Around Town: Iceworm Festival, Chamber annual meeting, Blue & Gold Banquet

An artwork by Cordova Jr./Sr. High School student Ria Smyke. (Jan. 26, 2020) Image courtesy of Ria Smyke
An artwork by Cordova Jr./Sr. High School student Ria Smyke. (Jan. 26, 2020) Image courtesy of Ria Smyke

Iceworm Festival
The 60th Iceworm Festival continues through Saturday, Feb. 1 in Cordova. For full event details, see the the schedule on Page 8 of this week’s edition and online at

Chamber Annual Meeting
Join the Cordova Chamber of Commerce for its annual meeting 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Cordova Center.

Blue & Gold Banquet
Celebrate over 50 years of active Boy Scout programing in Cordova for the final Blue & Gold banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the LDS Church on Whitshed Road. Contact Rick Sorenson at 907-424-3113 or Wendy Ranney at 907-429-6688 for more information.

Wonders at Dusk
Master Illusionist Scott Silven will perform from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at the North Start Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door or pick them up early at the museum. Adults $20, seniors $15 and students $10. Cordova Arts members get 10% off all 2020 performances. Visit to become a member or renew your membership.

Saturday Market
The next Cordova Saturday Market will be 2-4 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Masonic Lodge. To sign up to be a vendor, contact Jessicca Morningstar at 907-429-7997.

Copper River Basin Symposium
The Copper River Basin Symposium will be held Feb. 18-20 at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Visitor Center in Copper Center. Deadline for registration is Jan. 31. The event, which is intended to foster collaboration and strengthen relationships for shared stewardship of the Copper River Basin, is open to the public. There is no registration fee; however, there is a fee of $40 per day for optional meals, which can be paid for when you register at



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.


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


An art class is open to all Cordova teens from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cordova Center Education Room. For more info, call Paula Payne at 907-424-6665.

Open Studio Life Drawing
An opportunity for aspiring artists to practice drawing from a model. Beginning Jan. 29, classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Cordova Center Education Room. $5-10 is the suggested model fee donation. For more info, call Paula Payne at 907-424-6665.

Regular City Council Meetings
Regular meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Cordova Center Community Rooms A & B. The agenda is established on the Friday prior to each meeting date and posted at the post office, library, city hall lobby, the Cordova Center entrance bulletin board and on the city website at Watch council meetings on YouTube 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.


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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.


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

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