Around Town: Blessing of the fleet, book signing and celebration of life

Celebration of life

Join the Merritt family in celebrating the life of Patricia Merritt at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Pioneer. If you would like, bring a dish and a story to share.

Blessing of the Fleet

Cordova District Fishermen United is helping Father Tom, of Cordova’s St. Joseph’s church, coordinate a Blessing of the Fleet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. The Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore and crew will be hosting Father Tom and a small group aboard the Sycamore and the public is encouraged to come down and observe from the dock. Vessel owners are encouraged to pass by the Sycamore shortly after 10 a.m. to receive the blessing from Father Tom, which will be broadcasted on Channel 16.

Pioneer’s Pie Social

The Pioneer Pie Social will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 at the Pioneer Igloo. Everyone welcome.

Nirvana Park Cemetery and Eyak Burial Grounds Committee meeting

The Nirvana Park Cemetery and Eyak Burial Grounds Committee will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at the Mayors Conference Room in the Cordova Center. Agenda items include: 2018 improvement work plan, timeline and budget, and discussion of alternative location for Easter Egg Hunt. All are welcome.

Dick Shellhorn Book Signing

A book release and signing party for Dick Shellhorn’s new book, “Balls and Stripes: A Lifetime of Sports Adventures”, will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at the Copper River Gallery in the Cordova Center. The program will include refreshments, sports memorabilia and a digital slide show presentation. Come meet and exchange your favorite stories with Shellhorn, who will also have copies available of his first book, “Time and Tide:  Adventures on Alaska’s Copper River Delta”.

Monthly History Program

The Cordova Historical Society’s monthly history program will be “The Story of Fishing in Cordova”, 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at the Copper River Gallery. Refreshments available.


Summer night skeet and trap shoots

The Cordova Trap & Gun Club is adding summer night skeet and trap shoots again, every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cordova Public Shooting Range, at the clubhouse. Members and non-members of all skill levels welcome. Feel free to bring something for the grill or to share. For more information, visit their Facebook page at or email [email protected] or call 907-424-7468.

Moms, Pops and Tots!

This play group is open for children newborn to 4 years old and will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays (throughout the school year) at the Masonic Lodge. The group focuses on exploring developmental issues and building on each child’s strengths through large-motor skills play, small-motor skills play, pretend play and sensory play. For more information contact Katie Goodale at 907-424-2232 or Cheryl Eleshansky at 907-424-2238.

Al-Anon returns to Cordova

Al-Anon for friends and family of alcoholics meets Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the Wellness Center (old DMV office). For more information, contact Katie at 907-965-5909.

Food pantry services

The Little Chapel is administering Salvation Army extension food pantry services. People needing assistance can pick up food on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Little Chapel. In an emergency at other times, call the Little Chapel at 907-424-3629. Native Village of Eyak administers food distribution on behalf of the Food Bank of Alaska. For more information on the program, contact Rebecca Calfina at NVE’s office 907-424-7738.

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