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  • Country Hills Elementary 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser

    1 year ago by

    Country Hills Elementary School PTA's 1st Annual Color Run Fundraiser. Principal Trish Walsh poses as "The Face of Brea" with many of her students!! Charlie the Clock cutout is invited to the 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser!

    Country Hills Elementary
    School PTA's 1st Annual Color Run Fundraiser. Principal Trish Walsh poses as "The Face of Brea" with many of her students!! Charlie the Clock caricature cutout is invited to the 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser!


      Country Hills Elementary School PTA's 2nd Annual Color Run Fundraiser will be roaring fun on Friday, October 28, 2016. 100% of the proceeds will be used for the enrichment of every student in our school. The event is the school's biggest fundraiser of the year, supporting the PTA operating budget that includes, but is not limited to, art programs, music programs, assemblies, field trips, etc. Our school goal this year is to raise $25,000.

        The Color Run is not a race; it is a fun, fitness-oriented event at which all students may participate. TK through 2nd grade have a 15 minute heat beginning at 9:30am. 3rd through 6th grade have a 20 minute heat beginning at 10am. Aside from helping our school, there are many incredible prizes to be won! Go Cougars!

          Country Hills Elementary School -- Principal Trish Walsh

  • Full STEAM ahead: Brea district’s first magnet school nearly ready to open

    1 year ago by

    By Principal Heather Bojorquez of Laurel Elementary Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration


      Laurel Elementary gets a little TLC over the summer.

      Laurel Elementary gets a little TLC over the summer. Photo via Laurel Leopards Instagram account.


        Big things continue to happen in Brea and I couldn’t be happier to write about the opening of Brea Olinda Unified School District’s very first magnet school this fall. For nearly 95 years, Laurel School has been providing elementary education to students in Brea and this summer it is currently undergoing a an exciting transformation! This August, Laurel will reopen its doors as The Laurel Elementary Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration (I.C.E.).

          A magnet school is a public school with specialized courses or curricula. "Magnet" schools draw students from across the school boundaries, meaning the school is open to enrollment (pending space availability) to all families who reside in Brea and surrounding communities. Opening a magnet school has been an ongoing discussion amongst the school board and District for the past few years and we are thrilled to see the vision come to life!

            Just as its new name implies, Laurel Elementary Magnet School will emphasize innovation and career exploration. Brea schools are one of the strongest community assets the city of Brea has to offer our businesses, and we invite our community to have a part in the education and programming we provide to Laurel students. That being said, a main focus of the Laurel Elementary Magnet school will be partnerships with local businesses. Brea business leaders will sponsor classrooms and provide students the opportunity to solve real world problems that affect their industries and employees. Equally exciting, additional areas of focus for the school will include 1:1 technology for all students and project-based S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lessons. Curriculum will be centered around a “hands-on, minds-on” learning approach to help give students the tools they need to address real world issues affecting them in the 21st century and beyond.

              Laurel teachers at work creating lessons for new Magnet school's intercommunication.

              Laurel teachers hard at work creating lessons for new magnet school. Photo via Laurel Leopards Instagram account.


                So far this summer, our dedicated teaching staff have put in hours of professional development working together as a collaborative team to build and develop student centered lessons. Additionally, the process to improve the overall appearance of campus has begun. Students will return to a freshly painted building, new asphalt on the upper playground, and we are most excited about the new flexible furniture that will allow for easy grouping and changing of the traditional classroom to mirror a collaborative work environment.

                  I am elated to be part of the Laurel Elementary Magnet School of I.C.E. community and am humbled and honored to hold the position of principal. My vision is to see students leave our school with an understanding of who they are, what they bring, and the limitless potential they have to impact the world. At Laurel, or students will explore, innovate, and create!

                    We have an amazing school community, knowledgeable and invested teachers, hard-working and caring support staff, dedicated and supportive families. On behalf of the entire Laurel Elementary Magnet School of I.C.E. family, we look forward to making this a successful inaugural year!

