This month has been chock full of palindrome dates. If you write the date numerically and in American style, we’ve had 12-1-21, 12-2-21 and 12-11-21 — that is, the date is the same read forward or backward. Next Wednesday we’ll get the last palindrome of the year with 12-22-21. That seems appropriate, since 12-22 is the day after the Solstice, and the sun rises at 10:04 a.m. and sets at 4:04 p.m., six hours of sunlight.
Next Wednesday we start gaining daylight, a mere eight seconds, but who’s counting? Well, every darn sunlight starved person north of the equator, especially us up here in the high latitudes, that’s who. We’re turning the corner on winter, Betster persons, all the more reason to celebrate this festive season with these best bets:
BEST LIGHT UP A LIFE BET: Hospice of Homer is selling luminaria to decorate in memory of a loved one or to share a message to the community that will be placed around WKFL Park at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 16, for the second annual Light Up A Life event. The event brings together community members to bring light to a dark night. Luminaria can be purchased for $20 at Hospice of Homer or on their website.
BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BET: Bear Creek Winery Garden of Lights will host the last two evening walk throughs this weekend. Don’t miss out on a walk through beautiful displays with hot chocolate and holiday cheer! Garden of Lights will be open from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 17-18. Admission is free. Bear Creek Winery is located three miles out East End Road.
BEST BENEFIT BET: The Anchor Point VFW Post 10221 is hosting a potluck benefit fundraiser in honor of Rick Paulsrud, who has suffered severe medical issues since October, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at the VFW. The fundraiser was planned in hopes of easing the financial burden the Paulsruds have faced since he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome after suffering from COVID-19. The benefit will include a live auction, silent auction, dessert auction and a wall of guns raffle, which will begin at 6 p.m. For more information about the benefit, including donating an item for the auction, making a dish for the potluck or how to make a monetary donation, contact Heidi at 907-399-6025 or Cora at 907-435-1024.
BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT WRAPPING BET: Are you like the Betster and always mess up when wrapping Christmas gifts? Do you always cut too much paper, creating waste with jagged edges and a messy finished product? You’re in luck! The Homer’s American Legion Auxiliary is offering gift wrapping at Ulmer’s, Dec. 17-24, from noon to 5 p.m.(ends at 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve). Take your holiday presents and have them wrapped beautifully! There is no charge, but donations to support veterans programs are greatly appreciated!
BEST HOLIDAY ART BAZAAR BET: Finish up your last minute holiday shopping at the Anchor Point Senior Center mini holiday bazaar this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bazaar will feature woodworking, local artists, vintage jewelry, crafts, glasswork, clothing, bags, hand-crafted ornaments and more. Food will also be available for purchase.