Two sandhill cranes block the road on Diamond Ridge Road early Wednesday morning.

Two sandhill cranes block the road on Diamond Ridge Road early Wednesday morning.

Homer’s Best Bets

The other day while shopping the Betster noticed a disturbing trend. S-c-h-o-o-l supplies are on sale. For you carefree kids enjoying your summer holiday with nothing more taxing than maybe mowing the family lawn, ruh-roh. S-c-h-o-o-l is just around the corner.

Holy three-hole punch! The thing whose name we shall not speak starts in a month. It will be back to the books, kiddos. Not that you should have abandoned reading, but we’re talking “Silas Marner” and not “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” — stuff you’ll be forced to read and not just plain fun.

Admit it. You are getting a bit tired of 65-degree days. That three-outfit summer wardrobe you used to dip into? You’ve about worn it to death and now realize Madras shirts really never came into style. Even Spit Rats who could last a week between showers with a tasteful application of patchouli oil have taken to bathing twice a week.

And with dangerous fire conditions, r-a-i-n would be welcome. You can say it. Rain. Rain! Rain! Bring it on. But rain, shine, snow or sleet, there’s lots to do in Homer, like these Best Bets:

 

BEST BREAKING PLATES BET: The writer James Blish offered this advice for developing characters: make them hurt. That’s the idea behind “Grace & Glorie,” Tom Zeigler’s play about Grace, a woman dying of cancer, and Glorie, the hospice worker who volunteers to help her. Out of that relationship the women forge an unlikely bond — and break some fine china. The Pier One Theatre play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday, with showings July 28 and 30. Admission is $15 general with discounts, on sale at the Homer Bookstore.

 

BEST HEY-HO LET’S GO BET: If it does rain this weekend and you’re stuck indoors, kids, use the time to finish up that LEGO O.C. for the Homer Public Library’s LEGO contest. That’s “O.C.” for “original creation.” We’re talking LEGO structures built from scratch and not kits, the old-school way. Portraits are also eligible. Entries are due at 5 p.m. Monday at the library.

 

BEST WHAT’S THAT LEAF? BET: Pushki, Devil’s club, alder, willow … OK. There may be some more plants out there. Learn your local plants with a naturalist lead tour at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wynn Nature Center, Skyline Drive. Walk the Wynn trails and learn about plants that thrive in our forests. Best of all, the walk is free.

 

Jack Regan, president of Patrons of the Pratt, or POPS, on Tuesday night presents Pratt Museum Board President Sara Jackinsky with two checks totalling $425,000 - the balance of a pledge POPS made in 2011 to raise $500,000 for the museum's capital construction fund. POPS had earlier donated $75,000 to help with design of the museum's proposed new building. Members of POPS, including past board presidents, attended the ceremony. Regan presented the checks in front of this year's quilt to be raffled, one of the ways POPS raises funds. In the back are, from left to right, Lucy Cutting, Nancy York, Bob Neubauer, Nancy Livingston (behind Regan) and Jackie Dentz.

Jack Regan, president of Patrons of the Pratt, or POPS, on Tuesday night presents Pratt Museum Board President Sara Jackinsky with two checks totalling $425,000 – the balance of a pledge POPS made in 2011 to raise $500,000 for the museum’s capital construction fund. POPS had earlier donated $75,000 to help with design of the museum’s proposed new building. Members of POPS, including past board presidents, attended the ceremony. Regan presented the checks in front of this year’s quilt to be raffled, one of the ways POPS raises funds. In the back are, from left to right, Lucy Cutting, Nancy York, Bob Neubauer, Nancy Livingston (behind Regan) and Jackie Dentz.

Jack Regan, president of Patrons of the Pratt, or POPS, on Tuesday night presents Pratt Museum Board President Sara Jackinsky with two checks totalling $425,000 - the balance of a pledge POPS made in 2011 to raise $500,000 for the museum's capital construction fund. POPS had earlier donated $75,000 to help with design of the museum's proposed new building. Members of POPS, including past board presidents, attended the ceremony. Regan presented the checks in front of this year's quilt to be raffled, one of the ways POPS raises funds.

Jack Regan, president of Patrons of the Pratt, or POPS, on Tuesday night presents Pratt Museum Board President Sara Jackinsky with two checks totalling $425,000 – the balance of a pledge POPS made in 2011 to raise $500,000 for the museum’s capital construction fund. POPS had earlier donated $75,000 to help with design of the museum’s proposed new building. Members of POPS, including past board presidents, attended the ceremony. Regan presented the checks in front of this year’s quilt to be raffled, one of the ways POPS raises funds.

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