Best Bets

The Betster hopes you weren’t planning on one last weekend of fine fall weather, because the great Mother Nature clearly had other plans.

The Betster also never tires of the funny phenomenon in which one can experience several different winters in one place when it comes to Homer. Take Monday, for example. The Betster was lounging and trying to decide whether the snow-slush falling outside the window was a blessing or a blight. In the area near South Peninsula Hospital, the snow was sticking and covering the ground, but was very wet.

Driving just down the hill into the main part of town offered a starkly different view of green grass and giant puddles in the road, where the snow was instantly melting. Yuck.

Then, the Betster meandered up Diamond Ridge to take a gander at the conditions up there, and found that’s where the winter wonderland had been hiding. The snow was heavy with moisture but piled up in people’s driveways and coating everything in a cheery, sparkly white.

So, there you have it. The Homer area offers three distinct winters for its residents to choose from. What a wonderful world, eh?

While you’re here, take at look at these best bets:

BEST BLUFF BUFF BET: It’s never a bad idea to take a greater interest in the natural world around us, especially in a state like Alaska which can be somewhat volatile with its volcano eruptions, earthquakes, etc. You can attend for free an Evening Lecture: Bluff Erosion and Policy Making from 7-8 p.m. Tonight at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center. KBNERR Research Analyst Steve Baird and Coastal Training Program Coordinator Syverine Bentz will discuss erosion and other coastal hazards affecting land owners and decision makers in Homer.

BEST BETTER HEALTH BET: If you’re moseying around town on Saturday in search of something to do, why not take some steps to keep in good health as the dark and, generally speaking, slowed-down season comes upon us? The annual Rotary Health Fair offers comprehensive blood work and wellness screenings, free exhibitors, free flu shots and demonstrations. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homer High School. For appointments and more information visit

BEST BUNNELL BET: Some people spend their money on clothes, others on art and things to display in their homes. The show Wearable Arts, which runs at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday at Land’s End Resort, gives you the best of both worlds. The fashion show features creations including work done in workshops run by artist in residence Sheila Wyne. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

BEST ‘BOO!’ BET: It’s finally here! The annual Haunted Hickory is open from 4-5 p.m. today for young kiddos and those who scare easy, and from 6-9 p.m. for those who really want to get their spook on. The cost of admission is two non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Homer Food Pantry. It is suggested people line up early or else face somewhat long wait times.