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Senior Center Events

An extensive list of Senior Center events is at the Brookline Senior Center web site.

COVID-19 Announcements from Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek

COVID-19 Mask Update, November 2022

At the Senior Center, we continue to follow public health regulations and we remain on alert for COVID-19 variants or an increase in cases around the Commonwealth. Our current protocols are subject to change in the future, but we continue to encourage older residents to get vaccinated and we encourage the use of masks in our mask friendly environment.

Need A Ride To The Senior Center?

If you need a ride to the Senior Center, please call the Senior Center Van Reservation Line at 617-730-2750 at least one business day in advance. Please include the following information for all rides: name, phone number, pickup/drop off address, requested date/time for pick up. Donations are welcome to help offset the cost of gas. We appreciate your support!

Please note: The Senior Center uses a variety of transportation systems to get residents to and from the Senior Center.

May Library Events

Queer Art Night - Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 PM at Brookline Village
Live Screening and Talk with Director of "To Feel the Earth and Touch the Sky, Living the Legacy of American Modern Dance" - Thursday, May 2 at 7 PM at Brookline Village
Ukulele Workshop with Julie Stepanek -  Thursday, May 2 at 7 PM at Coolidge Corner
Fixit Clinic - Saturday, May 4 at 1 PM at Brookline Village
Visible Mending Workshop  - Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 PM at Brookline Village
A Reed Between the Lines: Colorful Literature of the Clarinet Trio � Brookline Music School Faculty Concert - Saturday, May 12 at 2 PM at Brookline Village
Democracy Talks: Access to Books in the context of Mass Incarceration - Tuesday, May 21 at 7 PM, virtual
Harmony of Korean Drumming with Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago - Friday, May 24 at 2:30 PM at Coolidge Corner
Chinese Calligraphy Workshop with Kang Zhou  - Saturday, May 25 at 2 PM at Putterham
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June Library Events

Welcome Blanket at Coolidge Corner - Sunday June 2 at 2 PM
Know-Your-Rights: Landlords and Tenants at Brookline Village - Wednesday, June 5 at 2 PM
Outdoor LED Mini Golf with One Up Games at Putterham - Saturday, June 8 at 12 PM
Draw Like a Pro in a Day with Brookline Arts Center at Putterham - Monday, June 10 at 6 PM
An Evening with Mercury Stardust (Virtual) - Thursday, June 20 at 7 PM
Archives Office Hours at Brookline Village - Wednesday, June 26 at 12 PM
Debra Vinci Soul Concert at Brookline Village - Wednesday, June 26 at 7 PM
Deepfakes and AI Media (Virtual) - Thursday, June 27 at 7 PM
BenAnna Band Family Concert at Putterham - Friday, June 28 at 1 PM
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Job Seekers Network

January - June, 2024,
1st & 3rd Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am


Walking Tours

Our Amazing Democracy: American Government

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm from May 1 through May 22

Brookline Senior Center

Lets review the basics of how our democracy works! The U.S. Constitution (written over 230 years ago) spells it all out. This is comforting to remember. We'll survey the 3 Branches of government: the different powers of the President, the Congress, and the Courts. How do they work together? And much more. We'll also consult modern historians and discover how they view the today's American government with respect to our democracy's history. No experience necessary. The instructor is Elynn Gayle who has 30 years of experience teaching English and creating imaginative curriculum. Currently teaching at Boston University.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

Investors Group and Special Meeting

Wednesdays, May 1 and May 15 at 3:00 pm

Brookline Senior Center

Investors, come join us. Whether you are a casual investor, a billionaire, or just curious about investing and stocks, join us to talk about ideas, investment products, high and lows of the markets and the excitement of investing. Please Note: We will not pool funds or make investments together, nor will we give investment advice as investment clubs are known to d

Please register at 617-730-2770. Note: At the May 1st meeting, a Brookline librarian will be speaking about online investment resources, including how to access Morning Star and Valueline online.

Knock On Wood Performance

Monday, May 13 at 1:00 pm

Brookline Senior Center

We welcome Knock On Wood, acoustic folk-rock duo for a fun performance. Combining acoustic guitar with fiddle, mandolin and pleasing vocal harmonies, the duo performs oldies and soft rock classics from performers like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Drifters and Johnny Cash. It's very lively and lots of fun, with great musicianship along with a bit of humor here and there. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

Words Galore

Mondays, May 13 and 20 at 11:00 am

Brookline Senior Center

Join Val Walker for this fun and lively hour of word play and brain twisters: a logophile's paradise! Learn new words, explore the history of old words, and delve into the origins of common phrases. Enjoy limericks, riddles, famous quotes, puns, and fascinating trivia about trendy words. Play guessing games with the dictionary and words-within-a-word games. Val Walker, MS, is an author, educator, and consultant. A former rehabilitation counselor for 20 years, she is a contributing blogger for Psychology Today, and author of The Art of Comforting and 400 Friends and No One to Call.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

