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  • Wacky Whole Foods Market Meetup

    1 year ago by

    Just another Wednesday at WFM Brea!!

      Time to fuel UP!

        Ralph the Rex arriving at Whole Foods Market Brea!

        Ralph the Rex arriving at Whole Foods Market Brea!

          CLICK here to watch the video!

            Arriving in what else -- but a Jurassic Jeep, Ralph the Rex met his neighbor and new sidekick cartoon Charlie the Clock. What fun they had frolicking through the humongous store with a checklist of food to divide and devour!

              Many thanks to the "fun crew" at Whole Foods Market Brea, our friend Ralph_the_Rex, Dino Doctor - ranger_kevin, and Charlie_the_ Clock cutout performer --Austin Zemlo!

                Those of you on Instagram: Coming soon Charlie the Clock-- Time Travel Celebrating 100 Years in Brea!

  • Historic Timekeeper: Charlie the Clock children’s book celebrating 100 years in Brea

    1 year ago by

    Tic, Toc, where do I begin to tell the story…


        It all started when I contracted 2006 BOHS and recent CSUF grad Artist Heather Ashlyn Collins to design a fun, whimsy version of Brea’s historic icon Charlie’s Clock. I renamed it Charlie the Clock because it’s friendly and implies Charlie belongs to everyone in the community ☺

          Charlie the Clock caricature cutout was made in February 2015 just in time to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, with The Face of Brea contest held at Edwards Brea Stadium West 10. “It was a hit,” said West 10 GM, Stephen Moehle!

            Brea Edwards Stadium West 10 GM, Stephen Moehle and his team!

            Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 GM, Stephen Moehle, and his team!

              Charlie the Clock continued to spread awareness within the community about Brea’s upcoming centennial year in 2017, by appearing at community events and schools. For a while Charlie the Clock was on exhibit at the Brea Museum & Historical Society.

                As time was ticking away it became evident that charming Charlie the Clock was well liked and should now start telling the timeline story of Brea’s history.

                  Enter, longtime Brean Kathy Cannon. Former president of the Brea Historical society, a lover of Brea’s history and a phenomenal writer, Kathy and I will blend whimsy and education in partnering on a children’s history book featuring Charlie the Clock in time travel, celebrating 100 years in Brea. And of course, the book will come alive with eye-catching illustrations by Heather!

                    Oh and there will be community characters in the book such as Laurel Elementary Teacher Jill Berrner and former student Valeria Zavala, who made history in town last year by being named National History Day champion for California!...and did I say, yup, our local news reporter "Newsy Suzy," too!!

                      Geez--I know I said more than a mouthfull!

                        What's time traveling without interactive feedback!

                          NOW — We Need Help From You! Where should Charlie the Clock and Valeria go first? What era?

  • Make It Happen: Love Brea Day

    1 year ago by

    Hi Everyone,

      Please see the information below and share this with your contacts. Laurel is still looking for a lead for their projects and I know most of the schools still need volunteers for their projects. I am heading the Fanning site and would love more help. Please let me know if you have questions. This is a great way to have some upgrades done at the schools without a cost involved.

        We are in full swing preparing for our first annual “Love Brea” event! Love Brea is a city wide day of service which will be held on April 30, 2016. It is our hope that this event will bring people from all over the city to work on a common goal: volunteering our time, talent and treasure to help make our community a better place to live, work and raise our families. We are in the final stages of preparing for this exciting day and I hope that you can be a part of it.

          Our day will start off with a rally which will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center. Following the rally, volunteers will venture out to work on service projects throughout the entire city, including one at each of our local public schools. Some of the other projects that have already been confirmed include:

            Beautifying our local schools

              Graffiti removal

                Sprucing up local parks and trails

                  Ministering to our homeless residents

                    Collecting and packaging food for delivery to local food banks

                      Conducting a blood drive

                        Helping our senior citizens with projects around the Senior Center

                          LOVE Brea will be an amazing day! Surrounding cities have learned of the success of this event and similar events are being held this year in La Habra, Fullerton, Buena Park, Placentia, and Anaheim on the same day. Each city will host their own projects then all of the cities will go to Fullerton High School for a celebration lunch courtesy of our local businesses.

