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Story last updated at 5:37 PM on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

A pair of emperor geese walk on the Homer Spit near Mariner Park on Monday afternoon. Emperor geese have been seen here in the winter, but are considered an accidental species. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, emperor geese winter along the coast from Kodiak Island west toward the Aleutians.

It gets cold. It gets warm. Wayward emperor geese who should be out there in the Aleutians get cast on a distant shore, like the Spit. It gets cold again. All over town, pet lovers have relaxed the "no dogs on the bed rule."

Clear skies, sunny days and cold to write home about. Yeah, that sounds like Alaska. How did another month slip by without anyone noticing? Well, we notice here at the News, and we're so on top of it we think ahead a week or two at a time. Already we're planning next week's paper. It's going to be a doozy.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet. It's turkey time, the feast that keeps on giving, one whole day of doing nothing but cooking and digesting. Power up that tryptophan and take a long snooze, because there's lots to do this weekend, like some of these Best Bets:

BEST LET'S EAT BET: Call it Homer's conspiracy to make sure no one goes hungry on Thanskgiving. Bring a dish to share at the many open dinners around town. From Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to meals for veterans, this town has your back. See story, page 1.

BEST WORK IT OFF BET: Eat a bit too much? Work off that stuffing with the Third Annual Homer Turkey Trot, starting with registration at 9 a.m. Friday at Two Sisters Bakery in Old Town. Run, race or waddle around town. The race starts at 10 a.m. Registration is a food donation for the Homer Food Pantry.

BEST CAN DO BET: Still need some exercise? Check out the Race for Food from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center at Homer High School. Kayak for fun or glory. Registration is — you've got it — a food donation for the Homer Food Pantry. A $5 donation for Homer Community Recreation also is requested.

BEST STRONG SONGS BET: Catch Juneau talent Meg Mackey in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The word on the street is she's awesome. If you wonder why Bunnell gets so many great acts, credit Evan Phillips, a booking agent. Just to show he not only knows talent, but is talented, the Whipsaws lead singer also performs. Admission is $15 or pay as you can.

BEST ON YOUR MARK BET: Overachievers will have all their Christmas presents bought and wrapped already, but if you want to wait until after Thanksgiving, check out the two-day Holiday Faire out at the Kachemak Community Center. It runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Don't forget Shop Local Saturday, when lots of great local businesses have special deals and promotions. Oh, and swing by Ptarmigan Arts on Saturday for its scholarship art show and silent auction to bid and rebid; refreshments are served. The auction closes Monday.