November 2020
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 .

The Senior Center building reopened October 1 for limited services and programs by appointment. 
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: 

For ALL programs and services, call
(203) 263-2828 or email us at

Call to have our newsletter and calendar emailed to you.  203-263-2828

FREE Monthly Senior Center
In-A-Bag Kits Available!
Full of opportunities to exercise your brain, body, mind and spirit, these free kits have become very popular.
Each month’s bag also includes a few treats to make staying home a bit easier. Call us to sign up for the November kit; pick up begins 11/4. 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.
Virtual Volunteering Opportunities 
Helping others while staying safe ourselves can make difficult times a little bit easier. The Senior Center can connect you to resources for virtual volunteering from the comfort of your own home. Check out the November Senior Center newsletter for more details or contact the Senior Center. To add your email to the Senior Center newsletter distribution list, please contact us at
Senior Center BUS News

The senior bus is available Monday – Friday for local shopping and appointments. We are also now booking weekly trips to Southbury on Wednesdays. Masks are required and the bus is limited to three riders at a time. Please call the Senior Center for more information or
to request your ride. 203-263-2828
Sour Doug
Learn to bake sourdough bread! Call 203-263-2828 by November 12 to sign up. You’ll receive a free sourdough starter and recipe and join the Zoom class on 11/23 at 11 am to bake together (or watch the demo and bake your loaf later) Laughs and fun guaranteed, and you’ll have a loaf perfect for soup, or as a gift for the Thanksgiving table.
SLN Senior Learning Network
Senior Learning Network(SLN)
Virtual Variety from Senior Learning Network

These programs are available to Woodbury Senior Center members for free, and feature LIVE sessions with topic experts in
fascinating locations!

Call or email us to register for these live, interactive programs and get your Zoom link! All SNL programs begin at 2 pm from the comfort of your home; the link is "LIVE" at 1:45 pm so we can start right on time.
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 - NOVEMBER!
Classes are at 2:00 PM
Spanish Missions in Texas 
Thursday, November 5th at 2:00 pm

Why did the Spanish attempt to build Missions in Texas? What effect did this have on the Native Americans living in Texas? Were these Missions a success or a failure? Explore these questions alongside a museum educator with maps, timelines, and historical information.
"I Want My Mummy" Penn Museum
Tuesday November 10th at 2:00 PM

This workshop engages participants in a close examination into the at least 500-year history that led to why ancient Egypt's mummies hold such a special fascination in our own culture. Unpublished images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, including royal mummies such as Ramses II as well as human remains recovered as part of Dr. Phillips' own excavations in Egypt, are used to illustrate how and why the Egyptians mummified their dead (including their pets!). Please note: This program includes photography of human remains.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Thursday, November 12th at 2:00 pm

How did small barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina become the site of the first successful flights of human history? In this presentation by the rangers at Wright Brothers National Memorial, you'll learn about what made two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, travel to Kitty Hawk, NC and how they used the perfect conditions of the Outer Banks to conduct their flying experiments and make the impossible, possible.
Life and Legacy of George Washington Carver 
Tuesday, November 17th at 2:00 pm

Explore the incredible life of George Washington Carver from his birth into slavery during the Civil War to his 47-career at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Following the program, stick around! Just for fun, we will answer this question: Can you milk a peanut? Join a park ranger in making milk from peanuts. George Washington Carver found this milk substitute in 1919 and shared it with impoverished people in the Belgian Congo, where most of the cattle and goats had died from disease.
Red Rock Canyon Park "A Walk Through Time on the Desert View Trail"
Thursday, November 19th, at 2:00 PM

Join us as we explore the climate change that has occurred at Red Rock Canyon over the millions of years including the beginning of the drying period approximately 12,000 years ago. We will discuss the various animal fossils found and how mother nature goes through a system of change and adaptation. Learn about general flora and fauna and how the Native Americans used various plants for medicinal purposes. DIscover the Three Hundred Year Flood the park experienced in 1997, including a story told by one of our past volunteers that was camping at the park with his grandson during the flood.
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ART ONLINE with Sherita - Painting
"Harvest Pumpkin"
MONDAY, November 23rd at 2:00 PM

