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Story last updated at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

Guys, not to put any pressure on you, but there's a holiday coming up Monday you might want to know about. Roses, chocolate, sentimental cards — yes, it's Valentine's Day. That holiday. If you're new to this love game, though, you had better get on it before you're down to begging the nice florist for a wilted rose bud.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Letting loose The cast of the Homer Council on the Arts show, "Out of the Woodwork," sings for the finale, "Pata Pata," played by Zuva Marimba, at the Homer Theatre last Saturday.

Seasoned spouses know the drill. Silly gifts might be tempting, but we're talking romance, dudes, not April Fool's. Save the jokes for when you're middle-aged and can appreciate the humor. Love takes work, love takes effort and most of all, love takes chocolate — dark, with gold foil and esoteric ingredients.

So important is Valentine's Day that even the Homer City Council has taken the day off. You might not guess it, but apparently underneath that veneer of civic dedication, our council knows the value of romance. Instead of debating the merits of signals vs. roundabouts, on Monday night they'll be spending quality time with their sweethearts.

Who can blame 'em? We should all make time in our busy lives for the people who put up with us, the men and women who endure us when we're grumpy and know how to lift us from our frequent funks. Write sappy poems, take a long walk on the beach, look for heart-shaped rocks and go to bed early. If you're lucky, you'll be waking up to that charming face the rest of your life and wouldn't have it any other way.

Once you get out of that funk, get funky for the big Homer Winter Carnival. There's lots to do this weekend, like some of the Best Bets:

BEST BIG TRIP BET: Want to help the Voznesenka students see the big wide world? Check out the 6 p.m. showing on Friday of "Gulliver's Travels" at the Homer Theatre. The Jack Black remake takes a new look at Gulliver's visit to a small world. Proceeds benefit the Voznesenka high school student trip to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.

BEST BON TEMPS BET: It's a little early for Mardi Gras — that would be March 8 — but that's no reason why you can't get started on the season. Check out the Mardi Gras Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday with Rayjen Cajun at the Down East Saloon.

BEST BIG TOWN BET: It's not often we get a big Lower 48 band like The Devil Whale in Homer, and rarer still when there's no cover charge. The Salt Lake City group plays at 10 p.m. Friday at the Alibi, and if you've heard their album, "Young Wives," you know they rock.

BEST BIG DAY BET: OK, get out your pencil and make a list, because Saturday is going to be packed full of funk, fleece and flannel, the theme of this year's Homer Winter Carnival. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., check out the bazaar at the Homer Elks Lodge. Then at noon, line up on Pioneer Avenue for the big parade. Don't miss the Mismatched Mukluks on the Homer News float. From 1-4 p.m. it's the carnival at Paul Banks Elementary School. Exhausted yet? Heck no! There's lots more to do. Check out the schedule on pages 12-13.

BEST BIG HILL BET: Who knows what this funky weather will do. Snow, rain, cold, hey, in one week we can have it all. Up on Ohlson Mountain the snow probably will stick around, though. If you haven't already, check out the rope tow, running 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sunday, weather permitting. Call 235-SNOW for updates.