Brookline Community Aging Network Co-Founders Honored by Mass. Councils on Aging
BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
Summer 2015 Newsletter 

The Brookline
Community Aging Network

  • Focuses on Brookline as a great place to live
  • Provides information for older residents that helps them 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
 Co-Founders Honored by
  Mass. Councils on Aging 

Ruthann Dobek, Frank Caro, and the Brookline Community Aging Network (BrooklineCAN) were honored on June 5 by the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) with the 2015 "Innovator of the Year" award. In presenting the award, Jayne Colino, Director of the Newton Senior Center and past president of MCOA, stated that the accomplishments and approaches taken by BrooklineCAN co-chairs Dobek and Caro "inspire her". She added that BrooklineCAN has brought collaborations and partnerships to a whole new level.

Colino stated, "Overall, BrooklineCAN's effort has raised awareness about and engaged more people in the opportunities to age healthy in Brookline, has raised awareness about challenges to that goal, and engaged more members of the community in advocating for solutions to these challenges." For additional information about Brookline Community Aging Network, visit or call 617-730-2777.
BrooklineCAN 2015 Annual Meeting
Save the date for the 2015 BrooklineCAN expo and annual meeting on Thursday, September 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The event will be held at the Brookline Senior Center , 93 Winchester Street. Local transportation options for seniors who do not drive will be the special topic for the meeting. Former Governor Michael Dukakis will be awarded the BrooklineCAN community service award for his advocacy for walking and use of public transportation.

BSC Theatre Club Summer Extravaganza
The Brookline Senior Center Theatre Club has a fantastic schedule of events this summer. Sunday July 12 is Kiss Me Kate at the Reagle Theater in Waltham ($39). Then on Thursday July 20 it is off to see the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI ($15). On Sunday August 9 it is back to the Reagle Theater in Waltham to see Wonderful Town ($39). The price of these trips includes the show and/or game plus transportation. If you have never been on a BSC Theatre Club trip, this summer is the time to take part. To reserve a place and for information of time of departure for each event, call 617-730-2777.

H.E.L.P. Is on the Way
Could you use a little help? An escort to a medical appointment? Some house cleaning? A bit of companionship? The Senior Center Home and Escort Linkage Program (H.E.L.P.) is just a phone call away. This free service finds trained, dependable workers who can help you at an affordable rate. All Brookline residents age 62 and up are eligible. Presently, 364 clients are enrolled, ranging in age from 62 to over 100 years old. Contact H.E.L.P. at 617-730-2752. After a phone interview and a brief home visit, you will be on your way to finding the help you need!

Brookline Seeks Volunteers
The Town of Brookline is seeking volunteers to fill positions on many of its boards and commissions. This is a great opportunity to use your expertise and serve our town. Some of them are: Advisory Committee on Public Health, Economic Development Advisory Board, Information Technology Advisory Committee, Housing Advisory Board, and Parks and Recreation Commission. There are more than 28 other boards, commissions and committees with openings. For a complete list of Town Boards and Commissions, click here. If you are interested, you can get applications in the Selectman's Office at Town Hall or at Applications are due August 28.

Recreation Department Offers Free Outdoor Concerts

Bring a blanket, a chair, and a picnic basket! Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the Daniel E. Ford Playground, Emerson Park (off Davis Ave.)

July 8 - Cold Chocolate - Americana style
July 15 - The Love Dogs - Rhythm and Blues
July 22 - Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys - Children's
July 29 - Studio Two - Beatles Tribute
August 5 - Koliba - Afro-pop
August 12 - East Coast Soul - Soul

For more information or to check for weather cancellations, call 617-730-2069.

Bountiful Brookline Hosts Food Film Series
Sponsored by BIG, Brookline Interactive Group, this series provides a tantalizing selection of documentary films and local tastings--seasonal local food snacks will be provided. The summer series at 46 Tappan Street includes Food, Inc. (July 9), the film that sparked an awakening about what we eat; Queen of the Sun, What the Bees are Telling Us (August 13); and Fed Up (September 10), which examines the connection between what you eat and exercise. Limited seating. Visit for information and reservations. For questions about the venue contact BIG at 617-731-8566.

Leonard Bernstein and the Theatre
Brookline Adult & Community Education offers a three session course examining the theatrical works of Massachusetts native, Leonard Bernstein, and assessing his music theatre works, compositions, and collaborations with fellow artists. Bernstein's musicals include West Side Story, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and Candide. Class will conclude with in-depth study of Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein's one-act opera. The class runs for 3 Fridays, Aug 7-21, 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. To register call Brookline Adult & Community Education 617-730-2700.

Upcoming Events

Brookline Recreation Senior 55+ Trips
Many wonderful trips this summer. See list below. Price includes transportation. Bus pickup is at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street and Soule Recreation Center, 652 Hammond Street. To register or for more information call the Brookline Recreation Department at 617-730-2069.

July 9 9:45 am-5 pm ($10)
Natick Mall/Shoppers World
July 21 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Revere Beach ($10)
Aug. 6 9:45 am-3:30 pm
Spirit of Boston ($60) Harbor cruise with lunch
Aug. 18 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Mystic Seaport ($15)

Wednesday July 15 at 2:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center

Party of the Century - Celebrating any resident of Brookline and surrounding communities who will turn 99 years or older during 2015.
For more information contact Julie Washburn at 617-730-2770 or

It Takes a Village Walking Club at 10:15 am Goddard House
165 Chestnut Street

July 17 Allandale Farm
Aug. 21 Jamaica Pond
This program welcomes people with dementia and their care givers. Transportation is available at Goddard House and a complimentary lunch is provided at Goddard House after each walk. For more info or to RSVP contact Dee Brenner at 617-879-7237.





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