GRAB & GO! Congregate Meals are BACK! - Senior Center

Participants will discover what it was like to travel and work on a Pullman car, and engage in discussion about the porters’ enduring fight for social change and justice in America. We will examine the critical role that Pullman porters played in giving rise to America’s black middle class, the formation of the black labor movement, and the momentum for the civil rights movement. This slice of history spans 100 years beginning with the Emancipation Proclamation.     ​

SENIOR LEARNING NETWORK (SLN) - ALL VIRTUAL!


From lectures and concerts to artistic opportunities and community festivals, WOW has something for everyone. We do this by partnering with community champions, the businesses and organizations who, like you, and like WOW, are invested in our little town. We do this by building bridges between volunteers and resources and needs. We do this with much energy and imagination and dedication, because we believe in building community - we believe in Woodbury, and we want Woodbury families to love living here. WOW!


Below are a list of activities that are free, or mostly free, or informational on the programs that are available in Town by WOW, The Woodbury Senior Center, Woodbury Parks and Recreation, and the Woodbury Library.   The three departments that make up the WOW committee work on making programs that are enjoyable, help you learn a new skill, or provide exercise, entertainment and "something to do"! 


The Woodbury Senior Center, Library and Parks and Recreation buildings are closed to the public. WE ARE HERE for you, and have regular office hours, we just cannot see you at the moment. Thus, all programs from our three buildings are all virtual. You will need to register online to participate, or give us a call to help with registration.  

Daily Activities Calendar AND Winter Program Brochure are AVAILABLE! Session 2 begins soon!

WOW Programs for this month and more...

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: This live virtual event contains the same readings as 1/19/21. But no doubt it will be wonderful to watch again!   ​

“Make the Most of Your Smart TV in the New Digital Age” - Virtual Event

Acclaimed Metaphysical Author, Sydney Sherman, shares her life experiences and book, You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening.  
The book goes beyond a simple biographical story of young woman frustrated with media sensationalism and misinformation about the afterlife. From a young age Sydney was aware of the scientific rational for Life after Death. Her grandfather, a Penobscot Indian, would tell her of his belief about Universal Life and Universal Energy.– that the two were one. And that at death we return back to our original form. Death is not an end. So Sydney began educating herself about the laws of nature and energy. She learned the biological balance and transition all living beings take throughout their life’s journey. And what she found was incredible. “You Are Not Alone” is part of her goal to provide the same clarity and understanding of the After Life that she uncovered and to help others know the truth. WE DO NOT DIE. “You Are Not Alone” approaches the science of death or dying with a healthy dose of common sense and encourages rational skepticism. The author looks at why and what we believe about the afterlife. Her book draws distinctions between myths and the paranormal and recounts numerous experiences with energies. She offers hints to avoid falling prey to the frauds in the paranormal field. The author educates readers on how they too can continue their relationship with their loved ones. With step- by –step advice, Sherman encourages people to think about the potential this information holds for all of us. Sydney hopes readers will come to the same understanding —they are not gone; they are still very much here with us….we just need to start listening. Please register and Zoom link will be emailed to you.​

Woodbury Library VIRTUAL

Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 PM

Woodbury Library - VIRTUAL

Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 PM

Did you get a new Smart TV and want to make the most of it? Are you confused about what streaming services to use? Join Woodbury Public Library’s Reference/Technology Librarian for a look at the new Smart TVs and how to make the most of them at a virtual event on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00PM. Along with information about the options of a smart tv, Ron will talk about cutting the cord to high priced cable and safely using streaming options. To register, go to the events page at www.woodburylibraryct.org and the Zoom link will be emailed to you. Call 203-263-3502 for more information. 

