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Brookline Senior Center

Senior Center Events

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

January 7, Going to Extremes: Travel Journalist & Photographer Peter Mandel
7:00 pm, Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street. As an adventure travel journalist for The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Huffington Post, Peter Mandel hunts his stories and photos in the world's far corners. The author of ten books, he'll show slides of his most extreme travel experiences-- a coup in Ecuador, suiting up as a theme park character, sailing on an Arctic icebreaker, camping in the African bush, and kayaking to the Statue of Liberty-- and explain how adventure travel turns to prose and photography on today's newspaper page. 617-730-2370

January 14, first of three sessions. Researching Your Roots Online
11:45 am-1:45 pm, Brookline Senior Center. $50. For more information or to register: or 617-730-2700.

January 14th, Salon concert
7:30pm at the Scandinavian Cultural Society in West Newton. The short concert will feature a "round-table" discussion on the works performed (Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Laven) by the String Quartet.
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January 18, Martin Luther King Day Celebration
4:00 pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre. Keynote speaker: Susan Maze-Rothstein, Northeastern University Law Professor. Additional information at Tickets are free but registration required at

January 23, American Idols Concert
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8pm at the First Baptist Church in Newton (wheelchair accessible and modified seating available). The concert will feature orchestral works of American composers old and new including Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland, Barber, and other classical and contemporary favorites. Half-priced tickets - $19/each - are available for the "C" section (great seats!) for groups of 10 or more. Contact Britt at or call 617-779-0900 for ticket information.

January 25, New Ideas Born in Brookline
7:00-8:30 pm, Brookline High School. Ken Liss, President, Brookline Historical Society has uncovered stories about notable Brookline inventors and innovators. Lecture, Brookline Adult & Community Education, $6. For more information or to register: or 617-730-2700.

February 6, The Academy Awards: The Good, The Bad, and the Outrageous.
2:00 pm. Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington Street. The Academy Awards a.k.a. the Oscars are Sunday Feb. 28! The Public Library of Brookline welcomes the return of Medfield High School teacher and film buff Frank Mandosa, who previously presented on the Golden Age of Hollywood. His popular Academy Awards talk is presented annually at several libraries throughout Massachusetts. Learn how this prestigious film award began, what actors have won (or have incredibly never won), and some of the ceremony's most famous and infamous moments. 617-730-2370

February 9, The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Faces, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World.
7:00-8:30 pm, Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, $6. Anthony M. Amore, author of the Art of the Con, will share stories about some of history’s most notorious hoaxes. Brookline Adult & Community Education. For more information and to register: 617-730-2700
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February 13, Out of the Cold, Into the Jazz
10:00 am-noon, Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Brunch, performance, and talk with acclaimed jazz vocalist and master teacher Dominique Eade. RSVP to Jenna Henning, 617-731-8500, x 152 or

February 24, Silver Leaf Gospel Singers
1:00 pm. Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Old-time, toe-tapping, heart-lifting sound. A cappella singing called “jubilee”, full of call and response. Deacon Randy Green has led this group for over 60 years. 617-730-2770

March 17, Trip to Merrimack, NH Outlets
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Brookline Recreation Department, $10 for Brookline residents, $10 for Brookline residents, $14 for non-residents. Over 100 stores, a great shopping experience. Pick-up and drop-off at Senior Center and Soule Recreation Center. or 617-730-2069.

Last Day Today
March 18 – April 22, Conceptual Clay, Hot Art
Exhibit at Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street (map), Monday-Friday,9:00 am – 5:30 pm. The Center invited Massachusetts based ceramic artists to submit their most conceptual works in clay, looking for work that provokes thought through use of color, shapes, unexpected details and unique functionality. Works include a range of abstract sculptures, vessels as art and interdisciplinary installations.
Reception: Friday, April 1, 6:00-8:00pm

March 24, Research Updates on Prevention, Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.
5:30 – 7:30 pm, Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Talk and discussion, includes a light, healthy supper. Speaker: Dr. Gad Marshall, Associate Director of Clinical Trials, Alzheimer’s Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. More information at:

March 30, April 6, 13, & 20, Page to Stage
10:30 am – noon, Evergreen Program, Boston University, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Adrienne Boris, New Repertory Theatre Producer, a BU lecturer in acting, will use the New Rep production of “Freud’s Last Session” to demonstrate story, design and more and effective communication with the audience. Guest speakers will include cast of play. $50. To register: or 617-358-1350.

