March 2020
Upcoming Schedule of Events
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 .
WUB - Woodbury Ukulele Band Meetup
Friday, March 6th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Center
Come join the band! The Woodbury Ukulele Band is an inter-generational group of people that come together, learn a few songs on the ukulele and have a wonderful time!
We meet on the first Friday of every month at the Woodbury Senior Center at 7:00 PM.
Loaners are available. For more information, see our website:  
Works by Dorothy Calio - CT Painter
Opening reception on Saturday, March 7th
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Woodbury Library
Dorothy Calio’s current exhibit, entitled “Atmosphere”, is a colorful display of oil paintings that are unique in diversity of subject matter as expressions of beauty that allow the viewer to bring their own individual perception. “Atmosphere” will be on display at the Woodbury Public Library during the month of March, 2020 during regular open hours.  
A reception for the artist is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 th , 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
After years of professional graphic design experience at New York City ad agencies, Dorothy taught art in the Westchester, New York schools. For the past 21 years, she
has taught painting on luxury cruise lines. She holds permanent New York State Art Teacher Certification. Fine Art education: B.F.A. from The Pratt Institute, an M.A. in Art Education from The College of New Rochelle and studies with Ira Barkoff at the Washington Art Association. Dorothy has exhibited in New York and Connecticut as well as abroad. For more information, please contact the library at

Ticks 101: How to Prevent Lyme Disease!
Saturday, March 7th at 11:00 am
Woodbury Library

Join Rika Keck (Global Lyme Alliance Ambassador) for an educational presentation to increase tick awareness in our community at the Woodbury Public Library on Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 am. The PowerPoint presentation, “Ticks 101: How to Prevent Lyme Disease” includes information on tick-bite prevention, how to protect yourself, your family and pets, common myths about ticks and Lyme disease and more. Rika Keck, FDN -P, ACN, CMTA is an Ambassador for Global Lyme Alliance, the leading private non-profit dedicated to conquering Lyme and tick-borne diseases through research, education, and outreach.
The program is free and open to area residents but registration is required.
To register, please visit the Library's website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.
The Psychology of Stuff: Why We Have So Much and What We Can Do About It
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 pm
Woodbury Library
The average American household has approximately 300,000 items. How do these items affect our lives? If you think they don’t, consider the following: Americans spend $1.2 trillion on nonessential goods every year and over the course of our lifetime, we spend 3,680 hours or the equivalent of 153 days searching for missing items . The good news is we don’t have to let our stuff control our lives. In this presentation, Dr. Kelly Kandra Hughes, PhD, discusses ways to minimize our relationship with stuff, including practical advice for decluttering and ways to keep our unwanted stuff out of landfills. 
Dr. Hughes earned her PhD in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She became fed up with all her stuff after moving three times in four years. With each move, many boxes remained unopened until it was time to move again. Realizing she didn’t need most of what she owned, Kelly gave away, donated, sold, or trashed 95% of her belongings. She has never been healthier or happier. Her writings on minimalism has been featured on websites such as No Sidebar , Tracking Happiness, UpJourney, and The University of Surrey Centre for Environment and Sustainability .
This presentation will benefit anyone looking to simplify the amount of stuff they have in their life. People who may be in the process of downsizing, decluttering, or in the throes of spring cleaning will find helpful tips and advice in this presentation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Suffragettes in Corselettes and the Evolution of Underwear and Our
19th Amendment
Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Library
For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society – how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? Underwear matters. Tight corseting exerted 22 pounds of pressure on internal organs – find out what that actually feels like! Experience the difficulty of completing everyday tasks while wearing a corset. Have you ever relay-raced in a hobble skirt?!
Join Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban, The Grounded Goodwife duo, for a hands-on and participatory presentation at the Library. Please register at the Library's website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.
Cookbook Club for March
Recipes from Mark Bittman
Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center
Pick a recipe, register your "dish" and bring it to a fun filled (and filling) night with fellow Cookbook Club friends in a casual setting.
This month we feature recipes from Mark Bittman, on How to Cook Everything. For more information email or call 203-263-2828/203-263-3502.
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies with Amazing Women
Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 pm
Woodbury Library
The monthly movie series spotlighting women of achievement kicks off with RBG , a 2018 American  documentary film  directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, focusing on the life and career of the second female (after  Sandra Day O'Connor Supreme Court of the United States   Associate Justice   Ruth Bader Ginsburg . After premiering at the  2018 Sundance Film Festival , the film was released in the United States on May 4, 2018. It received positive reviews from critics and grossed $14 million worldwide. It was chosen by the  National Board of Review  as the  Best Documentary Film of 2018 , and nominated for several other awards, including the  BAFTA Award for Best Documentary . At the  91st Academy Awards , the film earned nominations for  Best Documentary Feature  and  Best Original Song  ("I'll Fight").
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Handmade Cards for Veterans
Tuesday, March 17th at 1:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Center
Join us on Tuesday, March 17th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Activity Room to create cards to send to our service women and men serving overseas. Supplies will be provided. RSVP to the Woodbury Senior Center by calling 203-263-2828 or email at
In Her Own Words: A One Woman Show**
Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 pm
Woodbury Senior Center
**Please note: this presentation is not appropriate for children.

