BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
May 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
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youngMembership Program May 18th 
Join us on May 18, from 5:30 -7:30 pm at the Senior Center, for "How to Stay Young While Growing Older - and Have Fun Doing It".

Refreshments, light beverages and wine will be served. Guests will be treated to an amusing look at aging through cartoons, as well as presentations by Steve Shain and Stacy Greenspan on easy exercises you can do at home and also ways to "Make it Safe" at home. Steve is the popular exercise coach at the Center and Stacy has been an active member off BCAN's Providers Network. Ample time will be scheduled for interactive table discussions.

This gathering will educate, enlighten and amuse you so be sure to bring a friend who may not already know about BrooklineCAN or has become inactive. Sign up for this free event by sending email with May 18 in the Subject: line, and list your name and that of any guests, and a phone number, or call 617-730-2770.
chair2This Chair Rocks! A Manifesto Against Ageism
Ashton Applewhite has written books and blogs and she has spoken widely in a movement to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind. She will be speaking at the Brookline Senior Center Thursday, May 4. Refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 pm and the program with discussion runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. See for more information. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

HouseCreative Use of Extra Space in Your Home
BrooklineCAN is sponsoring a workshop for seniors and their families on how to put extra space in their homes to good use. The workshop is scheduled for June 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Senior Center. Len Fishman, a senior housing expert and Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, will provide an overview of the possibilities. Staff of the Brookline Building, Planning, and Health Departments will be on hand with information on what the Town allows people to do with their homes and what obligations homeowners have if they rent space to others. Some Brookline seniors who are already making creative use of the space in their homes will share their experiences. The workshop is designed to stimulate thinking and provide answers to questions. This event is free. You are encouraged to register at 617-730-2777.

Presentation1Keeping People Mobile Today and Tomorrow
Come to the Senior Center on Tuesday, May 23, 6:00-8:00 pm to welcome Lisa D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. from the MIT AgeLab. Dr. D'Ambrosio will speak on Keeping People Mobile Today and Tomorrow: Research at the MIT AgeLab. She will present the results of several recent projects at the lab and will describe research on changes drivers make to how they drive and get around as they age, and what older drivers think about new vehicle technologies and self-driving cars. Register online at or by calling the TRIPPS line at 617-730-2644. For more information about the speaker and this free program, see the TRIPPS web site

THBTower Hill Botanical Garden Tour
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is the headquarters of the Worcester County Horticultural Society (WCHS). In 1986 WCHS purchased Tower Hill Farm in Boylston, MA. There are 17 district gardens on more than 130 acres, much of it preserved as woodlands and open space. Tower Hill is dedicated to the cultivation and display of some of the most exquisite plants in the world. On May 24 the Brookline Recreation Department has a trip planned to the garden with a docent-led guide. The trip fee of $30 covers transportation and admission to the garden. To register call 617-730-2069.

pottery2Pottery Show and Sale
The Feet of Clay spring pottery show and sale which began on April 27 will continue daily through Sunday May 7. The studio is at 21 Station Street in Brookline Village. Frank Caro is among the potters whose work will be included in the show. Frank has a good supply of his popular French butter dishes. He will contribute the proceeds from his sales to BrooklineCAN. Check the Feet of Clay website for show hours

jfk3JFK Birth Centennial Celebration
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born near Coolidge Corner in Brookline May 29, 1917. The Centennial of his birth will be celebrated this month in many places, most specially at the JFK National Historic Site, 83 Beals Street, Brookline, 617-566-7937. On May 26 there will be a ceremony, "What JFK Means to Me" with local Devotion School students and on May 29, the JFK Centennial Celebration will include speeches, tours, music, cake and more. Additional historic site and Brookline community events associated with the Centennial are listed on the National Historic Site web page.

bookBook Talk
Although they have different themes, these novels tell stories that make you care about the characters and want to know what happens next.

The Nest, a novel by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.
Dad has left a $2 million nest egg to four siblings to inherit when the youngest turns 40. But mother has allowed the eldest brother to squander the money! Read what happens next!

Lilac Girls, a novel based on actual events, by Martha Hall Kelly.
Three women narrate this story based on actual people whose destinies converged in or around Ravensbrück, Hitler's concentration camp for women.

Maisie Dobbs, a novel by Jacqueline Winspear. (First of 14 books)
For those who love a series, this book introduces Maisie, a bright 13-year-old English girl working as a maid at a grand house in London in 1910. Her employer allows her to use the library and there she meets Maurice Blanche, a famous investigator, and an unimaginable destiny begins.

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events2Upcoming Events
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7:00 am - 8:00pm
Sixteen Precincts in Brookline
To check where you vote go to Where Do I Vote and fill out the form.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 am - 12 noon
Larz Anderson Park, 15 Newton Street, Brookline
Spring Walking Meditation: Peace is Every Step
Walking meditation is an easy way to improve your physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Brookline Adult Education is offering a one session class. Fee is $10. To register, call 617-730-2700 or register online at

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 and 21
Village Library 361 Washington Street, Brookline
Books in Bloom
This year, the Chestnut Hill Garden Club and Garden Club of Brookline will collaborate again with the Public Library of Brookline to present the 2nd Books in Bloom event, modeled after the Museum of Fine Arts "Art in Bloom". The garden clubs create floral arrangements inspired by the cover, title, or content of a book - these will be displayed throughout the library.

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