Thursday, September 15, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. The theme of the meeting is "Housing for Seniors: Trends, Resources, and Opportunities" and the keynote speaker will be Len Fishman, Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston. With refreshments, information tables, and ample opportunity to socialize, this event is always an enjoyable end to the summer and beginning of the fall season. Press release
Sunday, October 29, Zamir Chorale Concert - Special Offer for Brookline Seniors
4:00 pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom. Eastern melodies, American jazz and tunes from the Yiddish musical theater. Refreshments after the concert. Tickets are normally $30/$36 for members/non-members, but if people order them through the Senior Center (617-730-2770) tickets will be discounted to $10.00. The Temple is at 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline (Kent Street T Stop).
Saturday, Novenber 4, Conversation with Ron Hoffman
Talk & Discussion 10:30-11:30 a.m., Reception at 12:00 p.m.
Goddard House Assisted Living, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline
Join us for a talk an discussion with Ron Hoffman, founder and director of Compassionate Care ALS in West Falmouth, MA. Ron is the author of Sacred Bullet, a memoir about the art of living through catastrophic circumstances.
or call her at 617-731-8500-x130.
Thursday, November 9, Transportation in the Arts
Join Meghan Melvin, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to explore the MFA's rapidly expanding collection of transportation design drawings, and to learn more about the 19th-century origins of the Museum's current design initiative!
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Doors open at 6:30pm, Presentation at 7:00pm.
$20 for non-members $15 for Larz Anderson members $5 with valid student I.D.
For more information about our Community History Series click here.
Wednesday, November 15, Health Care Sound Off
What do you want from your health care? Does the current system address your needs? What aspects of health care could be changed to improve your experience? If you have stories, concerns, opinions to share, or if you want to listen to others’ experiences with health care, join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 pm at the Brookline Senior Center for a timely discussion about your healthcare at the Health Care Sound-Off! There is no charge for the program and refreshments will be served.
This event is organized by a local chapter of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots movement that brings together health professionals and patient advocates to organize for a health care system that is affordable, accessible, equitable. We believe that health care is a right and that coverage should be universal: everybody in, nobody out. For over a year, we have been touring around the Greater Boston Area to hear stories from people like you about their health care concerns and needs. For more information, visit our website: http://rightcarealliance.org/. To register or for more information please call Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or
Monday, December 4, An Evening with Stephen Kinzer
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village Library,
361 Washington Street
In his new book, The True Flag, award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer will take us back to Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt's time to show us how the power of the press and "fake news" shaped our past as it does the present.
Tuesday, December 5, Lecture and Book Signing
John Ratey, MD, author of Spark and Go Wild, applies the principles of his writing and pioneering research to health aging in this evening preentation.
6-7:30, Reception: 6-6:30, Program with Discussion: 6:30 - 7:30
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Free of charge, Please call 617-730-2770 to register
February 20, March 1, April 3 & 13 The Dialogue Starts Here…HELLO Brookline
Public event for the town-wide initiative “The Dialogue Starts Here- HELLO Brookline,“ funded by a grant from The Brookline Community Foundation, coordinated by Center Communities of Brookline with community partners. We’ll have refreshments and a brief presentation, then enjoy the conversation game “HELLO.” The goal is to provide a comfortable venue to have meaningful conversations about “what matters most,” using the game as a catalyst to be able to express our values and wishes in the event of a serious illness or at end of life. Materials will be supplied to all attending for “next steps” in their Advance Care planning. Registration is required.
Dates and locations:
Tuesday, February 20th 5:30-7:30 at the Coolidge Corner Library in the Community Room. Click here to register or call 617-730-2380.
Thursday, March 1st 5:30-7:30pm at the Main Library’s Hunneman Hall. Click here to register or call 617-730-2370.
Tuesday, April 3rd at the Brookline Senior Center from 1:30-3pm - as part of Brookline Public Health Week. To register call 617-730-2770.
Friday, April 13th 1:30-3:30 at the Putterham Library Community Room . Click here to register or call 617-730-2385.
The show begins on Thursday, December 7 and continues daily through Saturday, December 23. The Feet of Clay Studio is at 21 Station Street in Brookline. The attached announcement includes the times when the studio is open. Thirty-five local potters will be displaying their work at the show.
