Best Bets

The Betster was honestly starting to think the snow would never come. Thank Kris Kringle it did, though! And (knock on wood) it appears the fluffy white stuff might really be here to stay this time.

While putting up your holiday decorations, doing the last of your winterizing chores or gazing wistfully out your window at our picturesque, wintery Hamlet by the Sea, consider these Best Bets:

BEST HOLIDAY CHEER BET: It’s time to get in the Holiday spirit, and you can do that with a little help from the Homer Chamber Holiday Tree Lighting from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center. Kids and kids-at-heart — all are welcome. This is a free event thanks to the Homer Chamber of Commerce and their generous sponsors. Highlights include: Santa arrives by fire truck, the tree lighting once Santa arrives, photos with Santa and Ms. Claus, three ornament crafting, hot cocoa and s’mores. You can also listen to carols performed by the Homer High School Swing Choir and enjoy special custom treats courtesy of Homer Truffle Co.

BEST BETTER HEALTH BET: South Peninsula Hospital’s Walk with a Doc is back at 9 a.m. on Saturday at SPARC. Walk with a Doc Homer is always on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Hear from a local health care provider leading each walk. They will tell you briefly about a current health topic, and you can spend the rest of the hour walking, asking questions, getting free blood pressure screenings and more.

Please bring your clean, indoor walking shoes to change into. Walk with a Doc is always free and SPARC is accessible for walking, running, strollers, wheelchairs, walking poles, etc. Snacks and coffee provided.

BEST BAZAAR BET: It’s time to start looking around for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Start by looking local at the Christmas Craft and Gift Bazaar being put on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at South Peninsula Hospital, in the lower level conference rooms. The bazaar will feature local art, handmade jewelry, food and more.

BEST FAIRE BET: Bazaars are the gifts that just keep on giving. Head on over to the Homer Nutcracker Faire, a two -day event from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Homer High School. There you’ll find gifts and goodies from Kenai Peninsula artists, food vendors and musicians.

BEST BAY BET: Feeling the need to work on your flexibility while learning something at the same time? The Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting Flow with the Bay from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the research reserve. This is a fun and unique yoga program that teaches you about some of the marine and terrestrial animals of the Kachemak Bay area through fun and beginner poses. Education Intern Janel Sweeney will present this as her semester project. This is a free all-ages event, and perfect for beginners.

Janel is not a certified yoga instructor, this is a fun and non-serious event. Please RSVP to Janel at Please bring your own mat or towel to use. RSVP is required due to limited space.

BEST ASK AWAY BET: Want to know more about what goes on at the local government level? Head to the next Lunch with a Council member from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday at the Homer Public Library. This month’s featured council member is Rachel Lord. Share your ideas and ask questions.