• High-mast lights shine over the Homer Spit and the harbor last Friday. The city of Homer proposes to replace one set of lights with energy-efficient LED lights as part of a plan to eventually replace all the old high-pressure sodium lights.
  • The moon rises over Grewingk Glacier last Friday night.

We all know visitors come to Homer for our scenery, our art, our fish and the way neat people who live here. Apparently Homer has a new attraction. It’s cool.

That’s cool as in temperature, not as in attitude. We’re all that, too. Take a quick glance at yesterday’s world temperatures: Death Valley, 111; Phoenix, 96; Dallas, 94; Cape Coral, Fla., 96; Podor, Senegal, 100; Arroyomolinos, Spain, 96. Holy Fahrenheit 451! That’s toasty. It’s so dang hot Down South that tourists don’t really care if it’s raining as long as it’s not hot. Homer has become like that icy movie theater in 1950s Miami when hardly anyone had air conditioning and your choice was sitting in a block of ice on the beach — people really did that — or taking in a double feature with cartoons at the Bijou.

It’s been more than 30 years since the Betster endured a summer in the subtropics, but apparently things have changed. Where there might be some respite come September, the heat just goes on and on. To garden means grabbing golden hours in the 80s just after dawn and right before sunset. Shopping trips turn into mad dashes into the store before the sun bakes the interior of cars to the point where you can dehydrate fruit by leaving it on the dashboard. After a few weeks of this, our southern friends start booking flights to Alaska.

Who would have thought it? We usually complain about our traditionally wet and miserable Augusts, but it now appears that tourists actually kind of like that. They would like temperatures in the low 50s and a bit of sunshine, too, which we might get soon enough. Rain? OK. Bring it.

Bring some fun times, too, because this weekend looks jammed back with things to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST ZOOM ZOOM BET: Just because your joints are a bit creaky doesn’t mean you can’t move. Learn how to age gracefully and exercise appropriately with Zumba Gold instructor Maria SantaLucia for “Aging Well, Wisely and With Panache,” this week’s Thriving Thursday class at 6 p.m. at the SVT Health and Wellness Center.

BEST GRRR BET: The Betster doesn’t think “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” has anything to do with canis lupis. It has a lot to do with two academic-type couples who banter and bicker. Edward Albee’s classic dark comedy opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pier One Theatre — the last play of the season. It also shows Saturday and Sunday and next weekend. Tickets are $15 and on sale at the Homer Bookstore and the door.

BEST IMAGINE YOU’RE DONALD TRUMP’S HAT BET: You never know what will happen in improv theater, and when Fresh Produce 2.0 performs, expect something totally off the wall. Fresh Produce performs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sept. 8 at the Art Barn. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits. Tickets are $7, on sale at the Homer Bookstore.

BEST WALK ON WATER BET: OK, you won’t really walk on water, just on the harbor floats, but you will get a way-cool tour of Homer’s mighty little economic engine with the Pratt Museum’s Historic Harbor Tour. Learn about how the harbor works, see some historic boats and learn the difference between a seiner, a longline and a gill netter. The tour runs for the last times this season at 3 p.m. today, Monday and next Thursday. Meet at the wheelhouse by the Salty Dawg.

BEST LITTLE TOTS BET: Parents, do you still have kids at home who haven’t started school? There’s lots to do with your children around town. Try Small Fry Storytime at 11:30 a.m. today at the Homer Public Library, the Pratt’s Fish Feeding at 4 p.m. Friday and Tuesday, Knee High Naturalist at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Wynn Nature Center and Preschool Storytime at 10 am. Wednesday at the library.


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