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Story last updated at 2:35 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

For some reason or another, everyone the Betster knows seems to be going to Portland. If they're not moving there, they're visiting there. Portland has become the new Seattle. Portland this time of year can be quite marvelous, a bit like Alaska, uh, in July.


Photo by McKibben Jackinsky

From right, Kayla and Scooter Frank and Sean Bottoms cheer for Mariner football captain Hoss Frank and his teammates during Saturday's state football championship game in Chugiak.

If you've never been to Portland, think of it this way: Homer, with a light rail. You can see T-shirts that say "People's Republic of Portland" and "Keep Portland Weird." The Betster is pretty sure Portland stole that from Homer. If Portland comes out with a bumper sticker that says "Portland: We're here because we're not all there," we're going to have to photobomb the official tourism website with pictures of Homer Pennock.

Portland also has the same weather challenges as any other transitional maritime climate. You know how when people say, "How was your summer?" In some years you can say, "I don't know. I never experienced that." They say that in K-Town, a lot. I think there's a T-shirt that says "Ketchikan, Alaska. Summer is optional." After having lived in Alaska since before the Reagan administration, the Betster now understands we add up summer by the decades and not the days.

But never mind that. Summer's done. We're scraping frost off the windshield daily. Pretty soon winter will be here with a vengeance, and there's one thing the Betster has learned, those days really add up, just like these Best Bets:

BEST HE'S BACK BET: Todd Snider has been to Homer so often he keeps in touch with longtime fans. Whenever he's in Alaska he always puts Homer on his list. He returns for one show today at 7 p.m. at the Down East Saloon. Tickets are $28 and a fundraiser for Cook Inletkeeper, on sale at the Homer Bookstore and the Down East.

BEST GOT MILK? BET: You may have seen that joke photo going around the web, a pix of a woman with the caption, "I can produce milk. What's your superpower?" If you believe in keeping women healthy and alive, check out the Shane Harrington Memorial Bash at 7 p.m. Friday at Alice's Champagne Palace. Admission is $10 with silent auctions, a showing of the snowmachine adventure film, "Life's Too Short: Go Big," and other fun stuff. Proceeds benefit Alaska Boob Check, an organization for breast cancer awareness. Want to help more? Chech out the Zumbathon breast cancer fundraiser from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Bay Club.

BEST F-CUBED BET: That's flora, fauna and friends, for the plants, critters and human stewards who look after them. Show your support for Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and its big fall fundraiser auction. The bash is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Wasabi's. Tickets are $50 each.

BEST ALL BOOKS ALL THE TIME BET: Couldn't make that trip to Munich this year? Get your Oktoberfest on anyway with the Anchor Point Library's celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Anchor Point Senior Center. Enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad and live music, all for $10 ($7.50 for seniors and kids). Proceeds benefit the library, of course.

BEST SO MANY BOOKS BET: Need to stock up on your winter library? Check out the Friends of Homer Public Library book sale with a members-only preview sale from 6-8 p.m. Friday and the general sale from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the library. It's Alaska Book Week, too, so don't miss a reading at 6 p.m. tonight with local writers.