Around Town: Navy training meetings, ICC membership drive, Local elections

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt transits the Gulf of Alaska after participating in Exercise Northern Edge 2019. (May 25, 2019) Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony J. Rivera/Navy

Quarantine Dreams
The Quarantine Dreams art show at the Cordova Historical Museum will close Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Iceworm Photo Show
A themed photo exhibit and voting for favorites will run from Feb. 3-27, with winners announced Feb. 28. Categories include “people,” “flora & fauna,” “Cordova,” “beyond Cordova,” “2020” and “Shining Bright.” Deadline to enter your photo at the Cordova Historical Museum is 5 p.m. on Jan. 30. Limit to one entry for category. Entry forms can be picked up at the Cordova Historical Museum. Entry is free.

Navy Training Public Meetings
Visit www.GOAEIS.com to download the U.S. Navy’s 2020 Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS, view project information, and submit substantive comments online through Feb. 16. Virtual meetings will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Visit www.GOAEIS.com/VPM to learn more about and to attend a virtual public meeting.

ICC Membership Drive
The Ilanka Cultural Center is hosting an online members-only auction as part of their annual membership drive starting Monday, Jan. 25 and closing Monday, Feb. 1 at www.32auctions.com/icc2021auction. To-go seafood chowder and frybread dinners will be available Saturday, Feb. 6at the Masonic Hall for $25 each, which includes a single annual membership to ICC. Those interested in becoming members are encouraged to purchase a membership before Jan. 25 so they may participate in the auction. Stop by ICC’s new location at 711 First Street or call 907-424-7903 for more information.

City Elections are March 2
Anyone interested in running for City Council (2 open seats), School Board (2 open seats) or the Community Medical Center (3 open seats) should contact the City Clerk at 424-6248 or email cityclerk@cityofcordova.net by Feb. 1.

Ongoing

Iceworm Festival event submissions
If you are hosting an Iceworm Festival event, all planners are asked to fill out the online form at https://tinyurl.com/y6rlcmue to be added to the official schedule. The festival committee is available to assist with any questions or concerns via Facebook messenger or by email icewormfestival@gmail.com.

Citizen of the Year Nominations
The Iceworm Festival committee is accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year until Jan. 25. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit icewormfestival.com/citizenoftheyear.

Iceworm Parade entries
Sign up to be in the parade by Feb. 1 at icewormfestival.com. Important details are available on the event website.

Race Across Alaska Winter Challenge
Join others in a virtual race across Alaska. Run, walk, bike, indoor bike, cross country ski or swim 125 miles, 225 miles, 350 miles, 850 miles, or 2000 miles. Log as many miles as you can over the 3 months of winter. Participants can log miles, track progress, collect virtual badges, and see how they rank up to others on the leader board daily. Singles and groups welcome. The challenge started on Dec. 21 with registration open through Feb. 28 and concludes on March 20. For full details, to register or donate, visit runsignup.com/Race/Events/AK/Anchorage/AlaskaChallenge.

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 dancingwiththespirit.org 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.

TEEN/YA Art
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 paula@cordovalibrary.org 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 nvefamillies@eyak-nsn.gov 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 curbsidedelivery@cordovalibrary.org.

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 adl.overdrive.com 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 librarian@cordovalibrary.org with your full name or send a message on Facebook at facebook.com/CordovaPublicLibrary.

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 cdv.to/867a5 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 facebook.com/groups/CDVTrapGun or email CDVTrapGun@gmail.com.

Knit & Lit Book Club
Join others for book discussions, knitting and other handicrafts via Zoom at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at anna@cordovalibrary.org.

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 anna@cordovalibrary.org 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 anna@cordovalibrary.org.

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 jgold@cityofcordova.net.

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