93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA 02446    617 . 730 . 2770    info@brooklineseniorcenter.org

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

Brookline Senior Center Building

Ruthann Dobek, director

Saturday, April 2, the Longwood Dental Group is offering 200 patients without access to dental care:  fillings, extractions or cleaning without charge.  Registration starts at 7:30 am,  ages 18+.  Event is from 8-2 pm at 1842 Beacon St.  617. 566. 5445

AARP tax volunteers are here to help you e-file your income tax through Tuesday, April 5.  Call to make an appointment:  617. 730. 2777 and get an intake form.  Fill out the form and bring it with you plus last year’s return and this year’s W2 and 1099s, a photo ID, social security card and medicare card.

Wednesday, April 13 is our annual Volunteers Luncheon here at 12:30.  It’s by invitation.  Please make a nomination for volunteer of the year.  RSVP: 617. 730. 2777

Monday, April 18 we are closed in honor of Patriot’s Day

Whatever your interests, get to know us.  Stay connected with our programs and services.  We’re here to help fill your days with creative activities and new friends whether it’s exercising, volunteering or learning something new.  Our gym has new gear and great staff.   Stop in 8:30-4:30.   And take a hike, or dance, lift weights, walk, yoga.  For every minute you exercise, you add seven minutes to your life, so says Harvard School of Public Health.

Naming opportunities:  Donations of $1,000 are added to our Wall of Honor.  A donation of $10,000 brings naming rights for an office or the conference room.  For $25,000, naming option for our double classroom.  For $35,000, naming option for the fitness center. rdobek@brooklinema.gov    617. 730. 2756

Our concerts and movies are free.  Get transportation at subsidized rates:  the van runs every day.  Our staff and volunteers offer counseling and direct assistance with fuel, food stamps and income tax.  Also, we’ll mail the paper edition of News and Events to you for $10/yr.

Opera plus, 3/30

Join sopranos Carley DeFranco and Rhaea d’Aliesio, graduates of the Longy School,  with pianist Raymond Chow, music director, Boston Opera Collaborative, here on Wednesday, March 30 at 1.


Rhaea d'Aliesio

Rhaea d’Aliesio


Carley DeFranco

Diet Guidelines, 3/31

Meghan Ostrander, registered dietitian, will be here Thursday, March 31 at 1 pm to talk about new dietary guidelines for cholesterol and salt.

Ukulele Group, 4/11

Join us Monday, April 11 at 1 pm.  Just show up and bring a uke and a music stand.  Some instruction but mostly singing.    See ukulele gigs and this one on meetup

Jan Schreiber, poet laureate, 4/11

Meet Brookline’s poet laureate Jan Schreiber at a reading Monday, April 11 at 1.  His books include Digressions, Wily Apparitions, Bell Buoys.  His criticism appears in Contemporary Poetry Review.  He is the founder of Canto magazine and the symposium on poetry criticism at Western State Colorado University.  His latest book of poetry, Peccadilloes, was published in 2014.  Register:  617. 730. 2777

Arlene Weintraub, 4/11

New York science journalist  Arlene Weintraub talks about her book,  Selling the Fountain of Youth:  How the Anti-Aging Industry Made a Disease Out of Getting Old and Made Billions, an expose on the anti-aging industry.   Her new book:  Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures is just out.  Monday, April 11 at 6 pm in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library.

Weintraub writes about medicine, biotech, pharma, aging and the business of health for Forbes.com, the New York Times, US News & World Report,  New Scientist, USA Today, Entrepreneur.com, Fierce Markets and others.   – – Sponsored by the Brookline Council on Aging, Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House, and Jewish Family & Children’s Service.


Volunteer Luncheon, 4/13

We will be celebrating our corps of volunteers Wednesday, April 13 for lunch.  We’ll also announce the volunteer of the year.  Submit your suggestion and reason(s)  to Ruthann Dobek or Patricia Burns in writing or by e-mail pburns@brooklinema.gov   Note:  the honoree is not selected by the number of votes, but by the Nominating Committee.

Organic Gardening takes Root, 4/15

Landscaper with the perfect name John Root is here Friday, April 15 at 2 to talk about how to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs to promote soil and plant health.  You can buy perennials after the presentation.  Register:  617. 730. 2777 – – photo courtesy of John Root



Modern Beading Workshop, 4/20

Beginning and experienced beaders, join Marge Harvey Wednesday, April 20 at 1:30 for instruction.  Learn modern techniques of beading using thin Soft Flex and crimps.  Bring beads, earring backs, crimps and a yard of Soft Flex.

Screenings: blood pressure, podiatry, sugar

DocumentBarbara Westley is public health nurse for the Brookline Health Department

Wednesday, April 6 – – Barbara Westley, RN does blood pressure screening at the Health Department on Pierce St, 2-3 pm

Thursday, April 7 – – Lynn Schuster, RN from the Greater Medford Visiting Nurse Association is here at 11 for blood pressure screening and health questions.  781. 396. 2633

Wednesday, April 13 – – Barbara Westley, RN does blood pressure screening at Sussman House, 50 Pleasant St, 1-2 pm

Thursday, April 14 – – Olga Abamelik, RN, Suburban Home Health Care, does blood sugar screening here at 11

Wednesday, April 20 – – peer support group for those with limited eyesight  here at 1 pm

Thursday, April 21 – – Barbara Westley, RN does blood pressure screening here 9-10 am

Thursday, April 21 – – Staff from Brookline Hearing Services here 1-2 pm for cleanings and counseling.  Batteries:  $5/pack

Podiatry Clinic with Dr. John McLaughlin:  Appointments for routine foot care: $30.  617. 730. 2777

Health Coach Ilse Leeser, registered nurse practitioner (and the leader of our arthritis exercise class) does health coaching Wednesdays.  Get support for a healthy diet and exercise to help with weight, diabetes and blood pressure.  She’ll help you understand medications and test results.  Register for 30 minute, 1‐on‐1 appointments Wednesday afternoons:  617. 730. 2777

Elizabeth Pollock, president

3156eadThis year our endowment fund donated $47,000 to the Center’s operating budget.  Endowment ensures additional income to preserve our legacy.

I care deeply about the future of the Center and so I have included it in my estate planning. Endowments help ensure the future of the organization with reserves. We’re hoping to double our endowment by 2018. You can contribute directly or put the Brookline Senior Center in your will.  Gifts of $1,000 will be added to our Wall of Honor.  Be sure to let us know you’ve included us in your will or trust so we can recognize you in our Ambassador Club.  ***   “I give $___ to Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corp (EIN 04-2719972), a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, located at 93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA 02445 to be used for general purposes.” – – Consult your lawyer or financial advisor


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    Cathie Brenner

    Wish You Were Here:  Mixed media works in the gallery April 4 – June 30.  Artist reception Tuesday, April 12, 6-8 pm


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    Seniors take action, town repairs sidewalks –  Read the story

    BrooklineCAN admires new sidewalks

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    Thank you printer Tim Sullivan for meeting tight deadlines

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    Planned Giving

    – – Consider leaving a legacy to the Senior Center.  Your bequest is a gift of hope.  Please call Ruthann Dobek, director:  617. 730. 2756 and help us secure a bright future


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