Around Town: Poetry showcase, salmon derby, art reception

A pair of unusual grill ornaments. (Aug. 24, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Poetry showcase

The Cordova Public Library will host their next monthly poetry showcase at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 via Zoom. This event is live and intended for an adult audience. Participants are asked to bring an original poem or song, or any other poems that they’d like to share. This month’s theme is “Loose Ends”. Contact Jillian Gold with questions and for login info at

Salmon derby

The annual Ed Zeine Silver Salmon Derby for ages 2 to 15 will take place from 9 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the boat haul-out lot past the ferry terminal. All salmon weigh-ins end at 4 p.m. Any questions or to volunteer, contact Vivian Knop at 907-424-3128 or 907-424-8272.

Call for submissions

Deadline for submissions for Cordova’s literary and arts quarterly “The Catch” are due Sept. 15. The Fall 2021 theme is “Harvest”. Submissions may include poetry, short fiction, essays, memoirs, recipes, crafts, comic strips, photography, and art. All ages and all mediums are welcome. No entry limit. Contact

Medical GoFundMe

To learn more and to donate to the Lander Ammerman Medical & Travel Expense fund, visit

Art and Science reception

The opening reception and gallery talk for David Rosenthal’s Painting at the End of the Ice Age exhibit will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 at the Copper River Gallery.

‘In The Heights’

Screenings of the film “In The Heights” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 and at a to-be-determined time Saturday, Sept. 4 at the North Star Theatre. The movies are back! Get your vax and your mask ready to come enjoy some singing and dancing with this movie by Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame! Attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door. Attendees age 12 and under must wear a mask.

‘The Truffle Hunters’

Screenings of the film “The Truffle Hunters” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at the North Star Theatre. This charming documentary takes audiences to the forests of Northern Italy, where foragers seek out the prized white truffle. Attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door. Attendees age 12 and under must wear a mask.


Ultimate frisbee

Adult ultimate frisbee is at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the grassy field through August. Free and open to attend. Just show up.

Bidarki adult volleyball

Adult volleyball is back open from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Bidarki Rec Center. Non-member drop-ins are $5. Participants are asked to stay home if feeling ill. For more info, contact the Bidarki at 907-424-7282.

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

Moms, Pops & Tots Storytime

9:30 a.m. Thursdays via Teams. Register in advance to receive the Zoom invite by contacting Jessica at or calling 907-424-2246.

Live Gospel Music

Join Christina Vican and Belle Mickleson in playing live gospel music for Cordova Community Medical Center residents outdoors on sunny afternoons. Open to those who are fully vaccinated.  Masks required.  Call Belle 907-424-5143 to be on the list to join in on these impromptu music happenings.

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.

Food Pantry

The Salvation Army food pantry is located at 514 First St. Primary distribution is the third Monday of each month from 4-6 p.m. If you need food assistance or are interested in volunteering, please contact Katherine Mead at 907-429-7177. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped in the donation box at AC Value Center.

Cordova Public Library

Cordova Public Library is open to the public and for curbside delivery from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 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

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 Wednesdays. 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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