Best Bets

Coretta Scott King said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” This month, we’re celebrating community — in all the forms it comes in. There’s a lot of ways to do that in Homer this week. For details on a few of them, check out these Best Bets.

BEST SPRING CLEANING BET: Join Homer Council on the Arts for a spring-cleaning party on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! With their ever-expanding program, HCOA continues to adapt their facilities to be more usable by the community. HCOA invites volunteers to take part in a day of organizing and socialization. Stop by on Saturday to help clean out some clutter and make HCOA spaces more multifunctional! Snacks, drinks and gratitude will be provided. If you are interested in participating, RSVP at 355 W. Pioneer Ave.

BEST COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER BET: The Homer community is coming together for a wonderful cause with the Homer Alaska Community Bazaar, a series of events to raise funds for the Homer Foundation Peony Gardens Beautification Fund. This initiative will support the maintenance of existing gardens and the expansion of these blossoming beauties along Pioneer Avenue and throughout Old Town Homer. Two sales will take place at Grace Ridge Brewery, on Sunday, June 9 from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The June 9 event will have “everything” for sale, while the June 22 event will have everything plus plants from Baycrest Greenhouse for sale. Those attending the June 22 sale will also get the chance to try a sneak taste of Grace Ridge Brewing’s new Peony Celebration Brew! Organizers are asking community members to donate gently used quality goods for the sales; items can be dropped off at the Art Shop Gallery until June 20, or at Grace Ridge Brewery the day before each event. For more information, visit Grace Ridge Brewing, 870 Smoky Bay Way. Art Shop Gallery, 202 W. Pioneer Ave.

BEST COMMUNITY ARTS CELEBRATION BET: Join Homer Council on the Arts and Pier One Theatre on Monday, June 10 from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate the legacy of Mary Epperson, who taught and inspired so many to be engaged in the arts. This free event, which includes a potluck and an open mic night, is a chance for art and performance lovers to gather and find community, while celebrating this Homer-area arts icon and the importance of art in our lives. Sing a song, play an instrument, deliver a monologue, dance a jig, do a stand-up routine, perform a skit or do a live painting — the stage is yours! All ages are welcome; performances should be limited to three minutes. For more information, visit 3858 Homer Spit Rd.

BEST FOOD PANTRY HELP BET: If you’ve got too much fish and not enough room to store or ship it, the Homer Community Food Pantry will happily take it off your hands! Drop off your extra fish at Homer Fish Processing and walk away knowing you’ve done a good thing. 1302 Ocean Dr.

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