Around Town: Ocean Based Business networking, Fisher Poets and Copper River Nouveau auction

The sunset out at Hartney Bay was beautiful on the evening of April 8, 2017. Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times

Ocean Based Businesses Beach Meet & Greet

Calling all direct marketers, oyster farmers, fishermen, kelp farmers, ocean-based businesses and ocean artists and makers, join the Cordova Chamber of Commerce from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Harney Bay beach fire pit. Bring something that showcases your work, whether it be your catch, artistry or other ocean-based work.

Fisher Poets

Steve Schoonmaker is hosting a Fisher Poets gathering starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Northstar Theater.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30.

Hurtigruten Cruise Line visit

A Hurtigruten Cruise Line ship will visit Cordova from 2-10 p.m., Monday, May 30.

Connecting in Cordova

A business networking event hosted by the Alaska Chamber will be held 4:30-6 p.m., Friday, June 3, at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn. The event is part of the Alaska Chamber’s annual Community Outreach Trip. Attendees are asked to RSVP to

Copper River Nouveau online auction

Everyone is invited to participate in the PWSSC’s online auction at Bidding opens at noon on Tuesday, May 31 and closes at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

PWSSC ribbon cutting event

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 4 at the PWSSC’s new waterfront campus out Orca Road. Free cake, beverages and self-guided tours follow the ceremony. Masks required inside the building.


Kids Summer Meal Program

Starting June 1 through Aug. 5, all kids ages 0-18 are welcome to free meals at Mt. Eccles Elementary School cafeteria. Breakfast is available 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Summer Reading Program

Signup now for the Cordova Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for ages K-6 starting June 8 through July 27. All youth may participate in Summer Reading and attending Wednesday programs from 1-2:30 p.m. is not required. For more information, call 907-424-6667.

Group bike rides

Monday evenings 5:30 p.m. Meet at Cordova Gear. Call 907-424-5590 for more information.

Volunteers 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.

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.

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.

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.

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