Around Town: AFN Convention, Saturday Market, Fitness Center Grand Opening

Books on display at Cordova Public Library. (Oct. 15, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Books on display at Cordova Public Library. (Oct. 15, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Alaska Federation of Natives Convention
This year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is scheduled to take place Oct. 17-19 in Fairbanks. For convention details and to watch online, visit

‘Mamma Mia!’ update
Performances of “Mamma Mia!” will be postponed. Refunds for tickets already purchased can be obtained at the point of sale.

Rain or Shine Fitness Grand Opening
Cordova Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Grand Opening of Rain or Shine Fitness & Training, located within Seaside Salon & Wellness at 412 First St, from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 19. Attendees can enjoy snacks and door prizes, and learn about owner Desiree Jensen’s fitness, training, meal plans, core and floor training, pre/post-natal fitness and other topics.

Saturday Market
The next Cordova Saturday Market will be from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Masonic Lodge, complete with spooky photo booth.

Haunted Ship
The US Coast Guard Haunted Ship will be Friday, Oct. 25 at the USCG Cutter Fir station. Dress for the weather and bring your ID. Younger kids and those who like less it less spooky should come between 5:30-7 p.m. Older kids and adults may attend from 7-8:30 p.m.

Girls on the Run Costume 5K
The Girls on the Run Costume 5K will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Race registration starts at 9 a.m. and is $15. Ages 15 and under are free. Free spooky games and activities will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Eccles Elementary School gym. For more information, contact the Cordova Family Resource Center at 907-424-5674.


Youth Campfire Circle
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Native Village of Eyak’s Tribal Youth Council invites Cordova to a campfire talking circle to discuss bullying prevention from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at Nirvana Park.

Trick or Treat for Booooks
Kids aged pre-K through teen are invited to stop by the Cordova Center education room from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 31 to trick-or-treat for a book. Event sponsored by the Friends of the Cordova Public Library.

Harvest Festival
The Little Chapel will host a Harvest Festival including activities, hot dogs and candy from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Rup Loops
Cordova Arts and Pageants presents Rup Loops, the Human Radio. Watch the live performance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the North Star Theater. Tickets available at the door. Event is family friendly.

Sobriety Celebration
Save the date! This year’s Sobriety Celebration, hosted by Native Village of Eyak, will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at the Cordova Center.


Halloween and Harvest activities
The Cordova Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of Halloween and Harvest happenings in Cordova. Visit to view and download the list of activities.

Open gym for Cordova’s youth
The Bidarki Rec Center has reserved open gym time for Cordova’s youth. Ages 12 to 18 are welcome to enjoy the gym for free from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact the Bidarki at 907-424-7282 or stop by the facility at 103 Council Ave.

Skeet and trap
Join the Cordova Trap & Gun Club every Sunday from 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. for skeet and trap shooting at the Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. For more information, follow their Facebook page at or email [email protected].

Bidarki adult volleyball
Adults 18 and older are welcome to play open league volleyball 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Bidarki Rec Center. For information on drop-in and membership rates, contact the Bidarki at 907-424-7282 or stop by the facility at 103 Council Ave.

Tot Time
The Bidarki Rec Center opens the upstairs gym for little ones 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Toys, mats and other items are provided so tots and their caregivers can enjoy some free, inside playtime, rain or shine. There is no fee to attend.

Bidarki adult basketball
Adults 18 and older are welcome to play open league basketball 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bidarki Rec Center. For information on drop-in and membership rates, contact the Bidarki at 907-424-7282 or stop by the facility at 103 Council Ave.

Morning Music
Elementary school children are welcome to come and sing and play guitar, fiddle, ukulele, bass, mandolin, and banjo from 8:05 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays at the elementary school music room. Older kids, parents and community members are welcome and needed as helpers. Pre-schoolers can come with their parents or caregivers.

Comment deadline
Gulf of Alaska Oil and Gas Exploration comments are due by 5 p.m. Monday Nov 4. For more information, visit and Comments can be sent to Best Interest Findings, DNR-DOG, 550 W. 7th Ave. Ste. 1100, Anchorage, AK 99501 or emailed to [email protected].

On display
America’s Wolves are featured at the Copper River Gallery at the Museum through Nov. 28.


Moms, Pops & Tots
A play group for children, infants to age 4, is 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Masonic Lodge throughout the school year. The group is free to attend. For more information contact NVE Tribal Family Services director Katie Goodale 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.


Life Hacks for Kids
Life Hacks for Kids is a free weekly after-school program at Cordova Public Library for students grades four through six. Students will learn useful life skills such as using common household tools, restaurant etiquette and ordering, grocery shopping, laundry, camping, first aid and fire safety, and basic sewing. Stop by the library from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays to participate. For questions, call the library at 907-424-6667.

Gospel sing-along
Join members of St. George’s Episcopal Church on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. at the Cordova Community Medical Center for a gospel sing-along to bring smiles to the long-term residents and hospital staff. For more information contact Belle at 907-424-5143.

Knit & Lit Book Club
Bring your knitting and join the Knit & Lit Book Club at 7 p.m. at the fireplacein the Cordova Public Library, the last Tuesday of every month.

Ilanka community wellness and recovery support circle
A wellness and recovery support circle will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Ilanka Wellness Center located at the old DMV office across from St. George’s Episcopal Church. The group is for those wanting to develop skills to live a substances-free life in a safe environment. For more information, call John at 907-424-3622.

Tuesday Night Talks
The Prince William Sound Science Center hosts weekly science lectures September through April. Stay up-to-date on upcoming lecture topics, times and locations and watch past lectures online at


A children’s story time activity will be held at the Cordova Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Caregivers must attend.

Celebrate Recovery
A Christian program to help overcome issues with substance use, abuse, divorce, fear, anxiety, food, gambling, and other hurts, habits and hang-ups is every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene’s Christian Education Building on Adams Avenue. Childcare is provided. For more information, contact Alan Roemhildt at 907-429-7667 or Amber Wasson at 907-440-7347.


Around Town!
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Patch the Pirate Kids Club
Patch the Pirate Kids Club will be held 3-5 p.m. Fridays at the MorningStar Independent Baptist Church, at their new location at the old troopers building, for children grades first through sixth.

After-school art
Free art activities for first graders and up will be held weekly at 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Cordova Education Room. No school no art.


Homeport Coffee Shop is open from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday nights. Enter at the side door, below the Cordova Community Baptist Church, and enjoy coffee, desserts, free Wi-Fi and board games.


Cordova Disc Golf Club league play
Join the Cordova Disc Golf Club at 4 p.m. Sundays at the base of the Meals Reservoir on Whitshed Road for weekly league play, weather permitting. For more information, follow the club’s Facebook page at or email Micah Renfeldt at [email protected].

Youth gathering
Attend youth gatherings at 6 p.m. Sunday nights at the Church of the Nazarene Education Building. Students grades 7-12 are welcome. Call Pastor Steve Leppert at 907-429-6262 for more details.

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