Monthly Archives: June 2021

One-day Seaside Getaways

We are lucky to live close to the ocean. In about an hour’s drive, you can have a one-day seaside getaway. You can enjoy ocean vistas, take a walk, and have a satisfying lunch or dinner. Here are five examples: In Newburyport, you will find the Plum Island wildlife refuge, great for birding and a fine beach. Gloucester, a historic fishing center, offers plenty of restaurants, and the coastal side-road to Rockport provides breath-taking ocean views, close-up. Marblehead has a lighthouse park on the tip of a peninsula, with a fine view of hundreds of boats in the harbor below. To the south, a drive to Plymouth via side roads affords multiple scenic vistas, and lunch overlooking the sea. Finally, Sandwich is the first town after the Bourne bridge. It has beaches, lots of small ocean-front cottages, and  a low-key vibe…a quaint sense of the Cape before developers arrived.

A Taste of Qigong

On Tuesdays at 9:00 am from July 6 through August 10, Qigong will be returning to the Brookline Senior Center. Thousands of years old, qigong (ʺchee‐ gungʺ) is the practice of cultivating mental and physical balance through the coordination of breath, movement and awareness. Simpler than taiji (which combines aspects of qigong and Chinese kung fu), qigong can be practiced throughout oneʹs entire life to promote overall health and well‐ being.  This class is FREE, but you must register with Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov.

Ask a Geriatrician

Brookline Senior Center announces a new publication.   For over a decade Dr. Suzanna Salamon has published a column, Ask a Geriatrician in the Senior Center’s monthly News & Events.  Readers often submitted questions on topics ranging from Abnormal Aortic Aneurism to Vitamin D usage. Now many of these articles are gathered together in one volume.  You can obtain a free copy at the Senior Center.

Brookline Porchfest Is Back!

Over the past five years Brookline Porchfest has featured hundreds of local performers celebrating music and community. From 2016 to 2019, musicians shared their craft on porches throughout the town. In 2020, during the pandemic, Brookline Porchfest went virtual to keep the spirit of Brookline Porchfest alive.

Brookline Porchfest returns to an in-person event this September! The sixth annual Brookline Porchfest will be held in the afternoon on Saturday, September 18, 2021, with a rain date of Sunday, September 19, 2021.  It will once again be a day to enjoy music, family, and friends.

Applications for bands to perform, for people with porches to host, and for Porchfest lovers to volunteer for Brookline Porchfest 2021 are available online at www.BrooklinePorchfest.org. Applications close on Wednesday, August 4th. The official announcement of the Brookline Porchfest 2021 schedule will be made public on August 21, 2021. More information can be found at www.BrooklinePorchfest.org.

Senior Work-off Tax Exemption

If you are 60 or older and having trouble paying your real estate tax bill there is a way to work-off some of your taxes and still be eligible for other property tax exemption or deferral programs. For Fiscal Year 2021 the amount of the annual abatement is up to $1,500 and is now open to 35 eligible taxpayers.
Requirements are:

  1. Reached the age of 60 as of July 1st of the tax year you wish to volunteer your services.
  2. Own and occupy your residence as of July 1, 2020.
  3. Have a total gross income not exceeding $67,400.
  4. Work as a volunteer for a designated Town Department for 118 hours within the tax year.

To find out more contact Deidre Waxman, Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program Coordinator (REAP) for the Brookline Senior Center at 617-730-2767.

Coolidge Corner Theatre Re-opens & Announces Expansion Plans

Following the long, dark winter of Covid 19, Brookline’s famed Coolidge Corner Theatre has re-opened for business. An independent, nonprofit cinema and cultural institution¸ The Coolidge Corner Theatre has presented films since 1933. To see what is currently showing go to https://coolidge.org/showtimes and to see what is coming soon go to https://coolidge.org/films-events/coming-soon

Coming attractions for the theatre also include “The Campaign for the Coolidge,” a $12.5 million expansion project that will add 14,000 square feet to the existing building, including two new, state-of-the-art theaters and a new Community Education and Engagement Center. Expansion plans include the preservation and restoration of the theater’s historic Art Deco lobby, marquee, and existing theaters.

Ghosts and Shadow of Automobile Row on Commonwealth Avenue

On Thursday, July 29 at 1:00 pm, join Ken Liss, President of the Brookline Historical Society, for this interesting presentation at the Brookline Senior Center. The stretch of Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore Square to Packard’s Corner in Allston was once home to more than a hundred auto dealerships and other auto-related enterprises.  Learn about the 20th century growth and decline of Boston’s Automobile Row and the modern reuse of its historic infrastructure, much of it as part of Boston University.  To register, contact Jamie Jensen at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or  617-730-2753.

Dandelions, Pastel Painting Virtual Workshop

Gregory Maichack will make his annual “visit” to the Senior Center this year via Zoom on Wednesday, July 14 from 1:00 ‐3:00 pm to present his Jean-Francoise Millet inspired “Dandelions” workshop, designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Participants will create their own smaller version of “Dandelions” by choosing parts from Millet’s painting.  A small packet of materials will be available for pick up by registrants at the Senior Center in advance of the workshop. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts. To register and receive the Zoom link, please contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov.

Violin Concert

On Thursday, July 8 at 1:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center, violinist Ilana Zaks will present a concert of music by Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Paganini, Enescu, and Schubert-Ernst. A Jewish-American violinist, graduate of the New England Conservatory and current student at Yale University School of Music, Ilana has performed as a soloist with a variety of symphonies and orchestras including the New England Philharmonic. She has many honors including a prize from the New England Philharmonic.  Since the summer of 2013 Ilana has been a member of the Perlman Music Program, where she studies with the legendary Itzhak Perlman.  To register, contact Jamie Jensen at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753.

Message from the BrooklineCAN Membership Committee

Despite the restrictions imposed by the response to COVID-19, BrooklineCAN has remained active.  Our website provides access to useful information and our newsletter has continued its regular publication schedule.  Along with the Senior Center we have replaced in-person programming with virtual meetings via our website and Zoom.  Presentations included forums on “Living with COVID-19” and the annual Town election Candidate’s Forum.

Beyond providing information and access to cultural events, we work to keep the issues important to Seniors in front of the Town’s leadership and advocate for policies that make Brookline an age-friendly place to live.

Please visit us at www.BrooklineCAN.org to learn more about recent and upcoming programs.  If you are not a member, or your membership has lapsed, you can join on-line with a tax-deductible contribution of $35.00. Already a member?  Volunteer for one of our committees. https://www.brooklinecan.org/about_us.html#people  It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and participate in our mission. Hope to see you soon.