Monthly Archives: April 2017

Creative Use of Extra Space in Your Home

HouseBrooklineCAN is sponsoring a workshop for seniors and their families on how to put extra space in their homes to good use. The workshop is scheduled for June 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Senior Center. Len Fishman, a senior housing expert and Director of the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston, will provide an overview of the possibilities. Staff of the Brookline Building, Planning, and Health Departments will be on hand with information on what the Town allows people to do with their homes and what obligations homeowners have if they rent space to others. Some Brookline seniors who are already making creative use of the space in their homes will share their experiences. The workshop is designed to stimulate thinking and provide answers to questions. This event is free.  You are encouraged to register at 617-730-2777.

JFK Birth Centennial Celebration

jfk3John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born near Coolidge Corner in Brookline May 29, 1917.  The Centennial of his birth will be celebrated this month in many places, most specially at the JFK National Historic Site, 83 Beals Street, Brookline, 617-566-7937.  On May 26 there will be a ceremony, “What JFK Means to Me” with local Devotion School students and on May 29, the JFK Centennial Celebration will include speeches, tours, music, cake and more.  Additional historic site and Brookline community events associated with the Centennial are listed on the National Historic Site web page:

This Chair Rocks! A Manifesto Against Ageism

chair2Ashton Applewhite has written books and blogs and she has spoken widely in a movement to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind.  She will be speaking at the Brookline Senior Center Thursday, May 4.  Refreshments will be service from 6 to 6:30 pm and the program with discussion runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  See for more information. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

Membership Program May 18th

youngJoin us on May 18, from 5:30 -7:30 pm at the Senior Center, for “How to Stay Young While Growing Older—and Have Fun Doing It”.

Refreshments, light beverages and wine will be served.  Guests will be treated to an amusing look at aging through cartoons, as well as presentations by Steve Shain and Stacy Greenspan on easy exercises you can do at home and also ways to “Make it Safe” at home.  Steve is the popular exercise coach at the Center and Stacy has been an active member off BCAN’s Providers Network.  Ample time will be scheduled for interactive table discussions.

This gathering will educate, enlighten and amuse you so be sure to bring a friend who may not  already know about BrooklineCAN or has become inactive.  Sign-up information will be sent to all.  Space is limited so sign up early for yourself and your friend(s)!

Keeping People Mobile Today and Tomorrow

Presentation1Come to the Senior Center on Tuesday, May 23, 6:00-8:00 pm to welcome Lisa D’Ambrosio, Ph.D. from the MIT AgeLab.  Dr. D’Ambrosio will speak on Keeping People Mobile Today and Tomorrow: Research at the MIT AgeLab.  She will  present the results of several recent projects at the lab and will describe research on changes drivers make to how they drive and get around as they age, and what older drivers think about new vehicle technologies and self-driving cars. Register online at or by calling the TRIPPS line at 617-730-2644.  For more information about the speaker and the program, see

Tower Hill Botanical Garden Tour

THBTower Hill Botanic Garden is the headquarters of the Worcester County Horticultural Society (WCHS).  In 1986 WCHS purchased Tower Hill Farm in Boylston, MA. There are 17 district gardens on more than 130 acres, much of it preserved as woodlands and open space. Tower Hill is dedicated to the cultivation and display of some of the most exquisite plants in the world. On May 24 the Brookline Recreation Department has a trip planned to the garden with a docent-led guide.  The trip fee of $30 covers transportation and admission to the garden.  To register call 617-730-2069.

Pottery Show and Sale

pottery2The Feet of Clay spring pottery show and sale which began on April 27 will continue daily through Sunday May 7. The studio is at 21 Station Street in Brookline Village. Frank Caro is among the potters whose work will be included in the show. Frank has a good supply of his popular French butter dishes.  He will contribute the proceeds from his sales to BrooklineCAN. Check the Feet of Clay website for show hours