Around Town: Fungus Festival, film screening, community forum

Fungus-inspired handicrafts. Photo courtesy of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce

Cordova Fungus Festival

September 10 – 12: This year’s hybrid festival features various fungus, forest, and fish-centric activities. Attend lectures, art classes, and forays in person and/or online. A Wild Food Virtual Recipe Swap is happening now. Visit to register and view the detailed schedule of events.

‘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.

Community Forum

A public community discussion on the topic of substance abuse and suicide prevention will take place from 5:30 to 7 pm. on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Cordova Center. Panelists Barb Jewell, Nate Taylor, Hannah Sanders, Susan Powell, Brian Iutzi and Mark Hoover will discuss the various ways drugs and alcohol impact Cordovans and provide information on what resources are available to help friends, family and neighbors. It is not recommended that children under the age of 16 attend. Programmed childcare arts and crafts will be available. For more information, contact city hall at 907-424-6000.

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

Celebration of Life

A celebration of life for Sheelagh Mullins Rowane will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 18 at Orca Lodge. Visit for details.

Free dump day

The Eyak Corporation is hosting a free dump day from 8 a.m. to 3 pm. on Saturday, Sept. 25. All trash (other than vehicles) may be brought to Mile 17 dump. The baler on Whitshed Road will only be open for disposing hazardous wastes, refrigerators and freezers at that time.


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

Storytime for Little Ones
Cordova Public Library’s Storytime for Little Ones takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays each week. To participate, follow “cordovapubliclibraryreads” on Instagram. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at

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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