                      To learn more about Laurel Elementary Magnet School, please visit BOUSD website.

  • Eve’s tour – a dancer’s dream come true for 2009 BOHS grad

    1 year ago by

    Congratulations to Nadine Olmo! The 2009 BOHS graduate who will be dancing with Grammy-Award-winning hip-hop recording artist Eve, the opening act for Gwen Stefani in her upcoming "This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour."


      Nadine Olmo, a 2009 BOHS grad, is dancing with Eve on tour as the opening act for Gwen Stefani.  Courtesy of Vince Trypsin

      Nadine Olmo, a 2009 BOHS grad, is dancing with Eve on tour as the opening act for Gwen Stefani. Courtesy of Vince Trupsin


        Nadine said she has been dreaming about this day for years, and her hard work paid off. More than a thousand women submitted dance videos of themselves, hoping to be chosen; One hundred were picked to audition. Following rounds of grueling cuts, she was one of just four chosen!

          Nadine started dancing at age three at the Brea Dance Center with the Boyd sisters (also BOHS graduates), Christine, Stephanie and Jenny. After graduation, Nadine moved to New York City and trained at the Broadway Dance Center and with the Dana Foglia Dance Company. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

            The tour opened July 9 at San Diego’s Embarcadero Marina as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend. It will travel to 28 cities in the United States and Canada.

              Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or email her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Brea’s Family Films in the Park Summer Series 2016

    1 year ago by

    It’s time for drive-in style movies at Arovista Park (located at Elm and Sievers Streets) beginning this Friday, June 24, and continuing every Friday at 8:00 p.m. or dusk through July 29.


      Relax and enjoy watching summer movies on a gigantic screen under the stars! Bring your blankets and low-back beach chairs, arriving early for a family picnic or munch on movie snacks available for purchase. Admission and parking are free. It doesn’t get much better than this!

        2016 Movie Schedule

          June 24 – Despicable Me 2 (PG)

            July 1 - Kung Fu Panda (PG)

              July 8 - The Sandlot (PG)

                July 15 - Cars (G)

                  July 22 - Inside Out (PG)

                    July 29 - Zootopia (PG)

                      For more information, call (714) 990-7201.

  • Discovering Cuba – a country of contrasts

    2 years ago by

    Terri Daxon, pictured third from the left, poses with her North Orange County Chamber of Commerce group during a trip to Cuba.

    Terri Daxon, pictured third from the left, poses with her North Orange County Chamber of Commerce group during a trip to Cuba.


      It was an opportunity not to be missed: Seven days visiting Cuba before throngs of American tourists and companies invade it.

        Our group of 37, booked through five Chambers of Commerce across the country, met in Miami for our “people-to-people” Cuban visit. Seven of us came from the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce to see and experience that intriguing island, once the playground of America’s rich and famous.

          Cuba of 2016 is a muddle of contrasts and often stuck in the past. We traveled in a modern Chinese-made touring bus, but I felt like we’d entered the 19th century. Our fancy bus whizzed down the highway, passing horse-drawn wooden wagons. Other times, we’d see oxen pulling a plow, or a goat-drawn wagon. Not everyone in Cuba drives a ’52 Chevy, or a Yank Tank as the old American cars are called, and many Cubans don’t own cars.

            While I expected to see Yank Tanks, I also expected a heavy military and police presence, including armored trucks and tanks, but did not. I’ve seen heavier police presence in New York’s Times Square than in Havana. We had no restrictions where we could go, and were only advised not to photograph at airports or military facilities.

              At Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s mausoleum and museum soldiers were present. My friend and I had our photo taken with a soldier on guard. He had a small, holstered pistol, no Uzi or bullet bandolier. And he smiled for the photo. Che’s image is everywhere on buildings, T-shirts and statues, especially in Havana.

                We learned from our Cuban guide, Yarni, that only recently were Cubans allowed at the beach resorts were we stayed for a few days. But the cost is prohibitive since Cubans earn about $20 a month. Yarni’s doctor husband earns $60 a month.