Hildegard von Bingen, Héloïse, Anne Boleyn, Artemesia Gentileschi, Mary Shelley, Jehanne D’Arc and their own words are brought to life through actress Sheri Bresson in a dramatic presentation in celebration of women.
Sheri Bresson is a Connecticut-based actor, singer, writer and teacher. She has performed in the UK, New York, and across New England in various stage productions. Some favorite roles include Ms. Julia Melville in "The Rivals," Myra Arundel in "Hay Fever," Ceres in "The Tempest," Madame de Tourvel in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," Mrs. Ravenscroft in "Ravenscroft," Heloise in "Abelard & Heloise," Beth in "Dinner with Friends," Rosalind in "As You Like It," Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing," & Johanna Bonger Van Gogh in an original play, "After Vincent." Sheri is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the British American Drama Academy, and a student of the late E. Katherine Kerr, whose revolutionary work she passes along in her own classes and coaching. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please note: this presentation is not appropriate for children.
Dr. Steve, The Psinging Psychologist presents "The Traveling Mental Health Show: Stories and Songs about the Quest for The Good Life"
Sunday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm
Woodbury Library
Dr. Steve, the Psinging Psychologist, presents “The Traveling Mental Health Show: Stories and Songs about the Quest for The Good Life" at the Woodbury Public Library on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm.
The 50 minute performance consists of playful songs (voice and guitar) and stories about the human comedy. Listen to amusing family friendly story-songs that touch on a variety of human emotions. The fun and friendly musical afternoon is open to all ages and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Please register at the Library's website or by calling 203-263-3502 for more information.
"A Celebration of Women Composers"
Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 pm
Woodbury Library
There have always been women composers. As far back as the 7th century BC, Sappho, the Greek lyric poetess, played her own accompaniments on the barbiton and the pektis. Through the 12th century there were female troubadours and during the 16th, madrigal composer.Francesca Caccini (1587-1638) is thought to be the first woman to write an opera and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1663-1729), the author of an early ballet. It is not until the end of the 19 th century, however, that significantly more women begin to enjoy public performances of their music and become professional composers. Learn about Amy Beach, Augusta Holmes and Dame Ethel Symth at “A Celebration of Women Composers”, an engaging presentation by Jeffrey Engel at the Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please register on the Library's website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.
The Kerry Boys, "Connecticut's Favorite Irish Balladeers"
Sunday, March 29th at 3:30 pm
Woodbury Senior Community Center
The Kerry Boys return to Woodbury for a lively musical performance on Sunday, March 29 at 3:30 pm sponsored by the Woodbury Public Library and presented at the Woodbury Senior/Community Center.  
The Kerry Boys are Pierce Campbell, CT State Troubadour 2007/08 and Mark James, originally from the county Kerry Ireland now a Cheshire resident. These two dynamic and popular Connecticut Irish balladeers have been performing together for over 26 years, dazzling fans of all ages from Maine to New York. Their humorous, high-energy show will have you clapping and singing along in no time, engaging you from start to finish with their wide collection of traditional and original songs performed with pristine harmonies and expressive guitar and mandolin backing. 
In their years performing together they have released 5 CD’s and have been welcomed throughout the North East at Irish festivals, library and municipal performances, schools, Irish pubs, clubs and fairs.
Registration is required for the Kerry Boys event; to register, visit the library’s website or call 203-263-3502 for more information
Incapacity, Conservatorship and the Probate Court
Friday, March 27th at 1:00 pm
Woodbury Senior Center
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While many people plan for the transfer of assets at death by creating wills, few are aware of the options and importance of planning for legal incapacity. Legal incapacity can occur suddenly and unexpectedly to people of any age - college students, men and women of working age, and those over 65. Judge Calabrese discusses legal incapacity, the fole of the probate court, conservatorships, and legal tools to plan for incapacity. There will be a question and answer session during the program.