January 3 – February 28, Watercolor Exhibit, Group Meditation, at Gallery 93
Gallery 93 at the Brookline Senior Center is honored to present Group Meditation, by artist Shirley Selhub. The exhibit runs from January 3 through February 28, 2018. A reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 4-6 pm. Gallery 93, located at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map) is open from 8:30-5:00, Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, January 3, Recreational Marijuana Information Session
1 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (“CNB”) expects to begin accepting applications by marijuana establishments for recreational marijuana licenses on April 1, 2018. If applications are approved by the CNB, these licenses would allow recreational marijuana establishments to open for business as early as June 1, 2018 in communities across the Commonwealth, including Brookline.
The legislation permits local regulation by General or Zoning By-Law of the time, place, and manner of marijuana establishments, with some limitations. Some types of local law regulation require approval in a town-wide referendum in addition to a favorable
We would like more direction from the community. Your feedback matters! Please consider attending an information session at the Senior Center on Wednesday, January 3 at 1 p.m., regarding recreational marijuana with members from the Planning and Community Development Department. In addition, please help by completing a brief 5-minute survey linked here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8D2ZYLP
Monday, January 15, Brookline's celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
3 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
The theme for this year’s event is “The Radical King-- The Fierce Urgency of Now.”
Dr. Chad Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, is our keynote speaker. Dr. King, as civil rights activist and moral leader, was much more radical in his time than he is now remembered. Dr. Williams will ask us to think about how Dr. King's words and actions can be applied to today's troubling times.
The program includes poetry, music and the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Also featuring: poet/performer Regie Gibson, Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling and, from Brookline High School, slam poet Carolyn Parker-Fairbain and the a capella group Testostatones.
This event is free but to guarantee a seat you must reserve a ticket beforehand.
Reserved tickets are available on EventBrite until Sunday, January 14. On the day of the event, Monday, January 15, any remaining tickets will be available only at the Coolidge Corner Theater box office when it opens.
PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited, so come early. Doors will open at 2:30 pm.
Sign language interpretation will be provided.
The Coolidge Corner Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Saturday, January 20, Snowflake Festival
Brookline Arts Center. 1:00-3:00 pm. Stroll through our studio spaces and try out exciting projects in mixed media, comic creation, jewelry making, 3D sculpture and more! Warm up with some hot cocoa as you watch a live pottery demo, listen to music by Hugh Hanley and meet our teachers. This year's Snowflake Festival will also serve as the reception for our annual Student Exhibition that will be on view in the gallery. 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, 617-566-5715.
Saturday, February 24, March 24, April 28 "Cool" Classics
Winter / Spring Concert Series 2018.
Join us at Goddard House Assisted Living for a trio of “mostly” classical music
concerts featuring talented musicians performing a wide range of repertoires.
All receptions start at 3:00pm followed by concerts
from 3:30 - 4:30pm and are free of charge.
165 Chestnut Street, Brookline, MA
RSVP to Jennifer Miller by or phone 617-731-8500 ext. 110
Thursday, January 25 Hearing on Recreational Marijuana
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the Advisory Board on Public Health for the Town of Brookline will hold a public hearing to consider local regulations related to recreational marijuana slated for licensing by the Commonwealth this summer.
The hearing will be held in the Denny Room, Lower Level, Brookline Department of Public Health, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA beginning at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, February 25, Brookline Village in the 19th Century
2:00 PM, Hunneman Hall, 2nd floor, Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445 (map).
The commercial district along Washington and Harvard Streets, featuring brick buildings from the 1870s and earlier
The town’s civic center, site of three successive Town Halls, the public library (1869), the Pierce School (1855), and other municipal buildings.
The Lindens, one of the first planned residential developments in town (1840s)
Emerson Garden and the Elijah Emerson House on Davis Avenue (1846)
White Place, with one of the largest concentrations of vernacular architecture in Brookline
The program will be preceded by a brief annual meeting. Refreshments will be served at the end of the talk. Be sure to visit the Historical Society exhibit -- Faces & Places in Brookline Village -- on the main level of the library, on display through March 12th.
