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
Sunday, October 29, Zamir Chorale Concert - Special Offer for Brookline Seniors
4:00 pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom. Eastern melodies, American jazz and tunes from the Yiddish musical theater. Refreshments after the concert. Tickets are normally $30/$36 for members/non-members, but if people order them through the Senior Center (617-730-2770) tickets will be discounted to $10.00. The Temple is at 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline (Kent Street T Stop).
Saturday, Novenber 4, Conversation with Ron Hoffman
Talk & Discussion 10:30-11:30 a.m., Reception at 12:00 p.m.
Goddard House Assisted Living, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline
Join us for a talk an discussion with Ron Hoffman, founder and director of Compassionate Care ALS in West Falmouth, MA. Ron is the author of Sacred Bullet, a memoir about the art of living through catastrophic circumstances.
or call her at 617-731-8500-x130.
Thursday, November 9, Transportation in the Arts
Join Meghan Melvin, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to explore the MFA's rapidly expanding collection of transportation design drawings, and to learn more about the 19th-century origins of the Museum's current design initiative!
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Doors open at 6:30pm, Presentation at 7:00pm.
$20 for non-members $15 for Larz Anderson members $5 with valid student I.D.
For more information about our Community History Series click here.
Wednesday, November 15, Health Care Sound Off
What do you want from your health care? Does the current system address your needs? What aspects of health care could be changed to improve your experience? If you have stories, concerns, opinions to share, or if you want to listen to others’ experiences with health care, join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 pm at the Brookline Senior Center for a timely discussion about your healthcare at the Health Care Sound-Off! There is no charge for the program and refreshments will be served.
This event is organized by a local chapter of the Right Care Alliance, a grassroots movement that brings together health professionals and patient advocates to organize for a health care system that is affordable, accessible, equitable. We believe that health care is a right and that coverage should be universal: everybody in, nobody out. For over a year, we have been touring around the Greater Boston Area to hear stories from people like you about their health care concerns and needs. For more information, visit our website: http://rightcarealliance.org/. To register or for more information please call Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or
Monday, December 4, An Evening with Stephen Kinzer
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Village Library,
361 Washington Street
In his new book, The True Flag, award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer will take us back to Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt's time to show us how the power of the press and "fake news" shaped our past as it does the present.
Tuesday, December 5, Lecture and Book Signing
John Ratey, MD, author of Spark and Go Wild, applies the principles of his writing and pioneering research to health aging in this evening preentation.
6-7:30, Reception: 6-6:30, Program with Discussion: 6:30 - 7:30
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street
Free of charge, Please call 617-730-2770 to register
February 20, March 1, April 3 & 13 The Dialogue Starts Here…HELLO Brookline
Public event for the town-wide initiative “The Dialogue Starts Here- HELLO Brookline,“ funded by a grant from The Brookline Community Foundation, coordinated by Center Communities of Brookline with community partners. We’ll have refreshments and a brief presentation, then enjoy the conversation game “HELLO.” The goal is to provide a comfortable venue to have meaningful conversations about “what matters most,” using the game as a catalyst to be able to express our values and wishes in the event of a serious illness or at end of life. Materials will be supplied to all attending for “next steps” in their Advance Care planning. Registration is required.
Dates and locations:
Tuesday, February 20th 5:30-7:30 at the Coolidge Corner Library in the Community Room. Click here to register or call 617-730-2380.
Thursday, March 1st 5:30-7:30pm at the Main Library’s Hunneman Hall. Click here to register or call 617-730-2370.
Tuesday, April 3rd at the Brookline Senior Center from 1:30-3pm - as part of Brookline Public Health Week. To register call 617-730-2770.
Friday, April 13th 1:30-3:30 at the Putterham Library Community Room . Click here to register or call 617-730-2385.
The show begins on Thursday, December 7 and continues daily through Saturday, December 23. The Feet of Clay Studio is at 21 Station Street in Brookline. The attached announcement includes the times when the studio is open. Thirty-five local potters will be displaying their work at the show.
