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Announcements
from Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek

Brookline Senior Center Update
February 2, 2022

Effective Monday, February 7, 2022, the Brookline Senior Center will resume in-person gatherings, including programs. Please note some programing may continue via Zoom. Program leaders will be making the decision based on the comfort level of each group. If you have any questions about a particular group please contact Jamie Jensen 617-730-2753 or .

Please see below for Program Highlights for next week:

Monday, February 7th at 1pm: She Said/He Said: The Poetry of Lea Goldberg and Yehuda Amichai

Wednesday, February 9th at 1pm: Black History Month Celebration: “Picture of Diversity” Talk

Starting Friday, February 11th at 12:30pm for 10 weeks: Karate for Seniors

There are other interesting events happening throughout the rest of the month as well. Please go to our February News & Events for details.

Brookline continues to be under a face-covering mandate. If you are in need of a mask while at the Senior Center, please come to the Council on Aging offices on the 2nd floor. Your cooperation in respecting the mandate is appreciated and necessary to combat the pandemic.

For any other questions or for further clarifications of the above matters, please call us at 617-730-2770. Our phone line will also provide up-to-date information regarding weather cancellations.

Brookline Senior Center Update,
January 20, 2022

 

Effective today, Thursday, January 20, 2022, due to the continuing rising COVID case numbers and the highly contagious nature of the current variants, all in-person programming at the Senior Center will continue to be suspended through Friday, February 4, 2022.

 

The Senior Center building will remain open during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm) throughout this time; however, we will provide essential services, including Springwell Grab & Go lunch, scheduling AARP tax appointments and podiatry appointments, and transportation services. *Please note that the Chinese New Year celebration on Thursday, January 27, 2022 will pivot to a “Grab & Go” Chinese takeout meal. The programmatic part of this event has been canceled. Reservations are required before Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Meals must be picked up between 1-2pm. Please call 617-730-2770 for reservations.

 

Given that this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will plan to reassess our programming plans on Thursday, February 3, 2022 with the hope of resuming on Monday, February 7, 2022. Our staff will continue to monitor the phones and respond to incoming calls.

 

Due to the current guidelines requiring individuals exposed, symptomatic and/or diagnosed with COVID to isolate or quarantine, we may experience staff shortages that will result in delay and/or disruption of services.

 

For the most current information, please call 617-730-2770. We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time. Please stay healthy and well and let us know if we can be of assistance to you.

 

CAN I STILL COME INTO THE SENIOR CENTER?

Yes, as long as you are properly wearing your face covering, you will be allowed to come into the Senior Center. At this time, the Senior Center building remains open to the public during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. However, all programming has been suspended through Friday, February 4, 2022. The Senior Center will continue to provide essential services, including Springwell Grab & Go lunch, scheduling AARP tax appointments and podiatry appointments, and transportation services.

 

 

 

 

ARE TRANSPORTATIONS SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE?

Yes, transportation services are still available, weather permitting, but there may be a delay or disruption in service due to staff availability.

 

Please call Maria Foster with any questions or concerns (617-730-2644).

 

CAN I STILL EAT MY LUNCH AT THE SENIOR CENTER?

No, we will be suspending the “dine in” option for the “Grab and Go” lunch program through Friday, Feburary 4, 2022. However, you will still be able to reserve and pick up your Springwell “Grab and Go” lunch during this time to enjoy at home. Please note that lunch program participants will NOT be allowed to eat lunch anywhere in the Senior Center building through Friday, February 4, 2022.

 

If you would like to make a lunch reservation for a “Grab and Go” meal to take home with you, please call Kristine Farley at 617-730-2747.

 

Please note: The special “take home lunch” restaurant program through the Brookline Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to begin again the week of January 31 so stay tuned for more details on that.

 

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN FOOD/DRINK FROM HOME DURING THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD?

There will be no eating allowed at the Senior Center through Friday, February 4, 2022.  If you require food or drink for health reasons, please let one of our staff know so they can direct you to a private space where you can safely eat/drink.

 

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AT THE SENIOR CENTER?

We are still operating under the Town’s face covering mandate that was implemented in August 2021. All individuals over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth. This mandate covers all town buildings.  

 

Individuals with medical conditions prohibiting the use of a face covering must wear a face shield.  



 

 

I VOLUNTEER AT THE I&R/FRONT DESK. CAN I STILL COME IN TO COVER MY SHIFT?

