Story last updated at 2:49 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2002

HOMER'S BEST BETS
The Betster has always been a fan of America's birthday, and not just because of the nation's propensity for celebrations involving gluttonous amounts of potato salad and baby-back ribs, not to mention the picnic standard centerpiece, the red, white and blue Jell-O mold. No, the Betster's heart swells due to something other than cholesterol on the Fourth of July, and this year, it seems stronger than ever. It's odd that it takes adversity to make the Betster's patriotic spirit kick into high gear. Bottom line is, this is an amazing place to live, and if you truly need any proof of that, check out all these best bets.

BEST CRAZY NUNS BET: How it was that playwright Dan Goggin came up with the plot for "Nunsense," a musical comedy opening this weekend at Pier One Theatre, we may never know. The Betster isn't sure knowing would be a good thing. After all, the muse that created this tale of 50 dead nuns killed by food poisoning must be an interesting one. The remaining sisters must pay for all the burials, and run out of money before the final group is laid to rest. To raise the money, a fund-raiser is scheduled featuring some zany acts from the nuns' pre-habit days. The show opens Friday and runs through July 20 at the Homer Spit theater. Curtain times are 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 on Thursdays and Sundays. Tickets are $12 with discounts. For more information or reservations, call 235-7333.

BEST STARS AND STRIPES BET: Everybody loves a parade, and the Betster bets this year the town will turn out like never before to wave flags and celebrate independence. The Independence Day parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Homer High School parking lot and runs down Pioneer Avenue, ending at the West Campus of the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College. This year, the parade theme is "Home of the Free." This year, a pre-parade cookout is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bay Realty and a post-parade dance is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Main Street Mercantile. Both events are free and open to all. For a complete listing of all the Fourth of July events, check out the story on the front page.

BEST FIRST FRIDAY BET: The Betster is like a kid at the candy shop when it comes to this month's First Friday offerings. There's just so many art exhibits to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. There's glasswork, pottery, collage, oil paintings, woven baskets, unique watercolors and much, much more. Most galleries hold receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a few exceptions. Check out the arts calendar on page 18A for more information.

BEST DAY ACROSS THE BAY BET: When Seldovians say they are having a day filled with events, they aren't kidding. The Fourth of July events start at 7 a.m. with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at the Seldovia Firehouse, followed by a 5-K "Salmon Shuffle Foot Race" at 9 a.m. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. down Main Street, and booths around the harbor will be set up with tons of food, arts and crafts. At 11:30 a.m. the entertainment really starts with a flag-raising ceremony, parade awards, a musical performance by Radoslav Lorkovic and Celtic dancers from Anchorage. Events continue through the day with kids races, kite-flying, and some unusual events that must be Seldovia-specific -- the dead fish pass and the raw egg toss. For all the details, call 234-7612.

BEST ANTIQUE WHEELS BET: The Betster's always been a fan of those early buggies and motorized transportation devices, and if you are of a similar mind, this week's Antique Wheels Show is right up your alley. Owners of antique vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on hand at Spenard Builders Supply parking lot between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday. Awards will be given for the most Alaskan, oldest and people's choice vehicles. For more information, call Boyd Walker at 235-3466.

BEST RIDE 'EM COWBOY BET:

The Ninilchik Fair Grounds will be transformed this weekend into the wild west, with the 42nd annual Peninsula Horseman's Association Rodeo. The events start off with barrel racing at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a full day of rodeo events Saturday and Sunday. There will also be calf scrambles, three-legged races and other exciting events. There's a barbecue Saturday afternoon. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth 7-12 and free for youth under 7.

The Betster has always been a fan of America's birthday, and not just because of the nation's propensity for celebrations involving gluttonous amounts of potato salad and baby-back ribs, not to mention the picnic standard centerpiece, the red, white and blue Jell-O mold. No, the Betster's heart swells due to something other than cholesterol on the Fourth of July, and this year, it seems stronger than ever. It's odd that it takes adversity to make the Betster's patriotic spirit kick into high gear. Bottom line is, this is an amazing place to live, and if you truly need any proof of that, check out all these best bets.

BEST CRAZY NUNS BET: How it was that playwright Dan Goggin came up with the plot for "Nunsense," a musical comedy opening this weekend at Pier One Theatre, we may never know. The Betster isn't sure knowing would be a good thing. After all, the muse that created this tale of 50 dead nuns killed by food poisoning must be an interesting one. The remaining sisters must pay for all the burials, and run out of money before the final group is laid to rest. To raise the money, a fund-raiser is scheduled featuring some zany acts from the nuns' pre-habit days. The show opens Friday and runs through July 20 at the Homer Spit theater. Curtain times are 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 on Thursdays and Sundays. Tickets are $12 with discounts. For more information or reservations, call 235-7333.

BEST STARS AND STRIPES BET: Everybody loves a parade, and the Betster bets this year the town will turn out like never before to wave flags and celebrate independence. The Independence Day parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Homer High School parking lot and runs down Pioneer Avenue, ending at the West Campus of the Kachemak Bay Campus of the Kenai Peninsula College. This year, the parade theme is "Home of the Free." This year, a pre-parade cookout is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bay Realty and a post-parade dance is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Main Street Mercantile. Both events are free and open to all. For a complete listing of all the Fourth of July events, check out the story on the front page.

BEST FIRST FRIDAY BET: The Betster is like a kid at the candy shop when it comes to this month's First Friday offerings. There's just so many art exhibits to choose from, it's hard to know where to start. There's glasswork, pottery, collage, oil paintings, woven baskets, unique watercolors and much, much more. Most galleries hold receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, with a few exceptions. Check out the arts calendar on page 18A for more information.

BEST DAY ACROSS THE BAY BET: When Seldovians say they are having a day filled with events, they aren't kidding. The Fourth of July events start at 7 a.m. with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at the Seldovia Firehouse, followed by a 5-K "Salmon Shuffle Foot Race" at 9 a.m. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. down Main Street, and booths around the harbor will be set up with tons of food, arts and crafts. At 11:30 a.m. the entertainment really starts with a flag-raising ceremony, parade awards, a musical performance by Radoslav Lorkovic and Celtic dancers from Anchorage. Events continue through the day with kids races, kite-flying, and some unusual events that must be Seldovia-specific -- the dead fish pass and the raw egg toss. For all the details, call 234-7612.

BEST ANTIQUE WHEELS BET: The Betster's always been a fan of those early buggies and motorized transportation devices, and if you are of a similar mind, this week's Antique Wheels Show is right up your alley. Owners of antique vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on hand at Spenard Builders Supply parking lot between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday. Awards will be given for the most Alaskan, oldest and people's choice vehicles. For more information, call Boyd Walker at 235-3466.

BEST RIDE 'EM COWBOY BET:

The Ninilchik Fair Grounds will be transformed this weekend into the wild west, with the 42nd annual Peninsula Horseman's Association Rodeo. The events start off with barrel racing at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a full day of rodeo events Saturday and Sunday. There will also be calf scrambles, three-legged races and other exciting events. There's a barbecue Saturday afternoon. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for youth 7-12 and free for youth under 7.

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