Best Bets

Here’s the thing about living in a magical place people pay lots of money to visit. Sometimes we work so dang hard trying to make a living that we don’t have the time to appreciate Homer. I think doctors call this “Carpe diem deficit disorder.” You’re supposed to seize the day and we’re lucky if we can seize 40 winks.

One of these days the Betster would like to take a whole week off to enjoy the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival like a tourist. You know, go to some of those talks, take a guided walk and just spend a solid four or five days birding, eating good food, going to concerts and sleeping in between.

Not that last weekend turned out to be a dud. It was pretty awesome, really. The sun shone. The Betster visited with family and friends. The Betster ate four great meals over three days, including Mother’s Day brunch. Oh, and the Betster got to see some pretty cool birds last Friday.

Looking at birds gets you excited to see more birds. It got hard to do that with the late tides in the early evening (see great meals, above). Feeling bird deprived, after working late Tuesday, the Betster went to Mud Bay. The bird alerts said there might be a pulse of shorebirds in.

A pulse? Try a pulsar. All weekend hundreds of birders waited to see that big wave, and what happens? Two days after the festival, shazam, in come the birds. Spread out in an arc maybe two miles long, thousands of shorebirds fed on the incoming tide. Every now and then a flock would burst up in a dervish of wings.

What others see as remarkable in their brief visit becomes the daily fabric of life here at Latitude 59 degrees and some change.

We enjoy Homer as it comes, moment by moment, making us realize we live in the best place on the planet, full of great things to do, like these Best Bets:

 

BEST DA-DUM DA-DUM BET: In the summer of 1975, no one dared go in the water, not after seeing Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws,” about a great white shark terrorizing a Cape Cod beach town. Catch the classic film for Throwback Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Homer Theatre.

BEST FEET DO YOUR STUFF BET: It’s spring and you know what that means? It’s the Thursday Night Fun Run. Starting at 6 p.m. today at Alice’s Champagne Palace, take a short walk or run around town. Paticipants get a special burger and brew deal at Alice’s. The Thursday Night Fun Run continues through the summer.

 

BEST PEDAL POWER BET: Bike to Work Week ends Friday. From 7-9 a.m. Friday, the Homer Cycling Club holds an energizer booth at WKFL Park with coffee and treats to give biking (and walking) commuters a little morning boost. At 6:30 p.m. Friday it’s the Homer Cycling Club’s annual potluck celebration at Cook Inletkeeper on Ben Walter’s Lane.

 

BEST AYE INDEED BET: Interested in helping out with the big Celtfest happening June 19-20 at Karen Hornaday Park? Find out about volunteer opportunities at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Homer City Hall. Volunteers are needed for setup, cleanup and other tasks.

 

BEST FUN RAISER BETS: The Homestead Restaurant holds two fundraisers this weekend, both for good causes. Go to one or both. At 6 p.m. Friday it’s a wine tasting for KBBI Public Radio 890 AM. Enjoy fine wines and appetizers and bid on desserts. Buy $30 tickets at the station or online at www.kbbi.org/winetasting.

Then on Saturday from 6-10 p.m. it’s the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ annual Spring Fling Dinner Auction. Tickets are $100 at CACS or online at www.akcoastalstudies.org.

 

BEST GO NATURAL BET: Want to learn about the benefit of native Alaska plants like watermelon-berry shoots, fiddleheads and nettles? At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Shawn Jackinsky presents “Learn the Value of Native Plants” for the Homer Native Plant Society.

More in Community

The Homer Police Station as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting… Continue reading

Arts briefs

‘Summer of Soul’ wins Audience Favorite for Homer DocFest The Homer Documentary… Continue reading

Nick Varney
Unhinged Alaska: Sometimes I wonder, who needs who

Dog whispers we are not. Suckers for unconditional love, you bet.

Willie (Photo courtesy of Alaska Mindful Paws)
Pet of the week: Willie

This big boy is full of love and spunk. Willie is a… Continue reading

Cabbage, potatoes, salmon and an assortment of pantry staples make for a culinary challenge. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Take a culinary pop quiz

Get creative with what’s in your pantry

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

For Carly Garay's "The Art of Ancestor Veneration," visitors are invited to include images, letters or prayers honoring ancestors at a central display. The exhibit shows through Oct. 30, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Garay lifts the veil between living and dead with “Art of Ancestor Veneration”

HCOA show invites people to submit own images of ancestors at central altar.

Sara and Ed Berg retracing their daughter’s, Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, last known steps before disappearing two years ago on Oct. 17. The memorial walk is a way for the parents to keep her with them. “We don’t have anything left. This is one of the few things we have,” Sara Berg said. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Homer’s Best Bets

If a sudden influx of visitors shows up this month, credit yet… Continue reading

Town Crier

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities holds a virtual open… Continue reading

Most Read