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

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age



Ruthann Dobek, director

We urge you to comply with CDC recommendations https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/vaccines/fullyvaccinatedguidance.html

•  June 1, we opened the Senior Center during regular business hours  Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

•  June 15, the Governor to lift the state of emergency

•  June 21 the Senior Center resumes programming, and all town buildings are open. Find updates here: https://www.brooklinema.gov/245/Council-on-Aging, as well as on our main line.

We are optimistic that vaccination rates will allow us to be together, and we remain vigilant. This means restrictions may return. We look forward to seeing you, and as always, welcome your comments.

As an essential organization, the demands on our services have increased. Your support inspires us. We are committed to providing essential services, so please encourage anyone who needs assistance to contact us at 617. 730. 2770. Donations are appreciated. Go to www.brooklineseniorcenter.org and click the orange PAYPAL button, or send a check.

As always, the best part of donations are the thank you notes.

First, allow me to thank you for the countless services you perform for our Senior Center. What a Herculean task you shoulderevery day! I really appreciate the SENIOR NEWS AND EVENTS. Thank you many times over. I have only lived in Brookline (now Chestnut Hill) for a short few years and I have enjoyed it all. Every person I have met has been courteous and helpful.”

As usual, you rock! Thank you for your continued work on the behalf of us seniors who need rides. It has been a rough and ragged time navigating the pandemic, but I hope the new normalwill restore some balance and feelings that venturing outside in the company of others will be restored to us. Thank you for your constant address to this issue and for maintaining this service throughout the pandemic.

“We appreciate the extra lunch of the roast turkey. It was absolutely delicious and I couldn’t have made it better myself. There was so much we got 4 meals out of it! We appreciate all that is being done during this COVID time. We are a big fan of the Senior Center anyways as they have always done a good job for seniors. When I tell my kids, they’d love to live in Brookline.”

Finally, Happy Fathers Day to fathers and grandfathers. My father was a very special man. He was a teacher and humanitarian who instilled in me the importance of finding the good in all people. Indeed, every day his spirit is here in the Senior Center as one of his lessons was to always be warm and welcoming and open to all people by striving to make the world a better place one kind act at a time. Please join me in doing something extra nice this month for someone in his memory. – – Ruthann Dobek, director


Our JUNE newsletter is online:  https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

Join our email list:  617. 730. 2770

Shop Brookline Bazaar on Etsy at  https://www.etsy.com/shop/brooklinebazaar. 

WELCOME Katie McClean, LICSW our new Homecare Coordinator. Katie was a graduate student from Boston College’s School of Social Work here from September 2015 to May 2016. Recently she was the branch administrator for Caring People.  You can reach her at 617. 730. 2755. Katie has a deep passion for geriatric social work, and her enthusiasm will bring the program energy and innovation.


WELCOME  Jae McCabe, our new Group Leader. She looks forward to meeting you and being part of the community.  You’ll reach her soon: 617. 730. 2106

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Michelle Fitzgerald, our wonderful Springwell Grab and Go lunch program coordinator. Michelle was dedicated to her role this past year and she will be greatly missed. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.Services for Michelle were private, but if you would like to send a card to the family, please bring it to Jamie Jensen or Julie Washburn.

Meetings, Classes

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Brookline Farmers Market Thursdays

The Brookline Farmers Market is at the Centre Street west parking lot behind the Coolidge Corner Theater Thursdays 1:30-6:30. Most products come from Mass and New England. Wear your mask, keep your distance.




Tommy Bahama is Back, 6/22

Join us for a welcome back celebration Tuesday, June 22 at 1:30 pm with Tommy Bahama in person. Music, dancing and cold drinks.

REGISTER:  Jamie Jensen    jjensen@brookinema.gov    617.730.2753

Shine New to Medicare Fair, 6/23

Learn about signing up for Medicare! This national fair is for people turning 65, retiring, or joining Medicare because of a disability.

There is no cost to attend. This event is made possible through a grant from the federal government.

