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Originally published November 19, 2009 at 1:03 PM | Page modified November 19, 2009 at 3:10 PM

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Shop, drink and breathe 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' at these Seattle events

"Twilight"-related activities in Seattle include shopping, an upcoming convention and a specially concocted Edward Bella cocktail at the Hunt Club at the Sorrento Hotel.

At risk of stating the obvious, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" opened at midnight Thursday in Seattle-area theaters. If you're planning to see it today or tonight, be prepared to stand in line.

Or consider the alternatives. Put it off a day or two till the crowds die down, and indulge in one of these "Twilight"- related activities:

Shop at Nordstrom. The retailer has introduced a line of "Twilight"-inspired T-shirts, hoodies and jewelry in its teen-oriented bp department. Cosmetics and 6-foot-tall cutouts of Jacob and Edward ($33) are also for sale. Go to www.nordstrom.com, click on "juniors" and then "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" for details.

Sign up. Register in advance for the official Twilight Convention scheduled Jan. 15-17 at the Westin Seattle. Presented by Creation Entertainment, it promises visits by cast members, plus "panels and events, themed parties, autographs and photo ops, live musical performances" and more (www.creationent.com).

When all else fails, drink. The cushy Fireside Lounge at the Sorrento Hotel offers a special Bella Edward cocktail to commemorate the opening of the movie ($10, 900 Madison St., Seattle; 206-622-6400 or www.hotelsorrento.com.). It involves a balsamic reduction, honey liqueur, raspberry- infused vodka and "a pool of blood-red raspberry purée" — all served in a chilled martini glass.

Not to be outdone, Canlis bartender James MacWilliams has concocted a gin cocktail called The Temptation of Edward Cullen ($12, 2576 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle; 206-283-3313 or www.canlis.com). It's flavored with pine liqueur and green absinthe to give it that Forksy aura.

One of each of those and you might forget all about the movie.

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