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Story last updated at 5:39 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Homer's Best Bets

The Betster has been so dang busy with breakup that tax day slipped right by yours truly. No, no, not to worry — the IRS won't be hauling me off to the slammer for failing to file. What slipped by was that the due date for taxes had actually been extended to Tuesday. Yours truly actually filed early. In the newspaper business, not pushing the deadline can get you ostracized by fellow journalists. Do that too many times and you get snubbed at the Alaska Press Club.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News Code ... yellow? Though the setting sun last Thursday bathes Iliamna Volcano in a pink and orange glow, officially it's at aviation code yellow and alert level advisory, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Seismic activity is above background level, but an eruption is not imminent.

Since the Betster usually owes money to the IRS, the Betster just on principle prefers to file at the absolute last minute. This year, though, Chez Betster actually will get a refund. Imagine that. Imagine also that there are several entities holding out hands to take that refund, like the Kenai Peninsula Borough tax collector, and you'll understand why the Betster isn't on the plane to Hawaii.

Only, who the heck wants to leave Homer with this fabulous spring? It started out pretty yucky, yucky enough that it fooled the Department of Public Safety Commissioner to extend the studded tire deadline for those of us south of latitude 60 to May 1. Did you miss that memo? Not to worry. The usual deadline of April 15 doesn't apply.

See how government messes with us? Just when you get used to deadlines, they get all shifty and move them ahead. Only, don't get used to it too much. The Alaska Permanent Fund folks didn't change the March 31 deadline. That's the one you want to remember. You get money for that.

So, you have another week or so to swap out your studs. Don't get all cocky and push the tire changeover, though. The tire mechanics get cranky when you expect them to fit you in right before closing on April 30. Get in line, bub.

Meanwhile, enjoy the Zen bliss of watching snow melt. The Betster has found joy in this pursuit the past few weeks. Really, the snow is melting, even if that berm the snowplow guy left behind is still 10 feet tall. A week ago that berm was 12 feet. Next week it will be down to 8 feet, maybe more. Some roads might seem buried, but that's only because you can't see the surface beneath all that sand and dust.

We're slouching toward the end of winter, Betsteroids, but that doesn't mean the end of rockin' fun. As usual, there's lots to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST FAMILY FUN BET: Just living here you can find fun family things to do, like a good walk on the beach. In celebration of Week of the Young Child, local groups have organized way-cool stuff to do. See the list on pages 14 and 15.

BEST CROSSING THE ROAD BET: Homer High School's thespian crowd are so dang talented they can't just do one theatrical performance — this year they're doing two. If you loved "Into the Woods," you'll go wild over "Chicken Every Sunday," the theater department's spring play. Check out the characters of a crazy boarding house. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

BEST STRONG VOICES BET: Here's a cool idea. This year, South Peninsula Haven House put together a writers workshop to explore issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. See what they put together at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Sarah Jane Johnson also presents her short play, "Devil in a Box." Tickets are $15 or pay as you can.

BEST WEAR 'EM OUT BET: Parents, you probably already know the secret to keeping kids from getting spring fever. That's right: run them ragged. On Saturday, you can do that big time. Starting at 10 a.m. it's the 23rd Annual Youth Fishing Fair at Homer Middle School. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. it's the Safe Kids Fair and Bike Rodeo at Homer High School. In between from noon to 2 p.m. you can keep the kids hopping with the HoPP-a-Thon, a youth fundraiser for the Homer Playground Project, also at the high school. Kids can get pledges and hop (or hoop, bike, walk, etc.) to raise money. Whew.

BEST CLASSICAL BET: Love string music? Start out your weekend with a Kenai Peninsula Orchestra ensemble concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Council on the Arts. There's more music Sunday with the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club Concert at 3 p.m. at Christian Community Church. Then at 5 p.m. Sunday, Paul Sharpe and Juliana Osinchuk perform at Bunnell Street Arts Center.