Brookline Community Aging Network Age-Friendly Cities - TV
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
May 2016 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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Age-Friendly Cities - TV 
On April 14, 2016 Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) aired Episode 6 in a series of Age-Friendly Cities TV (AFC-TV) programs on local Brookline channels. The program focused on TRIPPS, a new Brookline and Newton sponsored service supporting the life transition of retirement from driving. Program Director Kerri Ann Tester was an exciting guest. Kerri Ann is a driving force in organizing and delivering services essential to all who are or will be changing their modes of transportation to walking, cycling, ride hailing, taxis, public transportation, and other forms particularly aimed at older adults.

TRIPPS is available in the Brookline and Newton Senior Centers and via telephone, web site <>, email and social media. Volunteers are needed as transit advisors, researchers, outreach reps, event planners and admin. Contact Kerri Ann at or 617-730-2644. Check out the Brookline Age-Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.
What's Your Plan for Driving Retirement?
The Brookline/Newton TRIPPS program offers individual support to seniors who are exploring alternatives to driving. This spring, TRIPPS is hosting a two-part panel discussion on the long process of "driving retirement." On Tuesday, May 17 from 6-8 pm, attendees will hear from a panel of professionals who work with seniors navigating the process of retiring from driving, either gradually or suddenly, and either by necessity or by choice. On Thursday, June 16th from 6-8 pm, the panel for the second session will include seniors from our community who currently get around without driving. The panelists will describe their own experiences, discuss the drawbacks and benefits of using various modes of transportation, and talk about overcoming some of the barriers that can keep seniors from exploring and using non-driving options. Both events will be held at the Brookline Senior Center and are free and open to the public. Please call 617-730-2644 to reserve your seat. Light refreshments will be available. For help with transportation to and from these events, please call 617- 730-2644.

New Progress Report on Brookline's Age-Friendly City Initiative
The Brookline Age-Friendly City initiative has released a 27-page report on its extensive accomplishments in the past two years. The report provides an overview of many projects that are included in the collaboration among many Town departments, BrooklineCAN, and the Council on Aging. Three pages are devoted to highlights. The report is available electronically through the BrooklineCAN website:

Paper copies can be requested through the Council on Aging at 617-730-2777. They will also be available at Town Hall. Brookline launched its Age-Friendly City initiative in 2012. The effort to strengthen the Town's age-friendly features continues.

Spanish Treasures: Gaudi to the Alhambra
Have you ever wanted to visit Spain? This lecture by Sally Peabody on Thursday, May 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Brookline High School offers a spirited look at two irresistible Spanish regions: Andalucia in the sunny south and Catalonia in the northeast. Learn about flamenco, tapas, wines, modernista architecture, the Medieval Jewish quarter of ancient Girona, and charming Cadaques, home to Dalí and the inspiration to numerous other painters and writers. $6. Brookline Adult & Community Education, , 617-730-2700,

Books in Bloom
This month the Public Library of Brookline will offer its own twist of the MFA's Art in Bloom. Pick up a map at the Reference Desk to view flower arrangements inspired by books. The pairings will be on display throughout the library on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15. At 2:00 pm on Saturday come to Hunneman Hall to learn from Betsy Williams how to create your own container garden. Books in Bloom will be presented in collaboration with the Brookline and Chestnut Hill Garden Clubs. For more information: or 617-730-2370.

Town Election May 3rd
Tuesday, May 3rd is Town Election Day. Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm. This year we have no contested races for Town-wide offices and no ballot questions. In some precincts, there is competition for seats in Town Meeting. Even though we have a quiet Town election this year it is important that we exercise our right to vote. Too frequently turnout for town elections is only about 10% of registered voters in Brookline. By voting, we let elected officials know that we are paying attention. Seniors traditionally vote in all elections. Let's make sure this town election is no exception to that tradition. See you at the polls May 3rd. Learning Site
The Public Library of Brookline offers Brookline residents access to's library of instructional videos. Normally, using requires a paid subscription, but as a resident library cardholder you can access content from any computer with an Internet connection. Access the Public Library of Brookline's login here. is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including most Microsoft Office programs. There are courses on photography, web site design and set up and many other topics. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. is just one of the dozens of online subscription resources that BPL offers its cardholders. To browse the full list, visit the Library's Online Resources page.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 7-9:15pm
Brookline High School - Schluntz Gym
World Café: Conversation about Race in Brookline

Participate in a community conversation about race in Brookline sponsored by BHS 21st Century Fund. The World Cafe offers opportunities for personal conversations where we could hear directly from BHS students and share our experiences and perspectives with them and one another. For more information see

Saturday, May 7 , 2016, 1-3 pm
Walking Tour of Fisher Hill
This tour will concentrate on the architectural significance of the homes in the area, the history of Fisher Hill and interesting facts about past inhabitants. For more information see BA&CE catalog page 34 or call 617-730-2700. Fee $22.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 5:30-7 pm
Senior Center, 93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA
So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?
Panel discussion featuring local entrepreneurs. Pre-registration is required, free if reserved in advance at 617-730-2770. A $10 fee charged on the day of the event.

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3 pm
All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Brookline Symphony Orchestra
Concert will feature the 2016 Concerto Competition winners performing
Copland, Symphony no.3.

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