Thursday, Oct. 5
Oktoberfest: 5:30-7 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 40 Webster Street, Brookline. A social networking event in the neighborhood. Live music, BBQ, craft beer, craft soda and wine. Cost: $30; $20 chamber members. To register: http://tinyurl.com/BCCOktoberfest; 617-739-1330.
Saturday, Oct. 7
“The Baha’is” documentary screening: 1:30-3 p.m., Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St., Brookline. Free. This one-hour documentary asks viewers to consider a different perspective on religion than the one portrayed in the mainstream media. This film illustrates the profound impact the Bahá’í faith has had on individuals, institutions and communities. The Bahá’ís follows a set of individuals as they help to build peaceful, just and unified communities.
Sunday, Oct. 8
American history lecture: 1:30 p.m., Wingate Residences at Boylston Place, 615 Heath Street, Brookline. Free; space limited. For information or RSVP: 617-244-6400. Gary Hylander, professor of history at Framingham State University, is a frequent presenter at library forums and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Massachusetts Boston, and is often featured as a commentator on local cable news and radio.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
Musician Rick Olsen to perform: 3:30 p.m., Wingate Residences at Boylston Place, 615 Heath Street, Brookline. Free; space limited. For information or RSVP: 617-244-6400. Olsen is known as “The Man of a 1,000 Songs” for his extensive repertoire that includes classic and contemporary hits.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
HUBweek 2017: GlobeDocs: Oct. 11, 12 and 15, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 209 Harvard Street, Brookline. For information: https://hubweek.org. Opening night film, “Bending the Arc”: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 11. Cost: $15. “Unrest”: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Cost: $15. “I Am Evidence”: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Cost: $15. Closing night film, “A Fine Line,” and reception: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 15. Cost: $30.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Community Climate Coffee: 8-9 a.m. Oct. 12, Koo Koo Cafe, 7 Station Street, Brookline. For information: http://ma.mothersoutfront.org/community_climate_coffee. A chance for mothers who are worried about climate change and their children’s future to meet other mothers who are just as worried. Attendees will discuss the work in Brookline and at the state level and present opportunities for them to do something big or small.
“Going to Extremes”: 1:30 p.m., Wingate Residences at Boylston Place, 615 Heath Street, Brookline. Free; space limited. For information or RSVP: 617-244-6400. During the presentation, travel writer and photojournalist Peter Mandel will present slides of his most extreme adventures, including visiting a city of penguins in the South Pole, fishing for piranhas in Brazil, floating in the Goodyear blimp and camping in the African bush. He will also discuss the power of travel writing in today’s age.
“Plans, Policy, and Passion: How the Olmsteds Helped Shape Our National Park System:” 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline. A panel discussion featuring the authors of a recent study that looks at critical ways the Olmsteds shaped national parks commissioned by the National Park Service and the Organization of American Historians. Rolf Diamant, University of Vermont; and Ethan Carr, University of Massachusetts; and landscape architect/historian Lauren Meier will discuss their work in adding a new narrative about the birth of the nation’s “best idea.” Reception at 6 p.m. Advance registration required; space limited. Free. To register: http://friendsoffairsted.org/programs/nhs-programs.
Free dentistry for veterans: Longwood Dental Group, 1842 Beacon Street, Brookline. Dr. Berdj Kiladjian host a Freedom Day USA Event. Free cleanings, exams and fillings will be offered to active military and veterans by appointment. To make a reservation: 617-566-5445.
Friday, Oct. 13
“Ovoids and Ovules” reception: 6-8 p.m., Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline. For information: http://brooklineartscenter.com/gallery/JenniferLanghammer. Jennifer Langhammer’s “Ovoids and Ovules” is a series that began with the same shape, a 6-inch-high egg. Langhammer adds to and takes from this form to explore nature’s patterns and relationships. The process is informed by the growth and evolution of living things, with forms and ideas taken from nature, but not a direct representation. Exhibition runs Oct. 13 to Nov. 17.
