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Story last updated at 3:49 PM on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Homer's Best Bets: June 30, 2011


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Buoys decorate an old boat on the Homer Spit.

A recent study by psychiatrist Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany confirms what we small town citizens have long known: big cities make you crazy. By giving up superhighways, noise and dense urban living, we not only gained peace and quiet. We're less stressed.

Holy Stating the Obvious! How can you get grumpy in a town with the most awesome view in the world? How can you get stressed when little miracles of nature pop up every day to remind you of the important things in life? How can life get you down when a long walk on the beach washes away your worries? People spend thousands of dollars to come here and rewire their city-scrambled brains.

Yup, what we figured out by moving here or having the luck to be born here, science has now confirmed. Small town living eases the mind. Resident or visitor, new or old timer, get back into the groove and celebrate the good life — hey, maybe with some of these Best Bets:

BEST 235 ALREADY? BET: It's hard to believe the United States of America is 235-years-old. Why, just the other day she was a whiny teenager getting all worked up over taxation without representation and stuff like that. Now look at her. She's grown up, all right. Celebrate our nation's birthday with all sorts of fun Fourth of July events. See the run down for ideas from Seldovia to Ninilchik on pages 6-7.

BEST SHINY SPOKES BET: Bikes Rock Homer needs your old bikes, elbow grease and mechanical skills. To help kids get some bikes so they, like, don't rot their brains playing video games, join the Fix 'Em party from 6-9 pm. Friday at the K-Bay Bike Bank at East End Mini Storage near Redden Marine. Repair bikes and learn about the program. Hot dogs and drinks will be served.

BEST FEED ME BET: Through the wonders of puppetry and stage magic, Audrey II, the carnivorous plant bent on world domination, grows and grows. She's the horror in "Little Shop of Horrors," opening this weekend at Pier One Theatre. The Betster got a sneak preview, and it's over the top. The musical opens at 8:15 p.m. Friday and plays 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, continuing next weekend.

BEST ART ART BABY BET: New art shows open up all over town, including one of those cool art-science collaborations at the Pratt Museum. Put on your walking shoes and do the tour. The Pratt also has a talk at 7 p.m. tonight with artists and scientists to talk about the Boreal Birch exhibition.