MARCH 2019 WOW Newsletter
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 at We would love to see you!
Woodbury Ukulele Band:
March Meetup
Friday, March 1st, 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center
Uke March

Come play with us!
If you do not own your own uke, you may check one out at the Woodbury Library with your library card. For more information, please check out the WUB website! 
Journey Through Grief 
Six week Session on Fridays, next session is on March 1st
3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Woodbury Senior Center

VITAS Healthcare is offering a free, six week bereavement support group. The group explores the grief process through a variety of techniques while supporting each member individually in this safe, supportive environment. Past participants have remarked on the positive healing effect the six-week session has had on them. 
Please extend this invitation to other family members or grieving friends who may be interested. There is no cost, but space is limited, so please call early to register. 

Please RSVP to Marie Sumski LCSW at 203-437-3111
Katherine Hepburn: 
From Hartford to Hollywood
Tuesday, March 5th
7:00 PM
Woodbury Library

With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katharine Hepburn is an American icon. Born and raised in Connecticut, Hepburn had a career in stage, film and television that reflected the changing role of women in American society. Challenging the norms of the day, she took control of her image and identity by establishing a unique sense of style which influenced countless women, fashion designers, and the informal, elegant approach to American style that continues to resonate today. Join the Connecticut Historical Society at a program that tells the story of her life-long ties to Connecticut and offers a complete picture of how Hepburn became the woman and the star she was. 
Registration is required for this Friends of the Library sponsored program.
An Introduction to the Harmonica (in two parts) by John Wick
Saturdays, March 9 at 11:00 AM (Part 1)
   March 23 at 11:00 AM (Part 2)
Woodbury Library

An anonymous donor gave Hohner Special 20 C harmonicas (with free online lessons) to the State Library to share with Connecticut libraries.  The Woodbury Library was the lucky recipient of some of the harmonicas to share with the community.  
Woodbury resident, musician and harmonica enthusiast  John Wick will offer a two-part introductory lesson for people aged 12 & up who are interested in learning to play the harmonica.  
The lessons also include a FREE Hohner Special 20 harmonica to take home and master!  Please note that space is limited for this program and registration is required for the two part lessons.
Please register for both parts at or call the library at 203-263-3502 for more information.
Irish Balladeers The Kerry Boys Perform!
Sunday, March 10th  at 3:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center
Kerry Boys
A yearly St. Patrick's Day staple Connecticut's favorite Irish balladeers, the Kerry Boys, return to the Woodbury Public Library with their signature vocal harmonies and high energy instrumentation.   Please note: the Kerry Boys will be playing at the Woodbury Senior/Community Center and not at the Library.  Please arrive no earlier than 3:00 pm. 

Please visit the library's website to register at  or call 203-263-3502 
Craig Harris presents:
A History of Bluegrass Music 
Tuesday, March 12th
7:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library
Join us for a musically inspired evening!The author/photographer of Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time, and Americana Music, Craig Harris has covered roots music for newspapers and magazines for more than four decades. His passion for music, however, goes beyond the written word. A highly respected percussionist, he's appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Rod MacDonald,Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, Don White, Melanie, and Rick Danko (The Band).

Registration is requested for this Friends of the Library sponsored program.
The Fundamentals of Paper Piercing to Make a Quilt Block
with Running Stitch Quilt Shoppe 
Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library
Join quilter and owner of the Running Stitch Quilt Shoppe, Helga Lavan for an introduction to paper piercing, a technique that you build on to create the sharp lines of a quilt block.  There are many techniques that the art of quilting utilizes and paper-piercing is one.  Helga will demonstrate how to construct a quilt block using a template that is printed on a paper foundation.  
If you'd like to learn more about quilting, or to give paper piercing a try, please join us. Please register at 203-263-3502 or 
WOW's Cookbook Club
Featuring Recipes from Chef Yottam Ottolenghi
Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center

