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  • Laughter and Joy=A Wonderful Holiday Mix

    6 years ago by

    "A Kodachrome Christmas" will be seen at the Curtis Theatre in Brea December 1-4 this year.  It's another show filled with laughter that the whole family can enjoy.  Written and Directed by Pat Hazell, an Emmy winning writer from The Seinfeld Show, it's the story of Earlene Hoople, the Queen of Rural Media.  Ready to leave the world of show biz, she tapes her last Christmas Special in front of a live audience.  After crafting herself nearly out of her mind, Earlene is ready to tickle your sanity with Letter to Mrs. Claus, an outrageous family slide show, fresh-baked snicker doodles and the church hand bell choir.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Ticket prices range from $30 to $23 for children.  The Curtis Theatre is located in the Brea Civic and Cultural Center at the corner of Birch and Randolph.  Parking is free in the underground lot.

  • Meet the Author! Brea Choir Director speaks at Library

    6 years ago by

    Dave Willert will speak at the Brea Library on Saturday, December 10th at 10 a.m.   Willert is the Choir Director at Brea Olinda High School as well as the author of his third novel in the "Dimensions" series The  Cloud Monsters.  The Dimensions series is a blend of science fiction and  fantasy, with the addition of spiritual and mystery genres.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. Willert is a musical director, composer, author and educator.  He began writing in 1969 in an Honors English classd and has been creating fiction ever since.  If you have questions about this event, pleae call 714 671-1722 to reach the library.

  • Holiday Tree Lighting at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center

    6 years ago by

    You can kick off your family's holiday festivities at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone will feel the beginning of their holiday feelings as their watch the lights begin to sparkle on the giant tree.  When Santa arrives, the children's eye's light up.  You can get a professional 5X 7 photo with Santa for just $5!  The Country Hills Cougar Choir, The Singing Pastors and the Darden Family will be the special musical guests for the evening.  Clever, artistic and decorative gifts will be on sale at the Brea Gallery with a 25% discount if you visit during the evening of the tree lighting. For more information, you can visit the City of Brea website.

  • Fascinating Facts: Brea and the Arts

    6 years ago by

    Brea's Red Lantern Theater. (Photo from Brea: Celebrating 75 Years)

    1.) In 1921, a group of Brea  businessmen formed an investment group, and in October, broke ground on Pomona Avenue (now Brea Blvd) for Brea's first theater, The Red Lantern.

    2.) By the 1930's, The Red Lantern theater was renamed The Brea Theatre and in 1938, when she was 14-years-old, child star Judy Garland made an appearance on its stage.  One Brean, who was at the event, recalled that Miss Garland  "didn't sing,  she just stood there for a few minutes and then left the stage".   Her uncle, Robert Gumm, managed the theater at the time of her appearance.

    3.) In the 1920's and 30's, Brea was the backdrop for more than a few Hollywood "moving pictures".  Mary Pickford shot scenes for a silent movie in the hills above Brea.  William Boyd, who would later make a name as "Hopalong Cassidy", played a heroic oilman near the intersection of today's Brea Blvd and Lambert Road.  In the 1940's, John Garfield and Lana Turner drove in a car down Brea Blvd, between Lambert and Central, taking advantage of the scenic California Pepper Trees that once lined the road for "The Postman Always Rings Twice".

    4.) At the Curtis Theater, in 1982, the Brea Foundation was host to Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Henry Kissinger, for a special fundraising event.  Other foundation fund raisers at the theater have featured noted actors, teen idols, and singers.


    6 years ago by

    For the second week, the Brea Library has been open to patrons on Fridays.  Previously closed on that day due to budget cuts at the county level, the library was given the funds to reopen on that day as a result of increased patronage and increased circulation.  Patrons will find the facility ready for use from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  With this increase in time available to the public, the Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers to keep the book store open then, too.  If you can give 2 hours on Fridays, please contact Jeanne Lerner at 714 990-65456.