GROTON -- Today! Gators, Octopi, and Grizzlies, Oh My!*** today., Aug.. 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.** Author and wildlife photographer Judith Jango-Cohen brings you funny and exciting adventures with her stories, photographs, role plays, puppets, music, and more. Ages 3+

Magic the Gathering Club:* Weds., Aug.. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Relax and have fun playing Magic the Gathering with your friends. Prizes and refreshments. Grades 6 and up.

CSI Groton: Thurs., Aug.. 15, 6-8 p.m. Two Groton police officers will teach you beginning detective skills like how to approach a crime scene and how to take fingerprints. Then try out your skills with our very own "crime scene" at GPL. Grades 6-12.

Underground Art: Graffiti with Debbie Banna, Weds., Aug.. 21, 7-8:15 p.m. Legal graffiti is done with markers and paper, not spray paint and walls! Culture's newest art form becomes a class to help kids express themselves.

YA End of Summer Sundae Social:* Thurs., Aug.. 22, 3-5 p.m. Enjoy our sundae bar while you meet with friends to talk about your favorite books, movies, and music or to catch up on what happened this summer and what you are looking forward to this fall. Grades 6-12.

Paint Your Own Pottery,*** Weds., Aug.. 7, 3-4 p.m.** Children in Grades 4-5 can choose one or two pieces -- plate, mug, bowl or tile -- to paint. The items will be taken back to Magic Brush Pottery Shop for firing and returned in one week. Space is limited!

Family Concert with Musician Vanessa Trien,* Fri.


, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to noon.** Boston-based singer-songwriter and children's performer will provide interactive fun for the whole family.

Hands on Nature,*** Weds., Aug.. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.** Children ages 3 and up discover the secret world of underground mammals in this fun hands-on education program that includes a story, craft and a visit from a live animal.

Children's Summer Reading Program Grand Finale for all ages outdoors on the lawn behind the playground. Ice Cream Party on Weds., Aug. 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m. The Tanglewood Marionettes presents The Dragon King* Weds., Aug.. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Colorful sea creatures, an exciting adventure and a Dragon King that will knock your socks off!

* Made possible by the GPL Endowment Fund.

** Online registration begins one week before program. Preference given to Groton residents.

*** Sponsored by Groton's Trust Fund's Lecture Fund.

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