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Story last updated at 2:08 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Last gasp of summer Flowers in tea pots decorate a table at the Coal Point Boardwalk last Thursday. Many shops on the Homer Spit closed Tuesday after the Labor Day Weekend, but there's still plenty to do on the Spit with the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival.

Here's the problem with living in Alaska year round and not in one of those places with sudden sunsets. We have come to expect our sunsets to be smooth, calm and graceful. In summer, we get used to the idea that when we go out to dinner, it will be light when we come home. There's no need to Bodett the front porch, because the sun always leaves the light on for ya.

Come September, the idea hasn't quite sunk in with all this sunset nonsense. If you go to the movies, even for the early show, it will be dark when you get out. OK, maybe a little twilightly, but dark enough that cops will notice if your headlight is broken and use that as an excuse to pull you over. You wouldn't want that to happen, not if you've lost count of shots at the Salty Dawg — uh, in which case, call a cab.

September in Alaska is like the time the Betster went camping on the Oregon coast. One early October the Betster had been on the road a bit too long and didn't find a good campground until just before sunset. Holy Civil Twilight! In Oregon if you don't get off the road, find a campsite and at least pull out your tent before the sun falls below the horizon, you're toast. Vampires come out quickly in places like that. It gets dark faster than you can say, "Honey, where did you put the headlamp?" (The answer to that, by the way, is "On your head, sweetums.")

At this time of year, be forewarned. The sun might not set quickly and darkness descend within minutes, but if you dink around, it will be dark soon enough. Going out for the night? Leave the porch light on or get one of those photosensor things. The Betster doesn't even want to think ahead to November with snow and all that stuff. The Betster gets depressed thinking about winter too soon. The Betster gets depressed just thinking about winter at all.

So carpe solarem! Seize the sun! We still have a healthy dose of vitamin D coming at us for at least another few weeks. Take a walk on the beach. Stroll among the fireweed. There's always something cool to do here at Latitude 59 degrees and some change, like these Best Bets:

BEST MESSING AROUND BET: The forecast is for sunshine by Sunday, and what better way to get out than the 20th annual Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival. The fest starts at 7 p.m. today with Sea Chanteys, Tall Tales and Fisher Poets at the Salty Dawg. Check out the boat show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday behind the Pier One Theatre on the Spit. Don't miss the movies at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center and music and dancing with Rogues and Wenches at 9 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace. See the full schedule at ww.kbwbs.org.

BEST IT TAKES A VILLAGE BET: How do you save the world? One village at time is the idea of the Alaska Sudan Medical Project. See "The Village," a short film about their efforts at a small impoverished village in South Sudan, at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. Volunteers from the project will be on hand to answer questions. A donation is requested.

BEST CLUB AROUND BET: Sure, Homer has lots of great clubs around like the Rotary Club, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion, but you have to admit a club that helps kids get started right is pretty dang good. Check out the Boys & Girls Club, meet new staff and enroll children in the 2012 after school program at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the clubhouse in the lower level or the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the old intermediate school.

BEST ICE ON BABY BET: There's one way to get through the winter: play hockey. If you have a lot of energetic kids who need to burn off energy and get better at a sport, well, duh — play hockey. Start the season with the Homer Hockey Fall Registration and Gear Swap 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Spit. Register online at www.homerhockey.org or at the arena. Bring gear to swap, sell or donate. Learn about youth and other programs. The ice goes in Sept. 10 and the rink opens Sept. 24.

BEST HOME GROUND BET: Some vandal spun brodies in the Mariner Stadium football field, but hey, punk, it takes a lot more than that to slow down Big Blue. The field will be fixed and ready to go for Mariner football. The varsity game starts at 3 p.m. Saturday against Sitka.