Other Continuing Education Classes
Brookline Adult and Community Education Program
Courses are offered in computers, dance and exercise, arts and crafts, music, writing and dozens of other topics. Costs vary, but some courses may be discounted as much as 30 percent for seniors. Also, many courses are co-sponsored by the Brookline Council on Aging and are offered at the Brookline Senior Center. Course selections can be viewed online or you can call to request a catalog.
Brookline Arts Center
Offers courses in drawing, painting, portraits, pottery and wheelthrowing, enamels, jewelry and metalsmithing, decoupage, beading and more. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience and run for 9 weeks. Cost is approximately $28 to $35 per class, including materials.
Brookline Senior Center
The Senior Center offers a variety of courses, many at a modest cost or even free, in poetry, Zumba, modern dance, painting, languages and computers. 617-730-2777. Click here for current Senior Center Calendar.
Brookline Public Libraries
All three of the Brookline Public Libraries offer book discussion groups, free computer access, museum passes, movies, and home delivery of books to homebound seniors.
Main Library 617-730-2370
Coolidge Corner branch 617-730-2380
Putterham branch 617-730-2385
Boston University Evergreen Program
A walk or short T ride down Commonwealth Avenue takes you to BU, where noncredit participation in most courses is available at approximately $75 per course to those at least 58 years old. The Evergreen program also offers one-time lectures, field trips, and social events. No educational credentials or professional affiliations are required.
Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
HILR is a noncredit, nondegree program with no minimum age requirement. There is no initiation or annual membership fee, but individuals must pay a tuition fee that is currently in the range of $400 per semester.
UMass Boston, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Courses in a wide variety of topics are offered usually once a week (during the day) and can last anywhere from 4-12 weeks. Participants must be at least 50 years old; membership fees range from $50 to $175.
UMass Boston, Manning Certificate Program
A leadership program for people of all ages. Seniors may be eligible for reduced fees or scholarships based on income. Areas of study include training in direct services, social policy, and economic issues of aging, as well as research on aging issues. Participants receive the Frank J. Manning Certificate in Gerontology upon completion of coursework.
Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI )
Offers a broad range of noncredit educational activities for retired, semi-retired, and other adult participants. Program emphasizes peer leadership, individual and group participation, and research. BOLLI offers 10-week semesters in the fall and spring. Classes meet for one hour and 25 minutes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Lunch & Learn lecture series is held between classes on both days.
For more information, contact Sharon Sokoloff.