Will the coronovirus arrive in Alaska like The Revenge of the Spanish Flu? Will civilization as we know it collapse into the Zombie Apocalypse, or, as Alaskans call it, “How we lived in Homer back when we had a dry cabin?” OK, some of you still live in dry cabins, but at least you have smart phones and maybe working Internet. Imagine life without the web and streaming video. Harsh.
This novel virus stuff is no laughing matter, not when the elderly and people with chronic health conditions could be the first victims. Our public health officials have been training and planning for years for possibilities like COVID-19. They’re the pros, dedicated public servants who put politics aside and focus on stuff like preventing the spread of disease.
That means listening to them, even if it means brushing up on our kindergarten skills. Cough into your sleeve. Wash your hands frequently and for 20 seconds. Some people suggest singing “Happy Birthday,” but the Alaska Flag Song works as well. Get your flu shots. Eat well, drink plenty of fluids and get a good night’s sleep.
We’ll get through this, because we’re Alaskans, tough and caring and resilient. Practice those healthy skills if you’re out and about, maybe with these Best Bets:
BEST FILM BET: Today is your chance to catch a screening of “ReWilding Kernwood,” a documentary being shown at 7 p.m. at the Homer Theatre. Join for the Alaska premiere of this final documentary in a trilogy from Jean Aspen and Tom Irons. Proceeds benefit public radio station KBBI and the Homer Public Library. The film costs $10 to see.
BEST BE THE CHANGE BET: Stop by the next MAPP Community Meeting from 8:30 a.m. to noon this Friday at Kachemak Bay Campus to get educated on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they can impact behavior and health as an adult. Spend a morning in a free community training, learning why ACEs are so adverse, and what you can do about them.
The morning starts out with breakfast and networking before moving into MAPP 101, followed by a number of workshops and presentations. There is an optional networking hour from noon to 1 p.m.
BEST BETTER HEALTH BET: Walk with a Doc Homer returns this Saturday from 9-10 a.m. at SPARC. Join Sarah Roberts, MD, board certified family medicine physician for the next Walk with a Doc Saturday, March 7 from 9am-10am at SPARC. Roberts will give a brief talk on ways to keep kids safe in the sun, followed by a Q&A and free indoor walking. Adults are encouraged to bring their kids and grandchildren, because a special feature at this week’s event will be a free bounce house for kids of all ages to enjoy. The bounce house will be available during the walking time of the event, and will remain open until noon during the regularly scheduled playgroup. Walk with a Doc 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 email@example.com, visit Facebook or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 for more information.
BEST HELPING HAND BET: Head over to Kachemak Bay Campus at 6 p.m. Saturday where Lucas Wilcox of Altruist Kitchen Relief will present the first Ark, an off-grid refugee kitchen that is a radically transparent, radically efficient new kind of aid project.
BEST CUT A RUG BET: Itching to move around? Burn some energy as the next installment of the Salmonfest Music Series, an Intimate Evening with Seth Freeman at 9 p.m. Saturday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The bar staff are excited to welcome Seth Freeman back to Alice’s Champagne Palace for an intimate solo show. Freeman grew up in Arkansas, playing mountain music on acoustics. He won’t necessarily be playing bluegrass, but blues and soul, with some classic tunes, as well as his own music in the mix. He will be showcasing songs and telling some stories that have over the years inspired him and his songwriting. Tickets are $10, with music starting around 9 p.m.
BET BE INFORMED BET: Have questions about what’s going on in your local government? Want to know more about how the city actually works? Head over to Lunch with a Councilmember at noon Monday at the Homer Public Library. This free event features a different council member every month. This is an informal opportunity to bring your lunch and meet with council members. The council member for this Monday is undetermined. The council member for April 13 is Joey Evensen.