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Story last updated at 4:43 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Looking back A bald eagle takes a last-of-the-year survey of an ice-covered Beluga Slough.

There's nothing the Betster loves more than saying good-bye to an old year and hello to a new one. Like most years, 2011 had its ups and downs, celebrations and sorrows, but by Dec. 29 of any year it's time to move on. It's time to forget the woulda-coulda-shouldas of 2011 and make a resolution to say "Yes, I can" and "I will" in 2012. Just what should you be saying "yes" to? Well, for starters, how about some of these Best Bets to bid a proper adieu to the year that's nearly done:

BEST RING IN THE NEW YEAR BET: New Year's Eve in Homer may not be Times Square, but this Cosmic Hamlet still knows how to celebrate. There's no shortage of ways to bring in 2012. For the scoop on where to party this year, see page 12. There's something for everybody, but no matter what you do to say goodbye to 2011, get home safely. Make sure you have a designated (nondrinking) driver or call a cab. Free taxi rides are being offered again this year.

BEST FAITH IN THE NEW YEAR BET: If you are looking for an alternative way to bring in the New Year, you might try the Refuge Chapel on Pioneer from 8 p.m. to midnight. You can expect food, fun and worship with a potluck, games and a variety of worship teams from the community there to ring in the New Year. For more information about this free, community wide event, see the calendar on page 15.

BEST MAKE THOSE RESOLUTIONS BET: It never fails, the new year rolls around and we wonder what happened to last year's resolution to get healthy, active and involved in the community. Well, make it happen in 2012. There's no shortage of fun community events to keep you moving. The Community Recreation department provides Homer residents with a gamut of activities from basketball to belly dancing at Homer High School. So get out there and try something new with your neighbors, and resolve to keep your resolutions in 2012.

BEST BEAT THOSE WINTER BLUES BET: Winter in Homer can sometimes be a challenge. Although there's no shortage of outdoor recreation, sometimes we find ourselves in a slump. No fear! Make your way to Winterfest at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on Friday at 1 p.m. and again Saturday at 1 p.m. to learn ways to beat the midwinter doldrums with lots of family friendly vacation ideas.

BEST LET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOW BET: If you've been thinking you'd like to take part in Homer Council on the Arts Creative Communities events, why not just say "yes'? It's a chance to get to know others who share your interests. Take a look at the Calendar on page 15 to discover those opportunities.