The First Congregational Church, Route 115 in Gray, will be serving baked beans, casseroles, salads, homemade breads, desserts and beverages on Saturday, May 26, at 5 p.m. Cost will be adults $8, children under 12 are $4. The facilities are handicapped accessible. For more information, contact 657-4279, day of supper 657-3279.

On the following weekend the American Legion Auxiliary Post 86 Gray, will hold its monthly Bean Supper at 15 Lewiston Road on Saturday, June 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. On the menu are: pea and kidney beans, chop suey, cole slaw, hot dogs, breads, pie, coffee and punch.

The meal costs $7 for 12 years of age and older; $2.50 for 5-to-12 year olds; under 5 free. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families and children in the area. Any questions, call Nancy True at 657-2661 (cell 653-3886) or Legion at 657-4884.

Summer reading

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The Gray Public Library is getting ready for summer reading and this year the theme is Dream Big. Mrs. George is working on some fun programs to keep school kids’ reading throughout the summer months. Stay tuned to this space for updates or contact the library at 657-4110 for details. Summer reading sign up will be all week from June 19-23. Summer Reading starts Friday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Last story time will be on Friday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m.

The Sahaja Meditation program continues. By popular demand the group will continue to meet Wednesdays on May 30, June 6 and 13. New members are welcome.

Get ready for summer

Summer Camp with the Gray Recreational Department is from June 25-Aug. 17. Registrations are being accepted now. Campers will enjoy eight weeks of fun in the sun with themes like: It’s a tropical vacation in Maine, It’s a carnival, Wide World of Sports, Pirates of Gray and more. Kids will have the opportunity to spend the day with an alligator, boa and a tree frog when the Wild Center of New Hampshire visits. They can visit Circus Smirkus, Funtown, Mackworth Island, and Fort Williams, plus enjoy miniature golf and more.

Summer Swim Lessons at Crystal Lake sponsored by the Gray Park and Recreation will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday June 26 until July 26. Call 657-2323 for more information.

For more information on all Rec. programs, call 657-2323 or go to

On the trail

On National Trails Day, June 2, you are invited to a short ceremony at 1 p.m. atop Libby Hill at the new kiosk and stone bench. They will be thanking and honoring those who have helped to establish Libby Hill Forest.

Come celebrate the Longest Day at Libby Hill Trails. A 5K event is slated to happen on Wednesday evening, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. and a free 1K fun run for kids starts at 7:15 p.m. For more information

They ran

The Patriot 5K is a USATF-certified race around Crystal Lake in Gray was held on Saturday, May 19. They officially sold out with more than 750 runners and walkers participating. Congratulations go to Moninda Merube, the top male finisher coming in at 15:04 just barely edging out last year’s winner, Louie Luchini, and to Sheri Piers for defending her title and setting a new female course record with a time of 16:46. Go to www. for all the race results.

Plants and unwanted wildlife

Starting on Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28, the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park will hold their annual plant sale at the Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26 in Gray. The Friends volunteer group helps out the wildlife park in many ways. Learn more about their ongoing projects and enjoy great bargains on spring plants with annual and perennial flowers, vegetables and floral baskets grown in their own greenhouse. Plants will be available all day each day. FMI,

On Saturday, June 2, Sparks Ark will be at the park to give you tips, tricks and ways to discourage wildlife that may be causing trouble in your habitat. Dave Sparks is a licensed animal damage control agent and the professional to call when you experience a conflict with area wildlife.

Most of these events are held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call 657-4977, ext. 0, or go to www.mainewildlife

To Honor Those Who Gave so Much

The Gray annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28. The marshal up for marchers begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Russell School. The parade will then begin at 11 a.m., and continue through Gray Center to the Henry Pennell Municipal Complex. There, a ceremony will be held in honor of our veterans. The parade will then proceed to the American Legion Hall, where refreshments will be served to the marchers.

Ts for LLs

Gray Little League is excited to offer T-shirts for sale. The front of the shirt will have a Gray Little League 2012 Logo. T-ball shirts backs will have a list of all the T-Ball children’s names. All other division (majors, minor, juniors) shirts will be divided by division with team name, coaches/managers and player’s names on the back.

Order forms have been given to the VPs of your league for distribution to managers and coaches. Order forms are currently posted on our Gray Little League website at: click on: “Handouts then T-Shirt Order Form.”

If you have any questions regarding T-shirt sales, contact: Marcy Roark at 302-588-4540 or email [email protected]

Looking for something?

A Giant Yard Sale will take place Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Parish House behind McDonald’s in Gray. Toys, tools, dishes, glassware, sporting items, books, music, and many more items will be available for sale. Donations also accepted. There will also be a bake sale to benefit Gray Community Food Pantry and Caring Community of Gray-New Gloucester. For more information, contact John Keller at 657-4427 or David Wilbur at 657-3642.

Got a green thumb?

The Annual Not Your Mother’s Garden Club Plant Sale will be held Saturday, June 2, at the American Legion Post 86 on Lewiston Road in Gray. The sale will be held from 8:30 a.m.- p.m., where you can buy from and talk to knowledgeable master gardeners.

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