BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
April 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
agisn1  "Ending Ageism" Program  Rescheduled for April 19 Due to :&inclement weather, Margaret Morganroth Gullette's talk and book signing on "Ending Ageism" planned for March at the library, has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 19, at the Senior Center. Refreshments 6 to 6:30 pm, program and discussion 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Free of charge, call 617-730-2770 to register. If you have already registered for the original date, you DO NOT need to register again.
CandidatesBrooklineCAN Election Forum on April 26
BrooklineCAN is sponsoring an election forum on Thursday, April 26 at the Senior Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year in the annual Town election (May 8), voters will choose two Select Board Members plus three School Committee members, five Library Board members, and consider ballot questions for an Override and a Debt Exclusion. The forum will focus on the contested races, the Override, and the Debt Exclusion. Candidates will have opportunities to make brief opening statements followed by questions from the audience. Candidates and Override advocates will be asked to give special attention to senior concerns.

MemberThe Power of Play
Engage in "The Power of Play: Games, Puzzles, and Trivia to Keep Your Brain Young." at BrooklineCAN's annual Spring Membership Celebration at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm. Play alone or in groups as participants compete with the same game or puzzle at the same time, ensuring a lively, informative, interactive, and thoroughly enjoyable evening. Refreshments will be served at tables throughout the room and attendees are free to work with others across the room. Nancy Linde, author of two books of games, will lead the program. This event is free for current BrooklineCAN members. A charge of $10 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check), can be applied to membership. For information call 617-730-2777.

paula_spanBulletins from the Front Lines - Speaker May 24
BrooklineCAN is pleased to present New York Times writer Paula Span, who will give the Helen Kass Memorial Lecture Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Senior Center. Span writes the column "The New Old Age", reporting on a variety of subjects related to aging and caregiving. She will discuss trends, opportunities and challenges. This event honors the memory of Helen Kass, a cherished and dedicated member of Brookline CAN from its earliest days. Helen served on the Education Committee and helped develop the speaker events that are now so valuable to the community; at the Senior Center she was a leader of the Alzheimer's support groups. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

Age tvBrookline Bicycles and Pedestrians Committees
The 16th Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) show focuses on two Brookline initiatives, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees. In 2016 the Town of Brookline filed a Complete Streets Policy with the State. Brookline's policy represents a shift from designing streets for cars to designing them for people of all ages and abilities, including the town's most vulnerable users.

Our guests are John Bowman and David Trevvett representing the two
committees key to the implementation of the policy. Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN.

Public Health Week April 2-7


April 2 NotFakeNews: Public Health and Climate Change
April 3 Hello Brookline: The Conversation Game for Living and Dying Well
April 3 Public Health & Gun Control - Who really is in control?

April 4 The Secret Lives of Tweens & Teens
April 5 You Are The Help Until Help Arrives
April 6 Stink! A Movie by Jon J. Whelan
April 7 Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge

Full details are at (or call 617-730-2300 for more information):

poetry2An Evening of Poetry Translations April 25
Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi A. Sesling, will host "An Evening of Poetry Translations" on Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm at Hunneman Hall, Main Library, Brookline Public Library (617-730-2370), 361 Washington Street. Poems will be read in their original language and translated into English. There will be German, Russian, French, Persian (Farsi), Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and more. The program is free of charge. Come and enjoy this intriguing event.

next3Book Talk
We hope you have been enjoying our monthly suggestions. Please send comments and recommendations to

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah. (2016) These autobiographical tales by the wildly popular host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show are related with humor and pathos.

Restless, by William Boyd. (2006) This espionage thriller and domestic drama features two strong female protagonists, set in 1939 and 1976.

In the Midst of Winter, by Isabel Allende. (2017) Three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester Street
Contra Dancing in the Ballroom
Featuring with Sue Rosen, caller, Amy Larkin on fiddle and Debby Knight on piano. For advance ticket purchase online go to:

Saturday, April 14, 3-6 pm
Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline
Annual Gala & Benefit Mass-Care
The Campaign for Single Payer: Medicare for All Speakers: State Senator Barbara L'Italien & UMass economist Gerald Friedman. Live music & refreshments.Handicap-accessible, $35. Info & register:

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8 am - 6 pm.
A Cape Cod Breeze - Fee - $129.00
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8 am - 7pm
Down East Maine - Fee - $129.00
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 7 am - 9 pm
Hyde Park: Home of the Roosevelts - Fee $139.00
Brookline Adult Education is offering three bus tours this spring. These day-long tours are led by knowledgeable guides. Registration is required at least 14 days in advance. For information and to register call the Brookline Adult Education at 617-730-2700

Saturday & Sunday, April 28-29, 2018, 11 am to 5 pm
Brookline Open Studios
Artists will be exhibiting in spaces throughout Brookline, including homes, local businesses and the Senior Center. For information on scheduled events see .

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