Virtual Reality Session

Tuesday, May 14 at 11:00 am

Brookline Senior Center

Join CareYaya for this interesting experience! Want to travel to the Eiffel Tower? Or visit your hometown? Learn about and experience virtual reality with CareYaya. Virtual reality (VR) is a technology that uses computer-generated environments to simulate physical presence in a real or imagined world. By wearing a VR headset, users can immerse themselves in these virtual environments and interact with them in a seemingly realistic way.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

King Lear Performance

Wednesday, May 15 at 1:00 pm

Brookline Senior Center

What do you call a king who gives up his kingdom? A fool? Or a father ready to pass on the burdens of power? Join actors Stephen Collins and Poornima Kirby of New Muse Productions for this haunting, darkly funny adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless classic. This one-hour production draws directly from Shakespeare's text, with Stephen Collins as the mercurial King Lear, and Poornima Kirby as his devoted, clear-eye fool, who narrates the action, and flows fluidly between Lear's daughters, friends, enemies. This artistic adaptation honors the beautiful essence of the play, while bringing fresh life and a playful twist to its timeless questions of mortality, loyalty, and the parent-child bond.

Please register at 617-730-2770.

Learn How To Do Your Own Gel Manicure

Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 pm

Brookline Senior Center

Join Shona Stroder as she shows you easy to follow steps on how to "DIY" salon worthy nails at home. We will start with a clean nail bed so remove all nail polish, previous gel or acrylic nail products. Materials will be provided along with your choice of a nude, classic red or pink color. Shona, as a licensed cosmetologist, has an appreciation for aesthetics and beauty.

Space is limited, so please register at 617-730-2770.

Brookline.News presents Stories: Live at the Coolidge!

Thursday, May 16th, 7:30-9 pm

Coolidge Corner Theater

Come help Brookline.News celebrate its first anniversary. WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti will host this memorable evening with Brookline storytellers live at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Tickets ($25) will go on sale on the Brookline.News website the week of April 8th.

Brookline Music School Concert

Friday, May 17 at 1:00 pm

Brookline Senior Center

Join us as the Brookline Music School presents cellist Alex Fowler. (this is a rescheduled concert)

Please register at 617-730-2770.

Brookline's 2nd Annual AAPI Heritage Celebration

Saturday May 18th from 11-3PM

Brookline Village Library

Town Hall, 333 Washington Street

The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN), Brookline Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Relations, and the Brookline Public Libraries invites you to join us for student performances, a special Featured Author presentation, delicious food, arts & crafts and more! So mark the date in your calendar and visit here for details as we get closer!


Indigenous Authors Book Club

Sunday, May 19th from 4-5:30 pm


The Indigenous Peoples Celebration Committee would like to invite you to participate in their SIXTH Indigenous Authors Book Club! Join us on Sunday, May 19th from 4-5:30 pm for a virtual Book Club conversation. This month we will be reading and discussing *the recently banned* Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. This is a YA read and we would love to encourage Brookline teens to join us!

To RSVP to the Book Club or to request or get information on reasonable accommodations or language access, please contact Caitlin Starr at or at 617-730-2345. For more information visit:

Museum of Fine Arts Special Exhibit Trip

Monday, May 20 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Brookline Senior Center

Join us for this trip to explore the new Hallyu! The Korean Wave exhibit. Today, South Korea is a cultural superpower-a global trendsetter producing award. But behind the country's meteoric rise to the world stage-a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave, or- hallyu-is the story of remarkable resilience and innovation. Just a century ago, Korea was in search of a new national identity, following its occupation by Japan and the Korean War. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, the country has rapidly transformed its economy and international reputation. At the same time, its creative outputs are deeply rooted in its past, with many contemporary artists, filmmakers, musicians, and fashion designers paying tribute to traditional values and art forms dating back to Korea's dynastic kingdom days. "Hallyu! The Korean Wave" features approximately 250 objects-costumes, props, photographs, videos, pop culture ephemera, and contemporary works. Among the highlights are outfits worn by different generations of K-pop idols, dresses by couture designer Park Sohee and Next in Fashion winner Minju Kim, a large-scale needlework designed by South Korean artist Kyungah Ham and made by anonymous embroiderers from North Korea, and pieces exploring the Korean American experience by Timothy Hyunsoo Lee and Julia Kwon. Additionally, the exhibition showcases objects from the MFA's own renowned collection of Korean art, including the iconic moon jar and hanbok. Join us on an immersive and multisensory journey through a fascinating history, and celebrate a vibrant creative force that bridges cultural, societal, and linguistic divides and continues to reach new heights today. This trip is graciously sponsored by Nancy and Kent Van Zant. Transportation will leave the Senior Center at 10:00 am. For this trip, attendees will be picked and notified on Monday, May 13.

