MAY 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!
History of the Kentucky Derby
Presented by Sue Marchese
Friday, May 3rd
1:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Center

On the first Saturday of May, an average of 150,000 visitors, including residents, out-of-towners, celebrities, presidents and even     members of royal families, gather at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for one of the most       anticipated sporting events of the year, the   Kentucky Derby. Sit back and enjoy beautiful photos and stories of outstanding, thoroughbred race horses from 1875 to the present. See if you can pick this year's winner. Light refreshments will be served. 
Please sign up in the Woodbury Senior Center Office.
Woodbury Ukulele Band:
May Meetup
Friday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior/Community Center

Enjoy this special session of the Woodbury Ukulele Band, as guest leader Andrew Ray takes us back through some of our early favorite songs from our growing repertoire. Revisit our "greatest hits" , pick out your favorites and have a blast. We'll also be asking for YOUR input for song selections in coming months, so bring your ideas!
Players of all ages and musical abilities are welcome. 
Bring a uke or borrow one of ours; see you there!
May Artist's Reception featuring the art of Marlow Shami with Artist's Talk
Saturday, May 4th
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Woodbury Library Gallery 
Marlow Shami
Restoration is a growing series of fine art prints created by the artist Marlow Shami that was launched in 2010. Each mosaic-like piece within the Restoration series, captured during one of New England's seasons, is a segment of one of hundreds of digital photographs taken for each piece.  Most of the finished work within this series may appear to be symmetrical, but it is not. The composition is a reflection of the internal urgings to create balance, perfect imperfection.  Marlow Shami's vibrant, mandala-like abstracts are on display at the Woodbury Public Library during the month of May.  An artist's talk and reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2:00pm.  Shami's work is available to view during regular open hours. 
Marlow Shami BFA, M.S. is a nature-based teacher, artist, healer and writer who conducts Nature as Healer workshops and talks throughout New England. She specializes in the healing connection between humans and the natural world. Marlow works with a Canon D7 Mark 11. My canvas is digital. She utilizes Photoshop to piece together the final work.  Shami's work is commissioned by private collectors and shown in solo and group regional and national juried shows.  Shami received a BFA in photography and video from the University of Hartford Art School and a Masters in Science in Ecopsychology.

For more information, contact the library at 203-263-3502 or visit the website
FREE Eye Health Screening
Monday, May 6th
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Center
Eye Exams
The Pomperaug District of Health, the Lions Club of CT in cooperation with Dr. William J. Filchak present a free eye health screening. The non-invasive screening checks for: visual acuity, macular degeneration, retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. 
Pre-registration is required. 
Please call the Pomperaug Health District at 203-264-9616 x O

This program is generously funded by the Connecticut Community Foundation Earl and Shirley Herbst Eye 
Research Fund. 
WOW's Cookbook Club
Featuring Recipes from Rick Bayless
Thursday, 9th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Senior Community Center
   CBC May 2019
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  Space is limited to 30 seats.
For more information see:
FREE Blood Glucose & Blood Pressure Screening
Monday, May 13th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (drop ins welcome)
Woodbury Senior Center
Woodbury Seniors! There will be a FREE blood pressure and blood glucose screening on Monday, May 13th between 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Drop Ins are welcome. 
Please sign up in the Woodbury Senior Center office.
How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal: Interactive Book Signing
Thursday, May 16th
7:00 PM
Woodbury Library
Brazilian Betrayal
Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban, the mother/daughter force behind The Grounded Goodwife are offering an interactive book signing a the Woodbury Public Library on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 pm in celebration of the release of their book, "How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal" .  Drop in for a fun filled evening, including a Brazil trivia quiz with Serenata de Amor candy prizes and discussions about meaningful quotations where audience members will be selecting quotations from our book and discussing relevance to their own lives.  Books will be available for purchase.  For more information visit the library's website or call 203-263-3502 for more information.
French Toast Breakfast
Friday, May 17th
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Woodbury Senior Center
Woodbury Seniors! Please join us for a free French Toast Breakfast! 
Please sign up in the Woodbury Senior Center office.
Alternatives to Medication for ADD/ADHD
Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 PM
Woodbury Library