April 2 – 10, 2016, Brookline celebrates National Public Health Week.
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  • Saturday, April 2, Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge
  • Saturday, April 2, Free Dental Care, Longwood Dental Group
  • Sunday, April 3, Walk a Mile in her Shoes
  • Monday, April 4, Better Hearing Begins Here
  • Tuesday, April 5, Text Less, Live More
  • Wednesday, April 6, Critter Proofing Your Home
  • Thursday, April 7, Wildcrafting: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants
  • Thursday, April 7, Teens and Opiates
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April 11, Selling the Fountain of Youth
6-8:00 pm, Hunneman Hall, Public Library of Brookline, 361 Washington St. Brookline. Arlene Weintraub will speak about her book, “Selling the Fountain of Youth: How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old and Made Millions”. Free of Charge - please call 617-730-2770 to register.

April 15, Visit to Wellesley College Greenhouses
10:00 am. It Takes a Village Greater Boston Walking Club, for people with dementia and their care partners. Leaves Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street | Brookline, at 10:15 am. Complimentary lunch follows the walk, at Goddard House around noon. Van pick-ups upon request at the Brookline Senior Center and 100 Centre St. at 9:30 am as well as a return trip there after lunch. Call for reservations, information and to coordinate. RSVP to Brigit Ganson at 781-718-5277 or

April 19, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
7:00 pm. From the Company that brings you Shakespeare on the Common. Come to the Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street, for a live performance of several scenes followed by a discussion of the play, roles, and Shakespeare’s legacy. 617-730-2370.

April 20, Brookline Booksmith Author Event, Daniel Shapiro, Negotiating the Nonnegotiable.
7:00 pm. This book is a step-by-step guide to resolving life’s most emotionally challenging conflicts. These conflicts can feel nonnegotiable because they threaten your identity and trigger what Shapiro calls the Tribes Effect, a divisive mind-set that pits you against the other side. Shapiro draws on his pioneering research and global fieldwork in consulting for everyone from heads of state to business leaders, embattled marital couples to families in crisis. 279 Harvard Street. 617-566-6660 For full information and for many other author events, see Booksmith Events

May 3, Town Election Day
Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.
May 4, World Cafe: A Discussion of Race in Brookline
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 — 7:00 PM Schluntz Gym, BHS, 115 Greenough St, Brookline, MA. Although this is a free event, reservations are recommended. Limited babysitting is available by reservation only. Reserve your space now by registering online at Or RSVP to Stacey Zelbow at 617-713-5201 or Click here for flyer
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May 7, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra's Dance With The Stars orchestra concert
Sanders Theatre on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm. The concert will feature Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, Ginastera's Estancia, and will feature famous harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio in Tcherepnin's Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra. Maestra Gisele Ben-Dor will once again lead Pro Arte from the podium. Press release.

Pro Arte is offering a 50% discount on "B" and "C" level seats ($58 and $38 before discount, respectively) to BrooklineCAN members. Send email to to receive a special discount code.

May 7, Walking Tour of Fisher Hill
Saturday, May 7 , 2016, 1-3 pm. This tour will concentrate on the architectural significance of the homes in the area, the history of Fisher Hill and interesting facts about past inhabitants. For more information see BA&CE catalog page 34 or call 617-730-2700. Fee $22.

