Story last updated at 2:51 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2002

Homer's Best Bets
The Betster actually saw the sun rise the other day, but it wasn't voluntary. Instead, it had to do with a complicated combination of a cat's furballs and a canine war for the only remaining dog bed in the house during the wee hours of the morning. But it affirmed the fact that the golden orb actually does set these days, which is nice to know. Luckily, there's so much going on that the Betster has no problem filling up the long day. If you, however, have time on your hands, check out these fabulous best bets.

BEST SEARCH FOR THEATER BET: In other parts of the planet, a youth theater camp might produce something entertaining for parents and family members, but here in Homer, you don't have to have "love glasses" on to enjoy the Pier One Youth Summer Theatre Camp production, "The Search for Odysseus." The show includes local youth ages 11 to 16 and tells the tale of a youth who's searching for his father and encounters many adventures along the way. The show starts tonight at 7:30 and continues Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 with discounts. For reservations and information, call 235-7333.

BEST HOT SOUNDS BET: The Betster's ear is always to the ground when it comes to good music, and a couple acts headed this way have caught interest. Tonight, a Santa Cruz-based funky jazz band that calls itself Wasabi is set to take the stage at Alice's Champagne Palace. Admission is $8, and the show starts at 9 p.m. Later in the week, Tommy Rocker returns to Duggan's Waterfront Pub for a mix of comedy and rock 'n' roll. Rocker, who hails from Las Vegas, where he owns a night club, has opened for the likes of the Doobie Brothers and Blues Traveler. He plays at 9 p.m. Tuesday and there's no cover.

BEST PLANTS FROM AFAR BET: If your aspirations for a flower-filled garden plot haven't quite materialized as you expected, a plant sale by one of Homer's finer gardeners may be just the ticket. Teena Garay has traveled as far as China gathering seeds and plants for her gardens, and this Saturday, she holds a plant sale at her home from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Garay gardens are located 1.5 miles up West Hill Road at elevation 880, for those of you struggling to make things grow at the higher zones. Take a right on Bell Avenue and it's the third house on the left.

BEST BET TO SATISFY CURRY CRAVINGS: The Betster will be dusting off the air sitar Saturday when a little slice of Central Asia comes to Homer at the Vessels of Hope fund-raiser for the Indian charity organization Action for Self-Reliance, Hope and Awareness. The benefit will feature Indian food and sitar and tabla music, as well as a silent auction. Indian silk scarves and Pashmina shawls will be auctioned. Tickets are $15 per person or $35 for a family of up to four. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the Elks Club. For more information, call 235-4925.

BEST LAST ONE TO LAND'S END BET: The Betster will try to remain understated about Saturday's very important 10-K running (or walking) race, which we lovingly call the Spit Run. Never mind that the Homer News, along with South Peninsula Hospital, is sponsoring the event. The Betster doesn't give a hoot about that. The best thing about the Spit Run, which starts at Homer High School at 10 a.m., is that it's fun. Oh yeah, and there's going to be a party after the Land's End finish. Anyone interested in racing can register for free until 5 p.m. today. Day-of-race registration is $5. Call 235-7767 or 235-0258 for details.

BEST THREE-HOUR VOYAGE BET: Sailing away into the wild blue yonder has always been a Betster dream. If you share that dream, get yourself a boat and join the Homer Yacht Club for its annual Land's End Regatta. The two-day race begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday off the end of the Spit. There is a 6 p.m. registration and reception on Friday at Land's End. Call 235-8400 for details.