February 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
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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!
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OUR BUILDING IS CLOSED, but the OFFICE is OPEN! Our programs are now all VIRTUAL due to Covid numbers increase.

We have masks, newsletters, Senior Center in a bag kits, and more. No contact pickup is still available. Please see our newsletter for more details: https://woodburyseniorct.org/calendar 

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

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We are happy to announce that New Opportunities, Inc. is bringing back Congregate Lunches, as a Grab and Go option for seniors. This allows you to enjoy a Senior Dine style main meal of the day as a grab and go portion. Lunches will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with pick up at the Center from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Each day there will be a choice of two entrees, and you must choose one at sign up. All meals will be served with multigrain bread, fresh fruit and low-fat milk. Thank you to Annoula’s restaurant for making this option available for our congregate diners! 
Suggested donation for this program is $3.50 per meal. You can sign up for one or more days. Call the Senior Center at 203-263-2828 to sign up for the dates you would like to pick up your meal; (203) 263-2828. Deadline is Friday of each week for ordering the next week’s meals, or you can reserve your meals for the month in one phone call; it’s up to you.

February 2: Roast Chicken, roasted potato, vegetable OR Pasta Bolognese with small salad
February 4: No congregate meal today
February 9: Beef Gyro, roasted potato, vegetable OR Chicken Kabob, roasted potato, vegetable
February 11: Greek salad plate OR Salisbury Steak with mushrooms, onions, peppers, mashed potato and vegetable
February 16: Baked chili casserole with cheddar cheese, small salad OR Chicken marsala, mashed potato and vegetable
February 18: Mediterranean chicken with roasted potato, vegetable OR Beef gyro with roasted potato and vegetable
February 23: Chicken Kebob with roasted potato, vegetable OR Meatloaf, roasted potato, vegetable
February 25: Roasted chicken with roast potato, vegetable OR Greek Salad plate
AARP Tax Preparation Assistance
Due to COVID restrictions and limitations, we will have far fewer appointment available for income tax assistance. Beginning February 1, Woodbury residents who have had their taxes prepared here at the Center by AARP last year may call the Center to request an appointment. We will then forward your name and phone number to an AARP tax volunteer. An AARP tax volunteer will then call you directly to screen and verify the complexity of your tax return. If you fit their criteria, they will then schedule a socially distant appointment with you. The AARP tax volunteer will give you all the details. The Senior Center phone number is (203) 263-2828.
SLN Senior Learning Network
Senior Learning Network(SLN) For those interested in registering for any of these Senior Learning Network classes, please call the Center at 203-263-2828
and we will email you the link for the class(es) you’d like to attend.  
Each person participating MUST be registered with the Senior Learning Network through the Woodbury Senior Center.

Senior Learning Network (SLN) Classes ALL VIRTUAL - FEBRUARY
Classes are at 2:00 PM
Log in at 1:45 p for Roll Call
Tuesday, February 2: Live from the Truman Presidential Library
Take a sneak peek into the new exhibits as the museum comes close to opening in the Spring of 2021!In recognition of the 75th anniversary of his presidency, the Truman Library and Truman Library Institute have developed a momentous plan to use Truman’s life and legacy to inform, inspire, educate, and engage a 21st-century audience at an increasingly critical time in our nation’s history.
Tuesday, February 9: Elephant Sanctuary, Tennessee  
As a true sanctuary, the elephant habitats are closed to the public and all the elephants are retired from their lives of performance and exhibition. The Sanctuary reaches thousands of students and adults each year to share the mission of The Sanctuary and the stories of their resident elephants. Using photos, lives-streaming video and storytelling, a member of The Sanctuary's education team will offer a virtual glimpse into the daily life of elephants at The Sanctuary and answer all your elephant related questions.
Thursday, February 11: Durham Museum: Historic Train Travel
Join us for a virtual tour of the museum’s authentic train cars! We will start with a look at our 1890’s steam engine and 1950’s caboose, followed by a walk through our passenger trains. Luxurious rail travel awaits! 

