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Story last updated at 4:55 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by McKibben Jackinsky

Takin' it off the streets Sorting out glass for recycling during Cleanup Day on Saturday are, from left, Tim Couch, 11, Sam Banks, 8, and Blaise Banks, 6.

OK, up in the hills we still have 4 feet of snow. Three, maybe, if that sun keeps up. On the other hand, the Betster has been waking up to frost on the windshield. In May. Mid May. So, will the snow melt by Memorial Day? Will anyone other than those living in High Tunnel paradise be able to put in a garden by June? The Betster does not know. The Betster gave up trying to outguess the weather after the blizzard that buried the front door in a 6-foot drift.

Some things can be predicted, like the arrival of shorebirds. Marvel at the magic of the migrations. You might not catch the wave perfectly, but over the span of time, those tens of thousands of birds return, gracing us with their beauty. What better Best Bet this weekend than the shorebird festival, the real start of the summer? There's so much to do it's hard to pick, but how about these Best Bets?

BEST BIRD ON BET: With 118 events listed in the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival schedule, it's impossible to go to every one, but heck, give it the old college try. Locals, don't let the visitors grab all the fun. It's your bay and your weekend, so enjoy what people come thousands of miles to see: a display of avian awesomeness. The shorebird viewing times even favor working stiffs, so swing by the Spit from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday after work.

BEST SING AWAY BET: Spring birds offer a pretty good concert every morning, but sheesh, our local musicians and poets perform well, too. Don't miss the annual On the Wing concert at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. Admission is $10, with proceeds supporting the Shorebird Conservation Education fund.

BEST SWING BATTER BET: In case you missed opening day at Fenway Park, fear not, baseball fans. We have our own opening day here in Homer when Little League starts its season at noon Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park. Meet the teams and coaches and join the hit, run and throw contest. A potluck barbecue follows. Play ball!

BEST YOU SCREAM BET: Need a little sugar rush? Check out the West Homer Elementary School Ice Cream Social from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. There will be lots of yummy treats. Stick around for the talent show at 7 p.m. Proceeds help pay for the sixth grade class spring field trip. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children.