Around Town: Secret Santa, Quarantine Dreams, Bob Ross month

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Secret Santa

The 7th Annual Cordova Secret Santa registration is open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. Community members must be 18 and older, and physically present in Cordova for at least 20 days of December. For full information and to sign up for local event, join

Electrify Alaska!

Cordova Electric Coop is hosting an Electrify Alaska! virtual conference from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Nov. 16-18. Visit for more information and to register.


Musical Instruments and Curriculum

Cordova 4H has musical instruments to loan and Dancing with the Spirit, our village music program, has a new virtual music curriculum. Go to to download Volume 1 which includes 27 song videos, 29 fiddle and tuning videos, song words, colored chords, and fiddle tabs. If printing, be sure to use a color printer. Call Kim Menster 907-253-5223 or Belle Mickelson at 907-424-5143 if you would like to borrow an instrument and tuner. Some Cordova 4H curriculum materials are also available.

Free local COVID testing

Cordovan’s can receive a free COVID test Monday-Saturday at either CCMC or Ilanka. CCMC tests are 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Ilanka drive or walk-up tests are 2 to 3 p.m. Monday and Fridays plus noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Be sure to bring insurance paperwork as the clinics can get reimbursed and help keep tests free. 

Flu shots

Flu shots are available at both local clinics. Call CCMC at 907-424-8200 and ICHC at 907-424-3622 to schedule an appointment.

Quarantine Dreams

Calling all artists 18 years and up working in all mediums: The Cordova Museum is looking for artwork submissions for an upcoming art show “Quarantine Dreams”. No limit on submissions per person as long as they were created in the time of COVID (2020). Deadline is Sunday, Nov. 22. Email [email protected] or call 907-424-6665 for more info.


Bob Ross month

November is “Have a Happy Little” Bob Ross month at the Cordova Museum. Happenings include a Bob Ross quilt display from Cherrywood Fabrics, a “Happy Little” Bob Ross paint-along with Copper River Canvas, door prizes, an original Bob Ross-inspired dance performance by Current Rhythms and an art exhibit by local artists. For more information, call 907-424-6665.


Ages 13 and up are welcome to participate in teen and young adult art from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday in the Education Room at the Cordova Center. Email [email protected] if you wish to attend. Drop-ins welcome.

Salvation Army Food Pantry

The Salvation Army continues to serve the community of Cordova through its Service Extension Ministry. A food pantry is located at 514 1st St. If you need food assistance and pantry is not open, please call Steve at 907-429-6262.

Pen Pal Program

Write to Cordova Hospital Residents with their Pen Pal Program.The address is Pen Pals for Residents Program, Cordova Community Medical Center, P.O. Box 160, Cordova, AK 99574.

Call for artists

Copper River Art Gallery welcomes Cordova artists, 18 and up, working in all mediums to submit “Quarantine Dreams” themed art for an upcoming show. No limit on pieces as long as they were created in the time of COVID 2020. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 22. Email [email protected] or call 907-424-6665 for info.

Moms, Pops & Tots Storytime

Native Village of Eyak hosts story time each week at 4 p.m. Thursdays via Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom invite where you and your child can listen to a story and then share your favorite story with the group. Contact Jessica at [email protected] or call 907-424-7738 for more info.

Health & Hope

Cordova Community Medical Center’s Sound Alternatives clinic offers a free online support group for friends and family of individuals with addiction. Meetings of the Help & Hope support group will be facilitated by licensed clinical social worker Ruby Vincent. The group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom. Anyone wishing to join can obtain login info by calling 907-424-8300.

AA Group Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to possible changes, please call 907-244-9406 or 907-347-2286 for additional details on location and time.

Wellness and Recovery

Ilanka Community Wellness & Recovery Support Circle meetings are 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Lodge. If you or someone you know are interested in breaking free from alcohol or substance use or abuse, these free meetings can help you grow and develop skills to do so. Call John at 907-424-3622 for more information.

Cordova Public Library

Cordova Public Library is open by appointment and curbside delivery. Space is limited to allow proper social distancing and cleaning procedures. Closing between appointments for cleaning Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-5 p.m. For appointments, please call 907-424-6667. Curbside delivery is available until 6 p.m. Please email requests to [email protected].

Free online books

The Cordova Public Library has a huge variety of books and audio books available in digital format through the Alaska Digital Library which can be accessed on any electronic device. Borrow, read & return books in digital format for free. Go to and click “Sign in.” Select Cordova Public Library from drop-down list and enter your library card number. The PIN is 99574. Need help or your card number? Email [email protected] with your full name, or send them a message on Facebook at

CORDOVID tournament

If you have a Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8, a daily Mario Kart activity allows you to socialize remotely. Learn how to join the Cordova Mario Kart CORDOVID tournament at 6:30 p.m. daily by visiting online. Tournament code: 1982-0695-3003. Don’t forget to join the voice chat during the race.

Skeet and trap

Join the Cordova Trap & Gun Club Sundays from 1-3 p.m. for skeet and trap at the Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. Cancelations may occur. For the most up-to-date information and announcements, follow their Facebook page at or email [email protected].

Net Loft virtual handcrafting

The Net Loft hosts a virtual handcraft gathering at noon on Wednesdays. Follow the link, Meeting ID: 342 228 580 and sign in on Zoom to join the group from your home computer or phone. All are welcome. For questions, call Amy at 907-988-8000.

Knit & Lit Book Club

Join others for book discussions, knitting and other handicrafts via Zoom at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at [email protected].

Pajama Read Along

The Cordova Public Library hosts a digital “read along” with Anna Hernandez starting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays each week on Instagram @cordovapubliclibraryreads. Content is geared towards ages 10 and up. Email [email protected] for more information.

Storytime for Little Ones

Cordova Public Library’s Storytime for Little Ones takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays each week. To participate, follow “cordovapubliclibraryreads” on Instagram. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at [email protected].

Poetry Showcase

A reading of poetry composed by community members will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. on the last Friday of each month. For more information, contact Jillian Gold [email protected].

Regular City Council meetings

Regular meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month. 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

Visit our event calendar at Have an upcoming event? Fill out our online form at or email [email protected].