Anyone who registers can attend all or part of this online event. You will need a computer or mobile device to participate.   Times: 3:00 – 7:00 EDT

REGISTER:  www.shiptacenter.org

JUNE Pride Month

Goddard House residents are celebrating Pride month with an LGBTQ+ Movie Festival, and a panel on gender and sexual identity. In 2019, Goddard became the first assisted living community in the state to obtain LGBT Cultural Competency Accreditation through SAGECare to better serve LGBTQ+ older adults. To watch the flagraising, visit https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/WQXmCW6jqvuZDq3ri6Mile?domain=us02web.zoom.us/j/87877520036


State of Pride:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J48BIRaG7A

Not Another Second: LGBT+ seniors share their stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q43kBuC_ups

Transgender Lives|Our America with Lisa Ling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6AzH7c3JJ8

The Day it Snowed in Miami: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seYFHXnCSo0

Stonewall Uprising: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIbAVS-cDBs

WGBH Celebrates Pride: https://www.wgbh.org/pride

MetroWest Legal Services Clinic, 6/24

MetroWest Legal Services is offering a private, FREE half hour legal PHONE consultation June 24 from 12-4 pm.  They provide legal aid to seniors on housing, public benefits and social security; durable power of attorney, health care proxy and simple probate; Medicaid, nursing home, domestic relations; consumer and bankruptcy.  When you register have one sentence or a few words ready on the subject of your call.

REGISTER:  Jamie Jensen    jjensen@brookinema.gov    617.730.2753

ELF Giveaway, 6/24

We’re giving away crutches, knee scooters, and many walkers. Join us Thursday, June 24 from 10-2 pm outside here. 617. 730. 2752

If the weather is bad, we’ll be inside.


The Bubbe Diaries, 6/29

Join Paula Span, who writes the Generation Grandparent column for the New York Times, Tuesday, June 29 at 3 pm as she talks about her audio book, a collection of her columns.  Were pregnant! Youre going to be a grandparent!(She reads it.) Shell share her ideas and invite you to share yours in this virtual discussion.

ORDER: The Bubbe Diaries: https://www.audible.com/pd/TheBubbeDiariesAudiobook/B091J7M7FL

CONNECT:      https://hebrewseniorlife.zoom.us/j/8581186414

LINKS HELP:  Jamie Jensen   jjensen@brooklinema.gov 

_ _ Sponsored by BrooklineCAN, Center Communities of Brookline, Goddard House Assisted Living & Memory Care, and the Brookline Senior Center

Memory Connections Cafe, 6/30

The Café, for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with peers through socialization and programming, is on Zoom.  Join us Wednesday, June 30 from 1:303:00pm.

REGISTER:  Jamie Jensen   jjensen@brooklinema.gov 

– – This month’s Cafe is sponsored by Wingate at Chestnut Hill

Gregory Maichack Pastel Workshop, 7/14

Gregory Maichack is back via Zoom Wednesday, July 14 from 1:00 ‐3:00 with his JeanFrancoise Millet inspired Dandelionsworkshop.This pastel painting workshop is for beginners to experienced artists. You create your own version of Dandelionsby choosing parts of Millets painting that inspire you.  Your materials including pastels, paper and pencils are here to pick up in advance.

REGISTER:   Jamie Jensen   617. 730. 2753  jjensen@brooklinema.gov

– – Sponsored in part by the Brookline Commission for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

JUNE Crafting with the Library

Each month reserve a free kit with everything you need to craft a masterpiece. You keep everything including a DVD with instructions by one of your favorite librarians.  This month we are creating stencils and decorating reusable bags.  There are 20 kits for distribution and you pick them up here.

CALL: Julie Washburn: 617. 730. 2760

JUNE Food Pantries / SNAP

St. Paul’s Church, 15 St. Paul Street – –  WEDNESDAY 3-6 pm, THURSDAY 11-2 pm

55A Egmont Street, Community Room – –  THURSDAY 3-7 pm, SATURDAY 10-1 pm

226 High Street, Community Room – – TUESDAY 3-7 pm

CALL:   617. 800. 5339

WRITE:  brooklinefoodpantry@gmail.com

You get prepacked bags of perishable and non-perishables. Everyone waits outside.


The Pantry needs canned tuna and chicken, rice, cereal, lentils, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, canned vegetables and tomatoes, and shelf stable milk and juice.

SNAP  Mass residents can use SNAP benefits to buy food online from Amazon and Walmart:  https://www.mass.gov/snap-online-purchasing-program

JUNE Lunch to Go /Food Commodity


♠ Call by 10:30 two business days ahead to reserve your chilled lunch: 617. 730. 2747

♠ You get a menu with the meal.  See the month’s selections in the JUNE newsletter, page 12:  https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37    


FOOD COMMODITY: Next distribution is WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16. Low income people over 60 receive 35 pounds of shelf stable food the third Wednesday each month. Pickup is outside with masks.

REGISTER: 617. 730. 2753    Jamie Jensen  jjensen@brooklinema.gov

JUNE at Welcome Home Pantry

Welcome Home is a “home goods pantry in Newton that accepts and provides gently used housewares.” Right now they need towels, pots and pans, and blankets. See the website for a complete list of what they take. You donate goods or make a wish list to ask for what you need:  No forms, no fees. No stains, no chips, no tears.

