August 2020
Welcome to WOW's monthly newsletter! WOW is the  Woodbury Library Parks 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 .
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WOW SELFIE SPOTS! #WOWselfiespot
Come enjoy the wonderful
Trails & Parks in Woodbury with W.O.W. and win a prize!

W.O.W. has created "Selfie Spots" for
6 of our Woodbury Parks, three different ones for each of these parks.
All of the "Spots" have interesting facts about the park you are in.
Visit the parks, and see if you can
find all 27 signs!

When you find a sign, take a selfie and upload it to the 
W.O.W. Instagram page with the hashtag  #WOWselfiespots  
and you will be entered into a
drawing each month. 
There will be three prizes awarded
(gift certificates to local restaurants)
in July, August and September! 
The Selfie Spots are located along the paths at the following Parks: 
Hollow Park, Orenaug Park,
Nonnewaug Falls, Three Rivers Park,
Trolley Bed and Strongs Preserve.
Have fun, be safe and
GOOD LUCK! #WOWselfiespot
WOODBURY SENIOR CENTER
To stay informed about the Woodbury Senior Center activities and events, please subscribe to their newsletter! It is FULL of information on how we are serving our Seniors needs every week, as well as creative ideas, activities and even contests to keep you connected with our community and active while staying safe at home. Sign up for the
Our own Jen Tiso's self portrait above!
Woodbury Senior Center’s
“Show Us Your Selfie” Contest for Woodbury Seniors!
Go surreal, abstract, fantasy or realistic, sketch your likeness, paint yourself, take a funky selfie doctored with Photoshop. Anything goes as long as it's creative, original,
and it's uniquely you!
 July 1st - August 20th - 1 entry per person

Submit a photo of your work to  jtiso@woodburyct.org with the word “Selfie” in the subject line along with an email address and best contact phone number. You may take a snapshot of your piece and place it in our drop box located outside the Senior Center or bring your piece to the Center and we will take the picture, call 203-263-2828 to set up a time. The Woodbury Senior Center kindly requests to publish the winner’s name and the photograph of the winning piece(s) in the
September newsletter.

First prize is a $20 gift certificate to a local (Woodbury) business.
One Honorable Mention winner will receive a $10 gift certificate from a Woodbury business.
VIRTUAL Happy Hour!
Friday, August 14th at 3:30 PM

Join us for a monthly Virtual Happy Hour!!
Each Happy Hour we will feature a different pub from around the world sharing virtual backgrounds, facts and lore of the world’s most famous watering holes (we will leave plenty of time for talking and visiting).
This month we will be virtually visiting the  Haufbrauhaus in Munich, Germany.
Bring your beverage of choice to your computer or smartphone and join us on ZOOM!
Call the Center (203)263-2828 and
we will send you the link.
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VIRTUAL Boggle with Karen!
Friday, August 21st at 11:00 am

Keep your brain sharp by playing Boggle with Karen and others in a virtual format. It’s amazing how much fun group games can be in a ZOOM format! Call the Center to sign up and we will send you the link. For the program, bring your brain, a piece of paper & pencil and get ready to have a great time staying mentally sharp.
SLN Senior Learning Network
NEW VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
FOR WOODBURY SENIOR CENTER MEMBERS
Through Senior Learning Network
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Senior Living Network (SLN).
As a Woodbury Senior Center member,
this allows you access to FREE high quality virtual classes on the Senior Learning Network.  Individuals are learning within their homes. Classes are live and Interactive! Check our monthly newsletter for class updates.

Sign up for all programs through the Woodbury Senior Center (203) 263-2828 and we will send you the link for your class! If you’re not yet a WSC member we will gladly take your free registration over the phone.
Senior Learning Network Classes - AUGUST!
Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a BONUS!
Cultural Perspectives in Western American Art
Tuesday, August 4 at 1:45 - 5:15 PM

We will explore how culture, individuality, technique, and place in history influence an artist's production. Presenters will display artwork from the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to introduce us to historical and contemporary reflections of Plains Indian life. They will show European views of Native life, as well as America Indian perspectives of their own experiences .
Western Movies 101
Thursday, August 6 at 1:45 - 5:45 PM

We will explore how culture, individuality, technique, and place in history influence an artist's production. Presenters will display artwork from the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to introduce us to historical and contemporary reflections of Plains Indian life. They will show European views of Native life, as well as American Indian perspectives of their own experiences.
Seagrass Science - LIVE on Location!
Tuesday, August 11 at 1:45 - 7:00 PM

