Around Town: Holiday Kickoff, Breakfast with Santa, Snowman Competition

Cordova's newly lit, live Christmas tree shines for the first time during the Cordova Chamber's annual Hometown Holiday Kick-off and Tree Lighting outside the Cordova Center on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Hometown Holiday Kick-off

Don’t miss this year’s Hometown Holiday Kick-off Santa Parade, Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar, kicking off at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Cordova Center. Holiday fun continues Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with lunch available from Soup or Seine. Support local vendors and shop local this holiday season. For more information, visit

Community Nativity Display

The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints located at 1 Mile Whitshed Road is hosting their annual Community Nativity Display from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. All are welcome.

The Nutcracker, Land of the Sweets

Current Rhythms is performing selections from the Land of the Sweets and more original pieces, including the debut group choreography of graduating senior company dancer, Serena Herschleb. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the North Star Theater. $10 general admission. Masks required.

CTGC Annual Meeting

The Cordova Trap and Gun Club’s annual meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12 the Pioneer Igloo. All are welcome. Visit to purchase a 2022 membership and visit for more info.

The Catch

The Catch, Cordova’s emerging literary and arts publication, is accepting submissions for its winter issue until Dec. 15. The theme is “tracks.” Submissions are open to all ages and may be made in any medium. Contact [email protected].

Christmas ornament auction

CCMC’s Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Ornament Auction is open for bidding until 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Visit, click on the photo of the ornament you like and comment your bid. Ornaments are hanging in the front lobby window at CCMC’s pharmacy entrance for your viewing pleasure.


Breakfast with Santa

Kids, bring your parents! The Moose Lodge is hosting their annual FREE Breakfast with Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. Jen Pallas will be available to take pictures.


‘Sheridan Glacier’ art show

The Cordova Museum’s annual Holiday Art Show opened Dec. 3 and will remain up through Jan. 29. For more info, call 907-424-6665.

Snowman Competition

Bring your loved ones out to build a snowman behind the Cordova Community Medical Center then take a photo and tag the hospital on Facebook or email your photo to Faith at [email protected]. One winner will be selected at the beginning of each month to receive a prize.

Pajama Read Along

Cordova Public Library’s Pajama Read Along takes place 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on Instagram at cordovapubliclibraryreads.

Morning music

Join local musicians every Friday from 8 to 8:40 a.m. at Mt. Eccles Elementary School for Morning Music. The new 4H music curriculum with song videos, songbook and fiddle tab is available as a free download at Cordova 4H also has ukuleles, tuners and soft padded ukulele cases available for purchase. If you’d like to borrow an instrument, contact Karen Swartzbart at 907-253-3421.

Weir survey

The Copper River Watershed is welcoming feedback and thoughts on future repair and use of the Eyak Lake weir. To participate in the survey, visit

Storytime for Little Ones

Cordova Public Library’s Storytime for Little Ones takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays each week. To participate, follow “cordovapubliclibraryreads” on Instagram. For more information, contact Anna Hernandez at [email protected].

Moms, Pops & Tots Storytime

9:30 a.m. Thursdays via Teams. Register in advance to receive the Zoom invite by contacting Jessica at [email protected] or calling 907-424-2246.

Pen Pal Program

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

Food Pantry

The Salvation Army food pantry is located at 514 First St. Primary distribution is the third Monday of each month from 4-6 p.m. If you need food assistance or are interested in volunteering, please contact Katherine Mead at 907-429-7177. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped in the donation box at AC Value Center.

Cordova Public Library

Cordova Public Library is open to the public and for curbside delivery from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 907-424-6667 or email requests to [email protected].

Free online books

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] or call 907-424-6667.

Knit & Lit Book Club

Book discussions, knitting and other handicrafts via Zoom at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Meeting ID and password posted the day of the meeting. For more info, email Anna Hernandez at [email protected].

Regular City Council meetings

7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Visit for more info. Watch council meetings on YouTube at

Skeet and trap

1 p.m. Sundays at Cordova Public Shooting Range out Sheridan Glacier Road. Cancelations may occur. Visit or email [email protected] for more info.

COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up

All Cordovans who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are asked to register at or call 907-424-3045. If registered, you will receive a call to set up an appointment as soon as you are eligible, and the vaccine is available.

Local COVID testing

To schedule a free COVID test, contact Ilanka Community Health Center at 907-424-3622 or Cordova Community Medical Center at 907-424-8200. Patients are asked to bring their insurance paperwork as the clinics can get reimbursed.

Health & Hope

Ilanka Community Health Center and Sound Alternatives are working together to provide a safe place for family and friends of those dealing with addiction to get support and information each Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at ICHC’s Wellness Center (across from the Episcopal Church). For more info, contact Elizabeth King at 907-424-8300 or John Yakanak at 907-424-3622.

AA Group Meeting

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.

ICHC Wellness & Recovery Support

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ilanka Clinic Wellness Center. If you or someone you know are interested in breaking free from alcohol or substance use or abuse, call John Yakanak at 907-424-3622 for more info.

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