Around Town: Film festival, seed swap, summer reading program

A fishing vessel exits Cordova Harbor. (May 16, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
The Copper River Watershed Project and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival are hosting a two-hour long virtual film festival from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. Purchase tickets at

Free Electronics Recycling Event
Bring your unwanted electronics to the parking lot behind NVE from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 24-30 for free recycling. Some examples of accepted items include TVs, computers, printers, stereos, cameras, phones, microwaves, cords and video players. Non-accepted items include dishwashers, washing and drying machines, refrigerators, freezers, exit signs, PCB ballasts and smoke detectors. For more information, call NVE at 907-424-7738.

Cordova Gardeners Start Swap
The Cordova Greenhouse Initiative is hosting a spring seed swap from 6-8 p.m. on May 28 at the Red Dragon. Visit for more info and gardening tips.

Help Wanted
Help paint and clean-up Cordova’s Public Safety Building at starting at 10 a.m. on May 29. Sign up at to donate time, resources, or funds towards repairs, flowers or treats for volunteers.

Call for submissions
The Catch, a new electronic quarterly, is calling for submissions in poetry, short fiction, essay, photography, and art, to be submitted at Submissions are due by June 15.

Cordova Mini 4-H Music Camp
A free Cordova 4H Mini-Music Camp with lessons in band, art, and science will take place July 19-23. Local campers, ages 6-8, will meet from 10 a.m.-noon; ages 9-18 from 2-4 p.m.; and adult classes will be held in the evenings. Camp will take place outdoors at Mt. Eyak Ski Area with COVID-19 protocols in effect. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 20 at with an occupancy limit of 30 younger kids and 30 older kids on a first come, first served basis. Vaccinated musicians, artists, adults and counselors are needed. Email to volunteer.


Summer Reading Program
Live weekly virtual programming will be available every Wednesday at 1 p.m. from June 9 – July 28 through the Cordova Public Library. Email with names and ages of all participating family members by June 1 to participate.

Local Recycling

Fishing web, free of cork and lead line, can be dropped off in the fishing web recycling container at the Cordova City Baler. Lead acid battery recycling is located behind the NVE building on Nicholoff Way. Small batteries can be recycled at the Post Office. The City of Cordova recycles paper/cardboard, aluminum cans and glass at the lot behind AC. Join the Recycling Action Team by calling Shae Bowman at 907-424-3334 or emailing

Lil Kickers

Cordova’s new youth soccer program is looking for interested parents and volunteers. For details, visit

Moms, Pops & Tots Storytime
10 a.m. Thursdays via Teams. Register in advance to receive the Zoom invite by contacting Jessica at or calling 907-424-7738.

Poetry Showcase
6 p.m. on the last Friday of each month on Zoom or in person at the library. Contact Jillian Gold for more info at

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

Live Gospel Music
Join Belle Mickleson from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to play live gospel music for Cordova Community Medical Center residents. Open to those who are fully vaccinated. Masks required.

Food Drive
Help Cordovans in need by donating your canned goods, non-perishable, and frozen items. The Native Village of Eyak is a food pantry for the Food Bank of Alaska at 110 Nicholoff Way. Call them at 907-424-7738 in the case of food emergencies. The Salvation Army has reopened their food bank at 514 1st St. on Main Street. Call Pastor Steve at 907-429-6262 to donate or receive food.

Cordova Public Library
Cordova Public Library is open to the public during regular business hours. Curbside delivery is also available. Call 907-424-6667 or email requests to

Free online books
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 or call 907-424-6667.

Knit & Lit Book Club
Book discussions, knitting and other handicrafts via Zoom at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Meeting ID and password posted the day of the meeting. For more info, email Anna Hernandez at

Pajama Read Along
7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Geared towards ages 10 and up. To participate, follow “cordovapubliclibraryreads” on Instagram. For more info, email

Storytime for Little Ones
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through May. To participate, follow “cordovapubliclibraryreads” on Instagram. For more info, email

Regular City Council meetings
7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Visit for more info. Watch council meetings on YouTube at

Skeet and trap
1 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays at Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. Cancelations may occur. Visit or email for more info.

COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up
All Cordovans who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are asked to register at or call 907-424-3045. If registered, you will receive a call to set up an appointment as soon as you are eligible, and the vaccine is available.

Local COVID testing
Ilanka Community Health Center offers testing from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday and Fridays downstairs across from the Episcopal Church. Call 907-424-3622 to pre-register. The Cordova Community Medical Center offers testing as needed at the ambulance bay. Call 907-424-8000 to pre-register.

Health & Hope
5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. Anyone wishing to join can obtain login info by calling 907-424-8300. Meetings of the Help & Hope support group will be facilitated by licensed clinical social worker Ruby Vincent.

AA Group Meeting
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.

ICHC Wellness & Recovery Support
7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ilanka Clinic Wellness Center. If you or someone you know are interested in breaking free from alcohol or substance use or abuse, call John Yakanak at 907-424-3622 for more info.

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