                  While the beaches are postcard beautiful, valleys breathtaking, Havana’s sleek, modern structures are often next to old, crumbling buildings.

                    The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in Havana weeks before we attended a park concert where musicians played beautifully with very old instruments. Contrasts everywhere.

                      Even their currency is a contrast. Visitors use Cuban Convertible Pesos, or CUCs. Cuban nationals are often paid in both CUCs and CUPs, or Cuban Pesos. CUCs are more valuable. And American credit and debit cards are not accepted, but are expected to be soon.

                        While Cubans are still issued ration books for buying staples, and often face shortages, we were served cruise-line quality cuisine at our hotels and paladars, or family-run restaurants.

                          Our hotels had cable television with CNN, not available to the locals. Internet service is spotty, but many Cubans have cell phones and gather around a hot spot.

                            Cuba is a country of contrasts and is in transition; slowly working its way into the 21st century with friendly people who have a glimmer of hope for a more open, brighter future that I hope includes freedom of press.

                              Terri Daxon, a freelance writer, is the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • The 25th Annual Brea 8K Classic marks another year of success

    2 years ago by

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      It was another beautiful day in our city at the 25th Anniversary Brea 8k Classic. What an incredible race day, resulting in a record breaking 3,334 participants!

        The volunteers began to arrived at 3:00 a.m. at the Brea Mall and the set up process began. The course was constructed, finish line created, and the T-shirts and Goodie bags were ready!

          The sponsors arrived by 6:00 am setting up the wonderful food court and expo area. Then the fog rolled in with a crisp cool mist (which runners love by the way). Such excitement was in the air. It was the beginning of a wonderful event for families, teams, athletes, and friends.

            The participants were comprised of many age groups, who came from all over the land and met the challenge of this course. They crossed that big blue Brea 8k finish line knowing that they had succeeded once again or for the first time. It must be similar to the feeling our 8k Board members have when we finally pack up the 8k after months of preparation and put everything away for yet another year, thinking we did it! We really did, even better than last year and I can't wait till next year.

              Please join us Sunday February 26th 2017. It will definetely be another exciting year with a special weekend anniversary celebration of Brea's 100th year!

                Thank you Brea Mall and all our sponsors for another very successful event! Thank you City of Brea and our wonderful Police and Fire Dept for keeping us all safe.

                  On behalf of the Brea 8K Board , GITA (Global IT Academy), Academic Booster Club, Instrumental Music & Color Guard Boosters and Choir Music Boosters, we thank you for your continued support year after year of this wonderful fundraiser!

                    Sincerely,

                      Jimini Ohler, Brea 8k Classic

                        Goodie Bag and Sponsor Chair

                          BOHS Band and Color Guard Historian

  • 25th Annual Brea 8K Classic

    2 years ago by

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      Brea 8K is celebrating its 25th year! It's hard to imagine that just 68 people took to the streets in the first Brea 8K Classic. Since that small start in 1992, this race has grown into a favorite community event, one which is expected to draw over 2000 runners/walkers, 600 volunteers, and almost 100 paid and in-kind sponsors.

        This will also be our third year hosting two races, the other being the USA Track and field Masters Championships 8K which brings about 200 participants from across the nation. I have been involved since 2011 and enjoy working with this wonderful, all-volunteer board of dedicated parents and advocates.

          Many of our volunteers no longer have children benefiting directly from the proceeds of this race, but continue year after year because they feel a strong sense of satisfaction that comes from the rewards it brings to the Brea Olinda High School students. It's a wonderful group of people working together for one goal. Our support from the community is phenomenal.

            Our hosting sponsor, the Brea Mall, is fantastic and without their sponsorship, we simply would not have the same event it is today. It definitely is a heartfelt, hometown fun event focused on fitness that raises funds for enriched academic and music programs at BOHS. The focus of these groups are academic achievements, scholarships and the music arts.