Volunteers are welcome to come in to staff the desk(s) during this time if they feel comfortable doing so. However, if you are not feeling well and/or are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact your primary care physician.

 

Individuals who are immunocompromised or whose health conditions warrant extra caution, should exercise judgment around coming into the Senior Center during this time.

 

If you will not be in to cover your I&R/Reception Desk shift, please leave a message on our main line (617-730-2777). If you would like extra shifts, you can also leave us a message at 617-730-2777.

IS VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING AVAILABLE IF IN-PERSON PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED?

Some of our programs have continued to be virtual so please check the newsletter for details about our current virtual programming.

Some ongoing programs that had initially returned to in-person are now being offered again on Zoom. We are also actively trying to reschedule any canceled programs during this time. For more information specific programs, please contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753.

*Please note that the Chinese New Year celebration on Thursday, January 27, 2022 will pivot to a “Grab & Go” Chinese takeout meal. The programmatic part of this event has been canceled. Reservations are required before Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Meals must be picked up between 1-2pm. Please call 617-730-2770 for reservations.

CAN I STILL PICK UP MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FROM THE ELF PROGRAM?

Yes, please contact the ELF Program at 617-730-2752 if you need medical equipment.

 

 

WILL THE FITNESS CENTER BE OPEN DURING THIS PERIOD?

All in-person fitness classes continue to be canceled through Friday, February 4, 2022. Sharon Devine will continue to offer fitness classes via Zoom during this time so please contact Sharon at 617-730-2106 for more information.

 

Use of the Fitness Center equipment will be limited to one person/household at a time during this period.

 

CAN I STILL PICK UP A COVID TESTING KIT FROM THE SENIOR CENTER?

We have distributed our kits and we are awaiting more information from the Health Department about additional test kits.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DO NOT FEEL WELL OR I AM EXPERIENCING COVID SYMPTOMS?

If you are not feeling well and/or experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact your primary care physician. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. 

HOW DO I FIND AN APPOINMENT FOR A VACCINE/BOOSTER?

Please visit: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

 

HOW DO I FIND AN APPOINTMENT FOR A COVID TEST?

Please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test

 

FOR ALL NON-MEDICAL COVID RELATED QUESTIONS: Please contact the Town’s COVID Call Center at 617-879-5636. The Call Center is staffed Monday-Friday from 10 am-4 pm.

FOR ANY SENIOR CENTER WEATHER RELATED UPDATES: Please call our main number at 617-730-2770.

For any other questions or for further clarifications of the above matters, please call us at 617-730-2770.

Brookline Senior Center Update, January 6, 2022

Effective Monday, January 10, 2022, due to the rising COVID case numbers and the highly contagious nature of the current variants, the Senior Center will be suspending all in-person programming from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022.

The Senior Center building will remain open during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm) throughout this time; however, we will only be providing essential services, including Springwell lunch, podiatry and our monthly food commodity program.

Given that this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will plan to reassess our programming plans at the end of this two week period (Monday, January 24, 2022). Our staff will continue to monitor the phones and respond to incoming calls.

Due to the current guidelines requiring individuals exposed, symptomatic and/or diagnosed with COVID to isolate or quarantine, we may experience staff shortages that will result in delay and/or disruption of services.

For the most current information, please call 617-730-2770. We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time. Please stay healthy and well and let us know if we can be of assistance to you.

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/Brookline Senior Center
Tel. 617-730-2756

CAN I STILL COME INTO THE SENIOR CENTER? Yes, as long as you are properly wearing your face covering, you will be allowed to come into the Senior Center. At this time, the Senior Center building remains open to the public during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. However, all programming has been suspended from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022. The Senior Center will continue to provide essential services including the Springwell Grab and Go Lunch program, podiatry, and the food commodity program.

ARE TRANSPORTATIONS SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE? Yes, transportation services are still available, weather permitting, but there may be a delay or disruption in service due to staff availability. Please call Maria Foster with any questions or concerns (617-730-2644).

CAN I STILL EAT MY LUNCH AT THE SENIOR CENTER? No, we will be suspending the “dine in” option for the Grab and Go lunch program from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022. However, you will still be able to reserve and pick up your Springwell Grab and Go lunch during this time to enjoy at home. Please note that lunch program participants will NOT be allowed to eat lunch anywhere in the Senior Center building between Monday, January 10 and Friday, January 21, 2022.

