For more information on weekly, ongoing Senior Center events, call 617-730-2770.
Computer Lab to reopen
The Senior Center will be reopening its computer lab the week of June 21, however, there will be no in-person help until July.
Springwell grab-and-go hot lunches
The center is now offering hot “grab and go” lunches Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays in collaboration with Springwell. To reserve a lunch, residents must call the Senior Center at 617-730-2747 by 10:30 a.m. two business days in advance. For more information on the menu selections, call 617-730-2747.
A Taste of Quigong
Qigong will return at 9 a.m. Tuesdays July 6 through Aug. 10. 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 one’s life to promote overall health and well‐being. This class is free, but to register, call 617-730-2770.
Violinist Ilana Zaks will present a concert of music by Coleridge Taylor, Perkinson, Paganini, Enescu, and Schubert-Ernst at 1 p.m. July 8. Zaks is Jewish-American violinist, graduate of the New England Conservatory and current student at Yale University School of Music. She has performed as a soloist with a variety of symphonies and orchestras including the New England Philharmonic. She loves contemporary music, as well as premiering new works in unusual instrumentation and presenting the music through multidisciplinary means. Ilana is a member of the Perlman Music Program, where she studies with the legendary Itzhak Perlman. To register, call 617-730-2770.
The Rat Pack, An Interactive Film and Theatre Program
This program will be held at 1 p.m. July 12. Frank Sinatra, one of the most popular singers of the 20th century, described himself as “the boy in every corner drugstore, who’d gone off, drafted to war.” Sammy Davis Jr. graced the stage starting at the age of 4 years old, tapping with his dad and uncle in the “Will Mastin Trio.” Dean Martin met Jerry Lewis in 1946 in Atlantic City and became his partner for 10 years. Attendees will view a film clip from “That’s Amore.” They will discuss the professional and personal lives of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Dean Martin. There will be film clips and music. This program will be led by theater director Debra Block. To register, call 617-730-2770.
Dandelions, a Jean-Francoise Millet inspired pastel painting virtual workshop
Gregory Maichack will make his annual “visit” to the Senior Center this year via Zoom from 1-3 p.m. July 14 to present his Jean-Francoise Millet inspired “Dandelions” workshop. This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Participants will create their own smaller version of “Dandelions” by choosing parts from Millet’s pastel painting that inspire them. A small packet of materials including, pastels, paper and pastel pencils 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, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or [email protected]
Artist Hilary Tolan will explore the shapes, textures and beauty of shells in a two-part art class.
Participants will learn tips for drawing and using watercolor to create artwork. These workshops are appropriate for all levels, from beginners to experienced artists. Hilary has 20-plus years of experience teaching art to all ages. Attendees should plan to gather art materials ahead of class including the following items:
Pencil (regular no. 2 pencil works, with an eraser)
Two to three pieces of watercolor paper (either full sheet or half-sheet at 6-by-9/5-by-7 is good)
Scrap paper (this is important to test colors)
Brushes: size 8 and size 2 or 4, all sizes attendees have available, especially one medium size and one smaller size
Colored pencils and/or watercolor pencils (optional but nice to have on hand)
To register, contact Jamie at [email protected] or 617-730-2753.
Fran Beaumont offers a group experience to exercise in a meaningful way while developing core strength, increasing balance and improving posture, all while listening to Argentine tango music, at 1 p.m. July 22 and Aug. 19. Research has shown that tango uses several beneficial forms of movement and has been linked to increased heart health, better balance, improved memory, and weight loss. Combined with the benefits of social interaction and wonderful music, Tangocise can be a positive experience no matter the age or ability. Anyone can participate. Dancing skills are not the primary objective, but end up becoming an added benefit. The focus is on improving and enhancing posture and body awareness, strengthening the core, increasing balance and utilizing range of motion with grace, fluidity and flexibility. Participants do not need a partner. Call to 617-730-2770 register.
Memory Connections Café
The Café, for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with their peers through socialization and programming, is still being held virtually for the time being. This month, it is held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 28. Contact Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753 to RSVP and get the Zoom link.
Ghosts and Shadow of Automobile Row on Commonwealth Avenue
Ken Liss, president of the Brookline Historical Society, will present this program at 1 p.m. July 29.
The stretch of Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore Square to Packard’s Corner in Allston was once home to more than 100 auto dealerships and other auto-related enterprises. The businesses that made up the former Automobile Row are, with a few exceptions, gone. Reminders of this former mecca of the Motor Age — from street names to tire icons to gargoyle-like figures of auto mechanics — remain, many of them hidden in plain sight. 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. Ken Liss is also recently retired as head of instruction at the Boston University Libraries. To register, call 617-730-2770.