Tuesday, Feb. 16: Pullman Porters: Unsung Heroes, Former Slaves, Labor Organizers, Middle Class Citizens; Civil Rights Activists
Participants will discover what it was like to travel and work on a Pullman car, and engage in discussion about the porters’ enduring fight for social change and justice in America. We will examine the critical role that Pullman porters played in giving rise to America’s black middle class, the formation of the black labor movement, and the momentum for the civil rights movement. This slice of history spans 100 years beginning with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Tuesday, February 23: National Museum of Toys and Miniatures - BIG Fun with Miniatures! 
Explore the incredible artistry of fine-scale miniatures with Laura Taylor and Kelly Burns from The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City, Missouri. Enjoy a video tour of some of the highlights of the museum’s fine-scale miniatures collection, followed by time for Q&A.
Thursday, February 25: General Grant National Memorial  
The final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, is the largest mausoleum in North America. It testifies to a people’s gratitude for the man who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as President of the United States, strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.  
A Program of the Connecticut Science Center  
Friday, February 26th 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Explore how DNA can be used to uncover stories of people who lived hundreds - or thousands - of years ago. Unlock the mysteries of a 5000-year-old mummy or an 11,000 year old child by using the DNA from their bones to uncover what their lives were like. Use their DNA sequences to determine what people looked like, what they may have eaten, how they lived, what diseases they may have had and more.   
Brought to you by: CT Healthy Living Collective
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!
Phase 2 precautions will be in place. Patrons over the age of 12 will be allowed inside per the First Selectman. The Children’s Room will remain closed at this time. 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. Staff will be available on Tuesday evenings for curbside pick-up and phone calls until 8 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!
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Great Decisions 2021

Prepare to discuss the ever changing world via Zoom! The Woodbury Public Library is again offering Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs; this year it will be offered virtually. The 8-topic program is sponsored by the Woodbury Public Library in memory of former Director Jill Smith and is facilitated by educator Stephen McGrath. McGrath, a retired adjunct professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, taught courses in American history and European revolutions. Previously, he had been department head of history in the West Hartford and New Milford public schools. He is co-author of “The First Congregational Church of Woodbury, Connecticut: 350 Years of Faith, Fellowship, and Service.

Great Decisions will meet bi-weekly beginning on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a virtual Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. This year’s topics are as follows:  Global Supply Chains and U.S. National Security, The Future of Persian Gulf Security, Brexit: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, The Coldest War: Toward a Return to Great Power Competition in the Arctic?, China and Africa, The Two Koreas, The World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19, and The End of Globalization?

Books are available to borrow at the library; you must register to receive a Great Decisions book and program Zoom link. This year’s program is capped at 30.  Please register for the Great Decisions program by calling the library at 203-263-3502.
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“Make the Most of Your Smart TV in the New Digital Age” with Ron Fairchild, Reference Librarian
Virtual Program
Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 PM

Did you get 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 a virtual event on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00PM. 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.
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"Why Did They Name It That? Weird & Wonderful Woodbury Names"
with Historian Susan Shepard
Virtual Class
Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 PM
Join historian Susan Shepard for a fascinating look into the weird and wonderful names of Woodbury places on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm. In this virtual event find out why, for example, was Woodbury’s Hazel Plain district once known as “Hell Hollow” and what popular walking area was dubbed “Dirty Slough” in colonial days? Learn where the “Ram Pit” was and what was it used for. The history that interests Susan most is digging out and documenting the forgotten history of everyday people, starting with Woodbury in 1672, and how the area towns got not just their wonderful historical features but the peculiar things that happened along the way to help shape the towns we know today. 