April 4, 7, 12, 25, Brookline Reads 2018
The Underground Railroad, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novel by Colson Whitehead, is this year’s Brookline Reads selection. Whitehead will be at the Brookline High School auditorium, 115 Greenough Street, to discuss his book at 7 PM on April 25.
Other Brookline Reads programs include a screening of the uplifting documentary Our Mockingbird, introduced by filmmaker Sandra Jaffe, at 7 PM on April 4 at Hunneman Hall in the Brookline Village Library.
A walking tour of Underground Railroad sites on April 7 (rain date April 8) led by Suzette Abbott of Hidden Brookline, starting at 2 PM at Town Hall.
At 7 PM on April 12 in Hunneman Hall, Judge Nancy Gertner will moderate a conversation on the economic realities of racism. She will be joined by experts in the fields of law, economics, and journalism.
Brookline Reads is sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Library. All events are free and open to the public.
Please see the attached document for a detailed description of Brookline Reads 2018. For more information, please contact Anne Reed, Assistant Library Director for Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-730-2360.
7:00 to 9:00 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
Singles Welcome. Tickets: $7.
Live music and light refreshments. Ages from 12 to 120 welcome. Beginners welcome. Please bring clean soft-soled shoes for dancing.
Buy tickets online, or come to the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, with cash or check. You may pay at the door (cash/check), but advanced ticket purchase is recommended. (No refunds.) Information: 617-730-2777.
Sunday, April 8, Bela Lyon Pratt : Sculptor of Monument
The Brookline Historical Society, The Jamaica Plain Historical Society, & The Larz Anderson Auto Museum
invite you to
Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 3 pm
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA
Bela Lyon Pratt, a contemporary of Larz Anderson, was a famous sculptor, teacher at the Museum School, cellist, archer, bicycle enthusiast, and Jamaica Plain resident. His work – both monumental and personal - is displayed all over the United States. It would be difficult to find a person in the Boston area who is not familiar with two of his most famous works. Do you know what they could be?
Our speaker, Vivian Zoë, is the Director of the Slater Memorial
Museum in Norwich, Connecticut. She recently curated a show, Bela
Lyon Pratt: Sculptor of Monument, at the museum – the first
extensive retrospective of Pratt’s legacy since a 1918 show at the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
The program is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, April 14, The Campaign for Single Payer: Medicare for All
Mass-Care--The Campaign for Single Payer: Medicare for All-- holds its Annual Gala & Benefit. Saturday, April 14, 3-6 pm. Speakers: State Senator Barbara L'Italien & UMass economist Gerald Friedman. Live music & refreshments.. Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St.
Handicap-accessible $35. Info & register:
Fridays April 20 – 27, 10am to 8pm
Saturday April 21 & 28, 10am to 6pm
Sunday April 22 & 29, 11am to 6pm
Monday – Thursday April 23 – 26, 4pm to 8pm
All proceeds from the sale of Frank Caro's pottery at the Feet of Clay Spring Show & Sale will be contributed to BrooklineCAN.
Thursday, March 8, Thursday, April 19, Talk & Book Signing
[New date and location. Originally scheduled for March 8 at the main library. Postponed due to weather.]
Refreshments served from 6-6:30 p.m. Program with discussion from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
Free of charge. Please call 617-730-2770 to register.
In her book Ending Ageism, Gullette provides evidence of the sudden onset of age-related shaming. Telling stories about such happenings and confronting the way aging is portrayed in media and the arts, she asks people to move from silence about their experiences, to recognition, to stating grievances, to justified resistance, and then collectively, to imagining the next steps a movement might finally take. Let's fight ageism together!
Thursday, April 26, BrooklineCAN Election Forum
BrooklineCAN is sponsoring an election forum on Thursday, April 26 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year in the annual Town election (May 8), voters will choose two Select Board Members plus three School Committee members, five Library Board members, and consider ballot questions for an Override and a Debt Exclusion. The forum will focus on the contested races, the Override, and the Debt Exclusion. Candidates will have opportunities to make brief opening statements followed by questions from the audience. Candidates and Override advocates will be asked to give special attention to senior concerns.
