Brookline Community Aging Network

Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

June 5, 2020

At the time of this printing, the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.  For more information on that advisory, please visit:

Since it is uncertain as to when we will be able to safely begin hosting any of our special or ongoing programs at the Center, we have been working to develop a list of online programming options with some of our regular group facilitators, as well as with some of your favorite performers and presenters. Please remember that these “virtual” programs are new to everyone so there will be glitches, but we hope that you will continue to give the online programming options a try.

We realize that there are lots of questions regarding our reopening and we appreciate your patience during this uncertain time.  Please feel free to leave your questions on our voicemail or to submit your questions to Many of you may have the same questions so we hope to address some of them in future editions of the newsletter.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

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Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

March 18, 2020

In order to proactively slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Senior Center is Closed To The Public at this time.

The Brookline Senior Center will be monitoring its phone lines during the Covid-19 emergency. Older adults can leave their names and phone numbers on our voicemail at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770. Staff will be responding to questions and concerns Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

In order to address the many questions and concerns that exist in the community, the Town of Brookline would like to share the following information :

For general COVID-19 questions, please call the State 2-1-1 line. For Brookline specific medical or public health inquiries, please contact the Department of Brookline Public Health at 617-730-2300. For non-medical questions specific to Brookline, please call the Brookline COVID Information Call Center at 617-879-5636. These call centers, for the time being, will be operational Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, these hours will be adjusted as needed. Messages can be left after hours and will be returned the next day. You can also email your non-medical inquiries to:

Stay up to date on COVID-19 updates here:

Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you.

Brookline Senior Center
Virtual Program Offerings

Here is a list of virtual programs that the Senior Center is working on to fill the gap while we can't meet in person. Other programs are in the works.

Brookline Senior Center

Upcoming Events:   

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Senior Center Events

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


Dementia Friendly Training
Thursday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Brookline Police Department, Community Room, 350 Washington Street

To register, please visit and click on “Champion Training.”

Questions: or call her at 781-693-5628.

Voter Registration
Tuesday, January 21 and February 4, 12:30pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. We hope you are planning to vote in local, state and national elections this year! The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Brookline is offering the opportunity for Brookline seniors and Senior Center staff to register or update their voter information in the Coffee Lounge at the Senior Center. Voter registration forms will be provided. The Massachusetts deadline to register to vote in the March presidential primary is February 12, so our two sessions are very timely. Your completed registration will be confirmed by the Brookline Town Clerk’s office. We hope to see you there!
Brookline's Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 8, 3-5pm
Brookline High School, MLK Room & Atrium, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA

Free & Open to All; Light Refreshments

Games – Interactive table games for children and adults

For More Information & to RSVP, please go to:

Contact or 617-730-2345 for more information.

Sponsored by –

The Brookline Asian American Family Network, the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Brookline High School Asian Pacific American Club, the Brookline Community Foundation, & the Brookline Health Department. We hope to see you there!

We are looking for volunteers to assist on that day with setting up at around 2:10PM, serving food, and helping to clean up. If you are available to assist on that Saturday please let Caitlin Starr ( or 617-730-2345) know along with what times you would be available between 2:15 and 5:30.

How to Run for Local Office Workshop
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 pm
Brookline Town Hall, Select Board Hearing Room 6th Floor. This workshop will give you detailed information on how to run for office in Brookline. There will be speakers who have run and held office. If you or anyone you know is considering running this will be the opportunity to have all your answered. Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Brookline and Town Meeting Members Association. For online copy of booklet click here.
Ghosts & Shadows: Commonwealth Avenue's Automobile Row
Thursday, February 6, 7:00pm
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum.

By Ken Liss.

From Kenmore Square to Packard’s Corner, Commonwealth Avenue in Boston and Brookline was lined with grand auto showrooms for much of the 20th century. What has now been repurposed as Boston University buildings, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, was once a thriving stretch of road dedicated to the automobile, with more than a mile of dealerships, repair shops, and aftermarket accessory purveyors. Among the formidable American marques, stood numerous European marques as well, including those sold by the iconic Foreign Motors Inc., located a short distance from automobile row.

Join Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss for an exploration of the history of Automobile Row and the remnants left behind, many of them hidden in plain sight.

Ken Liss has been president of the Brookline Historical Society since 2009. He is a librarian at Boston University where the Charles River Campus encompasses many of the former Auto Row buildings.

Register Now.

