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Story last updated at 5:13 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Homer' best bets

Now that the weather has laid down for a bit and we've had at least two straight days of sunshine, it just figures that Iliamna Volcano would be rumbling. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said the four-peaked mountain across Cook Inlet has been having a few small earthquakes. Old Illy is still at cod


Photo by Shawn Biessel, Homer News

Early riser
The sun shines through over the Kenai Mountains on Wednesday morning at about 7:30 a.m. With Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, you won't have to get up as early when the sun rises at 8:32 a.m.

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Holy Exodus! What's next? A plague of locusts? Frogs falling from the sky? A raft of pack ice surging through the Bering Sea at 50 miles a day? These are times that try our patience, Betsteroids. What are ya going to do?

The other day the Betster discovered a bright side to our excessively snowy winter. This stuff brings us together. Say you think Obama is the second coming of JFK and your neighbor just doesn't understand what's all the fuss over what Rush Limbaugh said. You're not likely to agree about politics, and if you try to hold a civil conversation, watch out. Talk about how you're dealing with the snow, though, and you start getting well, right neighborly.

That's the Homer spirit. In tough times we watch out for each other and set aside our differences, or at least fake it. There are no political parties when you help someone get out of the ditch.

Heck, if we get a few more days of this awesome sunshine, we might be able to work through those political differences. We'll all be singing "We Are the World," holding hands and hugging. OK, maybe in our dreams. There's no dreaming about the awesome good times coming up with these Best Bets:

BEST THIS LAND IS OUR LAND BET: That's what Kachemak Heritage Land Trust helps do: protect and conserve valuable pockets of beautiful land in our backyard for future generations to enjoy. Support KHLT for the 6 p.m. Friday showing of "The Lorax" at the Homer Theatre. A portion of ticket sales goes to the cause.

BEST A RISQUE GOOD TIME: Bait & Tassels isn't exactly rated PG-13, but we're not talking XXX either. It's neo-burlesque performance art that's a little on the sexy side. The troupe had its debut last December, and they're back with "Bottoms Up!" at 9 p.m. today and Friday at Wasabi's Club Fusion. Tickets are $20 at Wasabi's and The Fringe.

BEST THE B WORD BET: Kids, while you're relaxing on spring break, don't dare say "I'm bored," or you might find yourself shoveling snow from here to Ninilchik. Instead you might try a cool activities next week, like Homer Council on the Arts' Art and Nature Youth Workshop, 1-4 p.m. Monday at HCOA.

BEST FUN WITH FRANK BET: If you've seen Jim Woodring's show at Bunnell Street Arts Center, you know this guy sketches some mighty strange stuff, like his character Frank. He's Bunnell's artist in residence this week, so just visit his gallery studio and talk art with him. If you have a budding young artist in you home or are one, check out his Woodring's cartooning workshop at 3-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

BEST SILVER VOICE BET: Cindy McKenna has been singing and writing songs for more than 35 years, and the word on the street is she's dang good. Catch her in one of HCOA's intimate gallery concerts at 7 p.m. Friday.

BEST ALL SCIENCE ALL THE TIME BET: If you're like the Betster and can't get enough of finding out amazing things about our universe, check out the Kachemak Bay Science Conference today through Saturday. Learn about otters, mushy halibut, kelp, ocean acidification and more. Don't miss the keynote talks on Thursday and Friday. Best of all, it's free. See story, page 2.