Best Bets

Whether or not the weather agrees, the summer peak season is officially upon us. The campgrounds are full, the cruise ships are coming in, and the farmer’s market is officially open for business. And the festivities keep coming — for details, check out these Best Bets!

BEST ORCHESTRA TOUR BET: The Anchorage Bowl Chamber Orchestra is conducting their 10th annual Kenai Peninsula Tour, performing works by composers such as Grieg, Sibelius and Vivaldi. ABCO will play in Homer at the Bear Creek Winery Botanical Garden on Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. They will play next in Anchor Point on Saturday, June 1, at the Norman Lowell Art Gallery at 2 p.m. These events are free and open to the public, and are suitable for all ages. Donations are accepted. 60203 Bear Creek Dr.; 70117 Norman Lowell Rd.

BEST KIDS’ GARDENING BET: The Homer Public Library is hosting a gardening workshop for kids on Tuesday, June 4 from 1:30-3 p.m. as part of their Summer@HPL series of events. No registration is required. All ages are welcome; children preschool-aged or younger must be with a caregiver. Kids will learn about making a garden and planting seeds as they help to create a garden at the library. On Tuesday, learn how to make pole bean tents. For more information, visit 500 Hazel Ave.

BEST ROUTES TO RECOVERY BET: Are you interested in learning about local treatment options from substance use disorder? If so, join All Things Recovery and South Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Kachemak Bay Campus as representatives from a variety of recovery-based organizations share what the process of SUD treatment looks like from their lens. Many people have a loved one, friend or family member impacted by addiction. This is a safe place to ask questions and be supported. Drinks and snacks will be provided! 533 E Pioneer Ave.

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 CITIZEN SCIENCE BET: Sandhill crane colts will soon hatch in Homer. Crane colts and other baby wildlife are very vulnerable, so please keep your dogs on leashes and cats at home. As part of its Citizen Science projects, Kachemak Crane Watch keeps track of nesting success and wants your observations of Sandhill Crane colts. Send your report to Kachemak Crane Watch at or call 907-235-6262. Please include date of hatching, time, location, number of colts, mortalities and your contact information so Kachemak Crane Watch can call for details. 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