Please register for the free raffle for attendance at 617-730-2770.

Due to high demand for the Senior Centers monthly trips and a desire to be fair for all and allow more participants to enjoy these opportunities, we are piloting having registrants entered into a free staff supervised raffle. If you are part of a pair, this does not guarantee both registrants' attendance. For those who need caregiver assistance, please call Jamie at 617-730-2753. This is a pilot and we welcome your feedback.

Recruiting Older Adult Residents for Boards and Commissions

Wednesday, May 22, 2:30 p.m.

Brookline Senior Center Room 304 and Zoom

Your voice will make a difference. Learn how to ROAR (Recruiting Older Adult Residents for Boards and Commissions). You can have an impact in town government.

Seniors make up over 25 percent of voters here in Brookline, but the Boards and Commissions that review and recommend policy for the Town often ignore our concerns. We want to increase participation by seniors as voting members of Boards and Commissions who are endorsed by the Council on Aging and are acutely attuned to the needs of older adults.

Please attend to find out more about our goals, current openings, and how to apply. Let's make our voices ROAR throughout the Town.

If you are unable to be at the May 22 meeting, but would like information, please contact Janet Gelbart at .

Join ZoomGov Meeting
Zoom link for remote participation
Meeting ID: 161 119 3367
Passcode: L7BVtJc9

In Person
and Zoom

Wendee Glick and Steve Heck Concert

Thursday, May 23 at 1:30 pm

Brookline Senior Center

Wendee Glick and Steve Heck will be performing standards from the Great American Songbook, roadway and maybe something from the 60s to the 80s. They hope to make you laugh, learn something new, and feel joy from the music An experienced jazz vocalist, Wendee Glick is a singer with a strong stage presence, sense of humor, and ability to belt out a tune. She can engage the audience in the up-tempo, or make them weep over a ballad sung with a "bell-like"- quality. Originally from the Midwest, Steve is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He is an experienced music teacher and performer, both on piano and vocals, teaching privately and at Berklee.

To register, please call 617-730-2770. Graciously sponsored by The Newbury of Brookline.

Open Space Planning Meetings

Monday, May 6, 7 p.m.

Town Hall, Room 111


Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.

Brookline Senior Center

Those who cannot attend in person are encouraged to join via Zoom, by following the registration links on the Open Space Plan webpage.

The meetings will include a short introduction and informational session on the existing Open Space Plan, published in 2018, including what it is, how it is utilized, and why it needs to be updated. An open discussion will follow so that the Open Space Plan Committee may hear the community's desires, concerns, and ideas as it pertains to the 2025 update.

All residents are welcome to attend. For further information, please visit the Open Space Plan webpage or call Conservation Administrator Tom Brady, at 617-730-2088.

Haiku for a Spring Afternoon

Wednesday, May 29 at 1 pm

Brookline Senior Center

Haiku is a short poem that connects nature and human nature. Learn about haiku: its form and content, and read many spring haiku from famous and not so famous poets. Then we will try our hands at writing a spring haiku using an easy writing prompt. Each participant will leave with a notecard of a haiku they have written themselves. Everyone is invited to this fun and supportive workshop. Instructor Jeannie Martin is a haiku poet, teacher and retreat leader who publishes haiku in a variety of poetry journals and is the author of 11 haiku chapbooks and three books of haiku reflections. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Annual Shredding Event

Thursday, June 6, By Appointment Only

Brookline Senior Center

We are pleased to announce that the mobile shredding truck (Bay State Shredding) will be back at the Senior Center on Thursday, June 6, courtesy of Norfolk District Attorney, Michael Morrissey. Clean out your file cabinets, declutter your house and shred personal documents safely and free of charge. The truck does shred onsite, but due to the volume of people who are registered, people will not be allowed to stay and watch their materials being shredded. You will be assigned a time when you call to register and we ask that you arrive no sooner than 5 minutes prior to your appointment time. Senior Center staff will be onsite to provide direction when you arrive

To schedule your appointment, please call 617-730-2770.

Annual Yard Sale

Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Brookline Senior Center

Join us for our annual fundraising event! In the meantime, we are seeking donations for this event. As you work on your Spring cleaning, please drop items off in the bins outside the 2nd floor Council on Aging office.

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