APRIL 2021
Welcome to WOW's monthly newsletter! WOW is the Woodbury LibraryParks and Recreation Department and Senior Center's collaborative effort to bring free programs to Woodbury for people of all age's enjoyment. You can find more information on these programs and all WOW programs .
To all of our patrons:
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James

We DO strive to make a difference here at WOW however big or small. We are here for you and want you to know that you are not forgotten. We are in our collective offices working hard for you! We are always trying to come up with creative ideas and activities to build community spirit, to help one another and to "check in" virtually, through email or a phone call. Please check out the programs the Parks and Recreation Department, Woodbury Library and Woodbury Senior Center have to keep your minds, bodies and creativity sparked and to let you know you are not alone in this time. We cannot stress it enough, we are here for you!

Continue to reach out to your fellow neighbors. Reach out in kindness, and help one another out. You never know if someone needs you until you make that connection. You never know!

We are busy planning for the months to come, and are looking forward to the day we can SEE you again. The Senior Center, Library and Parks and Recreation offices are closed to the public, but we are all diligently working to make Woodbury a place for YOU!
The W.O.W. Team
Loryn, Jenifer and Marla
What We Do at W.O.W.!
From lectures and concerts to artistic opportunities and community festivals, WOW has something for everyone. We do this by partnering with community champions, the businesses and organizations who, like you, and like WOW, are invested in our little town. We do this by building bridges between volunteers and resources and needs. We do this with much energy and imagination and dedication, because we believe in building community - we believe in Woodbury, and we want Woodbury families to love living here. WOW!
The Senior Center is reopening
Beginning 4/19, the Center building will be open for limited programs and services. Seniors will be able to make appointments to use the Fitness Room or play some pool, or browse our library. Also returning are in-house social service appointments, therapeutic massages, several classes and our blood pressure clinic. Be sure to read the April issue of the Senior Center Reporter newsletter to be up-to-date on these offerings along with outdoor programs, virtual programs and outreach services. Check our webpage at https://woodburyseniorct.org/
 
For ALL programs and services, call
(203) 263-2828 or email us at seniorcenter2@woodburyct.org

Call to have our newsletter and calendar emailed to you.  203-263-2828

It has come to our attention that the Woodbury Senior Center phone number may have been hacked. In a scam called “spoofing”, residents have recently reported receiving suspicious telephone calls being displayed on their Caller ID system as having originated from the
Woodbury Senior Center with our telephone number. This is happening in other
communities as well. 
The Town of Woodbury Senior Services Department at Woodbury Senior Center reminds you that we will never ask for your social security number on the phone or ask you to verify bank account numbers and other personal information during a phone call. 

Residents are reminded to be alert for such scams and to contact the Woodbury Senior Center directly at (203)263-2828 to confirm the legitimacy of any telephone calls they feel may be suspicious in nature.
TAKE A HIKE with
our HIKING GROUP!

We’re starting a hiking group! Interested? 
We will start by meeting once per month at a nearby trail to enjoy a good dose of nature, exercise and companionship. Our first hike will be on Thursday, April 29 at 9 am (unless pouring rain cancels!) We’ll choose a different trail each month. Bring good walking shoes, a water bottle, a snack, a hat and sunscreen and
maybe bug spray. Please call to sign up
and get location details.
BRASS CITY HARVEST VIRTUAL COOKING CLASSES  with Nutritionist Nichole Texiera

Mondays, April 19 through May 24 1 to 2 p.m

Join us for some cooking fun with Nichole from Brass City Harvest. With a specialty in senior nutrition, she will be leading a six week virtual Cooking Experience. If you wish, you can prepare it with her OR just watch the demonstration. These recipes are easy, quick, healthy, and fun! Please RSVP before Thursday, April 15th  by calling(203)263-2828. A zoom link will be sent to you after you register.
CREATE A BEAUTIFUL POSTCARD
send it to a friend!

For your free blank postcard with tips on how to decorate, mail, and make someone’s day,
call the Senior Center
at (203) 263-2828
WOODBURY UKULELE CLUB
IS BACK!
In-Person too!
WUB returns on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. in the Center parking lot program area (near the portico entrance). Fair weather only, and only if it’s at least 55 degrees out that day. If so, bring your lawn chair, your uke, and play and sing with us! WUB is for people of ALL ages, sponsored by Woodbury Senior Center. For more information, click on https://woodburyukes.org/
MORE WOODBURY LIBRARY PROGRAMS!
“BIBLIOCRAFT: ART for Adults: Tiny Book Making"
Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM

The WPL crafting time for adults, Bibliocrafts is back! This month we will be making tiny books. Register and pick up your kit with all you need to make the tiny books; then join the group via Zoom to make them together! All materials will be supplied; you will need to provide scissors and glue. To register, visit the Woodbury Library’s Event’s Page www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502 for more details
Social Security
“Social Security & Retirement Income Maximization Workshop"
Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, April 14th at 6:00 PM

