BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 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
reunion1Wisdom and Memories - Photography Exhibit and Programs 
Nearly 50 Brookline senior women recently participated in The Reunion Project, designed to encourage older women to reflect on their memories and recognize the wisdom that comes with age. The project, co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN, culminates in an exhibit featuring photographs and quotations, on display at the Brookline Senior Center, and at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. The exhibit will open at both Goddard House and the Senior Center on April 3 and will run through June 30 at the Senior Center and through May 31 at Goddard House.

Photographer Lora Brody will present images, narrative, and history of the project at a reception at the Senior Center on April 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A second event in conjunction with Brookline Open Studios will take place at Goddard House on April 29 and 30 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, where photographer Lora Brody will again describe the project at 2:00 pm both days. For additional information click here.

Forum1Town Election Forum at Senior Center on April 24
BrooklineCAN is sponsoring a forum for candidates for Town-wide offices on Monday, April 24 at the Senior Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year, Brookline has contested races for Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Library Board. Candidates for all three offices will have opportunities to make brief opening statements followed by questions from the public. The forum will be open to all. We hope that issues of greatest interest to seniors will receive attention from the candidates.

JOBBrooklineCAN Is Seeking a Membership Assistant.
Applicant should have an understanding and some experience with database, spreadsheet, email, and mail merge software. The Assistant will also be responsible for office related tasks for the Membership Committee. Four hours a week on Fridays at the Brookline Senior Center. Salary is $13.71/hour. If interested or for more information, send email to Ruthann Dobek .

vol1Intergenerational Volunteer Program on Brookline TV
On the March 29 Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) program, Patricia Burns, Volunteer Coordinator of the Brookline Senior Center, shared stories and information about the many opportunities for young persons to volunteer on behalf of seniors in Brookline. We learned much of what drives participation in the program. Nick Brown, Student Coordinator of the Brookline High School SHOP program also appeared and talked about SHOP where young people offer to shop for groceries for seniors. Patricia has run the program for three years with a key goal of introducing young volunteers to older people needing assistance with shopping, technology, visits, errands and food programs. Earlier Patricia was an Assistant Country Director in the Harvard School of Public Health working with Botswana and helped start the Health Sciences College in Ethiopia.

View the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site

SMARTPHONEUsing Your Smartphone for Travel
Would you like to learn to use your smartphone for travel, and become more experienced with ride share apps like Uber and Lyft? Learn about these new transportation options, using your handheld device. You can bring other questions about using your smart phone too! The first class, an introduction to Rideshare will be on Wednesday, April 5 from 3:00-5:00 pm. It will be taught by TRIPPS volunteers. Additional hands-on training will be held on other Wednesday afternoons- April 12, April 19, and April 26 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Register for a class with TRIPPS at (617) 730-2644. Classes are limited to 10 people each day. Make sure to bring your smart phone.

Shakes1Spring into Summer with Shakespeare
All the library's a stage! April is the Bard's birthday month, and the Brookline Public Library is celebrating with a host of presentations, interactive performances, and films. The kickoff event, April 2 at 1:00 pm, is an interactive show in the Brookline Village Library (Main Library) by the Knighthorse Theatre Company - with plays suggested by the audience and roles for the entire family. Subsequent events include scenes from Julius Caesar offered by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (April 25), the Boston Theater Company Teen Touring Troupe's interpretation of "Much Ado about Nothing" (May 7) and, later in the spring and summer, several films and two Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performances held on the library lawn! Please check the Library's website for further details. All events are free and open to the public.

open1Brookline Open Studios 2017
Held in locations all over Brookline every spring, Open Studios takes place Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The show features painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and more. This year the Senior Center is one of the venues. The Artists' Preview Show is currently at the Brookline Public Library Main Branch, 361 Washington Street, through April 23, with a Preview Show Reception April 23, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. A map of all locations will be at and for more information, contact or 617-566-5715.

book6Book Talk
These three books are sure to make you chuckle, smile, and even laugh out loud!
A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole.
This grand farce about over-educated white trash, corrupt law enforcement, exotic dancing and the nouveau riche in steamy New Orleans is on every list of comedic must-reads.

I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, by Nora Ephron. In her dry, candid style, Ephron writes hilariously about women getting older.

Bossy Pants, by Tina Fey. Tina Fey's comic sensibility comes through in her tales about how a nerdy but self-confident half-Greek girl entered theatrical life and what it's like to be a woman in comedy.

Note - Should we continue the Book Talk column? Do you have a suggestion for a book to include in the future? Please let us know at

events2Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 6, 6:00 to 7:45 pm
Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street
The Age of Longevity: Re-Imagining Tomorrow for Our New Long Lives.
Authors Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers will discuss their book. Light refreshments will be served. Free of charge; RSVP to Michaela Barrows by calling (617)731-8500 ext.130 or

Saturday, April 8, 5:00 pm
Brookline: Temple Ohabei Shalom
(domed sanctuary)
Mistral - Atlantic Crossing
Copland's ever-enchanting 'Appalachian Spring,' in its original chamber version for 13 players, and two Boston-area premiere performances of stunning orchestral works in chamber arrangements, performed without a conductor! General Admission for individual concerts is $30, and the Senior rate is $25.

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street

How to Stay Young While Growing Older - and Have Fun Doing it!
Join us! Bring a friend or two for a light but informative look at aging. Humorous slides, great demonstrations, good discussions and refreshments. Event sponsored by BrooklineCAN Membership Committee.

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