Best Bets

Who loves you, Betsteroids? That’s right — your mama. Don’t forget the annual celebration of mothers this Sunday, May 14. That’s the second Sunday in May. Sunday, kids. Sunday.

Usually, here in Homer the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival falls on the Mother’s Day weekend, but not this year. Mothers, you have this whole weekend to yourself, with the added bonus that a lot of the summer businesses have already opened.

Some of you won’t be celebrating Mother’s Day with your mom physically present. Brothers and sisters, the Betster shares your grief. Mothers can be such a constant in our lives that when they slip this mortal coil, we forget they won’t always be there.

In the world of memory and love, don’t we always hold our mothers dear in our heart? Doesn’t her spirit endure in us? Sometimes you might glance over your shoulder and think you see her. Maybe our mothers float on the wind, always surrounding us and caring for us, even when their souls have passed into the beyond.

The world keeps getting warmer and greener, the light longer and brighter. Cherish our mothers, even if only in spirit, with these Best Bets:

BEST FISH ON! BET: Anchor Point fishermen know not to push the weather with a winter tournament. They hold their king salmon contest in the spring. If you’re itching to wet a line and maybe get a prize winning chinook, haul your boat to the Anchor Point Boat Launch on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. for the 23rd Annual King Salmon Calcutta Tournament. Register at 5 p.m. Friday with the big pre-tournament bash at the Anchor Point Veterans of Foreign Wars. For details, visit the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce website at

BEST LIVE WELL BET: Even if our bodies get cranky from disease, we can still live a good life despite chronic illness. Get tips and share ideas with “Live Your Best Life With Chronic Illness” from 3-4:30 p.m. today at the Homer Council on the Arts. Sponsored by the Alaska Multiple Schlerosis Center, there are talks, a body movement class and presentations on recreational opportunities with the T.R.A.I.L.S. program at the Independent Living Center. Pre-register at 907-929-2567 or email

BEST FIBER MAGIC BET: Mother’s Day weekend in Homer wouldn’t be the same without the Kachemak Bay Quilters annual show. See the amazing handcrafted art from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Elks Lodge.

BEST OCHEN HOROSHO BET: That’s Russian for “very good,” which describes the fabulous Russian food at the Head of the Bay Schools Fundraiser from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School. Support the villages at the end of East End Road. For more information, visit the Voznesenenka Cougars Facebook page.