May 10, So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?
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Join the Brookline Senior Center and Brookline Adult Education as we present three Brookline business owners who will share stories about their personal journey to entrepreneurship. Panelists will include:

  1. Felice Brenner, former executive recruiter and current yoga instructor
  2. Elenore Parker, president and co-founder of Rewarding Work Resources (and BrooklineCAN Media Relations coordinator)
  3. Carol Sapoznick, owner of the Olive Connection

When: Tuesday May 10th 5:00-7:30PM
Where: Brookline Senior Center 93 Winchester Street, Brookline

Pre-registration is required. The program is free if reserved by Monday, May 9th. There will be a $10 fee charged on the day of the event. For More Information or to Register contact Deidre Waxman, LICSW, at 617-730-2767 or

May 14, Concert Tevye's Daughters
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A Besere Velt, the Yiddish Chorus of Boston's Workmen's Circle, collaborates with the internationally acclaimed Klezmer group, The Klezmatics, to present "Tevye's Daughters: Journeys to a Better World" on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline.

May 15, Brookline Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3 pm. All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA. Concert will feature the 2016 Concerto Competition winners performing Copland, Symphony no.3.
Thursdays, June - November,
Brookline Farmers' Market
1:30pm - 6:30pm, Rain or Shine
June 1st through November 16th, 2017
Centre Street, West Parking Lot

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May 17, June 16, Panels on Giving up the car keys
Sponsored by TRIPPS (Transportation Resources, Information, Planning, and Partnerships for Seniors). Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Both events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. Please call 617-730-2644 to reserve your seat or for help with transportation to and from the event.

Tuesday, May 17, 6-8 pm. A panel of professionals who have worked with seniors navigating the process of "driving retirement," either gradually or suddenly, by necessity or by choice. It will include representatives from a driving skills assessment program, the medical community, social workers in the aging field, and law enforcement and/or the RMV.

Thursday, June 16, 6-8 pm. A panel of seniors from our community who get around without driving. Some take the T, some use paratransit, some love the buses, some take taxis, some use ride-hailing apps, and others walk or cycle. These seniors will describe their own experiences, discuss the drawbacks and benefits of using various modes of transportation, and talk about overcoming some of the barriers that can keep other seniors from exploring and using non-driving options.

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May 20, Nature Explorations in our own back yard
For people with dementia and their care partners. Friday, May 20, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA. RSVP to Bridgit Ganson at 781-718-5277 or

June 4, Brookline's 1st Porchfest
Brookline's Inaugural Porchfest will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with a rain date of Saturday, June 11th. Featuring over 60 performers, Brookline Porchfest will be celebrating music and community with performances from local musicians on hosted porches around town. Porchfest web site.
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June 21, International Day of Yoga
  • What: Open-air, free class led by local yoga instructors.
  • When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Summer Solstice.
  • Where: Cypress Field, directly across from Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street. (Rain location is the high school gym across the street).
  • Wear: White top and black pants (suggested).
  • Why: Local celebration of the second International Day of Yoga.
  • And: First 100 yogis receive a free Athleta yoga mat.
June 22, Public Health Policy Forum
Wednesday June 22, 7-9 pm following reception 6-7 pm, the 20th Annual Public Health Policy Forum will take a focused look at the recent successes achieved in health care reform and the challenges still faced in working towards universal care. Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. No registration is required. Press release.

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July 11, The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security
Laurence J. Kotlikoff, will speak about his N.Y. Times best-selling book, Get What’s Yours - The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security.
Monday, July 11th, 6-8pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Free of charge– please call 617-730-2770 to register
July 13, At Work With Disabilities: Challenges & Solutions

When: Wednesday, July 13th from 2-4 pm
Where: Brookline Senior Center (A REAP program)

Please join us for a panel and discussion with disability and legal experts to discuss workplace challenges and solutions for mature workers with disabling conditions. Come learn about the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Workplace accommodations, The ILC (Independent Living Center’s Program), which is part of the Mass Rehab Commission, the MASS Commission for the Blind as well as programs for the hearing impaired.

Call Deidre Waxman and leave a message to register (617-730-2767). This event is free for pre-registered participants; $5 at the door for unregistered participants.

We will provide refreshments and plenty of time for questions!