In this program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Coastal Fisheries biologists will take us below the water's surface to learn about marine flowering plants. We will get the opportunity to view each of the five types of seagrass that live in the shallow Texas bays and learn why seagrass is such an important habitat for marine critters and people who live in coastal areas.
Exploring a Northern Elephant Seal Rookery-Hearst San Simeon Park
LIVE on Location - weather permitting
Thursday, August 13 at 1:45 - 5:30 PM

Join us on a virtual tour featuring the northern elephant seal! We will hear from a CA Park Interpreter to learn about this marine mammal's adaptations, their unique life cycle, and their amazing story of overcoming near extinction. 
BONUS MONDAY!! ONLINE ART CLASS WITH SHERITA!!
We are painting hummingbirds!
Monday, August 17th, at 1:45 PM

Sherita is back, and ready to paint again! No experience necessary! You can paint along with us, or just enjoy and encourage others!
Supplies needed if painting:
16 X 20 Canvas
(Alternative: 8.5 x 11 White Paper)
Paint Brushes & Art Palette
(Alternative: Paper Plate)
Cup of Water/Paper Towel/Acrylic or Tempera Paint COLORS: (red, blue, green, yellow, white and black)
Eleanor Roosevelt:
Compassion and Betrayal  
Tuesday, August 18 at 1:45 - 5:45 PM

FDR Library and Presidential Museum (Jeff Urbin)
Eleanor Roosevelt was born a shy, timid girl in a family of power, position, and wealth. From the outside her life would seem to be charmed, but a closer examination charts a lonely course from one betrayal to another. This talk examines the trials and turmoil in the life of one of the greatest and most influential woman in the history of our republic.
World Wildlife Fund- - Behind the Scenes!
Thursday, August 20 at 1:45 - 5:45 PM

The World Wildlife Fund is dedicated to improving ways that nature and people coexist. Join Ryan Young, a geographer from the World Wildlife Fund as he unpacks amazing tools, and innovative uses of maps and technology that are helping to make great strides in facing these current challenges. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into what is being done- and perhaps what we can do- to save this beautiful, vulnerable, and utterly irreplaceable planet we call Home.  
Cabinet of Curiosities: A Fun Peek into the Unusual at Mystic Seaport Museum
Tuesday, August 25 at 1:45 - 5:30 PM

This program will take you on an adventure behind locked doors into the “vault” that stores the Museum collections. Within the collection are many unusual and surprising artifacts. Virtual visitors will have a chance to see everything from unusual animal parts and strange furniture, to a curious secret ingredient used in some perfumes.   
ALL of the above programs are FREE! To register for any of the Senior Learning Network programs, or to become a member of the Woodbury Senior Center, please call
203-263-2828 and someone
can help you!
WOODBURY PARKS & REC
SUMMER PROGRAMS for CHILDREN
Grades K - 8th

August 3 - 7
FOOD EXPLORERS
Grades 2-8 9:00 - 12:00 noon

August 10th - August 14th

MINDS IN MOTION AM/PM Programs
AM - Build an Amusement Park Ride
PM - Build a 7-in-1 Solar Robot
9:00 - 12:30 & 12:30 - 4:00 PM

SKYHAWKS SPORTS CAMPS
Mini Hawks - 5-7 year olds
9:00 - 1:00 pm
Multi Sport 7-12 year olds
9:00 - 3:00 pm

August 17th - 21st

CHESS WIZARDS - Half/Full Day Programs
Ages 6 - 12
Half Day Program - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Full Day Program - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Children bring their lunch!
girl flag football
NFL Nonnewaug Flag
Football Program!
Registration CLOSES
on August 21st!

Register today!
Ages:  
Rookies: Grades K-2
Division 1: Grades 3-4
Division 2: Grades 5-6
Division 3: Grades 7-8
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FIREWORKS
at Hollow Park on Saturday, September 5th
at 8:00 PM!
Hosted by
Woodbury Parks & Recreation
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BOOK BUZZ with Woodbury Librarians
ZOOM chat!

Wednesday, August 26th at 9:30 AM

You bring the coffee and we’ll bring the books! Join Library Director Sue Piel and Teen Librarian Marla Martin on the last Wednesday of the month as they take a look at what’s new and exciting in the stacks of the Woodbury Library. You’re sure to find something new to read in this enjoyable chat that you can watch over a cup of coffee (or tea!!) 
 
