A moose with an orange ear tag feeds near the Homer News by Beluga Lake on Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jason Harriman wrote in an email that the moose got tagged after it had been darted as a calf in 2017 when it got a compost bin lid stuck on its head. “It appears to have grown up healthy after the incident,” he wrote. “(It’s) good to see she is still around.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A moose with an orange ear tag feeds near the Homer News by Beluga Lake on Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jason Harriman wrote in an email that the moose got tagged after it had been darted as a calf in 2017 when it got a compost bin lid stuck on its head. “It appears to have grown up healthy after the incident,” he wrote. “(It’s) good to see she is still around.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

Oh no! We get a double-whammy this week, Betster persons, with Friday the 13th on, well, Friday, and St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday. Boston has cancelled its big St. Patrick’s Day parade because of the threat of the novel coronavirus. We’re stll kinda sorta safe here at the End of the Road, but that doesn’t mean you should stop washing your hands.

You might find some green beer, corned beef and cabbage, not to mention a wee dram of whisky, especially if you have a crate of toilet paper to trade. So wish for the luck of the Irish and have a good, sanitary time, perhaps with these Best Bets:

BEST BETTER HEALTH BET: Healing through Grief, the next Thriving Thursday event, takes place from 6-8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at SVT Health & Wellness. What if grief is a skill, something that must be learned and cultivated and taught? In the wake of tragedy and challenges there is a modern tendency to shy away from our grief, rather than to embrace it. Unresolved grief can also lead to complications such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and health problems. Join Osi Kaspi, a behavioral health consultant, in a healing group format where you will have an opportunity to share stories, learn various coping tools and get the chance to support and share with one another.

BEST RUMMAGE AROUND BET: Faith Lutheran Church is holding a Spring Rummage and Bake Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. This is surely your chance to unearth myriad hidden treasures — you never know what you’ll find at a garage sale! This sale is for all ages.

BEST ARTSY BET: Homer Art & Frame presents Second Saturday Drawing with David Pettibone from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday at the store. This is part of a monthly series of classes, each progressively focusing on different aspects of drawing and skill development. Classes will explore the versatility of the different drawing mediums, from charcoal to pencil to colored pencils. Utilizing simple still-life and references, Pettibone will lecture, demonstrate and teach one-on-one, taking the students through the different steps towards the development of a finished drawing. This class is designed for those who are new to drawing or want a refresher. The class size is three to eight students and costs $65 for each class in the series. For a full supply list, visit the Art Class Schedule page on the Homer Art & Frame website. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to set up and purchase any supplies you may need. Call 435-3999 to sign up.

BEST TUNES BET: Jacques Longpre is celebrating his recent CD with a CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Longpre is an Alaska singer-songwriter, combining elements folk and country music with punk and grunge. Originally from Bush Alaska, Jacques now resides in Homer. His first full-length album, “Broken Strings” is an intimate collection of songs written over the last 10 years. Suggested admission is $15.

BEST HEART RACING BET: Want to get your heart racing? Head out for some ice racing on Beluga Lake! This fun event is held every weekend and is free to attend. Ice races start at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday on the lake.

BEST BET YOU CAN’T FIND IT BET: Looking to enjoy that winter sunshine? Head up the the Wynn Nature Center on Skyline Drive from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday for WYNNter Sunday FUNday. This week there will be a scavenger hunt. Explore the trails as you follow the clues. This is a naturalist-led exploration on the trails of the Wynn Nature Center. It’s free for all who attend, and ends with hot dogs and s’mores. Dress for the weather. Call 907-235-6667 or email info@akcoastalstudies.org for more information.

A moose feeds on a rose bush near the Homer News by Beluga Lake on Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A moose feeds on a rose bush near the Homer News by Beluga Lake on Friday afternoon, March 6, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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