Around Town: Christmas Bird Count, Breakfast with Santa, snowman competition

Anna’s Hummingbirds have been expanding their range north. This species was first observed on Cordova’s count in 2003 and has been counted annually since 2013. Photo courtesy Milo Burcham/for The Cordova Times
Anna’s Hummingbirds have been expanding their range north. This species was first observed on Cordova’s count in 2003 and has been counted annually since 2013. Photo courtesy Milo Burcham/for The Cordova Times

Cordova’s 50th Christmas Bird Count!

Start documenting species of birds (not numbers) in preparation for Saturday’s Christmas Bird Count. Birds must be seen within the count circle which has a 7.5-mile radius and is centered on Eyak Lake Weir. Meet at the Cordova Center Education Room at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 to be assigned a route. Feeder watchers also needed. Breakfast snacks and coffee will be provided.

Route leaders for the count day are:

  • North Orca Inlet, Dave David Janka;
  • South Orca Inlet, Milo Burcham;
  • Orca Road, Kelley Weaverling;
  • Town, Aaron Bowman; Whitshed,
  • Dana Smyke; Power Creek Road, Pete Mickelson;
  • Highway, Trae Lohse;
  • Eccles Lagoon, Michele Hahn.

For more information, contact Milo Burcham.

Chamber’s Holiday Bazaar

Support local vendors from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at the Cordova Center and shop local this holiday season. For more information, visit

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. Sunday, Dec. 19. Jen Pallas will be available to take pictures.


Ongoing events

‘Show Us Your Ice’ 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 for Morning Music every Friday from 8-8:40 a.m. at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. The 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.

Storytime for Little Ones

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

Moms, Pops & Tots Storytime

Storytime is 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 4-6 p.m. the third Monday of each month. 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. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. 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. 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

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up

Register to receive a COVID-19 at or call 907-424-3045. Registrants will receive a call to set up an appointment as soon as they are eligible, and the vaccine is available.

Local COVID-19 testing

To schedule a free COVID-19 test, contact Ilanka Community Health Center at 907-424-3622 or Cordova Community Medical Center at 907-424-8200. Patients are asked to bring insurance information so 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 with addiction to get support and information from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at ICHC’s Wellness Center (across from the Episcopal church). For more information, contact Elizabeth King at 907-424-8300 or John Yakanak at 907-424-3622.

AA Group Meeting

AA meets 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please call 907-244-9406 or 907-347-2286 for additional details on location and time.

ICHC Wellness & Recovery Support

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

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