Around Town: Plastic recycling event, childbirth education and Comprehensive Plan Update

Rummage sale

A rummage sale sponsored by Cordova Church of the Nazarene will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, beginning Jan. 14, for at least two weeks at the old Troopers Building next to Northstar Lumber. Additional donations are being accepted. For more information call Pastor Steve Leppert at 907-429-6262.

Plastics Recycling

The first Plastic Recycling event of 2019 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 in the AC Value Center parking lot. To sign up to volunteer, visit or contact Shae Bowman at the Copper River Watershed Project by emailing [email protected] or call 907-424-3334.

Retirement celebration

The public is invited to celebrate Diane Ujioka’s retirement, after 25 years, from Cordova Electric Cooperative. Enjoy appetizers at the Reluctant Fisherman from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or later, Friday, Jan. 25.

Movie Night

The Friends of the Library present “Mission Impossible-Fallout” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at North Star Theatre in the Cordova Center.

Childbirth education

A childbirth education course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Ilanka Community Health Center will cover labor and birth, relaxation, birth interventions, breastfeeding, postpartum care and care of the newborn. It is free, but pre-register due to limited space. To register, or for more information, contact Karin Siebenmorgen, RN at 907-424-3622.

Iceworm Festival

The 2019 Cordova Iceworm Festival begins Saturday, Jan. 26 and goes until Saturday, Feb. 2. This year’s festival theme is “Out of this World”.


Cordova Comprehensive Plan Update

Come to the Cordova Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 for the Community Survey and Comment Map Results and learn what your Cordova family, friends, neighbors and co-workers had to say about their future Cordova.

Film night: ‘On the Tip of the Tongue’

Hosted by the Eyak Language Revitalization group, French filmmaker Vincent Bonnay’s feature-length documentary, “On The Tip of The Tongue” (Sur Le Bout De La Langue), will be shown from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Cordova Center. His film was one of 160 selected for the 2018 Anchorage International Film Festival, which received more than 1,000 entries. Filmed in Cordova, the documentary follows Eyak people on their journey to regain their language, culture, land and identity stolen from them many years ago.

Free business classes

The Ilanka Cultural Center is hosting free business classes to help new businesses get up and running. Their last class is Thursday, Jan. 31. Seating is limited, so sign up early. Classes and times are online at For more information and to sign up, contact Audrey Cunningham or Brooke Johnson at 907-424-7903.

Iceworm Photo Show

The Iceworm Photo Show opens Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Copper River Gallery in the Cordova Museum at the Cordova Center. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Artists who submitted work for the Cordova Museum’s Holiday Art Show can pick up their artwork beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Iceworm Photo Show will run through the beginning of March.

Food pantry services

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 at 907-424-7738.


Moms, Pops and Tots!

A play group for children from infants to 4 years old is open from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Masonic Lodge. The group focuses on exploring developmental issues and building on each child’s strengths through large-motor and small-motor skills play, pretend play and sensory play. For more information contact Katie Goodale, Tribal Family Services Director, at 907-424-7738.

Al-Anon in Cordova

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


Healthcare series online seminars

The 2019 Winter Geriatric Healthcare Series, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, online via the University of Washington, began Jan. 8 and will continue through March 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Each session costs $10 per person or $60 for the entire series. Retirees, students and volunteers who do not need credits or certificates do not need to register and can attend for free. Register online at The Jan. 29 session will be “Pharmacotherapy & Deprescribing” by Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH, Professor, Medicine / Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Gospel sing-along

Join members of the St. George Episcopal Church on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. at the Cordova Community Medical Center for their Tuesday gospel sing-along, started in honor of Frances Mallory, and led by Christina Vican and Belle Mickelson. Anyone who wants to sing or play gospel songs is welcome to join to bring smiles to the long-term residents and hospital staff. For more information contact Belle on 907-424-5143.


Little Ones at Storytime

Little Ones at Storytime, with youth services librarian Anna Hernandez, is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the Cordova Public Library. Join Anna for stories, songs, and finger plays, geared toward preschool ages.

Teen Art

Teen Art with Paula Payne will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Education Room at the Cordova Center.

Open studio life drawing

An open studio life drawing class Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., begins Jan. 30 at the Cordova Center education room. A model fee donation of $5-10 is suggested and drop-ins are welcome. For more information call Paula Payne at 907-424-6667.


Morning Music

Morning music is back from 8:05 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the Mt. Eccles Elementary School music room for kindergarten through sixth grade students. Learn to sing and play fiddles, guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo and mandolin. Older students and parents are needed as helpers. Pre-schoolers are welcome to come with their care givers. For more information call Belle Mickelson at 907-424-5143.

After School Art

After School Art with Debbie Carlson will be held 3-4 p.m. Fridays in the Education Room at the Cordova Center. This program is geared towards grades 1-4.

Patch the Pirate Kids Club

Patch the Pirate Kids Club will be held 3-5 p.m. Fridays at the MorningStar Independent Baptist Church, 412 First St., for children grades first through sixth.

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