Thursday, May 10, The Power of Play: Games, Puzzles, and Trivia to Keep Your Brain Young.
BrooklineCAN will present "The Power of Play: Games, Puzzles, and Trivia to Keep Your Brain Young.” at its annual Spring Membership Celebration, on Thursday, May 10, at the
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
, from 5:30-7:30 pm.. The event is free for current BrooklineCAN members. A charge of $10 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check), can be applied to membership.
Saturday, May 12, Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, May 12, Free Tai Chi Introductory Session
1:00pm – 2:00pm. Part of the "Learn Somethin New" series at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445 (map).
Thursday, May 24, BrooklineCAN Presents…
Bulletin from the Front Lines: Updating the New Old Age
New York Times reporter and blogger Paula Span will give the Helen Kass Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 7:45 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map). Span writes the column "The New Old Age", reporting on a variety of issues related to aging. In her lecture, Span will address timely topics such as purposeful living in old age, aging in the community, today’s vibrant elders, and end-of-life care and decision-making.
This event honors the memory of Helen Kass, a cherished and dedicated member of Brookline CAN from its earliest days. Helen served on the Education Committee and helped develop the speaker events that are now so valuable to the community; at the Senior Center she was a leader of the Alzheimer's support group. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.
Shop the work of 85 artists and makers. Enjoy delicious food truck fare, wine/beer and listen to great music at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival!
The festival will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018 from 11AM to 6PM along Babcock Street in the heart of Coolidge Corner, Brookline MA.
Festival Web Site.
Monday, June 4, Shredding Event
Monday June 4th there will be visit from a mobile shredding truck and an identity theft presentation at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map) from 1-4 pm. Brookline residents are invited to safely dispose of sensitive and personal documents to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud.
The event is sponsored by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. There will also be a presentation on identity theft from 1:00–2:00 pm at the Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 617-730-2770 to register for presentation portion of the event. All others are welcome to pull up to the mobile shredding truck for assistance with their boxes, bags and bundles of documents to shred. There is no charge.
Saturday, June 9, Brookline Porchfest
The third annual Brookline Porchfest will be held on Saturday, June 9 (rain date June 16) from 12-6pm. Porchfest Web Site.
Sunday, June 10, Coolidge Corner Walking Tour
9 – 10 am, Coolidge Corner Inbound T Stop.
Coolidge Corner was home to just one store—Coolidge & Brother—from the 1850s to the 1890s. Following the widening of Beacon Street in 1887-88 and the arrival of the S.S. Pierce store a few years later, a major new shopping district took root. Almost all of the existing buildings in this still thriving commercial area were built between 1890 and 1930.
Join Brookline Historical Society President Ken Liss for a journey back to the initial development of the Coolidge Corner business district and get a glimpse of local shopping in the early decades of the 20th Century.
Sunday, June 17, Walking Tour: Blake Park: History of a Neighborhood
Sunday, June 17th, 2-3:30 pm
In 1880, banker Arthur Welland Blake engaged Frederick Law Olmsted to draw plans for the subdivision into roads and lots of the Blake family estate on the lower part of Brookline's Aspinwall Hill. Olmsted's plans were never executed, and the estate remained something of an anomaly; a large tract of open land renowned for its landscaping in the heart of a community rapidly developing as a "streetcar suburb". Join Ken Liss from the Brookline Historical Society to learn how the neighborhood of "Blake Park" finally emerged — despite failed plans, untimely deaths, and financial scandal — four decades after it was first conceived.
The free tour begins on the steps of Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street at 2 pm and will last approximately 90 minutes.
Wednesday, June 20, MBTA Senior Charlie Card Event
1–3 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map), 3rd floor
To obtain a Charlie Card:
You must be 65 years or older
Bring a picture ID with proof of age
Fill out an application
We take a photo of you
The MBTA will mail you your charlie card in 4–6 weeks.
As part of this event
will host transportation information tables featuring, the subway system maps, Uber/Lyft help, and representatives from the Registry of Motor Vehicles and MBTA Travel Training. Come get any RealID and other questions answered.
