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Story last updated at 9:46 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

If you've been out of town the past two weeks, something weird happened. All the snow melted. The streets and sidewalks got swept. It quit freezing at night. Flowers have bloomed. A lot of businesses on the Spit have reopened. Motor homes have blossomed at campgrounds. People you haven't seen since they set off for warmer climates have come home.

In other words, winter ended. Yeah, yeah, the Betster has resisted declaring the good news for fear an early spring snowstorm would skunk us. Even though small patches of smooshy wet snow have been rumored to remain on the ridge, it's fighting a losing battle and should be gone by Memorial Day. You just can't keep a good season down.

Right on schedule, the shorebirds came back. They're still hanging out, too. Yesterday morning the Betster cruised over to the Lighthouse Village boardwalk and watched a flock of about 50 last-but-not-least sandpipers flitter over the slough. OK, maybe they were least sandpipers. It seems like every time a migrating bird comes through and leaves another one takes its place. Heck, Kachemak Bay is one big JFK Airport for the world's real jet setters — well, feather setters. Some of 'em might even stay for the summer.

Hey, maybe like you, great traveler to the end of the road. Don't worry. Like the birds, you can find great food, neat places to stay and lots to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST EAT LOCALLY BET: Already, the gazillion local farmers with hoop houses have started their crops. Soon enough we'll have fresh, beautiful veggies to buy at the Farmers' Market. Oh, and fish. Learn about keepin' it local with Homer Youth for Environmental Action's salmon and local food awareness event at 6 p.m. today at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Salmon snacks will be served. Yum!

BEST ALL TOGETHER NOW BET: Thank goodness. We poor word monkeys won't have to write "Kachemak Bay Campus East Campus" anymore. It's all one big campus on Pioneer Avenue now that Bayview Hall has opened. Tour the new building at an open house from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Kachemak Bay Campus — period.

BEST FLY AWAY BET: If you have any fly fishing friends, you know they're philosophical. They say stuff like, "If you don't sometimes hit the other bank, you're not casting far enough." Want to learn the art of the sport? Check out the Family Fly Fishing Workshop from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Learn fly tying, casting, fishing and filleting. The fee is $15 a person and $40 a family.

BEST ALL TOGETHER AGAIN BET: Dance. Swimming. Art. Sport. It all comes together in synchronized swimming. See a demonstration by the Synchro Sea Stars at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center and cheer on the team as they head to a regional meet in Portland.