Tickets are going fast! If you would like to attend, please make sure to register before this event is sold out. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed at the door. If you have previously registered but can no longer attend, please send an email to so your tickets can be given to an interested party.

Free Community Event. Suggested Donation of $10

Every dollar received for these presentations helps to defray the cost of providing outstanding community programming. Please support the Larz Anderson Auto Museum as we fulfill our mission to serve and educate.

Frost String Quartet
Sunday, February 9, 2:30 pm
Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Village Library. This series of free concerts is sponsored by the Brookline Library Music Association. Free concert seating limited to 80.
Mistral Music Valentine Concert
Sunday, February 9, 5-7:00 pm
St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline. Truly Madly Deeply, annual tribute to Love, including the ever-beloved Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes (Love Songs) with four acclaimed singers and four-hand piano. An entirely romantic program that will win your heart, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Tickets $38, to order online see
Census Jobs
Tuesdays and Thursdays through mid-February
Brookline Pubic Library. The United States Census takes place this year. To conduct the census, the Census Bureau hires thousands of workers for jobs in their communities. To learn about job opportunities with the United States Census 2020, staff from the Norfolk County Census Office will be on hand Tuesdays mid-January through mid-February at the Brookline Public Library to answer questions and walk you through the application process. Contact Brookline Public Library at 617-730-2370 for information about library locations and hours of training sessions. For more information about Census jobs click here.
Rights and Wrongs: Black Women and the History of Voting
Wednesday, February 19, 1 PM
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Join us for this interesting presentation by Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson. To register, please call 617-730-2770. This program is generously sponsored by the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations.
Q&A with Brookline Transportation Administrator Todd Kirrane
Monday, March 2, 3:00 PM
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Brookline Transportation Administrator Todd Kirrane will answer questions from members of BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee. All are welcome.
2020 Presidential Preference Primary
Tuesday, March 3, 7 am - 8 pm
Sample ballots for all four parties.
Click to find your polling place.

Early Voting for the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary is available at Town Hall during the following dates and times:

  • Monday, February 24 through Wednesday, February 26, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 27, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday, February 28, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Four Women, an Open Car, and a Cause
Thursday, March 5, 7 pm
Brookline Public Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington Street. A lively, illustrated presentation retracing the 1915 cross-country road trip of four women gathering support for women's right to vote.

Historian Anne Gass retraces the route of four women, who in September 1915, embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition to Washington DC. They were carrying a petition to President Woodrow Wilson and Congress demanding an amendment to the US Constitution enfranchising women. They battled their way across the country, driving over primitive roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, stopping in towns to collect signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were denied the vote. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919, and ratified in August 1920. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Session
Thursday March 12, 3pm
Brookline Senior Center. Brookline Public Health Department will share information and answer your questions. To register, please call 617-730-2770
Photography Exhibit Opening and Reception
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4 - 6 pm
Brookline Senior Center Gallery. 30 photographs by Eric Myrvaagnes. Exhibit runs from March 11 to April 30.
Photography Exhibit
March 11 to April 30
Brookline Senior Center Gallery. 30 photographs by Eric Myrvaagnes.
The Brookline Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, March 14, 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 15, 3:00 pm
All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline. The Brookline Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the orchestra’s 10th anniversary season. The concert will feature special guest Peter Stumpf performing Samuel Barber’s “Cello Concerto,” as well as Dvorak’s “New World Symphony. Tickets are available at the door or in advance online at

In order to protect our musicians and audience during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra regrets to announce that our 10th Anniversary Celebration concerts scheduled for March 14 & 15 will be cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at a future concert - please save the date for our Triumphant Finale on May 30, 2020.

Programs for Seniors in South Brookline
Second Tuesday each month, noon - 2pm
The South Brookline Senior Meetup takes place on the second Tuesday of each month in the Putterham Branch Library Meeting room. The scheduled hours are noon -2:00. Coffee, tea, and abundant refreshments are provided. The refreshments are donated from Brookline businesses.

There is a core group of attendees from the South Brookline neighborhood. However, all are invited and welcome. Each month there is a scheduled presenter. The Brookline Office of Diversity and Inclusion will offer a presentation on March 10. On April 14 , Ken Liss from the Brookline Historical Society will come and speak with us.

If you would like to present, perform, or have an idea for future presentations please email Jude at You may also contact Jude if you have any questions or concerns about the program. The South Brookline Senior Meetup is a collaboration of the Brookline Public Library and the Brookline Council on Aging.

