Happy Spring, everyone!
At the end of the newsletter is a link to a Wall Street Journal article that has a picture of myself and one of the Fort Yukon students… A Cordovan in the news!
Lots happening today (Saturday). There is the Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Red Dragon from 1-3 put on by the Sparkle Sisters. Come and have some tea and sparkles in your hair!
Also there is the Cordova High Book Sale every Saturday in April from 11 am to 1 pm in the ILP Building behind the High School. Lots of wonderful library books at $1 a bag! Call Sara Hottinger at 424-5266 if you have questions
At church Sunday April 2nd at St. George’s at 10:30 am–we will be hearing the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead found in John 11:1-45. I’ll be preaching and telling healing stories from my trip to Brazil a few years ago. Christina Vican will be leading Godly Play for the children. Musicians come early at 10 am to practice
Sunday night is the Maxwell Family Fundraiser at the Reluctant from 5-7 pm. Come for Spaghetti and a Silent Auction. $25/person. There is also a GO FUND ME FUNDRAISER for the MAXWELL FAMILY HOUSE FIRE. Thanks for your prayers and support for Mike and Sandee.
Youth Group meets Monday from 5:30-7 pm at the Red Dragon! Youth 6th-12th grade are invited for dinner, party games, music, and a message with leaders Matt and Kristel Rush. Matt’s number is 423-284-3347. Monica and Bryan Shaw are making lasagna this week!
CONNECTING WITH MOVEMENT CLASS with Kathryn Kramer. Meet and Greet Thursday night April 6 from 7-9 pm at the North Star Theatre. Class runs all week with a performance on Friday, April 14th.
The Karl Becker Art Opening at the Museum is Friday April 7th from 5-6:30 pm. The show will be up for several weeks so stop by…
Please pray and send your love to the Doug Heimbuch’s family as he died this week–and to the Nolan family as Neva’s dad died recently–and also to the Johnson family. Both Matt and his mother Debbie Johnson died a few days apart. Also, Robert Cunningham is asking for prayers as he fell out of his bucket truck and badly broke his arm.
Devotions Wed. 7 pm St. George’s Church
Come enjoy a quiet time of meditation and listening to God by candlelight–and then sharing quietly with others… Listen and pray wherever you are….
Please join us this Lenten Season as we collect money for those less fortunate. Put out a bowl in your household and add spare change every day along with your prayers. People here and around the world are praying for our help–and when we answer that call–we will be blessed beyond our wildest dreams.
SUDAN FAMINE FUNDRAISER
The kids had lots of fun with their bake sale last week–as they helped others thanks to your donations and prayers. Let’s keep going!
People are facing famine in South Sudan. Five million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and as many as 100,000 could die unless they get help soon. Donate to Doctors Without Borders. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Want to learn more?
Cordova Family Resource Center Easter Basket Auction APRIL 15
Fishing Vessel TRAINING CLASS APRIL 15th
The USCG-approved Alaska Marine Safety Education Association 10-hour class is April 15th at the Pioneer Igloo. This is hands-on training in onboard emergency response, and meets the USCG requirement for a certified drill conductor to conduct monthly safety drills aboard commercial fishing vessels, where required. With support from the USCG and NISOH, the training is available at no charge for commercial fishermen and deckhands with crew licenses.
Since 1992, over 400 Cordovans have received this training, and this class is relevant to recreation and subsistence boaters as well. Students need to be 16 years of age to receive the USCG certification, but all ages are welcome.
Sign up online at www.amsea.org Any questions, contact the Alaska Sea Grant office 424-7542
HEALTH FAIR APRIL 22ND
SKI HILL NEWS
We didn’t get a chance to get kids up to Mt. Eyak this week–but we’re looking forward to next season! If you’d like to help email me or give me a call to get on the Kid’s Ski/Snowboard Club Email List. We’re also hoping to collect equipment to use next year (helmets, skis, snowboards for Mt. Eyak and cross country gear for the schools). Here’s a note from Dave Bradshaw…
” I typically ask the public at the end of the season to drop off all unwanted ski/snowboard gear at the ski hill. I have gear dropped all summer in front of the rental room door. This drop off gear fuels our ski gear exchange. Summer drop off gives me time to sort repair and dispose of any junk. I will be putting out a call in two weeks at the end of the season. I do have storage but its limited. Thanks. D.W.B.”
