March 2018
Spring is just around the corner! The equinox is on March 20th. It's also a time for new beginnings here in the Parks and Recreation department.  We have several programs that begin a new session this month and we have plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Check them out below!

Additionally, the process of replacing our playground is well underway. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with the disassembly in February. We will be preparing the ground in March with the hope of installing the new playground in April for a Grand Opening in May!  Watch out for updates; the new playground is on its way!

As weather can be unpredictable, please check our website  for all of the up-to-date information regarding all of our programs.  In the event of any changes to programs (including rain dates), our website will have the current class make-up and cancellation information!  If you're not sure, you can always call our office or email us at the information below. 

WOW (What's On in Woodbury) is continuing to bring you events, offered completely FREE of charge! For updates about all things WOW, please visit WOW's website, If you would like to receive the WOW newsletter, please email

Thank you for your continued support in keeping Woodbury a clean, happy and beautiful place to live and play! If you have questions regarding this newsletter, please feel free to call 203-263-3113 or email

Woodbury Parks & Recreation

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We love to include information about as many community 'happenings' as we can, but space is limited in this newsletter.

 For a complete listing of what is happening in Woodbury please visit the town's calendar .

Yoga Art
Tuesdays , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1
Rec. House

In this artistically-active class, children will enjoy creating a unique and seasonal art project followed by theme related yoga movement, music and games. The perfect way to break up the day!

Horse Riding
Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14
Daffodil Hill Farm (138 Minortown Road, Woodbury)

 safe place to learn horsemanship and riding at all levels, or to improve your current riding skills. The classes are rain or shine, there is an indoor riding area. Please wear long pants and shoes or boots with a heel. If you have questions please call Jessica Thomas at 203-217-2302.

Dance Programs 
New session begins 3/15
See schedule details on website
Main Street Ballet, Woodbury

Choose your age group, choose your time, and come join in the fun.   

The younger ones will enjoy an innovative and wondrous dance adventure using story, music, dance, and props to stimulate their imaginations, build coordination, and learn the fundamentals of ballet technique.  Exercises work toward increasing attention span and developing the dancer's imaginative talents.  As they get a little older the dancers will still use their imaginations and bring the magical world to life through dance and music, all based in the world of ballet.  T hen older still they will be introduced to the building blocks of ballet technique in a fun and playful way.  Using imagery, rhyme, song, and imagination your dancer will develop coordination, strength, and a solid foundation for moving correctly and safely.

After School Lego
Mondays, 3:15 - 4:30 PM
3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30
**Note: there is no class 4/16
Mitchell Elementary School

Stay after school for a fun time building with friends. Lego club is a creative way to end the day, who doesn't love to play with Legos?!

Self Defense Classes for Middle Schoolers
Wednesdays, 1:45 - 2:45 PM
3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25
Woodbury Middle School

This 6 week program is designed to empower the youth of our community. This program will build confidence, improve both physical and mental strength, and will teach skills that will help protect against a violent attack. The program is based on the combat system of Krav Maga. Krav Maga is not a martial art and considered by many to be the best system for realistic street self-defense. This foundational self-defense training program is designed to be taken by individuals with no previous experience in a supportive, encouraging group environment.

Drop In Volleyball
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Woodbury Middle School Gym

Haven't played for a while but would like to? Maybe you have never played before but would like to give it a try? This program is for everyone who would like to get some exercise while having fun playing volleyball. This group would adhere to a clear set of rules (modified USVBA rules) and would expect clean play and competition. Register and join anytime during the season.

Pilates Mat
Tuesdays , 9:00 - 10:00 AM
3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:15 PM
3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18
Old Town Hall

Pilates Mat focuses on strengthening and lengthening key muscles of the pelvis, ribcage, shoulder girdle, spine, back and abdominals.  Its benefits include a healthier back, stronger pelvic floor, increased bone density, greater postural awareness, better breathing, stronger core and greater flexibility. Contact Megan if you need to know where to purchase one. Megan Lutz

Self Defense Classes for Adults
Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26
Old Town Hall

self defense
This 6 week program is designed to empower the adults of our community. This program will build confidence, improve both physical and mental strength, and will teach skills that will help protect against a violent attack. The program is based on the combat system of Krav Maga. Krav Maga is not a martial art and considered by many to be the best system for realistic street self-defense. This foundational self-defense training program is designed to be taken by individuals with no previous experience in a supportive, encouraging group environment.