January 3 – February 28, Watercolor Exhibit, Group Meditation, at Gallery 93
Gallery 93 at the Brookline Senior Center is honored to present Group Meditation, by artist Shirley Selhub. The exhibit runs from January 3 through February 28, 2018. A reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 4-6 pm. Gallery 93, located at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map) is open from 8:30-5:00, Monday through Friday.
Wednesday, January 3, Recreational Marijuana Information Session
1 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (“CNB”) expects to begin accepting applications by marijuana establishments for recreational marijuana licenses on April 1, 2018. If applications are approved by the CNB, these licenses would allow recreational marijuana establishments to open for business as early as June 1, 2018 in communities across the Commonwealth, including Brookline.
The legislation permits local regulation by General or Zoning By-Law of the time, place, and manner of marijuana establishments, with some limitations. Some types of local law regulation require approval in a town-wide referendum in addition to a favorable
We would like more direction from the community. Your feedback matters! Please consider attending an information session at the Senior Center on Wednesday, January 3 at 1 p.m., regarding recreational marijuana with members from the Planning and Community Development Department. In addition, please help by completing a brief 5-minute survey linked here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8D2ZYLP
Monday, January 15, Brookline's celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
3 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
The theme for this year’s event is “The Radical King-- The Fierce Urgency of Now.”
Dr. Chad Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, is our keynote speaker. Dr. King, as civil rights activist and moral leader, was much more radical in his time than he is now remembered. Dr. Williams will ask us to think about how Dr. King's words and actions can be applied to today's troubling times.
The program includes poetry, music and the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Also featuring: poet/performer Regie Gibson, Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling and, from Brookline High School, slam poet Carolyn Parker-Fairbain and the a capella group Testostatones.
This event is free but to guarantee a seat you must reserve a ticket beforehand.
Reserved tickets are available on EventBrite until Sunday, January 14. On the day of the event, Monday, January 15, any remaining tickets will be available only at the Coolidge Corner Theater box office when it opens.
PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited, so come early. Doors will open at 2:30 pm.
Sign language interpretation will be provided.
The Coolidge Corner Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Saturday, January 20, Snowflake Festival
Brookline Arts Center. 1:00-3:00 pm. Stroll through our studio spaces and try out exciting projects in mixed media, comic creation, jewelry making, 3D sculpture and more! Warm up with some hot cocoa as you watch a live pottery demo, listen to music by Hugh Hanley and meet our teachers. This year's Snowflake Festival will also serve as the reception for our annual Student Exhibition that will be on view in the gallery. 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, 617-566-5715.
Saturday, February 24, March 24, April 28 "Cool" Classics
Winter / Spring Concert Series 2018.
Join us at Goddard House Assisted Living for a trio of “mostly” classical music
concerts featuring talented musicians performing a wide range of repertoires.
All receptions start at 3:00pm followed by concerts
from 3:30 - 4:30pm and are free of charge.
165 Chestnut Street, Brookline, MA
RSVP to Jennifer Miller by or phone 617-731-8500 ext. 110
Thursday, January 25 Hearing on Recreational Marijuana
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the Advisory Board on Public Health for the Town of Brookline will hold a public hearing to consider local regulations related to recreational marijuana slated for licensing by the Commonwealth this summer.
The hearing will be held in the Denny Room, Lower Level, Brookline Department of Public Health, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA beginning at 6:00 pm.
Sunday, February 25, Brookline Village in the 19th Century
2:00 PM, Hunneman Hall, 2nd floor, Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445 (map).
The commercial district along Washington and Harvard Streets, featuring brick buildings from the 1870s and earlier
The town’s civic center, site of three successive Town Halls, the public library (1869), the Pierce School (1855), and other municipal buildings.
The Lindens, one of the first planned residential developments in town (1840s)
Emerson Garden and the Elijah Emerson House on Davis Avenue (1846)
White Place, with one of the largest concentrations of vernacular architecture in Brookline
The program will be preceded by a brief annual meeting. Refreshments will be served at the end of the talk. Be sure to visit the Historical Society exhibit -- Faces & Places in Brookline Village -- on the main level of the library, on display through March 12th.
April 4, 7, 12, 25, Brookline Reads 2018
The Underground Railroad, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novel by Colson Whitehead, is this year’s Brookline Reads selection. Whitehead will be at the Brookline High School auditorium, 115 Greenough Street, to discuss his book at 7 PM on April 25.
