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Story last updated at 5:17 PM on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

Look closely, all you southern peninsula drivers. Those aren't big yellow and black motorhomes with flashing lights stopping at every driveway and street corner. Those are school buses, delivering Homer's best and brightest to a new year of classes.


Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Marlena Hodgdon-Pulsifer, left, and her daughter, Timberlyn, 7, arrive at Paul Banks Elementary School's opening day of school, while Timberlyn's grandmother, Jane Hodgdon, r ight, makes sure her camera recorded the moment.

Yup, school in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has begun, which means the rest of us need to plan our morning commutes a little more carefully. No last-minute dash out the door as we head for wherever our daily routine takes us.

If that means leaving home a little earlier, so be it. Bus drivers need plenty of room to make their stops. And if you see the red lights flashing and the "stop" sign sticking out, well, you know what that means.

Of course, not all learning takes place inside the classroom. Certainly not in a town like Homer, where we love sharing what we know and going in search of even more to bring back to the collective brain pool.

Lucky for us there are some great out-of-school learning opportunities close to home. Like these Best Bets:

BEST YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE HEART BET: Sign up for an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED course, taught at South Peninsula Hospital's training room today and Friday, fee $50. Call Lauren Painter, 235-0236.

BEST BACK TO BASICS BET: Wondering about the Web? Ignorant of the Internet? Stop by the Homer Public Library for "Internet Basics," 3 p.m. Friday. Open to all ages. Bring your own laptop or use one of six that are available. Call Carey Restino, 435-3195.

BEST BIRD BONDING BET: Anyone interested in birding, citizen science or just want to know more about Kachemak Bay Birders is invited to the monthly meetings that begin Monday, 4:30 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Contact Lani Raymond, 235-9477, or Betty Siegel, 235-1598.