In an effort to provide better service to our members, and improve construction efficiency,
the CEC line crew schedule will be Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting May 1, 2017
through the summer season. The office and other departments will be open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
GWITCH’IN RISING DAY occurred recently and the Gwitch’in People in NE Alaska and NW Canada are asking the rest of the world to take action and stand united with them to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Coastal Plain, the porcupine caribou herd and the Gwich’in way of life. They say “Our identity is not up for negotiation!!!” You can support this movement by calling your senators and ask them to co-sponsor the original Arctic Wilderness Bill. Our Legislative Information Office cordova.akleg.gov/ has quick links to where you can contact your legislators on this
issue and others… The National Episcopal Church–and our worldwide partner,
the Anglican Communion is on record supporting the Gwich’in people in this
social justice issue. The Gwich’in people live a subsistence lifestyle and really
depend on caribou which only calve in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
coastal plain. Thanks for your support of these amazing people–and the
caribou their lives depend on…
Anna Hernandez has an electric bass and amp and a youth electric guitar for sale. Call her at 424-7002.
Bryan and Bree Mills are planning to adopt a child–and he is offering his services as a computer expert in return for donations to help with their adoption costs… Email Bryan at <email@example.com>
Ampy Benninger is available to clean your house! Call her at 424-3327.
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS this fall. Its a wonderful opportunity for your families to share foods, culture, education, etc with a student from another country.. They wouldn’t be arriving till Aug 2017. Thank you Call Sarah Reum. 907-429-4518. or email….firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for Robert Cunningham, Bill Williams from Hughes, Rev. Helen Peters from Tanana, Glen Hayden, Jonathan Platt, Kay Sherman, David Chanar and Louis Demoski (both on the Dancing with the Spirit staff), Michele Maxwell, Greg Mann’s dad George, and Neva Nolan’s mother who is having health issues.
A fund for Jonathan Platt has been set up at First National Bank to cover his medical expenses. AND WE HAD GOOD NEWS a couple WEEKS ago THAT JONATHAN’S doctors say it’s looking good! But he’s still continuing treatment. Make your check to April Beedle with a note in the memo line for Jonathan Platt. And send prayers of thanksgiving!
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE RED DRAGON HISTORIC DISTRICT! GO TO THE WEBSITE TO SEE THE REALLY AWESOME 2 minute FLY BY VIDEO OF THE CHURCH AND THE RED DRAGON. www.reddragoncordova.org and you can donate there, too!
Check out our new St. George’s website that we have–thanks to Nancy Bird’s efforts…and those of you who sent in pictures…
There was an Oct. 28 article by Dick Shellhorn in The Cordova Times which you can read online “This Belle Continues to Ring” at http://www.thecordovatimes.com Also, an article about our village music program Dancing with the Spirit appeared an on-line University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment magazine:
AND TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR VILLAGE MUSIC AND CULTURE WEEK PROGRAM WATCH THESE VIDEOS!
The first is a 3 minute Fort Yukon summer camp video that explains about last year’s $25,000 Purpose Prize which we won with the help and support of schools, tribal councils–and Cordovans!
There is also a 10 minute video of last fall’s Tanana camp at
MORNING MUSIC is every THURS. & FRIDAY from 8:05-8:35 am in the Music Room at the Elementary School. It’s a great chance to have free guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, ukulele–and singing lessons every Thurs-Friday. K-6 students welcome–and parents, too. Older students needed as helpers. We need volunteers to help with set up and take down–and musicians to help teach. Call me for more info at 424-514
There is a very nice Mountain Dulcimer for sale for $280 which includes a lesson! Call Annette at 253-3420.
EYAK PRESERVATION COUNCIL NEWS
The Navy in the Gulf of Alaska – 2017 and Beyond
The Navy plans to go forward with their live fire military trainings in the Gulf of Alaska. Right now the Navy is putting the finishing touches on their plan to bomb our waters from 2017 – 2021. Currently, bombs are scheduled to start dropping again May 1st, 2017, just days before our fishing seasons opens on the Copper River. May and June are the highest migration times for all marine life in Alaska.
