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Story last updated at 5:47 PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Coming home
Mayor James Hornaday performs his song, "Come Back Home to Kachemak Bay," with other members of the Homer Ukulele Group on Monday at an open house at City Hall. Hornaday is retiring as mayor and won't run for re-election.

Oh my, it's been a long summer. All over the peninsula, hard working people have been counting the days. Soon, soon it will all end. They've endured rubber chicken, speeches to small crowds, interviews with nosy journos and picky questions about their stance on natural gas tariffs. Others have bared all, shielding intimate body parts, or maybe skimpy bathing suits, behind big yellow signs in support of ballot propositions. They've knocked on doors, shaken hands, and gripped and grinned more than a nonprofit director holding a big check.

Come Tuesday, they'll hold their collective breaths and let us do our jobs, we several thousand loyal voters. Peter or Tom? Paul or Jon? Yes or No? The Legislature as we know it could change. Or not.

What? You thought elections would be over? Holy Bicameralism, Betsteroids! We've only just begun. After the primary and ballot question election on Tuesday, in October it's municipal elections when we vote for a new Homer mayor and pick two out of three candidates for Homer City Council. In the Kenai Peninsula Borough we vote for a school board and an assembly member. And then when we're done with that, it's the big show, the congressional and presidential elections. Whew. You might as well get used to red, white, and blue bunting on our front page for awhile. The campaign signs blighting our state roads in clear violation of anti-billboard laws will be up until the snow falls, proving once again that when it comes to politicians, some laws are only advisory.

That's politics in America. Isn't our republican form of democracy grand? People work long hours and spend vast fortunes, or those of their corporate patrons, for the distinct honor of going to city hall, Soldotna, Juneau and Washington, D.C., so we can tell them how they've been screwing up.

God bless 'em. Our elected officials go off thinking they're going to change the world, and what they get is making informed decisions on if the Alaska Flag Song should have a second verse, even if it's bad poetry and doesn't scan.

So as you lead up to the big Tuesday, take one more look at the election pamphlet, make up your mind and celebrate the power of the people by having a good time, maybe with these Best Bets:

BEST INCH BY INCH BET: It seems like every couple of months the Pratt Museum releases another design of its new building as architects continue to revise the plan. Today at two meetings, architects and staff share the schematic design of the building that includes a general floor plan, exterior perspectives and a site plan. Meet the architects and staff from 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. at the museum. Refreshments will be served and — way cool — admission is free to the museum this afternoon.

BEST GETTING TO NORMAL BET: Nope, "Next to Normal" is not about what happens in the suburbs of Normal, Neb. Audiences who saw the show last week have been raving about the Pier One musical and the story about a woman dealing with a bipolar life. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, but get tickets quick because it's selling out. General admission is $15 at the Homer Bookstore.

BEST KIDS RULE BET: Homer's future farmers aren't waiting for the roaring '20s to start their careers. They're already on it. See what our young producers have to sell for Kids Vending Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Farmers' Market. Check out food and crafts grown or made locally. Oh, and don't miss the Great Zucchini Fest and the second annual Zucchini Race at 1 p.m.

BEST THEY'VE GOT SOLE BET: Help support Hospice of Homer with its first Soles for Hospice Fun Run on Saturday. Time be time, man, so don't worry about speed for this race — it's an untimed event. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the run is at 11 a.m. See story, page 19.

BEST BIG SCIENCE BET: One of Kachemak Bay's best-kept secrets is the cool science and training happening on the Seldovia side at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory. Head over from 1-4 p.m. Saturday for an open house and learn about new research, see intertidal critters in the touch tank, learn about cold water diving and make your own underwater robots. Boats are welcome, but call ahead at 235-4042.

BEST BIG SKY BET: Run in the Homer hills for some higher-altitude trails in the Top of the Town Fun Run at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Catch some great views, see the fireweed and stretch those legs on the 6.2-mile route. The race begins and ends at the Skyline Drive lookout parking lot. Sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, the event is for runners and walkers of all abilities.