Best Bets

The sun’ll come out tomorrow, tomorrow— or so the Betster hopes, despite the weather forecast for this week. But hey, the temps are warming up and rain is better than snow, especially since it helps things grow! Speaking of growing, there’s some great events happening around Homer this week related to farming, gardening, planet-caring or just good-old-fashioned community fun. For details, check out these Best Bets!

BEST KNOW YOUR LAND BET: The Homer Soil & Water Conservation District partners with Kachemak Bay Campus for the 2024 Know Your Land talks on alternating Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. On April 25, Karin Sonnen, Alaska’s state rangeland specialist with USDA-NRCS, will share her extensive knowledge of managing pastures for quality feed and sustainability for many kinds of animals — horses, goats, pigs, chickens, reindeer, cows, you name it. She will discuss pasture establishment, management techniques, and rotational grazing to optimize your pasture to save costs on feed. Join in person at KBC or virtually via Zoom. The “Know Your Land” series of talks is a free event brought to you by Homer SWCD, the USDA-NRCS Homer field office, and Kachemak Bay Campus. For more information, visit 533 E Pioneer Ave.

BEST ELECTRONICS RECYCLING BET: Cook Inletkeeper is hosting their 19th Annual Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SBS! This is the best and only opportunity to declutter and properly dispose of your electronic waste. In addition to making space for the new, electronics recycling protects our water quality and fish habitats by preventing toxic chemicals and metals from contaminating our land and water. Cost is free for most recycling; for companies, nonprofits, and government organizations, Cook Inletkeeper asks $15 per computer monitor, LCD TV and CRT TV. Everything else is free; donations to cover the recycling and transportation costs are appreciated! For more information, visit or contact Cook Inletkeeper E-Cycling Coordinator & Administrative Assistant Mel Kim at 907-235-4068, ext. 22 or to schedule an appointment for your business, school, tribe, nonprofit, or government agency. 3978 Lake St.

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 Hwy.

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 Hwy.

BEST SEED AND SOIL WORKSHOP BET: The Homer Seed Library is hosting workshops, sponsored by Homer Soil and Water, at the Homer Public Library to teach community members how to garden and how to save seeds! On Thursday, May 2 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the HPL conference room, take part in “Beginning Seed Saving” and get the basics on seed saving so you know what to save and what not to save. Learn how to save the easy crops! For more information and to register, visit 500 Hazel Ave.

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 Rd.