Brookline Community Aging Network March 2013 Newsletter
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March 2013 Newsletter 

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

This month we inform you about a tax preparation service at the Senior Center, and about upcoming events at Boston University's Evergreen Program and at Goddard House. You will also learn about several meetings of interest to the community, the Theater Club, and much more. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Tax Preparation Service
AARP-trained tax preparers will be at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, on Tuesdays again this year during tax season. As changes to the tax code continue to be made in Washington, the preparers will continue to be trained with updated information. If you would like to make an appointment with one of the preparers this year, call the Senior Center at 617-730-2777. This free service is extremely popular, so please make your appointment ASAP.

March Courses at Boston University's Evergreen Program
Evergreen, Boston University's academic resource for students 58 and older, announces three courses, to be held on Tuesdays, beginning March 5. Two three-session courses are a "Potpourri of Professors" at 10:00 am, an opportunity to hear from three of BU's faculty, and a course on "Music and Art, Romantic and Modern", with live performances, at 11:00 am. A five -session course is the popular "Best Short Stories with Taline Voskeritchian" at 1:00 pm, discussing work from The Best Short Stories of 2012. Evergreen also enables seniors to audit undergraduate and graduate courses at a reasonable cost. For more information see / or call 617-353-9852.

Forum on Senior Housing Development April 7
How prepared is Brookline to house its diverse senior population? As our baby boomers age, will they still find the housing they need in Brookline? As part of Brookline's Age-Friendly Cities Initiative, the Housing Advisory Board and Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) will convene a forum of experts in the field of senior housing to present a variety of models for senior housing. This forum, planned for Sunday April 7 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street, will be of interest both to Brookline policy makers and to residents who are considering their own futures in the community.

Chronic Disease Management Free Workshops
Are you living with a chronic health condition, or caring for someone who is and seeking strategies to live a fuller, healthier life? Come to the "My Life, My Health" info-session with instructors about this free, upcoming class at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. After this info-session, you can enroll in this class which meets six Tuesdays, March 17 - April 23, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Complimentary lunch will be provided by Goddard House. Class topics will include healthy eating and exercise, how to deal with difficult emotions, fall prevention, and medication management.

The class was developed by researchers at Stanford University Medical Center. Each participant will receive a copy of the book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. To register call Melody Bushmich at 617-731-8500, x 152, or email

Theater Club

Several times a year, members of the Senior Center Theater Club attend performances at area theaters. The fee covers tickets and transportation from either the Senior Center, 100 Centre Street, 1550 Beacon Street., or the Soule Center at 652 Hammond Street. For information, call the Club's founder and coordinator Ted Shamitz at 617-487-5573. For more cultural opportunities, click here.

The Glass Menagerie Sunday, March 3 (2:00 pm) $38
at The American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge

Concert Sunday, March 17 (2:00 pm) $45
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
at Boston Symphony Hall

Register of Deeds to Speak at Brookline Senior Center

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell will be the guest speaker at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm. The Register will discuss the historical nature of the Registry and his ongoing efforts to modernize and computerize the vast number of Norfolk County real estate records. He will also address the Massachusetts Homestead Act and answer questions from audience members.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information

Book Group Column
The Putterham Branch Library's Council on Aging Book Group will meet Monday, March 18 at 2:00 pm. The selection this month is Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. The group will be led by Charlotte Millman and Jean Kramer, and copies of the book will be available at the Putterham Branch, 959 West Roxbury Parkway, about the first of March. All are welcome; no need to sign up!

Meeting on Extended On-Street Parking Near Senior Center
The Council on Aging and BrooklineCAN are convening an open meeting on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:00 pm at the Senior Center to consider a proposal for extended on-street parking near the Senior Center. A number of Seniors have asked for an extension of allowed parking times beyond Brookline's usual limit of two hours. Through a recent transportation study, the CoA and BrooklineCAN found several streets north and west of the Center on which there tend to be vacant spaces during the periods of intense use of the Center. The Council and BrooklineCAN are submitting a request to the Transportation Board for a sticker program to permit seniors to park on those "outlying" streets for extended periods on weekday mornings and afternoons.

One major question is whether those who want extended parking would be willing to walk from and to those locations. Advocates for extended on-street parking will face neighborhood opposition. A primary goal of the meeting will be to determine whether there is enough interest among those who drive to the Center to make it worthwhile to advocate for an extended parking program.


 March 1st & 8th Microsoft Classes
March 13th Aging Behind the Wheel
March 15th Boston Flower & Garden Show

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