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Story last updated at 4:49 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homer's Best Bets

Get out the sunscreen, Betsteroids. Since April Fool's Day we've had 21 days where the sun has shined. There have been summers where Homer has had less sunshine than that. There have been summers where it's been so rainy and cloudy people had to check their GPS to make sure Kachemak Bay hadn't slipped south into Ketchikan. Without jinxing it, let's just say that after all the snow we suffered, we have received our just reward.

In the grand equilibrium of the universe, it should work that way. Endure and your endurance shall be blessed. Steeped in the cynical culture of American journalism, the Betster, however, does not abide this Pollyanna foolishness. Journalists expect the worst and seldom have their expectations dashed.

Fortunately, the upside of cynicism comes when you get so cynical good news actually happens. You can sometimes outsmart the universe. The Betster wants to quickly add that this run of sunshine cannot possibly last and we should expect howling rain for May. Freezing rain. Hail. Rain blowing sideways. There. That should unjinx it. Put on your shades. And while you're staring at the bright future, look ahead to these amazing things to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST ART AND ABOUT BET: May First Friday is always fun, because everyone pulls out the stops for shows. We get some bonus exhibits, like the annual art shows for Kachemak Kids and Homer Flex School. With the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival coming next week, a lot of the new art has bird themes.

BEST SPICK AND SPAN BET: Every inch of thawing snow reveals yet another layer of crud along Homer's streets. Pick it up and haul it away for the annual Clean Up Day, running 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Get started today and pick up bags at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, Fritz Creek General Store and Homer Brewing Company. Drop off trash and recycling at the chamber.

BEST TERMINATE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE BET: Those pesky, invasive weeds somehow snuck into the beautiful Homer Public Library gardens. Help rip 'em out in two War on Weeds parties from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and Monday. Bring your trowel or implement of selective destruction. Snacks and peppy tunes provided.

BEST TAKE THE FIFTH BET: In the 19th century a ragtag army of Mexican militia pushed the invading French back to the sea and ever since then lovers of Mexican culture have used it as an excuse to enjoy great food and drink. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik with musicians Jack Will and Sue Biggs. The evening starts 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 at the door, and include hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Kenai Peninsula Fair and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.

BEST SO ROBOT BET: Get some fine spaghetti and help send Your Mama's Llamas, West Homer Elementary School's Robotics team, to the Open Lego Robotics Championships in San Diego. The fundraise is 4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall on East End Road.