The Japanese Self Defense Force ship Kashima, DD-3508, left, passes by its sister ship, Harusame, DD-102, as they prepare to anchor off the Homer Spit on Monday morning. A training cruise for newly commissioned officers, the ships arrived in Homer on their way to a visit in Anchorage. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

The Japanese Self Defense Force ship Kashima, DD-3508, left, passes by its sister ship, Harusame, DD-102, as they prepare to anchor off the Homer Spit on Monday morning. A training cruise for newly commissioned officers, the ships arrived in Homer on their way to a visit in Anchorage. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

Best Bets

The Betster has an announcement this week of utmost importance — it’s here. Our most beloved National Coffee Day is finally here on Friday.

Some Homerites may look forward to Christmas, others might count down the days to Halloween and still others may hold their breath each year until Summer Solstice. But for this Betster, no day can mark a rotation around the sun better than this day, this almighty celebration of all that is good and caffeinated.

As the Betster sipped on a particularly unctuous brew the other morning, it all seemed to fall into place. The warmth being spread through the body with every sip was multiplied by the sharpness in the autumn air and the crisp colors finally coming into the leaves. The bitterness of the coffee was matched only by the stinging disappointment of not having some pumpkin spice creamer to put in it. (This passage should thoroughly protect the Betster’s identity, as the image of someone complacently sipping on pumpkin spice coffee whilst perusing the New York Times crossword brings to mind both a millennial and an old timer.)

Whether you take it black and bitter or light and creamy; whether you channel the French with a cafe au lait or the Italians with something espresso-filled; whether you stop considering it coffee when its consistency is slightly less than sludge or you mostly order it for the whipped cream topping, you may rejoice on Friday. For we all are equal in the eyes of the coffee bean, as long as we’re partaking of its sweet nectar.

As we settle firmly into fall and all its wonders (coffee included), here’s some Best Bets to help get you through:

BEST BELLY LAUGH BET: Fresh Produce 3.0 will hold two theater improv comedy shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Art Barn, at 1060 East End Road. All proceeds will benefit the following community organizations: Friday night show: Flex High School Healthy Foods Program; Saturday night show: Safe Families for Children. Admission is $7 at the door. Some material may contain adult themes or language.

BEST MAKE IT SELL BET: The Anchor Point Senior Center holds its big Market/Yard Indoor/Outdoor Sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Anchor Point Senior Center. Tables are $15 each; tailgate spaces are available. Concessions are from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 235-7786 to reserve a space.

BEST FINALLY ICE BET: The floatplanes still buzz on Beluga Lake, but out at the Kevin Bell Arena, the ice is in and the Zamboni running. Sharpen those skates and get going with winter recreation and family fun from 4-5:45 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 with $1 for skate rentals.

BEST GOOD CITIZEN BET: Sure, you can be patriotic by flying the flag, but if you want to really show love for your country and town, do the right thing: vote. City of Homer and Kenai Peninsula Borough elections are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday at your local precincts. There are a whole slew of propositions and offices up for election.

BEST KEEP RUNNING BET: With the ice arena open and warm days, it’s the best of both worlds. You can skate and run. Kachemak Bay Running Club sponsors its Thursday night 5K(ish) Fun Run/Walks at 6 p.m. In October; Two Sisters Bakery hosts the event. Reservations are recommended for people who plan on staying after the fun run, but the bar and bar and patio are available to participants for drinks and appetizers only.

The Japanese Self Defense Force ship Kashima, DD-3508, left, passes by its sister ship, Harusame, DD-102, as they prepare to anchor off the Homer Spit on Monday morning. A training cruise for newly commissioned officers, the ships arrived in Homer on their way to a visit in Anchorage. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

The Japanese Self Defense Force ship Kashima, DD-3508, left, passes by its sister ship, Harusame, DD-102, as they prepare to anchor off the Homer Spit on Monday morning. A training cruise for newly commissioned officers, the ships arrived in Homer on their way to a visit in Anchorage. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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