If you would like to make a lunch reservation for a Grab and Go meal to take home with you, please call Kristine Farley at 617-730-2747.

Please note: The special “take home lunch” restaurant program through the Brookline Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to begin again the week of January 24 so stay tuned for more details on that.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN FOOD/DRINK FROM HOME DURING THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD? There will be no eating allowed at the Senior Center from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022. If you require food or drink for health reasons, please let one of our staff know so they can direct you to a private space where you can safely eat/drink.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AT THE SENIOR CENTER? We are still operating under the Town’s face covering mandate that was implemented in August 2021. All individuals over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth. This mandate covers all town buildings.

Individuals with medical conditions prohibiting the use of a face covering must wear a face shield.

I VOLUNTEER AT THE I&R/FRONT DESK. CAN I STILL COME IN TO COVER MY SHIFT? Volunteers are welcome to come in to staff the desk(s) during these two weeks if they feel comfortable doing so. However, if you are not feeling well and/or are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact your primary care physician. Individuals who are immunocompromised or whose health conditions warrant extra caution, should exercise judgment around coming into the Senior Center during this time.

If you will not be in to cover your I&R/Reception Desk shift, please leave a message on our main line (617-730-2777). If you would like extra shifts, you also leave us a message at 617-730-2777.

IS VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING AVAILABLE IF IN-PERSON PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED? Some of our programs have continued to be virtual so please check the newsletter for details about our current virtual programming. Some of our canceled in-person programs may be able to pivot to Zoom during this two week period. For more information, please contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753. Other in-person programs will be rescheduled as appropriate.

CAN I STILL PICK UP MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FROM THE ELF PROGRAM? Yes, please contact the ELF Program at 617-730-2752 if you need medical equipment.

WILL THE FITNESS CENTER BE OPEN DURING THIS TWO WEEK TIME PERIOD? All in-person fitness classes will be canceled from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022. Sharon Devine will continue to offer fitness classes via Zoom during this time so please contact Sharon at 617-730-2106 for more information.

Use of the Fitness Center equipment will be limited to one person/household at a time during this two week timeframe.

CAN I STILL PICK UP A COVID TESTING KIT FROM THE SENIOR CENTER? We have distributed our kits and we are awaiting more information from the Health Department about additional test kits.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DO NOT FEEL WELL OR I AM EXPERIENCING COVID SYMPTOMS? If you are not feeling well and/or experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact your primary care physician. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

HOW DO I FIND AN APPOINMENT FOR A VACCINE/BOOSTER? Please visit: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

HOW DO I FIND AN APPOINTMENT FOR A COVID TEST? Please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test

FOR ALL NON-MEDICAL COVID RELATED QUESTIONS: Please contact the Town’s COVID Call Center at 617-879-5636. The Call Center is staffed Monday-Friday from 10 am-4 pm. FOR ANY SENIOR CENTER WEATHER RELATED UPDATES: Please call our main number at 617-730-2770. For any other questions or for further clarifications of the above matters, please call us at 617-730-2770.

August 2021 Brookline Senior Center Update & Newsletter

Elvis will be back in the building on Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 PM! Seating is limited, so please call 617-730-2770 to register. As always, there is an abundance of information in our monthly News & Events. You can find the August edition as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

In June, the Senior Center was pleased to formally welcome everyone back with a concert from Center favorite Tommy Bahama! The mood was a festive one that we hope will continue as we ramp up ongoing, new, and in-person programming in the coming months. Please be aware that there is a variety of both in-person and virtual programming at this time. Please be mindful of the location of each program listed before you register and/or come in person to the Senior Center. If you have any questions about the location of a program, please contact Jamie Jensen at or 617-730-2753.

We along with the whole country are monitoring the next development of COVID-19 along with the variants. Please remember that the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions back in June does not signal the end of the pandemic and that the best protection continues to be vaccination. If you are still in need of a vaccination, please contact the Health Department at 617-879-5636. On July 27th, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its masking recommendations as it grows more concerned over the Delta variant of COVID-19, urging vaccinated people in certain areas of the country to resume wearing masks indoors in public areas.

As we transition to this “new normal”, we want to assure you that the Town will continue to remain vigilant with the intent to keep our staff and members of the Brookline public safe. We will comply fully with CDC guidelines and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this next step together.

