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An extensive list of Senior Center events is at the Brookline Senior Center web site.

COVID-19 Announcements from Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek

COVID-19 Mask Update, November 2022

At the Senior Center, we continue to follow public health regulations and we remain on alert for COVID-19 variants or an increase in cases around the Commonwealth. Our current protocols are subject to change in the future, but we continue to encourage older residents to get vaccinated and we encourage the use of masks in our mask friendly environment.

Need A Ride To The Senior Center?

If you need a ride to the Senior Center, please call the Senior Center Van Reservation Line at 617-730-2750 at least one business day in advance. Please include the following information for all rides: name, phone number, pickup/drop off address, requested date/time for pick up. Donations are welcome to help offset the cost of gas. We appreciate your support!

Please note: The Senior Center uses a variety of transportation systems to get residents to and from the Senior Center.

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Do You Need A Senior Charlie Card?
By appointment on Wednesdays, December 21st and January 18th, 10-10:45.
Brookline Senior Center.

Apply for a Senior Charlie Card with us! The TRIPPS Program at the Senior Center will be on hand to help process new and renewal Senior Charlie Cards with the MBTA online application form. Senior Charlie Cards offer a 50% discount on the subway, bus and Commuter Rail. Assistance with applying/renewing is available. Please call 617-730-2644 to schedule an appointment.

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Beginner Pickleball at Senior Center
Wednesdays, January 18, February 15, & March 15, from 3:00 to 4:15 pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Two indoor courts will be set up at the Brookline Senior Center and instructors will be on-site to offer advice to new athletes. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn - but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Come learn to play; bring your own paddle or use one of ours!

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Nature Walks for 55+

Join Brookline Recreation as we explore Brookline through these programs designed for adult community members over the age of 55!


Registration now open for the following:


Restfulness in Nature - February 14th
Ward's Pond at Olmsted Park

This glacial kettle-hole pond is an excellent urban oasis for native plant and wildlife species. Enjoy a stroll through this beautiful park and relax through gentle movement and meditative moments.

Registration opening January 18th for the following:


Art in Nature - March 14th

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Visit incredible monuments, architecture, and wonderfully curated gardens to foster your appreciation for art in natural spaces. Trails are paved and travel over gentle hills.

A Little Spring in Our Step! - April 11th

Arnold Arboretum

Enjoy gentle hills and all the spring blossoms and buds you could think of on this adventure through the Arnold Arboretum.

Avian Adventures at Cutler Park Reservation - May 9th

Cutler Park Reservation

This 1.5-mile trail features boardwalks twisting over 600 acres of uplands and wetlands, complete with excellent birdwatching. There are a few tripping hazards, such as rocks and small logs, along the way. Binoculars will be provided for this birding excursion!

Restfulness in Nature - June 13th

Houghton Gardens

This curated collection of native and ornamental plant species is an excellent urban oasis. Enjoy a stroll through this beautiful park and relax through gentle movement and meditative moments.

Pre-registration is required. All walks include optional transportation to/from the Brookline Senior Center (departing Brookline Senior Center at 10:00 AM) - each walk runs from 10:30 AM to around 11:30 AM, with return to the Brookline Senior Center around 12:00 PM

Register online or call 617-730-2069

Silent Movie Pianist
Thursday, January 12 , 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.
What's on Your To-Be-Read Pile? With Author KJ Charles
Saturday, January 14, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Virtual Event


Do you ever wonder "What's On Your TBR Pile?" about some of your favorite authors? Join one of our favorite authors, KJ Charles, as she answers this age old question! TBR is "to be read" and we all have stacks we know we can't read in our lifetime. KJ will talk about what she's reading and loving or looking forward to reading in the near future.

We're looking forward to spending some time with KJ hearing all about her favorite books and authors in a variety of genres. Bring a pen and paper, you'll be wanting to write down all of KJ's recs.

About KJ Charles: After twenty years in UK publishing including a stint at Mills & Boon, KJ Charles is now a full-time writer. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat. KJ writes mostly historical romance with M/M love stories, often with some fantasy or horror in there.

Click here to register for this virtual event!

This event is in partnership with the Ashland Public Library. Please note that the Zoom link will come from the Ashland Public Library.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event
Monday, January 16, 3:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre

The Town of Brookline's MLK Celebration Committee presents: Conflicting Voices of Liberty and Slavery (1765-1795) on Monday, January 16, 2023 at 3:00 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Edward J. Larson, author of American Inheritance, Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation 1765-1795, reveals how the twin strands of liberty and slavery were joined in the nation's founding. The program also includes poet, educator and performance artist Reggie Gibson, the gospel choir Joyful Voices of Inspiration, and Brookline Poet Laureate Jennifer Barber. Tickets are free, but they are required in advance from More information.