Other Brookline Reads programs include a screening of the uplifting documentary Our Mockingbird, introduced by filmmaker Sandra Jaffe, at 7 PM on April 4 at Hunneman Hall in the Brookline Village Library.
A walking tour of Underground Railroad sites on April 7 (rain date April 8) led by Suzette Abbott of Hidden Brookline, starting at 2 PM at Town Hall.
At 7 PM on April 12 in Hunneman Hall, Judge Nancy Gertner will moderate a conversation on the economic realities of racism. She will be joined by experts in the fields of law, economics, and journalism.
Brookline Reads is sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Library. All events are free and open to the public.
Please see the attached document for a detailed description of Brookline Reads 2018. For more information, please contact Anne Reed, Assistant Library Director for Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-730-2360.
7:00 to 9:00 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
Singles Welcome. Tickets: $7.
Live music and light refreshments. Ages from 12 to 120 welcome. Beginners welcome. Please bring clean soft-soled shoes for dancing.
Buy tickets online, or come to the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, with cash or check. You may pay at the door (cash/check), but advanced ticket purchase is recommended. (No refunds.) Information: 617-730-2777.
Sunday, April 8, Bela Lyon Pratt : Sculptor of Monument
The Brookline Historical Society, The Jamaica Plain Historical Society, & The Larz Anderson Auto Museum
invite you to
Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 3 pm
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA
Bela Lyon Pratt, a contemporary of Larz Anderson, was a famous sculptor, teacher at the Museum School, cellist, archer, bicycle enthusiast, and Jamaica Plain resident. His work – both monumental and personal - is displayed all over the United States. It would be difficult to find a person in the Boston area who is not familiar with two of his most famous works. Do you know what they could be?
Our speaker, Vivian Zoë, is the Director of the Slater Memorial
Museum in Norwich, Connecticut. She recently curated a show, Bela
Lyon Pratt: Sculptor of Monument, at the museum – the first
extensive retrospective of Pratt’s legacy since a 1918 show at the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
The program is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, April 14, The Campaign for Single Payer: Medicare for All
Mass-Care--The Campaign for Single Payer: Medicare for All-- holds its Annual Gala & Benefit. Saturday, April 14, 3-6 pm. Speakers: State Senator Barbara L'Italien & UMass economist Gerald Friedman. Live music & refreshments.. Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St.
Handicap-accessible $35. Info & register:
Thursday, March 8, Thursday, April 19, Talk & Book Signing
[New date and location. Originally scheduled for March 8 at the main library. Postponed due to weather.]
Refreshments served from 6-6:30 p.m. Program with discussion from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
Free of charge. Please call 617-730-2770 to register.
In her book Ending Ageism, Gullette provides evidence of the sudden onset of age-related shaming. Telling stories about such happenings and confronting the way aging is portrayed in media and the arts, she asks people to move from silence about their experiences, to recognition, to stating grievances, to justified resistance, and then collectively, to imagining the next steps a movement might finally take. Let's fight ageism together!
Thursday, April 26, BrooklineCAN Election Forum
BrooklineCAN is sponsoring an election forum on Thursday, April 26 at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year in the annual Town election (May 8), voters will choose two Select Board Members plus three School Committee members, five Library Board members, and consider ballot questions for an Override and a Debt Exclusion. The forum will focus on the contested races, the Override, and the Debt Exclusion. Candidates will have opportunities to make brief opening statements followed by questions from the audience. Candidates and Override advocates will be asked to give special attention to senior concerns.
Thursday, May 10, The Power of Play: Games, Puzzles, and Trivia to Keep Your Brain Young.
BrooklineCAN will present "The Power of Play: Games, Puzzles, and Trivia to Keep Your Brain Young.” at its annual Spring Membership Celebration, on Thursday, May 10, at the
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map)
, from 5:30-7:30 pm.. The event is free for current BrooklineCAN members. A charge of $10 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check), can be applied to membership.
Saturday, May 12, Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, May 12, Free Tai Chi Introductory Session
1:00pm – 2:00pm. Part of the "Learn Somethin New" series at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445 (map).
