Around Town: Dutch Ganseys, Kelp Box Derby and new disc golf course

Gratitude Party for Father Tom Killeen

Wish Father Tom well on his new adventure and show appreciation for all that he’s done for Cordova. A gathering will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1 downstairs at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the church hall. Feel free to bring a dish and your favorite Father Tom stories to share. Dessert and beverages will be provided. All are welcome! Since his traveling space will be limited, in lieu of gifts there will be a money and card tree available at the party.

Dutch Ganseys exhibit

The Cordova Historical Museum, located at the Cordova Center, is displaying a first-time showing in America of the Dutch Ganseys Exhibit, a collection of more than 50 adult and children’s ganseys from Holland. A gansey is a hard-wearing, seamless sweater worn by fishermen who spent their days at sea. The exhibit will remain on display through Saturday, June 30. The museum is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Eyak Lake Cleanup Day

Help the Copper River Watershed Project clean up tires, pressure-treated wood, Styrofoam and other things harmful to salmon habitat during Eyak Lake Cleanup Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Register for the 2018 Kelp Box Derby Race

Registration is now open for the 2018 Kelp Box Derby Race, held during the Cordova Old Time Downtown Fourth of July celebration. Racers of all ages can register at Build your own downhill racers and bring them to the celebration. All racers must have steering and brakes.

Disc Golf Inaugural Tournament

Registration is now open for Cordova’s first disc golf tournament. The bracketed pro-amateur tournament is scheduled to kick-off at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the new disc golf course at Meals Reservoir located at 1.5-mile Whitshed Road. To register, visit the Cordovans For Disc Golf Facebook page at For more information on becoming a member of the Cordova Disc Golf Club, email Micah Renfeldt at [email protected]. Look for this week’s article for details on the course and this first-time local event.

Old Time Downtown Fourth of July

Cordova’s Annual Independence Day celebration is Wednesday, July 4 on 1st Street. The festivities being with the Kelp Box Derby check-in at 9:30 a.m. near the Masonic Hall on 1st Street followed by an afternoon of games, activities, community BBQ & potluck, and square dancing. For more information, visit


Summer Lunch Art Program

The Cordova Family Resource Center is offering a free Summer Lunch Art Program Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon for ages 2-7 and noon to 1 p.m. for ages 8-13. Join them at the CFRC/BIONIC Youth Center, on Main Street, for art projects and a bag lunch.

Skeet and Trap

The Cordova Trap & Gun Club hosts weekly skeet and trap shoots Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. Everyone is welcome. Cancelations may occur due to poor weather. For the most up-to-date information, visit, email [email protected] or call 907-424-7468.

Al-Anon in 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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