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Story last updated at 3:38 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

With most of the Homer Spit shops shut down and the tourist season officially ended, you know what that means, don't ya? That's right. Waitpersons, store clerks, bartenders and charter captains can sleep in late. They can fulfill that mantra they've been humming at the end of 14-hour days. "You can sleep next winter. You can sleep next winter."

Uh, not that's it's winter, of course. Here at Latitude 59 degrees, we call this late summer. Well, early fall. Mid-fall by New England standards, where they're bucking hurricanes and not leaf peepers right now. The Betster won't be putting on that gloomy OMG-it's-winter face until the last ember of the Burning Basket has cooled.

Now's the time when socially awkward bush rats emerge from their cabins, fishermen put away their nets and those of us who endure the winters get together to visit. There will be gossip shared, stories told, maybe a few romances rekindled and lots to do, like some of these Best Bets:

BEST MOVE IT BET: This year's CoastWalk theme is "Plastics in Motion." Volunteers this month will be moving a lot of plastic and other marine debris into recycling or trash bins and off the beaches. Want to help out? Check out the Recycled Circus starting at 4:30 p.m. today and stick around for a potluck and sign up. It's all at the CACS offices on Smokey Bay Way near Ulmer's.

BEST HEALING MUSIC BET: A little tense from that summer? Need some soft, soothing music that reaches right down into your soul? Check out the healing power of mbira when Zimbabwean musician Patience Chaitezvi performs in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Council on the Arts. A teacher who lives up to her name, Chaitezvi also offers drumming, singing and dancing workshops from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at HCOA. Call 235-4288 or visit www.homerart.org for more information.

BEST MESSING AROUND BET: Back from the sea? Share stories, sing shanties and check out the beautiful wooden boats at the annual Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival. It starts with Sea Shanties and Tall Tales at 7 p.m. today at the Salty Dawg and continues through the weekend. See story, page 2.

BEST EXTREME PREJUDICE BET: As the CIA says, you'll be terminating with extreme prejudice the weeds at the Homer Public Library. Help the new library celebrate its fifth year — so soon? — by spiffing up the grounds. Bring trowels, dandelion pullers and implements of flora destruction starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

BEST COME AND THEY'LL BUILD IT BET: Never underestimate the power of parents. With their kind of determination, you can change the world — or at least build a new playground. Kick off the Homer Playground Project's drive to repair and build new equipment at Karen Hornaday Park starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy food, games, a presentation and music by Rufaro, Homer's youth marimba group.

BEST BUY AND YOU'LL GO BET: Can't wait for that Homer Chamber of Commerce car raffle and want some serious wheels? It's your last chance to buy raffle tickets for the Lions Club annual Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle. Tickets are $100, available at the Homer Farmers Market, Scruggs Auto and other locations, with a drawing at 7 p.m. Saturday at AJ's OldTown Steakhouse & Tavern.