Thursday, May 24, BrooklineCAN Presents…
Bulletin from the Front Lines: Updating the New Old Age
New York Times reporter and blogger Paula Span will give the Helen Kass Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 7:45 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map). Span writes the column "The New Old Age", reporting on a variety of issues related to aging. In her lecture, Span will address timely topics such as purposeful living in old age, aging in the community, today’s vibrant elders, and end-of-life care and decision-making.
This event honors the memory of Helen Kass, a cherished and dedicated member of Brookline CAN from its earliest days. Helen served on the Education Committee and helped develop the speaker events that are now so valuable to the community; at the Senior Center she was a leader of the Alzheimer's support group. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.
Shop the work of 85 artists and makers. Enjoy delicious food truck fare, wine/beer and listen to great music at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival!
The festival will be held on Saturday June 2, 2018 from 11AM to 6PM along Babcock Street in the heart of Coolidge Corner, Brookline MA.
Festival Web Site.
Monday, June 4, Shredding Event
Monday June 4th there will be visit from a mobile shredding truck and an identity theft presentation at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map) from 1-4 pm. Brookline residents are invited to safely dispose of sensitive and personal documents to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud.
The event is sponsored by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. There will also be a presentation on identity theft from 1:00–2:00 pm at the Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 617-730-2770 to register for presentation portion of the event. All others are welcome to pull up to the mobile shredding truck for assistance with their boxes, bags and bundles of documents to shred. There is no charge.
Saturday, June 9, Brookline Porchfest
The third annual Brookline Porchfest will be held on Saturday, June 9 (rain date June 16) from 12-6pm. Porchfest Web Site.
Sunday, June 10, Coolidge Corner Walking Tour
9 – 10 am, Coolidge Corner Inbound T Stop.
Coolidge Corner was home to just one store—Coolidge & Brother—from the 1850s to the 1890s. Following the widening of Beacon Street in 1887-88 and the arrival of the S.S. Pierce store a few years later, a major new shopping district took root. Almost all of the existing buildings in this still thriving commercial area were built between 1890 and 1930.
Join Brookline Historical Society President Ken Liss for a journey back to the initial development of the Coolidge Corner business district and get a glimpse of local shopping in the early decades of the 20th Century.
Sunday, June 17, Walking Tour: Blake Park: History of a Neighborhood
Sunday, June 17th, 2-3:30 pm
In 1880, banker Arthur Welland Blake engaged Frederick Law Olmsted to draw plans for the subdivision into roads and lots of the Blake family estate on the lower part of Brookline's Aspinwall Hill. Olmsted's plans were never executed, and the estate remained something of an anomaly; a large tract of open land renowned for its landscaping in the heart of a community rapidly developing as a "streetcar suburb". Join Ken Liss from the Brookline Historical Society to learn how the neighborhood of "Blake Park" finally emerged — despite failed plans, untimely deaths, and financial scandal — four decades after it was first conceived.
The free tour begins on the steps of Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street at 2 pm and will last approximately 90 minutes.
Wednesday, June 20, MBTA Senior Charlie Card Event
1–3 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map), 3rd floor
To obtain a Charlie Card:
You must be 65 years or older
Bring a picture ID with proof of age
Fill out an application
We take a photo of you
The MBTA will mail you your charlie card in 4–6 weeks.
As part of this event
will host transportation information tables featuring, the subway system maps, Uber/Lyft help, and representatives from the Registry of Motor Vehicles and MBTA Travel Training. Come get any RealID and other questions answered.
Wednesday, June 20, Putting the Brakes on Rising Health Care Costs
Fridays, July 6 – 28, Family Flicks & Fun in the Park
Lawn Bocce & Outdoor Games 2 hours before movie. Movies start 30 minutes after dusk at approximately 8:30 pm.
Tuesday, July 17, Wednesday, July 18, Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project
Please join the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for a presentation on the upcoming major construction activities for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. MassDOT and the project team staff will describe the Summer 2018 Construction Shutdown (July 26-August 11) in detail, review detour routes, and respond to questions. During the shutdown, there will be significant service impacts to all modes of transportation along Commonwealth Avenue and the BU Bridge in the BU/Saint Paul Street/Cambridgeport neighborhoods and on I-90 (Mass Pike).
