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Ping Pong Fridays

Join Lin Sasman, ping pong coordinator, Fridays 1-5 pm.

Reiki Therapy Tuesdays

Akemi Minami, certified Reiki therapist, offers 25-minute appointments to Brookline residents over 60 and Senior Center volunteers.  Sessions: 9-12 noon Tuesdays.   $7/session  Five-treatment books:  $25    617. 730. 2777

Rummikub Fridays

The Rummikub group meets Fridays from 9-11:30 with leader Hedwig Baillie.

French Conversation Tuesdays

We meet Tuesdays from 12-1.  New members, regardless of proficiency, welcome.  groupe en est un de conversation Français-Anglais

Chess Thursdays and Fridays

Play Thursdays, 1-3 pm with Joe Miller, facilitator. Bring a board or use ours.

Beginners!  Three Brookline High School seniors, co-captains of their chess club, are here Fridays from 3-5 for lessons and games.  Patricia Burns:  617. 730. 2743

Barbara’s Tips for Riding the T

TRIPPS volunteer Barbara suggests:

– Going at off hours, not from 7-10am and 4-6 pm

– Keep your belongings close

– Use the yellow strips to indicate a stop

– Green Line at Boylston and Hynes stops don’t have elevators or escalators

– Use a senior CharlieCard

– When boarding, have CharlieCard ready to tap

– Two seats at the front are for seniors and the disabled.  If you need a seat, ask.


Jane’s Tips for Uber + Lyft

TRIPPS volunteer Jane suggests:

– downloading Uber and Lyft to compare prices

– Enter an address or a business name into “current location” so it’s easier for driver to find you

– Be sure the address you put in is in the town you want.  Main St, Washington St are found everywhere.

– Stand where the driver can see you and pull over. Keep the phone in your hand.

  • Check license plate and name of the driver
  • Tips can be added after the ride in the app
  • Take everything with you. You can retrieve lost items but you cannot contact your driver again
  • Advocate. If you need help with bags or seat belt, ask.

2019 Volunteers of the Year

The 2019 John and Molly Dolan award went to Carol and Phil Fullerton Tim Sullivan received the Unsung Hero award. Brookline Bank received the Community Partner award. Patricia Burns, volunteer coordinator, quoted “volunteering as the silver bullet, a positive jolt, a giver’s high and a great way to live to be 100.”

Carol and Phil Fullerton, Volunteers of the Year

Brookline Bank, Community Partner of the Year  Left: Peter Roveto, Patricia Burns, Sasha Liang

Tim Sullivan, Unsung Hero of the Year

2018 Volunteer of the Year: Eleanor Small

Eleanor Ruthann

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Our John and Molly Dolan volunteer of the year is Eleanor Small who’s been with us for 12 years.  She works the gift cart, food pantry and the craft fair.  Eleanor is also the co-leader of the out to lunch bunch and an avid bridge player.  Ruthann Dobek describes Eleanor as warm and welcoming.  “She never waits to be asked to help.  Eleanor is a true ambassador of the Center and exemplified the sharing, giving and paying it forward of John and Molly Dolan for whom the award is named.”


2017 Volunteer of the Year: Barbara Kean

barbara Volunteer of the Year is Barbara Kean.  The award was presented at the volunteer lunch.  Barbara is an ambassador for us who exemplifies kindness and concern.

“When the law firm she worked for closed, she was devastated. After six months, she decided to come to the BSC. She remembers opening the front door and feeling, “When one door closes, another door opens”. When asked what she likes best, Barbara said the kind people. She said that it is a place that makes her happy, that she loves the classes and the good feeling she gets when she’s here.”

Commendations also went to Corey Cohen, Frank d’Entremont, Rita d’Entremont, Regina Frawley, Carol Fullerton, Phil Fullerton, Rhona Hirschowitz, Charlotte Millman, Michelle Moshin, Fran Pechenick, Vera Sharma, Eleanor Small, Muriel Stark, David Weinberg, Louise Weinberg, Ada White and Roberta Winitzer.

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  • News


    You are invited to the party of the century Tuesday, October 15, 2-3:30 pm.  We’re looking for centenarians to be honored.  Are you 99 or over?  Know someone?  Let us know.  We’re celebrating Agnes Rogers whose 100th birthday is October 15.

    Dance to the Bo Winiker Band with treats from New Paris Bakery

    To register, please contact Julie Washburn: 617. 730. 2770, jwashburn@brooklinema.gov

    and let her know if you want her to send an invitation to a friend or relative.

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    Brookline Senior Center Van
    Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm
    617. 730. 2750
    Door-to-door to the Senior Center for educational and social programs. Monday-Thursday. Suggested donation: $1. Call 617. 730. 2750 by 3:00pm on the business day before the ride is needed.

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    Brookline Elderbus
    Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm  
    617. 730. 2777
    Elderbus makes an hourly circuit that includes the Senior Center, senior housing, and shopping areas. Suggested donation: 50 cents.  Schedules in English, Russian and Chinese. Call 617. 730. 2777

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    Gallery 93 presents Rebecca Loechler’s Art for Pleasure class:  Ina Chertok, Joel Covitz, Elena Khanina, Renee Marshall, Lyudmila Rudyakov, Nancy Van Zant, Tamara Shilmayster, Kea van der Ziel, Florence Warren, Claire Weston

    Exhibition through August 30


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

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    – – 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. Brookline Multi-Service Senior Center Corp  (EIN 04-2719972), a Massachusetts non profit corporation.