Saturday, Oct. 14
“Music for Oboe, Viola and Piano”: 3-4:30 p.m., Bakalar Recital Hall, Lincoln Elementary School, 25 Kennard Road, Brookline. Free; $10 suggested donation. For information: http://BMSmusic.org; 617-277-4593. Brookline Music School’s 2017-2018 Faculty Artist Series comprises four performances featuring the professional musicians who make up the Brookline Music School faculty. Followed by a meet-the-artists reception. BMS oboe faculty member Catherine Weinfield-Zell is joined by Lauren Nelson, viola, for a program of trio works for this unique combination of instruments. The program will include works by Bach, Klughardt and Loeffler.
Sunday, Oct. 15
Remembering Gatsby: 7-9 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline. Cost: $10-$30. For information: 781-863-2861; email@example.com;http://winsormusic.org/concerts. Winsor Music begins its 21st season with a program that honors the vision of its previous director, Peggy Pearson, while reflecting the ideals of its new artistic directors, Gabriela Díaz and Rane Moore. The program includes a new Bach transcription by Pearson, a new Harbison arrangement by Díaz, a Harbison Song for the Spirit, a newly commissioned work for chamber ensemble by James Primosch, two Dvorak cello works, and Bartok Contrasts.
Tuesday, Oct. 17
Art Matters to present American painter Mary Cassatt: 1:30 p.m., Wingate Residences at Boylston Place, 615 Heath Street., Brookline. Free; space limited. For information or RSVP: 617-244-6400. Art education and awareness program Art Matters will present on Cassatt, a radical impressionistic known for her unromanticized images of women and children.
Encore Living 101: Ask the Experts”: 3 p.m. Oct. 17 and 10 a.m. Oct. 22, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill. For information or RSVP: 617-232-3634; firstname.lastname@example.org. Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community opening at 385 Chestnut Hill Ave., will host a Q&A panel of four local senior service experts will teach attendees about moving into a senior living community and answer questions.
AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women: 6-8 p.m., Pine Manor College, Presidents Building, 400 Heath Street, Brookline. Free. For information or to register: http://bit.ly/2xLbY9c. A two-hour salary negotiation workshop to gain the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate salary and benefits packages. AAUW Work Smart in Boston is an initiative of AAUW and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement to train half the working women of Boston to negotiate their salary and benefits packages over five years. Check-in will begin 30 minutes before the workshop.
Thursday, Oct. 19
What is renewable energy and how do we get more of it?: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline. For information: http://ma.mothersoutfront.org. A community talk by Eugenia Gibbons, clean energy programs director, MassEnergy, and organized by Mothers Out Front in Brookline. Talk starts at 7 p.m.
“Fruits, Flowers and Old Streets” exhibit: Sept. 5 through Oct. 31, Brookline Senior Center, Gallery 93, mezzanine level, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline. Paintings and pastels by Miriam Aaronson.
Be The Parent You Want To Be: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Sept. 27 through Oct. 18, Brookline Teen Center, second-floor conference room, 40 Aspinwall Avenue, Brookline. The Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach gives parents the tools they need to parent more competently and confidently. Private group workshops and individual/couples CPS coaching also available. For information and to register: http://BeTheParentBoston.com; KarenKraut@gmail.com.
“Everything You Can Imagine is Real” art installation: Through Oct. 15, Chestnut Hill Square, 200 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill. Studios Without Walls is a Brookline-based collaborative group of sculptors and conceptual artists who produce exhibitions of art in outdoor and public settings. The exhibit will feature the works of 10 artists. Each artist will display his/her work in outdoor locations nestled throughout the Chestnut Hill Square shopping center. A reception to meet the artists and learn more about their work will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the center. For information: http://chestnuthillsquare.com.
Waterstone at the Circle information sessions: 10 a.m and 3 p.m. Oct. 10, 5 p.m. Oct. 11, 10 a.m. Oct. 14, and 5 p.m. Oct. 25, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill. For information or RSVP: 617-232-3634; email@example.com. Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community opening at 385 Chestnut Hill Ave. in early 2018, will host information sessions for attendees to meet its leadership team and learn more about the lifestyle it will offer.
