Programs for Seniors in South Brookline

The South Brookline Senior Meetup takes place on the second Tuesday of each month in the Putterham Branch Library Meeting room. The scheduled hours are noon -2:00 pm. Coffee, tea, and abundant refreshments are provided. The refreshments are donated from Brookline businesses.

There is a core group of attendees from the South Brookline neighborhood. However, all are invited and welcome.  Each month there is a scheduled presenter. The Brookline Office of Diversity and Inclusion will offer a presentation on March 10.  On April 14 , Ken Liss from the Brookline Historical Society will come and speak.  The South  Brookline Senior Meetup is a collaboration of the Brookline Public Library and the Brookline Council on Aging.

Applications Open for 370 Harvard Street

2Life Communities is excited to begin accepting applications for The Brown Family House, our first community in Brookline. The Brown Family House is located at 370 Harvard St. and is for adults aged 62+.   The application period will close on May 1st at 5:00pm. We will host two information sessions during the application period, on Saturday, March 14th at 11:00 am at the Brookline Library – Main Branch and on Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. The lottery will be held on May 21, 2020 at the Brookline Library- Main Branch.

All questions about the application process should be sent to Valeriia Lendel. Valeriia will direct questions to her 2Life colleagues, as appropriate. Contact her by phone (617) 912-8491 or by email

Age Friendly Cities TV

The fascinating 24th Age Friendly Cities TV show featured Sassy Outwater-Wright the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI).  Sassy and Matt Weiss explored MABVI and introduced a set of videos demonstrating what is known as “sighted guide”.

MABVI works with the Brookline Senior Center and other organizations in Brookline providing services and running programs for people who are blind or losing their eyesight.

Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN immediately following The Grandstanders live sports analysis show and are available on DVDs at the Senior Center, the library in Brookline Village, the BrooklineCAN web site and the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning”

Elder law attorney and estate planning expert Harry S. Margolis will present “Get Your Ducks in a Row, The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning,” on Tuesday, March 31, at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. Whether you’re currently creating a plan, getting ready to start, or looking for an explanation of documents you’ve already signed, Margolis will provide the information you need, taking you through the estate planning process step by step. Reception at 6:00 pm, presentation begins at 6:30 pm. This event is free, but registration is required. Please call 617-730-2770 to register

Brookline Together: Solving Our Housing Crisis

On March 29, 1:00-3:30 pm, Brookline Housing Advisory Board (HAB) and Brookline Commission for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations (CDICR), brings together multiple stakeholders to build a broader constituency advocating for housing affordability: not just subsidized housing, housing for seniors and those with disabilities, but the ‘missing middle.’

This first of three Forums (location TBD) will discuss connections and interdependencies between facets of housing affordability: how transportation problems, economic development issues, climate sustainability and racial justice play a major role in our ability to increase housing affordability. A discussion of Brookline’s current housing crisis will examine what it means for residents and those who cannot afford to live here, and how conscious policy decisions such as redlining caused this crisis.

Co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN and representatives of a dozen additional organizations, the forums are free and welcome everyone. For additional information please contact Joan Lancourt, or Jonathan Klein,

Poem of the Day

Would you like to add a little poetry to your life? Everyday you can receive a free poem from the Poetry Foundation. The daily poem may be a classic or one that is new to you.  Visit and sign up for Poem of the Day.


Lunar New Year Celebration February 9

Come ring in the Year of the Rat at the Coolidge Corner Branch Library. Celebrate on Sunday, February 9. 2:00 to 4:00 pm with a Lion Dance demonstration by Gund Kwok, the only Asian women’s Lion & Dragon dance troupe in the United States; a Chinese calligraphy demonstration; and a children’s activity. All ages are welcome. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brookline Public Library, Trader Joe’s, and Roche Bros.  31 Pleasant Street, 617-730-2380.

Fenway Studios History and Art Studio Tour

Fenway Studios, a National Historic Landmark building built in 1905, is the oldest continuously functioning building in the country constructed for and dedicated solely to artists’ space. Inspired by the 19th century atelier studios in Paris, it was designed so that every one of the 46 studios would have north-facing window and 14-foot high ceilings. On this tour, you’ll learn about the building’s architecture and its history while also visiting with artists in their studios and talking with them about their work. Saturday, February 29, 10:00 am – noon.   Meet in the lobby at Fenway Studios, 30 Ipswich Street, Boston, $22.  To register call 617-730-2700 or see

BrooklineCAN Joins Affordable Housing Stakeholders Coalition

BrooklineCAN recently joined the Affordable Housing Stakeholders Coalition, whose goal is to increase affordable housing throughout Brookline. According to the 2016 Housing Projection Plan, approximately 1,500 people are on the Brookline Housing Authority waiting list for senior housing, while 1,300 wait for family housing. Launched by the Housing Advisory Board (HAB) and the Commission for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations (CDICR), the Coalition represents people concerned with social service, housing, transportation, and the environment, and includes grass roots groups, commissions, boards, and networks throughout the town. In addition to being a social issue, the lack of affordable housing in Brookline is a serious economic issue. The Coalition is planning a town-wide Affordable Housing Stakeholders Educational Forum in early spring.

Networking: Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Jewish Family & Children’s Services is a networking partner of BrooklineCAN as well as one of its founders.  In addition to serving on BrooklineCAN’s steering committee, JF&CS has been a project supporter over the past few years, helping to organize residents around environmental scans of their neighborhoods, underwriting a Parks of Brookline brochure, enhancing outreach, and expanding BrooklineCAN’s Age-Friendly Business initiative.  As a social impact organization that provides services across the lifespan, JF&CS is an integral part of the Brookline community.  JF&CS focuses on meeting the needs of new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse. More information about JF&CS and how you can get involved with the organization can be found at: