Brookline Community Aging Network What's Your Plan for Driving Retirement? Part 2
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
June 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.

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What's Your Plan for Driving Retirement? Part 2
The Brookline/Newton TRIPPS program offers individual support to seniors who are exploring alternatives to driving. The second in a two-part panel discussion series will be presented on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. On the panel will be seniors from our community who already get around town without driving. Some take the T, some use para-transit, some love the buses, some take taxis, some use ride-hailing apps, and others walk or cycle. 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 some seniors from exploring and using non-driving options. Light refreshments will be available. For help with transportation to and from this event, please call 617-730-2644. Both events are free and open to the public. Please call 617-730-2644 to reserve your seat, or reserve online at
Get What's Yours: The Secrets of Maxing Out Your Social Security
Find out what you can collect from Social Security and when you should collect it. Lawrence J. Kotlikoff, an economics professor at Boston University and a columnist, will speak about his new book Get What's Yours. Kotlikoff, a New York Times best-selling author, has been named by The Economist as one of the 25 most influential economists in the world. Come to hear his ideas at a free BrooklineCAN presentation on Monday, July 11 at the Brookline Senior Center. Refreshments at 6 pm, program from 6:30-8 pm. Call 617-730-2770 to register.

Brookline Farmers Market
Brookline's Farmers Market is scheduled to begin its season on June 2! It will be open at the Centre Street West Parking Lot from 1:30 to 6:30 pm every Thursday June 2 thru November 17 rain or shine.

Check out the web site ( for a list of vendors and their products. Happy Shopping!

Popular Author B.A. Shapiro to Speak
Author of best-selling novel The Art Forger, Ms. Shapiro will talk about her latest book, The Muralist, at the Friends of Brookline Library Annual Meeting. Her novel about the art world in the 1940s has a cast of famous artists including Pollock and de Kooning. According to reviewer Lisa Genova, the story is about "art, war, family, truth, and freedom." Come hear the author on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library.

The Beaconsfield Terraces: "An Experiment in Domestic Economy"
Built by Eugene Knapp, a wool merchant, in the early 1890s the terraces were a residential complex in which people owned their units but shared ownership of a 6-acre park, stables, a playhouse (known as the Casino), tennis courts, a playground, and a central heating plant. A bell system connected the houses to the stables so that people could call for their horse and carriage. Today, only the residential buildings (Richter, Frances, Marguerite, Fillmore, Gordon, and Parkman Terraces) remain. This free one-hour tour on June 19 from 10 to 11 am will be presented by Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society. Meet at Star Market at 1717 Beacon Street, Brookline.

Porchfest and Coolidge Corner Arts Festival
Brookline's Inaugural Porchfest, sponsored by Arts Brookline & Brookline Music School, will be held on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 pm with a rain date of Saturday, June 11. Featuring over 60 performers, Brookline Porchfest will celebrate music and community with performances from local musicians on hosted porches around town. Beginning at 3:00 pm, the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival (10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Devotion School), will host its own porch with performances by several Jazz/Rock Ensembles. There you will also find the work of 75 artists plus food and drink.

Web site: Map of the porches and performance times: or pick up a hard copy around town.

Public Health Forum
On June 22 Brookline will be celebrating 20 years of advocating for meaningful health care reform by reviewing its status and looking toward the future. The moderator is former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. The distinguished panelists include: Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, John McDonough, Dolores Mitchell, and Judy Ann Bigby, MD.

The forum will be hosted by the Brookline Senior Center and presented by the Friends of Brookline Public Health and Brookline Adult & Community Education in cooperation with the Department of Public Health, Council on Aging, League of Women Voters, Council on Women, and Department of Veterans Services. The schedule calls for light hors d'oeuvres from 6-7 pm and a panel discussion from 7-9 pm. It is free and registration is not required.

Evergreen Summer Program June 20
Boston University's Evergreen Program for students 58 and over will sponsor a day of learning about a variety of topics on Monday, June 20, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. The $40 fee includes a Bistro Box lunch. There will be three lectures: "Electoral and Gender Politics" with Virginia Sapiro, "Why Jews, Christians, and Muslims Care About Jerusalem" with Michael Zank, and "Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven" with Virginia Eskin. For more information:, or email, or 617-358-1350. You can also check with Evergreen on opportunities to audit regular Boston University courses.

Week Nights in June from 7 to 8:30pm
Brookline Community & Adult Education
A Summer Lecture Series

A series of 8 lectures on different topics from music to local seafood. All lectures are at Brookline High School. For a complete listing and to register, visit or call 617-730-2700. Registration costs $6 per lecture.

Sunday, June 12 at 2pm
Reagle Theater in Waltham

This iconic American classic features some of the most powerful music written for the stage, including "June is Bustin Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". Cost is $39. For more information and to register call 617-730-2777.

Thursday, June 23 from 9 am until 1 pm
Adams National Historic Park

The tour includes the birthplaces of John & John Quincy Adams and the Old House at Peace Field, home to four generations of the Adams family. Trip fee of $10 includes transportation and tour admission. To register call Brookline Recreation Department at 617-730-2069.

Wednesday, July 13 from 2-4 pm
Brookline Senior Center
Save the Date: At Work with Disabilities: Challenges and Solutions
A panel and discussion with disabilities and legal experts to discuss workplace challenges and solutions for mature workers with disabling conditions. Call Deidre Waxman, LICSW at: 617-730-2767 or email: for further information or to register.

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