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Story last updated at 9:42 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Photographer: Lindsay Johnson, Homer News

My, what big ears you have Actually, the "ears" or "horns" on this adult great horned owl are tufts of feathers known as plumicorns. With its monogamous mate, this owl has three fledgling young, which are learning to perch, fly and hunt near their home on Kachemak Drive. Great horned owls are most easily spotted at dusk and audibly identified by their "Hoo Hoo!" calls.

Last week when former Gov. Sarah Palin's emails finally got released, if you were like the Betster you probably did an ego search to see if maybe Sarah gossiped about you with her staff, the First Dude and who knows else. Mayor Jim Hornaday and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, get some mentions, but the Betster regrets to say that the weekly social advice of this scion didn't even get noticed. Hmmph. Maybe that's payback for not making Palin's June 2008 bill signing ceremony here a Best Bet.

Not even Homer gets much of a nod. The biggest bit comes when former Attorney General Talis Colberg asks the governor if she wants to pass on some good wishes to the 2008 graduating class of Kachemak Bay Campus.

"Tell them hello, good luck, I love 'em, find something they love to do and figure out a way to get paid for doing it," Palin said.

Huh. Not bad, Ms. Palin, except for the figuring out part. If you're like the Betster, you probably know what you love to do, starting with "living in Homer." The Betster might add writing poetry, acting, painting, building big baskets and burning them, interpretive dance, playing drums loudly, and writing wonky novels about aliens hiding secret UFO bases on Ohlson Mountain. Good grief, if we could get paid for what we love to do, you wouldn't see people driving Subarus built during the Reagan administration and East Enders living in dirt-floor cabins with chickens. Follow your bliss, Betsteroids, and the food stamps will follow.

Heck, maybe that's the dream — not the destination but the journey. Go forward into the future and on the way check out the scenery, like maybe these Best Bets:

BEST ACROSS THE BAY BET: Get away for the weekend and enjoy some awesome music at the annual Seldovia Summer Music Festival. Join the music jam on the M/V Tustumena leaving at 11:45 a.m. today. Missed the boat? Make your own way there. Enjoy headliners Moira Smiley and VOCO and Jamie Michaels and musicians Paul Thompson, Bianca De Leon, Karen and Don Mc Natt, Diamonds in the Rough, Anne and Rob Nelezen, Mt. Echo, Dan McElrath, Robin Hopper and the Acoustic Banana, Betsy Scott, the Rob Rurka Band, and Brian Slover and Billy Goat. For the full schedule see seldoviamusicfestival.wordpress.com.

BEST FULL THROTTLE BET: Get in gear when Portland alt-country band Truckstop Darlin' starts its Alaska tour at 10 p.m. today at the Alibi. Twang Nation called them a band that "takes pride in stories well told, the hard beauty of sentimentality and the ragged craft of a well executed rock song."

BEST STORMS AND SUN BET: It's the Pratt Museum's annual summer art challenge: See if you can create art that can withstand anything nature throws at it. Check out what local artists have created for Facing the Elements. The show opens with a reception from 5-6 p.m. Friday in the forest trail behind the Pratt.

BEST SING AWAY BET: Summer has so many birds about that the Kachemak Bay Birders need two trips this month to see the birds. Catch its third Saturday trip starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Mossy Kilcher's Seaside Farm on East End Road. Learn about nesting songbirds and maybe how to tell a fox sparrow's song from that of an olive-sided flycatcher.

BEST CLEAN BOOTS BET: You won't have any muddy toes this time now that the Calvin and Coyle Woodland Park trail has been fixed. See what volunteers have done for this local Kachemak Heritage Land Trust park from noon-2 p.m. for Fun in the Forest, at the park near Mile 1.1 East End Road. Park at Paul Banks Elementary School. See story, page 18.

BEST NOT WHAT YOU THINK BET: Learn about how to clear your head and relax with Transcendental Meditation. Stellavera Kilcher presents a general talk from 6-8 p.m. today in the Homer Public Library conference room and then a more advanced discussion from 5-6 p.m. Monday in the conference room.

BEST I'M BORED BET: Kids, those are words you never, ever want to say to your parents — not unless you want to get the chore list from heck. Looking for fun stuff to do that doesn't involve weed whacking the pushki? Check out short art and nature camps. From 1-3 p.m. today it's Wilderness Survival at the Alaska Center for Coastal Studies' Wynn Nature Center. Classes for ages 8-11 are $5 each, $4 for CACS members or $35 for all 10 sessions. Or, try the four-day Artquest Drawing Camp from 10 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday at the Homer Council on the Arts for kids in grades 3-8. Marie Alexson teaches. The class is $80.