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Story last updated at 2:07 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Homer's best bets

Well, that didn't work out. Once again the Betster's dream of a big pay out in the Nenana Ice Classic fizzled. With this nasty winter, who would have thought the ice would go out so early, at 7:39 p.m. April 23?


Photographer: Michael Armstrong, Homer News

A moose dries off after breaking through ice on Beluga Lake on Wednesday morning. Several people watched as the moose made its way to safety, including Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists.

That is like so 1993, the only other year when the ice blew on April 23. Not that the Betster did any real science in calculating guesses. Nah. Like probably most of ya, the Betster just flings darts at a calendar. It's a foolproof system if you don't mind losing every year. One of these years the Betster will pick a time and date so unusual it will be right, and yours truly will pocket a cool 3,000 Benjamins.

Here at Latitude 59 degrees and some change, we don't need no stinking broken ice to tell us when it's spring time. We have our signs: When the sandhill cranes swoop down on Beluga Slough, when the varied thrush starts trilling its telephone ringing song and when a teenager walks down the street in shorts and does not appear to be turning blue from hypothermia.

So, OK, the Betster didn't get rich this year, but that's just fine. We have wealth enough here in this great little town on Kachemak Bay, with great scenery and always fun things to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST BIRDING ABOUT BET: There's a reason Carmen Field won this year's Lifelong Learner award. She knows just about everything about the natural world. Hang with Field today from 9:30-10:30 a.m. when she leads a bird tour along the Beluga Slough Trail. Look for sandhill cranes, ducks and shorebirds. A Week of the Young Child Event, meet at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

BEST SAIL AWAY BET: Ever long to get away on the Trusty Tusty? Ready to sail to the Aleutian Chain? Learn about traveling the Alaska Marine Highway from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center for its monthly mixer. Alaska Ferry Adventures is the host, with food by Mermaid Café and wine by Bear Creek Winery. Bonus: JoAnn and Monte also perform. Double bonus: door prizes include Era Alaska tickets, Homer-Seldovia ferry tickets, T-shirts and a $150 Mermaid Café gift certificate.

BEST SILVER SOUNDS BET: The annual Jubilee Youth Variety Show has been around long enough that some performers of years ago probably now have children in the show. Celebrate its 25th anniversary and see some awesome talent when the show opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre.

BEST UP AND AWAY BET: How does a CD release party work, anyway? Do they pump the jewel cases with helium and let them go? Anyway, help Lindianne celebrate the release of her new folk 'n' rock CD, "American Man, Freedom Sings," from 7 p.m. to midnight today at Alice's Champagne Palace. Lindianne invites anyone she's ever performed with to share a song.

BEST SO LONG OSBORNE BET: If you still have an Osborne computer, you're really kickin' it old school. Need to clean out your electronics stash and get those old monitors and computers recycled responsibly? Yup, once again it's the annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Spenard Builder's Supply. The fee is $15 a household car load or 35 cents a pound for businesses, 25 cents a pound for nonprofits. Computers and laptops are free.