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Story last updated at 8:05 PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Homer's Best Bets: March 3, 2011

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes March Madness. Holy Final Four! No, we're not talking college basketball, pilgrims. We're talking the February Cabin Fever Controversy, which apparently got lost in time and cast up ashore in March. That March Madness.

Sheesh, people sure have been grumpy these days. Sweet, little old ladies mouth off at public meetings. City officials lob nastygrams at each other. Letters to the editor have been so hot we're thinking of printing on asbestos, although there are probably laws against that. Yours Truly has lost track of who's mad at whom and why they got grumpy in the first place.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Together, left-right-left Amy Stewart McIntosh of the Kuntandara Center, Boulder, Colo., teaches Zachary Florence how to play the bass marimba in a workshop last Thursday at Fireweed Academy. McIntosh and her husband Randy McIntosh visited Homer last week to do marimba workshops at Fireweed and with local bands.

Spring break didn't cure us. A stretch of sunshine hasn't cheered us up. The winnowing of boreal owls in the wilds of Homer hasn't brought us out of our funk ... Well, wait, the Betster thought that was pretty cool, never actually having heard a boreal owl's call. Live long enough and nature surprises us, and in a good way, not that "ohmygod the volcano is gonna blow we're all going to die" way.

See? Sometimes all it takes is listening to the night. Clouds of slightly radioactive dust might be wending their way from Japan. Chaos rules in the Middle East. The Alaska Legislature is close to ending and our reps in Juneau still haven't settled important issues, like what our official state firearm should be. (The Betster's choice is the Uzi, by the way, just because it has such a cool name.) Our economy hasn't quite recovered, and even if it had, how do you like that $4.30 a gallon gas?

Just when you thought we all were taking a ride to h-e-double hockey sticks in a hand basket, an owl chirps in the night. It's the same old drill. Life goes on. Men and women fall in love. Children are born to give us hope. Dogs snuggle up to be petted. The salmon run, the birds return, the snow melts and every weekend in this great little town, there's something to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST GET UP STAND UP BET: Want to show support for victims of child abuse and sexual assault? Join South Peninsula Haven House's Stand Up for Peace event today at Homer United Methodist Church. Part of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Choose Respect campaign, the event begins at 11 a.m. with making peace flags at the church. After comments by distinguished public officials, line up along Pioneer Avenue for the Stand Up for Peace event. For more information, call Haven House at 235-7712.

BEST ONE LOVE BET: Clean and clear for at least a day. You can do it. Celebrate sobriety with One Love One Day events starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday with a concert at the Homer Theatre. Ascent opens for Holy Santos Gang. Admission is $6 and $4. See story, page 3.

BEST FLEET FEET BET: Except for those little patches in the shadows, the streets should be ice free for April First Friday. It's no joke: There's some fine art out there. See the full schedule on Arts, page 13 and 14.

BEST ALL THAT JAZZ BET: It's show time, Betsteroids! You're going to have to choose, but you have two chances to listen to great jazz music this Friday. From 7-9 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre it's the Homer High Jazz Band's annual Spring Swing. Tickets are $10 at the door. From 7:30-9:30 p.m. its Karin Strid and Mari Hahn performing in their Fools For Jazz concert at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

BEST PAINT ON BET: If you've missed the great life drawing sessions at Bunnell, check out the Kachemak Watercolor Society's Paint Together from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Council on the Arts. A live model provides a pose for three hours. Whew! That's a lot of standing still. Bring your own supplies. Guests can attend for $10.

BEST MOSEY DOWN BET: There will be some genuine Homer mountain men recitin' poetry and eatin' vittles for the annual Cowboy Cabaret. There's a chuck wagon dinner, a dessert and silent auction, poems and music, all starting at at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace. Tickets are $25 at the Homer Bookstore. Proceeds benefit the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association.

BEST BIG CITY BET: You could drive up to Anchorage ($100 gas bill) and stay overnight ($125 and up at a fancy hotel) to see Acoustic Africa ($44 admission), or you can stay in town and catch this world class act for $35 (for Homer Council on the Arts members) at the Homer Mariner Theatre. Habib Koite, Afel Bocoum and Oliver Mtukudzi bring the best of Malian and Zimbabwean music to town starting at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets also are $40 general admission and on sale at HCOA and the Homer Bookstore.

BEST BEAM ME UP BET: Want to see your tax dollars at work? The South Peninsula Hospital Expansion is finally done, with the last little piece — the new MRI room — finished and that magic imaging machine ready to be powered up. Check out the formal ribbon cutting from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital. There will be food, refreshments, prizes and a lot of congratulations.