Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News                                Bottoms up                                An angler’s catch sits waiting to be filleted on ice at Coal Point Seafoods during the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, in Homer.

Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News Bottoms up An angler’s catch sits waiting to be filleted on ice at Coal Point Seafoods during the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, in Homer.

Best Bets

The Betster doesn’t have all that much to say this week, Homerites. Perhaps it’s all this sunshine affecting the mind.

One would much rather be outside enjoying it than inside ruminating on it.

So, the Betster will leave it at that for the time being and direct your attention to these Best Bets:

BEST BUZZ BET: Learn about the history of bees in Homer and gain insight into beekeeping with the Homer Native Plant Society on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Linda Gorman, owner of Homer Honey Girls, will give a presentation that takes you inside a hive. She will also discuss beekeeping in Homer and how much it has changed over her 13 years of keeping bees on the Kenai Peninsula. She will also talk about the different species of bees found here and the plants they are attracted to. Program is free, and light refreshments are provided. For details, email

BEST BEST TO BE PREPARED BET: The City of Homer wants you to be as prepared as possible for the next possible tsunami evacuation. To that end, it is hosting the Tsunami Blue Line Community Fun Run/Walk along with the Kachemak Bay Running Club, this Saturday, March 30. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Homer Elks Lodge. The race begins at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear blue and run the Blue Line in order to know more about where is safe and where is not safe during a tsunami evacuation. The 2.66-mile event follows Homer’s tsunami safe zone, or 50-foot blue line through Homer from the Homer Elks Lodge around Ben Walters and back. Refreshments will be available for runners at Wells Fargo Bank’s blue line crossing. Participants who pass all blue line stations are eligible to enter a raffle to win grab and go emergency backpacks ($300 value) donated by Ulmers Drug & Hardware and Nomar.

BEST BETTER HEALTH BET: The annual Ninilchik Health Fair is coming to town Saturday March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ninilchik School. There will be tons of free giveaways, samples, raffles, and door prizes to be won. Come meet Nolan the Colon, enjoy discounted lab testing, chair massages, and more. Donate to the community food drive with canned or boxed food products and receive an additional prize. There will be fun for the whole family. Participants are encouraged to “Spring into health!”

BEST BOOGIE BET: The Salmonfest Music Series has a return performer: Foghorn Stringband. The band has played thousands of shows and has over 15 years of touring under their belts. In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it’s birth a century ago. They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music. This will be a special Sunday evening performance. There is a $10 cover, and the show will start around 8 p.m. at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

BEST BYGONE BET: Enjoy tea and conversation surrounded by a potpourri of the late Shirley Timmreck’s artwork interspersed with readings from her plays by Pier One Theatre actors this Sunday, March 31 at Homer Council on the Arts. This remembrance event takes place from 1-3 p.m. Directed by Linda Ellsworth.

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