Brookline Community Aging Network April 2013 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 2013 Newsletter 

About the Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Enables older residents to remain independent and fully engaged in the life of the community
  • Builds intergenerational networks
  • Engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of Brookline's older residents
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,
This month we inform you about a program on the do's and don'ts of working with home contractors. You will also learn about many other upcoming events such as Brookline Open Studios, a candidates afternoon, and a free piano concert. We provide information on the Community Connections section of the BrooklineCAN web site, a Newcomers Group and newly-available computer connectivity at the Senior Center, and much more. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN...in fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Warmly,
BrooklineCAN

 
 
Home Improvements Made Easier
How can you find a reliable contractor for maintenance and improvement jobs in your home? What should you do if your relationship with your contractor goes sour? On Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, a panel of experts will join BrooklineCAN at the Senior Center on Winchester Street to discuss the often complicated topic of hiring and working with home improvement contractors. Speakers include representatives from the town building inspection team, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited for this free event, so please RSVP soon to 781-693-1393.


Free Microsoft Classes Continue
Microsoft has announced another extensive round of its popular and free computer training for BrooklineCAN members. Some of the sessions are repeats of training offered earlier this year; others are new. The sessions will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The training sessions take place at the Microsoft retail store in the Prudential Center. For details and to register click here


Learn What Brookline Offers Seniors
Have you recently turned 60? Are you a senior who's just moved to Brookline? Whether you're new to the area or just newly retired, or even if you're simply curious, please consider attending the biannual newcomers group at the Senior Center at 93 Winchester Street. Speakers will present talks and lead discussions on a variety of topics, including local history, transportation, continuing education, community-led organizations, government benefits for seniors, and programs and services offered by the Brookline Council on Aging. The group will meet weekly at 1:00 pm on six consecutive Wednesday afternoons beginning on May 8th. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 12 participants. Please call 617-730-2777 to register, or call Kerri at 617-730-2772 with any questions. All are welcome!


BrooklineCAN Connects Members with Local Businesses
Our Community Connections feature allows local businesses to offer goods and services to BrooklineCAN members. Some offer discounts, others support us at one of two levels. The higher level allows merchants to make interactive offers and publicize them on our web site. Please click here to see what's available.


Candidate Afternoon April 11
The League of Women Voters will be holding a candidate afternoon at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, on Thursday, April 11 at 3:30 pm. Candidates for Brookline Selectmen, School Committee, Library and Town Meeting will be at the Center to answer important questions. This is a good opportunity to meet the candidates and learn about issues facing our town.


Enjoy a Piano Concert
Sivan Etedgee, a pianist and teacher based in Newton, will perform for The Brookline Library Music Association on Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 pm at the Main Library, 361 Washington Street. Etedgee performs frequently throughout the Boston area both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. You can learn more about him and hear his music by visiting his web site: http://www.sivanetedgee.com/ For more information about the concert, see http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/programs/blma-concerts/blma-20130407-sivan-etedgee or call the Library at 617- 730-2370.


WiFi at the Senior Center
Have you wanted to check your email, your calendar or look up some information while at the Senior Center? Now you can. Free WiFi is now available on the 1st and 2nd floor of the Senior Center. It will be available on the 3rd floor soon. You can use your own personal laptop, tablet or smartphone to access the Internet.
You will need to select the network (student) and enter the Senior Center's password (6177135000) the first time you use the service. Your device will remember the settings so you only need to do this once. Give it a try.


Book Groups
Main Library Book Group, 361 Washington Street . The selection for April 1 is: How to Live: Or, a Life of Montaigne, in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell. Reference Librarian Brian Hodgdon will lead the discussion. All are welcome. Conference Room, 7 to 8:30 pm. The selection for May 6 will be The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad, same place, same time.


Brookline Open Studios Weekend April 27-28
Artists who work or live in Brookline will be displaying their creativity on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from noon to 6:00 pm. Open Studios is an annual springtime event held all around town. Much of the artwork is for sale, providing a chance to acquire original pieces directly from the artists who open their homes and studios for this event. There are also some public locations, each displaying and selling the work of several artists. These include ceramics at Feet of Clay, 21 Station Street; jewelry, paintings, and pastels at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street; and photography, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass work, and textiles at Hunneman Hall at the Main Library, 361 Washington Street.

Brochures with full information will be available at Town Hall, all Brookline libraries, and many businesses around town. Details are also available at <http://www.brooklineartists.com/index.cfm> and on a map at <http://www.brooklinema.gov/maps-gallery/map-tour/OS/index.html>.


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