Williwaw plays last year for Marimba Madness. The showcase of African music returns at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge, with Williwaw, Tamba Hadzi and Shamwari performing. Special guest stars Soriba and Shelley Fofana also perform. The event is a fundraiser for the Homer Council on the Arts.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Williwaw plays last year for Marimba Madness. The showcase of African music returns at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge, with Williwaw, Tamba Hadzi and Shamwari performing. Special guest stars Soriba and Shelley Fofana also perform. The event is a fundraiser for the Homer Council on the Arts.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

Thanks to the web, you can now find not just winter jokes, but Alaska winter jokes. One of the Alaska winter jokes going around shows a pie chart of the months, with the line “How Alaskans perceive the calendar.” January and February get big chunks and the summer months little slivers of the chart.

Yeah, that’s about it. Even though we’re in the shortest month of the year, February sure has dragged on, hasn’t it? Your mileage may vary, so if you spent the last three weeks in Hawaii, time sure flew, eh? Here at Latitude 59 degrees and some change, the days … have … just … gone … on … and … on. 

Fear not, Betsteroids. If you can just get through today and Friday, February will be over. That’s less than 48 hours. You can do it. March will be here on Saturday, and barring any blizzards or anything, we should get through next month just peachy. Make it through March, April is a cinch. Make it through April, and dang, it’s almost summer. Steady as she goes. We can do it.

So hang in there, grab that ever increasing sunshine and have a hoot of a good time, because the weeks are just packed with fun stuff, like these Best Bets:

 

BEST ASAIAH DO? BET: On the “naughty pictures on the Club Bar” scale of cabin fever controversies, the debate over the Brother Asaiah statue hardly merits a 3. Everyone has been civil and polite, which is what Asaiah would want. What would Brother Asaiah do? Who knows, but we’re all bound to have some opinions. Share them politely and respectfully starting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall, when the Public Arts Committee holds a special meeting and public hearing on a proposal to accept a donation of a bronze statue of Brother Asaiah Bates to be placed in WKFL Park.

 

BEST TOUGH AS NAILS BET: Alaska athletes don’t come any more awesome than Lance Mackey, four-time winner of the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest, and the only sled dog driver to do win both in the same year. On top of that, he beat back cancer, but the treatment cost him his teeth. Help him out with a fundraiser starting at 3 p.m. Friday at the Down East Saloon with a potluck and auction. Sabe Flores performs. The auction starts at 7 p.m. 

 

BEST I KNOW I KNOW BET: Get your nerd genius on for Trivia Night, a fundraiser for Homer Animal Friends, at 6 p.m. Friday at the Homer Elks Lodge. Join a team for $20 or watch for $10. Food is provided, and there will be a silent auction and raffle.

 

BEST HELPING HAND BET: Someday everyone will have platinum health insurance and we’ll just pass the hat to pay for a modest out-of-pocket charge. Meanwhile, well, we help out our friends, like Suzi Luzadder and Addie Klemke. Suzi’s husband John died recently of cancer, and she has some bills to pay off, while Addie Klemke is dealing with cancer. Their fundraiser is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Elks Lodge. A Mexican feed is $15, and the event includes auctions, a 50/50 raffle and cash donations.

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