Be Well,

Ruthann Dobek, Director
Brookline Council on Aging/ Senior Center

P.S. The Brookline Senior Center is seeking volunteers to assist with the Springwell Community Dining Program. We are in need of volunteers to assist with checking consumers in for lunch at the registration desk. We also need volunteers to assist with setting the lunchroom tables, serving the meals to registered consumers, and assisting with clean up at the end of lunch. Time commitment is 11 am-1 pm on mutually agreed upon weekdays. For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Catalano at 617-730-2743 or .

July 2021 Brookline Senior Center Update & Newsletter

Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July holiday! The town will be celebrating on Monday, July 5th, and the Council on Aging/ Senior Center will be closed.

As always, there is an abundance of information in our monthly News & Events. You can find the July edition as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here: https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

The Senior Center has been open to the public during regular business hours (M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM) since June 1st, and we have enjoyed welcoming back programs and participants.

Please remember that the lifting of these COVID-19 restrictions does not signal the end of the pandemic and that the best protection continues to be vaccination. If you are still in need of a vaccination, please contact the Health Department at 617-879-5636. As we transition to this “new normal”, we want to assure you that the Town will continue to remain vigilant with the intent to keep our staff and members of the Brookline public safe. We intend to comply fully with CDC guidelines and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this next step together.

December 2, 2020

As we welcome December, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we are bracing for an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. The Senior Center is currently open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the winter holidays will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

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.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our December edition. While we have resolved most of the issues, here is a direct link for the Medicare.gov link listed on page 11: https://www.medicare.gov If you experience a problem with any of the other links, please let us know.

You can find the december edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here:

Are you receiving more than one copy of this email from us? Please let us know by sending an email to Jessica Milley-Gee at .

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

October 28, 2020

As we welcome November, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we may see an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with the public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

We encourage you to complete our “Living with COVID-19” survey. The information gathered will assist us in planning future programs and services. An online copy of the survey is available here. If you would like a hard copy of the survey mailed to you, please call us at 617-730-2777.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our November edition. We are working to resolve the issue, but we have included some of the direct links below as an alternative way of accessing this content.

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 more fully. 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.

You can find the November edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
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: https://www.mass.gov/news/safer-at-home-advisory

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 info@brooklineseniorcenter.org. 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.

Follow This Link To Read Our June Edition:
https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

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: https://brooklinecovid19.com/senior-center/

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

Chair Dance
Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 am and Thursday, August 25 at 1:30pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Join certified Yoga instructor Caitlin Moore on Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 am and Thursday, August 25 at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Get your cardio right from your chair! Dance to your favorite tunes while improving your posture, strengthening your muscles, and fine-tuning balance and coordination. Each class includes a warm-up and cool-down.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

DVinci Soul
Monday, August 22 from 1:30-2:30
Brookline Senior Center.

DVinci Soul is a six piece soul band that plays danceable Motown, Jazz and classic R&B favorites. Get ready to listen and move to classic, soulful songs from the 60's through the 90's. Prepare to 'Shake it Up and Go' with DVinci Soul! Refreshments will be available. This special concert is co-sponsored by the Brookline Senior Center and Center Communities of Brookline. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Scan and Make a Plan!
Part 1. Wednesday, August 17 at 1:00pm
Part 2. Thursday, September 15 at 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.

The Brookline Office of Emergency Management is coming to present a two-part program called Scan and Make a Plan!

The purpose of this program is to stress the importance of being ready in case of an emergency. Having a communication plan in place will alleviate the stress of not knowing how to get in touch with the people you care about.

The plan in place will be clear on where to go if you are displaced and who to call. Once in a safe place, having your financial and medical records as well as important contact information will be crucial to start the recovery process. Taking the time now to organize and safeguard your vital documents will give you peace of mind and will ensure you have access to essential medical and prescription information and help you avoid additional stress. Our program offers to scan vital documents on a free USB key (done during Part 2 of the program on Thursday, September 15).

Our scanners have no internal memory and are not connected to the computer or the internet. The documents are scanned directly to the key which will be handed over to the resident.

We also provide easy-to-follow instructions on how to password protect the key. We highly recommend that the key be put in a safe place and not with the papers that were just scanned.

PLEASE NOTE: Anybody can come to Part 2, even if they didn't attend Part 1.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

Boston Annual Ukrainian Festival
Saturday, August 27, 2 - 8pm
Boston University's "Beach"

This will be a memorable, fun event and a great way to support Ukraine while taking a deep dive into rich Ukrainian culture. It's not just about death and destruction but a vibrant, democratic, forward looking Ukraine. See you all there.

