Best Bets

It’s here, folks! The first day of spring — can you tell yet? Cross your fingers that winter gets the message and it should just make its way out the door, taking all the snow and cold with it. In the meantime, if you’re looking to scratch that cabin fever itch, look no further! Here we have a number of fun and fantastic events, from a virtual chat with a bestselling author to one of the last Wynter Sunday sessions of the season, to the big kickoff party for the biggest annual fishing tournament on the West Coast. While you’re out and about this next week, don’t forget to stop by Islands and Oceans on March 28 for the first Community Open House on revising our comprehensive plan! For details, check out these Best Bets!

BEST VIRTUAL AUTHOR TALK BET: Join the Homer Public Library on Thursday, March 21 at 3 p.m. for a virtual talk given by bestselling author Madeline Miller. Author of “The Song of Achilles” and “Circe,” Miller will discuss her body of work and her process in retelling Greek classics into modern epics in fiction. For more information and to register for this event, visit

BEST TOURNAMENT PARTY BET: Are you ready for the 30th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament? Whether you are or not, on Friday, March 22 starting at 5:30 p.m., the first-ever WKT Kick-Off Party at Alice’s Champagne House is the place to be! At this event, Grace Ridge Brewing will launch their new special, Winter King Kolsch. Homer Chamber of Commerce staff will also be in attendance to assist tournament participants with last-minute registration and side tourneys. For more information or to RSVP, visit the Kick-Off Party Facebook page. 195 E Pioneer Ave.

BEST VOLUNTEER TRAINING BET: Are you looking to get out and give back in the community? Here’s the perfect place to start — Hospice of Homer is hosting a Volunteer Orientation training session on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch, coffee and beverages will be provided. There are so many ways to help your neighbor, from being a phone friend and making social connections by telephone, working as a volunteer visitor, providing respite care to allow family caregivers time away, helping with shopping and errands, meal preparation, providing transportation to and from appointments, dog walking and pet care, and providing end-of-life care. For more information or to sign up for orientation, call 907-235-6899 or email 265 E Pioneer Ave.

BEST WINTER FUN DAY BET: Wynnter Sundays are closing out for the season soon! Join Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies naturalists every Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the Carl E. Wynn Visitor Center for campfires, watercolors, winter forest ecology, storytelling, and more! March 24 is “Seed Starting.” Wynnter Sundays are a free weekly event with rotating themes to support families in creatively exploring the winter season. For more information, call 907-235-6667. 62678 Skyline Dr.

BEST WEEKLY WELLNESS BET: SPH Health & Wellness invites you to a free weekly gathering every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Kachemak Bay Campus! March is “Meet Your Neighbor Month” — bring a friend or come alone and meet someone new! Participants can enjoy warm soup, bread and a dose of health education from a rotating presenter, all followed by an hour of yoga with Karen Roush. On March 27, join Jill Burnham for an evening on community wellness. Community members of all ages and abilities are welcome. Come for part of it or all of it! 533 E. Pioneer Ave.

BEST PUBLIC FEEDBACK BET: It’s finally here! Get on over to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. for the first Homer Comprehensive Plan Community Open House! Project leaders want your help to kick off the process of revising the comprehensive plan that will guide Homer residents, leaders, organizations, and partners over the next 10 years. Come and share what you value most and what could make life better in Homer and learn about the comprehensive planning process and how your ideas will help shape the revised plan. Come be a part of Homer’s future. For more information, visit 95 Sterling Hwy.

BEST WINTER SPORTS BET: Kevin Bell Arena is hosting broomball every week on Sundays from 7-9 p.m.! Broomball is similar to hockey, played with a ball on ice but with special shoes instead of skates. All are welcome to play, no experience or equipment is required. Your first time playing is free! For more information, call 907-299-8210 or email, 3150 Homer Spit Road.