Brookline Community Aging Network March 2014 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
March 2014 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 bring to your attention some new volunteer opportunities, including a chance to share your talents with children in the Brookline schools. We inform you about upcoming courses and concerts, an excursion to the flower show, and much more. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN... in fact, forward this newsletter to them.

BrooklineCAN & Steps to Success
A new partnership between BrooklineCAN and Steps to Success (STS), presents the opportunity for BrooklineCAN members to volunteer in two of STS's programs for students in 4th through 8th grade. STS is a comprehensive achievement program for low-income students and their families.

Step Up is an introductory program for 4th graders. In a weekly session, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, students work on their homework assignments for 45 minutes and then are immersed in a group activity, varying from a fun research project, arts and crafts, games and sometimes even round table discussion run by the students.

After School Academic Support and Enrichment, also known as After School U, provides homework support and project-based enrichment activities that extend learning beyond the school day for 5th - 8th graders.

Steps to Success is looking for volunteers to work with students in either of these programs. It requires a two to three hour commitment once a week. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, contact Carol Caro by email or phone 617-739-9228.


Mass Senior Action Council Presentation
On Wednesday, April 16 at 1:00 pm there will a presentation and reception at the Brookline Senior Center by the Mass Senior Action Council. MSCA is the organization that lobbied successfully to get the MBTA to roll back the cost for The Ride. Their current campaign is to uncover the extent of the obstacles to Medicare and to increase access to healthcare for all. Join the discussion to learn about MSCA's mission and past victories, share your stories, and find out how you can become part of a powerful statewide movement to hold decision-makers accountable.

1-4 members of BrooklineCAN (or willing to join) to help plan a monthly series of meetings on issues and topics of interest to Brookline seniors. Please call or email Molly Turlish, chair of the Membership Committee, 617-277-8237 or

Elder Care Program
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Elder Care (But Were Afraid to Ask) A panel of experts moderated by Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann L. Harstein will discuss trends and changing models of residential services and home care available to senior adults in Massachusetts. BrooklineCAN and its founding members will present this program Thursday, May 15, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Watch for further details.

Tax Filing Assistance
AARP tax preparers will be at the Senior Center on Tuesdays, February 11 through April 8. Call 617-730-2777 to sign up for help filing your income taxes.

Deal of the Month
Learn to Knit!
Even if you've never picked up knitting needles (or if you once learned but have forgotten), this Introduction to Knitting will get you on track. You'll learn the basics and create a fast, fun project to show off!
This adult class is free, but space is limited, so please register by March 8, 2014 at the library or by calling 617-730-2380. Materials will be provided at the first class.
Friday Mornings March 14+28, April 11+25, May 9+23, June 13+27
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coolidge Corner Library.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Brookline Public Library

Think Spring
Join in on an excursion to the Boston Flower & Garden Show, Boston's biggest horticultural event, on Friday, March 14, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. Brookline Recreation Department's 55+ Program will take you to experience this show at the Seaport World Trade Center. The theme is "Romance in the Garden" - the inspiration for this year's sumptuous gardens and eye-popping displays. Admission to the show and round trip transportation are included in the fee of $24 for Brookline residents and $33 for non-residents. Pick-up/Drop-off will be at Soule Recreation Center and at the Senior Center. Registration: or 617-730-2069.

OLLI at UMass Boston
Last month we listed a number of Lifelong Learning Programs in the area. This month we will highlight Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UMass Boston. This is a membership-based community of mature adults who enjoy learning and want to spend time with like-minded people.

Through a modestly priced membership, OLLI provides non-credit courses, special lectures, social events, theater outings, and field trips in the U.S. and abroad. No specific background is required to join, just an interest in academic learning, the desire to participate actively with your peers, and an open mind. It is the only lifelong learning program in the nation that is part of a graduate school in policy and global studies and one of only two programs in the nation that is housed in the Gerontology Department.

For more information and the Spring Catalog, click here or call 617-287-7312.

Love and Romance in Literature
To usher in the spring, Brookline Adult & Community Education brings you this reading and discussion course. Eight Tuesday sessions, beginning on March 25, will meet at the Senior Center, 10:30 to 12:30 pm. You will consider a variety of authors including Flaubert (Madame Bovary), Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac), Nabokov (Lolita), Marquez (Love in the Time of Cholera), and Walker (Jubilee). See or call 617-730-2700 for more details and for registration.

Music at the Library
The Brookline Library Music Association has announced two upcoming programs, a piano concert by Mayumi Sakamoto on Sunday, March 9 and a performance by the Kunst Piano Quintet on Sunday, April 13. Both are at 2:30 pm in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library, 361 Washington Street. The concerts are free and seating is limited to 80 people. Enjoy the music!

Upcoming Events

BrooklineCAN Program
March 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Drinking, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll
Substance Use by Older Adults and Boomers in a New Old Age
Brookline High School, Room 384

Brookline Reads Events

March 6, 7:00 pm
Film Screening: The Good Son (1993)
Coolidge Corner Branch Library 31 Pleasant Street

March 12, 7:00 pm
An Evening with Willam Landay, Author of Defending Jacob
Brookline High School Auditorium 115 Greenough Street

Senior Center Theater Club
March 23, 2:00 pm
The Seagull at Huntington Theater
For tickets call 617-487-5573

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