Brookline Community Aging Network Summer 2013 Newsletter
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Summer 2013 Newsletter 

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  • Enables older residents to remain independent and fully engaged in the life of the community
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  • Engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of Brookline's older residents
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Dear Brookline Neighbor,

There's lots to do in Brookline and environs over the summer - in this issue we tell you about outdoor movies and concerts, some fascinating museums, theater offerings, and a national historic site. We inform you of a new program to help seniors plan for employment and volunteer opportunities; we let you know the dates of some upcoming events in the fall, and much more. Please tell your friends about fact, forward this newsletter to them.



REAP Kickoff July 24
The Senior Center announces a newly revised JOBS program for Brookline residents 60 and older - the Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program (REAP). Recognizing that seniors want to remain engaged in the community, REAP addresses those already retired, those newly retired, and those thinking about and planning for retirement. Some may wish to increase their income with a part-time job while others may be interested in various volunteer opportunities, including stipend volunteer work. The program on July 24, 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Senior Center, will feature of panel of speakers and will include the presentation "Boomers Shifting Gears". This event is free and open to all. Contact: Deborah Waxman on line or call 617-730-2767.

Summer Movie Series
Baseball is the theme of this year's Brookline Recreation Department Thursday evening Outdoor Film Series at Devotion School, 345 Harvard Street. The shows are free and open to the public and begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm). Bring your picnic blanket or folding chair for comfortable viewing under the stars. Films are: July 11, "The Bad News Bears"; July 18, "The Sandlot"; and July 25, "Field of Dreams". Contact: (click on Special Events) or 617-730-2088.

Landscape Architecture in Brookline
The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, right here in Brookline at 99 Warren Street, announces expanded summer tour hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 and 11:00 am, and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm. The Olmsted grounds are open for self-guided tours 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Grounds guides can be found by the visitor entrance.

Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost park maker. He moved his home to Brookline in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. For more information about the site's collections, grounds, and educational programs, as well as volunteer opportunities, see or call 617-566-1689.

New Executive Director at Goddard House
John Moniz recently joined Goddard House Assisted Living as Executive Director, bringing an extensive background of working with seniors. Voted by the Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association as Executive Director of the Year in 2011, Moniz has experience in assisted living management, finance and compliance on state and national levels.

For more information visit the website: or contact Ginny Mazur, Community Partnership Director, at or 617-731-8500 x. 104. or John Moniz at or 617-731-8500 x. 101

Waterworks Museum
"Ever wonder where your water comes from? Before you say 'from the tap', think again. It had to get to the tap from somewhere. But where? And how?" This is the opening statement on the Waterworks Museum web site.

The Waterworks Museum is located at 2450 Beacon Street, Boston on the site of the original Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station. If you have not been to visit you are missing out on a truly remarkable experience. Besides the fascinating equipment you'll hear some important regional stories about clean water, health, people, brilliant engineers, and magnificent architecture. These stories tell how Boston grew to be the city it is today.

The Museum's summer hours are Wednesday 11:00 am-9:00 pm and Thursday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00 pm. Admission is free but donations are always appreciated.

Fiddler and Les Miz
The Senior Center Theater Club announces two selections for this summer, presented at the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham. Fiddler on the Roof, Saturday, July 13, is a timeless classical musical with songs like "Tradition", "Matchmaker", and "Sunrise, Sunset". Les Miserables, Saturday, August 10, is a celebrated Tony- and Oscar-winning musical in Reagle's sumptuous and exciting new production. Both are at 2:00 pm at a cost of $38. Transportation from the Senior Center is provided. For tickets and more information, contact club founder and coordinator Ted Shamitz 617-487-5573 or the Brookline Senior Center 617-730-2770.

Free Summer Concerts
Check out the Recreation Department's Summer Concert Series at Emerson Park, Davis Avenue and Emerson Street, Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, July 10 to August 14. For more information, see our summer concert article or call 617-730-2069.

BATV Interview with Dorothy Kelly Day
Last month on SENIOR SCENE Betty Joel interviewed Dorothy Kelly Day, Executive Director of Center Communities Brookline and VP of Government Relations for Hebrew Senior Life. She talks about the Health Clinic now at 100 Centre Street open to the public providing primary and long term care. The Health Clinic currently has 150 patients. Details regarding services provided and eligibility are part of the interview discussion. The program will run in July at BATV on Thursday 7pm; Sunday 7:30 pm, and Friday 1pm Channel 3. You can also view the program from the BATV website.

The Genius of Everyday Things
Have you visited the MIT Museum? This summer is a good time. Along with its many other displays is a special exhibit: "Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things", presenting 36 objects such as the dowel, the tea bag, and the zipper, that are so common we rarely think about them, yet they are the hidden heroes of everyday life and the utmost examples of sustainability and functional aesthetics. The exhibit runs through September 27. The museum is at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Admission: Adults: $10.00; youth under 18, students, seniors: $5:00; children under age 5: free. For more information see or call 617-253-5927.

Book Groups
Brookline Booksmith, located in Coolidge Corner, holds its book club meeting the second Monday of every month in their downstairs reading room. Selected for the July 8, 2012 event is Wilderness by Lance Weller. Time: 7:30 pm, no sign up necessary, just show up! A list of past selections can be found on their website.

Save The Date

Sept 16 BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting
Sept 22 Brookline Day
Oct 3   "The Accessible Home"

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