Homer’s Best Bets

Holy Feng Shui, Betsteroids! Did you know March has five Fridays in it? This is supposed to be really rare and is called “money bags,” according to a chain email that popped up on Facebook saying I should copy it to my status. No, the Betster doesn’t believe everything on Facebook, either, but then again, you never know. Does it count if a chain email goes in Best Bets?

Well, May has five Fridays, too, as do August and November. Snopes, the urban legends website, says that five Fridays thing isn’t all that rare. On average, months with 31 days have five Fridays every seven years. Do you feel lucky? Feng Shui fans say if you want real money bags, tie nine coins in a red square of cloth with a red ribbon and place it near where you want money to be received or generated. Voila! As they say in Quebec.

You want luck? The Betster feels pretty dang lucky living here on Kachemak Bay. Here it is the spring equinox (at 3:02 a.m. precisely, if you must know), and even though snow abounds and melting ice turns roads into glaciers, that mid-day sun feels mighty fine. Skiers have been soaking up Uncle Sol on long journeys into the hills. On the beach, it looks like Waikiki, but without the bikinis and flip-flops. Heck, the other day the Betster saw some guys playing baseball on the Spit. Baseball! March Madness isn’t even over.

Yeah, summertime can be great, but spring is marvelous. For one thing, we’re heading into warmth and not away from it. So get out, celebrate sunny and longer days, maybe with these Best Bets:


BEST YOUR TOWN BET: Bishop’s Beach, an art gallery, great cafes, a historic pub and inn — Old Town has it all. Help make it better with the Old Town Neighborhood meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. today at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Learn how a vibrant community nourishes economic development.


BEST LOOKING SLICK BET: Ducktail and bouffant hairdos, pegged jeans, poodle skirts and jump-up-and-jive music. Sure, the 1950s were a little white bread, but the kids rocked. See how Homer High puts its spin on the classic Broadway musical with “Grease,” opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. The show also plays at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. See story, page 14.


BEST WORD UP BET: Don’t be deceived by that crusty old fisherman in the Alaska Grown hoody and XtraTufs. He might smoke ya in the annual Scrabble tournament. Compete in one of three divisions for prizes and glory, but stay on the porch if you can’t run with the big dogs in Division I. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Homer Public Library. Register at the library front desk.


BEST MIX IT UP BET: Whether you just started a business or have been around for almost forever like, well, NOMAR, mingle with chamber members — or anyone who wants to come — at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center monthly mixer at 5 p.m. today. NOMAR is the host at its store on Pioneer Avenue.


BEST SIGN UP BET: Confused about all the changes with the Homer sign ordinance that have gone on over the years? It’s been almost a year since the Homer City Council finally passed an amended ordinance, but if you need to make sure you understand the rules, check out the brown bag luncheon at noon Tuesday at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Dotti Harness with the city explains the ordinance.


BEST BACK AGAIN BET: Alaska-born singer-songwriter Emma Hill just keeps making those awesome, heartfelt songs. She and lap steel guitarist Bryan Daste tour Alaska for the release of her new CD, “The Black and Wretched Blue.” After living in Portland, Hill has returned to Alaska. Has the Internet really made geography a moot point? Welcome her back at a concert with Daste at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Admission is $15 or pay as you can.


BEST BERRY GOOD BET: Nothing says spring better than talk of berries and gardening. Learn about the resilient, tough and delicious hascap berry in a talk by Brian Olson of Alaska Berries near Soldotna at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. for a Homer Garden Club presentation.

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