Around Town: Business networking, PWSSC ribbon cutting, summer camps

Free Lunch Art Program

Cordova Family Resource Center will host a free Lunch Art program from June 1 through Aug. 12. Toddler to first grade art session is from 11 a.m. to noon and must have a parent or guardian present during the session. Second grade and up art session is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. No registration needed. Free lunch will be distributed after each art session at CFRC. For more information, contact Jessica Wray at 907-424-5674 or email

Cemetery Clean-up

Volunteers are needed for the 11th Annual Bill Hansen Jr. Memorial Cemetery Clean-up from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 and from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, June 10 at the Pioneer Cemetery across from Nirvana Park out Power Creek Road. Contact Tiffany Beedle at Eyak Corporation at for details.

Connecting in Cordova

A business networking event hosted by the Alaska Chamber will be 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 opened at noon Tuesday, May 31, and closes at 8 p.m. 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.

The Catch – Wonder

Cordova Public Library has a call for writing and art submissions to be featured in Cordova’s Literary and Arts Quarterly, The Catch. This quarter’s summer theme is Wonder with submissions due June 15 to or stop by the library’s circulation desk. All ages, all mediums and multiple submissions welcome.

Emergency response training

The Cordova Volunteer Fire Department and the Department of Homeland Security and Environmental Management is partnering to offer a Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) for the City of Cordova. The course will educate community members who are interested in volunteering in an emergency, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. The CERT team members will continue to meet once a month for volunteer training. The course will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12, 13 and 14. Call (907)424-6117 or email to register.

4H Music Camps

Camps will run July 11-15. Students 9-18 can sign up for an all-day Bluegrass Camp. The Hawaiian Camp for ages 6-8 is full but there is a waiting list. There will also be some adult camp classes. Learn more and sign up at Call Karen Swartzbart at 907-253-3421 to borrow an instrument. Cordova 4H has ukuleles for sale for $55, tuners for $15 and soft padded ukulele cases for $25.

Salmon Jam

This year’s Salmon Jam Festival is scheduled for July 15-16 in Cordova. For details, visit

CFRC Summer Camp (Grades 4-6)

Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting a free summer camp for grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 28-July 1. Visit to learn more and to register. For questions, contact Jessica Wray at 907-424-5674 or email

CFRC Summer Camp (Grades 1-3)

Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting a free summer camp for grades 1-3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 19-22. Visit to learn more and to register. For questions, contact Jessica Wray at 907-424-5674 or email

Girls on the Run

Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting their Girls on the Run camp for grades 3-6 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 14-17 at the CFRC youth center. Cost is $50 with full and half-scholarships available. Register at For questions, contact Jessica Wray at 907-424-5674 or email

Let Me Run

Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting their Let Me Run camp at the end of summer. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during August 2-5 and is offered to 4th-6th grade boys. Cost is $50 with full and half-scholarships available. Register at For questions, contact Jessica Wray at 907-424-5674 or email


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.

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.

Free at-home COVID tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home tests. Each order includes eight rapid-antigen COVID-19 tests. Visit to order.


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