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AUGUST EVENTS AND PROGRAMS - MANY VIRTUAL!
REGISTER TODAY!
Kulla
Mixed Media Paintings by Ilmika Kulla
August 1st - 31st
The Woodbury Public Library is hosting artist Ilmika Kulla in the Library’s Gallery Space during the month of August.  Kulla’s style mixes influences of impressionism, expressionism as well as abstract and modern art. Her body of work includes portraits of mostly icons, celebrities, and influential figures you’ll recognize but with an abstract, modern look to them. Kulla was born in Berat, Albania and in 1998, along with her parents, moved to the United States. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Fine Arts. Although Ilmika Kulla studied art in college, her passion for it was discovered at a young age. She prides herself on the meditation aspect to art. She says how she gets lost in her head while painting and how magical it is to see an image in your head and then translating that to the canvas. “It’s amazing to see your vision come to life,” she said. Find more information on Ilmika Kulla www.ilmikakulla.com or visit the library’s website www.woodburylibraryct.org or call 203-263-3502. The show of mixed media paintings will be on view during the library’s regular open hours, Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 4:00.  
Rock n Roll
Rock & Roll’s 65th Birthday Celebration with Craig Harris
ZOOM Event

Celebrate Rock & Roll’s History with musician and author Craig Harris in a virtual presentation as part of the Woodbury Public Library’s Tuesday Talks on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 PM. Join the fun, fast-paced, 90-minute-plus program of archival audio tracks, see rare video clips, learn fascinating behind-the-scenes stories; there’s even a bit of singing and music-making via the Zoom event. Relive the days of rockabilly rebellion and street corner harmony! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Social Security
Health Care and Your Retirement
Virtual EVENT
Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 PM
 
What role will Medicare play during your retirement? The increasing cost of health care is a growing concern for current and future retirees. In fact, 30 years ago, retirees spent almost twice as much on food as on health care; now the amounts are nearly equal.* (*Source: The Federal Reserve and Edward Jones estimates) Join Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kristina Matwijec, CFA for a virtual discussion on Medicare coverage and traditional medical expenses, long-term medical expenses, strategies for addressing uncovered expenses and more on Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 PM. The contents of this presentation are for informational purposes only. Edward Jones doesn’t offer health insurance; however, they believe discussing the impact of health care costs within your retirement strategy is important, especially considering that rising health care costs may affect many investors approaching retirement. Join Zoom Meeting  https://edwardjones.zoom.us/j/6998501559?pwd=M29wK2I1cWxVbVRjOE9rbHRTZWRJZz09
Mines and Mysteries:
Woodbury’s Copper Mine Film and Zoom Talk with Jeff Sherman, Filmmaker Mike Sandone and Researcher Susan Shepard

Q&A ZOOM EVENT: A Conversation with Mike Sandone and Susan Shepard. August 27th at 7:00 PM
Viewing on-demand from August 10 - Sept 14th
on WPL's website.
                                                                           
On Connecticut Trails Day in 2017, self-proclaimed rock-hound Jeff Sherman joined an organized walk along Woodbury’s Trolley Bed Trail. When he veered off on to a different part of the trail, he noticed a large hole in the side of a nearby hill. Fascinated, he returned later with Naturalist Pete Razza to take a closer look. What they discovered were holes drilled inside of the cave, leading them to realize what they had stumbled upon could quite possibly be an early copper mine. The discovery soon led to the involvement of filmmaker Mike Sandone who is the creator of a web series about exploring abandoned mines in CT and NY. He created “Mines and Mysteries: The Woodbury Copper Mine ”, a documentary film about the discovery of the mine and the history of early mining in Woodbury and nearby areas. The fascinating film shares a variety of information and interviews from experts in the field, including Woodbury’s award-winning Historian Susan Shepard, as well as giving the viewer a superb look inside of the mine itself. The film, “Mines and Mysteries: The Woodbury Copper Mine” will be available to view on demand on the Library’s website www.woodburylibraryct.org from August 10 – September 14. A special Q & A Zoom Event with Jeff Sherman, Filmmaker Mike Sandone and Historian Susan Shepard will be offered on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 PM.  Join the Zoom Event https://zoom.us/j/99607502225  
Cut the Cord
“Cut the Cord to Cable” ZOOM Event with Reference/Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild
Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 PM                                                                                    
This is an exciting time for “cord cutting” – dropping cable or satellite TV service in favor of online video sources. Options are expanding, with companies implementing online services and features. Additionally, internet only channels like Disney, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are increasingly incorporating their own original content in addition to content from the traditional companies for viewing. Join Woodbury Library’s Reference and Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild for virtual talk on streaming services as part of the Woodbury Public Library’s Tuesday Talks  on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 PM. Discussion will include what is needed to get started with “cutting the cord,” including hardware and software equipment required, internet speeds and types, pricing, and more.  
Join ZOOM Meeting   https://zoom.us/j/96592515695
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“Collaborative Problem Solving During Times of Stress and Beyond” Zoom Event with Joy Geraci, MSW

Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 PM

Interactions for people of all ages are challenging especially during times of stress. There are heightened amounts of stress for all of us & even higher for many people. How do we respond? Curiosity & co-regulation are the keys to managing stress, yours’ mine, & ours. Join Joy Geraci, MSW, and talk together about how we can live, even improve, in response to these present stressors & continuing stress in a Zoom conversation presented by the Woodbury Public Library on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00. 

Join the conversation at https://zoom.us/j/93021158699  
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“Amadeus in Retrospect: The Music, Life and Legacy of Mozart” Zoom Event with Dr. Vincent de Luise
Monday, August 17 at 2:00 PM                                                                                    
The music, life, and legacy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart continue to fascinate and enthrall. Who was Mozart? Of course, we all know Mozart’s music, that rich and deep trove of ineffable melodies from his symphonies, operas, chamber, and sacred works that is an essential part of western civilization. The wonderful play and movie, " Amadeus",  have introduced Mozart's music to millions. Yet, much of Mozart's life remains dotted with questions, falsehood, and hyperbole. Join Dr. Vincent de Luise for a fascinating look at Mozart: the man, his life, and his wondrous musical legacy in “Amadeus in Retrospect: The Music, Life and Legacy of Mozart” a Zoom lecture on Monday, August 17 th at 2:00 PM. Dr. de Luise is the Cultural Ambassador, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

Join ZOOM Event   https://zoom.us/j/98544438699  
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“Collaborative Problem Solving During Times of Stress and Beyond” Zoom Event with Joy Geraci, MSW
Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 PM


Interactions for people of all ages are challenging especially during times of stress. There are heightened amounts of stress for all of us & even higher for many people. How do we respond? Curiosity & co-regulation are the keys to managing stress, yours’ mine, & ours. Join Joy Geraci, MSW, and talk together about how we can live, even improve, in response to these present stressors & continuing stress in a Zoom conversation presented by the Woodbury Public Library on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00. Join the conversation at https://zoom.us/j/93021158699  
Flanders
The Great Outdoors in Our Backyard
Zoom Event with Vincent LaFontan and Jenifer Miller

Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 PM
                                                                          Join Flanders Nature Center Executive Director Vince LaFontan and Woodbury’s Parks & Rec Director Jenifer Miller as they take you on a virtual tour of many of the wonderful outdoor places Woodbury has to offer as part of the Woodbury Public Library’s Tuesday Talks   on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 PM. Trails, bike paths, family friendly spots and little known places off the beaten path will be discussed in this zoom meeting created for everyone who loves the outdoors and the Town of Woodbury. 

Join ZOOM Event   https://zoom.us/j/94685334081
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AAA Retirement: Get the Most of Your Social Security Benefits Virtual Event

Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 PM
                                                                          If you are approaching or already in retirement, be sure attend this live virtual workshop with the AAA Retire Program on August 19 th at 6:30 PM.  It is an educational event on getting the most from Social Security Retirement benefits. In this workshop you’ll 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, and understand the biggest tax law and fiscal stimulus change in decades. Learn what benefits you might be you eligible for. This workshop is for information purposes.

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“Quack or Fact?” Zoom Event with the Grounded Goodwife

Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 PM                                                              
Was there scientific basis behind “quacky” colonial cures? Join Velya & Ehris, The Grounded Goodwife duo for a funny and factual look at colonial “quackery” as part of the Library’s Virtual Tuesday Talks series on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 PM.  Find out what a “fortnight of carrots” and powdered dried toad were used to cure – who says history has to be boring?

W.O.W. What's On In Woodbury
281 Main Street South Woodbury CT 06798.
Email Us: ​ wow@woodburyct.org