Around Town: Earth Day, Cordova Cleanup, electronics recycling event

Volunteer Jonah Reutov cleans up garbage near the shore of Eyak Lake. The Saturday, July 27, 2019, cleanup organized by the Copper River Watershed Project and the Forest Service removed 12 cubic yards of waste from the area. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Volunteer Jonah Reutov cleans up garbage near the shore of Eyak Lake. The Saturday, July 27, 2019, cleanup organized by the Copper River Watershed Project and the Forest Service removed 12 cubic yards of waste from the area. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Earth Day

World Earth Day is Friday, April 22.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

In celebration of Earth Day, the Copper River Watershed Project is partnering with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to bring a live and virtual film festival to Cordova on Friday, April 22. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.

Cordova Cleanup Day

Cordova Cleanup is returning to an in-person event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be available for pickup at the Cordova High School during the event. Visit for full details. If your business would like to help sponsor the event, contact the Chamber at

Film and adventure

Cordova Gear and The Net Loft are hosting a day of adventure art and film with artist/filmmaker Max Romey. Two art workshops will be offered during the day and viewing of Romey’s latest film “Trailbound Alaska” starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the North Star Theater. Visit and for more info and to register.

Electronics Recycling event

The Native Village of Eyak and Alaska Marine Lines are partnering to offer free electronics recycling from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25-May 1. Bring unwanted electronics to the parking lot behind NVE at 110 Nicholoff Way. Acceptable items include TVs, computers, monitors, printers, digital cameras, stereos, A/V equipment, cell phones, telephones, wall chargers, microwaves, speakers, cords, emptied vacuum cleaners, VCRs, DVDs and CD players. Large, approved items must fit on a pallet to be shipped. If you have questions, contact 907-424-7738.

Call for Artists

The Cordova Historical Society presents “Avian Art”, a group bird art show featuring works by local Cordova artists and “Birds by Hand”. Open to all artists over 18, all media, all birds. Drop off art to the Cordova Museum by April 30. Opening reception is Thursday, May 5. Contact the museum at 907-424-6665 for details.

Copper River Royale

Cordova’s high-fashion gala, Dressed to Kill, is back this year with a James Bond theme, Copper River Royale. Funds raised will go towards Alaska Adventure Learning, a Cordova summer camp program. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at The Reluctant Fisherman with ladies only from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and gentlemen welcome after 11 p.m. Tickets now available for purchase at The Reluctant.

Copper River Delta Shorebird Hybrid Festival

This year’s in-person and virtual festival is set for May 5-8. Registration is now open. Visit for details.

Art Workshop

Visiting artist Kassandra Mirosh presents “FOLDED Feathers” art workshop from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Each participant will create a 10”x8” raven ornament, wall hanging, magnet out of cardboard, recycled and specialty paper. Kassandra encourages you to bring paper that is special to you like cards or photographs that you might like to incorporate into your creation, but it’s not required. Ages 13 and up are welcome. $25 workshop fee includes all materials. Space is limited. Sign up at the Cordova Museum or call 907-424-6665.

Bay to Bay in May

Run 9.1 miles or bike 6.1 then run 3 miles from Hartney Bay to Orca Bay on May 7. Customizable Copper River Fleece jackets go to the most average male and female times. All ages welcome to this free, timed event. Contact the Cordova Community Medical Center Primary Care for details at 907-424-8200.


Pianist and comedian Sarah Hagan will be performing on Tuesday, May 10 at the North Star Theater. Tickets available at the door.

Car seat check

Native Village of Eyak is hosting a car seat check event between 6 and 7 p.m. on May 13 and again from 8 to 11 a.m. on May 14 in the NVE back parking lot at 110 Nicholoff Way. A car seat technician will be available to check your seat. Limited number of car seats and booster seats available at no cost. Reservations requested. Contact 907-424-2246 or email to reserve your time slot.


Vounteers wanted

The Cordova Fire Department is recruiting volunteers, ambulance drivers, etc. Call 907-424-6117 for more information and to sign up.

Used book sale

The Hospital Auxiliary used book sale is through May 9 in the basement of the hospital. There are lots of books as well as puzzles, videos and music that are looking for a new home.

Student Art Show

Cordova Museum’s Copper River Gallery presents a Student Art Show by Mt. Eccles Elementary School through April 30. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Hunter Education

Learn to hunt safely and responsibly at your own pace online. The certificate meets the requirements of hunter education in all 50 states where required. The cost is $19.95. In addition to the online course, the completion of the mandatory field day and shooting is also required. Field day date TBD. Call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 907-424-3215 if you are interested and for more info.

Call for musicians

Vaccinated and masked singers and musicians are invited to the Cordova Community Center from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Monday to perform live gospel music for hospital residents. For more information, contact Rev. Belle Mickelson at 907-388-4447.

Free Tai Chi class

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.

Monthly Poetry Showcase

Cordova Public Library’s Monthly Poetry Showcase meets the last Friday of each month at 6 p.m. via Zoom. At the start of each month a theme is announced. At the meeting, share a piece of writing that plays towards the theme. For adults only. For inquiries and login information, contact Jillian Gold at

Sugt’stun for Beginners

Learn Sugt’stun (Alutiiq) with Shyla from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday via Zoom. Email for more info.

Pajama Read Along

Cordova Public Library’s Pajama Read Along takes place 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on Instagram at cordovapubliclibraryreads.

Storytime for Little Ones

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

Moms, Pops & Tots Storytime

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

Morning Music

Join local musicians for Morning Music from 8-8:40 a.m. Fridays at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Download free song videos, songbooks, and fiddle tabs at Cordova 4H has ukuleles, tuners and soft padded ukulele cases available for purchase. Call Karen Swartzbart at 907-253-3421 to borrow an instrument.

After School Art

After School Art is geared for ages 8 and up from 1:30 to 3:30 Fridays in the Education Room of the Cordova Center. Please bring a mask. For more info, call 907-424-6662 or email

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.

Cordova Public Library

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

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

Local COVID-19 testing, vaccines and boosters

To schedule a COVID-19 test, vaccination or booster, contact Ilanka Community Health Center at 907-424-3622 or Cordova Community Medical Center at 907-424-8200. At-home test kits available.


Health & Hope

A safe place for family and friends of those dealing with addiction to get support and information from 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Ilanka Community Health Center (across from the Episcopal Church). Contact Elizabeth King (Sound Alternatives) at 907-424-8300 or John Yakanak (ICHC) at 907-424-3622 for more info.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at Pastor Steve’s home. Call 907-244-9406 or 907-347-2286 for additional details.

NVE Recovery Circle

A safe environment where you and your anonymity are honored. Meet 7-8:30 pm. Tuesdays at Ilanka Wellness Center (old DMV space across from the Episcopal Church). Contact John Yakanak at 907-424-3622 for more info.Visit our event calendar at Have an upcoming event? Email