4:30 to 6:00 PM, Brookline Senior Center ballroom, 93 Winchester Street (map). Canditates: Rebecca Stone, Tommy Vitolo. The forum is open to all. Doors open at 4 PM. Democratic primary election, Tuesday, September 4. Sponsored by Brookline Senior Center and BrooklineCAN.
Thursday, August 16, Fenway Movie Night – Movie TBD
Thursday, September 13, BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map).
5:00pm – 6:15pm: Expo — explore, network, enjoy food, music, & drink
6:15pm – 7:00pm: Panel Discussion on Age-Friendly Businesses
Katherine Tallman, Coolidge Corner Theatre
David Leschinsky, Eureda! Puzzles & Games
Kyle Perzanoski, Brookline Bank
Paul Saner, Economic Development Advisory Board
Moderator: Matt Weiss
To register for this free event
or call 617-730-2770.
Thursday, October 18, National Food Day at Brookline Farmers’ Market
On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 1:30 PM until dusk, the Town of Brookline invites residents to celebrate National Food Day at Brookline Farmers’ Market by purchasing fresh produce for delivery to Brookline’s two food pantries. 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 food pantry locations. Suggested donations include easily stored fruits like apples and pears, and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, squash and tomatoes. The Brookline Farmers’ Market, in operation through mid-November, is located on Centre Street in Coolidge Corner.
Thursday, October 11, Olivia Hoblitzelle, Aging with Wisdom
Author Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle
discusses her latest book.
Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 pm.
Talk with discussion runs 6:30-7:30 pm. Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map). Free of charge. Please call 617-730-2770 to register.
How do we find meaning and beauty in aging? How do we respond to living in an age-phobic culture? How do we cultivate an inner life resilient enough to handle the vicissitudes of old age? The last phase of life is often the most heroic—rich with opportunity for reflection, growth, and resolution. Olivia’s talk offers new perspectives on aging and inspiration for potentially the most meaningful chapter in our lives.
Wednesday, October 17, Vigil Against Domestic Violence
The Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence will hold a Vigil Against Domestic Violence on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, in memory of Brookline resident Jennifer Lynch and all victims of domestic violence.
The vigil, set for 5:30pm, will be held at the Garden of Remembrance, Harvard and Pierce Streets, directly behind the Brookline Department of Public Health, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline. The rain date is October 22.
Thursday, November 1, Author Claire Willis, Lasting Words: A guide to finding meaning toward the close of life.
5-7:30 pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map). Free of charge. Please call 617-730-2770 to register.
As we grow older we might well wonder how will we be remembered. What difference has my life made to others? What values and wisdom do I wish to pass onto the upcoming generation in my family or community? And how can I do all that?
Many of us have prepared legal wills to distribute our belongings after we die. But few of us have considered leaving a spiritual/ethical will, a record of who we are, a document that can be offered to loved ones either while we are still alive or after we are gone.
After the talk, there will be a writing workshop to begin the process of creating a legacy. Her book will be available to purchase so that you can continue the work at home.
Play the engaging conversation game “HELLO” that is designed to help players express
values and wishes in the event of a serious illness or at end of life. Attendees will leave
with resources for "next steps" in their advance care planning .
Ailene Gerhardt, Independent Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA), founder of the
evening's co-sponsor Beacon Patient Advocates, will share advocacy resources and
discuss the value of Advance Care planning.
Wednesday, November 7, Dr. Susanne Hanser, The Healing Power of Music Therapy
6:30 – 7:30 PM. Goddard House Assisted Living,
165 Chestnut St, Brookline, MA (map).
or call her at 617-731-8500 (Monday to Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Saturday, November 10 Holiday Craft Fair
10am – 1pm.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map),
White Elephant Sale
Proceeds to benefit the programs and services of the Brookline Senior Center, with a special donation to Hearth, Inc.
Friday, November 9 – Saturday, November 10 Holiday Craft Fair
Friday, November 9, 10am – 3pm.
Saturday, November 10, 10am – 1pm.
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map),
White Elephant Sale
Proceeds to benefit the programs and services of the Brookline Senior Center, with a special donation to Hearth, Inc.
