Around Town: Ornament auction, ‘Guys and Dolls,’ clothing giveaway

Girls on the Run participants work on a poster recognizing U.S. Coast Guard members stationed in Cordova. Photo courtesy of Jessica Wray

Christmas ornament auction

The Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a Christmas ornament auction again this year. Ornament donations can be dropped off at the CCMC Pharmacy by Nov. 3 or mailed to Vivian Knop at PO Box 2165, Cordova, AK 99574. The auction will begin shortly thereafter. Questions, call 907-424-8272.

“Guys and Dolls”

Cordova’s community theater group Stage of the Tide presents the musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” where everyone gambles on love Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 in the Cordova Center’s North Star Theatre.  Tickets are $15 and available at the Cordova Museum, the Net Loft and at the door.  And just like on Broadway audience members over the age of 12 must present proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results for entry.  All audience members are required to wear protective masks for the show.  Questions?  Call Barclay Kopchak for details: 907-424-7178.

Clothing giveaway

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is collecting winter coats, hats, gloves, boots, and other winter items for a giveaway that will take place Saturday, Nov. 6. Children’s items are especially needed. Drop off clean items in the box outside the church by Nov. 5.

Opening reception

The Copper River Gallery is hosting an opening reception for Denis Keogh’s recent artwork from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Royal Wood

Cordova Arts & Pageants presents an evening with singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at the North Star Theater. Proof of COVID vaccination or negative test at the door is required for entry.

Call for artists

The Cordova Museum is preparing for their annual Holiday Art Show. Drop off art submissions in the theme of “Sheridan Glacier” by Tuesday, Nov. 30. Show will open Dec. 3 and will remain up through Jan. 29. For more info, call 907-424-6665.

Lifeguards needed

Lifeguard training will be available for those interested from Nov. 12-14. Check with Bidarki at 907-424-7282 or the swimming pool at 907-424-7200 for more information.

The Catch

The Catch, Cordova’s emerging literary and arts publication, is accepting submissions for its winter issue until Dec. 15. The theme is “tracks.” Submissions are open to all ages and may be made in any medium. Contact


Morning music

Join local musicians every Friday from 8 to 8:40 a.m. at Mt. Eccles Elementary School for Morning Music. The new 4H music curriculum with song videos, songbook and fiddle tab is available as a free download at Cordova 4H also has ukuleles, tuners and soft padded ukulele cases available for purchase. If you’d like to borrow an instrument, contact Karen Swartzbart at 907-253-3421.

Weir survey

The Copper River Watershed is welcoming feedback and thoughts on future repair and use of the Eyak Lake weir. To participate in the survey, visit

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

Ilanka Community Health Center and Sound Alternatives are working together to provide a safe place for family and friends of those dealing with addiction to get support and information each Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m at ICHC’s Wellness Center (across from the Episcopal Church). For more info, contact Elizabeth King at 907-424-8300 or John Yakanak at 907-424-3622.

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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