NO baby goods, NO bed skirts, NO mattress pads, NO books, NO clothing, NO toys, NO vases, NO wine glasses, NO computer gear, NO hangers

WRITE: welcomehomemass@gmail.com

CALL:   617. 454. 4795


Mondays        1-2 pm

Wednesdays   2-3 pm

Arrive at Welcome Home (Trinity Church, Furber Lane, Newton Centre) at your reserved day and time. We take the items we can accept from your car.


Mutual Aid Brookline Delivers

If you are high risk and need food and medication delivered

CALL Monday – Friday, 9-6 pm: 617. 651. 1468


We offer companionship, connecting the community through conversation.

In partnership with the Brookline Library, we deliver library material:  617. 651. 1037       MutualAidBrookline.Delivery@gmail.com

PEOPLE    https://mutualaidbrookline.com/about/#team


JUNE Pickleball Tuesdays & Sundays

Brookline Recreation has pickleball at Warren Field Courts on Tuesdays (through June 29) from 5:45 to dusk;  Sundays (through June 27) from 9:00 – 12 noon.  Space is limited; you must register

CALL:  617. 730. 2082 or  jcook@brooklinema.gov

COST: $5/ per session

REGISTER: – – https://www.amilia.com/store/en/townofbrookline/shop/programs/60450

Spanish/Latino Instrumental + Vocal Class Fridays

Join us Fridays 3-4 pm through November on Zoom

CALL: 617. 953. 7016

WRITE:     brookline.spanish.immersion@gmail.com

Clase de música para adultos mayores! Por Zoom ¿Quiere compartir música y entretenerse más? ¡Los viernes de 3:00 4:00pm! Del 5 de febrero 19 noviembre. Informacion: 6179537016   

– – Sponsored by Auspiciadores: Spanish Immersion and Brookline Senior Center

Dance Party Thursdays

Dance Party with Lynn Modell – – Thursdays from 1:00-1:30
Music from the ’40s-’60s plus show tunes to dance it out.
REGISTER: lemodell@gmail.com 

Knitting/Crafting Circle

Hadassah Margolis, who created the Welcome Brookline Blanket Project, invites you to her knitting/crafting circle. She is working on masks; you can bring your blanket or mask project or other craft.

REGISTER:  media@welcomeblanket.org

Singing Mondays

We meet some Mondays at 4 pm for 45 minutes.  Mostly folk songs and the group decides what to sing. Everyone is muted except the song leader.  WRITE:  Judy Chasin  hearojudy51@yahoo.com

Mindfulness Wednesdays and Fridays

Join our video call by computer or phone from 10:00 -10:30 a.m. to practice mindfulness.  Led by Michael Allen, LCSW. Mindfulness helps with relaxation and bolsters attention and insight.  Go to https://us04web.zoom.us/j/137115626?.

QUESTIONS: Mallen@brooklinema.gov   617.730.2754

Living our Values Wednesdays

Wednesday mornings from 9-10 am

REGISTER: editor@businessforum.com

Current Events Fridays

Friday mornings from 10:30-12 noon

REGISTER:  mkt128@rcn.com

Short Story Mondays

A good short story can provide the basis for a great discussion. We will send a story by email or hard copy. We  meet twice a month Mondays from 10:30-11:30. Bring your own coffee and

REGISTER:   Kate Jovin   617. 730. 2753  kjovin@brooklinema.gov

Coffee Hour Tuesdays + Thursdays

Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 am


CALL      Michael Allen:    617.730.2754

Sharon Devine’s Exercise Classes

REGISTER:  617. 730. 2769     sdevine@brooklinema.gov

♠   Flexibility – Mondays 1:00-1:30 pm

♠   Building Balance Skills – Tuesdays 1:00-1:30 pm

♠   Exercise for Aging Joints  –  Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 pm

♠   Exercises to Improve Physical Balance  –  Fridays 2:00-2:30


Attention, seniors who love chess.  You can play virtual chess with chess-savvy volunteers on your phone, computer or iPad.

CALL Jamie Jensen: 617. 730. 2753

French Conversation Tuesdays

We meet Tuesdays from 1-2:00 pm. New people, regardless of proficiency, please join us.

REGISTER  Monique Richardson mona647@comcast.net


We’re working with Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and Steps to Success for intergenerational storytelling. Students interview their grandparents and seniors on immigration, COVID, and other topics. We are looking for more people who want to share their stories.

