Best Bets

The Betster saw something rather amusing the other day: a saying, proclaiming that “It’s like winter is really mad and keeps storming out of the room and then coming back yelling, ‘And another thing!’”

Is there a more apt description of the spring season here in the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea? The Betster will take suggestions.

From sun dappled streets and sun rays penetrating the air to warm our faces one minute, to trudging through a slippery, fresh dumping of snow the next, it’s a wonder the Homer area population isn’t suffering from weather whiplash.

This weekend’s outlook calls for even more of that sought after sunshine, so let’s hope it sticks. Let’s not do anything that could incur the wrath of good Mother Nature and cause her to send a scolding of snowflakes back down on us once more.

And, if this fine weather is just another fluke — just another false sense of security — let’s make sure we make the most of it! Hop on those fat bikes, break out those gardening tools and dig out your swimsuit from its dusty drawer. Well, maybe not that last one quite yet.

Not a fan of those options? Check out these Best Bets:

BEST BELT IT OUT BET: What better way to celebrate spring than by heading out to support the efforts of Homer High School students in their spring semester? Class members of the Concert Choir will put on the school’s first production of “West Side Story” in 15 years at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. It will be shown in the Mariner Theatre in the school. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $7 for Students and $35 for families, and are available at the Homer Bookstore or at the door. For questions and/or accommodations, contact Kyle Schneider at 235-4607.

BEST BLUEGRASS BET: One of Alaska’s — and Homer’s — favorite bands is heading back to the End of the Road. Blackwater Railroad Company will play as part of the Salmonfest Music Series at Alice’s Champagne Palace at 9 p.m. this Saturday. Blackwater Railroad Company is a folk-rock group built from diametrically opposed backgrounds, coincidentally brought together by love of music and Alaska. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

BEST BURIED IN THE MUD BET: Itching to get outside and get your hands dirty? Learn about a great way to do just that at the next Lunch Lecture, “Oyster Farming in Kachemak Bay.” Bring your lunch to Kachemak Bay Campus and listen to Margo Reveil of Jakolof Bay Oyster Company present on what it takes to be an oyster farmer in Kachemak Bay. This lunch lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday.

BEST BEAT YOURSELF UP BET: The ultimate in outdoor activity and exertion, the Sea to Ski Triathlon is here to test your limits in biking, running and skiing. Make sure to register in advance for the race starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. For those adrenaline junkies out there, the race includes a run from Mariner Park to West Homer Elementary, a biking portion up West Hill Road to Roger’s Loop Trailhead, and a ski out to the Sterling Highway. The race costs $15 for students, $20 for adult club members and $30 for adult non-members. An extra $10 is charged for day-of registration.