Wednesday, June 20, Putting the Brakes on Rising Health Care Costs
Fridays, July 6 – 28, Family Flicks & Fun in the Park
Lawn Bocce & Outdoor Games 2 hours before movie. Movies start 30 minutes after dusk at approximately 8:30 pm.
Tuesday, July 17, Wednesday, July 18, Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project
Please join the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for a presentation on the upcoming major construction activities for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. MassDOT and the project team staff will describe the Summer 2018 Construction Shutdown (July 26-August 11) in detail, review detour routes, and respond to questions. During the shutdown, there will be significant service impacts to all modes of transportation along Commonwealth Avenue and the BU Bridge in the BU/Saint Paul Street/Cambridgeport neighborhoods and on I-90 (Mass Pike).
4:30 to 6:00 PM, Brookline Senior Center ballroom, 93 Winchester Street (map). Canditates: Rebecca Stone, Tommy Vitolo. The forum is open to all. Doors open at 4 PM. Democratic primary election, Tuesday, September 4. Sponsored by Brookline Senior Center and BrooklineCAN.
Thursday, August 16, Fenway Movie Night – Movie TBD
Thursday, September 13, BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map).
5:00pm – 6:15pm: Expo — explore, network, enjoy food, music, & drink
6:15pm – 7:00pm: Panel Discussion on Age-Friendly Businesses
Katherine Tallman, Coolidge Corner Theatre
David Leschinsky, Eureda! Puzzles & Games
Kyle Perzanoski, Brookline Bank
Paul Saner, Economic Development Advisory Board
Moderator: Matt Weiss
To register for this free event
or call 617-730-2770.
Thursday, October 18, National Food Day at Brookline Farmers’ Market
On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 1:30 PM until dusk, the Town of Brookline invites residents to celebrate National Food Day at Brookline Farmers’ Market by purchasing fresh produce for delivery to Brookline’s two food pantries. Shoppers can buy extra fruits and vegetables and drop off donations in the easily found bins under the big green tent at the manager’s table. Food collected at the market will be distributed to food pantry clients at the Egmont and St. Paul Street food pantry locations. Suggested donations include easily stored fruits like apples and pears, and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, squash and tomatoes. The Brookline Farmers’ Market, in operation through mid-November, is located on Centre Street in Coolidge Corner.
September 26 – October 31, South Brookline Senior Meetup
Come join us for conversation and refreshments as we provide a setting for exploring topics
that are of interest to you. Currently four programs are scheduled:
TRIPPS will speak about transportation options for seniors, services provided by Brookline Senior
Center HELP will be presented, a Tai Chi demonstration and a Restorative Yoga session.
Thursday, October 11, Olivia Hoblitzelle, Aging with Wisdom
Author Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle
discusses her latest book.
Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 pm.
Talk with discussion runs 6:30-7:30 pm. Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map). Free of charge. Please call 617-730-2770 to register.
How do we find meaning and beauty in aging? How do we respond to living in an age-phobic culture? How do we cultivate an inner life resilient enough to handle the vicissitudes of old age? The last phase of life is often the most heroic—rich with opportunity for reflection, growth, and resolution. Olivia’s talk offers new perspectives on aging and inspiration for potentially the most meaningful chapter in our lives.
Wednesday, October 17, Vigil Against Domestic Violence
The Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence will hold a Vigil Against Domestic Violence on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, in memory of Brookline resident Jennifer Lynch and all victims of domestic violence.
The vigil, set for 5:30pm, will be held at the Garden of Remembrance, Harvard and Pierce Streets, directly behind the Brookline Department of Public Health, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline. The rain date is October 22.
Thursday, November 1, Author Claire Willis, Lasting Words: A guide to finding meaning toward the close of life.
5-7:30 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map). Free of charge. Please call 617-730-2770 to register.
As we grow older we might well wonder how will we be remembered. What difference has my life made to others? What values and wisdom do I wish to pass onto the upcoming generation in my family or community? And how can I do all that?
Many of us have prepared legal wills to distribute our belongings after we die. But few of us have considered leaving a spiritual/ethical will, a record of who we are, a document that can be offered to loved ones either while we are still alive or after we are gone.
After the talk, there will be a writing workshop to begin the process of creating a legacy. Her book will be available to purchase so that you can continue the work at home.