Homer's Best Bets

  • A rainbow is reflected in the ice and melting puddles of Beluga Lake on Wednesday. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Happy birthday on Feb. 29 to Lord Byron, Gioacchino Rossini, Dinah Shore, Tempest Storm, Ja Rule and Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd
 Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William
 Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr., who indeed has a Christian name for every letter in the alphabet. Oh, and let’s not forget local hero Kyle Caffroy, a Marine who served in the Iraq War.

Yup, Monday marks their official birthday. They’re part of an elite group of people born on a Leap Day, that one day every four years when we add an extra day to adjust our calendars. As every school kid knows, the year is 365.24 days long. Those quarter days add up, and so every four years we add a day in February. Coincidentally, we hold presidential elections in Leap Years, too, probably because they’re so much fun we need one more day to enjoy the drama.

With the new beach policy, Leap Day this year gives coal pickers a bit more time to drive at the Mariner Park beach. Don’t be burning daylight, dudes. On March 2 the season ends, and you’ll have to gather coal in buckets.

So seize the day, Betsteroids. Feb. 29 is bound to be something special, even if it’s just an awesome Monday to cap a great weekend where you did cool stuff, like these Best Bets:


BEST BEST VIEW BET: The HomeRun ShortStop Tesoro at the top of Baycrest Hill has the best view of any gas station in the state, so what better place to hold a Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center After Hours event? Cruise up the hill and mingle with fellow chamber members from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today.


BEST OUR ART BET: The Italian painters had dukes to be their patrons. Alaska artists get supported by the Rasmuson Foundation. One of the foundation’s program is to buy art at exhibits and shows to include in local museum collections. See some of the art chosen at a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Museum for “Living Alaska: A Decade of Collecting Contemporary Art for Alaska Museums.” The show also includes Rasmuson Foundation purchased works in the Pratt’s collection.


BEST LET IT SNOW BET: Bunnell Street Arts Center won’t be having just regular snow this weekend, but super saturated snow. It’s their Super Saturated Snow Ball starting at 8 p.m. Friday featuring the Super Saturated Sugar Strings. Dress up Homer style and get ready to dance. Tickets are $45 at the door.


BEST GET STARTED BET: February also means the time to get those seeds planted so you’ll have big healthy starts by May. Need some advice? Teena Garay presents “Starting Seeds” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday for the Homer Garden Club’s monthly meeting at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Check our the Kachemak Gardener, page 2, for more tips.


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