It may seem like we’re in the dog days of winter, folks, but the Betster is personally dizzy with the amount of events and outdoor opportunities happening around town lately.
After waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more, we Homerites finally got the winter we had been wanting. Plenty of snow, cool but not frigid temperatures, and, most importantly, the perfect amount of ice to take to the lakes on our skates. This little warm spell has tossed a small wrench into that winter perfection, but don’t let all this water and ice fool you — winter is far from over and there’s still plenty to do.
From ice skating when the lakes are cooperating, to treks across the bay to Grewingk Glacier, to plenty of team sports at the Kevin Bell Arena, to the Homer Rope Tow up on Ohlson Mountain, winter still has plenty of oomph left.
There are also quite a few indoor things to occupy your time as well, like some of these Best Bets:
BEST ADVENTURE BET: Love the mountains, but don’t really feel like climbing one in the middle of winter? Boy, are you in luck. The 18th annual Mountainfilm of Telluride, which combines adventure, mountaineering, unique personalities, and important environmental and social messages, is this weekend. There will be two shows each with different films and content with separate tickets for each night. Purchase tickets in advance at the Homer Bookstore 235-7496 or at the City of Homer Community Recreation office. Film descriptions and listings will be available at: https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/recreation/telluride-mountainfilm-tour-january-18th-and-19th. The first showing is at 7 p.m. this Friday, and the second is at 7 p.m. this Saturday, both at the Mariner Theatre. Attendees who go early at 6 p.m. Saturday can also enjoy the HoWL Chowder Fundraiser.
BEST BOOK-BASED BET: Dive into your creative side with the Salon Series: Can’t We Talk About Something Pleasant? at 8 p.m. this Friday at Homer Council on the Arts. Director Jessica Golden and performers Chris Jacobson, Peter Sheppard, Jessica Williams, Katelyn Hawkins-Wythe, Peggy Ellen Kleinleder, and Carolyn Norton will address loss through many lenses with performances based on this year’s “Big Read” book, “Can’t We Talk About Something Pleasant” by Roz Chast. Ranging from vocal and instrumental music, to wry, witty, and comedic acts, this evening will draw you in and get you laughing as you reflect on the irony life offers. There will also be an excerpt from Kate Rich’s play “Accumulation.” A $20 suggested donation includes food and drink.
BEST BEAT THE BLUES BET: Need to get off your couch but don’t fancy slipping on all that ice? Join South Peninsula Hospital and Homer private practice counselor Bobbi Cleary, MSCP, LPC for the next “Walk with a Doc” event this weekend. The public is welcome to attend the walk from 9-10 a.m. this Saturday at SPARC for Bobbi’s brief talk, “Seasonal Affective Disorder: What it is and ways to cope with it.” Spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting and asking any questions. This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities. There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments. Please bring clean indoor walking shoes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the SPH Health & Wellness Department at 907- 235-0970 with questions or for more information.
BEST BINGO BET: Get out and explore with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies event Forest Bingo this Sunday at the WYNN Nature Center. Join one of the center’s naturalists for this free event and complete your Bingo Card. Can you find a bird? An animal? Something else? Hot Dogs and s’mores will be waiting for all at the end. Dress for the weather. For more information, call 907-235-6667.