Homer’s Best Bets

Slip sliding down West Hill Road the other day in a thermally confused snowstorm, the Betster realized that some drivers don’t live in the reality based world. Apparently, denial isn’t just a river in Egypt, but a slick road here. 

Many Homerians have yet to acknowledge that the gripiness of tires has nothing to do with the truthiness of your beliefs about weather. Hello! Do you think the laws of physics go on hiatus just because you still believe it’s summer? This is basic stuff: the road’s slick and all that dang fool driving will get you is deeper into the ditch. 

OK, the Betster can excuse Alaskans for being a mite uncertain about the weather. The weather itself seems uncertain. In the past week it has gone from clear and cold to cloudy and warm to clear and warm to what the heck? 

You can be sure of one thing, though. Even as our weather slouches toward full-on winter, there’s always something fun to do, like these Best Bets:


BEST ANNUAL CHECK UP BET: Now that we’ve gotten those blood tests out of the way last week at the Rotary Health Fair, here’s another check up. Well, make that check-in, for two annual meetings today. From 2 to 3 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center,  it’s the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies annual meeting and 30th anniversary celebration. Bring a pebble or stone — plenty on the beach — to fill a basket to show how each member counts. There will be volunteer recognition and awards, too, and a potluck dinner.

Head up the hill from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today to the
Pratt Museum for the Homer Foundation’s annual meeting. Start out with refreshments and then meet the board, learn about the foundation’s investments and pick up a copy
of the 2012 annual report.


BEST RED HOT BET: Now that the election is over, we can laugh at politics. If you’re still grumpy, here’s the cure from Dr. Betster: “Red Hot Patriot,” a play about the late newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. Actress Elizabeth Ware plays the role. The 80-minute play is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Admission is a suggested $15.


BEST BIG HAT BET: Gussie up your hat for Kachemak Heritage Land Trust’s Hats Off! to Conservation fundraiser, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. Wear a decorated hat, and if it’s worthy enough, auctioneer Gary Thomas might auction it off. Tickets are $60 each and include two glasses of wine and hearty appetizers. Call 235-5263(LAND) to reserve tickets.


BEST ALL SHOOK UP: Those cool kids in the Homer Council on the Arts and Pier One Youth-Teen TheatreShakes program have been honing their skills all fall. See what they’ve learned at 7 p.m. Saturday at HCOA with their production of Billy Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Admission is $5.


BEST SHE’S BAACK BET: If you were wondering how you’d get through the gloomy, dark winter, fear not. The Kwiz Kitten is back with Kwiz Night at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kharacters Bar on Pioneer Avenue. Whew. The universe is back to normal.