January 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 .
THANK YOU to all who decorated an ornament!
We were completely blown away by the creativity and wonder that was shared on the Woodbury Town Tree! All of the decorated ornaments were beautiful, and represented all that makes Woodbury a lovely town to work and live in! Enjoy a few samples of that creativity here!
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

FREE Monthly Senior Center
In-A-Bag Kits Available!
  Start the new year off with a bright and  engaged brain; sign up for the monthly SCB today. Full of opportunities to exercise your brain, your body and your mind. This isn’t child’s play! Call us to sign up for the January kit! In person pick up, no contact pick up and delivery are available.
FREE Masks for Seniors
FREE Cloth Masks for Seniors are available for the asking at Woodbury Senior Center. Stop by or call to pick up a free sealed pack of
five masks. Machine washable.
FITNESS CHALLENGE
WALK ACROSS AMERICA!
Who wants to take a trip?  Well, until it’s safe to travel again, we’re doing a Fitness Challenge Walk Across America for fun and fitness. Join us in counting your steps as you walk around your house, your driveway or your community; every step counts. Then report your steps to the Center. We will add them all up and see how far we can go together on a group map. California or bust! To participate, register by calling the Center. We’ll send you a step tracking sheet, a map of our route and a short newsletter about our walk and what to expect. Count your steps and report your steps to us twice per month. We’ll keep track at the Center and send out  regular updates of our distance, our stories and the sights along the way in our “trip.” No computer needed to join, just a way to monitor your  distance in steps (or feet, if you use a wheelchair). Let’s have some fun and stay connected and moving this winter. Free step counters for the first 20 people who need them (if you have a smartphone, we can help you use the pedometer app). At the end of April we will hope to be able to meet outside for a celebratory last lap together. There will be prizes and surprises along the way. Sign up today by calling 203-263-2828.
BRASS CITY HARVEST
VIRTUAL COOKING CLASSES
with Nutritionist, Nichole Texiera

Thursdays, January 14, 21 & 28 and
February 4 (4 classes)
1 to 2 PM through ZOOM                                                               
Join Brass City Harvest’s Nutritionist, Nichole, for a virtual experience of your favorite cooking class on Zoom. Nichole will take you through a recipe featuring a local produce item and you are free to join along from your kitchen at home or try it on a different day (we’ll send you the recipe ahead of time if you have email). The second half of the class will be a discussion of a different nutrition topic each week. Class participation is encouraged, and recipe or nutrition topic suggestions are welcome. Please call to sign up and be sure to give us your email address so we can send you the Zoom link.
SLN Senior Learning Network
NEW VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
FOR WOODBURY
SENIOR CENTER MEMBERS
Through
Senior Learning Network(SLN)                                           
For those interested in registered 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

Don’t delay, as seats for these popular and well done classes fill quickly.

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 (SLN) Classes ALL VIRTUAL - JANUARY
Classes are at 2:00 PM
Redwood Heroes: The Women Who Defended the Giants
Tuesday, January 5th at 2:00 pm

Redwood forests are one of the most ancient ecosystems on planet Earth. In this program, we will explore these ancient giants, the science concepts of ecosystems, and the history of the preservation of these giants, particularly the women who defend the redwoods from commercial logging. Take an adventure to the towering redwoods to gain a perspective into the past and future! 
Live From the Lagoon - More fun with the Dolphins!
Tuesday, January 12th at 2:00 PM

We're going back to visit the dolphins with our friends at Dolphin Research Center! Join us lagoon-side for an exciting and interactive session all about dolphins! One of our trainers will be chatting with you while conducting a training session with a member of our dolphin family. Participants will be able to chat questions to the trainer during and after the session with the dolphin.  
Gerda III and "Number the Stars"
Thursday, January 14th at 2:00 PM

This program uses the resources of several institutions to tell the story of the boat Gerda III, a Danish lighthouse tender that played a critical role in carrying Jews to safety in Sweden during October of 1943. The program explores the similarities found in the popular young adult novel, Number the Stars by Louis Lowry and the story of the Gerda III. We will experience survivor accounts, oral histories, and behind the scenes footage on the vessel. This program is a partnership between The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, and Mystic Seaport Museum. 
National Portrait Gallery
"Every Eye is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States"
Tuesday, January 26th at 2:00 PM