In this workshop, learn how to protect yourself from retirement’s greatest threats, increase your Social Security retirement income by up to 76%, receive Social Security income from ex or deceased spouse’s earnings, replace Social Security income lost after spouse’s death, understand the biggest tax law and fiscal stimulus change in decades and if you are eligible for benefits. The AAA Retire Program was established in 2003 to provide AAA Members educational benefits
on getting the most from their Social Security Benefits and establish a retirement roadmap. Since then, the program has expanded to help thousands approaching or in retirement. This free workshop is appropriate for those in the planning stages of retirement as well as currently retired people. To register for the workshop visit the Events Page on the Library’s website www.woodburyct.org or call 203-263-3502 for more information.  

“An Evening of Poetry" with David Bibbey
Virtual Workshop
Saturday, April 20th at 7:00 PM

Join Woodbury's Inaugural Poet Laureate, David Bibbey, for an evening of poetry. In this virtual event, David will share a variety of his original poems; some will make you laugh out loud and others will warm your heart. It's sure to be a wonderful evening. When not wearing his Poet Laureate hat, David is also an Emmy Award winning Broadcast TV Producer, Host/Presenter, Videographer, Writer, and Event Emcee/Moderator. To receive the Zoom link, please register for the poetry reading on the Woodbury Public Library’s Events Page www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502.
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We are OPEN! Adult computer use will be limited to one hour and the computers are sanitized after each use. Building hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM with extended hours on Tuesday until 8:00 PM. Masks and social distancing are all required and no restrooms will be open.
Please call the library at 203-263-3502 or EMAIL us with any questions.

Curbside pickup is also available for our patrons!
APRIL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS - ALL VIRTUAL!
REGISTER TODAY!
"TRAVEL" by artist Matt Wood
IN THE GALLERY SPACE for APRIL
featuring artist Matt Wood
April 1st - 30th
                                                                          
“Travel”, paintings by artist Matt Wood, are on display in the Woodbury Public Library’s Gallery Space for the month of April, during regular open hours. Matt Wood’s reverence for the natural world rings strong in his work, from natural light gently spotlighting a lonely iceberg to animals that wander free both above and below his beautifully imaged waters. "I am often asked about what drives my work. To that I can only answer this - I have to create; it is like breathing for me. Art is how I interact with the world. My thoughts, my experiences, my reactions, and my hopes are all mediated through my canvas or my lens, and I find that for me it can’t be any other way. My art is a reflection of my life.”
CELEBRATE OUR EARTH
throughout the month of April

When you check out a book about our Earth, be it conservation or celebration, or even astronomy, at the Woodbury Library this April, you’ll get a FREE Stained Glass Earth Kit provided by NASA Space Place. The kit includes stickers, a postcard and everything you will need to create our planet as if it were seen from space! While supplies last; please ask for yours when you check out your books. All ages.
MURDER MOST FOUL: A LOOK AT THE DARKER SIDE OF WOODBURY’S HISTORY
Virtual Program
Saturday, April 3 at 2:00 PM

Award winning genealogist Susan Shepard takes a look at Woodbury’s darker side with a virtual presentation of “Murder Most Foul in Old Woodbury” on Saturday, April 3 at 2:00 PM. Old Woodbury was a successful and largely peaceful town, politics aside, for more than 170 years but then murders of all sorts started to happen. “Murder Most Foul in Old Woodbury” will look at six murder cases in detail, their investigations and the outcome of the trials. Two of the murders remain unsolved and the grisly details of another point to a “message murder” – but a message to whom? Enough details survive in the records that listeners may come up with some solutions! Susan Shepard has long combined professional social sciences research with very enthusiastic local early American history and genealogy research. She has published widely in professional areas as well as articles and sketches of local history of western Connecticut. To register, visit the Woodbury Library’s Event’s Page www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502 for more details.
“Author Talk" with Cindy Eastman Virtual Event
Tuesday, April 61th at 7:00 PM
                                                                         
Award winning author Cindy Eastman shares her humor in a virtual author chat with the Woodbury Public Library on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00 pm. Her writing is informed by her ability to be an observer as well as a participant in her life. With her dry sense of humor she addresses a variety of topics and delivers an insightful analysis that’s both provocative and amusing.  Cindy’s first book, a collection of essays entitled, Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts On Aging I Remembered To Write Down was published by She Writes Press in April 2014. In it, she shares her observations and understanding about what it means to get older and enjoy it.  She earned a Silver Medal for Humor at the 2015 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards. To receive the Zoom link, please register for Cindy’s talk on the Woodbury Public Library’s Events Page www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502.
“The Stone Structures and Walls of England and New England: An Evolution"
Virtual Event
Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 PM
                                                                         
