Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

Homer's best bets

Well, it looks like we missed our typical March snowstorms <> maybe because they came in February. We survived the Oregon Ducks' loss in the Elite Eight. We even waddled past all those chocolate bunnies and jellybeans. One would think we might be left in peace for a while, but no, this is the weekend we lose an hour of sleep. Well, some may. The Betster will probably just set the clock forward Saturday night around 8 p.m. and nod off as usual, the remote control in hand, replaying the Ducks' heartbreaking defeat. In the meantime, enjoy these Best Bets.

BEST FRIDAY AFTERNOON BET: It's that magic time of the month again when galleries change their exhibits and give artists a chance to shine at First Friday openings. From color and black-and-white photography to paintings, theater and recycled art, there's something for everyone. Check out the details on Arts, Page 12.

BEST CLASSICAL SING-ALONG BET: Mozart's "Requiem in D Minor" was written in the late 1700s, and has proven to be one of the most powerful, beautiful pieces of choral music ever penned. Homer audiences can hear its glorious power, sung by a 250-strong Kenai Peninsula choir led by Mark Robinson, on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Mariner Theatre. Tickets are $12 for general admission with discounts for students and seniors, and are available at Etude Music Studio and the Homer Bookstore.

BEST FILL YOUR PLATE BET: Bunnell Street Gallery fills Homer's plate with art every year, from cutting-edge paintings and photography to community extravaganzas like Edible Arts on New Year's Eve, and today Homer has an opportunity to help the gallery keep the art coming. The annual Plate Project begins at 6 p.m. and anyone who buys a membership at the $100 level or higher can choose one of the one-of-a-kind platters created by local artists. Swing by the gallery or call 235-2662.

BEST KICK UP YOUR HEELS BET: Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society is 10 years old this year, and to celebrate, the group is holding a square dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at <> where else? <> Renn Tolman's boat shop on Kachemak Drive. Music is provided by the inimitable Spit City Slickers. It's also a fund-raiser, so bring a pie of any sort to donate for an auction, and don't forget your wallet so you can buy one. A $5 donation is suggested at the door. Tolman's shop is one-quarter mile down Kachemak Drive from East End Road. For information, call 235-8571.

BEST TICKLE YOUR FUNNY BONE BET: Fans of classical music know the work of pianist Juliana Osinchuk, but on Sunday we get to hear another side of the talented musician. She visits Bunnell Street Gallery with tenor John Fraser for a 7 p.m. performance called "Music With Humor." It will feature compositions by Cole Porter and Noel Coward, tunes from musicals such as "Chicago" and "My Fair Lady," and others. Tickets are $14 for general admission, with discounts for gallery members seniors and families at the gallery. Call 235-2662.

BEST MAKING CONNECTIONS BET: Homer Flex High School staff and students invite members of the Homer business community to a "Friends of Flex Gathering" from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the school on East End Road to discuss how to integrate the students into the business community and vice versa <> what businesses are looking for from new employees. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 235-5558.

BEST BE PREPARED BET: The Kenai Peninsula Red Cross offers training for those who want to be ready to help when the next big emergency hits, be it a Sept. 11 tragedy or another howling windstorm that knocks out the power for days on end. This weekend, the group holds orientation and introduction to disaster services, plus mass care training classes 7-9 p.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church, and again 10 a.m. -noon. The training is required for those who want to take the shelter management training classes later in the month. Call 235-6331.