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Story last updated at 5:08 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Jim Lavrakas

A rainbow shines over the Homer Spit, Saturday, Sept 17, 2001. Gorgeous sunny fall days mixed with marine gale warnings to produce a visual delight from residences on Mountain View Drive.

Ah, those glorious summer afternoons: the sun shining, Kachemak Bay flat calm and beaches so warm you could walk barefoot. That was like so Sunday. Summer ended with a very big fire, and fall came in with rain pouring so hard it sounded like hail on our roofs. Wait — that was hail.

Ma Nature blessed us last weekend with two great days. Want to dedicate and install the Jean Keene Memorial? You got it: Sunshine with a few sprinkles (only maybe those were tears). Need to torch "Together," the annual Burning Basket? How about a clear evening with a light breeze?

Yes, that's how we like our end-of-summer rituals here in Homer. But does the price for such glorious weather have to be, well, the sloppy stuff we got this week? No — don't answer that, Betsteroids. Just when we think it has all been figured out, except for the difficult stuff no one understands, like quantum physics and politics, into our lives comes more mystery. That's just the way the universe works.

We puny little pink monkeys with overdeveloped brains haven't figured it out, have we? As we buckle down for another fall, or as Alaskans call it, pre-winter, the odds of once and for all figuring it out just grow slimmer. Think you've solved one mystery and two more pop up. As Capt. Kirk said, "There's more to running a starship than asking a bunch of damn fool questions." So buckle up, kick 'er into warp drive and get ready for another week of fun, maybe with some of these Best Bets.

But wear your rain jacket.

BEST LOT OF 'TUDE BET: That's altitude, not attitude, when you head to the high country up at the Ageya Retreat Center at the top of East Hill Road on Easy Street for the monthly Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer. Ya gotta love the chamber. They honor the coolest businesses around town. The event starts at 5 p.m. today, and hey, wear your hiking boots, because you'll be stomping through the woods as part of the event.

BEST STRETCHIN' SUMMER BET: Everywhere you look around town, small time farmers have been putting in crops with those spanky high hoop tunnels. You get food earlier and can harvest longer. Learn about Flex School's greenhouse when teacher Jeff Szarzi talks about 'em at 6 p.m. today for this week's Sustainable Alaska Living lecture at the Homer Public Library.

BEST WELCOME BACK BET: You won't find latch-key kids at the Homer Boys & Girls Club. The good folks there have working parents' backs, giving kids a safe place after school to play and learn. Learn about the program, sign up and get involved with a Back to School Party from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday at the club in the lower level of the old intermediate school.

BEST HOT FEET BET: You'll be burning up the dance floor to Burnt House at 7 p.m. Saturday at Alice's Champagne Palace, the only kind of heat the Homer Volunteer Fire Department likes. Join them for a fundraiser with a dinner, auction and split the pot drawing. Proceeds benefit the HVFD Member Association and its programs to support your local firefighters and medics.

BEST BIG BLUE BET: Once a Mariner, always a Mariner, so if you go to Homer High School, went to Homer High School or graduated from Homer High School, it's time to come home for the big Homecoming game at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Mariner Boys go up against the Kenai Kardinals.