Susan Shepard has pursued dual roles in professional social sciences/business relationship research and 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. Susan and the late Jane Platt Sturges researched and wrote Old Woodbury In The Revolution: The Five Parishes And Their Soldiers for Woodbury’s American Revolution Bicentennial and proudly received recognition from the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution for their contributions to patriot genealogy.
 To register for “Why Did They Name It That?” go to the Events page at www.woodburylibraryct.org or call
203-263-3502 for more information.
Trace Your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots Virtual Event
Thursday, February 11th
Did your Connecticut ancestor support the American cause during the Revolution? This virtual program on zoom will introduce you to the major sources that trace their activities during the War, from pension files to town meeting records.  Join professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, as she explains the information available and walks you through how to successfully uncover the history of your Connecticut family ties to the Revolutionary War.
Charter Oak Genealogy proprietor Bryna O’Sullivan is a lineage society application specialist. In her eight years of experience, she has assisted clients in joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society Colonial Dames of America, and many others – often using family trees that extend across North America and through difficult to document regions.
Please register for this program; a Zoom link will be emailed to you before the event.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Woodbury Library 
"Letters of Note" with CTAW
Virtual Event
Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 PM
Join members of CTAW for "Letters of Note", a 4-part series of virtual readings of historical letters from the books compiled by Shaun Usher
The letters, individually selected by CTAW members, will be read via Zoom. Some are funny, some are heartfelt, some are sad, all are in the nature of written correspondence. Please note that one or more of the letters may contain language that might not be appropriate for younger viewers.
Thank you to CTAW for teaming up with the WPL to create this program.
Please register - zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the event.
PLEASE NOTE: this live virtual event contains the same readings as 1/19/21. But no doubt it will be wonderful to watch again!
You Are Not Alone with Sydney Sherman Virtual Event
Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 PM
Acclaimed Metaphysical Author, Sydney Sherman, shares her life experiences and book, You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening.  
The book goes beyond a simple biographical story of young woman frustrated with media sensationalism and misinformation about the afterlife. From a young age Sydney was aware of the scientific rational for Life after Death. Her grandfather, a Penobscot Indian, would tell her of his belief about Universal Life and Universal Energy.– that the two were one. And that at death we return back to our original form. Death is not an end. So Sydney began educating herself about the laws of nature and energy. She learned the biological balance and transition all living beings take throughout their life’s journey. And what she found was incredible. “You Are Not Alone” is part of her goal to provide the same clarity and understanding of the After Life that she uncovered and to help others know the truth. WE DO NOT DIE.
“You Are Not Alone” approaches the science of death or dying with a healthy dose of common sense and encourages rational skepticism. The author looks at why and what we believe about the afterlife. Her book draws distinctions between myths and the paranormal and recounts numerous experiences with energies. She offers hints to avoid falling prey to the frauds in the paranormal field. The author educates readers on how they too can continue their relationship with their loved ones. With step- by –step advice, Sherman encourages people to think about the potential this information holds for all of us. Sydney hopes readers will come to the same understanding —they are not gone; they are still very much here with us….we just need to start listening. Please register and Zoom link will be emailed to you.
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The Winter 2021 Brochure is available online for you to look at! Session 2 for many programs begin soon! We have tried to offer as many programs as we can using the latest guidelines and precautions. We hope to have in-person programs available in the month of March. Feel free to register for any and all programs. Be assured that if a program is cancelled due to Covid restrictions, you will receive a full refund if the class has not begun. If the class has begun, you will be offered a pro-rated refund.
Fun prompts for the day to get your mind, body and creativity going!

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Have some fun, try
something new!
Details coming in March!
Woodbury Parks and Recreation have planned a safe and
socially distant egg hunt for you to enjoy!
We will have hidden 24 eggs within some
of our parks! Hollow Park, Orenaug Park, Strong's Preserve,
Trolley Bed and Three Rivers.
Take a stroll and see if you can find them! They are numbered, so you can see which ones you've found and which ones are left.
Once you've found them all, send us a picture and you will be entered in a drawing to receive a prize!
Be safe, have fun and enjoy!
For more information on our parks and trail maps visit our website at www.woodburyparksandrec.org
The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club of Woodbury, CT

The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will host Rika Keck for a lecture on “How to Prevent Lyme Disease” at 10 am, Tuesday, February 9th, 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, February 7th.

This presentation will cover things including how to protect yourself, children and pets against a tick bite, newest and specialized testing options, things that can keep Lyme-sick individuals misdiagnosed, the newest treatment guidelines, and the impact of Covid-19 on the Lyme community. There will be a Q and A after the 60-minute discussion.  
SCOUTS BSA Troop 480 Virtual Bingo

Saturday, March 20th
Starts at 7:00 PM
Must pre-register by Thursday,
March 18th at 9:00 PM

Troop 480 Virtual Bingo Fundraiser...
Please invite your friends and family!
*Follow this link to buy tickets for the games or the raffle.
*For more information....Email, allaboutufundraisers@yahoo.com
W.O.W. What's On In Woodbury
281 Main Street South Woodbury CT 06798.
Email Us: ​wow@woodburyct.org