The following programs will take place at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. For information, call 617-730-2770 or brooklineseniorcenter.org.
June spotlighted volunteer opportunities: This month’s spotlighted opportunities include: Coffee Duty – 8-9 a.m. Fridays; Information Desk – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through October and backup for other days; Food Commodity program on third Wednesday of each month, Russian interpreters morning and afternoon shifts and people able to help with phone calls and/or lifting 30-35 lbs. in the morning; Food Pantry – volunteers for morning and afternoon (able to lift 30 lbs.) set-up, shopping assistance and Russian interpreters from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays; Smartphones and other Technology – one-on-one assistance for seniors with their Smartphones and other technology. To apply for these or other volunteer opportunities at the BSC: Patricia, 617-730-2743, email@example.com.
Game Day: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14. Students from Lincoln School will be available at the Senior Center to play all kinds of board games with seniors. The students are eager to give back to their community. Those who have a favorite game can bring it along. Otherwise, they can play with the games available. No registration required.
Library Connection: The Senior Center and The Public Library of Brookline are continuing their joint collaboration to deliver books to seniors, and others, who are unable to get to the library on their own. A library staff person will select books and available materials of your choice and interest. You will then be assigned a well-trained and dedicated volunteer who will deliver your favorite reading materials and pick them up when they are due. Those interested can call Patricia Burns, Senior Center volunteer coordinator, at 617-730-2743.
Learn to play or improve your chess game: Three Brookline High School seniors who are co-captains of the high school Chess Club will be at the Senior Center from 3-5 p.m. each Friday. Those interested can drop in for a lesson or a game. For information: Patricia, 617-730-2743.
Greater Boston Food Bank Food Commodity Program: The Greater Boston Food Bank Commodity Program provides shelf-stable food to low income seniors. Two shopping bags of food for each approved participant are delivered to the Brookline Senior Center at 93 Winchester St., Sussman House at 50 Pleasant St., and O’Shea House at 61 Park St. on the third Wednesday of each month. New applicants are being actively recruited to participate in this program. If you or anyone you know are interested in applying for or finding out more about the program, call Patricia at 617-730-2743 to set up an appointment.
Easy Travel: 1:30 p.m. June 14. An “armchair” tour of Washington DC with Julie Washburn.
Newcomers Group: 2 p.m. Thursdays June 14-July 19. Are you new to Brookline, or a newcomer to the Senior Center? Join the Newcomers’ Group to meet new friends and learn more about what Brookline and the Center have to offer. Registration required, and the group will be limited to 12. Register by calling 617-730-2770. This group will be co-facilitated by Kate Jovin, LCSW, and Barbara Kean, volunteer.
Elder law presentation: 1 p.m. June 18. Attorney Michael R. Couture will be presenting on Basic Estate Planning as part of the 2018 Elder Law Education Program. This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. To register: 617-730-2770.
MBTA Charlie Card event: 1-3 p.m. June 20. To apply at the Senior Center, participants must bring a picture ID with their date of birth indicated. Must be 65 or older to qualify for a Senior CharlieCard. During the event, participants will fill out the application and have their photo taken. The MBTA will mail CharlieCards in six-eight weeks. Held in conjunction with the Senior CharlieCard event, TRIPPS will host transportation information tables staffed with representatives from the RMV and MBTA Travel Training. There will be information about all senior transportation options for the area including subway and bus maps for Brookline.
Blood Pressure Screening: 1-2 p.m. June 21 at the Senior Center, and 1-2 p.m. June 27 at Park Street. Barbara Westley, the nurse from the Brookline Public Health Dept, will provide blood pressure screening
Low Vision Group: 1 p.m. June 20. This is a peer-led support group for individuals with limited eyesight.
Sidewalk Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 21. The annual “white elephant” sidewalk sale will take place rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Brookline Senior Center. Donations of knick-knacks, costume jewelry and other small household items accepted at the Council on Aging offices, second floor. No donations of clothing, linens or appliances.
Brookline Hearing Services: 1-2 p.m. June 21. The staff from Brookline Hearing Services will be visiting the Brookline Senior Center to provide hearing aid cleanings, maintenance and patient counseling at no charge. They will also be selling all sizes of hearing aid batteries for $5 per pack. All services will be provided on a first come, first served basis
Zumba Gold: 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 21 to Aug. 30. Led by Emily Brenner, Zumba Gold instructor. A free introductory class will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 14. There will be no class on July 19, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, 2018. Cost: $45 for spring session; $7 for drop-ins. Free for Brookline Housing Authority.
Senior Chorus Summer Concert: 1 p.m. June 25. The Senior Chorus will be performing everyone’s favorite patriotic songs at their annual Summer Concert. Plan to join in and sing along to many old favorites. The performance will be followed by some light summer treats. To register, call 617-730-2770.
