February is here and if you’re like this Betster, you took full advantage of National Dark Chocolate Day to ring in the new month! If you missed it, there are plenty of local celebrations to be had, including the 69th Annual Homer Winter Carnival coming right up. Keep an eye on this and upcoming Best Bets for all the fun and educational events and activities in and around Homer that are sure to be cabin fever relievers!
BEST COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER BET: Hospice of Homer will hold its volunteer training in Anchor Point on Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Anchor Point Senior Center. Train to be a volunteer visitor, to shop or run for errands, provide rides to appointments, deliver and pick up medical equipment, and more. Full day attendance is recommended. Lunch, coffee and beverages will be provided. For more information and to sign up, call 907-235-6899. Anchor Point Senior Center, 72750 Milo Fritz Avenue.
BEST COMMUNITY BENEFIT BET: Down East Saloon hosts a benefit for the Pariyar Family who lost their husband, father, brother and friend, Hari (Bola) Pariyar in the recent plane crash in Nepal. Come out on Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for this family and kid-friendly event. $10 at the door gets you access to live music by Uplift, a pasta feed and an auction of items donated by local businesses and individuals. To donate to the auction, contact Beth at Panama Reds Gardening Supply, 907-235-7337. Down East Saloon, 3125 East End Road.
BEST OUTDOOR SOBER FUN BET: All Things Recovery hosts a Sober Ski, Snowshoe and Potluck Dinner at the McNeil Ski Trails on Saturday, February 4, beginning at 3:30 p.m.. Meet at the McNeil Canyon Elementary School parking lot to ski or snowshoe the local trails, with guides on hand for those unfamiliar with the trails. Then meet at the nearby Kachemak Emergency Services community building for a potluck dinner, fellowship, and board games. Dogs are not allowed on school property, so please plan to leave your furry friends at home. For more information, call 907-299-6226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEST SUNDAY FUNDAYS BET: The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies hosts Wynnter Sunday Fundays at the Wynn Nature Center. Come hang out every Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for games, hot dogs, science, s’mores, and more. On February 5, you will make snow sculptures. Free and everyone is welcome. More information at akcoastalstudies.org or 907-235-6667. Wynn Nature Center is located at mile 1.5 East Skyline Drive.
BEST PARTY AT THE PRATT BET: Stop by the Pratt Museum for an Open House on Tuesday, February 7, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. as they celebrate 25 years of the Patrons of the Pratt. Enjoy cake, tea and coffee with brief remarks at 3:30 p.m. by Milli Martin, POP President and Mike Hawfield, former ED of the Pratt and founding POPs member. RSVP to email@example.com, or just show up! Pratt Museum, 3779 Bartlett Street.
BEST RASMUSON AWARD APPLICATION HELP BET: Bunnell Street Arts Center hosts an in-person Rasmuson Individual Artist Award Grant Jam on Wednesday, February 8, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists planning to apply for a Rasmuson grant this year are encouraged to bring their drafted artist statement, resume, project proposal, timeline and budget for a round-robin style review with your peers ahead of the March 1 application deadline. To register for this free event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEST WINTER CARNIVAL BET: Homer’s 69th Winter Carnival takes place Friday to Sunday, February 10 to 12 with theme, Breaking Out Of Hibernation. The Saturday parade begins at the Homer High School parking lot at noon and runs the length of Pioneer Avenue to the Sterling Highway. Weekend events include Rotary’s 5th Annual Cranium Cup at Alice’s, ice racing on Beluga lake, and more. Find the full schedule of events at homeralaska.org. or stop by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.
BEST GET ON STAGE BET: Pier One Theatre is looking for local actors interested in developing small scenes, monologues, improv sketches, and more. Participants will team up with others, select scenes or monologues, polish the materials, and be ready to hit the stage throughout the 2023 season. For more information and to sign up, call Jennifer Norton at 907-226-2287.