Around Town: Christmas services, Torchlight Parade and Firework Show, snowman competition


St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

  • Christmas Eve Mass: Children 3 p.m. and Family 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.
  • Christmas Day Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 25.
  • Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26.

Little Chapel

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.
  • Christmas with The Chosen movie viewing: 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 26.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26.

Cordova Community Baptist Church

  • Candlelight Christmas Eve Service: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.

Saint Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church

  • Layman Services for Nativity: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Mt. Eyak Torchlight Parade

The annual torchlight parade and firework show will begin 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 at Mt. Eyak Ski Area, weather permitting. Come ring in the New Year with Cordova’s family-friendly celebration. Enjoy the rope-tow, a bonfire and warming hut will be open. Follow Mt. Eyak Ski Area’s Facebook page at


‘Show Us Your Ice’

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

A safe place for family and friends of those dealing with addiction to get support and information from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Ilanka Community Health Center (across from the Episcopal Church). Contact Elizabeth King (Sound Alternatives) at 907-424-8300 or John Yakanak (ICHC) at 907-424-3622 for more info.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at Pastor Steve’s home. Call 907-244-9406 or 907-347-2286 for additional details.

NVE Recovery Circle

A safe environment where you and your anonymity are honored. Meet 7-8:30 pm. Tuesdays at Ilanka Wellness Center (old DMV space across from the Episcopal Church). Contact John Yakanak at 907-424-3622 for more info.

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