Join dry stone wall builder Andrew Pighills for a virtual presentation, “The Stone Structures and Walls of England and New England: An Evolution”. Concentrating on the stone structures of England and New England, the lecture draws comparisons, similar and dissimilar, between the geology, building styles and techniques, and follows the evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to the present day and explains how they fit into the garden and broader landscape, past and present. Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew Pighills is an accomplished stone artisan, gardener and horticulturist. He received his formal horticulture training with The Royal Horticultural Society and has spent 31 years creating gardens and building dry stone walls in his native England in and around the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District. Sponsored by The Friends of the Woodbury Library. To receive the Zoom link, please register on the Woodbury Public Library’s Events Page www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502.
“Make the Most of Your Smart TV in the New Digital Age" with Ron Fairchild
Virtual Workshop
Saturday, April 17th at 2:00 PM

Do you have a new Smart TV and want to make the most of it? Are you confused about what streaming services to use? Join Woodbury Public Library’s Reference/Technology Librarian for a look at the new Smart TVs and how to make the most of them at this encore virtual event. Along with information about the options of a smart TV, Ron will talk about cutting the cord to high priced cable and safely using streaming options. To register, go to the events page at www.woodburylibraryct.org and the Zoom link will be emailed to you. Call 203-263-3502 for more information.
“Mango/Chibi Drawing Workshop" for TEENS grades 6-12
Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, April 20th at 5:00 PM

Teens in grades 6-12 who love to draw Manga cartoons are invited to join Debi, a professional cartoonist. Learn how to draw Manga cartoons and Chibi characters, from big foot to little foot Manga cartoons, the lessons will focus on the Manga cartoon face, expressions and the cartoon manga figure in motion. Work on developing your own Manga or Chibi cartoon character, too. 
Register on the library’s Events Page www.woodburylibraryct.org and a ZOOM link will be emailed prior to the program. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 
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Woodbury Parks and Recreation SPRING/SUMMER 2021 BROCHURE WILL BE AVAILABLE on April 1st!
Get all of the information you need in regards to Spring and Summer Programs, Parks and Recreation Summer Camp and Teen Travel Camp as well as other camps we are offering this SUMMER while the kids are no longer in the classroom,
and ready to PLAY!
Register early to get your spot in these popular programs and to ensure the programs meet minimum requirements and do not get cancelled!
Session 2 for many of our programs begin this month. We are constantly in contact with our local Health Departments and the First Selectman and we are happy to announce that we can now have in-person classes safely in our buildings. Please refer to our website for updates or call the office
at 203-263-3113,
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:00 pm
Fun prompts for the day to get your mind, body and creativity going!

Can also be found on our website at

Have some fun, try
something new!
PARKS AND RECREATION
EGG SCAVENGER HUNT! FIND ALL 24 EGGS!
Details coming in March!
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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
Woodbury Parks and Recreation team is sifting through all of the entries and we will be announcing the winners by April 1st!
It was great fun to look through all of your pictures!
Congratulations to everyone!
COMMUNITY NEWS & PROGRAMS
Saturday, April 17, 2021
8 am to 2 pm
Naugatuck Event Center
6 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck

Directions to Collection Center:

From Route 8 South: Take Exit 27. Turn right onto Maple St. Take first left onto Old Firehouse Road. Naugatuck Event Center is on corner of Old Firehouse Road and Rubber Avenue.   
SCOUTS BSA Troop 480

Informational Meeting on
Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 PM
Lower Parish Hall,
St. Paul's Church
294 Main Street North, Woodbury

Come learn more about Scouts, what they do and how you can get involved.

For more information:

Text: @Troop480wd to 81010
Email: cc.troop480@gmail.com

CLOTHING DRIVE - MAY 1st

8:00 am - 2:00 pm at
Nonnewaug High School
5 Minortown Rd, Woodbury

Please donate any used clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, belts, towels, sheets, curtains, blankets, pillows, quilts, comforters, stuffed animals, and outdoor bicycles of any size.

BENEFITS NONNEWAUG HS
Class of 2021

The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will host Christopher Tuccio for a lecture on “The Garden Design Pyramid: Levels of Importance for Establishing a Beautiful Landscape” at 10 am, Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, via Zoom. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the club now sponsors speakers at monthly Zoom meetings. Guests are welcome to join this free presentation by sending an email request to guest@PomperaugValleyGC.org before Sunday, April 11th.
The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club is a charter member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut and National Garden Clubs. The club sponsors speakers at monthly meetings, garden-oriented field trips, numerous civic beautification and educational outreach projects in Woodbury, and a scholarship program. For information regarding membership, visit our website at www.pomperaugvalleygc.org
W.O.W. What's On In Woodbury
281 Main Street South Woodbury CT 06798.
Email Us: ​wow@woodburyct.org