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

Honoring the wisdom that comes with age

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR AUTUMN BENEFIT DONORS!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Autumn Benefit successful.  Thanks to our sponsors and individual donors, the Senior Center will continue to thrive in 2022! For a full list of our sponsors and donors, please click on the “DONOR” tab at the top of the page.

 

IMPORTANT JANUARY 2022 BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER UPDATE

Please note that the Senior Center is closed TODAY, January 7, 2022 due to inclement weather.  There are no in-person programs or transportation services today. The Springwell Grab and Go lunch program has also been canceled for today.  For the latest updates, please call us at 617-730-2770.

Effective Monday, January 10, 2022, due to the rising COVID case numbers and the highly contagious nature of the current variants, the Senior Center will be suspending all in-person programming from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022. The Senior Center building will remain open during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm) throughout this time; however, we will only be providing essential services, including Springwell lunch, podiatry and our monthly food commodity program.  Given that this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will plan to reassess our programming plans at the end of this two week period (Monday, January 24, 2022). Our staff will continue to monitor the phones and respond to incoming calls. Due to the current guidelines requiring individuals exposed to, symptomatic and/or diagnosed with COVID to isolate or quarantine, we may experience staff shortages that will result in delay and/or disruption of services. For the most current information, please call 617-730-2770. We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this challenging time. Please stay healthy and well and let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Ruthann Dobek, LICSW Director Brookline Council on Aging/Brookline Senior Center Tel. 617-730-2756

CAN I STILL COME INTO THE SENIOR CENTER?Yes, as long as you are properly wearing your face covering, you will be allowed to come into the Senior Center. At this time, the Senior Center building remains open to the public during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-5 pm. However, all programming has been suspended from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022. The Senior Center will continue to provide essential services including the Springwell Grab and Go Lunch program, podiatry, and the food commodity program. ARE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE?Yes, transportation services are still available, weather permitting, but there may be a delay or disruption in service due to staff availability. Please call Maria Foster with any questions or concerns (617-730-2644). CAN I STILL EAT MY LUNCH AT THE SENIOR CENTER?No, we will be suspending the “dine in” option for the Grab and Go lunch program from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022.  However, you will still be able to reserve and pick up your Springwell Grab and Go lunch during this time to enjoy at home. Please note that lunch program participants will NOT be allowed to eat lunch anywhere in the Senior Center building between Monday, January 10 and Friday, January 21, 2022. If you would like to make a lunch reservation for a Grab and Go meal to take home with you, please call Kristine Farley at 617-730-2747. Please note: The special “take home lunch” restaurant program through the Brookline Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to begin again the week of January 24 so stay tuned for more details on that. CAN I BRING IN MY OWN FOOD/DRINK FROM HOME DURING THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD?There will be no eating allowed at the Senior Center from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022.  If you require food or drink for health reasons, please let one of our staff know so they can direct you to a private space where you can safely eat/drink. DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK AT THE SENIOR CENTER?We are still operating under the Town’s face covering mandate that was implemented in August 2021.  All individuals over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth. This mandate covers all town buildings.   Individuals with medical conditions prohibiting the use of a face covering must wear a face shield.  I VOLUNTEER AT THE I&R/FRONT DESK.  CAN I STILL COME IN TO COVER MY SHIFT?Volunteers are welcome to come in to staff the desk(s) during these two weeks if they feel comfortable doing so. However, if you are not feeling well and/or are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact your primary care physician. I VOLUNTEER AT THE I&R/FRONT DESK.  CAN I STILL COME IN TO COVER MY SHIFT? (continued)Individuals who are immunocompromised or whose health conditions warrant extra caution, should exercise judgment around coming into the Senior Center during this time. If you will not be in to cover your I&R/Reception Desk shift, please leave a message on our main line (617-730-2777). If you would like extra shifts, you also leave us a message at 617-730-2777.IS VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING AVAILABLE IF IN-PERSON PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED?Some of our programs have continued to be virtual so please check the newsletter for details about our current virtual programming.Some of our canceled in-person programs may be able to pivot to Zoom during this two week period.  For more information, please contact Jamie Jensen at     617-730-2753. Other in-person programs will be rescheduled as appropriate.CAN I STILL PICK UP MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FROM THE ELF PROGRAM?Yes, please contact the ELF Program at 617-730-2752 if you need medical equipment. WILL THE FITNESS CENTER BE OPEN DURING THIS TWO WEEK TIME PERIOD?All in-person fitness classes will be canceled from Monday, January 10-Friday, January 21, 2022.  Sharon Devine will continue to offer fitness classes via Zoom during this time so please contact Sharon at 617-730-2106 for more information. Use of the Fitness Center equipment will be limited to one person/household at a time during this two week timeframe. CAN I STILL PICK UP A COVID TESTING KIT FROM THE SENIOR CENTER?We have distributed our kits and we are awaiting more information from the Health Department about additional test kits. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DO NOT FEEL WELL OR I AM EXPERIENCING COVID SYMPTOMS?If you are not feeling well and/or experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact your primary care physician.  If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. HOW DO I FIND AN APPOINMENT FOR A VACCINE/BOOSTER?Please visit: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/ HOW DO I FIND AN APPOINTMENT FOR A COVID TEST?Please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test FOR ALL NON-MEDICAL COVID RELATED QUESTIONS: Please contact the Town’s COVID Call Center at 617-879-5636. The Call Center is staffed Monday-Friday from 10 am-4 pm.FOR ANY SENIOR CENTER WEATHER RELATED UPDATES: Please call our main number at 617-730-2770.