Boot Camp
Wednesdays, 7:15  - 8:15 AM
3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25
Old Town Hall

Boot Camp is a challenging circuit style mix of functional training and cardio timed drills for a total body workout. The focus is on muscle and core strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.

Click here to register!
Volleyball for High School Girls 
Thursdays,  6:00 - 7:30 PM
3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26
Woodbury Middle School Gym

HS girls, here is your chance to make a positive difference in your volleyball skills and knowledge. High school players with a minimum of JV, club, or varsity volleyball experience and adult women with some organized league experience are eligible to train with Coach Fred Raymond. Coach Raymond holds a CT coaching certificate and has a background that includes  12 years as a  Head girl's coach  at the high school level , boy's high school coach, CT Juniors club experience as a head boys coach having won a New England U17 championship, founder and director of Performance Volleyball clinics, as well as training players at the D1, D2, and D3 college levels. He has also trained a past Regional Alternate to the USA boy's national team. Coach Raymond has been involved in the sport since 1975 as a player, coach, referee, and league organizer and clinician.

Click here to register!
Mondays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7
Old Town Hall

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That's exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It's an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that's moving millions of people toward joy and health. Zumba® FITNESS is a Fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes. The routines are simple and feature intermittent and resistance training that are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat with a combo of slow and fast rhythms. Come join us in this FEEL HAPPY Workout! No experience necessary. You'll burn hundreds of calories and not even know it! Burn Up to 1,000 CALORIES in 1-HOUR!!!!

Nonnewaug Lacrosse
Tuesday, March 27
7:00 PM
Rec House (7 Mountain Road, Woodbury)

Nonnewaug Lacrosse is in its ninth season! Join us for an informational session about the upcoming season. Come be a part of the "fastest game on two feet"!

*Nonnewaug Lacrosse is run by Woodbury Parks and Rec and not affiliated with Region 14 Schools.

Safe Boating One Day Class
Saturday, March  31
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Parks and Rec House

A complete, updated safe boating certification course taught in one (8 hour) day. This class includes the newest requirement for towing skiers & tubes. Successful completion will allow the student to purchase a Connecticut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation with Waterski endorsement, which enables them to operate any recreational vessel up to 65 feet in length, with some age restrictions for younger operators. An easy to understand classroom format is designed for students age 12 and over.

Community Theatre at Woodbury

Seeking the following: 
4M, 9F (ages 19 and up)

In the small town of Knapely, Yorkshire, England, Annie Clarke has just lost her husband, who was ill with leukemia. Inspired in his speech to the local Women's Institute, where he said that "the flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire", and "the last phase of the women of Yorkshire is always the most glorious", her best friend Chris Harper decides to make a calendar with twelve local middle-age women posing semi-nude to raise funds for the wing of leukemia treatment in the local hospital. The calendar becomes a huge success, making them famous and affecting their lives.
Easter Egg Hunt
S aturday, March 24
Bunny arrives at 9:30 AM 
Egg hunt starts promptly at 10:00 AM
Hollow Park

Wear your prettiest or funniest spring bonnet and come join the Easter Bunny at The Hollow! 

Take your child's photo before or after they race to fill their basket with chocolate eggs hidden in the park! 

This is lots of fun for children up to 10 years old. 

Donations of toiletries for the WOODBURY FOOD BANK will be collected. This event will happen rain or shine!
Earth Day
Application Deadline: March 16th
Saturday, April 21st
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Hollow Park

Save the Date for Woodbury Earth Day 2018
December 21, 2017
Planning for the 2018 Woodbury Earth Day event is well underway! We are pleased to present this outstanding event once again! Please save the date of Saturday April 21, 2018 from 11 AM to 4 PM for Woodbury Earth Day to be held at Hollow Park on Hollow Road in Woodbury. 

