Brookline Community Aging Network Spotlight on Committees - Livable Community Advocacy
February 2015 Newsletter
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Spotlight on Committees - Livable Community Advocacy 
The Livable Community Advocacy (LCA) Committee looks at Brookline as an exceptionally good place to live for older people - and for everyone else. The committee calls attention to the Town's good features (such as the many residential buildings that offer one-floor living) and advocates for improvements (such as better clearance of snow and ice from sidewalks in commercial areas). LAC persuaded the Town to become New England's first municipality to join the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly City initiative. The committee develops its agenda on the basis of concerns of Brookline seniors. New members are welcome to its monthly meetings. The committee also seeks volunteers of all ages to work on projects. For more information see the committee's page on our website: or contact committee chair Frank Caro .
Embracing Sexuality as We Age
On the evening of Monday, March 23, Anita Hoffer, MS, PhD, EdD, will address the topic "Embracing Sexuality as We Age: Keys to Vitality", at Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street. The program is co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN and Brookline Adult & Community Education. Dr. Hoffer is a therapist and educator, focusing on adult sexuality counseling. She will discuss the many benefits of maintaining sexual health in mid- and later life. Reception 6:00 pm, program 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Free of charge. To register, call 617-730-2770.

Web Feature of the Month--Senior Center Transportation
Did you know that there are two convenient ways to get to and from the Brookline Senior Center? The Brookline Senior Center Van provides door-to-door transportation to the Senior Center, Monday through Thursday. The suggested donation for this service is $1.00 per ride. The Brookline Elderbus makes an hourly circuit every weekday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm that includes the Brookline Senior Center, elder housing, shopping areas, and the Longwood Medical area. A contribution of 50 cents is requested, though not required. For more information on these and other transportation options for Brookline residents, check out the BrooklineCAN web site at: or call the Senior Center at 617-730-2770.

Brookline's 5th Annual Climate Action Week - February 2-10
The week kicks off with a Town Hall event: "Putting Money Where Our Future Is: Strategies for Divesting and Investing". Presenters from Divest Harvard, Fossil Free MIT, and Ceres share their experiences fighting fossil fuel dominance and its economic and political control of our resources in a discussion led by Brookline resident Mindy Lubber. February 2, 7:00-8:30 pm. Art exhibits for Climate Week can be viewed at Town Hall, the Main Brookline Library, and other locations. For information about all of the Climate Week events including presentations and discussions, a documentary film, a song fest carrying on the Pete Seeger tradition, and recycling opportunities, visit

Recreation Department Winter Programs
In the spirit of Brookline's Age Friendly City designation, town departments are making a special effort to highlight their services and programs for older town residents. The Recreation Department has recently published the Winter Recreation Bulletin. There is a two page spread featuring activities for Seniors 55+. For an online copy of the complete bulletin click here. One item of special interest is the Indoor Walking Club. It meets on Mondays 11:00 am - noon at the Soule Gym, 652 Hammond Street. This is a free program but registration is required. Call 617-730-2069 to register or for more information. Another interesting event sponsored by the Recreation Department is listed in the Events section below.

Adult Education Classes at the Senior Center
"Getting to Know Your Android Phone" Two Thursdays beginning February 26. "Seniors Sing! Ensemble Singing" Four Tuesdays, beginning February 24. Further details in Winter 2015 Brookline Adult & Community Education Catalog (online version is at Registration is required; contact Brookline Adult Education at 617-730-2700 or email

Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty
The Brookline Community Foundation has produced two reports: Understanding Brookline: Emerging Trends and Changing Needs and a follow-up report Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty that explains who makes up the 13% poverty rate (based on the 2010 U.S. Census) in Brookline, what factors cause financial stress, and highlights Brookline agencies already addressing poverty and the resources they currently provide. To engage the community in a discussion of the report's findings, BCF will host an Understanding Brookline forum at the Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Avenue, on February 26, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Featured speaker will be Barry Bluestone, Professor of Political Economy at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

LGBT Out to Brunch Bunch
The Brookline Council on Aging, Ethos, Goddard House and the LGBT Aging Project are partnering to present the LGBT Out to Brunch Bunch to be hosted at Goddard House the third Saturday of each month, beginning on February 21 from 11:00 to 1:00 pm at 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Parking is available. RSVP to Zoraida at 617-522-6700 x306 or

New Exhibit at Boston College
Have you visited the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College? A new exhibit will be opening there on February 14: " Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire", presenting a vast array of textiles, inscriptions, sculpture, glass, coins, and pottery from the 2nd - 6th century to explore the lives and experiences of people living in the Roman provinces. The museum, located in Devlin Hall, is free of charge and is open to the public. For more information see or call 617-552-8587.

Brookline Emergency Preparedness "Buddies Program"
The Emergency Preparedness Buddies Program was developed to assist Brookline elders with access and functional needs in preparing for and responding to emergency situations, thereby improving preparedness and resilience among these elders. Brookline residents eligible to participate in the program include: elders, and adults with disabilities, who most often live alone and have little or no family support. The program is free. If you would like to participate or recommend a potential participant to the program, please contact Dawn Sibor at 617-730-2656 or You may also contact Cheryl Snyder at

Events of Interest
Thursday Feb. 5, 2015
Coolidge Corner Branch Library Renovation

The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Brookline has begun the process of evaluating the Coolidge Corner Branch as it considers options for improvements to the Branch. You are invited to attend a Community Meeting scheduled for February 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, to discuss the project. The meeting will be held in the lower level meeting room of the Coolidge Corner Branch Library.

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
From Russia with Love Valentine Concert
St. Paul Church, 15 Saint Paul Street
World renowned Russian husband and wife duo Tamara Volskaya and Anatoly Trofimov return to Mistral stage to play Russian love ballads followed by chamber works by Russian composers Arenksy, Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff. For more information go to

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
TAZA Chocolate Tour
Brookline Recreation Senior 55+ Tour of Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville.
Fee $12 includes transportation. To register call 617-730-2069 or register online at


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