CONTACT    Jamie Jensen at    jjensen@brooklinema.gov     617.730.2753    

STORIES:    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_kXbXA0-Qd7Y2r28byeMX9RBCYdQ1uEG

Western Gunslinger Mondays

Dan Seligman, from Norfolk County RSVP, presents 10 seminars on Zoom: Western Gunslingers: The Truth Behind the Westerns. Join him Mondays from June 7 – August 9 from 11-12 noon.  Learn about the life and times of gunslingers in the 19th century including the good guys like Buffalo Bill Cody and the bad guys like Jesse James.

REGISTER:  Dan Seligman   drseligman@comcast.net  by June 2

Brookline Bees Sewing Tuesdays

The group, led by Joyce Graff, hosts Zoom meetings Tuesdays at 10:30 am. We accept donations of fabric, sewing notions and sewing machines. We worked through May to create quilts for HelpOurKids that provides supplies for children newly taken into foster care. We make blankets and worryeater dolls.”


WRITE: brooklinebeehive@gmail.com

Also, Joyce posted on YouTube quilts by her grandmother and great great grandmother in Pennsylvania. Introduced by Julie Washburn!    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3ncuAVmIfw&feature=youtu.be 


Brookline Safety Net

A program of the Brookline Community Foundation and the Senior Center, the Safety Net helps residents and others in neighboring towns meet basic needs of food, housing, utilities and transportation.  Call the Foundation: 617. 277. 8107      If you can make a donation, your support could make all the difference to a neighbor in need: https://www.brooklinecenter.org/our-impact/safety-net-community

Call to Action

Elizabeth Pollock, president

I am often asked, How I can help the Brookline Senior Center?There are several ways focusing on our needs for advocating, fundraising, and volunteering. This month I want to let you know about a new project that needs your help.What if you had no Internet service or no smartphone? What if you had no access to online shopping, Zoom meetings, and other online activities?

Imagine how different your life would have been during the pandemic! Think about how much you depend each day on the internet! Unfortunately, many of our seniors don’t have basic internet or a device to access the web. This puts them at higher risk for social isolation and loneliness, as well as an inability to get essential services.

That is why were so excited to share news about Brookline Senior Connect. This new program will provide basic internet access, the loan of a tablet, and software. The Brookline Senior Center was awarded a pilot grant from Massachusetts Councils on Aging  to provide six months of Verizon internet and a tablet to 5 seniors. Our hope, however, is 25 people in the pilot program. With your help, we can reach this goal.

♥    Your donation of $200 pays for one tablet

♥    Your donation of $38 covers the Verizon data plan for one month. $76 covers two months; $127 provides 3 months of data.

Your donation helps insure the sustainability of Brookline Senior Connect. Connecting our seniors is critical for their mental health and wellbeing. Your gift is needed now more than ever. Please give generously at www.brooklineseniorcenter.org  at the orange PAYPAL button above on the right or send a check to Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline MA 02446. Contributions in any amount are appreciated.

If you know someone who would benefit from Brookline Senior Connect or if you would like to be a mentor, please contact Ruthann Dobek    rdobek@brooklinema.gov  617. 730. 2756

I care deeply about the future of the Center and so I have included it in my estate planning. Perhaps you’d like to do that as well.  It’s relatively easy – see below for suggested bequest language.  You may also consider making the Center a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, IRA or 401K. If you’re over 70 1/2, you can apply part or all of your Required Minimum Distribution tax free to the Center.  – – Betsy Pollock, LICSW,  president, Brookline Senior Center board of directors

  • Suggested bequest language for giving:  “I give $___  (or percent of my estate or percent of the remainder of my estate) to Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corp (EIN 04-2719972), a Massachusetts non-profit corporation, located at 93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA 02446 to be used for general purposes.”   Please consult your lawyer or financial advisor

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    A program to help you get temporary discounted internet service.

    CALL:   Support Center  833.511.0311    Mass Eligibility  800.392. 6066


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    LANDLINES AND ZOOM: If you use a landline you may pay for a long distance call. It usually does not apply to cell phones. A meeting may offer a toll-free telephone number but it also may not.

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    LINKS: We test every link. On occasion, one may not work.  Copy any link into a browser, like Google.  HELP:   Jamie Jensen: jjensen@brooklinema.gov      617. 730. 2753

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    – – Consider a legacy to the Senior Center.  Your bequest is a gift of hope.  CALL Ruthann Dobek, director:  617. 730. 2756 to help us secure a bright future. Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corp  (EIN 04-2719972), a Massachusetts non-profit corporation.