BEST BIG-BUCKS-BET BET: It takes big money to step up to the table, but hey, $100 buys you a 1-in-500 chance to win a new truck in the Homer Chamber of Commerce's big raffle. There are less than 75 tickets left. The drawing starts 5:30 p.m. Friday at the chamber.
Tuesday morning the Betster noticed a puddle of water flowing out from under an outside wall, a stream the B. thought had been fixed after the last big storm (which was what, yesterday?). Upstairs the Betster Spousal Companion wisely started a day off by staying under the covers with the Betster Feline Companion. The Betster wished to go back to bed, too, but here at the Snews, a major psychotic incident must be cited for taking a mental-health day before the paper gets published. Am I alone in thinking that a general mood of surliness has settled upon our Gloomy Hamlet by the Sea? This could be a good weekend to cocoon, don't ya think? OK, there might be a few good things to do, like, I don't know
BEST BEE-YOO-TIFUL BET: Friday night at 6:30 and 9 p.m., some of the most beautiful women (and one or two hot-looking guys) decked out in the most glorious clothes imaginable can be seen at Land's End -- and that's just in the audience. Up on stage it's the biennial Wearable Arts show with fashion silly, sensual and sensational, and all for $10.
BEST TEST EARLY, TEST OFTEN BET: Yeah, yeah, you've been meaning to get your cholesterol checked, or maybe get that flu shot. This Saturday, do a little one-shop health shopping at the annual Kachemak Bay Rotary Club and South Peninsula Hospital Health Fair from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the high school. See the special Health Fair insert for all the exhibits and events.
BEST "MANANA, MANANA" BET: Who doesn't have warm, tropical places in mind right now? If you want a little taste of Mexico -- and a chance to win two weeks in Cabo -- head to Otter Beach Educational Center's fund-raiser, "February in Mexico," at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Elks club. Two Sisters provides food, and entertainment is by the Homer Middle School Concert Choir, the Homer High School Swing Choir and Otter Beach students and alumni. Dinner is $8 for adults, $5 for children and free for children under 6.
BEST A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT BET: Salsa, that is, the classic Latin American dance of African-Cuban and Puerto Rican roots, with a little jazz and rock 'n' roll thrown in. Learn to dance at a workshop from 4-6 p.m. Saturday with Eddie Wood at The Studio. The class is $20. Following the workshop, salsa the night away at a social from 8-10 p.m. at Captain's Coffee on Pioneer Avenue.
BEST THEY WERE YOUNG ONCE AND BRAVE BET: Monday, Veterans Day (or Remembrance Day, as it's known in Canada), is a time to wear poppies and think of the soldiers who served our country. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at the flagpole by the firehall in Homer, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion hold an honor ceremony with the playing of taps and a rifle salute. The VFW also has a potluck dinner, auction, raffle (and a wet T-shirt contest for the guys) starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Anchor Point hall. In Homer, the American Legion holds a dinner for the Coast Guard starting at 6 p.m.
BEST WOOD THAT WARMS TWICE BET: The U.S. Coast Guard has started its third annual "Adopt-a-Family" fund-raiser. Crews from the Sedge and Roanoke Island deliver a truckload of split wood for $75, with proceeds going to help two families with food and presents for the holidays. To purchase wood, call the Sedge at 235-5233 or the Roanoke Island at 235-5336.