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Important Notice Regarding The Brookline Senior Center

The Brookline Senior Center reopened to the public June 1. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and programming is gradually resuming. Additional updates on program offerings will be provided as they become available.

Statements from Senior Center Director Ruthann Dobek

AUGUST 2021 BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER UPDATE & NEWSLETTER

Elvis will be back in the building on Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 PM! Seating is limited, so please call 617-730-2770 to register. As always, there is an abundance of information in our monthly News & Events. You can find the August edition as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

In June, the Senior Center was pleased to formally welcome everyone back with a concert from Center favorite Tommy Bahama! The mood was a festive one that we hope will continue as we ramp up ongoing, new, and in-person programming in the coming months. Please be aware that there is a variety of both in-person and virtual programming at this time. Please be mindful of the location of each program listed before you register and/or come in person to the Senior Center. If you have any questions about the location of a program, please contact Jamie Jensen at or 617-730-2753.

We along with the whole country are monitoring the next development of COVID-19 along with the variants. Please remember that the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions back in June does not signal the end of the pandemic and that the best protection continues to be vaccination. If you are still in need of a vaccination, please contact the Health Department at 617-879-5636. On July 27th, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its masking recommendations as it grows more concerned over the Delta variant of COVID-19, urging vaccinated people in certain areas of the country to resume wearing masks indoors in public areas.

As we transition to this “new normal”, we want to assure you that the Town will continue to remain vigilant with the intent to keep our staff and members of the Brookline public safe. We will comply fully with CDC guidelines and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this next step together.

Be Well,

Ruthann Dobek, Director
Brookline Council on Aging/ Senior Center

P.S. The Brookline Senior Center is seeking volunteers to assist with the Springwell Community Dining Program. We are in need of volunteers to assist with checking consumers in for lunch at the registration desk. We also need volunteers to assist with setting the lunchroom tables, serving the meals to registered consumers, and assisting with clean up at the end of lunch. Time commitment is 11 am-1 pm on mutually agreed upon weekdays. For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Catalano at 617-730-2743 or .

JULY 2021 BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER UPDATE & NEWSLETTER

Wishing everyone a wonderful 4th of July holiday! The town will be celebrating on Monday, July 5th, and the Council on Aging/ Senior Center will be closed.

As always, there is an abundance of information in our monthly News & Events. You can find the July edition as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here: https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

The Senior Center has been open to the public during regular business hours (M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM) since June 1st, and we have enjoyed welcoming back programs and participants.

Please remember that the lifting of these COVID-19 restrictions does not signal the end of the pandemic and that the best protection continues to be vaccination. If you are still in need of a vaccination, please contact the Health Department at 617-879-5636. As we transition to this “new normal”, we want to assure you that the Town will continue to remain vigilant with the intent to keep our staff and members of the Brookline public safe. We intend to comply fully with CDC guidelines and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. We thank you for your patience as we navigate this next step together.

December 2, 2020

As we welcome December, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we are bracing for an increase in COVID-19 cases locally. The Senior Center is currently open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the winter holidays will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our December edition. While we have resolved most of the issues, here is a direct link for the Medicare.gov link listed on page 11: https://www.medicare.gov If you experience a problem with any of the other links, please let us know.

You can find the december edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here:

Are you receiving more than one copy of this email from us? Please let us know by sending an email to Jessica Milley-Gee at .

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

October 28, 2020

As we welcome November, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to gather in large group settings. In fact, at the time of this printing, the COVID-19 numbers are increasing at a potentially alarming rate. With the addition of flu season and increased indoor activity, we may see an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory. We urge you to comply with the public health recommendations.

We recognize that the impending arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday will add additional stress as family and friends attempt to make decisions that will keep everyone both safe and connected. With that, we also know that feelings of anxiety and sadness may occur at this time of the year. Our advice is to be mindful of your feelings, talk honestly and openly with others, and seek professional help when needed.

We encourage you to complete our “Living with COVID-19” survey. The information gathered will assist us in planning future programs and services. An online copy of the survey is available here. If you would like a hard copy of the survey mailed to you, please call us at 617-730-2777.

We are pleased to offer an abundance of programming online. Thank you to our staff and program leaders for making this transition. As always, be patient with technology glitches. We are aware that there continue to be issues with some of the links that we have included in our November edition. We are working to resolve the issue, but we have included some of the direct links below as an alternative way of accessing this content.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center more fully. The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

You can find the November edition, as well as any past or future editions of the newsletter here.

Be well!

Ruthann Dobek, LICSW
Director
Brookline Council on Aging/
Brookline Senior Center

June 5, 2020

At the time of this printing, the Senior Center is open on a limited basis, by appointment only, in compliance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” advisory.  For more information on that advisory, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/news/safer-at-home-advisory

Since it is uncertain as to when we will be able to safely begin hosting any of our special or ongoing programs at the Center, we have been working to develop a list of online programming options with some of our regular group facilitators, as well as with some of your favorite performers and presenters. Please remember that these “virtual” programs are new to everyone so there will be glitches, but we hope that you will continue to give the online programming options a try.

