Best Bets

Scottish poet Thomas Campbell once wrote, “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” As Memorial Day approaches, we remember the fallen. Keep an eye out for memorials to be held Monday — the VFW Post 10221 will host services at the Homer Cemetery, Anchor Point Cemetery and Ninilchik Cemetery at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., respectively. For other happenings around town this week, check out these Best Bets.

BEST GIVE YOUR LIBRARY FEEDBACK BET: The Homer Public Library has launched a Library Needs Survey, open until July 31, and they want your feedback! The Library Advisory Board is conducting a review of library services and activities. Your comments, both positive and negative, will inform the library’s plans and goals over the coming years. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to fill out; find the survey online at

BEST CARING FOR YOUR FOREST BET: The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will host “Caring for Your Forest: A Self-study Guide for Your Forested Property” with John Winters on Thursday, May 23 from 6-8 p.m. Winters will review the self-study guide and talk about how incredible of a tool it is in helping you understand and care for forests. This is a self-paced approach that landowners can use to learn more about forestry on their land. Learn to ID trees on your land, protect your home from wildfire, plant & transplant young trees, landscape for wildlife, recognize invasive plant species, manage insect pests and diseases, and create a forest stewardship plan. Whether you’re a novice forester or just want to better look after the trees on your property, this is sure to be a great presentation! For more information and to download the self-study guide, visit 708 Smoky Bay Way.

BEST ANNUAL PLANT SALE BET: The Homer Garden Club annual plant sale will take place on Saturday, May 25 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to come purchase perennial and annual plants from local gardeners. Come early for the best selection! 201 Sterling Highway.

BEST COMMUNITY CLEANUP BET: The Virl “Pa” Haga VFW Post 10221 in Anchor Point is hosting a community clean-up day on Saturday, May 25. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Anchor Point Cemetery starting at noon, and to clean up the Sterling Highway running through Anchor Point from noon to 3 p.m. Trash bags can be picked up at the VFW during operational hours. Volunteers should meet in the VFW parking on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to pick up trash bags and vests, and to establish the route that each volunteer plans to clean. A potluck meal for volunteers will follow the clean-up — bring a dish to share! For more information, visit 72551 Milo Fritz Ave.

BEST CITIZEN SCIENCE BET: Kachemak Crane Watch wants you to help report nesting sandhill crane pairs! Shortly after Sandhill Cranes arrive in Homer, cranes mate and prepare their nest site. Nesting has commenced when the cranes show up alone, indicating one is sitting on the nest. An accurate count of nesting crane pairs helps Kachemak Crane Watch estimate the local crane population and provides an indication of annual reproductive success. Please report nesting sandhill crane pairs to Kachemak Crane Watch at or by calling 907-235-6262. Leave your name, phone number, and include the location and date when nesting started. For more information, visit

BEST LOCAL RADIO MUG DESIGN CONTEST BET: KBBI is currently seeking submissions from their talented and creative listeners for the 2024 KBBI members’ mug! The winning design will be featured on limited edition mugs available to all KBBI sustaining members during the Fall 2024 Membership Drive in October, as well as used on their website and during promotion of the Fall Membership Drive. These coveted mugs are considered to be treasured collectors’ items. The artwork will be seen by hundreds of KBBI members, as well as their families and friends in Southcentral Alaska and beyond. The winning artist will also receive a set of six mugs. For more information on contest rules, visit