Homer’s Best Bets

Heat. Frost. An earthquake. Wildfires. Smoke. High winds. Snow. Aren’t you glad to see the end of May? While the weather has been dang nice at times, we sure have been through the wringer as far as what Ma Nature gives.

The Betster is afraid to imagine what else could happen, or at least write it down, because the way this spring has gone, to write it might just be enough to make it be in the touchy corner of the universe we call Homer. 

So let’s be content with normal this weekend, eh? That would be a chance of rain, or as the old timers say, “Get out your rain coat.” It’s still dry and firefighters are still on edge. Rain will get our gardens watered and keep the dust down. Go, rain! Go, too, to a whole bunch of cool events happening this weekend, like these Best Bets:


BEST YOU THINK YOU’RE TOUGH BET: In the list of Top 10 polar explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton is in the top three. On his famed Endurance trip to Antarctica, things really went south — and then he had to sail to the Falkland Islands in a little boat. Learn about him from Antarctic explorer Carmen Field at 6 p.m. today at the Homer Public Library.


BEST WE LOVE MARY BET: Mary Epperson has taught music to generations of students. Celebrate her day on Friday with events from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Homer Council on the Arts, including a community art happening at her old studio. At 7 p.m., tell great Mary stories.


BEST DIP YOUR PADDLES BET: Make it a day with ribbon cutting ceremonies at 2 p.m. in Seldovia and 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Pier One Theatre beach for official Kachemak Bay Water Trail dedications. 


BEST FULL THROTTLE BET: There’s nothing more awesome than catching a wicked bay breeze and flying over the waves on a kiteboard. Check out the seventh annual Homer Kitefest from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday at Mariner Park on the Spit.


BEST BIG RIVER BET: Cook Inlet? That’s not what the Dena’ina call Tikahtnu, or Big Water River. Learn about place names when linguist James Kari presents “The Most Significant Dene Place Names Surrounding the Alaska Range” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pratt Museum.