Around Town: Discussion Forum, Annual Meeting, General Election

Aurora borealis visible near Cordova. (Feb. 6, 2021) Photo courtesy of Cristina Sheppard

Candidates Discussion Forum
An online discussion forum featuring candidates running in the Cordova General Election will take place Friday, Feb. 19 from 5-7 p.m. The event will be broadcast live on the Cordova Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, and with a delay on KLAM/KCDV radio.

CommUNITY Dance
Current Rhythms is hosting a free dance opportunity for anyone grades six and up to get moving and be creative at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Pioneer Igloo Hall Number 19. Pioneer Igloo Members of Cordova’s youth North Star Dance Company will share their favorite, fun dance activities in this workshop. All abilities welcome. Masks required. Wear comfortable clothing. Sign up ahead using this google form: forms.gle/7FZC5uGsZZuksLNU9. This workshop is funded in part by a Cordova Arts and Pageants COVID Arts Relief Grant.

24th Annual FisherPoets Gathering
A celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song has attracted fisherpoets and fans to Astoria, Oregon the last weekend of February since 1998. This year’s FisherPoets Gathering will take place online, from Feb. 25-27. Visit fisherpoets.org for details.

Chamber Annual Meeting
The Cordova Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 online. The evening’s events will include: Dress to Promote Costume Contest, 2021 Outstanding in Business Awards, Board of Directors election results, Annual Report, Chamber Trivia game, and exciting announcements for 2021. For more info and to RSVP visit cordovachamber.com/annual-meeting.

Cordova General Election
Voting in the Cordova General Election will take place March 2. Write-in candidates can register with the city until the day of the election.

After-school Club
Mt. Eccles students are invited to NVE’s new weekly After-school Club from 11 a.m.-noon on Fridays via Zoom. Grades will rotate. When it’s your grades’ week, stop by Mt. Eccles’ front desk on Thursday to pick up supplies and Zoom link info. Contact Jessica Weaver for more info at nveyouth@eyak-nsn.gov or call 907-424-2246.

Ongoing

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. 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.

Visit our event calendar at thecordovatimes.com/events. Have an upcoming event? Email share@thecordovatimes.com.