This Is What It Sounds Like: The Music of Listening with Susan Rogers, PhD
Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Professor of cognitive neuroscience and former record producer (Prince, David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies) Susan Rogers presents a new model of music cognition that describes the "listener profile"-a constellation of individualized preferences mapped to an array of musical and aesthetic dimensions. Four musical dimensions of melody, lyrics, rhythm, and timbre are each analyzed in a distinct brain network specialized for music processing. Three aesthetic dimensions-authenticity, realism, and novelty-are each processed by several interconnected higher-order brain regions that receive inputs from the four music-specific networks. Our "offline" thoughts, such as fantasizing and mind-wandering, are shown to increase their connectivity when listeners are enjoying music their preferred music. Thus, the music we respond to the most powerfully can reveal those parts of ourselves that are robustly linked to our sense of self identity. Our music preferences are formed over a lifetime of musical experiences, resulting in a profile that is unique for every music lover. The ways in which music preferences form and how they differ will be discussed.

Click here to register for the Zoom webinar!

Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from McGill University (2010). Prior to her science career, Susan was a multiplatinum-earning record producer, engineer, mixer and audio technician. She is best known for her work with Prince (1983-1987) but production/engineering credits also include David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Geggy Tah, Nil Lara, Robben Ford, Tricky, Michael Penn, and Jeff Black. In 2021 she became the first female recipient of the Music Producer's Guild Award for Outstanding Contributions to U.K. Music. She recently retired from Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she taught psychoacoustics and record production in the department of Music Production & Engineering. Her book on music listening for W. W. Norton is titled This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You.

This program is in collaboration with the Cary Library in Lexington, Somerville Public Library, Belmont Public Library, Wellesley Free Library, Maynard Public Library, Peabody Institute Library of Danvers and is made possible by the generous donors to the Cary Library Foundation. Please note that the Zoom information will come from the Cary Library.

Living Artfully with Parkinson's
12:45 -1:45 pm on Monday, January 23
Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline

Come to Goddard House for some artmaking fun in a welcoming, small group setting. Explore artistic mediums such as paint, collage, and printmaking. Facilitated by Godard House Art Therapist Meredith Griffiths, this program will incorporate guidance from Occupational Therapist Anne Muskopf and Music Therapist Joshua Min. To register, contact Christine Nagle at or 617-731-8500, x143.

Winter Landscape Art Workshop
Monday, January 23, 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.
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Jeremy Silver Concert
Wednesday, January 25, 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.
"Remember Rabbit Ears?"
Thursday, January 26 at 1pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Learn from retired professor Stanley Forman how television was invented and the skullduggery between television entrepreneurs! Rival inventions and a possible theft of a key idea all lead to the development and growth of television through the 20th century. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Postponed until spring at the instructor's request

Keep This, Toss That: How to Clear Clutter for 2023 with Jamie Novak
Monday, January 30, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us virtually over Zoom for a special new year event, brought to you by the Library in partnership with bestselling author and organizing humorist Jamie Novak!

If you can't open your drawers, if clutter topples out of closets, and paperwork covers your tabletops, then log on for decluttering tips with a humorous twist! Join Jamie Novak as she shares her approach for what to do with all the stuff - without getting overwhelmed. Wondering what to keep? What to toss? What to share or sell? And how to let it all go this new year? Log on for this interactive virtual program where Jamie guides you through a tiny tidy-up live.

Register here!

You may have seen Jamie Novak on morning TV or read her newest bestseller, Keep This, Toss That. Jamie hosts a 10 Minute Podcast and has a popular YouTube show. She spends most days presenting virtual programs on how to declutter with a humorous twist. When not on the computer, Jamie is clipping out recipes she never prepares.

This event is generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Jill Borenstein Concert
Monday, January 30, 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.
Curated Cuisine: Conversation with Celebrity Chef Tiffani Faison
Monday, January 30, 6:30 pm
City Space, 890 Commonwealth Avenue

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Join Radio Boston host Tiziana Dearing for a conversation with James Beard Award-nominated chef and restaurateur Tiffani Faison. Under her restaurant group Big Heart Hospitality, Faison has created a roster of restaurants each unique in menu and ambience, from Sweet Cheeks' Texas style barbecue to Tenderoni's Pizza, her newest spot serving old school pizza and grinders. In-person attendees will enjoy a bite from one of Faison's restaurants after the event. Monday, January 30, 6:30 pm. City Space, 890 Commonwealth Avenue. Tickets: $15., virtual ticket: $5. To register click here or phone: 617-358-8672

Afternoon "funday"
Wednesday, February 1, 1:15pm
Brookline Senior Center.
Easy Travel
Thursday, February 2, 1:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center.

