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Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.

In the City tells readers what to know if they want to know Portland. Pedal On offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.

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Friday April 19, 2013 | 08:55 AM

Who doesn't have a soft spot for water?

It's the best drink you can find (local microbrews not withstanding), it's pretty awesome to float in (especially off the shore of a tropical island) and it helps make your clothes smell like you haven't worn them for three days straight (mostly).

Saturday's a day to celebrate H2O in Portland at the Urban Family Runoff - Earth Day Race and Festival.

If you're out and about in the Brighton Ave. and Rosemont area and you're looking for something new for breakfast, lunch or to satisfy that sweet craving, check out the new Crooked Mile Cafe location at 428 Brighton Ave.

The spot is the former home of The Udder Place and it's definitely a busy one at the intersection of Brighton and Stevens Ave.

The cafe has been open now for about three weeks with hours of 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Friday April 12, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Since the Comedy Connection closed last fall, weekend laughs have been a bit hard to come by around town.

Not so this Saturday.

The funny comes back to the city with the Portland Comedy Co-Op at Mayo Street Arts. The event promises "humorous musings, jokes about things and funny sounds" starting at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets for just $8.

Tuesday April 09, 2013 | 02:10 PM

You can spot graffiti all around Portland, from the scribbled tags of young "vandals" on trash cans and street signs to the colorful and artistic postcard created by professionals that adorns the wall of Asylum.

But one of the most unexpected places to see fat, spray-painted letters and larger-than-life imagery is the dedicated graffiti wall on the East End. The wall is positioned near the junction between Eastern Prom Trail and Back Cove Trail and provides plenty to look at for people walking or running along the paved pathway.

On one side there is water, boat docks and the B&M plant. On the other is this:

Monday April 08, 2013 | 10:59 AM

Running and beer.

They go together almost as well as pizza and beer.

And if you're looking for the trifecta - beer, pizza AND running - you can get it with Portland Trail's annual Trail to Ale 10K Race/Walk.