                            It is incredible to see what may be accomplished when local businesses, churches, service organizations, schools, city staff, and residents work together for a common purpose.

                              Please visit our website Love Brea to find out more information and sign up for a project. You can also watch a short video introducing Love Brea!

                                I look forward to seeing all of you at Love Brea!

                                  Jack Conklin | Chief of Police | Brea Police Department

                                    #1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821-4732 | T: 714-990-7634 | F: 714-990-7641


  • Laurel Elementary Students Receive Recognition for Orange County National History Day

    1 year ago by

    Many of Laurel Elementary Schools students received recognition at the Orange County National History Day Award Ceremony held last week.

      In the Performance Category, the Runners-up for their project: Siege of Los Angeles were Brandon Rodriguez, Jonathan Mejia, and Sergio Rendon. Honorable mention to Andrew Castaneda for his website on Rocketry.

        Junior Finalists (Left to right)  Brandon Rodriguez, Jonathan Mejia, Sergio Rendon, and Eduardo Hernandez were Runners-up in the Performance Category. Their project was on The Siege of Los Angeles. Andrew Castaneda (Right) received Honorable Mention for his website on Rocketry.

        Junior Finalists (Left to right) Brandon Rodriguez, Jonathan Mejia, Sergio Rendon, and Eduardo Hernandez were Runners-up in the Performance Category. Their project was on The Siege of Los Angeles. Andrew Castaneda (Right) received Honorable Mention for his website on Rocketry.

          Roman Meraz and Jewel Serrano were recognized as County Champions in the Elementary Division. Roman and Jewel will advance to the California National History Day competition, just like Valeria Zavala, who was named California NHD Champion - the first student in Brea to receive the award under the guidance of Laurel Teacher Jill Berrner. Roman's project is about Walter Johnson, and Jewel's is about The Special Olympics.

            Roman Meraz and Jewel Serrano received recognition as County Champions in the Elementary Division.

            Roman Meraz and Jewel Serrano received recognition as County Champions in the Elementary Division.

            Jason Choi  won the Brea's Kiwanis Essay contest entitled "A Caring Representation." ​

            Jason Choi won the Brea's Kiwanis Essay contest entitled "A Caring Representation." ​

            Three more Laurel students also received Judges Choice Medals. They were Antonio Alas and Jason Choi (for their project about Bill Gates, and Anna Riley Boozer who researched Dian Fossey. Jason Choi also won the Brea's Kiwanis Essay contest last week with his essay entitled "A Caring Representation" ​

  • Remembering Charlie Phillips of Brea Kiwanis Club

    1 year ago by

    It’s with great sadness and heavy hearts that we report the passing of longtime Brea Kiwanis member -- Charlie Phillips. Charlie was a wonderful man. As the Kiwanis secretary, he was very enthusiastic in connecting with us to spread the word about Brea Kiwanis annual events such as Back To School Shopping Spree, Toys for Tots, Spelling Bee, and the Easter Egg Hunt.

      Charlie and Carol Phillips

      Charlie and Carol Phillips

        Early last year, Charlie had a stroke and was admitted into a nursing home to recover. Susan Gaede and I visited him, and although he wasn’t able to talk to us, he was full of spirit; with his wife Carol relaying that he couldn’t wait to continue writing the newsletters for the Kiwanis. In her dad's absence, Debbie, started writing newsletters for the Brea Kiwanis Club.

          Today, we received the Kiwanis newsletter and Debbie, wrote, “For the last few years Kiwanis played an important part in my dad's life. It gave him an opportunity to do what he loved, working with young people and giving back to the community.

            Charlie wanted no part of funeral homes and such. His wish after he was gone was to have a gathering of friends and family at his house so people could think back on how they knew him and tell stories of his "adventures".

              Miss you, Charlie

                Photo: Celebrating the 50th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

                Bright and early, join the Brea Kiwanis in celebrating the 54th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Arovista Park on Saturday, March 26 at 9:00 a.m.

                  Carol added,"Charlie was always there for everyone who needed him. He had such a full life."