The 86th Village: An Evening with Sena Desai Gopal
Thursday, February 2, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street

Sena Desai Gopal is the author of the novel The 86th Village and a journalist specializing in science and medicine, food, and travel. In this talk, she will address the growing problem, often referred to as "Managed Retreat," of how to resettle people displaced by floods, fires, droughts and more. Details.

Select Board Candidate
Monday, February 6, 3 pm

Come discuss the challenges facing Brookline's government today, including the special concerns of Brookline's older residents, with Select Board candidate Paul Warren. There will be a period for questions and discussion with Mr. Warren.

Paul Warren is a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 1, a former member of the Town's Advisory Committee, and a neighborhood advocate. He and his wife Amy have lived in Brookline for 12 years, their two children attend Brookline Public Schools, and Amy's mother recently moved to their neighborhood. Mr. Warren's nearly 30‑year professional career has included executive leadership roles in business, technology, and strategic planning.

There are three candidates running for two Select Board seats at the May 2, 2023 election.

This is one of a special series of chats with candidates held by BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee. If you are not currently a member of the LCAC and wish to attend this meeting via Zoom, please email LCAC Chair by February 5.

Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention
with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Village Library

Scammers are targeting everyone! Do you know how to keep your identity safe? Join the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation at the Brookline Village Library to be provided with essential information to stay steps ahead of fraudsters and to inform you about the latest scams they are seeing. Details.

WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts
Saturday, February 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Black History Month Talk with Dr. Rebecca Hall, Author of Award-Winning Graphic Novel WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts. Details.

Restfulness in Nature
Tuesday, February 14, from 10:30-11:30 am.
Ward's Pond at Olmsted Park

The Brookline Recreation Department is offering two nature walks especially for seniors 55+.

Ward's Pond at Olmsted Park is a glacial kettle-hole pond and an excellent urban oasis for native plant and wildlife species. Enjoy a stroll through this beautiful park and relax through gentle movement and meditative moments. a Register here.

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Fee is $5. Transportation is provided from the Senior Center. Spaces are limited, so register as soon as possible! (617) 730-2069

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Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon
Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brookline Village Library

In 2023, the Library will join in Douglass Day by hosting a public transcribe-a-thon, where community members can help transcribe the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893).

You don't need any experience with transcription or digital archives to participate in this celebration of Black history! And you can join us in person or online, anytime between 12 to 3 PM.

Rose Lerner & Olivia Waite Author Talk
Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rose Lerner and Olivia Waite are romance authors with a gift for creating characters who are deeply relatable, are beautifully flawed, and earn their happily ever afters. Their research into 19th-century England gives their writing context and detail. Join us for an author talk and Q&A with Rose and Olivia in celebration of Valentine's Day! We'll discuss their writing processes, how they research historical details, and how they craft historical happily ever afters. We'll be highlighting Rose's new book, Sailor's Delight, and Olivia's The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows.

The Softer Side of Celtic
Celtic Music, Stories and History with Jeff Snow
Saturday, February 25, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Putterham - Meeting Room 959 West Roxbury Parkway, Chestnut Hill, MA

Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who shares the music, and the stories behind the music, of Scotland, Ireland and England.

Growing up in a home where old Scottish folk songs were the everyday sounds, Jeff developed an early love for Celtic music. Much of the history of these lands was preserved in song. You will see singing, laughing, lots of smiles and perhaps a few tears as we travel through time. Details.

Flower-Arranging Class
Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street

Each participant in this flower-arranging class will leave with a centerpiece in a container, and skills to create more on their own. Registration is required and opens Sunday, February 19. More details to come! More information.

Brookline Senior Citizen Police Academy
Six Mondays starting March 6, 1-2:30pm
Brookline Senior Center.

This program is designed to give participants an understanding of the Brookline Police Department and its operations. Meet members of the Brookline Police Department and their various roles, learn crime prevention strategies for protecting yourself from crime (including scams and social media safety), and learn about other departments that work with the Police to ensure safety (such as the Fire Department and SRT (Special Response Team)). On the last session, participants will get a tour of the Public Safety Building. Space is limited, so please register at 617-730-2770.

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