Tuesday, November 13, Info Session
Students in Boston Elementary Schools need you to help
foster a love of reading that leads to academic success.
Find out how you can help by attending
an upcoming info session
on Tuesday, November 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map).
RSVP to 617.423.6633 or
Wednesday, November 14, Nancy Donovan, New Ways of Thinking About . . .
. . . emotional health, loneliness, and social engagement in older adults. 6 – 7:30 PM. Goddard House Assisted Living,
165 Chestnut St, Brookline, MA (map).
Monday, November 19, Meet Dick Flavin
1 pm at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map).
Join us for an interesting afternoon of Red Sox stories and poems with Dick Flavin. Dick is the poet laureat and senior ambassador of the Boston Red Sox and voice of Fenway Park, serving as public address announcer for Red Sox day games.
Meeting Dick is the next best thing to being a Fenway so we hope to see you there.
To register, please call 617-730-2770.
Monday, November 26, An Afternoon with Brookline Poets
1:00 pm. Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map).
With Zvi A Sesling, Brookline's poet laureate and other local acclaimed poets. To register, call 617-730-2770.
Tuesday, November 27, An Evening with Hank Phillippi Ryan and Callie Crossley
On Tuesday, November 27 at 7 PM, the Public Library of Brookline will host An Evening with Hank Phillippi Ryan and Callie Crossley: The Story Behind the Story. Ryan and Crossley will explore questions inspired by Ryan’s newest psychological thriller, Trust Me: How do we know what to believe? How do journalists uncover the truth? And how do reporters and writers translate investigation into narrative? Drawing from their work in journalism and fiction, they will discuss the idea of hunting for the real story, the work of reporters to discover and convey the truth, and the true crime stories that inspired Trust Me.
This event will take place at the Brookline Village Library, 361 Washington Street, and is free and open to the public. Copies of Trust Me will be available for purchase courtesy of the Brookline Booksmith, and Ryan will be available for signings.
For more information, please or call her at 617-730-2370.
Thursday, November 29, Brookline's First Light Holiday Celebration.
5:00 - 8:00 pm. Jump start the Holidays with free family-friendly performances, refreshments, and giveaways hosted by local businesses. Details.
Sunday, December 2, Coolidge Corner Library Grand Re-Opening
3–5 PM, the Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street
Monday, December 3, Now and Then: The Golden Age of Baritone
Monday, December 3 at 1:00 pm,
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map).
Baritone James Michael presents, Now and Then: The Golden Age of the Baritone. James will perform a wonderful variety of Broadway and American Song Book classics so his performance is not to be missed! To register, please call 617-730-2770. This program is generously sponsored by Wingate Residences at Boylston Place and the Brookline Senior Center.
Proceeds from the sale of Frank Caro's pottery will be donated to BrooklineCAN.
Thursday, January 10, Nesterly Workshop
1pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street (map).
The Nesterly platform connects households, Hosts, who have spare space with people
who are seeking a place to stay for longer than one month, Guests. In a twist that’s
unique to Nesterly, Guests can also exchange help around the house for lower rent.
Nesterly helps to make intergenerational homesharing safe, transparent, and easy by
providing screening, a customizable homesharing agreement, and on-going service.
Saturday, January 12, Lighthouses, Hot Chocolate and You
The New England Lighthouse Lovers (NELL) invites you to their annual winter event featuring the "History of the Lightship Service, 1820-1985" on Saturday, January 12 from 2-4 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.
The United States Lightship Museum, Inc is a non-profit organization that owns the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112. This lightship is berthed in the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in East Boston.
In 2012, the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 was designated a National Treasure. While still undergoing renovations, in recent years the ship has become a floating museum and learning center for the general public. Robert Mannino, Jr., president of the U.S. Lightship Museum, will share the fascinating story of this National Historic Landmark and National Treasure, placing it in the colorful history of the U.S. Lightship Service as a whole. Hot chocolate, tea and cookies will be served following the program. Due to the possibility of inclement weather and for planning purposes, we encourage you to RSVP by calling 617-730-2770.
