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Story last updated at 3:19 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by McKibben Jackinsky

Plant sales and landscaping kept things hopping at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Saturday. Monte Davis, the chamber's executive director, adds water to one of the pots of flowers recently hung at the chamber.

Sure, we all like to whine about the weather, but sometimes Ma Nature cooperates. If you were one of the gazillion couples who got married last Saturday, all optimistic that the sun would shine at least long enough for the ceremony and photo shoot, you didn't get skunked. OK, it did rain in the afternoon a bit, which is why you want to rent that tent, but think of it this way: When the sun came out again, you got a rainbow. How cool is that?

Nature even obliged a twice-in-a-century event, the transit of Venus. Astronomers from Texas came all the way up here to observe Venus crawl across the view of the sun, betting that Homer would have clearer skies than Anchorage. That worked out, too. Despite cloudy skies Monday and Wednesday, it cleared up Tuesday. Holy Aphrodite! You'll have to live another 105 years to see the next transit. Hey, with clean living and good luck, someone alive today might just do that.

We live in the age of wonders and miracles, Betsteroids. Sometimes luck rolls our way. Sometimes our hard work pays off. Hope for the best, but keep that umbrella handy, and get out and enjoy this amazing town coming up on high summer with some of these Best Bets:

BEST TIME AND TIDE BET: Big minus tides happen more often than every century, but not always at a good time. Want to explore the world under the sea without getting too wet? Join today's Tenderfoot Tidepooling expedition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge guides will lead the trip. Wear rubber boots and warm, dry clothing. Meet at Bishop's Beach.

BEST FOREST FUN BET: This isn't your usual artist's residency. Painter and book artist Andie Thrams visits Homer this month and stays at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Peterson Bay Field Station. At 7:30 p.m. today at Bunnell Street Arts Center, Thrams does a free artist talk. You can sign up for upcoming workshops here or across the bay. Also sponsored by Bunnell, for more information visit www.bunnellstreetgallery.org.

BEST WHAT COULD GO WRONG? BET: How can we learn from disasters so that we don't keep repeating mistakes. Learn from the expert when Dr. Gregory Button speaks at 7:30 p.m. today on "The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the BP Deepwater Oil Spill: What We Have Learned." Founder and co-director of the Program in Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights, Button has studied extreme events like Love Canal, Three Mile Island, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Hurricane Katrina, and currently, the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan. He'll also sign copies of his book, "Disaster Culture."

BEST LIGHT COMEDY BET: No, the Betster doesn't mean the travails of cheechakos trying to get to sleep in an Alaska summer, but a quartet of short plays opening Friday at the Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit. With titles like "Alyson and the Great Bagel Mistake" or "Dead in the Water: A Play Noir for Three Hams," well, this isn't serious drama, dudes. The plays show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

BEST WALK ON BET: There will be some sore feet but glad hearts this weekend after the annual Relay for Life, running — well, walking — Friday through Saturday. Bring a box of tissues for the opening ceremonies at 6:15 p.m. Friday, then visit over the evening and morning to cheer on participants as they walk around Homer High School. Closing ceremonies are at 2 p.m. Saturday. It's all for a good cause, raising money to benefit the American Cancer Society.