Story last updated at 1:52 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002

HOMER'S BEST BETS
Well, folks, Homer did it again. From snow to sun in a flash, and the Betster's just trying to keep up. Wasn't it just a couple days ago the yard emerged, and now the hum of lawnmowers fills the night air. There's nary a parking spot on the Homer Spit, and people are talking with drawls in the check-out lines. Yessiree, summer's here, and with it, a list of Honey-dos so long it's gonna take all summer to get through the first foot. Sooner or later, though, you're gonna have to recharge those batteries, and when you do, there's a ton of best bets for you to check out.

BEST FIDDLE FUN BET: Ken Waldman, also known as Alaska's fiddling poet, will perform at a fund-raiser at Alice's Champagne Palace at 2 p.m. Sunday. Funds will go toward the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's Town Square Project. Admission is $10 for adults, $25 for families, and tickets are available at Two Sisters, the Homer Bookstore and at the door. The trust is also sponsoring a bird hike Saturday at 8 a.m. on the Kilcher Homestead, and a tree sale at 10 a.m. Sunday at Eagle Quality Center. For information on either event, as well as weekly tours at Toby Tyler's gardens, call 235-5263.

BEST CLOSER LOOK BET: Bishop's Beach has been the center for fun and function in the Homer area as long as folks have been gracing the Cosmic Hamlet's shores. This weekend, a group of dancers will attempt to translate all those years of use into movement with "Look Again," a site-specific performance project circling the state. Around a dozen dancers will perform from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday on Bishop's Beach. At 7 p.m., a discussion of the dance, as well as the beach, will be held at the Bunnell Street Gallery. For more information, call 235-2662.

BEST RACE AGAINST CANCER BET: The annual Run For Women will be held this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Mariner Park at the base of the Homer Spit. The race is 5 miles long, and runners, walkers, strollers and all others are invited to participate to help fight cancer. The race organizers could also use a few extra hands. Anyone looking for more information, or interested in helping can call 235-0258 or 235-3436.

BEST ENERGY-BURNING BET: By now, the kids might just be getting a little sick of watching cartoons and chasing the cat, and an organized summer activity might be in order. The American Legion is holding baseball tryouts at the Homer High School on Monday at 10 a.m. Kids must be less than 19 by Aug. 1. Call Lary Kuhns at 235-4097 or 299-0617 for more information. Also on the activity calendar is registration for the Soccer Association of Homer's teams. Registration will be held Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon for youth ages four to 15 at Eagle Quality Center. For more information, call 226-2225 in the evenings only.

BEST PLANTS GALORE BET: It's that time of year when everyone sprouts a green thumb or two, and dirt under your fingernails is the norm. In celebration of the start, finally, of the Homer growing season, the Homer Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale starting at 10 a.m. at the parking lot of the Kachemak Bay East Campus on Pioneer Avenue. By 10:30 a.m., however, it's all over, so get there early or not at all.

BEST DONATE IT ALL BET: The Homer Senior Citizens center is seeking donations for its annual garage sale to be held later in June. The center'll take what you have, except for clothes. Drop off donations at the Senior Center on 3935 Svedlund Street or call 235-7655.

BEST SUMMER ADVENTURES BET: Another great opportunity for those energy-charged kids is the Pratt Museum's Summer Adventure Program, an eight-week, free program for middle school students including hands-on science projects, art activities and work with the museum's Bird-cam. Apply by 6 p.m. Monday. Call 235-8635 for more information.

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