will begin at the Mt. Eccles playground at 3 p.m. where spaced out family bubbles will head on foot past the USFS Building, turn at the Bidarki, continue through Main Street, turn up past the Net Loft and end back at the elementary school where treat bags will be handed out to finish the parade. Anyone interested in handing out candy along the parade route is welcome to do so. Visit the Mt. Eccles Facebook page at for a copy of the route flyer.

A variety of books on display at Cordova Public Library’s Trick or Treat for Booooks event. (Oct. 31, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
A variety of books on display at Cordova Public Library’s Trick or Treat for Booooks event. (Oct. 31, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Trick or Treat for BooOOks

Stop by the Cordova Public Library between 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31 for a free book giveaway. Foot traffic will move in one direction and books will be handed out in ready-packaged goody bags. Adult supervision, social distancing and masks required. Contact the Cordova Public Library for more information.

Trunk or Treat

In lieu of the annual Harvest Festival, The Little Chapel is hosting a “Trunk or Treat” in the lower parking lot of the church at 905 Lake Ave. Swing by on Oct. 31 between 4 and 6 p.m. for kids to get some candy.

Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cordova Center. Early in-person voting will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Oct. 19 through Election Day at the Cordova Center. For more information about voting, polling places and the election visit


Bob Ross month

November is “Have a Happy Little” Bob Ross month at the Cordova Museum. Happenings include a Bob Ross quilt display from Cherrywood Fabrics, a “Happy Little” Bob Ross paint-along with Copper River Canvas, door prizes, an original Bob Ross-inspired dance performance by Current Rhythms and an art exhibit by local artists. To participate in the exhibit, drop off your Bob Ross inspired piece to the museum by Friday, Oct. 30. For more information, call 907-424-6665.


Ages 13 and up are welcome to participate in teen and young adult art from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday in the Education Room at the Cordova Center. Email if you wish to attend. Drop-ins welcome.

Salvation Army Food Pantry

The Salvation Army continues to serve the community of Cordova through its Service Extension Ministry. A food pantry is located at 514 1st St. If you need food assistance and pantry is not open, please call Steve at 907-429-6262.

Pen Pal Program

Write to Cordova Hospital Residents with their Pen Pal Program.The address is Pen Pals for Residents Program, Cordova Community Medical Center, P.O. Box 160, Cordova, AK 99574.

Call for artists

Copper River Art Gallery welcomes Cordova artists, 18 and up, working in all mediums to submit “Quarantine Dreams” themed art for an upcoming show. No limit on pieces as long as they were created in the time of COVID 2020. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 22. Email or call 907-424-6665 for info.

Moms, Pops & Tots Storytime

Native Village of Eyak hosts story time each week at 4 p.m. Thursdays via Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom invite where you and your child can listen to a story and then share your favorite story with the group. Contact Jessica at or call 907-424-7738 for more info.

Health & Hope

Cordova Community Medical Center’s Sound Alternatives clinic offers a free online support group for friends and family of individuals with addiction. Meetings of the Help & Hope support group will be facilitated by licensed clinical social worker Ruby Vincent. The group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. Anyone wishing to join can obtain login info by calling 424-8300.

AA Group Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to possible changes, please call 907-244-9406 or 907-347-2286 for additional details on location and time.

Wellness and Recovery

Ilanka Community Wellness & Recovery Support Circle meetings are 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Lodge. If you or someone you know are interested in breaking free from alcohol or substance use or abuse, these free meetings can help you grow and develop skills to do so. Call John at 907-424-3622 for more information.

Cordova Public Library

Cordova Public Library is open by appointment and curbside delivery. Space is limited to allow proper social distancing and cleaning procedures. Closing between appointments for cleaning Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-5 p.m. For appointments, please call 424-6667. Curbside delivery is available until 6 p.m. Please email requests to

Free online books

The Cordova Public Library has a huge variety of books and audio books available in digital format through the Alaska Digital Library which can be accessed on any electronic device. Borrow, read & return books in digital format for free. Go to and click “Sign in.” Select Cordova Public Library from drop-down list and enter your library card number. The PIN is 99574. Need help or your card number? Email with your full name, or send them a message on Facebook at

CORDOVID tournament

If you have a Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8, a daily Mario Kart activity allows you to socialize remotely. Learn how to join the Cordova Mario Kart CORDOVID tournament at 6:30 p.m. daily by visiting online. Tournament code: 1982-0695-3003. Don’t forget to join the voice chat during the race.

Morning Music

Belle Mickelson and Kim Menster are coordinating to make sheet music and instruments available to students. For more information, contact Belle at 907-424-5143.

Skeet and trap

Join the Cordova Trap & Gun Club Sundays from 1-3 p.m. for skeet and trap at the Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. Cancelations may occur. For the most up-to-date information and announcements, follow their Facebook page at or email

Net Loft virtual handcrafting

The Net Loft hosts a virtual handcraft gathering at noon on Wednesdays. Follow the link, Meeting ID: 342 228 580 and sign in on Zoom to join the group from your home computer or phone. All are welcome. For questions, call Amy at 907-988-8000.

Knit & Lit Book Club

Join others for book discussions, knitting and other handicrafts via Zoom at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at

Pajama Read Along

The Cordova Public Library hosts a digital “read along” with Anna Hernandez starting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays each week on Instagram @cordovapubliclibraryreads. Content is geared towards ages 10 and up. Email for more information.

Storytime for Little Ones

Cordova Public Library’s Storytime for Little Ones takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays each week. To participate, follow “cordovapubliclibraryreads” on Instagram. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at

Poetry Showcase

A reading of poetry composed by community members will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. on the last Friday of each month. For more information, contact Jillian Gold

Regular City Council meetings

Regular meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month. 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

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