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Zamir Chorale Concert—Special Offer for Seniors

DSC_0504-JOSH-LEADING-THE-SALES-PITCH-LTemple Ohabei Shalom has a yearly music concert to which they invite members of the community; this year they are particularly reaching out to seniors.  The concert will take place on Sunday, October 29th at 4:00 pm and will feature the Zamir Chorale and will include some Eastern melodies, American jazz and tunes from the Yiddish musical theater. There will be 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 (corner of Kent Street).

Senior Center Annual Autumn Benefit

NancyThis year’s gala fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, October 25 at the Senior Center. Get your tickets early and show your support for our community. You’ll enjoy delicious food, great music, and mingling with old friends and new. Nancy Daly will be honored for her compassionate advocacy for older adults. Call 617-730-2770 for ticket information.

Putterham Library Book Discussion Group

book3The Brookline Council on Aging sponsors a monthly book group meeting on Mondays, 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Putterham Branch Library, 959 West Roxbury Parkway, 617-730-2385.   Charlotte Millman and Roberta Winitzer are the discussion leaders.  The October 16 meeting will discuss Molly Guptill Manning’s When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II, and the book for November 20 is LaRose by Louise Erdrich.  The books are available at the library and new members are always welcome.

Stephen Collins on Edna St. Vincent Millay

edna4Stephen Collins will be offering a 6 week class on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay this fall.  In this class participants will closely examine much of Millay’s poetry, beginning with the masterpiece, Renascence which she wrote at 19.  Class will meet on Fridays, October 17-November 17, 2017 from 2-3 pm at the Senior Center.  Cost of the class is $35.  To register for the class call 617-730-2777.

Operation A.B.L.E.


An information session for Senior Community Service Employment Program will be held at the Senior Center on Monday, October 23 at 3:00 pm.  The program includes: paid on the job training $11/hr, chance to update your skills and learn new ones, and job search assistance.

Eligibility requirements include: resident of Brookline, currently unemployed, age 55 or older, and committed to finding a job. For more information or to register contact Deidre Waxman at 617-730-2767 or


Muse3Groupmuse is an online social network that connects young classical musicians to local audiences through concert house parties.  Share the great masterpieces of music with old and new friends in neighborhood living rooms.  To learn more about Groupmuse visit the website Click the ATTEND tab and put in your zip code. A list of concerts in the Boston area including Brookline will be displayed.  Choose a concert and be prepared to enjoy an intimate evening of superb classical music.

There is a $3 fee/person to register for the concert.  Also you are asked to support each of the musicians with a $10 donation the night of the concert.

Classes at the Senior Center this Fall

adult2 The fall catalog from Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE) is full of interesting and mind- expanding courses, many of which will take place at the Senior Center.  Here are a few examples of courses that may interest you. Some do not begin until late October or November but it is better to sign up early.

Telling Your Story is a popular class that encourages us to review our lives with a more reflective frame of mind.  It meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 11:45 am beginning Sept. 27th.  ($74 for 8 sessions)

Word-Hoard Workshop is for the poet and would be poet. The term word-hoard was invented by poet Seamus Heaney. It refers to the rich store of words poets draw on to create their poems.  Class meets Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm starting Nov. 13th. ($106 for 5 sessions)

History of the U.S.S.R. During World War II will review the history of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s U.S.S.R. from 1939 and how these two countries came to blows. It will also examine the U.S.S.R. contribution to victory in WW II.  Class runs Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm starting Oct 4th. ($118 for 6 sessions)

To register for any Brookline Adult Ed class call 617-730-2700 or register online at

Service Referral

unnamedAfter a period of inactivity, we are proud to announce that this BrooklineCAN service is once again active and improved.

Changes: We no longer require an application by vendors. Instead we list anyone that our members recommend. We gather information from public sources, post the listings, and give vendors an opportunity to make changes. This allows us to list many more vendors and a wider range of services. The trade-off is that we may not always get all the information that we asked vendors to provide on the application.

Click here for “The list” available for BrooklineCAN members.

Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory

CaptureCome to hear Andrew E. Budson, M.D. address memory concerns:  what’s normal, what’s not, and what to do about it.  What memory loss can be expected as one gets older, and what should trigger a visit to the doctor?  BrooklineCAN presents this program on Thursday, September 7 at the Senior Center.  Refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm and the program with discussion runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Dr. Budson is professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and Associate Director for Research at the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

Participate, Collaborate, Advocate!

“The Power of Engagement,” BrooklineCAN’s 7th Annual Meeting and Exposition, will take place Thursday, September 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Refreshments and Expo from 5 to 6:15 pm, followed by a program of speakers and community service honors. The expo will offer opportunities to become involved in community activities. Dr. Judith Gonyea, the keynote speaker, is Professor of Social Research at Boston University. Community service awards will be presented to the Brookline League of Women Voters, BIG (Brookline Interactive Group), and TRIPPS (Transportation Resource Information, Planning, & Partnership for Seniors). Music will be provided by the Brookline High School Jazz Band.This is an opportunity see old friends and make new ones!  Free and open to all, but registration is required–call 617-730-2770.