Story last updated at 5:24 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2002

Homer's Best Bets
Now this may come as a surprise to daughters and sons of those Daddy-Os with a stiff upper lip, but the old guys actually do appreciate those corny cards and goofy efforts to make them feel special on Father's Day. Yes, that's right. It's this week, Sunday to be exact. The Betster has learned from experience that it doesn't have to be the perfect gift for most Dads, it's just the simple thought that you remember who they are, that they used to stick Band-Aides on your knees and endlessly schlep you from one event to another, serve as your first line of defense against monsters and later, the scum of the earth (translation: anyone of the opposite sex) and generally be your Pop. And if you are lucky enough to have your father in town, why not check out some of these best bets.

BEST MUTT STRUT BET: How many friends do you have who never get snippy with you for being late, always greet you with a breathless smile, and seem to love you even more when you have a nasty case of morning breath? Not many, the Betster guesses. But Fido is among those few, for sure. This Saturday at 10:30 a.m., a chance to show your support for the many pets waiting to find their human presents itself. "Strut Your Mutt," sponsored by the Homer Animal Friends, is a fund-raiser for the spay/neuter program. Humans pay $10 to participate, but our four-legged-friends walk for free. The event will include food, games and prizes and it all starts at the Homer High School parking lot. Call 235-SPAY for more information.

BEST STARS AND STRIPES BET: After Sept. 11, 2001, there seems to be more red, white and blue around town, posted on car windows, shops and a sweatshirt or two. It's time to thank that national symbol for providing us a way to show our patriotism with this Friday's Flag Day events. South Peninsula Hospital will be inaugurating its newly installed flag pole with Flag Day ceremonies at 10:15 a.m. in front of the hospital with help from the Homer Boy Scout Troop 555. The Homer Elks Lodge holds a ceremony starting at 6 p.m. downstairs at the lodge on Jenny Lane. The Elks Emblem Club presents a history of the U.S. flag, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post conducts a gun salute, the Homer and Ninilchik American Legion posts fly their colors and Boy Scouts Troop 555 performs the flags folding. Call 235-2127.

BEST MODERN MOVES BET: It's been a year since Homer's own Dance Theatre North took the stage, and while they've been away, they've come up with a show that's both thought-provoking and a melody of movement. "Alice in America" debuts tomorrow at 8:15 p.m. at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit and runs through June 22 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The show features eight dancers and a plot revolving around Alice and her experience with the spirits of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Tickets are $12 with discounts. Call 235-7333.

BEST LEFTOVER SALMON SERVING: This Colorado-based band describes itself as "polyethnic Cajun slamgrass" but fans and reviewers simply describe it as a rockin' good time. The band has played the festival circuit for some 11 years, and few concert-goers can keep their toes from tapping when this mix of funk, bluegrass and rock sets to doing what it does best, in or out of costume. Leftover Salmon plays at Alice's Champagne Palace on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 for nonmembers, $31 for KBBI members. Call 235-1921 for more information.

BEST BEANTOWN DUO BET: If you're a fan of folk and fun, a Boston-based duo is likely up your alley. Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert, old friends who tour together from time to time, are visiting Homer tonight with an 8 p.m. show at Alice's Champagne Palace. Paul is known for his song-writing, while Gilbert has put smiles on the Homer crowd before. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 235-1921.