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Story last updated at 4:22 PM on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photographer: Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Why write? Writer Barry Lopez makes the keynote address at the start of the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference as Alaska Writer Peggy Shumaker listens. "Pour yourself into it. Pour your heart and mind," Lopez said of writing.

Cowabunga, Betsteroids! America has finally figured out what we knew all along: Homer has some awesome beaches. Last month, USA Today named the Homer Spit one of 51 Great American Beaches. USA Today picked the Spit on the recommendation of The MILEPOST editors, who called their selection "pretty much a no brainer."

Yeah, yeah, the Betster knows that many locals prefer Bishop's Beach for coal picking, surfing the Munson Point breaks and holding bonfires below someone's million-dollar home. Lots of Homeristas avoid the Spit on principle — too crowded and cluttered, they say.

That might be true down by the harbor, but at Mariner Park end, get a 100 yards beyond the campground and you might share the beach with just a dog walker. On a stiff southwesterly, you might have to dodge a kite surfer or two.

Throw in the Mud Bay beach, Glacier Spit and Diamond Creek, and pretty soon you've got a real debate about the best beach on Kachemak Bay. Wow. We have choices.

So count your blessings, Betsteroids. The real treasure here is Kachemak Bay. Even though it's been a bit sun challenged of late, there's lots to do, like some of these Best Bets:

BEST ALTERED ART BET: The old Homer Theatre film projector did its job, but when the movie theater went digital, what do you do with the old projector? Give it to Homer artist Don Henry, that's what. Henry has transformed the projector into ... well, you'll have to see for yourself at 6 p.m. Thursday when the art gets unveiled at the theater. Stick around for a free showing of "Transformers."

BEST REFLECTIONS BET: Anyone who has ever been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., knows how somber that can be. Even at half-scale, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall can get the tears flowing. Honor the service members killed in Vietnam at opening ceremonies 10 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 18, Ninilchik. The wall is open 24 hours until June 22.

BEST BARK BY BARK BET: Here's a cool artist residency: stay at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Peterson Bay Field Station. That's what California paint and book artist Andie Thrams does this month. She'll come to town on Saturday to do a workshop with adults and children, Creative Forest Fun, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Using twigs and other natural paintbrushes, artists make a fun painting to take home. For kids 9 to 12 and an adult, the workshop if $40 a pair. Call Bunnell at 235-2662 to register.

BEST BONE BY BONE BET: How do you clean and articulate every bone of a 37-foot gray whale? Bone by bone, Betsteroids, that's how. Learn about the project from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pratt Museum when bone expert Lee Post talks about how you can help. The skeleton was salvaged in a very stinky and messy operation 13 years ago when the whale washed up in Halibut Cove Lagoon.

BEST BIT BY BIT BET: For its Washed Ashore project, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies plans to make sculpture out of marine debris found in Kachemak Bay this year — every little bit. Learn about the project and how you can participate in a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the project workshop at the corner of East End Road and Kachemak Drive. Oregon artist Angela Haseltine-Pozzi visits for a week-long residency and speaks at the workshop.