Best Bets

Summer keeps on rolling by, like ocean waves upon the beach. There’s plenty to do to keep busy around here this time of year, but soon will come bigger events, like the Fourth of July parade — just three weeks away! If you haven’t figured out your costume yet, you better hurry! In the meantime, for the lowdown on what else is happening around town, check out these Best Bets.

BEST FAMILY LIBRARY DAY BET: The Homer Public Library hosts a “Family Spa Day at the Library” on Friday, June 14 at 3:45 p.m., part of the Summer@HPL 2024 program. Families attending will take part in a do-it-yourself workshop and make a bath bomb, a balm and a scrub to take home. 500 Hazel Ave.

BEST YOGA ON THE SPIT BET: Are you looking to be active this summer? Check out Yoga on the Spit, classes held outside on Wednesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. at the Boathouse Pavilion! The next session will take place on June 19. Instructor Joanna Fonkert will be leading drop-in classes for participants ages 14 and older, with a focus on Ashtanga style flow. Bring a mat, water and warm layers. Classes are by donation; for more information on registration and payment, visit For questions about the class, contact Joanna at Homer Spit Rd.

BEST COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER BET: The second sale for the Homer Alaska Community Bazaar, a series of events to raise funds for the Homer Foundation Peony Gardens Beautification Fund, will take place at Grace Ridge Brewery on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This initiative will support the maintenance of existing gardens and the expansion of these blossoming beauties along Pioneer Avenue and throughout Old Town Homer. Everything plus plants from Baycrest Greenhouse will be for sale, and those attending 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 the event. For more information, visit Grace Ridge Brewing, 870 Smoky Bay Way. Art Shop Gallery, 202 W. Pioneer Ave.

BEST QUILT EXHIBIT BET: Each year, the Kenai Peninsula Quilting Guild issues a challenge to its members to create a mini — meaning no bigger than a twelve-by-twelve-inch square — quilt in a specific theme. The theme for 2024 is “Texture.” These quilts are exhibited throughout the summer at various locations in Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and Homer. Eighteen quilts are currently on display at Grace Ridge Brewery through June. For more information on the Quilting Guild, visit Grace Ridge Brewery, 870 Smoky Bay Way.

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