Brookline’s community TV Age-Friendly Cities program for September featured Roberta Winitzer, Chair, Council on Aging, talking about the BrooklineCAN Annual Meeting September 14 and Sara Nelson of the Brookline Recreation Department discussing this year’s Brookline Day September 24.
The theme for the Annual Meeting was “The Power of Engagement”—volunteerism and active participation in the community. The evening featured a reception, Brookline High jazz band entertainment, information booths for BrooklineCAN activities and other volunteer opportunities, community awards, and a keynote speaker. Brookline Day, the biggest event in town held annually at Larz Anderson Park, involves many Brookline Town agencies, organizations, and businesses and is a prime example of the Power of Engagement in Brookline.
The program is aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN, and can be viewed on the top page of the BrooklineCAN website http://www.brooklinecan.org/
Have you been hearing a lot about Uber and Lyft in the news? Curious how this new way of getting around can work for you? The TRIPPS program will present two workshops in October. On October 6 there will be an introduction to ride-sharing, common concerns, and the experience of using options from a senior perspective. On October 13 the TRIPPS instructor will show you how to set up your smartphone so you can test out this new mode of transportation. The two session class is free and will be held October 6 and 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Senior Center.
Visitors from Quezalguaque, Nicaragua, guests of the Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project will share their experiences of aging with Brookline gerontologists. This cross-cultural event will take place at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, on Thursday, October 12; starting at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.
For a schedule of all the events of Brookline Sister City week see http:/www.brooklinesistercity.org.
Temple 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).
This 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.
The 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groupmuse 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 https://www.groupmuse.com. 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.
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 http://www.brooklineadulted.org/.