Coolidge Corner Library to Close for Renovation

library2Starting Saturday June 2nd at 5 pm the Coolidge Corner Library will close for some needed renovations.  One of the big new services is the installation of an elevator that will make it possible for anyone with mobility issues to get to the community meeting room without having to exit the building and use the steep path to the lower back entrance.

The public is welcome to attend informational meetings about the renovations on Sunday, May 6, 11 AM-12:30 PM and Thursday, May 10, 7-8:30 PM at the Coolidge Corner Library.  The Sussman House satellite library will be open on Monday, June 4 from 9-4.

Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts

hope1The Move Maven is helping Furnishing Hope ofMassachusetts, Inc. with its Spring Linen Drive. Urgently needed items include new or gently-used sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforters, towels, bathmats, and shower curtains. Furnishing Hope, a nonprofit organization, will distribute the items to families transitioning from homeless and domestic violence shelters into stable housing. Drop off your items (labelled “For Furnishing Hope”) in the reception area of the Senior Center before May 31. For more information or to arrange a pick-up from your home, contact Karen Zweig at The Move Maven: 617.455.1964 karen@movemaven.com.

Helen Kass Memorial Lecture – Updating the New Old Age

Paula-HelenNew York Times writer and blogger Paula Span will deliver the Helen Kass Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 24, at the Senior Center. Reception and tribute to Helen Kass, 6:00-6:30, program and discussion 6:30-7:45. Span’s topics will include: aging in the community, healthcare and over treatment, and today’s elders: educated, outspoken, feminist. The program is free of charge. Call 617-730-2770 to register.

Brookline Bicycles and Pedestrians Committees

Age tvThe 16th Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) show focuses on two Brookline initiatives, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees.  In 2016 the Town of Brookline filed a Complete Streets Policy with the State.  Brookline’s policy represents a shift from designing streets for cars to designing them for people of all ages and abilities, including the town’s most vulnerable users.

Our guests are John Bowman and David Trevvett representing the two
committees key to the implementation of the policy.  Check out the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site http://www.brooklinecan.org and note references on the BrooklineCAN Twitter and Facebook accounts. Programs are aired on Channel 3 on Comcast and RCN.

Public Health Week April 2-7

THE BROOKLINE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS A SERIES OF EVENTS DURING PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK 2018.

April 2   NotFakeNews: Public Health and Climate Change
April 3   Hello Brookline:The Conversation Game for Living and Dying Well
April 3   Public Health & Gun Control – Who really is in control?

April 4   The Secret Lives of Tweens & Teens
April 5   You Are The Help Until Help Arrives
April 6   Stink! A Movie by Jon J. Whelan
April 7   Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge

Full details are at (or call 617-730-2300 for more information):
http://www.brooklinecan.org/documents/nphwpr2018ltrheadsj.pdf

An Evening of Poetry Translations April 25

poetry2Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi  A. Sesling, will host “An Evening of Poetry Translations” on Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm at Hunneman Hall, Main Library, Brookline Public Library (617-730-2370), 361 Washington Street.   Poems will be read in their original language and translated into English.  There will be German, Russian, French, Persian (Farsi), Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and more.   The program is free of charge.  Come and enjoy this intriguing event.

Bulletins from the Front Lines—Speaker May 24

paula_spanBrooklineCAN is pleased to present New York Times writer Paula Span, who will give the Helen Kass Memorial Lecture Thursday, May 24, 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Senior Center.  Span writes the column “The New Old Age”, reporting on a variety of subjects related to aging and caregiving.  She will discuss trends, opportunities and challenges. This event honors the memory of Helen Kass, a cherished and dedicated member of Brookline CAN from its earliest days.  Helen served on the Education Committee and helped develop the speaker events that are now so valuable to the community; at the Senior Center she was a leader of the Alzheimer’s support groups. The program is free of charge; call 617-730-2770 to register.

“Ending Ageism” Program Rescheduled for April 19

agisn1Due to inclement weather, Margaret Morganroth Gullette’s talk and book signing on “Ending Ageism” planned for March at the library, has been rescheduled for Thursday,  April 19, at the Senior Center.  Refreshments 6 to 6:30 pm, program and discussion 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Free of charge, call 617-730-2770 to register.  If you have already registered for the original date, you DO NOT need to register again.

The Power of Play

MemberEngage in “The Power of Play: Games, Puzzles, and Trivia to Keep Your Brain Young.” at BrooklineCAN’s  annual Spring Membership Celebration at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm.  Play alone or in groups as participants compete with the same game or puzzle at the same time, ensuring a lively, informative, interactive, and thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Refreshments will be served at tables throughout the room and attendees are free to work with others across the room.  Nancy Linde, author of two books of games, will lead the program.   This event is free for current BrooklineCAN members. A charge of $10 for non-members, payable at the door (cash or check), can be applied to membership. For information call 617-730-2777.

BrooklineCAN Election Forum on April 26

CandidatesBrooklineCAN is sponsoring an election forum on Thursday, April 26 at the Senior Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year in the annual Town election (May 8), voters will choose two Select Board Members plus three School Committee members, five Library Board members, and consider ballot questions for an Override and a Debt Exclusion. The forum will focus on the contested races, the Override, and the Debt Exclusion. Candidates will have opportunities to make brief opening statements followed by questions from the audience. Candidates and Override advocates will be asked to give special attention to senior concerns.