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July 20, 22, 24, Boston Midsummer Opera's 11th Season
  • Donizetti's Il Campanello
  • Mascagni's L'amico Fritz
Arsenal Center for the Arts, Mosesian Thater, Watertown, MA.
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July 22-August 26, 2016, Art Exhibit: Omneity
Artists: Steve Sangapore and On-Kyeong Seong
Reception: Friday, July 29, 6:00-8:00 pm
Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, July and August, Free Summer Concert Series
Brookline Recreation Department See Brookline Parks Concerts or call 617-730-2069 for details

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August 4, 11, 18, 25, “Cookin’ Up Jazz”
Summer Concert Series, Refreshments
6-8pm, Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline
RSVP by calling 617-731-8500 x110 or email Kristina Lessard at
  • August 4th, The Winikers
  • August 11th, Afrika Gente
  • August 18th, WeJazzUp
  • August 25th, Claudia Eliaza

September 15, BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting
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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

September 25, October 2 & 16, Fall Walking Tours
Join Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society for these Fall Walking Tours. All tours are free of charge. Details here.
  • The Beaconsfield Terraces: "An Experiment in Domestic Economy"
    Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10am – 11am
    Meet at: Star Market at 1717 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
  • Blake Park: History of a Neighborhood
    Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2pm – 3:30pm
    Meet at: Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street
  • 150 Years of Shopping in Coolidge Corner
    Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9am – 10am
    Meet at: Coolidge Corner Inbound T-Stop, Brookline, MA
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September 28, Debunking Political Rhetoric
In a Year of Social Media Escalation
6:30 p.m. Hunneman Hall, Brookline Library, 361 Washington Street, free and open to all. Sponsored by Brookline League of Women Voters.

October 17, October is White Cane Awareness Month!
During the month of October, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and Mass. residents who are legally blind work to raise awareness of the Mass. White Cane Law. The annual celebration will take place at the Mass. Statehouse in Boston on Monday October 17, 2016, 10-noon at the Great Hall of Flags. This event is to raise awareness of the independence a white cane or guide dog gives to an individual who is legally blind and the White Cane Law. The Mass. White Cane Law states “All motorists, when they see a pedestrian who uses a dog guide or a white cane at a street crossing, must come to a complete stop.”

To learn more about the White Cane Law, Orientation and mobility training and or about learning to use a white cane or a guide dog, please contact the Mass. Commission for the Blind at or call 617-626-7581.

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October 19, Reel in the Closet
7pm, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline

Feature-length documentary that lets us connect with LGBTQ people from the past through the rare home movies that they left for us.

This special event includes a pre-screening reception by reservation from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Brookline Senior Center and a post screening Q&A with Director Stu Maddux at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

October 20, Brookline celebrates second “Real” Food Drive.
Community event calls attention to healthy food and food insecurity among residents.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 PM until dusk, Brookline 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 locations. Suggested donations include easily stored fruits like apples, and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, squash and tomatoes.

October 21, It Takes a Village Greater-Boston Walking Club
Nature Explorations in Our Own Backyard. Larz Anderson Park Brookline. RSVP to Dee Brenner at (781) 879-7237

This inclusive program welcomes people with dementia and their care partners. Each guided nature walk includes information about the area and a chance to share stories. Van transportation is available or you can meet us at the site. We leave Goddard House at 10:15 a.m. Complimentary lunch follows the walk at Goddard House around noon. In 2016 – Van pick-ups upon request at the Brookline Senior Center and 100 Centre St. at 9:30 a.m. for those who wish to join us as well as a return trip there after lunch. Call for information and to coordinate. Reservations are limited.

Larz Anderson Park is a wooded, landscaped and waterscaped 64-acre park, the largest in Brookline. Set amidst a landscape of ponds and trees, it offers commanding views of the Boston skyline. Today, we will take in the beauty of the fall foliage with a walk guided by a Brookline Park Ranger. Click for flyer.

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October 26, Brookline Senior Center Autumn Benefit
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street
Questions? Contact Ruthann Dobek, 617-730-2756, or
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November 4-5, 32nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Friday, November 4, 10am-3pm
Saturday, November 5, 10am-1pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
November 6, Fall Program of the Brookline Historical Society
1:30 PM Sunday, November 6, 2016, Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, Brookline

History is right under our feet; we just need to dig a little to find it. Though not the most popular construction project, Boston's Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city's archaeological history than any other recent event. Join Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, and author of A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts for a look at Boston's fascinating hodgepodge of history- from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts. From cannonballs to drinking cups and from ancient spears to chinaware, he will discuss a number of artifacts and their significance in the city's history.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Brookline Historical Society, 617-566-5747,

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November 9, “Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to do About It”
With Co-author Andrew D. Eschtruth. Wednesday, November 9th, 6-8pm. Goddard House Assisted Living. 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Flyer.
November 16, Workshop: Boomers Shifting Gears
Wednesday, November 16th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm,
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline

This workshop, facilitated by Mia Louik, is designed for Boomers who are in a variety of transitions related to what comes next in their retirement years. This will be an educational, interactive presentation focusing on:

  • Opportunities/options you might not have considered
  • A broadening awareness of yourself and your potential
  • An increased understanding of your strengths and what you bring to new opportunities,
  • An action plan to help you move forward

The workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration before November 14th is required. To register or for questions contact: Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or

December 1, First Light Brookline
5:00-8:00 pm,
First Light is an evening of family-friendly entertainment to inspire while you get a head start on your holiday shopping in Brookline. Join in for music, events, and fun around town!
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November 17, The Distinctive Gowns of Isabel Anderson: Restoration and Preservation
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum Presents: The Community History Speakers Series.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation at 7:00pm
Free Community Event. Suggested donation, $10.
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November 21, Brookline's new Green Electricity Program . . .
. . . is offering an information session at the Brookline Senior Center on November 21 at 1 PM.

Beginning early next year, Brookline residents will have an opportunity to obtain up to 100% of the their electricity from green sources. By participating, residents will help to reduce their reliance on greenhouse-gas producing fossil fuels. The program promises to make green electricity available at competitive prices. Residents will have a number of options about the extent to which they obtain their electricity from green sources. Learn about the program by coming to the information session. Information is also available on the Green Energy program’s web site .

The program is sponsored by Brookline’s Climate Action Committee and the Brookline Department of Planning and Community Development.

December 1, Clutter, Clutter Everywhere: Ten Ways to Start Managing the Mess.
7:00-8:30 pm. Brookline Adult & Community Education Lecture by Rhea Becker "The Clutter Queen". Brookline High School, $6. Contact: 617-730-2700 or Brookline adult ed.
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December 8-23, Feet of Clay Holiday Show and Sale
Feet of Clay, 21 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445, 617-731-3262.
Opening Night Thursday, December 8th, 5-9pm
Fridays, December 9th and 16th, 10am-8pm and Friday, December 23rd, 4pm-8pm
Saturdays, December 10th and 17th, 10am-6pm
Sundays, December 11th and 18th, 11am-6pm
Monday – Thursdays, December 12th-15th and December 19th-22nd, 4pm-8pm
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December 15, The Architecture of Charles A. Platt
Part of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum's Community History Speakers Series. Keith N. Morgan, professor emeritus of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation at 7:00pm
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January 28, Outsmart the Scammers
A Community Service Program at Goddard House
with Chiquita Rice, Financial Advisor, and the Brookline Police Department
Saturday, January 28th, 10:30 am – Noon, Refreshments & Program
at Goddard House Assisted Living – 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline MA
RSVP to Jenna Henning at (617)731-8500 ext. 152 or .
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February 5, 3:30 pm, Guitar Concert
Enjoy an afternoon of classical tunes with guitarist and conductor Kevin Sherwin, an accomplished soloist and leader of orchestral and choral ensembles, who infuses his active performance schedule with scholarly work in music performance practice. Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. RSVP by calling 617-731-8500 x110 or
February 6, 1:00 pm, History of Slavery and Freedom in Brookline
For Black History Month, speaker Barbara Brown, PhD, chair of the Hidden Brookline Committee. Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, 617-730-2770
February 8, Hybrid-Pay-As-You-Throw (HPAYT) Information Session
1:30 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, 617-730-2770. HPAYT is a refuse collection system where customers purchase a waste cart based on their household's refuse output. If a customer has more trash than their cart can hold, prepaid, plastic overflow bags, imprinted with the Town seal, will be available for purchase at local retail establishments. Waste cart selection is due by March 10 and the collection system launches in May so it is important for you to attend this meeting. This program is cosponsored by the Council on Aging and BrooklineCAN. HPAYT on the town's web site.
February 9, 1:00 pm, Osteoporosis
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy students and faculty, presentation on risk factors as well as how to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, 617-730-2770
February 11, 5:00 pm, Mistral Concert
Love in the Belle Epoque: Valentine Concert This intimate program from the golden age of song traces the flowering of French culture during the three decades surrounding the turn of the 20th century. St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul Street. Ticket and price information: Mistral Concert Tickets , P.O. Box 5075 Andover, MA 01810, 978-474-6222
March 9, "Live" Theatre in Brookline
Lovers of live theater, particularly British theater, should check the schedule at the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre for presentations from London's prestigious National Theatre. These are filmed performances, captured in high-definition, of actual live productions. Upcoming shows include Ibsen's Hedda Gabler on March 9 and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on April 6. Coming in August is a new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America. There is a senior discount on tickets. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446. Recording 617 - 734 - 2500. Office 617 - 734 - 2501,
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Saturday, March 18, Three Concerts
  • Jamie Balmer, Classical Guitar
  • Commonwealth Consort,
    17 & 18th Century Music, Harpisichord, Flutes, & Voice
  • Usually 7, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
2pm - 4pm, Brookline Public Library at Coolidge Corner, The Meeting Room, 31 Pleasant Street
Saturday, March 18, Concert
Soloist Abigail Karr will appear with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra when it plays the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Opus 64 on March 18 at 8:00 pm at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street. Also featured will be Nicolai's Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor and Schumann's Symphony No 1. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors, free for children 12 and under. See for more about the orchestra and the last concert of the season in May.
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Sunday, March 26, Coming to America
Community forum on immigrant & refugee rights
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, 3-5pm
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Join us for a panel discussion to learn more about the administration's actions and proposals regarding immigrants and refugees and how they might impact "dreamers" and others in our community and around the world. The forum will also include a discussion of sanctuary status and implications for Brookline and other communities.

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March-June, Spring Series for Adults, Learn Something New
  • March 27, Book Art Workshop
  • April 1, Make Japanese Bento Lunchboxes
  • April 4, Being Green at Home (DIY cleaners & make-up)
  • April 27, Pen & Ink Drawing Workshop
  • May 4, Make the Best Coffee at Home (led by a barista!)
  • May 24, Bike Maintenance (bring your own or learn from the demo bike)
  • June 10, How to Dress (and embrace!) your Body Type
  • June 21, Sewing Tips and Adapting Patterns

All events are free and require registration on Eventbrite-- there are attendance limits for many of these events. If you go to our website calendar on any date that an event in the series occurs, there the registration link is embedded and can be accessed. In addition, here is the Eventbrite registration Link.

Sunday, March 26, Brookline Historical Society's Annual Meeting
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Sunday, March 26th, 2 pm
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library
361 Washington Street

At the same time that Brookline was becoming a prosperous commuting suburb of Boston in the 1840s, it acquired a sizable community of Irish Catholic refugees from the Irish famine. Historian Ronald Dale Karr traces the rise of Irish Brookline and explores its complicated relationship with the dominant Yankee culture of Boston's wealthiest suburb. Karr, a former Brookline resident, is the author of Between City and Country: Brookline, Massachusetts, and the Origins of Suburbia, forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press.

Refreshments will be served.
Free & open to the public.
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Monday March 27 – Sunday April 2, Climate Week Brookline 2017
This week Climate Action Brookline's mission is to create a greener and healthier future by connecting Brookline citizens to ways they can reduce their carbon footprint at home, at work, and in the community. Brookline's 7th Annual Climate Week is a collaboration of Climate Action Brookline and a wide range of community partners, organizers and volunteers.
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Thursday, March 30, Mindful Aging with Bob Linscott
6:00pm - Recepion with light fare. 6:30-7:30pm - Lecture. Goddard House Assisted Living, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline.

In the past ten years there has been a growing body of research that supports the success of mindfulness practices on increasing longevity and even altering the course of cellular aging. At the center of the work is an eight-week stress reduction program, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, developed by Jon Kabat-Zin at The University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979.

Join Bob Linscott from The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health for an engaging and interactive talk  on developing a mindful practice to support healthy aging of the body and mind. The talk will also give an introduction to the eight-week stress reduction program that will be offered at Goddard House later in the spring.

Linscott has been teaching the MBSR course for older adults since 2013 and was trained at the Center for Mindfulness at The University of Massachusetts Medical School.

RSVP by or call her at (617) 731-8500 x130.

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April 3 - 9, Brookline celebrates National Public Health Week
More information here.
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Thursday, April 6,The Age of Longevity: Re-Imagining Tomorrow for Our New Long Lives
6:00-7:45pm, Goddard House Assisted Living, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. Appetizers served from 6-6:30pm, Lecture with discussion from 6:30-7:45pm.
Thursday, April 6, "Live" Theatre in Brookline
Lovers of live theater, particularly British theater, should check the schedule at the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre for presentations from London's prestigious National Theatre. These are filmed performances, captured in high-definition, of actual live productions. Upcoming shows include Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on April 6. Coming in August is a new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America. There is a senior discount on tickets. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446. Recording 617 - 734 - 2500. Office 617 - 734 - 2501,
Thursday, April 20, The Reunion Project, Opening Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.

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Nearly 50 Brookline senior women recently participated in The Reunion Project, a combination of art and narrative, designed to encourage older women to reflect on their memories and recognize the wisdom that comes with age.

The project culminates in an art exhibit featuring photographs and quotations that will be on display at Gallery 93 of the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline and at Gallery M of Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. The exhibit will open at both Goddard House and the Senior Center on April 3 and will run through June 30 at the Senior Center and through May 31 at Goddard House.

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Photographer Lora Brody will present images, narrative, and history of the project at a reception at the Senior Center on April 20, from 6 to 8 pm. A second event in conjunction with Brookline Open Studios will take place at Goddard House on April 29 and 30 from 11 am to 5 pm. Using portrait photographs, narrative and history, photographer Lora Brody will again describe the project at 2 pm. both days. The public is invited to all events.

Click here for the full press release with fact sheet and Lora Brody's biography.

Monday, April 24, Candidates' Forum
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Monday, April 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM,
Brookline Senior Center ballroom, 93 Winchester Street

Candidates for:

  • Board of Selectmen
  • School Committee
  • Library Board

The forum is open to all free of charge

Annual Town Election, Tuesday, May 2

Sponsored by Brookline Senior Center and BrooklineCAN Livable Community Advocacy Committee

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Thursday, April 27, Sensational 60s
Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Auditorium
35 Binney Street Boston, MA,
7:30 Showtime
Join us for an upbeat evening of classic tunes you will love. WBZ’s Jordan Rich emcees an outstanding musical evening featuring The Follen AngelsInternational Cabaret, jazz, and classic pop recording artists. This inspirational night of music also features the delightful a Cappella group, Custom Blend, and the NU Downbeats from Northeastern University, who will help strike a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer. Event web site.
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Thursday, May 4, This Chair Rocks! A Manifesto Against Ageism
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street, Brookline, MA
Free of Charge – please call 617-730-2770 to register.

Applewhite has written a book, a blog, and she speaks widely – all tools to help catalyze a movement to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind. We hope that you will join us for an evening with her on May 4th!

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Thursday, May 18,
How to Stay Young While Growing Older—and Have Fun Doing it
5:30 -7:30 p.m., Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street

Refreshments, light beverages and wine will be served. Guests will be treated to an amusing look at aging through cartoons, as well as presentations by Steve Shain and Stacy Greenspan on easy exercises you can do at home and also ways to “Make it Safe” at home. Steve is the popular exercise coach at the Center and Stacy has been an active member off BCAN’s Providers Network. Ample time will be scheduled for interactive table discussions.

This gathering will educate, enlighten and amuse you so be sure to bring a friend who may not already know about BrooklineCAN or has become inactive. Sign-up information will be sent to all. Space is limited so sign up early for yourself and your friend(s)!

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Tuesday, May 23,
Keeping People Mobile Today and Tomorrow: Research at the MIT AgeLab
Lisa D’Ambrosio, Ph.D. from the MIT AgeLab. Dr. D’Ambrosio will give a talk titled, Keeping People Mobile Today and Tomorrow: Research at the MIT AgeLab. This talk will describe the purpose and perspective of the MIT AgeLab and present the results of several recent projects at the lab. She will describe research on changes drivers make to how they drive and get around as they age, and what older drivers think about new vehicle technologies and self-driving cars. She will also introduce AGNES (the Age Gain Now Empathy Systems suit) to the audience and describe how this tool is used in AgeLab work. This exciting event will take place at the Brookline Senior Center May 23rd from 6-8pm. Register online or by calling the TRIPPS line at (617) 730-2644. Click for press release.
Wednesday, May 24, Tower Hill Botanical Garden Tour
12:30-4:30. Fee: Resident $30, Non-resident $40.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is the headquarters of the Worcester County Horticultural Society (WCHS). In 1986 WCHS purchased Tower Hill Farm in Boylston, MA. There are 17 district gardens on more than 130 acres, much of it preserved as woodlands and open space. Tower Hill is dedicated to the cultivation and display of some of the most exquisite plants in the world. On May 24 the Brookline Recreation Department has a trip planned to the garden with a docent-led guide. The trip fee of $30 covers transportation and admission to the garden. To register call 617-730-2069.
Bus Pick up/Drop off locations:
  • Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
  • Soule Recreation Center- 652 Hammond street
Wednesday, May 24, Green Burial Presentation/discussion
6:30 – 8:30 (You may feel free to leave early so we can have enough time for discussion.) Mount Pleasant Home, (Living Room) 301 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain

I’ll never die. But what to do with my body if I did? There is a new option making a buzz . . . Green Burial. What’s that mean? Would I want to do that?

Guest speaker: Candace Currie, LEED Green Associate Director of Planning & Cemetery Development Mount Auburn Cemetery: “American funeral practices have evolved into a highly formalized, cost intensive and environmentally challenging industry. Green burials can provide a meaningful, economical, and aesthetic means for honoring the dead and providing families and friends with a new (yet traditional) framework for funeral customs and practices”. She will show a power point and show "Dying Green" (about 30 minutes) and lead a discussion about this.

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Thursday, June 1, Workshop on Creative Use of Extra Space at Home
June 1, 2017 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Brookline Senior Center Ballroom
193 Winchester Street, Brookline, MA
Put the extra space in your home to work for you!
Get ideas from those who are already doing!
Get advice from experts!
Free of Charge – please call 617-730-7220 to register
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Saturday, June 10, 2nd Brookline Porchfest
ArtsBrookline and Brookline Music School are very excited to bring you Brookline’s Second Porchfest coming up on Saturday, June 10 (June 17 raindate)!
Featuring over 80 local performers!
Thursday, September 14, BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting and Expo
5 to 7 PM, Brookline Senior Center
Theme: The Power of Engagement
Keynote speaker: Judith Gonyea, Boston University
Ongoing, - Free films at Brookline Public Library.
Wednesdays at Putterham and Thursdays at Coolidge Corner.