BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
Summer 2018 Newsletter

Community Aging Network

A membership prganization that
  • 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
SaveBrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

On September 13th BrooklineCAN will hold its 8th annual meeting. This year, the event celebrates Brookline age-friendly businesses. Matt Weiss, host of the Age Friendly Cities TV show, will moderate a panel of age-friendly business leaders, including David Leschinsky of Eureka Puzzles, Kathy Tallman of Coolidge Corner Theater, and Kyle Perzanoski of Brookline Bank. They will discuss how businesses are embracing the Age-Friendly campaign, adopting features intended to make businesses attractive to older people that are also welcomed by customers of all ages. The campaign is co-sponsored by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and the Town's Economic Development Advisory Board. Another feature of the event will be an information fair with additional information about age-friendly businesses and about opportunities for BrooklineCAN participation.

candidates2Election Forum for Legislative Contest

On Monday, August 6, BrooklineCAN and the Senior Center are sponsoring a special election forum for candidates for the "Brookline seat" in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Rebecca Stone and Tommy Vitolo are competing for the Democratic nomination for the position. The seat is open because Frank Smizik is retiring.

The forum will be held at the Senior Center. Doors will open at 4:00 PM. The formal program is tentatively scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM. The forum is open to all. Candidates will be asked to speak particularly about issues of greatest concern to seniors. For more information about the format for the forum, check the BrooklineCAN website.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 4.

concert2Brookline Recreation Summer Concerts

Family and friends can gather at Cypress Park (Cypress Street & Tappan Street) for an evening of good friends and great entertainment. Bring a picnic basket, your lawn chair, and a group of people eager to have a good time, then sit back, and enjoy a variety of music. Children can play on the equipment within the park as well as in the splash pad or dance along in front of the stage to the music. Access the concert schedule at

cclibrary1Coolidge Corner Library Update

During renovations, a mini-library is open right across Pleasant Street in Sussman House. A huge LIBRARY sign leads to a tiny space where you can drop off items and pick up books you've ordered. A recent visit revealed a very efficient operation. See for yourself! Hours: 9:00 - 4:00 Monday thru Friday.

Pickleball2Pickleball is Here!

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn. This fun sport combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and with a slightly modified tennis net. Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.

Brookline Parks & Recreation has a Pickleball court at Warren Field. Come out and play; bring your own paddle/ball or use one of ours! Instruction will be available. $5. (drop in fee) Tuesday 5 - 7 pm starting July 10th.
For video of Pickleball see

booksale2 - CopyBook Sale Volunteer

Are you a book lover - as well as physically strong, sturdy, and able? And are you looking for some volunteer time that's fun and satisfying? We might have the job for you! The Friends of the Brookline Public Library runs a used book sale at the Brookline Village location that could use a volunteer or two to help handle the volume of books we receive from day to day. Tasks include sorting and shelving incoming materials, refilling the sales areas with new materials, and culling materials as needed. Minimum of two hours per week is required, preferably on a regular schedule. If interested, please contact,

isles3An Island Getaway to the Isles of Shoals

If the open sea is your idea of a getaway, take a cruise with the Brookline Recreation Department on Thursday, July 12. After a quick bus ride to Portsmouth, NH, you'll sail to the historic Isles of Shoals. Settled by Capt. John Smith, the Isles served as a hideout for notorious pirates, a mecca for the colonial fishing trade, and a resort for intellectuals. You will visit the site of a former resort and several historic structures. Birders should bring binoculars! Pick up at the Senior Center and at Soule Recreation Center. 9:45 -4:30. Fee: (Res/NR) $48/$64. To register or for more info: 617-730-2069.

next3Book Talk

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson. (2016) Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything - until it wasn't. 192 pages.

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. (2018) Ernt, a troubled Vietnam POW, moves with his wife and daughter to a remote cabin in Alaska, where the harsh conditions bring out the worst in him. His paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what daughter Leni, age 13, sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. 448 pages.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter, by Margareta Magnusson. (2018) Look around your home. After you are gone, how easy will it be for your children or others to sort through everything? This book is a guide to making an easier transition for those left behind. 128 pages.

netflix2Bingeing on Netflix

Experience life in Turkey in this month's recommendation. Winter Sun offers a tale of family life, intrigue, mistaken identity, passion and an opportunity to observe everyday life among families from two different social classes. Addictive! English subtitles. Fifty (yes 50!) episodes.

Upcoming Events

All of the activities listed below are sponsored by Brookline Adult & Community Education. To register or for more information contact them at 617-730-2700.

Mondays, July 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2018, 1-3 pm.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline
Chamber Music of Ludwig van Beethoven
Course will look at a large repertoire of Beethoven's chamber music.
Fee $96 for four sessions.

Mondays, August 6, 13 & 20, 2018, 1 - 3 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester St
Jazz Styling of Thelonious Monk
Over the course of three sessions you will hear samples from all jazz worlds Monk inhabited during his career. Fee $84.

Tuesdays, August 7, 14 & 21, 2018, 6-8 pm.
Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline
Stamps and Postal History
If you ever collected stamps or considered collecting this maybe the course for you. Fee $90.

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:30-8:00 pm
Unified Arts Building, 46 Tappan Street, Brookline
Goats and Sheep and Buffalo, Oh My!
Learn and taste different cheeses made from not just cows milk. Fee of $58 includes a fee for the cheese you will be sampling.

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