More information.

Afternoon "Funday" with Kristine!
Monday, August 29 at 1:30pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Join Program Assistant Kristine Farley for a fun and casual afternoon with a variety of games and hands-on activities with friends. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Vintage Car Slideshow Social
Wednesday, August 31 at 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Take a ride down memory lane with John from Orphan Car Garage, a partner of Therapy Gardens. John will highlight some of our most notorious vehicles of the past. From Rambler to Studebaker, Corvair to Vega, come enjoy the slideshow and stories while sipping a root beer float. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Easy Travel
Thursday, September 1 at 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Join COA Social Worker Conor McDermott Welch as he shares his recent road trip around Ireland from coast to coast, including highlights such as the Ring of Kerry. Please register at 617-730-2770.

August Moon
Wednesday, September 7 at 12:30pm
Brookline Senior Center.

delebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) with a small get-together. Join Guotong Man, our new Outreach Worker from Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, to sample moon cake in the coffee lounge and to learn about this special festival. Afterwards, join us upstairs at 1:00pm for The Retro Polatin concert. To register, call 617-730-2770.

The Retro Polatin Duo Concert
Wednesday, September 7 at 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.

The Retro Polatin Duo will be back for another wonderful concert! The Retro Polatin Duo is an exciting 50's and 60's duo that specializes in playing Classic Pop Hits and Vintage Rock and Roll from the Golden Era of music. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Down Memory Lane
Thursdays in September at 10:30am (starting September 8)
Brookline Senior Center.

Join us for this interesting discussion group! Down Memory Lane is a reminiscence program designed to re-capture life experiences that are in our minds but that we have never had the opportunity to share with like minded people. Ruth Blackman, a specialist in the field of gerontology for 40 years, will lead this group with the knowledge that many seniors don't have the right vehicle to comfortably talk about their lives.

As we grow older, our ability to forge new friendships can diminish along with the loss of existing cohorts. This group promotes socialization, impacts wisdom through sharing, supports validation of personal life stories, creates meaningful and enjoyable interactions, promotes communication and creativity, and gives the opportunity to form new friendships. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Brookline Interactive Group Classes
Thursdays, beginning September 8, at 11am
Brookline Senior Center.

Brookline Interactive Group will be offering a series of classes:

DateClass
September 8 Your Phone is a Camera
September 15 From Print to Cloud
September 22 From Decade-Old Device/DVD to Cloud
September 29 Digital Scrapbooking
October 6 Sharing and Social Media

A Smartphone is required to attend. Classes are $10 each (payment given at registration) and participants can attend as little or as many as possible. However, space is limited, so please register at 617-730-2770. For more information about each class, please contact Jamie at 617-730-2770 or .

Interactive Program on Billy Crystal
Thursday, September 8 at 1pm,
Brookline Senior Center.

Join us as DGB Productions presents an interactive program on Billy Crystal. Billy Crystal is NOT just a comedian. He is also an American actor, writer, producer, director and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 1980s as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, In 2014, he became a Hollywood film star, acting opposite Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. Through film clips we will learn about Billy's artistic process: how he creates his characters, how he and Rob Reiner choreographed the famous restaurant scene in When Harry Met Sally." We will learn how inspirational Billy's family was in influencing his career as chronicled in the Emmy Award winning 700 Sundays, Billy's one man show. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Reopening Celebration
Saturday, September 10th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
(Rain Date: Sunday, September 11th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Larz Anderson Park

Please join the Brookline Department of Public Works for a Reopening Celebration at Larz Lagoon. This event will include a performance by a live jazz band, delicious treats, refreshments, and lawn games! Parking is limited - carpooling and biking are encouraged.

Announcement from Brookline Town News Portal.

Greek Festival
Friday - Sunday, September 9. 10 and 11
Cathedral Center, 162 Goddard Ave. In Brookline

Enjoy Greek Cuisine that is expanded this year, enjoy our Taverna, Attic Treasures, Greek Pastries of all kinds. Live Greek Dance group on Saturday night after 5PM. Also, everyone welcome to dance. Boutiques, attic treasures, Kafenio. On our spacious 6 Acre property. Free parking available and free shuttle from Hellenic College, a quarter of a mile away, next to Larz Andersen Estate and park. More information.

