Inside Gray: Oct. 6

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Former Lion and walker extraordinaire Liz Chandler joins Gray New Gloucester Lions President Dave Guiseley to “test drive” the new bench on the refurbished walkway between Hancock Street and the Gray Plaza. In a joint project with the Gray Bike/Pedestrian Committee, the local Lions installed the bench as a Centennial Legacy Project commemorating 100 years of service by Lions Clubs International.

A few hours of time needed

If you can spare a few hours each month, and have a vision for Gray’s future, you will be a welcome addition to a town of Gray board or committee. Immediate needs are for volunteers to fill vacancies in the Blueberry Festival Committee, Community Economic Development Committee, Planning Board, Public Safety Committee, Recreation and Conservation Committee, Recycling Committee, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Apply now at Henry Pennell Municipal Complex, 24 Main St., 657-3339, or www.graymaine.org.

Columbus Day

Closed Monday, Oct. 9: Gray Town Office, Transfer Station, Public Works and the Library to celebrate the holiday.

Divorce support and seminar available

Find DivorceCare, a special weekly seminar and support group for people separated or divorced, is held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Crossroads Community Church of Gray. Hear valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce. FMI call 233-7336.

Business Summit aims to keep it local

On Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Barn, 1084 Lewiston Road (Route 100) in New Gloucester, the 2017 Business Summit will be held. The program is sponsored the Gray-New Gloucester Development Corporation in cooperation with the Town of Gray CEDC and the New Gloucester EDC.

Something new, networking, appetizers, and a cash bar will be offered. At 6:15 p.m., the program will include economic development updates from Gray, New Gloucester, and the GNGDC. Kai Smith, co-founder of Buoy Local, will talk about the economic benefits of shopping local. RSVP at www.graymaine.org.

Movies at the library

Attend a movie and enjoy a tasty snack in the Gray Public Library’s theater. Movies showing soon are: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” (PG-13) Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m.; “The Martian,” (PG-13) Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.; “The Searchers,” (1956), Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.; “Baby Driver,” (R), Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.; “Norman,” (R), Thursday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.; “The Grapes of Wrath,” (1940), Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.; “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” (1956), Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.

Save the book sale date 

Save the Date – Gray Public Library Fall Book Sale, Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be an Early Bird Sale on Friday, Oct. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ($5 admission will be charged for early sale). FMI visit 5 Hancock St., call 657-4110, see www.gray.lib.me.us. 

Fall activities offered

White Mountain Foliage Loop: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., depart and return at Newbegin. Join the recreation department for a wonderful foliage trip through the The White Mountains of New Hampshire. Stops will include a portion of the Kancamangus, Jackson Village, Mt. Washington and Gorham. Lunch (on your own) will be at the Red Parker Pub. A few of the stops will include short walks.

School in-service day, Friday, Oct. 6, For kids ages 4-12 , 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Newbegin Community Center. Come join the Gray Recreation Department for a fun-filled day off from school. They’ll be loads of arts and crafts, sports activities, games and maybe even an afternoon movie with popcorn.

Play Pals, Thursday mornings starting Oct. 12, for parents and young children from birth to pre-K. Unstructured play time is a great way to get kids out of the house and try new activities. Various toys and sports equipment will be provided each week. The sessions are held 10:30 a.m. to noon in Newbegin Gym.

A Halloween Party will be held Sunday, Oct. 22 in Newbegin Gym, 5-7 p.m.

Check out fall classes in youth soccer, fitness, gymnastics, “Broadway for Beginners,” photography, Kids Club, ukulele lessons, and much more.

For more information and programs go to www.grayrec.com or call 657-2323, ext. 117

Inaugural Harvest Festival

Join Fiddlehead Art and Science Center for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, Oct. 14, noon-4 p.m. at 25 Shaker Road, where Hymn for Her returns for music and dancing. There will also be food, games and activities. Kids get in free; it’s $5 per adult or $10 for a carload at the gate.

Harvest some ‘old tyme’ fun at Wildlife Park 

The Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26 in Gray, will feature on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 a variety of “old-tyme” harvest games and activities for the whole family. The Park will feature many new new games and displays for all ages, autumn snacks, and new ways to race and launch a pumpkin that you probably never thought of. Events will be held 10a.m.-3 p.m. each day. For more information, see www.mainewildlifepark.com or please call (207) 657-4977, ext. 0.

BBQ, concert and more at local Legion

The local American Legion will host two upcoming meals. From 5 -8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, a barbeque will be served, followed by a live concert with Michael Krapovicky. The cost is $8 per person for the meal, with no cover for the concert in the canteen.

An Auxiliary Supper will be served 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The cost is $8 per person for age 12 and older, $4 under 12. Come to Post 86 as the Auxiliary surprises us with their culinary delights.

Both events will be hosted at American Legion Post 86 Gray, 15 Lewiston Road. 

Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 9-14 is Fire Prevention Week. On Monday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m., Gray Fire Rescue will have an open house at Gray Fire Rescue Central Station, 125 Shaker Road with live demos, free food, and a smoke house.

This year’s fire prevention theme is “Every Second Counts: plan 2 ways out!” It’s so important, everyone needs an escape plan because in a fire, seconds count.

18th Crossroad’s Challenge

The Crossroad’s Challenge is a two-day tournament held over Columbus Day Weekend (Oct. 7 and 8), for boys and girls “classic” teams ages U9-U14.

U9 and U10 teams will play three games each either Saturday or Sunday. U11 teams will also play three games spread out over Saturday and Sunday. U12-U14 “competitive” teams will play a minimum of three games with the opportunity to advance to the championship game.

The Crossroad’s Challenge is a tournament offering a fun and festive atmosphere. All games are played at the GNG High and Middle School Complex.

For questions contact Tournament Director Penney Ward at crossroadschallenge@patriotsoccerclub.org.

Former Lion and walker extraordinaire Liz Chandler joins Gray New Gloucester Lions President Dave Guiseley to “test drive” the new bench on the refurbished walkway between Hancock Street and the Gray Plaza. In a joint project with the Gray Bike/Pedestrian Committee, the local Lions installed the bench as a Centennial Legacy Project commemorating 100 years of service by Lions Clubs International.