BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
October 2017 Newsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Provides information to help residents remain engaged in the community
  • Advocates to make Brookline an even better place to live for seniors and everyone.

Become a member of BrooklineCAN! Request a membership brochure by calling 617-730-2777 or visit our
web site
nica1a Brookline Sister City Week 
Visitors from Quezalguaque, Nicaragua, guests of the Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project will share their experiences of aging with Brookline gerontologists. This cross-cultural event will take place at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, on Thursday, October 12; starting at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. For a schedule of all the events of Brookline Sister City week see http:/
smart4Getting to Know the Uber & Lyft App
Have you been hearing a lot about Uber and Lyft in the news? Curious how this new way of getting around can work for you? The TRIPPS program will present two workshops in October. On October 6 there will be an introduction to ride-sharing, common concerns, and the experience of using options from a senior perspective. On October 13 the TRIPPS instructor will show you how to set up your smartphone so you can test out this new mode of transportation. The two session class is free and will be held October 6 and 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Senior Center.

Roberta WinitzerAge-Friendly Cities TV Celebrates the Power of Engagement

Brookline's community TV Age-Friendly Cities program for September featured Roberta Winitzer, Chair, Council on Aging, talking about the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting September 14 and Sara Nelson of the Brookline Recreation Department discussing this year's Brookline Day September 24.

The theme for the Annual Meeting was "The Power of Engagement" - volunteerism and active participation in the community. The evening featured a reception, Brookline High jazz band entertainment, information booths for BrooklineCAN activities and other volunteer opportunities, community awards, and a keynote speaker. Brookline Day, the biggest event in town held annually at Larz Anderson Park, involves many Brookline Town agencies, organizations, and businesses and is a prime example of the Power of Engagement in Brookline.

The program is aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN, and can be viewed on the top page of the BrooklineCAN website

NancySenior Center Annual Autumn Benefit

This year's gala fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center. Get your tickets early and show your support for our community. You'll enjoy delicious food, great music, and mingling with old friends and new. Nancy Daly will be honored for her compassionate advocacy for older adults. Call 617-730-2770 for ticket information.

book3Putterham Library Book Discussion Group
The Brookline Council on Aging sponsors a monthly book group meeting on Mondays, 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Putterham Branch Library, 959 West Roxbury Parkway, 617-730-2385. Charlotte Millman and Roberta Winitzer are the discussion leaders. The October 16 meeting will discuss Molly Guptill Manning's When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II, and the book for November 20 is LaRose by Louise Erdrich. The books are available at the library and new members are always welcome.

logo2Operation A.B.L.E.

An information session for Senior Community Service Employment Program will be held at the Senior Center on Monday, October 23 at 3:00 pm. The program includes: paid on the job training $11/hr, chance to update your skills and learn new ones, and job search assistance.

Eligibility requirements include: resident of Brookline, currently unemployed, age 55 or older, and committed to finding a job. For more information or to register contact Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or

edna4Stephen Collins on Edna St. Vincent Millay
Stephen Collins will be offering a 6 week class on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay this fall. In this class participants will closely examine much of Millay's poetry, beginning with the masterpiece, Renascence which she wrote at 19. Class will meet on Fridays, October 17-November 17, 2017 from 2-3 pm at the Senior Center. Cost of the class is $35. To register for the class call 617-730-2777.

next3Book Talk

These compelling accounts of historical events demonstrate their relevance to contemporary issues. All are recommendations from BrooklineCAN members.

The Dark Tide, by Stephen Puleo. In the first comprehensive account of the 1919 Boston Molasses disaster, Puleo shows how the event was related to all of the major issues of the time.

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America's First Subway, by Doug Most. Long before the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, twin brothers led an earnest yet friendly race to build the first subway system in the United States.

Blood of Brothers, by Stephen Kinzer. The dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that led to the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship. A vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people and their volcanic land, a cultural history rich in poetry and bloodshed. (Quezalguaque, Nicaragua, is Brookline's Sister City.)

DSC_0504-JOSH-LEADING-THE-SALES-PITCH-LZamir Chorale Concert - Special Offer for Seniors
Temple Ohabei Shalom has a yearly music concert to which they invite members of the community; this year they are particularly reaching out to seniors. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 29th at 4:00 pm and will feature the Zamir Chorale and will include some Eastern melodies, American jazz and tunes from the Yiddish musical theater. There will be refreshments after the concert. Tickets are normally $30.00/$36.00 for members/non-members, but if people order them through the Senior Center (617-730-2770) tickets will be discounted to $10.00. The Temple is at 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline (corner of Kent Street).

events2Upcoming Events

Fridays, October 6 & 13, 10:30 am
Putterham Library, 959 West Roxbury Parkway
Putterham Senior Social
10/6 Fire Lt. Paul Canney and Mike Harrington: Fire Safety for Seniors
10/13: Lunch with Rep. Ed Coppinger. (lunch provided by Rep. Coppinger)
Free coffee and pastries, ample parking, Bus #51 to Putterham Circle. Handicap Accessible. Wheelchair available upon request at Library.

Monday, October 16, 9 am to 6 pm
Fall Foliage Trip
Trip from Brookline to Meredith, NH by bus. Once in Meredith you will take a 15 mile, 80 minute round trip train ride to view the spectacular fall foliage. While on board you will be served a delicious turkey dinner catered by Hart's Turkey Farm. Trip fee of $55 for Brookline residents and $74 for non-residents includes transportation, train ride and dinner. To register call Brookline Recreation 617-730-2069.

Five Mondays, starting November 11, 2017 1-3 pm
Brookline Senior Center
Word-Hoard Workshop
Word-Hoard refers to the rich store of words poets draw on to create their poems. The workshop aims to work past one's ordinary daily word usage to find the unusual and evocative words that might lie in a poet's subconscious. To register contact BA&CE 617-730-2700 or online at

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