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 https://goo.gl/pKprQX or by calling the TRIPPS line at 617-730-2644.  For more information about the speaker and the program, see http://www.brooklinecan.org/documents/Press_Release_May_23_TRIPPS.pdf

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 http://feetofclaypottery.com/

Using Your Smartphone for Travel

SMARTPHONEWould you like to learn to use your smartphone for travel, and become more experienced with ride share apps like Uber and Lyft?  Learn about these new transportation options, using your handheld device.  You can bring other questions about using your smart phone too!  The first class, an introduction to Rideshare will be on Wednesday, April 5 from 3:00-5:00 pm. It will be taught by TRIPPS volunteers. Additional hands-on training will be held on other Wednesday afternoons- April 12, April 19, and April 26 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Brookline Senior Center. Register for a class with TRIPPS at (617) 730-2644. Classes are limited to 10 people each day. Make sure to bring your smart phone.

Town Election Forum at Senior Center on April 24

Forum1BrooklineCAN is sponsoring a forum for candidates for Town-wide offices on Monday, April 24 at the Senior Center from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This year, Brookline has contested races for Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Library Board. Candidates for all three offices will have opportunities to make brief opening statements followed by questions from the public. The forum will be open to all.  We hope that issues of greatest interest to seniors will receive attention from the candidates.

Spring into Summer with Shakespeare

Shakes1All the library’s a stage!  April is the Bard’s birthday month, and the Brookline Public Library is celebrating with a host of presentations, interactive performances, and films.  The kickoff event, April 2 at 1:00 pm, is an interactive show in the Brookline Village Library (Main Library) by the Knighthorse Theatre Company—with plays suggested by the audience and roles for the entire family.  Subsequent events include scenes from Julius Caesar offered by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (April 25), the Boston Theater Company Teen Touring Troupe’s interpretation of “Much Ado about Nothing” (May 7) and, later in the spring and summer, several films and two Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performances held on the library lawn! Please check the Library’s website for further details.  All events are free and open to the public.

Brookline Open Studios 2017

open1Held in locations all over Brookline every spring, Open Studios takes place Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The show features painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and more.  This year the Senior Center is one of the venues.  The Artists’ Preview Show is currently at the Brookline Public Library Main Branch, 361 Washington Street, through April 23, with a Preview Show Reception April 23, 1:00 to 3:30 pm.  A map of all locations will be at http://www.brooklineartscenter.com/ and for more information, contact lauren@brooklineartscenter.com or 617-566-5715.

Wisdom and Memories—Photography Exhibit and Programs

reunion1Nearly 50 Brookline senior women recently participated in The Reunion Project, designed to encourage older women to reflect on their memories and recognize the wisdom that comes with age. The project, co-sponsored by BrooklineCAN, culminates in an exhibit featuring photographs and quotations, on display at the Brookline Senior Center, and at Goddard House, 165 Chestnut Street, Brookline. The exhibit will open at both Goddard House and the Senior Center on April 3 and will run through June 30 at the Senior Center and through May 31 at Goddard House.

Photographer Lora Brody will present images, narrative, and history of the project at a reception at the Senior Center on April 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A second event in conjunction with Brookline Open Studios will take place at Goddard House on April 29 and 30 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, where photographer Lora Brody will again describe the project at 2:00 pm both days.

Intergenerational Volunteer Program on Brookline TV

vol1On the March 29  Age Friendly Cities (AFC-TV) program,  Patricia Burns, Volunteer Coordinator of the Brookline Senior Center, shared stories and information about the many opportunities for young persons to volunteer on behalf of seniors in Brookline.  We learned much of what drives participation in the program.   Nick Brown, Student Coordinator of the Brookline High School SHOP program also appeared and talked about SHOP where young people offer to shop for groceries for seniors. Patricia has run the program for three years with a key goal of introducing young volunteers to older people needing assistance with shopping, technology, visits, errands and food programs.  Earlier Patricia was an Assistant Country Director in the Harvard School of Public Health working with Botswana and helped start the Health Sciences College in Ethiopia.

View the Brookline Age Friendly Cities TV programs on the BrooklineCAN web site http://www.brooklinecan.org/

Health Care Decisions Week

health1Center Communities of Brookline and the Senior Center will be participating with many organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Health Care Decisions Week, April 16-22.  This is a Town-wide outreach effort to community organizations and clubs, faith based communities, town departments, Brookline High School seniors, and adults of all ages. . The goal is to advocate making a health care proxy or agent; having a conversation with that individual about ones goals, preferences and values and also communicating those to one’s physician.

For more information, contact Laura Baber, Community Outreach & Program Coordinator, Center Communities of Brookline, at LauraBaber@hsl.harvard.edu or 617-363-8032.