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Story last updated at 6:45 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

Winter can sometimes take its sweet time getting here, but when it comes, it's like a rowdy guest who shows up at 2 a.m. with eight suitcases and announces he's here for a short visit. Then he drinks all the beer in the fridge, finishes off that bottle of Lagavulin 16-year Scotch you'd been saving for Robert Burns night and passes out on the sofa — until May.


Photographer: McKibben Jackinsky, Homer NewsPhoto provided

Up and over Frida Renner learns to do a cartwheel with an assist from instructor Jeanne Parker. Parker holds tumbling workshops 12:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays at Homer High.

Skiers and snowshoers have begun packing in trails in the hills, which prompted the ski club to issue its annual bear warning for the Baycrest Ski Trails. Out in Mud Bay the Betster saw a posse of sea otters surfing on the incoming tide, which looked like a lot of fun until the Betster realized the tide brought in slush ice. Brrr. Good thing they have wet suits.

Fire up the wood stove — wait, check the chimney first. Put on a pair of longjohns and snuggle up with your honey. Yeah, Daylight Unsaving Time shifted an hour toward sunrise, but do you think that gave us more sunlight? As if. Here's the cure, though. Get out every day at noon. Pull in as much sunshine as you can. Keep that body moving. And don't forget that though it might be cold outside, with family and friends you're always warm. Plus, there's always something to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST COSMIC MOMENT BET: OK, it's an arbitrary human calendar, but this Friday it's going to be 11/11/11. Want to make it even cooler? At 11 a.m. local veterans organizations start Veterans Day celebrations at the Homer Emblem Club Veterans Memorial at Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue. The parade starts after, which means that at 11:11 a.m. and 11 seconds, you can shoot for six straight elevens. Stand on the street and honor the moment by, well, honoring the men and women who have served our country.

BEST ENCHANTED EVENING BET: Years ago salmon ran thick in the Thames River, England, but then King Charles ate the last one and that was that. Want to learn more about the history of salmon? David R. Montgomery, a MacArthur fellow and author of "King of Fish," speaks about the human impacts on salmon over the last 1,000 years. The talk starts at 7 p.m. today at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

BEST AND YET MORE ART BET: We have so much cool art in this town we need a second Friday to see it all. Check out new student art by Asia Freeman's students with "Brilliant Beginnings," with an opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus. Head down Pioneer Avenue for the opening of "Who Has Lived Here?", the Pratt Museum's art and archaeology exhibit. Don't miss the poetry reading at 6 p.m.

BEST SUNNY SONGS BET: The sun might be setting early, but Sunrise and Friends will be brightening up the evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Join Sunrise Kilcher-Sjoeberg, Sharon Friesen-Sculz, Marjolein Cardon, Lindianne Sarno and Tim Quinn for an evening of mighty fine original acoustic music. Part of HCOA's gallery concert series, admission is $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general admission.

BEST BE CRAFTY BET: Want to keep money in the local economy and help local craftspeople? Shop Saturday at crafts fairs. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. it's the Homer Emblem Club's Arts and Crafts Fair at the Homer Elks Lodge. Don't miss the Nikolaevsk School Crafts Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school in Nikolaevsk, off the North Fork Road.