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BrooklineCAN at Brookline Day

BrooklinedayFor the seventh year BrooklineCAN will participate in Brookline Day activities September 23 from 11 am until 3 pm at Larz Anderson Park.  It has been a great way to acquaint town residents with BrooklineCAN.  The BrooklineCAN table is usually located on the edge of the town agencies and departments’ tables.  Stop by to find out about BrooklineCAN’s latest activities and opportunities to get involved.

Shuttles are provided with various on/off stops around town.  Check the Brookline Day website for the route and schedule

Intriguing Lectures, Outings, Courses

FA18.-Catalog-Cover-232x300This fall, consider taking advantage of the many offerings of Brookline Adult & Community Education.  Page 7 of the Fall Catalogue has Saturday workshops on such topics as mindfulness and meditation and page 33 lists three day-long bus tours to Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York City.  Thursday evening lectures include “Poets and Poetry of World War I” and “A History of the Flute”.  Many computer courses are given during the day at the Senior Center—check out “Social Media for Seniors”.  You will also find a large selection of walking tours.  Pick up a catalogue at many locations around town, or find the information at or 617-730-2700.

BrooklineCAN Program: Aging with Wisdom

Aging with WisdomMark your calendar for October 11 when author Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle will discuss her latest book, Aging with Wisdom:  Reflections, Stories and Teachings.   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 program is free of charge and will be held at the Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  Refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 pm and the talk with discussion runs 6:30-7:30 pm.  Please call 617-730-2770 to register.

“Sailing Towards My Father”

Collins2On Wednesday, September 26 at 1 pm Stephen Collins returns to the Senior Center to present the one man play “Sailing Towards My Father.” The play chronicles Herman Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relationships with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  To register, please call 617-730-2770.

BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting

SaveOn September 13th BrooklineCAN will hold its 8th annual meeting. This year, the event celebrates Brookline age-friendly businesses. Matt Weiss, host of the Age Friendly Cities TV show, will moderate a panel of age-friendly business leaders, including David Leschinsky of Eureka Puzzles, Kathy Tallman of Coolidge Corner Theater, and Kyle Perzanoski of Brookline Bank. They will discuss how businesses are embracing the Age-Friendly campaign, adopting features intended to make businesses attractive to older people that are also welcomed by customers of all ages. The campaign is co-sponsored by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

Another feature of the event will be an information fair with additional information about age-friendly businesses and about opportunities for BrooklineCAN participation.

Election Forum for Legislative Contest

candidates2On Monday, August 6, BrooklineCAN and the Senior Center are sponsoring a special election forum for candidates for the “Brookline seat” in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Rebecca Stone and Tommy Vitolo are competing for the Democratic nomination for the position. The seat is open because Frank Smizik is retiring.

The forum will be held at the Senior Center. Doors will open at 4:00 PM. The formal program is tentatively scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM. The forum is open to all. Candidates will be asked to speak particularly about issues of greatest concern to seniors. For more information about the format for the forum, check the BrooklineCAN website.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 4.

Coolidge Corner Library Update

cclibrary1During renovations, a mini-library is open right across Pleasant Street in Sussman House. A huge LIBRARY sign leads to a tiny space where you can drop off items and pick up books you’ve ordered. A recent visit revealed a very efficient operation. See for yourself! Hours:  9:00 – 4:00 Monday thru Friday.

Book Sale Volunteer

booksale2 - CopyAre you a book lover – as well as physically strong, sturdy, and able?  And are you looking for some volunteer time that’s fun and satisfying?   We might have the job for you!  The Friends of the Brookline Public Library runs a used book sale at the Brookline Village location that could use a volunteer or two to help handle the volume of books we receive from day to day.  Tasks include sorting and shelving incoming materials, refilling the sales areas with new materials, and culling materials as needed.  Minimum of two hours per week is required, preferably on a regular schedule.   If interested, please contact,

An Island Getaway to the Isles of Shoals

isles3If the open sea is your idea of a getaway, take a cruise with the Brookline Recreation Department on Thursday, July 12. After a quick bus ride to Portsmouth, NH, you’ll sail to the historic Isles of Shoals. Settled by Capt. John Smith, the Isles served as a hideout for notorious pirates, a mecca for the colonial fishing trade, and a resort for intellectuals. You will visit the site of a former resort and several historic structures. Birders should bring binoculars! Pick up at the Senior Center and at Soule Recreation Center. 9:45 -4:30. Fee: (Res/NR) $48/$64. To register or for more info: 617-730-2069.

Brookline Recreation Summer Concerts

concert2Family and friends can gather at Cypress Park (Cypress Street & Tappan Street) for an evening of good friends and great entertainment. Bring a picnic basket, your lawn chair, and a group of people eager to have a good time, then sit back, and enjoy a variety of music. Children can play on the equipment within the park as well as in the splash pad or dance along in front of the stage to the music. Access the concert schedule at