Brookline Community Aging Network December 2013 Newsletter
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
December 2013 Newsletter 

About the Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Enables older residents to remain independent and fully engaged in the life of the community
  • Builds intergenerational networks
  • Engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of Brookline's older residents
  • Makes our town an even better place for all

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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

This month we introduce a new feature: Deal of the Month. We inform you about one of BrooklineCAN's valuable services, winter sidewalk monitoring. You will learn about a pen pal project, a presentation on Duke Ellington, and much more. Please tell your friends about BrooklineCAN... in fact, Forward this newsletter to them. in fact, forward this newsletter to them.

Deal of the Month
Need some exercise? Consider swimming at the Brookline Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center, 60 Tappan Street. Resident seniors pay just $3.00 to swim in the lap pool. Located one block from the Riverside Brookline Hllls T stop, the pool is open for adult lap swimming: 6-7:30 am, 12-3 and 7-8 pm. To confirm hours and for more information call 617-713-5435.

Heath School Pen Pal Project Needs You!
Become a pen pal of a Heath School first grader. In order to participate, you must be willing to write one letter a month (for four months) to your 1st Grade Pen Pal. Letters will be exchanged from January through April. In May, Heath School will have a reception so that you can meet your Pen Pal in person.If you are interested in participating, call Erica Sawyer at 617-730-2772.

ARTZ, Artists for Alzheimer's Dinner Lecture
Discover how the arts can bring forth a person with Alzheimer's disease to engage and learn. ARTZ founders John Zeisel, Ph.D., author of I'm Still Here, and Sean Caulfield, Ed.M. will be guest speakers at a dinner lecture at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline, Wednesday, December 4, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The speakers will discuss the principles of art as a healing agent in the community and the evolution of the ARTZ programing over ten years at the Louvre, MOMA and arts organizations right here in Brookline with their It Takes A Village program. RSVP by calling 617-731-8500, x 130 or email

Winter Sidewalk Monitoring
Our winter sidewalk monitoring team is seeking volunteers. We want to assure that sidewalks in the commercial areas are free of snow and ice after winter storms. Brookline requires that property owners clear sidewalks after storms. In commercial areas, especially prompt action is expected. Unfortunately, compliance is spotty. Enforcement is triggered by complaints. After each storm, our coordinator puts out a call for volunteers. Team members walk through the commercial areas, document conditions, and submit reports to the Town on sidewalks that need attention. For information about joining our winter sidewalk monitoring team, contact Frank Caro 617-739-9228 or

Brookline Historical Society
The Brookline Historical Society (BHS) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Brookline's diverse history, to collecting, preserving, and maintaining artifacts of Brookline's past, and to sharing the story of the town and its people with residents and visitors alike.

BHS invites you to join their efforts on behalf of present and future generations. For more information see Brookline Historical Society or call 617-566-5747.

Style, Elegance, Sophistication, Urbanity, Cool
Renowned jazz musician Duke Ellington embodied all those qualities. Among his best known songs are "Take the A Train", "It Don't Mean a Thing", and "Satin Doll."

Brookline Adult & Community Education offers an opportunity to explore the storied career of Duke Ellington and the social history of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. The program will be presented by singer/storyteller Nanette Perrotte at Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Cost is $6.00.

Register on-line at , by phone at 617-730-2700, in person at the high school in Room 100, or by mail at BA&CE, PO Box 150, Brookline, MA. 02446. Seniors get a 30% discount but you cannot get the discount if you register on-line.

Free Library Concerts
Mark your calendars for musical interludes in 2014 at the Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street. The Brookline Library Music Association will present free concerts Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm on January 12, February 9, March 9, and April 13. The January 12 concert features Sachiko Murata, oboe and Fumi Numbu, piano. For the full list of concerts, see or call the library at 617-730-2370.

Book Groups
Dec. 9, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
Brookline Booksmith Book Club
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets the second Monday of every month, at 7:30 pm down in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up.

Dec 16, 2013 @ 2-3:30 pm
Council on Aging Book Group at Putterham Library Poetry Discussion
Selections including works by Emily Dickenson, Billy Collins, and Mary Oliver. In addition, copies of Good Poems for Hard Times, edited by Garrison Keillor, will be available.

Winter Farmers Market
The Brookline Winter Farmers Market is open every Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm until June 15. Located at The Arcade, 318 Harvard St., vendors include Clear Flour Bakery, Silverbrook Farms, Stillman Farms, The Popover Lady, Valicenti Organico, Cape Cod Fish Share, The Amazing Smokehouse, Little Beehive Farm, The Cupcakery, Cookie Lady Treats, Four Star Farms, Samira's Homemade and Narragansett Creamery.

Senior Cinema - Coolidge Corner Branch Library
Enjoy excellent free movies on Thursday afternoons at the Brookline Public Library Coolidge Corner Branch, 31 Pleasant Street. Refreshments are served at 1:00 and the movie starts at 1:30 pm. For a listing of the current month's films, pick up a flyer at the library or call 617-730-2380.

Uncoming Events

Feet of Clay 2013 Show & Sale 21 Station Street, Brookline

  • Opening Dec. 5th 5-9 pm
  • Fridays: Dec. 6th, 13th, 20th, 10 am-8 pm
  • Saturdays: Dec. 7th, 14th, 21st, 10 am-6 pm
  • Sundays: Dec. 8th, 15th, 22th, 11 am-6 pm
  • Seconds for sale beginning Sunday Dec. 8th

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