We realize that there are lots of questions regarding our reopening and we appreciate your patience during this uncertain time.  Please feel free to leave your questions on our voicemail or to submit your questions to info@brooklineseniorcenter.org. Many of you may have the same questions so we hope to address some of them in future editions of the newsletter.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay healthy and well in the days ahead and we look forward to celebrating with you all when we are able to safely reopen the Senior Center.

The Council on Aging social work staff are available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm), so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything or if you would just like to say hello. You can leave messages for us at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770.

Follow This Link To Read Our June Edition:
https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

March 18, 2020

In order to proactively slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Senior Center is Closed To The Public at this time.

The Brookline Senior Center will be monitoring its phone lines during the Covid-19 emergency. Older adults can leave their names and phone numbers on our voicemail at 617-730-2777 or 617-730-2770. Staff will be responding to questions and concerns Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. Emergencies should be directed to 911.

In order to address the many questions and concerns that exist in the community, the Town of Brookline would like to share the following information :

For general COVID-19 questions, please call the State 2-1-1 line. For Brookline specific medical or public health inquiries, please contact the Department of Brookline Public Health at 617-730-2300. For non-medical questions specific to Brookline, please call the Brookline COVID Information Call Center at 617-879-5636. These call centers, for the time being, will be operational Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, these hours will be adjusted as needed. Messages can be left after hours and will be returned the next day. You can also email your non-medical inquiries to:

Stay up to date on COVID-19 updates here: https://brooklinecovid19.com/senior-center/

Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you.

Virtual
Event
Spirituality and Mental Health: A Discussion Series
Wednesdays, May 12 - July 14, 2 - 3pm
How are spirituality and religion connected to mental health? Come join this 10-week Zoom discussion series facilitated by Hadassah Margolis, MSW, LICSW. Share how spirituality is (or is not) a part of your life and learn side-by-side with others how spirituality and mental health impact each other. All religions and levels of faith welcomed. Space is limited to 12. To register or for more information, please contact Jamie Jensen at or 617-730-2753.
Evenings in the Courtyard
Thursdays, June through September, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Courtyard by Marriott Brookline.
  • June 3 Cancelled due to weather
    (would have been The Clark Page Project)
  • June 10- The Puppet Showplace Theater
  • June 17- Tony William Dance Center
  • June 24- The Winikers
  • July 1- The Clark Page Project
  • July 8- Colleen Marshall
  • July 15- Too Klez for Comfort
  • July 22- Rorie Kelly
  • July 29- The Monks
  • August 5- The Bob Christopherson Trio
  • August 12- Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli
  • August 26- The Squeezebox Stompers
  • September 2- The Winikers
  • September 9- Alizon Lissance and Greg Holt
  • September 23- The Gravel Project
  • September 30-The Clark Page Project
More Information.
Tails and Tales – Summer Reading 2021
June 28 – August 20
Join the 2021 Summer Reading Program with The Public Library of Brookline! After a tough year, we want nothing more than to encourage Brookline to read whatever and however they want – there’s no wrong way to read! The program is open to community members of all ages, from kids through adults.

More information.

Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays, 6:00pm
Fisher Hill Resevoir Park.
  • July 21 - Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys
  • July 28 - Penny Outlaw
  • August 11 - Ivory Rockers
  • August 18 - Karate Show
Brookline Recreation.
Dance Caliente
Thursday, July 29, 11 am-12 pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.

Come watch your favorite dancing duo, Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves being filmed at the Senior Center on Thursday, July 29 from 11 am-12 pm. One dance number, to be featured in their upcoming movie, will be performed over and over again until everyone is satisfied and cheering! Be prepared, as your images applauding and/or giving a standing ovation will also appear in the movie. In the remaining part of the hour, Dance Caliente will entertain you with additional Ballroom and Latin Dances, at your request.

Their ‘homemade’ movie, called ‘Dance Caliente Brings the World to Your Feet’, will feature each dance that was filmed at 6 different Senior Center Locations. And, to get your feet moving, an interactive lesson will follow each performed dance. Stay tuned, the show will air on Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) sometime this fall.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

To reserve your spot for the filming, please call 617-730-2770.

Ghosts and Shadow of Automobile Row on Commonwealth Avenue
Thursday, July 29, 1:00pm
Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.

Join Ken Liss, President of the Brookline Historical Society, for this interesting presentation. The stretch of Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore Square to Packard's Corner in Allston was once home to more than a hundred auto dealerships and other auto-related enterprises. The businesses that made up the former Automobile Row are, with just a few exceptions, long gone. But 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.

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