                    We miss you too, Charlie. And would be remiss not to spread the word about the 54th Annual Kiwanis Club of Brea Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 26, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at Arovista Park in Brea, located at 500 West Imperial Hwy (Imperial Highway at Berry Street).

  • 25th Annual Brea 8K Classic

    1 year ago by


      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

    1 year 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, 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.

  • City of Brea’s 99th Birthday Giveaway on BBON

    1 year ago by

    Brea's 99th Birthday Giveaway: A taste of what's coming up ! Brea Art in Public Places sculpture: Just a Taste, located in Brea Union Plaza

    Brea's 99th Birthday Giveaway: A taste of what's coming up!
    Brea's Art in Public Places sculpture: Just a Taste, located in Brea Union Plaza

  • Bang! The Curtis Theatre presents Bonnie & Clyde

    1 year ago by

    Trevor Shor and Courtney Daniels in Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical at the Brea Curtis Theatre.

    Trevor Shor and Courtney Daniels in Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical at the Brea Curtis Theatre.

      The notorious Bonnie & Clyde, known for their crime, adventure, and love story, making the characters appealing and the story intriguing, will lure you into the Curtis Theatre to see the musical Bonnie & Clyde, which opens Friday, February 5, and runs for three weeks, closing Saturday, February 20.

        The show will be performed with a seven-piece orchestra; and will feature Brea Olinda grad and former BOHS Choir member, Taiana Alvarez, as well as a stellar cast from all parts of Orange County. The compelling musical combines the monumental sound of Broadway with blues, gospel, country and rockabilly in a score that celebrates the roots of American music and history.

          Shows are at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Get an adult ticket for only $25 by using the code: WANTED. A special preview performance on Friday, February 5, offers tickets for only $15. Attend the Opening Night Gala Saturday, February 6, and enjoy pre-show refreshments and a post-show reception.

            Regular price adult tickets are $30, seniors: $27 and children: $24. The Curtis Theatre Box Office is located at 1 Civic Center Circle in Brea. Hours are from noon - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to shows. Phone orders are accepted at (714) 990-7722 or, you can place an online order at the

  • BOHS Drumline treated to a day at NAMM

    1 year ago by

    Christopher Halon and Jay Wanamaker in the middle of the group. Courtesy Jimini Ohler.

    BOHS Drum Line students with Vice President of Marketing at Roland Corporation U.S., Christopher Halon, and President of U.S. Roland Corporation, Jay Wanamaker in the middle. Courtesy of Jimini Ohler.

    Left side: Tony T Nyugen instructor with the BOHS Drum Line students. Courtesy Jimini Ohler.

    Left side: Tony T. Nyugen instructor with BOHS Drum Line group. Courtesy Jimini Ohler.

    The 2016 Winter Drumline was excited to receive the invitation from Roland Corporation to attend the 2016 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants Trade Show) this past Saturday January 24th. Christopher Halon, vice president of marketing for Roland Corporation, has a son in the program and was happy to invite these great students. He was excited to plan the outing for the BOHS drumeline students because of all the vendors and instruments they would get to see related to percussion and music.

      BOHS Band Percussion Instructor Tony T. Nguyen planned the event along with Mr. Halon to have the entire drumline group attend with donated t-shirts and passes for the day.

        Tony was excited to give his students the opportunity to see the music trade show and how the industry has so much to offer with the different career's in music out there. A total of 26 students attended and were able to meet the President of U.S. Roland, Jay Wanamaker.

          The percussion and drum-line are fortunate to have such a committed Band Director, Joseph A Bartell, dedicated instructors like Tony, and parent volunteers. They are excited about their upcoming season of indoor drumline competition scheduled to start March 5th in San Diego. This season is sure to be one to remember with the purchase of three new large front ensemble instruments to accommodate the growing group along with a new floor mat, uniforms and drum wraps to match the theme, purchased by the BOHS Band and Color Guard Boosters.

            Stay tuned for an update this spring as we see what these dedicated students accomplish. Thank you Roland Corporation and Mr Christopher Halon.

              Jimini Ohler

                Mom, band booster Board member, and Historian.