From the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, we will take you on a virtual tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s First Ladies exhibition entitled “Every Eye is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States.” The time period covered will be from First Lady Martha Washington to First Lady Melania Trump. Learn about First Ladies who came to the White House through marriage or as family friends or relatives who filled this important role. Through portraiture, you’ll will learn about their personalities, experiences, and accomplishments.  
WOODBURY LIBRARY
The Library is CLOSED and all programs are now VIRTUAL.
Curbside pickup is also available for our patrons!
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JANUARY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS - ALL VIRTUAL!
REGISTER TODAY!
"Letters of Note" Readings by CTAW members Virtual Program
Tuesday, January 5th at 7:00 PM and
Tuesday, January 19th 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.
Uncover the History of Your Home
Two Parts! Virtual Event
PART ONE: Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 PM PART TWO: Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 PM
 
Are you interested in researching your Woodbury home? Has it been something you've considered trying but don't know where to start?  In this two-part series, professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, will explain the information available and walk participants through how to successfully uncover the history of your home.
Charter Oak Genealogy proprietor Bryna O’Sullivan is a lineage society application specialist who works hard to make her clients’ application process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. 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 
Social Security
Social Security Timing Strategies and Your Retirement Virtual Class
Thursday, January 14th at 6:00 PM
                                                                          
Join Michael Alimo of USA Financial & Tax Services for information regarding Social Security and retirement planning. Call the Library at 203-263-3113 or visit the website to register.
Intro to Bullet Journaling Virtual Event
Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 PM
                                                                         
Are you ready to start planning for the new year? In this zoom event, you'll learn some techniques and ideas for creating a personal bullet journal. Each participant will receive a pocket sized dotted journal along with practice pages.  You'll need a ruler and black & colored pens or pencils on hand. Open to high school students (grades 9-12) and adults. Journals are available while supplies last; register to receive yours.
The Energy of Falling Water in CT Mills Virtual Event
Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 PM
                                                                         
Learn about the history of Connecticut watermills in this informative virtual program presented by John Cilio. Many of Connecticut's mills, like grist mills, button mills, and saw mills, were powered by CT's streams and rivers. The presentation shares the history of mill technology from Roman days right up to information about the 1,400 plus mills that developed in Connecticut and how they enhanced the economy. The presentation highlights a dozen or so mills in the region and state.
John Cilio is a historian and storyteller. John lives in Sherman, CT and is the author of six historical books and over 200 articles covering a broad range of topics and has spoken on a wide range of topics in over 60 countries. His goal is to make history relevant, engaging, and enlightening. Please register; the Zoom link will be emailed prior to the program.
Book Buzz WHITE
Book Buzz: What's New at the Woodbury Library! Virtual Event
Wednesday, January 27th at 9:30 AM
                                                                         
You bring the coffee and we 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!!) 
SLN Senior Learning Network
SO MANY AMAZING PROGRAMS, WE NEEDED ANOTHER COLUMN!
Jefferson's Monticello
Tuesday, January 19th at 2:00 pm

We're taking a virtual field trip to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello! Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd president of the United States of America. His home in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an architectural icon, with its neoclassical design drafted by Jefferson himself. During this tour, our Monticello educator will use images and Google Street View as well as Q & A time to engage your participants and get a glimpse of life on the “little mountain." 
The Art & Architecture of Hearst Castle
Thursday, January 21st at 2:00 pm

Located in central California, along the Pacific Coast stands Hearst Castle. This architectural wonder was the home of the famous American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst from 1919 to 1947.  At one time, christened La Cuesta Encantada or The Enchanted Hill by its famous resident, today it is both a California Historical Landmark and a National Historical Landmark. Hearst, a prolific collector of art and antiques, designed the construction of Hearst Castle to provide space necessary to display his vast collection of artifacts. Come explore the variety of historical architectural structures, all based on what Hearst himself had seen during his travels around Europe.  
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!
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The Winter 2021 Brochure is available online for you to look at! Registration begins on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021.
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.
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
We had so many wonderful responses to our Gingerbread Decorating Contest entries that we have TWO winners and TWO Honorable Mentions.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the event, and also to everyone who voted! This was so much fun, and it certainly elevated our community's Holiday Spirit!

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!


WINNER - Community Spirit Award
"Canfield Corner Pharmacy" - Madeline Manka & Hope Murray


WINNER - Most Creative
"Winter Candyland" - Kaya Jones/9 years old; Kyra Jones/8 years old


HONORABLE MENTION -
Goodwill Award
"Love Thy Neighbor" - Kristina Maddocks (Great Aunt) Katrin Hall (Grandma), Charlotte Goslee (age 5)


HONORABLE MENTION -
Traditional Kit Winner
"Silent Night" - Boyce Lim, age 8 1/2 (with a little help from Mom, Casandra, and brother, Rhys, age 3)
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