With the two jobs I'm now working, I've found myself addicted to sticky notes and planner. Yes, a paper planner that I spent like 20 minutes picking out at Target one night. I'm lonely.

I refuse to completely switch over to my Calendar app. Like my love for hard-copy books and the print edition of the newspaper, I'm like a 40-something in my need for a paper planner.

The point is I now run my life with a series of notes and reminders, all color-coded in OCD glory. There's just too much to remember. I can't know all the things.

And with this column (that I have written down to write under each Wednesday), I encourage you to do the same. Reminders, notes for things past my weekend reach, etc.

Alexandra Sieh
Alexandra Sieh

Or fine, type it into the gadget of your choice. Whatevs.

On Thursday, the folks from Prost Brewing Company in Denver (delicious beer, folks, with a very respectable ABV) are giving away samples and raffling prizes to those of you who head over to Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.)

I was a big fan of Prost's Kolsch. Nice fruity flavor snuck in there.

Also at the Biergarten, The Goonies will be rocking out Saturday night at 10 p.m. And with just a $2 cover, it'll be a grand way to spend a few hours with some tasty brews.


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For all you foxy youngins just entering the age of legal boozing, the folks at Absinthe House have a plan to make it a night you'll never remember. Should you gather up your homies and bee bop over on the big 2-1, you'll get 2 for 1 drinks. For you AND your whole group. Any number of people.

(Far more interesting way to celebrate than my at-home party. Dress up as a disliked celeb. As Amy Winehouse, folks drew tattoos on me all night, which I couldn't scrub off and then had to show off the next day at work. I believe I still have my friend's Taylor Swift dress in my closet.)

Anyway, keep that in mind if you're entering into 21-hood — but this month only.

On Saturday, I've got a class for you. One you'll love the homework for. The Twisted Pine Brewing folks (3201 Walnut St.) are hosting a January Brew-U class from 1 to 4 p.m. It's a chance to work with the brewery's Bob Baile, covering brewing basics, ingredient selection, etc.

Grads will get a packet of all the info they covered — useful for when you start your own fabulous brewery — a diploma, "Stay Twisted" poster and happy-hour pricing for brewskies.

And now, a chance to up the culture a bit. The Dairy Center (2590 Walnut St.) is unveiling three new exhibits on Friday. They include an exhibit by Tania Dibbs, with nature-themed abstract expressionist paintings; "Stories in Print," with copper plate etching prints and wood block prints; Front Range Contemporary Quilters and their cutting-edge fiber art.

They've also got a sweet pin-up photography exhibit running until Jan. 31. It's PG-rated, for you racy folks.

The opening event for the three exhibits starting Friday will include artists' talks from 4 to 5 p.m. and a reception that will run until 6:30 p.m.

The 12th annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest is coming up, and should you want to attend this gloriously strong-tasting event, you'll need to log onto averybrewing.com and buy some tickets.

There's snow ahead (she said begrudgingly and not at all excited), and if the white crap does indeed cover us, you should bundle up and trot over to West End Tavern. They have specials each time the snow is falling that include $5 apple toddy's, $5 "Not Your Grandma's Bourbon and Ginger" and a $4 cookie sundae.

In case you wanted to head over to Boulder Beer, you need to do so Friday or Sunday. Saturday it will be closed for a private event. No one wants to be that person all creepin' up on the door, trying to read the times and then casually walking away when you realize you're not allowed in.

Wild Woods Brewery (5460 Conestoga Court) brewers just released Frozen Forest, a barleywine with spruce and coriander. Yum. Go see if there's any left. And oh, Friday, The Wheel and Whisk food truck will be back to help you enjoy even more brews.

Now, it's not really my thing to point out weekday events. But these are good things, so I'm tossing them in for you to keep in the back of the ol' skull. The first is brought to you by CU's Program Council, which is hosting Throwback Movie Tuesdays, bringing you The Big Lebowski on Jan. 28. Just head to CHEM 140 at 9 p.m., and do it early. It's first-come first-served.

Bohemian Biergarten folks (them again) are also working to bring you a weekly movie. Along with the Boulder Outdoor Cinema, they're hosting an indoor winter film series that started Monday. Next Monday is "O Brother Where Art Thou," complete with geographical oddities and all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the film starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tune into both the Program Council site and the Boulder Outdoor Cinema site for their upcoming films.

Follow Alex on Twitter: @ansieh.