Improvisation Games For Fun!
Monday, September 12 at 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Do you watch "Whose Line is it Anyway" and wish you could play along? Join Dr. Miriam Diamond for impromptu acting games in which everyone is a winner. No special experience or talent needed - just a willingness to jump in and have a good time. Please register at 617-730-2770. 1

A Conversation with Sigalle Reiss
Monday, September 12, 3 pm

Please join us for "A Conversation with Sigalle Reiss, Director of Brookline's Department of Public Health," the featured presentation at BrooklineCAN's Livable Community Advocacy Committee via Zoom. Director Reiss will be providing an update on what Brookline's older residents need to know about dealing with Covid this fall and winter and an overview of the Health Department's programs and services. There also will be time set aside for attendee questions and discussion.

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If you are not currently a member of the Livable Community Advocacy Committee and wish to attend the meeting, please by the afternoon of September 11.

News Release
Brookline Department of Public Health

A Slice of Boston History
Thursday, September 15 at 1pm
Brookline Senior Center.

What do Harvey Parker, Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Dickens, Boston Cream Pie, John F. Kennedy, French opera, Emeril Lagasse, John Wilkes Booth, Ho Chi Minh, and Parker House Rolls all have in common? The iconic and historic Omni Parker House-the subject of House Historian Susan Wilson's fascinating lecture, "A Slice of Boston History." Please join for this exciting talk. Susan Wilson is an award-winning photographer, author, and public historian who has written and lectured about Boston history for the past three decades. She is a Scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and the official House Historian of the Omni Parker House. Her most recent book about the Parker House, Heaven, By Hotel Standards (2019) is available on Amazon (be sure to order the blue-covered 2019 edition rather than earlier version), but Susan will also bring some books with her. Co-sponsored by The Key Senior Care Services. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Coolidge Corner Community Chorus
Wednesdays starting September 14, 7:15 - 9:15pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Coolidge Corner Community Chorus 2022-2023 season starts September 14. Rehearsals Wednesday evenings, 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm, on the 3rd floor of the Brookline Senior Center. No auditions. Major work will be J.S. Bach's Cantata #4. All singers must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. For more information go to www.cccchorus.org, email or leave a message at 617-905-2268.

Brookline Porchfest
Saturday, September 17, 12 - 6pm

We are thrilled to announce Brookline's seventh annual Porchfest. Turns out, September is a great time for outdoor music and we are so excited to continue this new tradition of holding Porchfest as Fall begins!

Details.

Brookline Day
Sunday, September 18, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Coolidge Corner

Save the Date! This event incorporates all that makes Brookline a great place to live, work and play - from local vendors and restaurants to music and inflatables!

This year's event moves from Larz Anderson Park to Coolidge Corner. Harvard Street will be closed to traffic from Beacon to Steadman Streets, with activities for kids at the Florida Ruffin Ridley School playground.

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Brookline Day website.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, September 19, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Brookline Senior Center.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: SCBrookline. When you register, you will have to select your time and donation type ("blood" or "Power Red").

The History of Tattooing in Boston
Wednesday, September 21 at 1 pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Karla Rosenstein, Site Manager of the Eustis Estate, will explore an art form that was once banned in Boston, but today is seen as a creative mode of self-expression.

Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: the History of Tattooing in Boston, currently on view at the Eustis Estate, explores this phenomenon through a stunning selection of flash art, photography, and advertisements that paint a rich picture of this unique period in the history of tattooing. The exhibition traces the popularization of tattooing in Boston through the stories and memorabilia of the city's leading tattoo pioneers. The exhibition features the work of Frank Howard and the Liberty family who dominated Boston's tattoo scene from their shops in Scollay Square. Their stories reveal the complex and nonconformist tattoo culture and the people, businesses, and communities surrounding the tattoo trade. Karla will also share about the Eustis Estate Museum, a marvel of the Aesthetic Movement. The Senior Center on Wednesday, September 21 at 1pm. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Crafting With Kristine
Thursday, September 22 at 1:15pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Join Program Assistant Kristine Farley for a casual crafting time with materials included. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Reaching Out: 10 Ways to Build Community
Thursday, September 22, 3:30-4:30 pm
Brookline Senior Center and via Zoom.

Learn about:

  • Loneliness and isolation prior to Covid and its impact now
  • Situational forces that isolate us
  • Internal forces that isolate us
  • Specific ways to help us break out of isolation and stay connected
  • In-Person
    and Zoom
  • Tips for volunteering

Please RSVP by calling Brookline Senior Center 617-730-2770

Rhumba! Samba! Tango! Mambo!
Wednesday, September 28 at 1:00 pm
Brookline Senior Center.

