Around Town: Fourth of July, Senior Salmon Day and Salmon Jam

Jim Johnson, left, and Brent Songar, right, grill hot dogs and hamburgers for the Prince William Sound salmon B.B.Q. and potluck in Cordova on July 4, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Old Time 4th of July Celebration

The Cordova Chamber of Commerce announced its annual Old Time 4th of July Celebration will begin at noon Monday, July 4, at Hollis Henrichs Park. This Cordova classic will include a host of fun activities and competitions, food vendors, an Artisan Market, and live folk music. Everyone is invited to attend this free event from noon-3 p.m.

Smokin’ Aces Fireworks

Open for the season at 5.2-mile Copper River Highway from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and noon to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Senior Salmon Day

Cordova District Fishermen United will hold its annual Senior Salmon Day 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Union Hall on Main Street. CDFU will share donated fillets of wild Alaska salmon with seniors aged 60 years and older.

Copper River Salmon Jam

This year’s Copper River Salmon Jam festival will be a weeklong event from July 11-16, with events spread out around Cordova. Festival events will include: Alaska Salmon Runs Races, Small Fry Kids’ Activities, Salmon Jam Rock Garden, Dumpster Painting, Taste of Cordova Community Potluck, Artisan Market and live music by local acts around town throughout the week. The festival will culminate with live music at Ski Hill on Friday and Saturday night performed by local musicians and the headliner, Zen Trembles. For more information head to

Emergency response training

The Cordova Volunteer Fire Department and the Department of Homeland Security and Environmental Management are 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.-4 p.m. July 12-14. Call 907-424-6117 or email to register.

4H Music Camps

Camps will run July 11-15. Students ages 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.


CFRC Summer Camp (Grades 4-6)

Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting a free summer camp for grades 4-6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through 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.-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

Let Me Run (Grades 4-6)

Cordova Family Resource Center is hosting their Let Me Run camp at the end of summer. The camp will be from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 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


Community Bike Rides

This weekly community bike ride is free and open to the entire community. It’s all about getting on your bike, exploring and meeting new people in Cordova. Meet at Cordova Gear store at 5:30 p.m. Mondays to enjoy a quick group ride. If you need to rent a bike, Cordova Gear has you covered, but you should contact them earlier in the day before the ride, to make arrangements.

Net Loft Nature Journaling

Gather at the Net Loft after the Cordova gear group bike rides for Summer Nature Journaling from 7-8 p.m. Mondays. Eight weeks of nature journaling activities and guided instruction via @roseannhanson’s book “Nature Journaling for a Wild Life.” For more information and registration, visit Supplies and kits are available from the Net Loft.

Free Lunch Art Program

Cordova Family Resource Center will host a free Lunch Art program 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 12:30-1:30 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

Kids Summer Meal Program

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

Summer Reading Program

Sign up now for the Cordova Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for ages K-6 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.

Gospel Music Jams

Vaccinated and masked singers and musicians are invited to join in and play music for the hospital residents 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays. Call Rev. Belle Mickelson for more info at 907-388-3347.

Volunteers wanted

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

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.-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 the 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

Disc Golf Club

Cordova Disc Golf Club meets from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 1, and Friday, July 8, at the Cordova Disc Golf Course at Meals Reservoir. Bring your own discs. Random pairing for doubles play. Small fee to participate and cash prize for the winning team.

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 Leppert’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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