For more information about volunteering, becoming a vendor and more, please visit
Narcan Training
Thursday, March 29th
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center

Your local prevention council wants everyone to know how to use this life-saving medication if someone is experiencing an opioid overdose. Every time a life is saved that person has the opportunity to enter into treatment and to get the support they need to recover.

Please register by calling 203-578-4044 or emailing
My Grown Up & Me
Tuesdays , 9:30 - 10:15 AM
3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1
Rec. House

Come paint, shimmy, paste, and squish your way through a variety of creative projects with The Clever Crayon! Moms, Dads and caregivers will meet new friends and create lasting memories while making hand-print animals and crepe paper collage, exploring sensory materials, reading, singing and so much more! Watch your child build fine motor and social skills in a safe, imaginative and fun filled environment. We can't wait to see you there!

Science and Art
Wednesdays , 2:45 - 3:45 PM
3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25
Mitchell Elementary School-Room 21

This class will combine the wonderful world of science with the creative world of art! We will do a variety of experiments and turn them into works of art! Projects include erupting volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar, magnetic slime, milk art and more! Children with enjoy exploring various reactions, textures, and color mixing while socializing and learning with friends old and new!

Getting Jiggy: Irish Step Dancing
Thursdays, 4:15 - 5:15 PM
3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3
Old Town Hall

Let your child experience the history and culture of Ireland!  Taught by World Renown Dancing Competitors and Instructors Catie and Hali whose goal is to provide superior Irish Dance instruction to build confidence and enrich the lives of our students.  

The kids should bring a smile and a pair of listening ears!  Sneakers or any type of soft dancing shoe, comfortable clothes and a water bottle.  Information about purchasing formal Irish Dancing Gillies (shoes) and Irish Dance Practice music will be given the first week of class.  Parents are encouraged to drop off students and can watch during the "open class" on the last week.  Family and friends are welcome to attend the class performance, there will be plenty of photo ops to capture the action.

Click here to register!
Girls Volleyball for Beginners
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26
Woodbury Middle School Gym

Girls, here is your chance to make a difference in your volleyball career. Middle school girls with little to no experience will train with Coach Sandy, learning individual and team skills to prepare you for high school tryouts. Coach Sandy is a CT high school certified coach, high school assistant coach and Captain of Team CT volleyball team.

Poetry is My Superpower
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26
Rec House

Poetry is my Superpower is a six week poetry workshop for writers in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Each session will begin with an anchor poem-- a poem whose theme or style will guide the learning on that day. Some topic include: spoken word poetry, using poetry to synthesize non-fiction research, and poetry as activism. Following a discussion of the anchor poem, style and technique, writers will have the opportunity to craft, edit, and share their own poems. Writers will learn the importance of finding a community to share, collaborate, and encourage. There will be a reading immediately following the final session.

Click here to register!
Men's Drop In Basketball
Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
See schedule details on website
Woodbury Middle School Gym (beginning 3/19)


Men's drop in basketball will move from MES to WMS beginning on March 19th. Be sure you go to the right gym. 

Love basketball or just keeping fit? Then this is the night for you! There is no fee, but please register so that we may be able to contact you with changes in facility, cancellations etc.

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
4/4, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6
Woodbury Middle School Gym

Badminton for intermediate players.  Players should have a knowledge of the competitive game for both doubles and singles including the rules for each. No instructor, just an evening to come and enjoy playing the game.  Please bring your own racquets and shuttlecock.

Yoga Kripalu Vinyasa 
Mondays, 6:15 - 7:15 PM
3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
Thursdays, 9:15 - 10:15 AM
3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19
Old Town Hall

Kripalu Vinyasa moves through active, breath guided, flowing postures, allowing students to fully embody alignment and movement both energetically and physically. The sequences integrate standing, hip openers, forward bends, twists, back bends, arm balances, inversions and restorative postures. The benefits include strengthening and stretching muscles, increasing bone density, releasing tension, and centering body-mind.