Tuesdays, January 12 – February 5, Daytime Poetry Workshop
Poetry is a great way to explore different themes and situations in our lives and in the world around us. We will read and talk about poems based on a previously determined "poetic idea" each week. Poems will be presented written by a range of poets, from Walt Whitman to Rita Dove and many others—both modern and from the past. We will share what we like about the ideas in and the construction of the poems, and focus on various poetic devices and types of poems chosen by participants. We will write and read our poems, and the instructor will also present information about exploring and sharing poetry in print, online, and at venues in the community. Discounts or waivers do not apply.
Thursday, January 17 Uncovering the Mystery of a Brookline Children’s Photo Album from 1882
In 2014, the Brookline Historical Society was given a tiny photo album — 3” wide by 3.75” high — with postage stamp-sized photos of 48 Brookline and Boston children, most of them girls.
Written inside the front cover was the name Mamie Williams and the date March 16, 1882. Who were these children? What was the connection between them? What became of them as adults? Why were the photos so small? Join us on Thursday, January 17 at 1 pm as Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society will tell how months of research led to answers to these questions and to some fascinating stories about individuals, about Brookline and Boston society, and about a particular type of 19th century photography called the “gem tintype”. Space is limited. To register, please call 617-730-2770. Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.
Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Brookline Celebration. Reflections on Race--Brookline Then and Now
3:00pm. Documentary film, followed by discussion. This event is free but to guarantee a seat tickets must be reserved beforehand.
for tickets, more details on this program, and on the celebration's Day of Service events.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446 View Map
Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Brookline Celebration. Three Brookline events
The Town of Brookline has three projects on January 21 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:
More Than Words Bookstore, a non-profit serving at-risk youth will be accepting books, CD’s, video games and other items suitable for resale. For details and assistance,
. Donation drop-off at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Inspo-Expo, 2nd Annual Brookline Action Fair. Meet your Brookline neighbors, learn about their social action projects, and take part in fun, hands-on activities for both kids and adults. Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Street, noon to 3:00 pm.
Mondays, January 28, February 4, February 25, and March 4, South Brookline Senior Meetup
There will be four new sessions of the South Brookline Senior Meet Up at Putterham Library, 959 W
Roxbury Parkway, Brookline MA. Mondays from 1:15 - 2:45 We will meet January 28, February 4, February 25, and March 4.
Come join the fun! Enjoy conversation and refreshments as we provide a setting for exploring topics that are of interest to you. Come meet old friends and make new ones. Share your ideas and experiences. Brighten your winter days with poetry and music. For more information
or call at 617-697-9848.
Monday, February 11, Welcome Blanket
The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is
almost 2000 miles long. Imagine if the massive distance of this wall was re-conceptualized and re-contextualized not to divide, but to include. Instead of wall, a concrete line, to keep people out, what if lines of yarn became 3,500,640 yards of blankets to welcome people in?
4-6pm, at Starbucks, 15 Harvard Street. Join Chief Lipson and other Brookline officers for coffee and conversation. No agenda/speeches. Ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know @brooklinemapd just bit better. Coffee provided by Starbucks.
Tuesday, March 5, Hearti Gras 2019
Celebrate Brookline Arts, Brookline Non-Profit organizations, and Mardi Gras with us! Enjoy music, art, and Cajun themed food while getting to know some of the local, Brookline non-profit organizations!
We will be hosting a festive party to celebrate the transition of the TRIPPS (Transportation, Resources, Planning & Partnerships for Seniors) Pilot Program as funded by the Mass Department of Transportation. This event is for all those interested in the issues of driving and transportation for older adults in our region, TRIPPS volunteers, and constituents who have participated in our programming.
The TRIPPS program will be continuing in Brookline and we will be discussing the future both in Brookline and beyond. The celebration will include a short presentation on TRIPPS programming (past and future) as well as a presentation of a new report based on a survey conducted by TRIPPS volunteers and staff. Titled Expanding Transportation Options and Sustaining Community Transportation: Experiences of Brookline Seniors, this report includes lessons learned from the survey as well as several case studies collected over the course of the program. Join us on Thursday March 28th 3:00 - 4:30pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. We look forward to celebrating with you! Please RSVP at the following Eventbrite page or
Thursday, April 4, Coffee with State Rep Tommy Vitolo
A coffee hour to meet and greet State Rep Tommy Vitolo will be held at the Brookline Senior Center on Thursday, April 4th at 10 a.m. Tommy will also have time for private office hours with his constituents from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
April 1 – 6, National Public Health Week
Five events over six days in April.
