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Story last updated at 4:59 PM on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

The thigh bone's connected to the... Joanie Sarno, left, of Tuckerton, N.J., and Lee Post, right, hold a loggerhead sea turtle skeleton Post helped Sarno put together when she visited Homer. Post helped Sarno articulate the skeleton she found on Cedar Island, Va. Sarno teaches science at William Davis Middle School in Mays Landing, N.J.

This time of year always sneaks up on the Betster. Next Tuesday, you'll be cruising down East End Road or the Sterling Highway rockin' out to some Talking Heads, when all of a sudden — shazam! When did school start and those 20 mph flashing lights go up?

They're back! All summer our fine young people have been off on adventures. Now, you can't walk through the store without tripping over an earnest young scholar stocking up on three-ring binders and No. 2 pencils.

The jean and hoody supply has been vastly depleted on the Kenai Peninsula. Hundreds of teenagers who have discovered haute couture also have learned you never, ever can be fashionable in Homer, and might as well make up your own style. Call it groovamatic gaga and tell New York they're behind the curve.

Celebrate a new generation embarking on the coolest thing ever, learning how to become independent, intelligent, critical thinking human beings. Slow down. Watch for children crossing roads. Stop at crosswalks.

And when the bell rings at the end of the day and the homework's done, get out and do some fun things, like these Best Bets:

BEST OLD BONES BET: You can tell a lot from ancient bones. Learn about "Ancient Disease and Assorted Maladies" when University of Alaska Anchorage associate professor Robert Mack speaks at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Public Library. It's a non-technical overview of paleopathology, so even the Betster can understand it.

BEST O BRAVE NEW WORLD BET: Cast yourself up on the wild beaches of the Homer Spit and enter a world of wizards, spirits and nasty nobles in the Pier One Youth Theatre production of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Directed by Clara Noomah, the classic play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and also shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. See story, page 18.

BEST BEAUTIFUL BAY BET: Haven't gone out on Kachemak Bay yet this summer? Now's your chance. Seize the day with a tour starting at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the Homer Harbor. A fundraiser for the Pratt Museum, you'll stop at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies' Peterson Bay Field Station, swing by Gull Island and Tutka Bay Lodge. Refreshments and hot beverages are served. Tickets are $100, available at the Pratt. Call 235-8655.

BEST SLICK VEGGIES BET: Ladies and gentlemen, rev up those zucchinis for the Zucchini Car Races Saturday at the Homer Farmers' Market. Decorate zucchinis starting at 12:30 p.m. and race 'em at 2 p.m. Bring your own veggies or use zukes provided at the market.

BEST BEAUTIFUL BAY BET II: OK, maybe you've seen Gull Island like a zillion times and want to go someplace different. How about Kasitsna Bay? This little gem on the way to Seldovia holds the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, a joint fed-state operation doing research into all aspects of our local marine environment. Tour the lab, visit with scientists and learn about the work your tax dollars support. A $50 discount water taxi ride takes you there. Call Kris Holdereid at 235-4004 to make reservations.