Brookline Together: Solving Our Housing Crisis
March 29, 1:00-3:30pm
Runkle School. The first of three Forums.

Transportation problems, economic development issues, climate change, and racial justice play a major role in our ability to provide affordable housing. Conscious policy decisions such as redlining caused Brookline’s current housing crisis. The forum will examine what this means for residents and those who cannot afford to live here.

Brookline Housing Advisory Board (HAB) and Brookline Commission for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations (CDICR), and others seek to build a broad support group to push for affordable housing - subsidized housing, housing for seniors and those with disabilities, and the ‘missing middle.’ These forums are part of that effort.

The forums are free and open to everyone. For additional information please contact Joan Lancourt,, or Jonathan Klein, Co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN and a dozen additional organizations.

Get Your Ducks in a Row
The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning

Tuesday, March 31st, 6:30 PM.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Elder law attorney and estate planning expert Harry S. Margolis. Whether you’re currently creating a plan, getting ready to start, or looking for an explanation of documents you’ve already signed, Margolis will provide the information you need taking you through the estate planning process step by step. Reception at 6:00 PM, presentation begins at 6:30 PM. This event is free, but registration is required. Please call 617-730-2770 or to register.
Election Forum
Monday, April 27, 4 – 6 PM
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. The Brookline Town election is Tuesday, May 5. Candidates will make statements. Proponents and opponents will discuss ballot questions. Everyone will answer audience questions.
Solo Aging
Thursday, April 30th, 6:30 PM
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Ailene Gerhardt. Reception at 6:00 PM, talk at 6:30 PM
Town-wide Candidates' Afternoon
Wednesday, May 20, 3:00-5:00 PM
zoom online
Join Zoom beginning at 2:30 PM
To join the Meeting send your email address to: by 5 PM , Tuesday, May 19
you will receive a link to join the event

June 9, 2020 Municipal Election

  • Brookline Housing Authority
  • Library Trustees
  • School Committee
  • Select Board

Sponsored by: League of Women Voters of Brookline
and Town Meeting Members Association

Virtual Town Election Forum
Thursday, May 21, 2:00 PM
Watch on BIG Live Streaming
Community Channel - Brookline RCN and Comcast Cable Channel 3
Government Channel - Brookline Comcast 23 / RCN 15/613 HD

Candidates for Select Board (two open seats):
Heather Hamilton
Eric Hyett
John VanScoyoc

Annual Town Election, Tuesday, June 9
Forum will cover both senior and general concerns
FAQ on Early and Absentee Voting (During COVID19) from the League of Women Voters

To watch recording later:

Sponsored by Brookline Senior Center and BrooklineCAN

Technology Expo
Thursday, June 4, 10am - 2pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Technology- The Future is Now.
We intend to reschedule this event. No date yet.

Building a Better Brookline:
Housing Affordability in the Age of COVID-19
Sunday June 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Five interdependent constituencies -- Housing, Diversity & Inclusion, Transportation, Climate Sustainability, and Economic Development -- will focus on how to work together to increase housing affordability at multiple price-points in Brookline.

Frank Steinfield, Forum Moderator, CEO, Brookline Community Foundation

Bob Van Meter, for Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action - Confronting the History of Housing Discrimination

Panel Presentations: Bringing Multiple Constituencies Together: How Diversity & Inclusion, Transportation, Economic Development, and Climate Sustainability Impact Housing Affordability

  • Rashmi Dyal Chand: Panel Moderator, Professor, Northeastern School of Law
  • Deborah Brown (Town Meeting Member): Diversity & Inclusion
  • Jenny Raitt (Housing Advisory Board): Housing
  • Chris Dempsey (Transportation Board): Transportation
  • Alden Raine (Economic Development Advisory Board): Economic Development
  • Werner Lohe (Climate Action Committee): Ciimate Sustainability

Q&A, Discussion, and Ending Remarks

RSVP here.