Information: Send email to
or call her at 617-730-2336.
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April 4 – May 19, Brookline Climate Spring 2019
Climate Action Brookline, the Brookline Public Health Department, and community partners are excited to present Climate Spring, a series of events highlighting positive climate actions. Come learn, share ideas, have fun, and take steps to ensure that Brookline leads the way in implementing climate solutions.
Learn about tick-borne illnesses, and how to be safe outdoors
during the warmer months, with staff from the Brookline
Department of Public Health. This will be a bilingual program
presented in both English and Mandarin.
What's the secret to living a fuller, more content life? For John Leland, the answer came from an unexpected place: from the lives of six people age 85 and up. He expected them to educate him in the hardships of old age. Instead, they taught him lessons of resilience, gratitude, purpose and perspective that apply to us all. All had lost something – spouses, mobility, eyesight or hearing. But none had lost everything. And they defined their lives by the things they could still do, not by what they had lost. The good news is that we can all learn from our elders’ wisdom and experience. Whatever your age, it’s not too late to learn to think like an old person.
Saturday, April 27, Opening Minds through Art
Artists' Reception & Art Sale
Saturday, April 27th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Goddard House Assisted Living,
165 Chestnut St, Brookline, MA.
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program that is founded on the principle that people who are living with dementia are highly capable of creative expression.
This exhibit will be on display in Gallery M at Goddard House from April 8th to May 6th. For more information, contact Patti Barrows at 617-731-8500 or
All are welcome!!
Saturday, April 27, Free Dental Care
Free Cleanings, Fillings & Extractions for those without access to dental care.
Our day to give back to our community!
Registration starts @ 7:30AM
Arrive early .. 1st come, 1st served basis.
We hope to serve 100 patients without access to
dental care this day!
4pm – 6pm, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. This year in the annual Town election (May 7), voters will
choose one Select Board Member and consider Debt Exclusion
proposals for elementary school construction (Driscoll and
Baldwin). The forum will focus on the Select Board race and the Debt
Exclusion proposal. Three candidates are competing for the Select Board seat.
Candidates will make brief opening statements followed by questions from the
audience. Candidates will be asked to give special attention to senior
concerns. Both proponents and opponents of the Debt Exclusion proposal will
speak. This year's forum will not cover uncontested races.
Movie presentation of The Growing Season.
Filmed over the course of a year in Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, a long-term nursing and assisted living home that is also home to a preschool, The Growing Season offers an intimate glimpse into a world where the very young and the very old learn and grow side by side, for a fleeting moment in time.
The KMN Klezmer Trio features Kirsten Lamb on upright bass and vocals, Michael McLaughlin on accordion, and Nat Seelen on clarinet. Lamb, McLaughlin, and Seelen have worked at the forefront of the klezmer genre, performing with Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, Klezperanto, Shirim, Naftule’s Dream, Klezwoods, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and many more ensembles over their careers in music.
For their May 5 concert at the Coolidge Corner Library, the KMN Klezmer Trio will perform a set of original dance tunes and arrangements of traditional klezmer music showcasing their virtuosic treatment of traditional forms and styles. Expect doinas, freylekhs, zhoks, bulgars, and lots of fun.
This concert will take place in the atrium of the Coolidge Corner Library.
An interactive presentation covering the basics of
Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative
disorders, including important warning signs, steps
towards prevention, and the latest research. Join
Dr. Robert Stern for an educational presentation
combining humor and science, with question and
answer to follow.
Free of Charge ~ Please RSVP to Patti at
Thursday, May 16, Navigating Your Healthcare:
Tips and Tools for the Empowered Patient.
Presented by Ailene Gerhardt, Independent Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA).
Navigating today's healthcare system is complex. Often, patients and their support systems are overwhelmed by the myriad of things to know and are unsure of how to navigate the system. You will leave this talk feeling confident and well informed as you approach current or future health decisions.