Homer’s Best Bets

As has now become apparent, the Betster has only been posing as a smart-aleck social adviser and in reality works as a secret instigator of weather. How else to explain why when the B. writes about weather, any weather, shazam! the whole world turns upside down?

Didn’t yours truly mention that peculiar red flag warning last week? Little did we know that this meant red flags, orange flags, and red-white-and-blue flags would be flapping like a bald eagle stealing a barn door halibut from a tourist’s cooler. Well, the Betster knew that the weather would become mighty strange, but that’s only because the Betster read the National Weather Service advisory. 

It’s actually kind of fun. If an area on a map of Alaska is highlighted in red, when you click on it, a little animated clip of the robot from the classic 1960s TV show, “Lost in Space,” pops up and says, “Danger, Will Robinson. Danger.” OK, not really. You get cautionary advice about the serious stuff coming our way.

That storm was something, wasn’t it? It was really something for those who had roofs tear apart or trees fall down. The rolling power outages kept Homer lively. It looked like a flash mob coffee crawl as desperate refugees went from one café to another trying to find some place with power and a working Wi-Fi spot.

Well, once again we pulled through, and by the Homer Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday, we had clear weather and sunshine. Here’s hoping for some normal weather this Friday so that all the sweethearts can enjoy some quiet time with their loved ones. Uh, that’s Valentines Day, remember?


BEST RERUN BET: A bunch of First Friday openings got canceled last week, so if you hunkered down last week, you didn’t miss them. Check out openings rescheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center, the Homer Council on the Arts and the Pratt Museum.


BEST SLIP SLIDING BET: Sharpen those skates, put on your best tutu, throw on some Mardi Gras beads and you’re ready for Friday Night Lights from 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin Bell Arena. It’s lights down, music up and a rocking good time. Admission is $5; skate rentals are $3.


BEST GET BAKED BET: They’re tough, hardy men and women who wrassle fish barehanded from rivers and sift gold through the stiff bristles of their impressive Alaska beards. Also, they’re Faked Alaska, an improv trio that is ready to give the Kilchers a run for their money. Check them out from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors and youth. There’s a youth workshop for kids 13-18 from 3-5 p.m. 


BEST FORWARD INTO THE PAST BET: If you missed last Friday’s opening ceremonies for the Homer Winter Carnival, you have a second chance. Well, so does the winter carnival, since it got canceled. The opening ceremonies with a bonfire and singing have been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Mariner Park on the Spit. 


BEST READ ON BET: Cheer on this year’s winners of the 22nd Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest with a ceremony and reading by selected winners from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Best selling writer Tom Kizzia is the master of ceremonies. Stick around at 8 p.m. when performance artist Lynne Roff presents “Creativity, Complexity and Consciousness in the Performing Arts.”


BEST GET CHEESY BET: Want to spend a little more time with that special Valentine sweetheart? Or, maybe you need to burn off some chocolate. It’s the annual Kachemak Nordic Ski Club Wine and Cheese and Wooden Ski Tour from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road. Admission is $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers and $10 for youth 11-20. Kids 10 and younger are free. Wine and beer, juice, cheese, crackers and snacks are served. Bring a designated driver if needed.