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Story last updated at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

This is the weekend we've been waiting for all winter. If you're a graduate or student, well, heck, school's out for summer, and maybe even forever. OK, not forever, because there's that lifelong learning thing worth preserving. Even if you've said good-bye to textbooks and blackboards, learning never ends, not in this slam-bam techno world.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Two young brown bears walk down a driveway off Diamond Ridge Road last Wednesday.

Even if you intend to go all like Walden on us, do you think the brain shuts down? Recently the Betster took a camping vacation and learned several new things. A) Even when tourists haven't arrived, the mosquitoes have. B) If you pay attention, nature teaches you new things, like how fox sparrows sound different at Stariski than they do in Homer. C) Live outdoors long enough away from industrial scents, and when you go back to civilization, you notice quaint new fragrances.

The excitement of school ending and tourists arriving just has us jazzed. Who can sleep? Not when the fox sparrows squawk, the snipes whirr and the local grizzly bear tests out your bear-resistant trash can.

Let's hope you got lots of sleep in April, because from here on out, it's just going to be busy as a clammer on a minus tide, with lots of stuff to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST BIG BARBECUE BET: You don't have to torch your own franks on the beach. Head out to barbecues — well, all over. At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, there's a community barbecue at Chapman Elementary School. At noon Monday, the Ninilchik American Legion Post 18 offers free hot dogs and hamburgers; bring a side dish to share. Start the morning right from 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a pancake breakfast at the Ninilchik Fairground. Admission is $10 adults, $5 kids and free to ages 5 and under. Proceeds benefit Ninilchik Emergency Services.

BEST BIG BEACH BASH: Get that Oyster Building boardwalk thumping with Cook Inletkeeper's annual celebration of clean water and healthy salmon. Barroom Roses and Superfrequency provide music. Enjoy great seafood, beer and mead from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the deck next to the Oyster Building on the Homer Spit.

BEST TA-DA BET: Those amazing seamstresses at the Pratt Museum always come up with a beautiful quilt to auction. See this year's quilt at a formal unveiling at 10 a.m. today at the museum with the Quilters Tea.

BEST HANDE! BET: That's Shona for "let's go." Get starts and start shopping for locally made crafts from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for the opening of the Homer Farmers' Market on Ocean Drive.

BEST REMEMBER REMEMBER BET: This weekend starts off our Alaska summer, but don't forget the reason for the holiday: Memorial Day. Services are held at 10 a.m. Monday at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer, noon at the Anchor Point Cemetery and 2 p.m. at the Ninilchik Cemetery.

Learn about Alaska military history 43 years ago this month when Allied forces defeated Japan in the Aleutian Islands. Films about World War II are shown starting at 10:20 a.m. Sunday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.