Story last updated at 3:49 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002

Homer's Best Bets
For a moment last weekend, the Betster dozed off and dreamed of sandy beaches and palm trees, it was so warm. Then the season's first, largest and most rubberized mosquito came for a transfusion and reality hit hard. Nevertheless, it's glorious, school's out and there's even some green replacing all the dusty brown and gray. That's got to leave something worth celebrating for everyone. If you need more excuses to be deliriously happy, however, check out these best bets.

BEST TIME SERVED UP BET: Some of Homer's most notorious citizens will be "behind bars" tomorrow. Mind you, those bars are at Land's End Resort, so that's not so bad. These folks are raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., trying to come up with the $1,000 they need to "bail themselves out of jail." They'll be calling folks and businesses using cellular phones, asking for help, so lend a hand. All the dollars stay local to help Alaska youngsters go to summer camp, provide clinical services, assist families with medical purchases and fund research. For more info, call 1-800-478-5683.

BEST KILL A COBWEB BET: Now, don't get all worried. The Betster's as spider-friendly as anyone. But it's the cobwebs, dust and general cleaning at Pier One Theatre that's on the old Betmeister's mind today. On Saturday, volunteers are invited to take on the task starting at 10 a.m. at the theater to help set the stage, literally, for this year's schedule, starting the first week in June. Wear your dust-friendly duds and pitch in a hand. Call 235-7333 for more information.

BEST KAYAK FESTIVAL BET: Kayaking opportunities abound in Kachemak Bay during the first Kachemak Bay Kayak Festival to be held Friday through Monday. The festival includes special rates for accommodations as well as kayak trips with several companies. There's also some sea kayaking movies to be shown at Alice's Champagne Palace at 7 p.m. Saturday. For all the details, call the Homer Chamber of Commerce at 235-7740.

BEST BASEBALL FOR ALL BET: There's little more satisfyingly American that watching a baseball game on a beautiful summer day, and this weekend, Homer High School ball hitters will take the field against Valdez at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. While you are in the sports spirit, send some positive vibes to Homer's girls soccer team who are playing in their first ever state tournament today in the valley.

BEST REMEMBER OUR HEROES BET: These days, it's easier to remember that freedom is not free. The Betster hopes we all take a moment to remember some of those people who sacrificed their lives for ours this Memorial Day weekend. There's a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road, at the Anchor Point Cemetery at noon and at the Ninilchik Cemetery at 2 p.m. If you can't make it to those, buy a poppy at Eagle Quality Center or elsewhere around town and spend a moment thinking of these fine folks.

BEST LINES AND LURES BET: Fishing widows beware. It all starts at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, so if you're hoping to set your fellow fishing fanatic to some yard work this weekend, it had better not be until later in the day after they've had time to recuperate. Yes siree, it's opening night on the Anchor River, the night that starts it all for the season, and the banks are bound to be lined with anglers of all shapes and sizes. Just remember your license, your patience and your super-flood protection boots since word is the water's high and muddy.

BEST ART ACROSS THE BAY BET: The 13 artists in the Halibut Cove area shake off winter each year with an annual reception at the Halibut Cove Experience art gallery, and it's Friday from 7-9 p.m. Not only is there great art and fine conversation, but Halibut Cove itself is a work of art on a beautiful night. Call Central Charters for information on transportation at 235-7847 and call 296-2215 for more information.