A skier enjoys the trails on the Hayfield Loop at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 on Ohlson Mountain Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A skier enjoys the trails on the Hayfield Loop at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 on Ohlson Mountain Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Best Bets

Hold on to your hats, Betsters. This Saturday marks that every-four-year event of an extra day, Leap Day. You know it’s Leap Year because that’s when we elect presidents. For kids born on Feb. 29, they get to have birthdays, too. This might not seem fair when you’re 12, but if you live to be 64, you can claim to be sweet 16.

We have leap years because Earth takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to revolve around the sun. Things would be a lot tidier if we could slow down our planet up a bit.

Some scientists at Johns Hopkins University have an idea for fixing the calendar. They’d make every month 30 or 31 days, keeping all the dates and days of the week consistent. To accomodate for all that extra time, “Every five or six years we’ll have an extra week at the end when you can party,” astronomy professor Richard Conn Henry told the Washington Post.

Well, sheesh, wouldn’t that be fun? Here in Homer where it’s always fun, we don’t need a leap week for an excuse, because there’s always someting cool to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST BEER BET: Grace Ridge Brewery presents “Tumbleweed: Japan to Alaska,” a presentation being held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. tonight at the brewery on Ocean Drive. Two sailors will share their sailing adventure from Japan to Homer.

BEST BREAK BREAD BET: The next Free Community Meal at Homer United Methodist Church takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. tonight at the church on East End Road. All are welcome for this free meal shared with other members of the community.

BEST CUT A RUG BET: The next installment in the Salmonfest Music Series is a performance by the Rainbow Girls at 9 p.m. this Friday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden coastal countryside just north of California’s Bay Area. If you saw them perform at Salmonfest in 2019, you know these gals are a gang of sweet angels punching you in the heart. If you didn’t get a chance to catch them there, don’t miss this show. Music will start around 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available online at Eventbrite or in person at at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

BEST BETTER HEALTH BET: Feel like digging a little deeper? Check out this free workshop being offered from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday: “Compassionate Self Understanding – Kundalini Yoga as a Resource For Recovery.” This workshop takes place at Many Rivers Yoga Studio and is for those on the path of recovery. Attendees will learn the principles of the 12 steps of AA as well as experience the powerful healing techniques of Kundalini Yoga. This free workshop is a collaboration between Annie Wiard and Anna Raupp.

t will combine an exploration of the 12 principles of AA: honesty, hope, faith, courage, integrity, willingness, humility, love, discipline, patience/perseverance, awareness and service as well as the tradition of Kundalini Yoga. This workshop is generously sponsored by the Homer United Methodist Church. There will be a portion for learning and discussion, and a portion for yoga and movement. Please dress comfortably.

BEST REEL ‘EM IN BET: Get Out and Fish! Kid’s and Family Ice Fishing Day returns for this year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Brdige Creek Reservoir. Come learn how to use ice fishing gear — different rods, tackle, tip-ups, and ice augers. Ice fishing rods, tackle, and bait will be provided. Holes are pre-drilled and you can enjoy some hot chocolate, too. Bring warm clothes, snacks, and a bag or cooler to take fish home in. A bucket to sit on and a sled to pull your gear across the lake are bonus. Adults need a sport fishing license.

BEST BE INVOLVED BET: Are you a currently registered Republican? You can participate this weekend in the Alaska Republican Party District 31 Convention, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Ninilchik Tribal Community Center. Attend to contribute input into this year’s elections and see that the future is bright with the District 31 2020 vision. Speakers include former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer).

The group will look at the party platforms, resolutions and rules as well as elect its district officers and delegates to represent the district at the state convention. Bring a teenage “Young Patriot” with you for $10 (which includes lunch) and have them experience first hand how the political process works. Doors and registration open at 9 a.m. For currently registered Republicans this convention costs $20 per adult and $10 per student(attending with an adult). Register at: https://secure.anedot.com/alaska-gop/d31.

BEST BE INVOLVED (AGAIN) BET: Also of a political nature, the Recall Dunleavy Signature Gathering Kickoff event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Belmonte Center on Lake Street. Petition booklets will be available for Alaskan voters to sign.

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