New town festival
Gray’s 2016 End of Summer Fest – A Harvest Gathering takes place Saturday, Aug. 27, at Pennell Park. The Fest will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a fun-filled schedule: live music, booths, interactive exhibits, children’s activity tent, family-friendly lawn games and more. Events include a Kid’s Fun Run at 9 a.m.; 3-person team competitions at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.; and a Community Market from noon to 3 p.m. with festival food, crafts and local vendors. There will also be a Gray Community Give-Away and a Sports’ Equipment Swap starting at 8 a.m.

Organizers are looking for teen and adult volunteers to help the day of the event, local musicians and a few more craft vendors who would like to sell at the Community Market. Local sponsors and in-kind donations are also needed and greatly appreciated to help make this year’s community event all that it can be. For more event information, follow Gray End of Summer Fest on Facebook. The ad-hoc planning committee meets every other week. You can also contact Lacy Antonson at [email protected]

Many Mothers Music Festival
A Many Mothers Music Festival will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, and ending at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 17, at Caswell Farm, 120 Whitney Road in Gray.

The festival brings together women artists to celebrate the muse that moves through the feminine songwriter. The lineup includes The Heated, Monique Barrett, Jenny Van West, Clara Junken, Mark Tipton, Zeille August, Meghan Yates, Sorchis Cribben-Merrill, Kate Schrock and Maia Sharp.

The cost is $69, which includes music, snack tables and camping for the night. Children under 12. There will be a cash bar, cash oyster bar and local handmade goods for sale. Parking will open up at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and they ask that you get packed up (and pack out everything you brought) by noon on Sunday. For more information and a schedule of the performances, go to www.manymothersmusic.com.

Host families needed
Are you interested in hosting a student coming in September who would attend the high school? It does not cost anything to volunteer as a host family, except to feed the visiting student(s) staying with you. They are not here to travel or be entertained, but they do want to practice their English and learn about the American families. They do not need their own room, but they do need their own bed. Call Kathy Hansen at 207-653-1007 or [email protected] or fill out the short application https://www.tfaforms.com/236744

Free summer meals
All kids eat free with no paperwork necessary at the following sites: Gray New Gloucester High School courtyard, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 18; Russell School picnic area, noon-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through Aug. 25; Liberty Family Foundation, 23 N. Raymond Road, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday-Friday through Aug. 18. Lunches must be eaten on site.

Got water?
The Gray Water District Trustees will meet Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m., at 80 Shaker Road.

Avoid scams
A Fraud Fighter Workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Henry Pennell Municipal Complex, 24 Maine Street, Gray. This is a informative program that will help you recognize common scams and what you can do to avoid them. You’ll learn about useful resources and receive your own fraud prevention guide. The workshop is sponsored by Sen. Cathy Breen and AARP Maine. For more information, contact Amy Gallant at 207-776-6303 or [email protected]

Movies at the library
Attend a movie and enjoy a tasty snack in the Gray Public Library’s theater. Showing soon are: “Allegiant,” Saturday, July 16, at 1 p.m.; “Stuart Little,” Tuesday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m.; “Miracles from Heaven,” Tuesday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m.; “The Queen,” Thursday, July 21, at 2 p.m.; “Emma’s Chance,” Saturday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m.; “The Karate Kid,” Saturday, July 23, at 1 p.m.; “Cinderella,” Tuesday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m.; “Batman vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice,” Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.; “Elvis and Nixon,” Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. For more information, call 657-4110 or go to www.gray.lib.me.us.

‘A Good Man with a Dog’
Roger Guay and Kate Clark Flora will be at the Gray Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. After a kind game warden helped Roger Guay through the loss of his father, Guay became a game warden and certified K9 handler. This successful career spanned 25 years and saw him establish canine units as a staple of the game warden service. His book, “A Good Man with a Dog,” is co-authored by Maine crime writer Kate Flora, author of 14 mystery and true crime books. For more information, go to www.gray.lib.me.us or phone 657-4110.

Bugs and science
The Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray will be featuring “Bugs – Then and Now,” on Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. Join Jon Wallace, retired science teacher, to explore the world of bugs. Observe some live specimen and their shed skins (exoskeletons); study pictures of some of their Maine relatives; see fossils of bugs/arthropods from 550 million years ago; and finish by looking at a bug’s worst nightmare, insectivorous plants.

The following Saturday on July 23, from 11 a.m.-noon, Radical Reactions with Mad Science will take place at the park. For more information, please call (207) 657-4977, ext. 0 or go to www.mainewildlifepark.org.

Keep cool, buy a bag
Discount tickets are available for Aquaboggan, Funtown/Splashtown, Sea Dogs, Water Country and York Wild Kingdom at the Gray Rec this summer.

The Gray Recreation Department also has been chosen as the recipient for the “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag Program. Visit the Hannaford in Gray during the month of July, purchase a bag (or two, or three), and $1 from each bag sold with go to the Gray Rec fundraising account.

For more information go to www.greyrec.com or call 657-2323 ext. 117.

Retired science teacher Jon Wallace will take a close look at insects during a special event at the Maine Wildlife Park July 16.

Kate Schrock will be among the musicians performing at the Many Mothers Music Festival Saturday, July 16, an Sunday, July 17, at the Caswell Farm.