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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kicking off weekly 'Mondays with the Mayor' happy hour

When former Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley first ran for Maryland governor in 2006, he kicked off what he called a "kitchen table tour" to discuss issues with real people in their actual kitchens.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has put a unique twist on the concept.

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She's doing a bar crawl.

"My team and I are starting a weekly event called 'Mondays with the Mayor,'" Rawlings-Blake wrote in an email to supporters from her campaign. "Every Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm I will be visiting a different bar or pub throughout Baltimore City where I hope you will join me for Happy Hour."

The weekly event kicked off last night at Sign of the Times on Belnord Avenue in East Baltimore, according to the email and the campaign's Facebook page.

"These are casual events. Relax, unwind and come for a conversation about what we have accomplished and how we can continue to move our City forward," her email states. "Let's start a discussion about our City, have fun and support local business. No RSVP needed."

David S. Kosak, a campaign strategist for Rawlings-Blake, said in an email that "'Mondays with the Mayor' is just one of the many ways that Mayor Rawlings-Blake is meeting with citizens of Baltimore."

"She is participating in conversations in people's homes, talking to them at community gathering places, and engaging with them at neighborhood festivals," Kosak wrote.

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