For any other questions or for further clarifications of the above matters, please call us at 617-730-2770.

A Note from Ruthann Dobek, Director

Statistics show that more than half of all charitable giving takes place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This holiday season, I am especially grateful for all your generosity.  Our seniors give their time, energy and money to keep the Brookline Senior Center a welcoming haven for our community’s elders. I know that many of you share this vision, and I hope that you will consider a holiday gift to the Senior Center. Please know that no matter whether it is a few dollars or a large gift, all donations are appreciated and well utilized. To make a donation using a credit card, please go online to www.brooklineseniorcenter.org

My holiday wish to all is that no one ever goes to bed cold, hungry or lonely and I am convinced that in this remarkable town, with your help, we can ensure that all our seniors are warm, well fed and befriended. Peace to all.

Thanks to all who made this year’s Autumn Benefit successful. Thanks to our sponsors and individual donors, the Senior Center will thrive in 2022.

Multiple Ways to Save on your 2021 Taxes!!!

Thinking about end of year tax planning? Here are several ways you can decrease your taxes.

Make a Charitable deduction to Brookline Senior Center: Even if you don’t itemize on your tax return, an individual is still eligible to deduct up to $300 in charitable giving from your taxes. ($600 for married couples).

  • Donate at www.brooklineseniorcenter.org

Qualified Charitable Deduction from your IRA: If you are age 72 or older, IRS rules require you to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) each year from your tax-deferred retirement accounts.

When you make a direct transfer of funds from your IRA to Brookline Senior Center, this is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

Amounts distributed as a QCD can be counted toward satisfying your RMD for the year, up to $100,000. The QCD is excluded from your taxable income.  A QCD benefits you AND Brookline Senior Center at the same time!

  • Ask your financial advisor to send a check from your IRA to Brookline Senior Center at 93 Winchester Street, Brookline MA 02446. The check must be postmarked by December 31, 2021 to qualify for the 2021 tax year. Your IRA provider may have earlier deadlines.

[Note: If you take a withdrawal from your IRA and subsequently make a charitable contribution, the funds would be counted as taxable income even if you later offset that income with the charitable contribution deduction.]

Donate appreciated stock. When you donate an appreciated stock that you’ve held over a year to Brookline Senior Center, you can deduct the full amount of the market value – and you don’t pay any tax on the gain.

  • Contact Ruthann Dobek at rdobek@brooklinema.gov

Brookline Senior Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We do not give legal advice. Please consult your financial advisor.


DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

CLICK HERE FOR THE DECEMBER newsletter online:  https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37

GIVING THANKS!: We would like to give a BIG thank you to the Hemlock Grill, the Brookline Elks and Brookline Rotary for providing 100 Thanksgiving meals to our Brookline seniors. Of course, we’d also like to thank our wonderful staff for their assistance with the coordination and distribution of the meals.  We appreciate all of you!


We are now offering both in‐person AND virtual programming. Please be sure to check the LOCATION (in person or via Zoom) of the program you wish to attend before you register.

