BrooklineCAN: Help your neighbors. Help yourself. Help your town.
March 2017 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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longevityThe Age of Longevity 
BrooklineCAN and Goddard House are sponsoring an evening with authors Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers on Thursday, April 6, 6:00 to 7:45 pm at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street. They will discuss their book The Age of Longevity: Re-Imagining Tomorrow for Our New Long Lives. Dr. Barnett is a senior scientist at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and Caryl Rivers is a professor of journalism at Boston University - both are nationally-known writers. Light refreshments will be served. Free of charge; RSVP to Michaela Barrows by calling (617)731-8500 ext.130 or
videoVideo Camera Operator Volunteers Needed for Age-Friendly City TV Show
The Age-Friendly City committee is seeking volunteers to video record its shows. The committee is particularly interested in volunteers who will help to record segments of shows in community settings. Experience is welcome but not necessary. The Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) will provide free training and will lend equipment. Technical advances in video equipment make it possible for volunteers with modest training to make high quality video recordings. If you are interested or want more information, contact Shirley Selhub (, the producer of Age-Friendly TV. The shows are broadcast on Brookline public access television and can be viewed on the BrooklineCAN website,

house3Creative Use of Extra Space in Homes
BrooklineCAN is looking for seniors who are making creative use of extra space in their homes. We would like to know about your experiences. On June 1, BrooklineCAN is offering an educational program on creative use by seniors of extra space in their homes. We want to provide illustrations of what Brookline seniors are doing. To share your experience, contact Frank Caro ( The program will be offered on Thursday, June 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Senior Center.

theatre5"Live" Theatre in Brookline
Lovers of live theater, particularly British theater, should check the schedule at the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre for presentations from London's prestigious National Theatre. These are filmed performances, captured in high-definition, of actual live productions. Upcoming shows include Ibsen's Hedda Gabler on March 9 and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on April 6. Coming in August is a new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America. There is a senior discount on tickets. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446. Recording 617 - 734 - 2500. Office 617 - 734 - 2501,

italian1Caffe Italiano
It's still winter and dreams of a milder climate may bring back recollections of visits to Italy or the dreams of visiting. Have you wanted to develop and practice your Italian speaking skills you picked up through travel or maybe from classes you have previously taken? The Coolidge Corner Library has the program for you. Every Wednesday at 12:30 pm a group for beginning and intermediate Italian speakers is offered. Intermediate and advanced Italian speakers can attend classes on Fridays at 12 noon. There is no registration necessary and the classes are free. Drop in and see if this is something for you.

bso2Concert March 18
Soloist Abigail Karr will appear with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra when it plays the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64 on March 18 at 8:00 pm at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street. Also featured will be Nicolai's Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor and Schumann's Symphony No 1. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors, free for children 12 and under. See for more about the orchestra and the last concert of the season in May.

water2Water Exercise at High School Pool
The Brookline Recreation Department offers 3 classes at the Kirrane Aquatics Center that are appealing to seniors.
Aqua Jogging is a vigorous, non-impact deep water jogging class. You'll love the benefits that you see from this quick-paced jogging class set to music, without the side effects of knee or joint pain. Monday & Friday 5:30-6:30 pm.
Forever Fit is a gentle low-impact class that increases flexibility, improves muscle tone and gets you in great overall shape while being easy and a lot of fun. Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12:00-1:00 pm.
Water Boot Camp challenges you with a vigorous water workout in the fast-paced but low-impact class helping you improve muscle tone and endurance. Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-6:00 pm.
New sessions start the week of March 6th. There is a 35% discount for seniors.
For more information contact Brookline Recreation at 617-730-2069.

book6Book Talk
These books help us imagine life in Boston in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

One Boy's Boston: 1887-1901, a memoir by famous historian Samuel Eliot Morison, details his boyhood growing up on a Beacon Hill that teemed with trolleys and horses.

Boston Girl. by Anita Diamant is a novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis 1850-1900 by Stephen Puleo tells in dramatic narrative the many breathtaking changes in Boston during that period: the abolitionist movement, the construction of the Back Bay, the development of the subway, the Irish immigration and so much more.

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events2Upcoming Events

Mondays, March 6 & March 13, 9:30-11:30 am

Computer Lab, Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street

Mastering Your iPad
Learn how easy it is to adjust settings to suit your individual needs, how to use the touchscreen interface, and how to add applications to your system using the App store. Fee $40. Senior discounts do not apply. To register call Brookline Adult & Community Education at 617-730-2700.

Monday, March 27 - Sunday, April 2
Climate Week Brookline
Speakers, films, opportunities for action. Check website for detailed schedule.

Thursday, April 20, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
The Reunion Project, Opening Reception
Photographs by Lora Brody: "Interactive, trans-generational presentation". Exhibit in Senior Center gallery April 3 through June 30.

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