A Conversation About COVID-19
Monday, June 22, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Brookline Friends of Public Health invite you to "A virtual Conversation about COVID-19" on Monday, June 22, 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm featuring prominent Public Health professionals (and your Brookline neighbors): Larry Madoff, MD, Medical Director, MA Department of Public Health; Patricia Maher, APRN, member of Advisory Council on Public Health, retired Adult Nurse Practitioner and Brookline Contact Tracer; Jochen Lennerz, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Integrated Center for Diagnostics. MGH; Pat Maloney, MPHA, CHO, Assistant Director, Brookline Public Health Department (honorary Brookline resident). Moderated by Dr. Swannie Jett, Brookline Public Health Commissioner

To register:

Living with COVID-19
Thursday June 25, 2:00 pm
BrooklineCAN is holding a special meeting on June 25 at 2:00 PM on life with COVID-19. A panel of Brookline seniors will discuss choices we will have to make as community activities gradually re-open. We will be tempted to resume many normal activities. But how safe are they? What are the experts telling us to do? What risks are we willing to take?  

Seniors who live alone were particularly at risk of isolation during the shutdown. They must now navigate a re-opening filled with temptations but lots of uncertainties about what risks are worth taking.

Michael Allen of the Council on Aging staff will serve as moderator. The panel will consist of Susan Granoff, Bea Mikulecky, Fran Perler, Betsy Pollock, and Ruth Seidman.

There are three ways you can watch!

Zoom Meeting (watch via zoom and pose questions to panelists): 

Cable TV - To watch on cable television in Brookline, tune into Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) Community Channel - Brookline RCN and Comcast Cable Channel 3 

Live Stream: - links to YouTube and Facebook streams
To watch the recorded discussion afterwards, go to the BrooklineCAN website.

Housing Affordability in the Age of Covid19
Forum 2: Elements of Successful Strategies
Sunday, July 26, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
This second Forum will focus on two specific examples -- Somerville, MA and Minneapolis, MN — where local efforts were successful in addressing barriers to increasing the supply of affordable housing. Our expert panel and moderators explore not just the technical aspects of those changes, but at the local community engagement strategies used in each community and how they might be applicable to Brookline.

Click to go to website

Forum Moderator:
Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Professor of Law, Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Associate Dean for, Research and Interdisciplinary Education, Northeastern University School of Law

Panel Moderator:
Wendell Joseph, Professional Planner, Sasaki

George Proakis, Executive Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, City of Somerville Presenter Janne Flisrand, Neighbors for More Neighbors, Minneapolis

RSVP for Zoom Forum

Demystifying Medical Cannabis
Wednesday, August 5, 7pm
In this informational session on medical cannabis, Julie Battel, CNM, MPH of CED Clinic, will discuss the effects of medical cannabis, how the Massachusetts program works, how to become a patient, and more.

The mission of CED Clinic is to educate the public and practitioners on the benefits of medical cannabis and the ways in which it can promote wellness. For more information visit

Please register for this session here.

Expanding the Supply of Senior Housing in Brookline:
A Virtual Forum
Thursday, September 10, 6pm
In response to the dramatic growth of the older population, Brookline is expanding its supply of housing for seniors. A virtual forum sponsored by BrooklineCAN on September 10 at 6 PM will explain why more housing is needed for seniors and will profile new senior housing that is coming to Brookline. Jennifer Molinsky of the Harvard University Joint Center on Housing will provide an overview of the need nationally for increased housing for seniors driven by the growth of the older population. The panel will include Mike Jacobs, chair of the Brookline Housing Authority speaking about plans for replacement and expansion of the Col. Floyd development. Rhonda Glyman of Center Communities will speak about plans for a new residential building on Centre Street. Representatives of Welltower senior living will speak about its plans for the Newbury College site. A representative of 2Life will speak about the Brown Family House on Harvard Street that is currently under construction.

The forum will be produced in conjunction with the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and will be conducted on the Zoom platform. Registration information will be available in our September issue. Save the date.

Housing Affordability in the Age of Covid19
Forum 3: The Future of Housing Affordability in Brookline
Early Fall: 1PM - 3PM
The final Forum will focus on how all 5 constituencies (Housing, Diversity & Inclusion, Transportation, Climate Sustainability, and Economic Development) will:
    Click to go to website
  • Adapt and Weave Together Successful Strategies from Forum II to Fit the Specific Needs of Brookline
  • Create a Vision for Brookline that incorporates Housing Affordability, Diversity & Inclusion, Transportation, Climate Sustainability and Economic Development Goals
  • Create a Coordinated 5-Constituency Strategy that includes:
    • Warrant Articles
    • Community Engagement
    • Funding Considerations
    • Linkages
    • Implementation Time Line

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Ongoing, - Free films at Brookline Public Library.
Wednesdays at Putterham and Thursdays at Coolidge Corner.