Story last updated at 4:11 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002

Homer's Best Bets
The Betster has determined that Murphy's Law is alive and well, right here in Homer, folks. First, there was the gardening incident. No sooner had every last thirsty plant been meticulously doused with H2O (a process that involves copious amounts of hose-hauling, dashes back to the nozzle to turn on and off the sprinkler, and the inevitable face full of water when the water pump kicks on and sends said sprinkler into hyper-drive), when the clouds opened up, spilling a downpour capable of putting wrinkles on Noah's brow. This was also, inevitably, the day after the Betster had chiseled two inches of grime off the ol' beater. What can we all learn from this? There's really no point in trying to get ahead in this game. Best to just sit back, be mellow, and take in all these Best Bets.

BEST YOUNG SPIELBERGS BET: The crazy kids at the Pier One Youth Theatre Skills Camp have come up with quite a show this year, complete with all the usual unusual skits, scenes, dance and performance art. But this year, there's a new twist. These young folks actually wrote and produced a short movie during their three-week camp, which will be shown during the Skills Camp Production this weekend. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit. Tickets are $7 with discounts for kids, seniors and families. Call 235-7333 for reservations.

BEST SPAGHETTI FEED FUND-RAISER BET: The Betster's always said that the greatness of Homer comes from its willingness to help those in need, and this Sunday, a need presents itself. Bryan Lowe, the pastor at Kachemak Bay Christian Church, recently had surgery for brain cancer. A spaghetti feed fund-raiser will be held for Lowe from 1-3 p.m. at the Homer United Methodist Church on East End Road.

BEST GARDEN GURU BET: After 47 years, you'd better bet Daisy Lee Bitter's learned a trick or two about gardening at her Skyline Drive residence. Luckily, the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is hosting a tour of her fabulous spot from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Mile 2.4 East Skyline Drive. Call 235-5263 for more information.

BEST MARIMBA MADNESS BET: It's one of the amazing quirks of Homer that extraordinary things happen here more appropriate for populations far in excess of our crew. One shining example of this is juJuba, Homer's own marimba band, which plays its African instruments with particular pizzazz. Tonight, local band members are joined by guest artists Michael and Osha Breez as well as Judith Carter and Karen Yoshitomi for a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Alice's Champagne Palace. Tickets for the Homer concert are $12 per person and are available at the Homer Bookstore and the Homer Council on the Arts. For more information, call 235-4288.

BEST PILE O' MUSIC BET: The Betster can't even wrap those brain cells around all the music coming to town this weekend for the KBBI Concerts on the Lawn. It's one of those gotta-see-it-to-believe-it situations. If you're of a similar mind, turn out Saturday starting at 6 p.m. for Matt Yaki, Rumblefish, the John Walsh Trio, Three-Legged Mule and Nervis Rex. Sunday at noon, the lineup continues with Esther Golton, Larry Zarella, Andy Baker, Atz Kilcher, Andres Condon, the Spur Highway Spankers, juJuba, the Karen Strid Quartet, Loose Gravel and Monk's Hood. Makes you glad you're not the announcer, huh? Tickets are $20 for members for a two-day pass, $25 for nonmembers. Saturday only is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers and Sunday is $15 members, $18 nonmembers. Discounts are available for seniors, youth and families. Call 235-7721 for more information.