NAMI Basics — six-week parent education class: 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 18 through Nov. 22, Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall, Denny Room, 361 Washington Street, Brookline. Free. Offered by the National Alliance for Mental Health. Designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who experienced emotional and/or behavioral difficulties prior to age 16. Attendees learn communication tips, problem-solving skills, coping mechanisms and how to navigate the mental health world. Taught by trained teachers who are also the parents or family caregivers of individuals who experienced emotional or behavioral difficulties.
Fall Learn-To-Skate classes: 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 1 p.m. Sundays, Brookline/Cleveland Circle Reilly Memorial Rink, 355 Chestnut Hill Avenue. For children, ages 4 ½ to 18. Participants can use figure, recreational or hockey skates. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes available. For information or to register: Bay State Skating School, 781-890-8480; http://BayStateSkatingSchool.org.
Sean Roberts Challenger League — Super Stars: 4:45-5:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Sept. 6 through Oct. 28. Baseball for children 7 and older with a wide range of abilities. No experience necessary, no limitation too great. Children with intellectual, physical, emotional and behavioral challenges can all enjoy being part of a team in this relaxed, supportive environment. Dates and times subject to change. To register: http://brooklineyouthbaseball.org. Volunteers age 15 and older needed. For information regarding sponsorship, donating, player registration, becoming a volunteer or general information: Melissa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zen meditation and talk: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Eishoji Zen Center, 1318 Beacon Street, Brookline. Free; space limited. RSVP: Jason, 508-360-2323.
Al-Anon Family Group meeting: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, United Parish – Brookline, Choir Room, 210 Harvard Street, Brookline. For families and friends of problem drinkers. Anonymous, confidential and free. Open to newcomers.
Koleinu Open Rehearsals: 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and 28, Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline. Boston’s Jewish Community Chorus, Koleinu is a non-auditioned chorus and performs a wide range of sacred, secular, tradition and contemporary Jewish choral works. Open to all individuals regardless of previous musical experience or affiliation, with an opportunity to learn, sing and perform Jewish music. The Chorus performs at two self-produced concerts, winter and spring, and in many multicultural collaborations through the New England area. They have also performed at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and at the Holocaust Memorial. For information: http://koleinu.org.
Caffe’ Italiano — Free Italian Conversations: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and noon Fridays, Coolidge Corner Library, meeting room, 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline. Supported by the Publish Library of Brookline and the Italian Consulate in Boston. A free and friendly Italian conversation, leaded by an Italian teacher. Participants practice and improve their Italian regardless of proficiency. No registration require; drop-in. For information: https://brooklinelibrary.org/events.
Game Day for Seniors at Putterham Library: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Putterham Branch Library Community Room, 959 West Roxbury Parkway, Brookline. MahJongg, chess, Scrabble, dominoes, bring your own game or request. Handicapped accessible; wheelchair available. For information or to request a game: Helen, 617-942-7547.
Mindfulness Practice Community of Greater Boston: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, United Parish of Brookline, 210 Harvard Street, Brookline. Attendees sit and walk mindfully together, read a text and share what comes up for us in the reading. MPCGB links the 17 ongoing meditation groups in the greater Boston area that practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, to build relationships and deepen the practice of mindfulness. Free. For information: 617-738-5917; Sangha.Matters@gmail.com.
Learn to Meditate: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sundays, Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston, 646 Brookline Avenue, Brookline. Taught by qualified instructors, this basic meditation class is for beginners, as well as anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of the technique. Drop-in class; no registration required. Participants are welcome to come as often as you like, but the class is designed as a one-time introduction with the same content each week. Suggested donation: $5-$10. For information: 617- 734-1498; boston.shambhala.org.
Overeaters Anonymous: 9:45-11 a.m. every Saturday, Brighton Marine Health Center, Hawes Building, third floor, 77 Warren Street, Brighton. Attendees find physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. For information: Deanna, 617-731-8150.