Best Bets

How are you celebrating this Earth Day? If you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer and practice conservation, check out the annual cleanup at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday! Or if you’re interested in gardening, check out the Homer Garden Club’s monthly meeting on Sunday. For other events happening this weekend or coming up this week, including health talks and sporting events, take a look at these Best Bets!

BEST EARTH DAY CELEBRATION BET: What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to spend the day taking care of our planet? Mark your calendars for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s annual Earth Day celebration and clean-up on Saturday, April 20 from 9-11 a.m.! Spend time outside with fellow conservation enthusiasts and help clean up the Refuge. Along with providing an opportunity for stewardship, AMNWR will be giving away prizes to volunteers! For more information, visit 95 Sterling Highway.

BEST GARDEN CLUB MEETING BET: Members and non-members alike are welcome at the Homer Garden Club’s monthly meeting at the Aspen Hotel on Sunday, April 21 from 2-4 p.m.! Local Master Gardener Teena Garay will speak at this free event. Teena is a gardener extraordinaire, with years of experience in every aspect of local gardening. She will speak about what she has learned gardening here for 33 years, including seed starting, planting zones, flower growing, greenhouse use and a myriad of other topics. For more information, visit 91 Sterling Highway.

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! Participants can enjoy warm soup, bread and a dose of health education from a rotating presenter, all followed by an hour of yoga with Rachael Mannix Schmoker. On April 24, join for an informative evening with Dr. Ross Tanner, founder of the Diabetes & Lipid Clinic of Alaska to learn all about diabetes. As a diabetologist, Dr. Tanner treats patients with diabetes and as a clinical lipidologist, he treats patients with complex cholesterol problems. Dr. Tanner became the first board-certified Lipidologist in Alaska in 2005. Dr. Tanner also works locally right here at the SPH Specialty Clinic! Come learn about this important health topic from an expert! Community members of all ages and abilities are welcome. Come for part of it or all of it! For more information, visit 533 E. Pioneer Ave.

BEST FAMILY SPORTS DAY BET: Join City of Homer Community Recreation for a Pickleball Family Time at the HERC gym on Saturday, April 27 from 3-5 p.m.! This event is for multi-generational players — participants from third grade up to adults are welcome. Instructors will be available and all equipment is provided. Clean indoor shoes are required. Sign up at the event. Youth can enter for free; cost is $5 for adults. For more information, call 907-235-6090. 450 Sterling Highway.

BEST SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRY BET: The Anchor Point Food Pantry and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank are fishing for your support on Saturday, April 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anchor Point VFW! Come take part in this first ever Fishing for Support fundraiser — there will be incredible food, amazing auction items and more, for only a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. APFP and KPFB are partnering together to build a better Anchor Point, with the goal of catching $5,000 to match the grant from CIRI for APFP’s new facility. Come learn about the building project and lend your support to this important cause. Although APFP’s goal to combat food insecurity and achieve sustainability requires more than $10,000, every contribution is beneficial and greatly appreciated. Join the crew today! For more information, call 907-299-8437 or email 72551 Milo Fritz Ave.

BEST B&B ANNUAL KICKOFF BET: Attention owners of bed-and-breakfasts or lodging businesses! Don’t miss the Homer Bed & Breakfast Association’s Annual Spring Kickoff on Sunday, April 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Kannery! Open to anyone serving visitors, this event is your time to share what’s new this season. Bring marketing materials for table-top display and networking, deliver a two-minute lightning talk about what new things you’re offering, bring a door prize to highlight your business or organization, win a prize, enjoy snacks and catch up with friends! Build your business this summer with referrals from savvy lodging hosts. The more HBBA knows, the more they can help your business grow! If interested in attending, RSVP to or call 907-235-3757. 451 Sterling Highway.

BEST COMMUNITY 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.