Around Town: Holiday Bazaar, Quarantine Dreams and Christmas Bird Count

An illuminated nativity display at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. (Dec. 14, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Holiday Bazaar
The last weekend to shop this year’s Holiday Bazaar is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19 at the Cordova Center. Masks are required and a maximum of 35 shoppers will be allowed in the Solarium at a time to allow everyone the space they need to shop safely.

Quarantine Dreams
The Cordova Museum Holiday show, “Quarantine Dreams” opened Friday, Dec. 4. For more info, visit

Christmas Bird Count
Cordova’s COVID-Correct Christmas Bird Count (CCCCBC) will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19 during daylight hours. Everyone who participates will be assigned a route and route leader. Contact Milo Burcham on Facebook or email if interested and if you have a route preference.

Candlelight service
A candlelight service will be held at The Little Chapel Sunday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

Christmas Mass
Christmas Eve Mass will be held at 6 p.m. and Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  As a precaution against the novel coronavirus, seating at each mass will be limited to 20, with reservations required.  Reservations can be made via Facebook at  The events will also be streamed on Facebook.


Light up Cordova
Vote for your favorite holiday Main Street lamp post through Google Forms at Categories include Most Traditional, Most Funny, Most Creative, Town Favorite, and Most Outlandish. Winners announced Dec. 31.

Citizen of the Year Nominations
The Iceworm Festival committee is accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year until Jan. 22. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit

Free local COVID testing
Cordova residents can receive a free COVID test Monday-Saturday at either the Cordova Community Medical Center or the Ilanka Community Health Center. CCMC offers tests 9-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the ambulance bay. Call 907-424-8000 with questions. ICHC offers drive-through and walk-up testing 2-3 p.m. on Monday and Friday and noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday downstairs across from St. George’s Episcopal Church. Call 907-424-3622 to pre-register. Be sure to bring insurance paperwork so clinics can get reimbursed and help keep tests free.

Musical Instruments and Curriculum
Cordova 4H has musical instruments to loan and Dancing with the Spirit has a new virtual music curriculum. Go to for more info. Call Kim Menster 907-253-5223 or Belle Mickelson at 907-424-5143 if you would like to borrow an instrument and tuner. Some Cordova 4H curriculum materials are also available.

Flu shots
Flu shots are available at both local clinics. Call CCMC at 907-424-8200 and ICHC at 907-424-3622 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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 907-424-8300.

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 907-424-6667. 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 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.

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

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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