EPC has been moving mountains to spread the word about this and work for change as we cannot image a worse time to bomb and blast our sacred environment. We are increasing public pressure to move the timing of the trainings to fall or winter months and the location farther offshore. We have been communicating directly with the Navy and the Alaska Delegation. Recently, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office wrote a letter to the Secretary of Navy expressing her displeasure and urging the Navy to engage regional communities. Additionally in recent news, world renown journalist Dahr Jamail delves in to explain some of the contaminants left in the Navy’s wake.
As May 2017 draws closer EPC will continue sounding the alarm, we need your help!
Ways you can help:
- If you have not yet done so, please Send a letter to the Navy and Alaska delegation on our website;
- Support the campaign by making a donation or ordering a Summer is for Salmon, Not Navy Noise T-shirt and bumper sticker: order by email at email@example.com
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to say up to speed on what’s happening – there may be a time when we move quickly and won’t have time to send a newsletter.
.An Enrique Zamudio Music Fund to honor his memory–and help Cordova music programs–has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, Box 1250, Cordova, Alaska 99574
CURRENT RHYTHMS teaches Yoga and Dance Classes. THEY ARE CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF TEACHING DANCE IN CORDOVA! Call 424-3632 to sign up for classes–or just come!
Ilanka Cultural Center has a Fishing Exhibit.
TO JOIN THE Recycling Action TEAM Call Shae Bowman 424-3334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CITY RECYCLES PAPER/CARDBOARD, ALUMINUM CANS, AND GLASS at the lot behind AC.
LEAD ACID BATTERY RECYCLING behind NVE building. Small batteries can be recycled at the PO–along with aluminum cans.
ILANKA Health Center offers 2 free appointments for those ready to do something about their addictions to drugs and/or alcohol. Call 424-3622.
The City of Cordova has an email newsletter, The CORDOVA CONVERSATION. The Conversation is published every Monday, and is designed to be a short, informative digest of issues relevant to most Cordovans. To sign up for this free publication, simply go to the city’s home page at www.cityofcordova.net, scroll down to the “Bulletin Board” and click on the “Stay up on News from City Hall.” That will take you to the sign- up sheet.
BREAST FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP Join us the second Wednesday of each month @ noon in the Native Village of Eyak boardroom for the monthly Breastfeeding Support Group. Nursing babies and toddlers are always welcome.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY, A CHRIST CENTERED 12 STEP PROGRAM MEETS ON THURSDAY AT 7 PM AT THE SALVATION ARMY. .
NARCOTICS ANNONYMOUS now meets at the Salvation Army Sat. night at 7 pm. Come to the side door where the chapel is…
GET IN SHAPE at our City facilities–or at the Masonic Temple weight room which is open 24 hours (check out the key from the police department).
There are some Tai Chi classes on Tues., Thurs, and Sat. at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall from 1 to 1:30 pm.
CHECK OUT THE SALTWATER SWIMMING POOL (now open at 7 am on Tues. and Thurs)–AND ALL THE CLASSES AND NEW EQUIPMENT AT BIDARKI.
Does anyone have a little EXTRA MILEAGE or COMPANION FARES? Dancing with the Spirit could use some mileage 7,500 each way to get staff (like me!) up to Fairbanks for village travel this winter–or companion fares for staff traveling to SE Alaska. Call Belle at 424-5143.
DANCING WITH THE SPIRIT www.dancingwiththespirit.org NEEDS GUITARS, FIDDLES, MANDOLINS, ELECTRIC BASSES FOR USE IN THEIR VILLAGE MUSIC PROGRAM. Bring them to Belle’s house or call her at 424-5143.
Love and blessings, Belle
424-5143 (h) 388-3347 (c)
WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE MENTIONING DANCING WITH THE SPIRIT
Here’s the letter from Eunice Nichols who came to our Cordova 4H Music Camp last summer
|Laurie, Sam and Belle,
I hope the three of you are doing well. I wanted to make sure you saw this great Wall Street Journal article yesterday, which prominently featured the three of you — and that joyous photo of Belle teaching fiddle to a little girl. 🙂 Over a year later and people are still captivated by your encore story!