Metrowest Legal Services Legal Clinic
Schedule a private, free, half-hour legal phone consultation on the last Thursday of each month. This month, this will be held from noon to 4 p.m. July 29. MetroWest Legal Services provides free legal aid to seniors on housing, public benefits and social security matters; durable power of attorney, health care proxy and simple probate matters; Medicaid, nursing home issues, limited domestic relations; consumer and bankruptcy. Note for registration that sharing a one-or-two-word subject matter will help the attorney in her preparations and this information will remain absolutely confidential. To schedule a telephone consultation, contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or [email protected]
Easy Travel Thursday
Lauren Carroll, an English language learner teacher in the Brookline Public Schools and an avid traveler, will shares pictures and stories from her trips to the Caribbean Islands of Antigua and Grenada on Aug. 5. To register, call 617-730-2770.
Elvis is in the Building
Elvis tribute artist Robert Black will perform at 1 p.m. Aug. 12. Attendees can bring their dancing shoes or sitting back. To register, call 617-730-2770.
Bloomin’ 4 Good Program to benefit Brookline Senior Center, Meals on Wheels
The Bloomin’ 4 Good Program from Stop and Shop works to fight hunger in local communities. In this program, every $10.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet sold sends a $1 donation to a hunger organization local to the store in which it was purchased. For the month of July , Brookline Senior Center-Meals on Wheels has been selected to receive a $1 donation for every $10.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker sold at the store located at 155 Harvard St., Brookline.
Movies for Film Lovers
The Senior Center shows a variety of movies at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoons. For schedule of movies, call the Senior Center at 617-730-2770.
Hedwig Baillie, Rummikub coordinator, invites residents to drop in and enjoy a quiet game of Rummikub from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday mornings.
Card games and chess update
All cards and game boards for various game offerings at the Senior Center will be available for use. Chess games will also continue to be virtual for those who wish to stay at home. For more information on this option, contact Jamie at [email protected] or 617-730-2753.
Brookline Council on Aging Book Group at the Putterham Library
Meetings are held from 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays in the community room at the Putterham Branch Library. New members are always welcome. Books are available at the library. The discussion leaders are Charlotte Millman and Batia Bloomenthal.
Public Issues Nonfiction Book Discussion Group at the Brookline Senior Center
Tom Faulhaber is challenging participants’ thinking every month with a nonfiction book discussion group centered on public issues, history, current events and other nonfiction topics. Suggestions for future titles are encouraged. This group is held at the Brookline Senior Center on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m.
The Senior Center Chorus will make its return at 10:30 a.m. Fridays. The Senior Chorus welcomes new members to add to its roster of singers. There are no auditions. Participants can come and make a joyous sound with the group led by Joe Reid.
Free Clutter Consultations
Clutter is common and the Brookline Council on Aging is here to help. Call the HELP Program at 617-730-2752 to ask about a free, one-time social work visit to help make a plan for what to do with stuff.
The Brookline Senior Center is collaborating with the Brookline Interactive Group and Steps to Success for an ongoing intergenerational storytelling experience. This project has so far seen students interviewing their grandparents as well as Brookline seniors on immigration, COVID-19 and other topics of interest about seniors’ life experiences. The project continues to look for interested seniors who would like to share their stories. If this sounds interesting, contact Jamie Jensen at [email protected] or 617-730-2753 for information on the next session. The prior stories can be viewed online (for link, contact Jamie).
Craft-along with the Public Library of Brookline
The Public Library of Brookline has created craft-along kits. Each month, residents can reserve a free kit containing all the materials they need to create a one-of-a-kind craft plus DVD video instructions recorded by one of the local librarians. Participants can keep everything in the kit — no returns necessary. In June, participants will be learning to create their own stencils and decorating reusable grocery totes. To reserve a kit for pick-up at the Senior Center, call Julie Washburn at 617-730-2760. Limited delivery is available for homebound Brookline residents.
Brookline Bees Weekly Sewing Group
The group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. To view Brookline Bees creations posted for sale on the BSC Etsy site, visit https://etsy.com/shop/brooklinebazaar. The group would love to receive donations of fabric, sewing notions and sewing machines. Donations are tax deductible. For information on how to connect, email [email protected]
Living Our Values
This discussion group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings from 9-10 a.m. every Wednesday while the Senior Center is closed. To obtain a copy of the discussion material and for information on how to connect, email [email protected]
This discussion group is hosting weekly Zoom meetings from 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday mornings while the Senior Center is closed. For information on how to connect, send an email to [email protected]
Online Dance Party
Lynn Modell will play music and lead participants in a virtual dance party from 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Very little space is needed. Participants should choose a flat floor clear of small rugs and objects that are trip and fall hazards. For information on how to connect, send an email to [email protected]
Combo Dance Fitness/Let Your Yoga Dance
Emily Brenner, Zumba Gold instructor, is offering a free virtual Combo Dance Fitness/Yoga Dance class from 11-11:45 a.m. Saturdays to Brookline seniors thanks to the sponsorship of the Brookline Multiservice Senior Center. Brenner is also offering some other donation-based classes ($5 per class) throughout the week.
