Winter stress relief at the library
• Attend a free movie in the Gray Public Library’s “theater.” Now showing: “Enchanted” (PG), Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m.; “Crimson Peak” (PG-13), Wednesday, Feb. 17. at 6:30 p.m.; “Gnomeo and Juliet” (G), Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. and “Out of Africa” (PG-13), at 2 p.m.; “Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” (TV-Y7), Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.; “James Bond: Spectre” (PG-13), Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.; “Steve Jobs” (R), Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.; “A Turtle’s Tale” (PG), Thursday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. and “Brooklyn” (PG-13), at 2 p.m.
• Please remember, if there is no school due to inclement weather, there is no Story Time.
• Stress Relief Through Coloring – Join the Gray Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon to color your stress away. This group is for adults who love to color or who want to explore a new hobby. Some coloring supplies and refreshments will be provided, or feel free to bring your own.
These events are free and open to all.
The town of Gray Municipal Offices will be closed on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 15. These include: Town Office, Transfer Station, Public Works and Library.
With ice safety the main concern, the 2016 Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby has been canceled. Thanks go to all of the sponsors, volunteers and participants who help make this event possible every year. If all goes well they will see you in 2017.
For those of you who have purchased tickets they are currently working out the logistics. For any questions, contact the Derby organizers at 650-3904.
Community discussion on drug use
On Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Henry Pennell Municipal Complex, you are invited to join officials and town managers from the towns of Gray and New Gloucester, School Adminstrative District 15 superintendent and school board members, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and members of Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now) as they discuss community drug use and explore the next steps on the road to prevention and recovery.
Gray Recreation Department’s February Vacation Camp is Feb. 16-19, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Newbegin Gym and Rec Room for students in grades K-6. Fun morning activities and trips are planned.
Home Alone Safety for Kids is Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Gray Town Hall Council Chambers, from 3:30-5 p.m. Designed for fourth-sixth graders who may be staying home alone, participants will talk about and find solutions to a variety of “home alone” issues including food preparation, safe Internet and phone usage and stranger danger. Basic first aid skills, identifying potential hazards, and what to do in an emergency will also be discussed. Participants will make a snack as part of the class. The cost of the class is $15.
Kids Night at Gray Rec is Friday, Feb. 26, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Newbegin Gym. With a Stone Age theme, enjoy a night out for a date or night out with friends without worrying about the kids. They’ll be making fossils, cave paintings, etc. in the Rec room.
A performance by AudioBody takes place Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Gray-New Gloucester High School at 6:30 p.m. AudioBody is a one-of-a-kind group, created by Matthew and Jason Tardy, that combines physical comedy, cutting-edge technology, and live music. It is described as “Blue Man Group meets a modern-day Smother’s Brothers.” Advance purchase admission tickets are available in the Recreation Department office for $7 per person or $9 at the door (children 3 and under free). Ticket sales help Gray Recreation to raise money to purchase new equipment.
Fit after Fifty is a great group of seniors and older adults that goes through different exercises that help improve range of motion, joint stability, flexibility, coordination and muscular strength. This low-impact class is great for all abilities. A chair is used for seated and standing support. Each class will end with deep breathing or a guided relaxation exercise. Thursdays starting March 10-31, 3-4 p.m. at Pennell.
Continuing – Adult Open Gym, Adult Pickleball, Walking in Newbegin Gym, Monday and Wednesday from noon-1 p.m., Fifty Forward Social Club, every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second floor of Pennell.
Gray Snowolves to howl
The Gray Snowolves’ Winterfest 2016 will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with a Snowmobile Poker Fun Run 9 a.m.-noon, Cookout with Chef Beriau and Marg’s famous whoopee pies from noon-2 p.m. and a Silent Auction all day with lots of donations from area businesses and restaurants.
All proceeds from the events will be used for the group’s trail fund and grooming account (volunteers groom 39 miles of trails and build and maintain bridges). Please help to support the trail system whether you walk, snowshoe or snowmobile. By car you can reach the event by parking by the middle school and walking up Libby Hill.
Join the circus
Fiddlehead Art and Science Center’s February Vacation Circus Camp is Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for ages 7 and up. (A modified camp for younger students under 7 is also available) Both camps will be held at 25 Shaker Road in Gray.
Also Adult and Teen Winter Funshops are available during February such as Knitting, Fiddlehead Show Choir and Paint and Sip. For fee, more information and to register online, go to www.Fiddleheadcenter.org or call 657-2244, space is limited.