Each month we will share recipes from a selected cookbook or chef at a potluck style dinner at the Woodbury Senior Community Center. We meet every month on the second Tuesday. Books are available at the Woodbury Library.
Please register your recipe with Marla or Loryn at 203-263-2828 and at 203-263-3502
For more information see:
Celtic Chocolate and a Celebration of All Things Irish
with Kim Larkin 
Saturday, March 16th at 2:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library
Join us for a cheerful program celebrating Ireland, Irish chocolate pioneers, lore, famous Irish authors and poets, the Book of Kells, history of the Claddagh and more.  Led by Kim Larkin of Kim's Klassic Kreations, participants will sample Irish tea, Irish bread, Blarney cheese and beautiful Irish designs on chocolate.  Space is limited, please register for the Friends of the Library sponsored program.
School Budget Q & A Session
Tuesday, March 19th at  2:30 - 3:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Center
Bring your questions, and share with a Question and Answer session with D. Joseph Olzacki, Superintendent of Schools. 
Cooking with African Spices with
Mumbi Musau & Neema Syovata 
Tuesday, March 19th at  7:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library
In this workshop, participants will explore a popular spiced rice dish from Kenya, Pilau. Participants will watch a PowerPoint presentation that shows how various spices are utilized to create a signature blend that is characteristic of the dish, followed by a   demonstration that will show how to cook the rice with the spice mix. Samples of the dish will be available for sampling.  Pilau is also a great dish also for people with the usual dietary restrictions.
Please register by visiting:
Free Movie Friday!
Friday, March 29th at 6:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center (for ALL ages!)
Ralph Breaks the Internet!

All ages are welcome to join us for this month's Free Movie!
Come in your comfy clothes, bring a snack, blanket and a friend! Enjoy a movie night on us. 
See a preview of this month's movie  here.
Helpful Websites
Contact Us
Woodbury Parks & Recreation
Woodbury Senior Center
Woodbury Public Library
Annual Egg Hunt*
Save the Date!
Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 AM Sharp!

*This is a FREE event, but a toiletry item for the Woodbury Food Bank is always appreciated
Plan of Conservation and Development Surveys
Online surveys are available until end of April

Just a few minutes can help make a big difference in our community!

Adult Survey:

Youth Survey:

Community Events!

Dixie Swim Club
Auditions are on:
Saturday, March 2nd from 1:00  - 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 3rd from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
7 Mountain Rd, Woodbury CT

Women's Club of Woodbury -  Monthly Meeting
March 4th, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Emergency Services Building, Quassuk Rd, Woodbury
Bill Geddes
Featured Speaker: Bill Geddes
Bill will speak on the Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation Inc. 

Pomperaug Valley Garden Club
Tuesday, March 12th at 11:00 AM
Woodbury Senior/Community Center
Tovah Martin will present  on her book:
"The Garden in Every Sense and Season"
Guests are welcome for a $5 donation.

For more information please visit:

The Greater Woodbury Environmental Forum

Sunday, March 24th at 1:00 PM
Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society

Presents: Frances Moor Lappe's talk on
"Finding Solutions to Our Climate Crisis"

FREE event. Coffee and light refreshments served.
214 Main Street South, Woodbury
For more information:
Parking at Woodbury Center, LaBonne's

Tree Care Seminar
FREE Pizza & a Movie!
Thursday, March 21st from 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center
You MUST register for this program so we know who is coming! Also, if you are a Woodbury resident in need of a ride to and from the movie, please call by Monday, March 18th to reserve a spot! 203-263-2828
AMP: Aging Mastery ProgramĀ®
Join the Adventure!
Session launches on Tuesday, March 26th
Woodbury Senior Community Center
 Preregistration is a MUST!

The AMP encourages mastery, developing behaviors across many dimensions that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, overall well-being and enrichment in later life. 
By participating in this program you will:
Get real incentives and rewards for taking small steps that improve your well-being, meet new friends, provide support and encouragement to your peers, and become more involved in your community.
Limited spots available. Sign up now!
RSVP to Woodbury Senior Center at 203-263-2828 
The Teenage Brain: 
Presented by Dr. Ruth Potee
Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library
Sponsored by A.S.A.P. (Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention) Dr. Ruth Potee, a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine Physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA, will give a talk about the teenage brain and the normal risk taking behaviors of the developing brain.  
There is also a focus on the impact of marijuana on the adolescent brain acutely and long term.  
Registration is requested for the talk, followed by Q & A 
with Dr. Potee.
Please register at 203-263-3502 or
BI-FIT Brain Fitness Series
7 Sessions - Join one or all  
First Session starts on Thursday, April 4th
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Woodbury Senior Center
Launching 7 sessions on Brain Fitness with detailed information on each well-researched category known to be effective in maintaining and preserving brain health. The goal for these classes is that participants will learn information from the research presented in order to integrate healthy behavioral changes into their everyday life style. Each session will cover a different area that influences brain health and fitness.
Contact the Woodbury Senior Center to register. 203-263-2828