LGBT Out 2 Brunch Bunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 16 (third Saturday of every month), Goddard House, 165 Chestnut St. Goddard House in partnership with the Brookline Council on Aging, ETHOS, the LGBT Aging Project and the City of Boston Comm on the Affairs of the Elderly, supports the LGBT Older Adult Out 2 Brunch Bunch. To attend, contact Zoraida at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-522-6700, ext. 306.
Book Discussion Group at the Putterham Library: 2-3 p.m. June 18, Community Room at the Putterham Public Library. Open to new members. The next monthly meeting will discuss “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. Charlotte Millman and Batia Bloomenthal are co-leaders for this group. Monthly meetings are on generally on the third Monday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m.
You and Broadway: 1-3 p.m. June 24. Dan Marshall, BCCA President and Howie D. Jordan (host) will present a musical variety show with the Happytime Band at the Brookline Senior Center. Song genres include country, pop, rock, show tunes, and oldies. Join Steve Labonte, (drummer) Mike Devlin (bass guitarist) and Eddie Pasco (pianist/bandleader) as well as guest singers for a fun afternoon of musical entertainment. Some previous shows can be seen at http://youandbroadway.com. For more information about this group, call 617-642-1444. To register for the event, call 617-730-2770.
Public Issues Book Discussion Group: 9-10 a.m. June 26. This month, Tom Faulhaber will discuss “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance. The Coolidge Corner Branch Library will have copies of the books available several weeks ahead of each meeting.
Daniel Price Event: 1 p.m. June 27. Join Daniel Price, a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, for an hour of musical entertainment. He will perform jazz and oldies that you will remember from the 1940s to the 1970s on piano, and share the humor and stories about the music. Sing along if you know the tunes. Get to know Daniel as he shares new original music and talks about his inspirations. He also will spend the latter part of the hour engaging folks by playing “name that tune”, improvising solos on piano, but giving verbal clues about the songs. To register, call 617-730-2770.
Memory Connections Cafe: 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 27. The Senior Center offers a free monthly Memory Connections Cafe for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with their peers. Both participate in socialization and can partake in refreshments and a variety of enjoyable programming in order to gain support and engage with others in a relaxing environment. Either party can attend by themselves, but a care partner must accompany those who require any care assistance. Call Jamie at 617-730-2753 for information and to RSVP. Welcome Michael Allen, new social worker and Help Counselor. Michael is a recent graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work and has had a variety of experiences working with seniors in various clinical and community settings.
Basic Drawing: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays June 21-July 26. Learn to draw. This class is open to people with little or no drawing experience, but also open to those who may not have drawn in a while and want to refresh their drawing skills. Louise Weinberg developed this course on the premise that drawing can be learned and that to observe accurately enables one to draw. Working from still life objects, you will begin to learn to look at things like an artist does. In order to get the most out of this class, we encourage you to attend all sessions, as each class builds on the previous one. All materials will be provided. A materials fee of $15 is required of all students and is due on the first day of class. Students are welcome to bring any additional materials that they would like to use as well. Space is limited. Call 617-730-2770 to register.
The Reunion Project is back: In case you missed the 2017 exhibit at the Senior Center, Lora Brody’s Reunion Project exhibit featuring many familiar Brookline Senior Center, Center Communities, and Goddard House faces will once again be on display at Town Hall from June 4 through September. There will also be a gallery reception at Town Hall on Friday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop in then to see the exhibit, hear from Lora Brody, and meet some of the participants.
Springwell Lunch: Call 617-730-2747 to reserve a lunch on the business day prior before 10:30 a.m. For reservations for Monday, call the previous Friday by 10:30 a.m. Be aware that Springwell can only guarantee your lunch reservation until 12:15 p.m. each day. If you are going to be arriving late for lunch, let Kristine know in advance. If you arrive after 12:15 p.m. with no advance notice, Springwell cannot guarantee that you will receive a meal for that day. On June 19, the COA celebrates June birthdays at the monthly Birthday Lunch. The sponsor of this lunch has provided a complimentary lunch and a small gift to all June birthday celebrants.
Computer One-on-One: Computer one on one appointments with Dan Siagel, are available for one half hour appointments on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. to help with smart phones, Apple and PC instruction. These appointments will be held in the computer lab on the first floor of the Center. To schedule an appointment, call Olga Sliwa, 617-730-2768.
ICARE — Independent Clients Accessing Rides To Eyecare: The Council on Aging, through the HELP program, has announced a new program in partnership with ITNAmerica, through their generous grant funding. The HELP program will be able to provide free transportation to scheduled eyecare appointments in the Greater Boston area. To access, contact the HELP line at 617-730-2752 at least a week before scheduled appointment, as a home visit to sign up for the HELP program is required to access this sub-program.
ELF: The program has multiple standard wheelchairs available, as well as a wheelchair armrest. The program would also like to accept any donations of tub benches and chairs. Call Jamie at 617-730-2753 to request or donate these items.
Gallery 93 Show: “Panoramic Photos” by Francis Gardino will be on exhibit in Gallery 93 until June 29. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.