Monthly Archives: May 2016

Porchfest and Coolidge Corner Arts Festival

Brookline’s Inaugural Porchfest, sponsored by Arts Brookline & Brookline Music School, will be held on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 pm with a rain date of Saturday, June 11. Featuring over 60 performers, Brookline Porchfest will celebrate music and community with performances from local musicians on hosted porches around town.  Beginning at 3:00 pm, the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival (10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Devotion School), will host its own porch with performances by several Jazz/Rock Ensembles.  There you will also find the work of 75 artists plus food and drink.

Web site:    Map of the porches and performance times: or pick up a hard copy around town.

Popular Author B.A. Shapiro to Speak

Author of best-selling novel The Art Forger, Ms. Shapiro will talk about her latest book, The Muralist, at the Friends of Brookline Library Annual Meeting.  Her novel about the art world in the 1940s has a cast of famous artists including Pollock and de Kooning.  According to reviewer Lisa Genova, the story is about “art, war, family, truth, and freedom.” Come hear the author on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm in Hunneman Hall at the Main Library.

Get What’s Yours: The Secrets of Maxing Out Your Social Security

Find out what you can collect from Social Security and when you should collect it. Lawrence J. Kotlikoff, an economics professor at Boston University and a columnist, will speak about his new book Get What’s Yours.  Kotlikoff, a New York Times best-selling author, has been named by The Economist as one of the 25 most influential economists in the world. Come to hear his ideas at a free Brookline CAN presentation on Monday, July 11 at the Brookline Senior Center.  Refreshments at 6 pm, program from 6:30-8 pm. Call 617-730-2770 to register.

What’s Your Plan for Driving Retirement? Part 2

The Brookline/Newton TRIPPS program offers individual support to seniors who are exploring alternatives to driving. The second in a two-part panel discussion series will be presented on Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. On the panel will be seniors from our community who already get around town without driving. Some take the T, some use para-transit, some love the buses, some take taxis, some use ride-hailing apps, and others walk or cycle. The panelists 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 some seniors from exploring and using non-driving options. Light refreshments will be available. For help with transportation to and from this event, please call 617-730-2644. Both events are free and open to the public. Please call 617-730-2644 to reserve your seat, or reserve online at

Brookline Farmers Market

Brookline’s Farmers Market is scheduled to begin its season on June 2!  It will be open at the Centre Street West Parking Lot  from 1:30 to 6:30 pm every Thursday June 2 thru November 17 rain or shine.

Check out the web site ( for a list of vendors and their products.  Happy Shopping!

The Beaconsfield Terraces: “An Experiment in Domestic Economy”

Built by Eugene Knapp, a wool merchant, in the early 1890s the terraces were a residential complex in which people owned their units but shared ownership of a 6-acre park, stables, a playhouse (known as the Casino), tennis courts, a playground, and a central heating plant. A bell system connected the houses to the stables so that people could call for their horse and carriage. Today, only the residential buildings (Richter, Frances, Marguerite, Fillmore, Gordon, and Parkman Terraces) remain. This free one-hour tour on June 19 from 10 to 11 am will be presented by Ken Liss of the Brookline Historical Society. Meet at Star Market at 1717 Beacon Street, Brookline.

Evergreen Summer Program June 20

Boston University’s Evergreen Program for students 58 and over will sponsor a day of learning about a variety of topics on Monday, June 20, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  The $40 fee includes a Bistro Box lunch.  There will be three lectures:  “Electoral and Gender Politics” with Virginia Sapiro, “Why Jews, Christians, and Muslims Care About Jerusalem” with Michael Zank, and “Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven” with Virginia Eskin.  For more information:,, or 617-358-1350.  You can also check with Evergreen on opportunities to audit regular Boston University courses.

Public Health Forum

On June 22 Brookline will be celebrating 20 years of advocating for meaningful health care reform by reviewing its status and looking toward the future. The moderator is former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.  The distinguished panelists include:  Amy Whitcomb Slemmer,  John McDonough,   Dolores Mitchell,  and Judy Ann Bigby, MD.

The forum will be hosted by the Brookline Senior Center and presented by the Friends of Brookline Public Health and Brookline Adult & Community Education in cooperation with the Department of Public Health, Council on Aging, League of Women Voters, Council on Women, and Department of Veterans Services. The schedule calls for light hors d’oeuvres from 6-7 pm and a panel discussion from 7-9 pm.  It is free and registration is not required.