Alternatives to Medication for ADD/ADHD is the subject of a talk by Dr. Shawn M. Carney at the Woodbury Public Library on Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 pm.  Children and adults both struggle with these difficult disorders which  disrupt productivity and success in school.  For children, parents and adults who do not want to use medications, there are effective and science-based natural treatment options.  Dr. Carney, a naturopathic physician at Northeast Natural  Medicine, LLC, will discuss how neurotransmitter testing, dietary  changes and nutritional supplementation can successfully treat patients with ADD/ADHD.  Please register for this program at or call the library at 203-263-3502 for more information.
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Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 26th at 2:00 PM
Memorial Day Parade

Hollow Park Concession Stand is OPEN!
Goodie Bar
Stop by the concession stand at Hollow Park and check out "Goodies" by    New Morning Market
Back for its second season, New Morning Market's healthy options are now even more convenient for
 families on-the-go. 
Open seasonally April through October, Goodies by 
New Morning Market is your go-to for New Morning's signature house-made baked goods and snacks. 
Whether you're looking for a hot cup of coffee on your morning walk with Fido, to refuel post-workout, or to 
treat the kids after practice, Goodies by New Morning Market offers healthy and sustainable options for breakfast, snack, or a park picnic. Vegan, gluten-free,  and nut-free choices available! 

Open sunny  Saturdays 9:30am - 2:30pm and
 Sundays 11:00 am - 4:00 pm with expanded hours once school breaks for summer!
Since 1971, "to do good" has been New Morning's guiding principle. New Morning Market-bringing good food, to good people, for a good life. 
Come play with us at Hollow Park this summer!
Community Events!

 "How to Become an Armchair 
Environmental Activist"
May 6th at 7:00 PM
Free program, open to the public
MUUS, 241 Main Street South, Woodbury
For more information, contact: Michael Lang, or at 609-280-7659

Pomperaug Valley Garden Club
Tuesday, May 14th at 11:00 AM
Woodbury Fire House
25 Quassuk Rd, Woodbury
Image, courtesy of Ecohome

John Root, Certified landscape professional and naturalist
will present a lecture on 
"Edible Perennials for New England Landscape"

Guests are welcome for a $5 donation.

For more information please visit:

June 1st & 2nd

June 21st, 2019

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world, open to anyone who wishes to take part, young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion.
Woodbury is joining the over 1,000 cities and towns worldwide that are participating. So come along and play or just enjoy the music!

"70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Lessons for Today" Lecture 
Tuesday, May 21st
7:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library
The Great Decisions discussion series culminates with "70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Lessons for Today", a lecture by Dr. Glenn Mitoma.  The lecture, offered on May 21 at 7:00 pm at the Woodbury Public Library, is the second in the annual Dr. Desomma Memorial lecture series.  Glenn Mitoma is an Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute and the Neag School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  He is also Director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.  Glenn's scholarship has focused on the history of human rights and human rights education.  His first book, Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power, was published in 2013 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  As Director of the Dodd Center, he oversees programs designed to promote a culture of human rights, including initiatives in K-12 human rights education and business and human rights.  The talk, open to all, concludes this year's Great Decisions Discussion program, sponsored by the Jill Smith Fund at the Woodbury Library.  Dr. Mitoma's talk is sponsored by funding from the Martin DeSomma Memorial given to the Woodbury Public Library.  Dr. DeSomma had an avid interest in current events.  Registration is required; please visit to register or call the library at 203-263-3502 for more information.

Leonard Bernstein: An American Treasure
Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Library
Leonard Bernstein was perhaps the most gifted, famous, popular and successful musician produced by America. He was a virtuoso pianist and conductor, a composer of music ranging from Broadway musicals to the classical repertory, an educator, a lecturer, an author and a TV personality. There was very little he couldn't do extremely well.  2019 is the centenary of Bernstein's birth and it is a good time to celebrate this American treasure.  Join Jeffrey Engel for a talk on Leonard Bernstein at the Woodbury Public Library on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 pm.  Please register for this program at or call the library at 203-263-3502 for more information.  

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. 
Audrey Hepburn

Blossom by blossom the Spring begins.
Algernon Charles Swinburne

Sunshine is the best medicine.