Please call 203-263-2828 to register.
Flip Flops After 50: Musings on a Writer's Life with Cindy Eastman
Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 pm
Woodbury Library
Cindy Eastman is an award-winning author addressing aging and other topics with a dry sense of humor that delivers an insightful analysis that’s both provocative and amusing. Her 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. She has taught writing classes to students between the ages of 5 and 85 and is co-facilitator of the Writers’ Loft writing program at Arts Escape in Southbury, Conn. She has presented nationally at the Story Circle Network 8thWomen's Writing Conference in Austin, Texas and is a contributor to Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget a collection of essays published in association with the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Cindy has a Master’s degree in Education and contributes monthly-ish to and
Dancing in the Woo-Woo with Lyn Priestman: Let's Have a Dialectic
Thursday, April 2nd at 1:00 pm
Woodbury Senior Community Center
A method devised by the great thinkers of ancient Greece, Dialectic is an exploration of universal abstractions (beauty, truth, justice for example) toward deeper understanding and mental clarity, a “play of ideas”. 

Join Lyn Priestman for this ancient parlor game on Thursday April 2nd. The more the merrier. Please sign up in the Senior Center office, or by calling 203-263-2828.
"I'm a great believer in luck , and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have."

Thomas Jefferson
Community Events  
March and April events
There are lots of clubs, organizations to volunteer at, and events to support those organizations. Check out the Community Calendar on the Town of Woodbury website to learn more!
2020 Egg Hunt
Tree Care Seminar
Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Library

Bud Neal, arborist, will answer questions on topics such as what to do about pests, like the ash borer, also about maintenance, pruning, mulching and fertilizing. The Woodbury Shade Tree and Sidewalk Committee is hosting this event. Pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be available.
Please call 203-263-3502 or visit the Library website.
Annual Woodbury Junior Women's Club
Easter Bunny Breakfast!
Sunday, April 5th 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Woodbury Senior Community Center
ALL proceeds benefit the NHS Drama Club
Community Theater at Woodbury Inc. is back with the third show of our 2019-2020 season: The Realistic Joneses . In The Realistic Jones, a dramatic comedy written by Will Eno, we meet Bob and Jennifer Jones and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
Refreshments are available before the performances.
Calling All Senior Communities
Lives Well Lived Event
March 18th at 2:00 PM
Edmond Town Hall
Pomperaug Woods is hosting an event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association of CT. This event will feature and inspiring award winning film "Lives Well Lived". It is a feature documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75-100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. (Film is not about Alzheimer's). Join us at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, CT on Wednesday, March 18th at 2:00 pm. Doors open at 1:00 pm. This is a free event, but if you can, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association of CT. Please RSVP so that you are ensured seating.
Call Laura at 203-267-2825 or email
Pomperaug Valley Garden Club Monthly Meeting
"Clever Creative No-Fuss Designs for the Home"
Tuesday, March 10th
Woodbury Firehouse, 25 Quassuk Rd, Woodbury

Cathy Ritch is a floral designer and an accredited National Garden Clubs Judge. She created and leads FGCCT’s Beyond Beginning Floral Design workshops for which she won a prestigious NGC “Award of Excellence." 10:00 am Business Meeting, 11:00 am Program

Guests are welcome to join us for a $5 donation. More details about membership can be found at
Handler and Levesque
"Friends" Free Community Concert
Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center
Handler & Levesque Mandolin & Guitar Duo - Featuring exceptional music from Around the World!
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