The Center has the highest level filters using 100% outside air. All rooms are designed for good ventilation. Brookline’s Building Department monitors the HVAC system to be in compliance with the CDC.

We will not ask about your vaccination status. If you need assistance with scheduling an appointment for a vaccination, please call us.

ALL MASKS HERE AND EVERYWHERE: Vaccinated and non-vaccinated people must wear masks and distance indoors and out. Masks are REQUIRED everywhere at all times:  ride shares, taxis, MBTA, healthcare and rehab settings, Town buildings, restaurants and retail. This is the Town of Brookline’s mandate.


CLICK HERE FOR Center Connections Newsletter – Fall 2021   

Read about our Fall fundraiser, the president’s letter, volunteers at work, Senator Creem to the rescue, shouting down ageism, food safety net, losing Frank Caro, Zumba, Etsy


DECEMBER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


New Year's Open House with the Winikers

Join us at the Senior Center on Thursday, December 30, at 1:00pm for our annual New Year’s Open House when we will once again feature the outstanding Winiker Band. The Winikers need no introduction to Brookline. These fabulous musicians and entertainers will certainly help us to ring in the new year right! Individually bagged refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the event. To register, please call 617‐730‐2770.


Stephen Collins: "Sailing Towards My Father"

Join us at the Senior Center on Wednesday, December 15, at 1:00pm as our old friend Stephen Collins returns to present the one man play ʺSailing Towards My Father,ʺ by Carlo A. Rossi. The play chronicles Herman Melvilleʹs life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relationships with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Please register at 617-730-2770.


Seniors Eating Well

Join us on five Thursdays: December 2, 9, 16, and January 6 and 13, at the Senior Center where Baycove Human Services will facilitate their Seniors Eating Well workshop. Seniors Eating Well is an evidence-based program that helps people lead healthier lives.

The Senior Eating Well program is for seniors age 55 and older, consisting of five (5) consecutive weekly nutrition lectures lasting about 45-60 minutes. In our lectures we will be discussing topics such as MyPlate, whole grains, heart healthy meals, physical activities, dietary fats, and reading food labels etc. A short survey is given at first and last class. A prize is given at the end of each class to all who attend. Please register at 617-730-2770.


1970’s Singers & Songwriters Concert

On Monday, December 27, at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, singer and songwriter Pam Steinfeld will perform on piano and guitar, recreating the age of the 1970s. She brings the songs of James Taylor, Carole King, Carly Simon, John Denver, and more to life and people are free to sing along! Pam also peppers the show with anecdotes about the artists and often lyrical meanings behind the songs. Pam has over 20 songwriting awards to her credit (6 awarded by the Billboard Magazine Song Contest). Her debut CD, “Open Hands,” was nominated as “Best Debut Recording” and “Best Contemporary Folk Recording” by the Washington Area Music Association. Come join the party! To register, please call 617-730-2770.


Using Creativity to Improve Your Quality of Life

Join us at the Senior Center on Monday, December 20, at 1:00pm for this presentation by Henry Quinlan. Creativity is the ability of a person to create, perform, or think of something in a way that it has not been done before by anyone. But you do not have to be creative with a capital “C” to keep your brain healthy and vital.

There are many forms of creativity. Authoring a silly poem to celebrate a friend’s birthday or coming up with a new variation on an old family recipe are examples of small “c” creativity that is important for all seniors. Every example of creativity is a way to express yourself and allow yourself to exert a bit of free-wheeling thinking and doing. McFadden and Basting talk about “creative engagement” and suggest that it is a wonderful way to enlist the parts of your brain that can benefit from mental exercise. Creativity benefits both the body and the mind in ways that are beneficial to seniors. Those benefits are easily within reach for most seniors. The presentation sets forth techniques to exercise your creativity and to master the major blocks to creativity so that you gain full benefit to the results of being creative. Attendees at this presentation will learn to be an age buster not busted by age. Please register at 617-730-2770.


