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Story last updated at 4:28 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Homer's Best Bets

They've packed their lunches, their backpacks and all their gear. They've checked the long list of supplies needed to get ready for their big adventure. They're ready to explore new territory and learn new things, and if they're lucky and pay attention, they'll come home with great treasure. That's right, Betsteroids: Starting next Monday, it's moose hunting season!


Photographer: Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Here's looking at you, kid A mountain goat looks down from a knoll on the Gore Point isthmus last week. Gore Point is the southeastern most point on the Kenai Peninsula and near Point Dick.

What? You thought the Betster meant the start of school? Oh yeah, there's that, too, starting next Tuesday at most schools. Whether hunting or going to school, though, the drill is the same. Make sure you have all your stuff. Read the handbook. Be prepared. Pay attention. Look and listen. You might not always get what you want, but you'll gain new experience no matter what.

Some people say the start of school means the end of summer. Others say hunting season heralds the demise of warm weather. Oh, you pessimistic souls. As last weekend showed, August still has some punch left. The Betster remembers one year when it got so dang hot during the Breast Cancer Run that people dashed into Kachemak Bay to cool off. True, August can mean endless days of driving rain that keeps hunters wiping off their spotting scopes. August also can amaze with temperatures that soar into the low 70s.

Besides, the fireweed has barely begun to bloom, and the flowers have yet to fade. You poor young people might think summer has ended, and for you, of course it has. Just like we poor working stiffs, you cannot escape outdoors on a fine sunny day. Live with it. That's your lot in life unless you craft the ultimate Homer lifestyle and a job that lets you play hooky when the thermometer rises into Hawaii territory. The Betster doesn't understand why our Alaska Legislators haven't written a law mandating a state holiday on any day warmer than 70 degrees. It's not like we get any work done anyway.

We still have a chance at some warm days, maybe even into September. You know the Betster: I do not believe summer has ended until the first inch of snow has fallen.

So hang in there, hunters and students. It could be another dang fine weekend, with lots to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST WHAT UP? BET: Confused about Ballot Measure 2, the Coastal Zone Management initiative? Don't understand the 11-page law it would enact? Learn about the measure from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at a talk at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Mako Haggerty and Bob Shavelson speak in favor of the initiative, with opponents also invited to speak.

BEST SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE BROWNIES BET: Donna and Kevin Maltz, founders of the Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery & Café, leave Homer soon for their new, full-time life in Hawaii. They've been a longtime presence in Homer. To show their gratitude, they hold Customer Appreciation Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with 50 percent off on everything. Donna will be signing books and Kevin pouring coffee and beer, so come by and wish them well.

BEST YOU HAD ME AT CHOCOLATE BET: Chocolate. Wine. Art. Music. That's a quartet hard to resist. Swing by the Bunnell Street Arts Center starting at 6 p.m. Friday and enjoy fine artisan chocolates by Gordon and Kim Terpening, wines from the Grog Shop, art by Ron Senungetuk and Abraham Anghik Ruben, and piano music by Anna Smith. Admission is $10, with wine sold by the glass, and benefits Bunnell programs.

BEST HILLS ARE ALIVE BET: Want to check out the fireweed and maybe see a moose or two? Take a stroll up to the Wynn Nature Center on East Skyline Drive at 6 p.m. Friday for "No Song Left Inside," a free family concert. The Homer Ukulele Society opens the show. Bring your own instrument and voice and join in.

BEST BEST LITTLE FAIR BET: The Betster doesn't know if Obama or Romney plan to campaign at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair in Ninilchik, but they should, because it's a lot cooler than some Midwestern fair. The fair runs 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, with lots of music, exhibits, farm exhibits and maybe even a local politician or two shilling for votes. Admission is $10 adults, $5 kids and seniors. Get a three-day pass at the Homer Chamber of Commerce for $25 adults, $10 kids, with $5 on each sale benefiting the chamber. For full schedule, see www.kenaipeninsulafair.com.

BEST POWERFUL IN PINK BET: Help your sisters, wives, moms, daughters, aunts and all the beautiful women in your life with the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic's 18th annual Breast Cancer Run on Sunday. Run 5 miles or walk a mile and help raise funds for the early detection of breast cancer through screening and diagnostic services. Register online at kbfpc.org or register in person at family planning on Ben Walters Lane. Late registration is 9:30 a.m. Sunday; the event starts at 10 a.m. All the money raised stays local.

BEST MIX IT UP BET: Learn how to craft blossoms, berries and herbs into flavored vinegars at a cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Farmers' Market. Chef Lori Jenkins shows how to create your own infused vinegars from dandelion flowers, chive blossoms, French tarragon and red raspberries. The vinegars add depth and fabulous flavors to salad dressings and other uses of vinegar. Recipes, vinegar tastings and salad samples will be provided.