Have you ever wondered why you parent the way you do?

An opportunity to discover the answer to this question is available to all parents and caregivers through “Parenting Styles,” a workshop series sponsored by Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Family and Community Development, Tompkins’s Families!, and funded through NYS Children’s and Family Trust Fund (NYSOCFS) and Groton Parent Teacher Organization.

These six exciting and interactive sessions will be led by Mary Hicks and Megan Redmond at Groton Elementary School, Room 43, 516 Elm Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays: Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 10, 17.

Discussion topics will include parenting styles and discipline, child development, cultural influences, and environmental issues.

All sessions are cost-free, and child care is provided. To register, call (607) 272-2292. Space is limited.

For Groton parents

Are you a parent of Groton Elementary School children? If so, you are invited to participate in “Fostering a Growth Mindset in Your Child,” a parenting workshop.

In these four one-hour sessions, you will learn about the growth mindset and how this can affect your child’s attitude toward school, learning, sports, daily challenges and more. Participants will receive tools for discussing the growth mindset with children, such as children’s books and goal setting activities, and they will learn strategies to support their children in the development of a growth mindset.

Some of the beliefs of a growth mindset are that intelligence can be developed, effort is the path to mastery, and challenges can help us learn and grow. This workshop is free to Groton Elementary School parents; the only requirement is to attend all four sessions from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 (make-up date is Dec. 16).

There are only 15 available slots, on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a wait list for those who are interested but cannot attend all four sessions, as well as a second workshop that will be offered in the spring.

For questions regarding the workshop or registration, please contact Erin D’Antonio or Sarah Neff at (607) 898-5853.

Petting zoo at the library

Not animals, but an opportunity to “pet” and try out various computers and computer-related devices at the computer class for senior citizens at the Groton Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Participants in the “Petting Zoo” may also bring their own devices and ask questions about them. Also, the iPad class will be continued.

Please reserve your spot at (607) 898-5055 or director@grotonpubliclibrary.org. Space is limited.

Lasagna dinner

The Groton Community Church, United Church of Christ, 204 E. Cortland St., will hold a homemade lasagna dinner, accompanied by side dishes, hot and cold beverages, and a fabulous dessert bar Saturday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. until the food is gone.

Cost is $9 per person age 5 and older. Children 4 and under may eat for free.

Fish fry fundraiser

Save the date now, as the Groton Cemetery Association is planning a fish fry dinner on Nov. 8 to raise money for the “Restoration of Monuments” at the Groton Rural Cemetery.

The first restoration project will be the Conger Monument, which was once the tallest monument in the cemetery and was knocked down by a storm several years ago.

The dinner will take place at the Benn Conger Inn, 206 W. Cortland St., Groton. There will be two seatings at 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are available from board members of the Groton Cemetery Association or at the Benn Conger Inn. Cost is $13 per person.

Call the Benn Conger Inn for reservations by Oct. 24 at (607) 898-5817. For any other questions, contact Kathy Watrous at (607) 898-5878 or Rosemarie Tucker at (607) 898-5867.

Crafters wanted

The Groton High School French Club will hold its fifth annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14. Crafters are invited to apply to reserve an 8-by-10-foot space for $20 to display their wares.

Applications are available at http://www.grotoncs.org/community.cfm?subpage=1368759, or by contacting Annette Twitchell at atwitche@groton.cnyric.org or (607) 898-5803.

Volunteers unite

Do you have an organization in Groton? Are you looking for more volunteers to help?

Send an email to GrotonVolunteers@yahoo.com, and include your organization name, contact person, contact phone and email, and a short description of what your organization does. Your information will be published in a flier and on “The Facebook Group for Groton Volunteers” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1498691777096357/

Those who would like to volunteer for a Groton organization may also join the group.

Groton Town Talk appears weekly. Submit items to Linda Competillo, (607) 227-4922 or lmc10@cornell.edu