“Dance Caliente Brings the World to Your Feet”

On Thursday, December 9, at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join us for the premiere of “Dance Caliente Brings to the World to Your Feet.” Our friends, Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves, also known as Dance Caliente, were not able to perform in the traditional way this year and so they got creative! ‘Dance Caliente Brings the World to Your Feet’ is a new virtual interactive ballroom dance show, created by Eileen and Raul. Watch them bring to life romantic dances from all over the world while bringing their delightful sense of humor and charismatic charm to every step they take. Each dance was filmed, in costume, in front of a live audience at the location of each Senior Center who commissioned this production. So, keep a sharp eye, as you may see a friend or yourself cheering on a performance of the Foxtrot; Swing; Samba; Argentine Tango; Cha Cha; or Rumba. And there’s more! You too get to Dance! After each costumed performance, Eileen and Raul will “virtually” teach you a step or two.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Bedford Cultural Council, the Billerica Cultural Council, the Brookline Commission for the Arts, the Lexington Arts Council, the Medford Arts Council, and the Natick Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. To register for the in-person premiere, call 617-730-2770. If you wish to view the film from home, please: https://youtu.be/LL2hkbHxyWw


Downsize or Stay?

How do I decide if downsizing my home is right for me? What are the benefits of  downsizing? and What do I do with my STUFF? What accommodations can I make if I decide to stay in my home? How can I access the equity in my home?

On Wednesday, December 29, at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, join us for this special presentation by Lynn Cohen and Annette   Reynolds of The Downsize or Stay program, two active seniors (ages 70 and 76) who have recently faced the challenge of deciding whether to stay in their homes or downsize to a new place for the next phase of their lives. They will provide great information and answer all of your questions so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

The Downsize or Stay program is a result of the work Lynn and Annette did while gathering  information to help them make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their clients. Lynn and Annette are the Brokers at Team Impressa LLC, a contemporary Real Estate brokerage. Please register at 617-730-2770.


Holiday Fraud Webinar

On Monday, December 13, at 1:00pm via Zoom, Robin Putnam, from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, and Danielle Bass, from the Better Business Bureau, will lead a discussion on topics such as: Black Friday shopping tips, return policies, defective merchandise, warranties, lost or stolen packages, gift certificates, credit card skimming devices and how to spot them, and identity theft and fraud prevention. To register and get Zoom link, please contact Jamie Jensen at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753.


Karate for Seniors DEMONSTRATION

On Monday, December 6, at 1:00pm at the Senior Center, Noah Lucia from Boston Budo will give a short karate demonstration that will showcase some of the techniques and concepts he will be teaching at an upcoming class series at the Senior Center.

He will demonstrate basic movement and balancing exercises, a traditional form of karate known as “Sanchin” and he will answer any questions you may have regarding the program. Please register at 617-730-2770.

Special thanks to Sanctuary Medicinals for cosponsoring this program (see below for donation information). The donations so far have secured the Karate for Seniors class to begin in January! Formal registration will be taken in January, but for any questions or to  pre-register, please contact Jamie Jensen at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753.


Gallery 93 Exhibit and Reception with the Artists

 Brookline and Beyond: Art by Marie Claire Kamin (left) and M. A. Lasek (right)

On exhibit December 1, 2021 through January 28, 2022.

Please join the artists for a Gallery Reception on Thursday, December 9, from 4:00-6:00pm at the Senior Center. Come see their work for this special show and learn more about them and their portfolio with plenty of time for individual questions. Please register at 617-730-2770.


MetroWest Legal Services, 12/30

On the last Thursday of each month (this month December 30 from 12:00‐4:00pm), schedule a private, FREE half hour legal PHONE consultation. 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.

*Please 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 your telephone consultation, contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov


Memory Connections Cafe

The Café, for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with their peers through socialization and programming, is held virtually for the time being. This month, the Café will be held on Wednesday, December 22, from 1:30-3:00pm.The special program this month will be a dance exercise leader who will lead us in a fun dance party we can do easily from home. Please contact Jamie Jensen at jjensen@brooklinema.gov or  617-730-2753 to RSVP and get Zoom link.


Apply for a Senior Charlie Card with Us!

Do you need a new Senior Charlie Card? Volunteers from the TRIPPS Program at the Senior Center will be on hand to help process new Senior Charlie Cards through the MBTA online application form. Senior Charlie Cards offer a 50% discount on the subway, bus and Commuter Rail. Come visit the Senior Center on Wednesday, December 1, from 10:30-11:00pm. Call 617-730-2644 to schedule an appointment. As a reminder, this is for NEW Senior Charlie Cards ONLY. Renewals can be processed by calling the Charlie Card Store at 617-222-3200.


CaptionCall Information Session

Join us on Thursday, December 23, at 1:00pm at the Senior Center to learn about true no-cost telephone captioning. CaptionCall does not charge for the captioning service, phone or mobile app, delivery, or any form of customer support. Please register at 617-730-2770.


Exercise with Sharon Devine, Tues-Thurs

We can accommodate eight people in the Fitness Center.  You can also connect on Zoom.

Building Balance Tuesdays, 1:00-1:30

Exercise for Aching Joints Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30

Chair Yoga Thursdays, 1:00-1:30

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



Welcome Home Pantry

Welcome Home is a “home goods pantry in Newton that accepts and provides new and gently used housewares in good working condition.” Right now we need coffee makers (not Keurig), sheets, warm blankets, toasters, blenders, pressure cookers. See the website for what we take. You donate goods or make a wish list to ask for what you need:  No forms, no fees.

We do not take:  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, no stains, no chips, no tears

WRITE: welcomehomemass@gmail.com

CALL:   617. 454. 4795

DROP OFF DAYS- –  RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST

MONDAYS   1-2 pm

WEDNESDAYS   2-3 pm

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

https://www.welcomehomemass.org/


Brookline Food Pantry Locations

United Parish, 210 Harvard  – –  WEDNESDAY 2-5 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

EMAIL    brooklinefoodpantry@gmail.com

VISIT     https://www.brooklinefoodpantry.org

RECEIVE   bags of perishable and non-perishables. Everyone waits outside. Wear your mask.

DONATE   Bring non-perishables to United Parish Wednesday 10:30- 12:30 and Friday 9:30- 12 noon


SPRINGWELL LUNCH PROGRAM (MONDAY-FRIDAY)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO LUNCH ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 24

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO LUNCH ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 31   

Springwell lunch program participants now have the option to take their “grab and go” lunch home with them OR to have their “grab and go” meal warmed up in the kitchen so they can eat lunch with others in our dining room.

PLEASE NOTE: We will need to know one business day in advance before 10:30 am which option you prefer. Due to the preparation involved, you will NOT be able to change your decision on the day of your lunch reservation.

If you are calling in your lunch reservation, please leave your name, telephone number and state whether you plan to take your meal home or whether you plan to dine in that day.

If you are filling out a monthly menu, please check the box marked “GG” if you are going to take your meal home or “DR” if you are planning to eat in the dining room that day.

You DO NOT have to choose one option or the other for the entire month. You can choose to eat at home one day and in the dining room another day, but you DO have to notify us of your choice one business day in advance before 10:30 am.

You can make your reservation by calling  617-730-2747 or you can pick up a monthly menu at the Senior Center.

Suggested donation is $2.00 per meal.


MONTHLY FOOD COMMODITY

We are continuing to conduct our Food Commodity program outside the Senior Center. Our next distribution is on Wednesday, December 15, and registered participants will be assigned a time for pick up.

If you are a low income senior, aged 60 or older, and you would like to participate in this program to receive 35 pounds of shelf stable food on the third Wednesday of each month, please contact Jamie Jensen at 617-730-2753 or jjensen@brooklinema.gov


Combo Dance Fitness/Let Your Yoga Dance with Emily Brenner

Combo Dance Fitness/ Let Your Yoga Dance

Saturday mornings from 11:00-11:45am

Emily Brenner, our wonderful Zumba Gold   instructor, offers a FREE VIRTUAL Combo Dance Fitness/Yoga Dance class to Brookline seniors thanks to the sponsorship of the   Brookline Multiservice Senior Center.

Emily is also offering some other VIRTUAL donation-based classes ($5 per class):

Monday at 10:00am: Low Impact Zumba®

Tuesday: 10:00 am: Strength/Low-Impact Fitness (chair suggested, light hand weights or cans/water bottles as light weights optional)

Wednesday at 10:00 am: Let Your Yoga Dance®

Thursday at 5:00 pm: Combo Zumba® and Fitness (get your cardio, strength and abs with some mat work!)

For more information on how to connect, please email: emily.brenner@comcast.net


ONGOING EVENTS


Pickleball Wednesdays, 12/15, 1/19

Winter beginner pickleball, presented by Brookline Recreation, resumes on two indoor courts here with instructors. Bring your paddle or use ours.   3:00-4:00 pm Wednesday, December 15 and Wednesday January 19.  Fee $5

REGISTER: 617. 730. 2082    jcooke@brooklinema.gov


Sports Fan Forum

Calling all sports fans! The   Senior Center is hosting a  weekly sports discussion group on Wednesdays at 10:00am at the Senior Center. Whether you are a casual observer or an  armchair expert, the Fan Forum is open to all who wish to share the joy, frustration, and excitement of Sports Fandom.

We will gather to discuss the news of the day, relive memorable moments in sports history, and share our predictions of what may come to pass. The group is facilitated by Conor McDermott Welch, LCSW. Please register with Conor at cwelch@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2751.


Qigong Tuesdays, 11/2 – 12/7

New session starts November 2 from 9:00 – 10:00 with Dale Butler at the Senior Center.  Qigong cultivates mental and physical balance through breath, movement and awareness.  Free.

REGISTER 617. 730. 2770


Short Story Social

A good short story can provide the basis for a great discussion! We will send you the story by email or hard copy to read at your leisure. Then we will meet up via Zoom every other Monday at 10:00am. Bring your own coffee and we will supply the forum for a fun and enlightening hour. For more information and to sign up for the story and  discussion, please contact Jamie Jensen at      jjensen@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2753.


Welcome Blanket Knit-a-Long

Please join other Brookline knitters, crocheters, quilters, and weavers on the first Monday of each month from 1:00-2:30pm at the Senior Center for the monthly Welcome Blanket Brookline meetup. You are welcomed to bring your craft, or come if you’d like to learn how! We will also share information about the Welcome Blanket project https://www.welcomeblanket.org/ and how to get involved. For questions, email Hadassah Margolis at media@welcomeblanket.org


Exercise with Sharon Devine, Tues-Thurs

We can accommodate eight people in the Fitness Center.  You can also connect on Zoom.

Building Balance Tuesdays, 1:00-1:30

Exercise for Aching Joints Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30

Chair Yoga Thursdays, 1:00-1:30

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


Brookline Bees

The Bees are Buzzing! We had a wonderful time at the Bazaar and are glad we were able to help raise money for the Senior Center! We sold hot pads, microwave bowl cozies, Halloween napkins, and more! Looking for a unique holiday gift? Come by and explore our creations!

We are meeting in person, Tuesdays at 10:30. We will still be offering Zoom access for anyone who still needs to be cautious, and folks out of town. Contact us at                 brooklinebeehive@gmail.com to get Zoom access information.

We are now accepting custom orders for fidget mats, baby quilts or lap quilts, to meet your personal requirements.  New baby on the way? Now’s the time to order! And of course we continue to make quilts to give to  foster children who need to be wrapped in love.

Downsizing? We love to receive donations of fabric, sewing notions, and working sewing machines, or money to purchase what is   needed.  Your donations are tax deductible, and provide materials for our busy Bees to help children and the Senior Center!


Brookline Senior Center Online Mindfulness Practice

The Brookline Senior Center offers semi-weekly online mindfulness practice sessions. You are invited to join a video call from your computer or by phone any Wednesday and Friday from 10:00-10:30am to practice mindfulness with members of your community. No previous experience is needed. Sessions are facilitated by Michael Allen, LICSW.

Mindfulness helps with relaxation and bolsters attention and insight, all of which are needed now more than ever! To join by video go to: https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/j/1617380928

Please contact Michael at 617-730-2754 or mallen@brooklinema.gov with any questions.


Brookline Acoustic Jam Wednesday Nights

Do you play an acoustic instrument?  Do you sing? We get together Wednesday nights here from 6-8:00 pm for an informal jam.  All levels welcome.  https://protect‐us.mimecast.com/s/hyi0CG6Q8xuEX36ESK3cHB?domain=boston.craigslist.org 


Computer One-on-One Assistance with Dan Siagel on Mondays

Questions about setting up email, your laptop, tablet, smart phone, or navigating the internet?  Make an appointment for Mondays 11:00-1:00 pm.  Dan Siagel helps with smartphones, laptops and tablets including Apple, Windows and Android operating systems. To schedule an appointment, please call 617-730-2777.


Computer One-on-One Assistance with Alan Shepro on Tuesdays

Alan Shepro, IT pro, gives one on one help by appointment here on Tuesdays 2:00-4:00.  To schedule an appointment, please call 617-730-2777.


Ping Pong Wednesdays and Fridays

Ping Pong is happening at the Senior Center on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2:00-4:00pm. Come drop in for a quick game!


Bingo Tuesdays

Bingo is held in-person on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. Come have fun with this classic game!


Living our Values Wednesdays

Tom Faulhaber’s much beloved discussion group “Living Our Values” meets at the Senior Center on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am. The group is also held over Zoom simultaneously. To obtain a copy of the discussion material and for information on how to connect, please email Tom at editor@businessforum.com


French Conversation Tuesdays

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

REGISTER Monique Richardson mona647@comcast.net


Experienced Bridge Fridays

Experienced players are welcome Fridays at 9:00 sharp. Jan Davidson coordinates


Senior Center Chorus

The Senior Chorus is currently on hiatus until the warmer weather returns.


Current Events Fridays

This discussion group meets Fridays from 10:30-noon here

REGISTER: mkt128@rcn.com


Mindfulness Wednesdays and Fridays

Join our video call by computer or phone from 10:00 -10:30  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?.

INFO     Mallen@brooklinema.gov   617.730.2754


Chess Mondays, Thursdays

Chess here Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm with Alex.


Rummikub Fridays

Hedwig Baillie, our Rummikub coordinator, invites you to enjoy a quiet game Friday mornings 9 – 11:30 am.


Intergenerational Storytelling

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    jjensen@brooklinema.gov     617.730.2753    

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


Dance Party with Lynn Modell Thursdays

Music from the 40s, 50s and 60s Thursdays from 1:00-1:30 pm to dance to with Lynn Modell.

REGISTER   lemodell@gmail.com 


Coolidge Corner Community Chorus Wednesdays

The chorus is open to all with no audition.  Rehearsals are here Wednesdays from 7:15-9:15 pm.  We sing mostly classical works from Renaissance to contemporary. Our group has 50+ members who are 9-90.

You must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask to participate. The Chorus will be selling singing masks for $20.

REGISTER  http://www.ccchorus.org

EMAIL  crispin@ccchorus.org

CALL  617. 905. 2268


Elizabeth Pollock, president

It is my pleasure to offer a thank you and acknowledgement to everyone who donated to our unique Autumn Benefit “No-Gala” Fundraiser. This year I was worried due to the never-ending COVID-19 pandemic and no in-person festivities, that our coffers would be low. Indeed the response has been gratifying. Despite all the demands on your finances, you were incredibly generous. To all of our sponsors: thank you for caring about Brookline’s seniors. Special thanks to our Diamond Sponsors: Anonymous, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Chobee Hoy Group at Compass, and Michael Merrill. A complete list of our donors can be found on pages 38 and 39.

December is typically a time of year for giving, especially to those less fortunate. Please consider giving to the Brookline Senior Center as you are making your holiday donations. As 2021 comes to a much-anticipated end, I am reminded of how many people give their time, money and/or other resources to help Brookline’s seniors live with dignity and respect. Thank you to all!

Please consider a donation by sending a check or at Paypal above right to make a tax-deductible donation. Your generosity is appreciated. 

  • 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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    GALLERY93 EXHIBIT: Brookline and Beyond: Marie Claire Kamin (top image) and M.A. Lasek (bottom image) on exhibit December 1, 2021 through January 28, 2022.

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    FREE TABLET AND SERVICE:  Brookline has a new program funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Get a free tablet and a year of free internet service.  Income eligible. Phone and in-person support.

    CALL   Maria Foster   617. 730. 2644   mfoster@brooklinema.gov

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    READ THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER  – –  https://www.brooklinema.gov/Archive.aspx?AMID=37      The best way to get one is to subscribe: $10/year.  (If you’re a retailer with space for newsletters, call us. )  Advertisead specs

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    AGE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES

    Be one: http://www.brooklinecan.org/age_friendly_business.html

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    WONDER WOMAN, RUTHANN DOBEK:  

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    BOSTON 25 TV: SHOP PROGRAM

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    PLANNED GIVING

     

    – – 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.