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Story last updated at 6:10 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Oh no! The Lake Street stoplight eagle nest lies shattered after its tree fell over in last weekend's windstorm. A pair of eagles had raised chicks over the past two years at the popular viewing site. Biologists say eagles move nests often, so the pair may rebuild.

Fallen trees, power outages, howling winds, snowdrifts the size of Detroit and single-digit cold. Holy maelstrom, Betsteroids! It can get confusing living here during the winter at Latitude 59 and some change.

Just when we get used to the weather being one way, some huge superstorm rolls in to mess things up. No sooner have you dug out from a foot of snow, and along comes a howling northeaster.

Get used to it. The weather prognosticators say we'll have a drier, colder winter. Whatever. It'll be what it'll be, and all you can do is roll with the punches, zip up your coats and seize the day, maybe with these Best Bets:

BEST POWER IT UP BET: With these chilly nights and high fuel bills, that natural gas line to Homer sure looks like a good idea. Hear the latest on the project and get tips on how to lobby polticians at a Citizen Action Forum, meeting today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

BEST GOOD YARN BET: Maybe it runs in the McMurtry blood. Dad Larry McMurty is a dang good novelist, and his son James McMurtry has taken up the guitar to tell stories in songs. Hear James McMurtry's songs of protest, angst, grief and just the fun of life in a concert at 10 p.m. today at the Down East Saloon. Two bucks from the $30 admission price supports Cook Inletkeeper.

BEST THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT BET: Well, the kids might be all right, but their club sure could use some help. Check out the Homer Boys & Girls Club open house from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the clubhouse in the old Homer Intermediate School. Learn about programs, see skits, buy treats and learn how to help the club as it figures out how to keep going. See story, page 1.

BEST SHAKE IT UP BET: After school this fall, students have been getting together at the Homer Council on the Arts to work on theater skills. See what they've learned with the TheaterShakes' production of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at 7 p.m. Saturday at HCOA. Admission is $3 students, $5 adults.

BEST LOCALICIOUS BET: Yum. Food from local gardens, rivers, seas and fields. Bring your own local foods and share with others at the Localvore Potluck from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the R.E.C. Room on Nielsen Circle. Sponsored by the Homer Cycling Club, it's also a way to meet other bikers and share tips about winter cycling.