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

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Maybe you've never thought about playing a ukulele. Maybe you never realized they were hip. And maybe you never considered that you could find a hip, cool musical instrument to borrow at your local library.

If you live in Portland you should think again.

Portland Public Library has a new program for teens that features four ukuleles donated by Moose County Music and Surf and named by Curious City for teen books in the library's Teen Room collection.

This isn't meant to condone vandalism ... and many people consider graffiti, in all of its forms, to be vandalism ... but you may have recently noticed a humorous "Toy Story" reference added to Portland Bayside Trail marker.

Someone with a can of paint sprayed the name ANDY on the bottom of the large colorful sneaker that marks the start of the trail.

Anyone who has children or who is familiar with the Pixar movie will get the reference: Andy, the owner of all the toys that come to life in the movie, painted his name on Woody's right boot to make sure everyone knew who the cowboy belonged to.

View Art Walk May 2013 in a larger map Wanna go your own way?

Click here and find a downloadable First Friday brochure.

After perusing the listings for the last First Friday Art Walk and the one about to take place on Friday (5 to 8 p.m., all around downtown Portland), it seems a proven fact that the exhibits heat up along with the weather.

Wednesday May 01, 2013 | 09:07 AM

Last fall, the belfry, lantern and spire were removed from the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on Congress Street in Portland and the components from the top of the historic building were trucked off to Vermont for repairs.

This morning a crane is blocking Congress Street and the sidewalk in front of the church as work crews replace the parts that have been missing since last October. They will be installed above the 1802 Simon Willard tower clock that is a well-known sight in the city.

The "Stone Church" was dedicated in February 1826 at the Congress street location.

For those looking for something to do tonight that has a bit of meaning - unfortunately, for far too many people - the Nickelodeon is offering a second screening of "A Place at the Table" at 9:15 p.m. (The first showing, at 7 p.m., sold out.)

The documentary dealing with hunger was selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It has been brought to Portland by the Preble Street Hunger Initiative Program. A panel discussion is planned between the screenings.

Here's a trailer if you'd like to know more: