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: www.brooklineadulted.org or 617-730-2700.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
www.brooklineadulted.org 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
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 email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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: http://www.goddardhouse.org/events.html
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: email@example.com or 617-358-1350.
April 2 – 10, 2016, Brookline celebrates National Public Health Week.
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
6-8:00 pm, Hunneman Hall,
Public Library of Brookline,
361 Washington St. Brookline.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 www.bhs21stcenturyfund.org. Or RSVP to Stacey Zelbow at 617-713-5201 or Stacey_Zelbow@brookline.k12.ma.us. Click here for flyer
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.
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?
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:
Felice Brenner, former executive recruiter and current yoga instructor
Elenore Parker, president and co-founder of Rewarding Work Resources (and BrooklineCAN Media Relations coordinator)
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
A Besere Velt, the Yiddish Chorus of Boston's Workmen's Circle circleboston.org, 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.
1:30pm - 6:30pm, Rain or Shine
June 2nd through November 17th
Centre Street, West Parking Lot Directions
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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!
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. Web site.
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
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.
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
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 www.state.ma.us/mcb or call 617-626-7581.
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
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
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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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Brookline Adult & Community Education Lecture by Rhea Becker "The Clutter Queen". Brookline High School, $6. Contact: 617-730-2700 or Brookline adult ed.
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 More information.
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
Free Community Event. Suggested donation, $10. Reserve Now
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
. More information.
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 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.