Did your Connecticut ancestor support the American cause during the Revolution? This virtual program on zoom will introduce you to the major sources that trace their activities during the War, from pension files to town meeting records.  Join professional genealogist and proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O’Sullivan, as she explains the information available and walks you through how to successfully uncover the history of your Connecticut family ties to the Revolutionary War. 
Charter Oak Genealogy proprietor Bryna O’Sullivan is a lineage society application specialist. 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. Revolutionary War Lineage Society Handout, Proof of Service Handout, CT Specific Sources of Service Handout
Please register for this program; a Zoom link will be emailed to you before the event. Sponsored by The Friends of the Woodbury Library   ​

Free Monthly In-A-Bag Kits Available

You Are Not Alone with Author, Sydney Sherman - Virtual Event

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Friday, February 26th from 1:00 - 2:30 PM

February happenings... 

SLN - Elephant Sanctuary, Tennessee  

"Why Did They Name It That? Weird & Wonderful Woodbury Names" - Virtual

​Connect with us!

AARP Tax Preparation Assistance Program

Parks and Recreation 

www.woodburyparksandrec.org

Senior Center: 203-263-2828

​woodburyseniorct.org

Woodbury Senior Center VIRTUAL

Tuesday, February 9th at 2:00 PM




Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Thursday, February 25th at 2:00 PM

 SLN - Durham Museum: Historic Train Travel

​​What's On

in Woodbury

Explore the incredible artistry of fine-scale miniatures with Laura Taylor and Kelly Burns from The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City, Missouri. Enjoy a video tour of some of the highlights of the museum’s fine-scale miniatures collection, followed by time for Q&A.​

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:00 PM

"Letters of Note" with CTAW - Virtual 

Woodbury Library - VIRTUAL

Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 PM

Woodbury Senior Center - 203-263-2828

CALL TO REGISTER for all SLN Programs

Join us for a virtual tour of the museum’s authentic train cars! We will start with a look at our 1890’s steam engine and 1950’s caboose, followed by a walk through our passenger trains. Luxurious rail travel awaits! ​

Woodbury Library - VIRTUAL​

Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 PM

The Woodbury Parks and Recreation office have been busy putting programs together to keep everyone fit, active and busy during these Winter months. Many of our programs are virtual, but we are planning on in-person programs for the later part of the season, starting in March. Sign up for programs early, so minimum requirements from instructors can be met! Check out the brochure, and register at woodburyparksandrec.org

We also have introduced a DAILY activities calendar. This calendar was created to provide the Woodbury community an opportunity to have some fun while staying active and building stronger relationships through a healthy lifestyle, both in mind and body. If you are performing activities with toddlers to elderly, please modify and supervise as is necessary. 

Explore how DNA can be used to uncover stories of people who lived hundreds - or thousands - of years ago. Unlock the mysteries of a 5000-year-old mummy or an 11,000 year old child by using the DNA from their bones to uncover what their lives were like. Use their DNA sequences to determine what people looked like, what they may have eaten, how they lived, what diseases they may have had and more.   
Register at: www.cthealthyliving.org Brought to you by: CT Healthy Living Collective​

As a true sanctuary, the elephant habitats are closed to the public and all the elephants are retired from their lives of performance and exhibition. The Sanctuary reaches thousands of students and adults each year to share the mission of The Sanctuary and the stories of their resident elephants. Using photos, lives-streaming video and storytelling, a member of The Sanctuary's education team will offer a virtual glimpse into the daily life of elephants at The Sanctuary and answer all your elephant related questions.​


UNLOCK ANCIENT STORIES WITH DNA VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM  
A Program of the Connecticut Science Center   - Virtual Event

Woodbury Senior Center - VIRTUAL

Thursday, February 11th at 2:00 PM

SLN - Pullman Porters: Unsung Heroes, Former Slaves, Labor Organizers, Middle Class Citizens; Civil Rights Activists - Virtual

Join historian Susan Shepard for a fascinating look into the weird and wonderful names of Woodbury places on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm. In this virtual event find out why, for example, was Woodbury’s Hazel Plain district once known as “Hell Hollow” and what popular walking area was dubbed “Dirty Slough” in colonial days? Learn where the “Ram Pit” was and what was it used for. The history that interests Susan most is digging out and documenting the forgotten history of everyday people, starting with Woodbury in 1672, and how the area towns got not just their wonderful historical features but the peculiar things that happened along the way to help shape the towns we know today. To register for “Why Did They Name It That?” go to the Events page at www.woodburylibraryct.org or call
203-263-3502 for more information.