10 a.m. Monday: Low Impact Zumba
10 a.m. Tuesday: Strength/Low-Impact Fitness (chair suggested, light hand weights or cans/water bottles as light weights optional)
10 a.m. Wednesday: Let Your Yoga Dance
5 p.m. Thursday: Combo Zumba and Fitness (cardio, strength and abs with some mat work)
For more information on how to connect, email [email protected]
Weekly Zoom Exercise Classes with Sharon Devine
Sharon is offering “Exercises for Aching Joints” from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. This class is very similar to the Arthritis Exercise class with its focus on improving joint flexibility. “Exercises to Improve Your Physical Balance” will also be offered from 2-2:30 p.m. Fridays. These classes are open to any interested older adult. Contact Sharon Devine at 617-730-2769 or [email protected] for the meeting ID and meeting password, or to join by phone.
Virtual French Conversation Group
The French Conversation Group is now meeting online from 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays. New members, regardless of level of proficiency in speaking French, are invited to join the group. For additional questions and for more information on how to connect, email Monique Richardson at [email protected]
Singing Together Virtually
The Senior Center started a gathering of people who would like to sing together and will be meeting periodically at 4 p.m. Mondays for about 45 minutes. The group will be doing mostly folk songs, but the group can help decide what to sing. When singing together, everyone has to be muted except the song leader. To join on Zoom, contact Judy Chasin at [email protected]
Computer One-on-One Assistance
Thirty-minute appointments are available by phone to answer computer and smartphone questions. This includes assistance with setting up Zoom. For an appointment, call 617-730-2777.
Tripps Transportation Resources
The town of Brookline Council on Aging offers subsidized transportation services to older adults aged 60 and older. Some programs are income limited. Others are open to all residents. In addition, staff and volunteers are available to answer questions about other transportation resources including the RMV, MBTA, “The Ride” and Uber/Lyft. For questions, contact Maria Foster, transportation coordinator at the Senior Center, at 617-730-2644 or [email protected]
Medical Transportation Update
The Brookline Senior Center will be working with Modern Ride to continue to provide free medical transportation services to older residents using existing taxi services in the area. Requests for medical transportation should continue to be left on the Brookline Senior Center Van reservation line at 617-730-2750 at least three business days in advance of the appointment. Residents should leave their name, address and phone number with detailed appointment information. The request will be confirmed within 24 hours. This service is available for rides within the town of Brookline and to select medical facilities and vaccination appointments from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, including the Longwood Medical Area, Mass General, Mass Eye and Ear, Faulkner Hospital, Boston Medical Center, the VA Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s. Limited weekend service is available.
Support for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Given that the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, currently by appointment only, Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups are not meeting in person at this time. However, facilitator Ted Sturman has offered to be available by phone to support caregivers who are coping with the stress and demands of caring for a loved one who is struggling with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Those who need support can call Ted Sturman at 617-803-6105.
The Brookline Senior Center has opened up shop on Etsy — a global online marketplace for vintage, handmade, custom and unique items — under the name Brookline Bazaar. Brookline Bazaar showcases a collection of antique and vintage treasures and collectibles from around the globe, including many one-of-a-kind pieces. New items are added weekly. 100% of Brookline Bazaar proceeds go to support Brookline Senior Center. Residents’ support has allowed the senior center to provide many virtual programs, including monthly ArtMatters membership videos and Emily Brenner’s Combo Dance Fitness Class. To take a look around the shop, visit https://etsy.com/shop/brooklinebazaar.
The Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone program provides free, confidential and unbiased health insurance information, assistance and counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. While the Senior Center is closed during the COVID-19 emergency, SHINE counselors Sonia Wong, Steve Maas and Sybil Levisohn are offering telephone appointments to help individuals explore their health insurance options. To schedule a telephone appointment with a SHINE counselor, call 617-730-2777 and leave your name and telephone number. Callers will receive a call back to schedule a time.
Due to COVID-19, the senior center conducts its modified Food Commodity program outside the senior center. Participants pick up their food at specified appointment times wearing masks and maintaining strict social distancing. Any low-income seniors older than 60 wishing to participate in the program to receive 35 pounds of shelf stable food on the third Wednesday of each month should contact Patricia at 617-730-2743 or [email protected]
Online Mindfulness Practice
The Brookline Senior Center is offering semi-weekly online mindfulness practice sessions. Brookline and surrounding community residents age 60 and older are invited to join a video call by computer or phone from 10-10:45 a.m. any Wednesday and/or Friday am to practice mindfulness with other community members. No previous experience is needed. Sessions will be facilitated by Michael Allen, LCSW. Email or call Michael at [email protected] or 617-730-2754 with any questions or for instructions on how to join.
Drop-in Coffee Hour
The Senior Center will be hosting an open coffee hour from 10-11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Drop in on Zoom to say hello, see some friendly faces and chat. For more questions or to find out how to attend, contact Michael Allen at 617-730-2754. For support around how to use Zoom, contact the Senior Center staff at 617-730-2777.
Short Story Social
A good short story can provide the basis for a great discussion. The story will be sent by email or hard copy. Participants will then meet up on Zoom (accessible via computer or telephone) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. twice a month on Mondays. For more information and to sign up for the story and discussion, contact Kate Jovin at 617-730-2753 or at [email protected]