Sherita is back, and ready to paint again! No experience necessary! We're designing a painting that celebrates the beauty of Fall. This opportunity is open to anyone looking to decompress and unleash the inner artist. No art experience is required. Just bring your creative self, paint (orange, yellow, red, blue, black and white), paintbrushes, and 11x14 canvas or 8.5x11 white paper.
Paint brushes & art palette (or a paper plate)
Cup of water, paper towel, acrylic or tempera paint colors.
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!
Book Buzz Virtual Book Chat
Virtual Event
Wednesday, November 25th at 9:30 AM
                                                                         You bring the coffee and we bring the books! Virtually join Library Director Sue Piel and Teen Librarian Marla Martin on the last Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am 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!!). Find Zoom link at – go to Events
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Carol Thomas Moore
in the Gallery!
November 1st - 30th
Works by artist Carol Thomas Moore are on display in the Library's Gallery Space during the month of November. A socially distanced reception for the artist will be open to all who wish to meet the artist as well as to view the artwork on Saturday, November 7th at 2:00 PM.
For more information visit the library’s website or call 203-263-3502.
The Pocket Scavenger Challenge for youth, Grades 6 and up
Virtual Program
Thursday, November 5th at 4:00 PM

Scavengers go on adventures no matter where they are, they notice the ground beneath their feet and prowl the world looking for treasures near and far. They see beauty in simple items, when sometimes others do not. Scavengers are always prepared to collect! Does this sound like you? Register and pick up your copy of "The Pocket Scavenger" by Keri Smith and virtually meet and share your findings with other like-minded collectors! The book is full of great ideas of things to look for and document. During the virtual meetings, plan on sharing up to 5 items listed in the book, where and when you found them and the story behind your treasures! You can always join and see what others have found, too. It will be fun to share our discoveries! Grade 6 & up, space is limited!  Find Zoom link at – go to Events
CWHF - Votes for Women
Virtual Talk
Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 PM
In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. The fight for women's right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women. Register at for Zoom link.
TEEN PROGRAM: DIY Wall Hanging Virtual Class
Saturday, November 7th at 10:00 am
Teens! Join Courtney Ewing for a virtual DIY class on Saturday, November 7 at 10:00 AM and make a a boho wall hanging for you room. All you'll need is to make this project are scissors and a 12 inch stick (you can find one outside - clean off the bark and you're ready to go). Once you register, pick up a bag full of yarn, beads and other items you might like to add to your wall hanging. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Find Zoom link at – go to Events
Cook Dinner with Katie from Food Explorers!
Virtual Events
3 Tuesdays at 5:00 PM
November 10 - 24
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to make dinner with Katie, Registered Dietician from Food Explorers in a cooking class for grades 6 & up! Each week you'll learn how to make a delicious vegetarian meal that will feed the whole family!
From homemade pizza (yes, you make the dough!) to Ricotta Mac & Cheese and Southwest Quesadillas with homemade guacamole, this is a delicious way to learn to cook! Open to chefs in grades 6 & up. Ingredients list can be found on under “events”. Please register for each week separately. A zoom link will be emailed prior to the program. Sponsored by The Friends of the Woodbury Library.
Local Author Karen Miller Book Talk Virtual Event
Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 PM

Woodbury resident Karen Miller recently published her first book, "Purple Velvet Slippers" and will be sharing her excerpts at a virtual event on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 pm. Her debut historical fiction novel uses the color purple to weave a connecting path through a story that joins past and present. The novel explores individuality, uniqueness, and the mystery of our pasts, presents, and futures.  Karen Miller is a wife and mother of four children, a preschool teacher and Zumba instructor. She has an affinity for the color purple and "all things French" and is currently working on a sequel to "Purple Velvet Sippers". Join us for what is sure to be a delightful evening! Find Zoom link at – go to Events           
Poetry Reading and Author Talk with Sandy Lee Carlson
Virtual Event
Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 PM

Sandy Carlson is a teacher and writer in northwestern Connecticut. All of her life she has marveled at the power of language to connect people to each other, to deepen relationships, and to open thinking. Sandy sees words as sacred, precious jewels; words are to be respected, treasured, and used with extreme care.  As a writer, she writes every day.  Please join us as Sandy talks about her life as a writer and poet, and shares poems from her new books "Always True" and "Slow Passage Home". Find Zoom link at – go to Events            
Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut
Virtual Event
Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM

Do you want to know more about coyotes and how to peacefully coexist with them? In the virtual “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” presentation by Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn, you'll learn about the history of coyotes in Connecticut. You'll also get an overview of coyote habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction as well as practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our coyote population. Zoom link at – go to Events           
Internet Safety in a Hacker's World
Virtual Event with Ron Fairchild
Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 PM

Our world today is more connected than ever before. This connectivity has increased convenience, but it has been at the expense of safety and privacy. Join Reference and Technology Librarian Ron Fairchild for a virtual presentation on what these vulnerabilities are, how they can affect you, and steps you can take to reduce your risk of being compromised in this hacker’s world on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 pm.  Find Zoom link at – go to Events
Tuesday Talks at the Library with Lori Ann Witte, Director of the Glebe House Museum and Gardens
Virtual Event
Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00 PM
                                                                         The Glebe House is one of Woodbury’s many treasures. Join Glebe House Director LoriAnn Witte as she gives a talk about the Glebe House, one of the earliest historic house museums in the nation and shares some if it's "secrets from the attic" in this virtual event on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 pm. Its architecture, outstanding regional furniture collection and Gertrude Jekyll Garden combine to create one of the most authentic house museums in the region. It will be a fascinating night. Find Zoom link at – go to Events.
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We have many programs that we are offering that are both in-person and/or virtual for all ages. Fitness, STEAM, preschool fun, and more!

We understand the need to learn something new, be active and remain curious!

Register on our website at
Many of our programs have just started up again, or are starting soon. Session 2 dates are available for Registration! Please note, that if a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, or Covid, you will get a full refund.

Our new brochure, and the website has all the information you need regarding Fall Programs for all ages.

Please call the office at 203-263-3113
for questions!
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
We are happy to promote information for FREE news and events in Woodbury from local groups and communities.
Email us your information at at least a month before your event, with full information and jpeg images.
CANS FOR A CAUSE an initiative from Region 14 Schools
October 16th - November 20th

Bring your non-perishable canned soups, vegetables, boxed potatoes, canned fruit, beans, hash, tuna, salmon, stew, peanut butter, jelly or jam, juice, salad dressings, condiments, broths, toiletries, paper goods, brownie or cake mix, quick bread mixes, pancake or waffle mix, cereal, oatmeal, coffee, tea, cooking oils, dish and laundry detergent, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, bar soaps and body wash.

Please note: Donations of sanitizing wipes and liquid to maintain a clean and safe Food Bank environment for staff are also appreciated.
Winter LIghts Woodbury CT
For everyone who would like to be a part of Winter Lights of Woodbury, a group that is dedicated to making our town festive, showing goodwill and kindness throughout the holiday season.

Our mission is to light up Woodbury's Main Street and homes at no additional cost to residents.

Pomperaug Valley Garden Club
November Meeting
The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club, is pleased to announce that Felicia Ortner will present a lecture on “The Bear Reality” online via ZOOM at 10 am (note new time) Tuesday, November 10th, 2020. 
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the PVGC now sponsors speakers at monthly ZOOM meetings. Guests are welcome to join this free presentation by sending an email request to before November 8th.
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