Beekeeping 101
Saturday, March 24th or April 14th
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rec House


Have you always wanted to keep honeybees but not known how to get started? The Woodbury Recreation Dept. will be hosting a honeybee keeping class. Mike Rice of Mike's Beehives LLC will be instructing the class. He will go over the beginning steps of honeybee keeping which include: An explanation of each hive part, installing bees into the hive, feeding your bees, the life cycle of a bee, how to register your bees with the state of Connecticut and why they should be registered, the different roles of each bee, some of the typical problems you might encounter in honeybee keeping and harvesting honey. Mike will bring all the equipment needed to cover all aspects of bee keeping!

Nutrition & Weights 
Mondays, 7:15 - 8:15 AM or 7:30 - 8:30 PM
3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
Mornings: Rec House
Evenings: Woodbury Senior Community Center

Nutrition and Weights  is a total body conditioning with weights class and a nutrition class for weight balance.  The 30-minute Nutrition Class includes basic nutrition guidelines, daily food and exercise tracking, recipes for nutrient dense meals, estimated serving sizes, reading food labels, balancing fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water, weekly weigh-ins and group support. 
The 30-minute Total Body Conditioning with Weights Class includes strengthening and stretching all major muscle groups.  It is designed to increase lean muscle tissue and boost metabolism.  A core workout will conclude the class. Please bring one set of weights. Contact Megan if you need to know where to purchase one. Megan Lutz

Tree Care
Saturday, April 1st or 8th
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet at Shove Building (281 Main Street South)

Area residents are invited to a seminar on tree care sponsored by the Woodbury Shade Tree and Sidewalk Committee and the Park and Recreation Department.  Harris "Bud" Neal of Neal Tree Service will discuss and show proper ways to prune and trim your trees.  The one day program, which includes hands-on tree trimming experience, will be held on Saturday April 1st or 8th,from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Shove Building, 281 Main Street South.

The seminar is free. Registration: 203-263-2141 or 203-263-3113.

Summer Camp Employment 
Application Deadline: March 16th

Woodbury Parks & Recreation will be accepting applications for the following summer positions:
  • Camp Counselors, (16 yrs. old and up)
  • Counselors-in-training, un-paid (15 yrs.)

Applications can be returned by email to or by mail to:
Woodbury Parks and Recreation
281 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT 06798
Free Movie Friday
Friday, March 23
6:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center  

Ferdinand is a young bull who escapes from a training camp in rural Spain after his father never returns from a showdown with a matador. Adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, Ferdinand's peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors. With help from a w isecracking goat and three hedgehogs, the giant but gentle bovine must find a way to break free before he squares off against El Primero, the famous bullfighter who never loses.

As always there is no admission but a suggested donation of a non perishable food item or toiletry to assist the Woodbury Food Bank would be appreciated!

Bring a blanket, a pillow, wear your pjs, and come enjoy the movie! 

Spring Clean Up Day
Saturday, April 7th
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet at Shove Building (281 Main Street South)

Sign up starts at 8am at Hollow Park.  Sign your group in at the Hollow, or work independently, all are welcome to help!  Bags and gloves provided.
Enjoy Chili and hotdogs after the work is done around noon at Hollow Park. Sponsored by the Woodbury Conservation Commission.

For more information call Jeff Sherman, 203 263 5408 or email him at
Trophy Recycling
Now Until March 31st
Rec House
7 Mountain Road, Woodbury

Don't know what to do with those treasured trophies now your children have moved out and left them behind?
Recycle them so others can enjoy being a winner!!

Woodbury Parks and Recreation will take your donation of your trophies during the month of March ONLY. Please drop the off at the Rec House, 7 Mountain Road, and we will send them to be donated back to communities where purchasing trophies is cost prohibitive.
We will only accept trophies until March 31st, if the office is not open, please leave them on the front porch and we will get them when we are next in the office.
Annual Bunny Breakfast
Sunday, March 25th
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center

Thank you!
On Friday, February 23 at the Free Movie Friday showing of Wonder, funds were raised to benefit the Connecticut Children's Hospital Craniofacial Team. The generous residents of Woodbury donated $100 and Pediatric Dental Associates of Southbury matched with a gift of $200!