              We want to thank the whole community, the Brea Olinda Unified School District and board members, the City of Brea and Brea Police Department, the many fabulous restaurants that provide food in our food court, businesses and non-profits, such as the Scouts, that support and sponsor the race every year.

                Lastly, we appreciate all the participants that come out on the last Sunday in February year after year to challenge themselves to run/walk the Brea 8K Classic through the beautiful hills of Brea. Truly, the Brea 8K is a gem in our city and something to be proud of. On behalf of the Brea 8K Board , GITA (Global IT Academy), Academic Booster Club, Instrumental Music & Color Guard Boosters and Vocal Music Boosters we thank you for your continued support.

                  Jimini Ohler

                    Brea 8K Classic

                      Where: Begins on East Birch Street and Brea Mall Road and winds through the surrounding streets.

                        When: 8 a.m. Feb. 28; 1K Fun run begins at 9:15 a.m.

                          Fees: $40 for adults 19 and older and $30 for students 18 and under; $12 for the 1K Fun Run for children 10 and under.
  • Metallica by request played Super Bowl Pre-Show

    2 years ago by


      1981 BOHS grad and Metallica guitarist and lead singer, James Hetfield performs at Super Bowl 50 pre-show concert at AT&T Park. (Courtesy of Daniel Hale)

      1981 BOHS grad and Metallica guitarist and lead singer - James Hetfield - performs at Super Bowl 50 pre-show concert at AT&T Park. (Courtesy of Daniel Hale)

      James Hetfield joins his family to celebrate half brother, Daniel Hale's retirement party. (Courtesy of Daniel Hale)

      All smiles, James and Francesca Hetfield along with their children and family members strike a pose in celebration of James half brother, David Hale's retirement party. (Courtesy of Hale family)


        1981 BOHS grad James Hetfield, co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica, played at the pre-Super Bowl festivities held at AT&T Park, Febuary 6, the night before the big game. All thanks to Metallica's devoted fan base!

          Jason Long, staunch fan of Metallica, started a petition to get the American pioneers of Rock, and one of the most popular bands in the San Francisco area, to be the musical act for Super Bowl 50. His petition started with a single signature, which garnered 63,925 supporters!

            Though Coldplay got the primetime show, Metallica played CBS Radio’s “The Night Before” concert-- captivating their fans with a two-and-a-half long set!

              In a December 2015 interview with blabbermouth.net, James relayed that he's not retiring anytime soon and is working on a new album. James and his family recently made the trek into town to celebrate the retirement of his half brother, David Hale.

  • Centennial Celebration Honoring the People of Brea – Rex D. Gaede

    2 years ago by

    BEING A PART OF THE BEGINNING


      By Rex D. Gaede
      Rex D. Gaede, former school board and former mayor.

      Rex D. Gaede, former school board president and former mayor.


            In 1969, nearly fifty years ago, I entered the public service in Brea as an elected and later re-elected school board member of the then newly established Brea Olinda Unified School District, which had recently replaced the former separate high school, elementary schools, and Olinda school boards. Over the next six years we organized and developed a contemporary and united education program for the children of Brea including the addition of Fanning Elementary School to the system, providing separate temporary district offices on the high school property, participating with the city in their sister city program with Lagos De Moreno, Mexico and improving the positive outcomes of the business and educational functions of a growing school district. As president of the district board on behalf of the common interests of the district, I advanced a close relationship with the city as they began planning for a futuristic civic center designed to accommodate both city and district offices and other related activities within a single complex.

          In 1975, I was appointed and later elected to the Brea City Council. I joined the city team in their final financial requirements, plans and eventual construction of a shared site featuring a large retail complex, the Brea Mall, and additional space for housing local governments and related community services at the Brea Civic Center. On September 28, 1977, as mayor of Brea, I had the honor of representing the city and the people of Brea at the opening ceremony of the mall.

            In 1978, upon being appointed to the Orange County Planning Commission, I was required to resign from the Brea City Council after serving the community for ten years and taking part in the history of the first major growth of the schools and the city in the modern era.

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