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My past sarcasm is probably going to tarnish the sentiment of what I’m about to say, but work with me anyway.

The Harry Potter series is very nostalgic to me because I spent over a decade reading all the books. When I finished Book 7, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a big part of my teen years.

Now that the last movies are rapidly approaching, I’m at even more of a loss. What am I gonna do without my stories? And don’t say “Twilight.”

I’ve become very serious about this send-off of my youth, and I think the St. Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St., has the right idea.

Sunday, they’re screening “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to gear up for :Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.” Included in the evening is live music, a costume contest, wizard brew and prizes.

If you’re as attached to (obsessed with) Harry and his friends as I am, drop by the hotel from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Getting a lil’ chili

Well, well, well. It finally snowed. I had to pull out my old nemesis: my winter coat, and I had to don tights with my skirt at work. Yech!

The only good thing about winter is getting to eat all the warm comfort foods. The trifecta is made up of mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes and chili — and Twisted Pine Brewery, 3201 Walnut St., picked the latter for its cook-off at 7 p.m. Monday.

You can participate in one of two ways: as a competitor ($20 entry fee, make your chili using Billy’s Chilies Chili Beer and bring a crock pot and serving utensil) or as an eater ($15 entrance fee to chow down, bring your appetite and stay out of my way). Local celebrity judges (ooh, I hope one’s Bogusky) will be present — and proceeds go to charity.

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Dance fever

I’m not a dancer. In my wildest dreams, I’m a master at juggling one of those imaginary techno balls, but not even close in reality. In reality, I’m a head bobber — I nod my head and carry a drink so my hand is occupied beyond any awkward, dance-like motions.

So Music on the Mezz at the Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th St., is a good opportunity for me to chill out to some live music, carry a drink and nod my head, all while taking in the beautiful Boulderado ambience. This Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m., come see The Fever and non-dance with me!

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Ice breaker

I’ve long thought that ice skating is the perfect “first date” activity.

You can have a conversation, but if you run out of things to say, you can show off with a cool trick, or you can fall — which also provides a good excuse to hold hands. It’s cheap, it’s good exercise, and it’s a great way to weed out whiners and wussies.

You now officially have one day to find a date for the opening of the Ice Rink, 1801 13th St., this Friday. The rink is open until 10 p.m. and the weather looks promising.

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