Homer’s Best Bets

BEST STORIES AND CRAFTS BET: The Pratt Museum & Park is back open and ready to welcome everyone in to see new exhibits. Celebrate the month of love and friendship this Saturday at the Pratt Museum & Park with a free, family fun event! The Pratt’s Stories and Craft Saturdays returns Feb. 19 from 1-2 p.m. with crafts, stories and treats for all ages. Masks are required in the museum.

BEST BEEKEEPING BET: Interested in beekeeping? HABA, the Homer Area Beekeepers Association, is holding its first in-person meeting in two years on Saturday, Feb. 19 in the lower-level atrium at the Homer United Methodist Church. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and run to 11:30 a.m. All past, current and aspiring beekeepers are welcome to join, as well as anyone curious about what might be involved in becoming a beekeeper. This meeting will provide information on the benefits of formally joining HABA as a dues-paying member, as well as information on where to purchase packages of bees, the varieties of honeybee best suited to the local climate, and indoor overwintering of colonies. For more information, contact Linda at 907-290-1695 or homerbeekeepers@gmail.com. HABA asks that all participants wear masks during the meeting.

BEST WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER BET: Not in the mood to cook dinner this Saturday? You’re in luck! The Anchor Point VFW is hosting a chicken dinner this Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m. The dinner is open to the public, and for $15, each hungry visitor will receive a plate with a chicken breast, thigh, leg, potatoes and gravy, coleslaw and a roll. Dinner plates are limited, so call 907-235-5582 to reserve your dinner!

BEST INFORMED CITIZEN BET: The Alaska Legislature has been in session for a month now, and as sure as the shorebirds return in May, you can bet they’ll still be debating away come Mother’s Day. Have something you want to let Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, and Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, know? Do you have a brilliant solution to Alaska’s fiscal crisis that doesn’t depend on $150 /barrel oil? The Homer Legislative Information Office is now open for the second session of the 32nd State Legislature which started Jan. 18. They’re here to help keep you informed. Stop by at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. Their doors are open with masks required and provided. The LIO also is a distribution site for Alaska Permanent Fund dividend forms which can be picked up from a document holder located outside at the entrance or inside the office.

To learn more about how you can participate in the legislative process or to obtain more information on issues of interest facing the Alaska State Legislature, call them at 235-7878 or email us at lio.homer@akleg.gov.

BEST DONATION BET: Several organizations around town are looking for supply donations. That back room that you’ve been meaning to clean out for months now may just hold what these organizations need! Hospice of Homer needs durable medical equipment and is asking community members to return or donate any equipment that’s no longer of use. Hospice of Homer is also running low on Ensure (or similar meal replacements), wipes and gloves (size small or large). In the past month they’ve received requests for ice cleats, heating pads and massage devices. If you have something to return or donate, please drop it off at the Hospice of Homer office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and the REC Room are looking for donations of a stand-up desk converter for the clinic, five rolls of masking tape, 100-200 pieces of 11-inch by 17-inch poster board, 20 blank journals, four hanging and six non-hanging plant pots, three boxes of gallon-size sealable bags, 10-20 clear plastic organizing bins of varying sizes, and a week’s supply of healthy snacks (two bags of carrots, two-three stalks of celery and a big container of pretzels) to support the afterschool program for teens. Please contact Claudia at KBFPC for more info at 907-235-3436 or claudia@kbfpc.org.

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is looking for a gently used ergonomic drafting chair, a wood bookcase or two, and a paper shredder. Please contact Dan at Dan@kachemaklandtrust.org or call 907-235-5263.

Dead trees stand in front of the snow pile on Feb. 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Dead trees stand in front of the snow pile on Feb. 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)