John Clark and his Great American Music Experience presents this educational program in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It includes dance hits and movie clips from the thirties and forties from Xavier Cugat, Carmen Miranda, and Desi Arnaz, as well as Latin jazz, folk, and even rock & roll from the fifties and sixties. The history of the influence of Latin American music on American popular music from the 1920s through the 1960s comes mostly from South American and Cuban dance music. Don't forget your dancing shoes for this fun, lively, and upbeat program! Please register at 617-730-2770.

Walking
Tour
165 Years of Shopping in Coolidge Corner
Led by: Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022, 9:00am – 10:00am
Meet: Coolidge Corner Inbound T-Stop, Brookline
Distance: About 1/2 mile
Register: coolidgecorner100222.eventbrite.com
More information.
Blood Drive
Tuesday, October 4, 1 - 6 PM
Brookline Public Library Main Branch
361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall

There is still time to register for the upcoming Brookline Blood Drive. Schedule an appointment. Please enter sponsor code BrooklineMA.

Walking
Tour
The Beaconsfield Terraces:
"An Experiment in Domestic Economy"

When: Sunday, October 9, 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meet: Star Market, 1717 Beacon Street, Brookline
Led by: Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society
Distance: 1 mile
Register: beaconsfiled100922.eventbrite.com
More information.
Virtual
Event
Abortion Rights in a Post-Roe World
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this talk, Professor Shoshanna Ehrlich will discuss how Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization - the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade - came about, what it means for those living in abortion-hostile states, and how states like Massachusetts are reacting to the decision by seeking to expand and protect abortion access. Professor Ehrlich will offer an up-to-date picture of the current crisis over abortion access in the wake of this dramatic reconfiguration of the legal landscape. This virtual program is for adults and teens and will include a Q&A.

More information and registration.

Walking
Tour
Brookline Village Walking Tour
When: Sunday, October 16, 2022, 10:00am -11:30am
Meet: The Village Works, 220 Washington Street, Brookline
Led by: Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society
Distance: 1 1/2 mile
Register: brooklinevillage101622.eventbrite.com
More information.
All The Lonely People
Tuesday, October 18, 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Brookline Senior Center.

Join us for a special screening of the groundbreaking documentary Plus, learn about Boston area community building programs awarded grants from proceeds of the film!

Through a range of poignant personal stories, the timely and important social impact documentary, All The Lonely People explores impactful solutions that are helping to reduce isolation and build community -- solutions that can be helpful in our own neighborhoods.

RSVP by calling Brookline Senior Center 617-730-2770.

Virtual
Event
Water Protection Rights and Spirituality
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us as we honor Indigenous Peoples Day at a special program that will open with traditional Danza and prayer, and will be followed by a panel discussion on Water Protection Rights. The participants will be Hiawatha Brown (Narragansett Elder), Liz Santana-Kiser (Nipmuc Elder) Kasike Jorge Estevez (Taino) and Robert Quesada (Mexika/Aztec).

Learn about:

  • Indigenous Spirituality as it relates to water
  • Issues concerning water quality, fishing rights and industrial pollution
  • Land rights and what we can do to contribute to equitable access for all

information and registration.

Walking
Tour
Blake Park: History of a Neighborhood
Led by: Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meet: Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street
Distance: About one mile
Register: blakepark102322.eventbrite.com
More information.
An Evening With Boston Ghosts: Stories of Haunted History in Boston & Salem
Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brookline Village Library - Hunneman Hall

This Halloween season, join us at the Library as we partner with Boston Ghosts for a night of spooky storytelling and local haunted history. Tour guide Jarrod will be giving a presentation to explore the macabre tales of Boston and Salem from centuries and decades past. All accounts given are researched, authentic, and up-to-date to ensure you have the best, most chilling experience possible. Lovers of history, the paranormal, or simply those interested in discovering the darker side of New England are encouraged to attend! Due to the content, this program is open to adults and teens only.

More information and registration.

Virtual
Event
Pumpkin Pie Madeleines - Bake with Chef Melissa
Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a fun Baking workshop with Chef Melissa! In this live cooking class, Chef Melissa will guide you through every step of baking some delicious Pumpkin Pie Madeleines. Sit back and watch Chef Melissa demonstrate or roll up your sleeves to bake with her, the choice is yours!

More information, ingredients, tools, & registration

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