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Story last updated at 3:59 PM on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

My, what big teeth you have A coyote yawns while stopping on a stroll through Beluga Slough last Thursday. The coyote drew attention from onlookers as it walked from Munson Point to the north end of the slough, at one spot harassing a land otter.

All this week here at Betster Central on beautiful Beluga Lake, pilots have been hauling their floatplanes out of the water. Sure, some plane owners got their wings onto dry land weeks ago, but what's the rush? Raise your hand if you've picked up your yard, got your winter wood split and stacked, filled up the fuel tank and fluffed your down jacket. Yeah, the Betster hasn't, either.

Yesterday morning one pilot got his plane out just in the nick of time. A sheet of ice coated his floats. That's right. Beluga Lake has begun to freeze up.

In case you haven't been paying attention, other signs of w-i-n-t-e-r include a light dusting of frozen precipitation, power outages from big momma windstorms, a lot of overtime for mechanics installing studded tires and the romantic smell of burning coal in Old Town.

Just when you began to worry that Homer tricksters would miss a Currier & Ives Halloween — you know, the Headless Horseman pulling a sleigh — along came some snow. Hey, when it comes to the real terror of spinning 360s on black ice as a moose crosses the road, Ma Nature has your back. She's not going to let us leave October without a little reminder of her awesome power.

Things have been a little odd here on Kachemak Bay. Those humongous tides and big winds last week created the odd pairing of big waves on the beach and Mariner Park Lagoon and Beluga Slough filled with mostly calm water. After the storm a lone coyote prowled the slough, probably looking for soggy bunnies or something. Even the Tea Party has sent out press releases saying, "Huh, those Occupy X protesters might have a point about the excesses of crony capitalism." When right meets left it's time to check the calendar and see if this isn't the new millennium.

Nope, it's 11/02/2011, or was yesterday, a palindrome date. It's time to shift into, uh, late fall, and get ready for the hot social season, perhaps with these Best Bets:

BEST DOWN BY THE RIVER SIDE BET: What's up with the Anchor River? What have scientists and other experts learned? Check out a talk starting at 7 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center with "Celebrating the Anchor River." Come early at 5:30 p.m. and attend the annual meeting of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust.

BEST STREET SENSE BET: It's time again for some cool First Friday art openings. Homer always has new artists to showcase their work, so check out the scene. See details, page 13.

BEST FIREWEED FUN BET: The fireweed has gone to fluff, but at Fireweed Academy, the kids there keep blooming. Support Homer's charter school at 6 p.m. Friday with Fireweed's 13th annual fundraiser in the West Homer Elementary School gym. Enjoy music, dancing, dessert auctions and other fun stuff, all to raise money for artist in the school programs and field trips.

BEST THE COD THAT KEEPS GIVING: Now here's a sure sign of the season, the annual Scandinavian Dinner at Faith Lutheran Church, starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Enjoy Swedish meatballs, lefse, pickled herring and, of course, lutefisk, the cod that surpasseth all understanding. Tickets are $16 adults, $8 high school students and $6 kids through eighth grade, available at the church.

BEST WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN BET: Slap on a little kohl eyeshadow, put on a Cleopatra wig and you're there: Ancient Ritz. It's the annual Pratt Museum gala fundraiser, and when the Betster says gala, I mean gala. We're talking fine food, fine art and fine society. Tickets go fast, so buy them today at the Pratt or the Homer Bookstore.