We are happy to announce that New Opportunities, Inc. is bringing back Congregate Lunches, as a Grab and Go option for seniors. This allows you to enjoy a Senior Dine style main meal of the day as a grab and go portion. Lunches will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with pick up at the Center from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Each day there will be a choice of two entrees, and you must choose one at sign up. All meals will be served with multigrain bread, fresh fruit and low-fat milk. Thank you to Annoula’s restaurant for making this option available for our congregate diners! Suggested donation for this program is $3.50 per meal. You can sign up for one or more days. Call the Senior Center at 203-263-2828 to sign up for the dates you would like to pick up your meal; (203) 263-2828. Deadline is Friday of each week for ordering the next week’s meals, or you can reserve your meals for the month in one phone call; it’s up to you.
FEBRUARY MENUS
February 2: Roast Chicken, roasted potato, vegetable OR Pasta Bolognese with small salad
February 4: No congregate meal today
February 9: Beef Gyro, roasted potato, vegetable OR Chicken Kabob, roasted potato, vegetable
February 11: Greek salad plate OR Salisbury Steak with mushrooms, onions, peppers, mashed potato and vegetable
February 16: Baked chili casserole with cheddar cheese, small salad OR Chicken marsala, mashed potato and vegetable
February 18: Mediterranean chicken with roasted potato, vegetable OR Beef gyro with roasted potato and vegetable
February 23: Chicken Kebob with roasted potato, vegetable OR Meatloaf, roasted potato, vegetable

February 25: Roasted chicken with roast potato, vegetable OR Greek Salad plate   ​

Woodbury Senior Center - Virtual

Tuesday, February 16th at 2:00 PM

Due to COVID restrictions and limitations, we will have far fewer appointments available for income tax assistance. Beginning February 1, Woodbury residents who have had their taxes prepared here at the Center by AARP last year may call the Center to request an appointment. We will then forward your name and phone number to an AARP tax volunteer. An AARP tax volunteer will then call you directly to screen and verify the complexity of your tax return. If you fit their criteria, they will then schedule a socially distant appointment with you. The AARP tax volunteer will give you all the details. The Senior Center phone number is (203) 263-2828.

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 the Center at 203-263-2828 to make arrangements for pick up or delivery. The Senior Center is closed, but the office is OPEN! All of our programs are now VIRTUAL due to Covid numbers increase. We have masks, newsletters, our kits and more. No contact pickup is available. Click here for calendar or newsletter. 

Photo: National Park Service

SLN: General Grant National Memorial - Virtual Event

SLN - National Museum of Toys and Miniatures - BIG Fun with Miniatures! - Virtual

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!!) ​

Woodbury Library - VIRTUAL

Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 PM

Woodbury Senior Center

203-263-2828

NEW VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR WOODBURY SENIOR CENTER MEMBERS
Through Senior Learning Network! ALL VIRTUAL, FROM HOME!
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Senior Living Network (SLN).
As a Woodbury Senior Center member, this allows you access to FREE high quality virtual classes on the Senior Learning Network.  Individuals are learning within their homes. Classes are live and Interactive! Check our monthly newsletter for class updates. 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.
Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays with an occasional bonus day. Any program below with SLN before it's description is part of these amazing classes. Classes are at 2 PM, but it is best to login by 1:45 pm so any technical issues can be worked out to insure the class starts on time. 

Woodbury Senior Center - PREREGISTER!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:30 am


​​W.O.W.

Trace Your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots - Virtual Event