Homer’s Best Bets

Some want to blame the Betster for this recent stretch of soggy weather. “So seize that sun again and again as if it might end tomorrow,” the B. wrote last week, whereupon, well, the sunshine ended. Blaming the Betster for this is what is called the post hoc fallacy, for trying to say there’s a causal connection between two events just because one follows the other.

Holy Zeus! If the Betster could only make things happen by writing about them, wouldn’t yours truly use these powers for personal gain? “Wouldn’t it be great if a bottle of 20-year The MacCallan single-malt whisky washed up on the Homer Spit” or “May a distant cousin’s will give the Betster enough money to buy a new Nikon camera” is not likely to happen. If it does, the Betster would quickly like to add, “And someone in the Lower 48 send the Betster a lottery ticket that turns out to be a winner in the MegaMillions contest.” Oh, “And let the Palestinians and Israelis finally work out a peace agreement,” as long as we’re on a roll.

But no, the Betster does not have superhuman powers. The Betster barely has mediocre human powers, and on a good day, slightly above-average human powers. The Betster cannot change the weather. The Betster cannot influence the weather. All the Betster can do is offer advice on how to deal with the weather, and provide sassy commentary on the good and bad aspects of it.

So enjoy this nice respite from that hot, blazing sun, and enjoy a little down time before the sunshine returns and you’ll have to go outside and do stuff like mow the lawn. There’s lots to do rain or shine, like some of these Best Bets:


BEST GO WILD BET: Explore waterways around the world from a comfy seat when the Wild and Scenic Film Festival visits Homer at 7 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum, the films look at the role of water in the Yukon Delta, Colorado River, Mt. Kenya and beyond. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center and the Homer Bookstore or $10 at the door.


BEST WORD ON THE STREET BET: Rumor has it that Pier One Youth Theatre has done a pretty good production of “Rumors,” the classic play by Neil Simon. Something weird is going on at the home of New York deputy Mayor Charlie Bock. Find out what. Directed by Casey Parrett and Adella Sundmark, the play shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the little theater on the Homer Spit. Tickets are $10 at the Homer Bookstore and the door.


BEST GO DEEP BET: If you missed “Swimming In The Shallows,” it plays one last day at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pier One Theatre. Written by Adam Bock, the play follows four friends as they ponder materialism, marriage and relationships. It’s directed by Marc Oliver and stars Jessica Williams, Adi Davis, Ruby Quarton and Jacob Mayforth. Tickets are $14 at the Homer Bookstore or the door.


BEST RUN AWAY HOME BET: Kids, you don’t really have to run away to join the circus since the circus is coming to town. Learn acrobatics, juggling and clowning in a 5-day camp when the Roustabout Circus presents the Homer Council on the Arts Youth-Teen Circus Arts Camp. The camp runs Aug. 12-16 and is for ages 6 and older. There are camps for ages 6-8 10 a.m.-noon, ages 9-14 2-4 p.m. and ages 10 and older from 4-5 p.m. daily. The fee is $50 a session, held at Christian Community Church. For more information and to register, call 235-4288.


BEST GET ON THE BUS BET: Actually, that would be the Homer Trolley, which is sort of like a bus, but way cooler. Join the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for its big annual meeting and board of directors election. Learn about KHLT program, join them for an ice cream social, and then take a trolley tour to the Effler Trail on Skyline Drive. The social is at K-Bay Caffe and the trolley leaves between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. Free.


BEST HIT THE BEACH BET: HoWL, Homer Wilderness Leaderness, has great day camps Sundays and Tuesdays. This sounds like a good one: Beach Arts and Crafts, from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Make dreamcatchers, natural jewelry, mobiles, rock sculptures, driftwood collages and more. The camps are $10 to $40 on a sliding scale. The trip starts at HoWL Headquarters on Ocean Drive just past the airport road. To register and for more information on other camps, call 399-HOWL (399-4695) or visit www.howlalaska.org.


BEST CAPPING IT OFF BET: Bring your lunch, and learn more about the Student Conservation Association internship program and how it provides opportunities for youth at noon Friday at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Youth ages 18 and older interested in the SCA are encouraged to attend. An intern will discuss his summer’s experience in the SCA program.