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  • Inaugural Brea Olinda Wildcat Golf Tournament

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    Brea Olinda Lady Golfers 2011 Century League Champions: Back row, from left: Tiffany Park (Jr), Veronica Rodarte (Fr), Cassidy Winder (Jr), Rebecca Yang (Sr), Melanie Chieng (Sr) Coach Nancy Smith

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    Sponsorship opportunities

    BOHS Golf program is extending a special invite to join them in the Inaugural Brea Olinda Wildcat Classic! The BOHS Golf booster club is looking for sponsors to participate in an exciting tournament scheduled at Western Hills Country Club on Monday, April 9.  Your donation will help support the boys and girls team for the 2012 season. Of special note: Last year the Lady Golfers won the 2011 Century League Championship, advancing to the CIF State Finals Competition for the first time in team history!! Both boys and girls teams are practicing hard to ensure a great season but need the necessary funds to play well in competitive tournaments.  See Registration Form and Sponsorship opportunities!

     

     

  • Nordstrom Brea to host Heidi Elnora Bridal Trunk Show

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    Project Runway alum, Heidi Elnora 2012 Wedding Collection

    ‘Tis the season for wedding planning and future brides: You are invited to Nordstrom Brea’s Heidi ElnoraTrunk Show! As an alumna of Project Runway, Heidi was named by Lucky Magazine as ‘the master of the southern-inspired gown.’ Heidi will be hosting a trunk show presenting her 2012 wedding collection ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.’  This exciting event will take place on Thursday, March 8, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Nordstrom Brea.  Please RSVP at (714) 529-0123. To see more of Heidi's wedding collection, visit her web site at http://www.heidielnora.com.

  • WE’RE BACK

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    "The Spirit of Brea: Introducing our BBON  centennial celebration countdown logo"

    "The Spirit of Brea: Introducing our BBON centennial celebration countdown logo"

       

    Planning and executing an online interactive (Facebook) birthday party can be exhausting, but well worth it!

    To all our fans: we appreciate your participation and support in following BBON!  We also want to thank Ashleymarie Sey Lively of Sey Studios for the AWESOME logo that defines the spirit of Brea, Mike McGready of Album of Life for the time and effort that went into filming and editing our BBON video: “The Making of the Mall,” our local businesses that contributed to Brea’s online 95th birthday celebration, Susan Gaede's BBON  b-day lead story in her "Newsy Suzie" column, BOHS Principal Halpin and staff, Christine and Carly Johnnie our “Kid Reporters,” and finally, the Brea Museum for all the wonderful pictures they posted on BBON in honor of Brea’s  Birthday! 


      And as the Brea Museum and Heritage Center noted, Brea used to have an annual birthday celebration, the last one being at 60 years.  That was 35 years ago!!  Next year let’s keep up the tradition and invite more of the community and beyond to participate in a grand centennial celebration countdown for one of Orange County’s oldest cities, Beautiful Brea!! Happy 95 th Birthday Brea!

  • Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    6 years ago by

    Charlie the Clock and his kid crew in front of the Wildcat statue at BOHS - Brea Olinda High School.


      "Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

        Hi everyone!

          And welcome to our site! I'd like to give you a background about Brea's first children's book: Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! -- a centennial celebration.

            In early 2015, I had an idea and contacted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent grad of CSUF, to draw an animated caricature of Brea’s historic iconic "Charlie’s Clock." Thereafter I contacted a local print shop to make a cutout of the character. Charlie’s Clock was renamed “Charlie the Clock” as the clock belongs to everyone. We then held “The Face of Brea” contest at Edwards Brea Theater West 10 to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, followed by local events exhibiting the clock cutout. While in the process of making many, many, many people smile along the way, Charlie the Clock cutout served as a fun symbol and creative education tool in getting people excited about our centennial year. (See theater photo caption)

              You'll see Charlie the Clock soon at Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 , Brea SummerFest, Brea Country Fair, and maybe our schools! 'Charlie the Clock' caricature cutout dazzled the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Museum, where he was taken out to visit events at our elementary schools fall 2015. Also, 'Charlie the Clock' was invited back to Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, and sister theater Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 extended Charlie's visit through the week of Thanksgiving!

                What fun we had once again as "Charlie the Clock" caricature cutout was invited back to Country Hills PTA's Annual Cougar Color Run Fundraiser 2016!


                  It was my hope that Charlie the Clock would become a mascot for the City of Brea celebrated as a symbol and learning tool in representing Brea’s rich history. In February of 2016, I thought of a children’s centennial book featuring Charlie the Clock -- soon after discovering that it would be the first children’s book in Brea.

                    I brought together a team of very talented community people to create the book and subprojects. Former longtime Brean and author of the city's best-selling history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years and A Centennial History of the BOUSD,Teresa Hampson, was contacted to write the young person's history book. Also I connected with Heather Ashlyn Collins again to illustrate the book.

                      BOHS GITA Instructor Todd Salesky enlisted three of his students: Kyle Tam, Zoya Kahn, and Jennifer Choi, to build CharlietheClock.Club website. The book’s theme song was written and sung by a 2017 BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Mangum. In addition, a video is planned showcasing students of Stagelight Performing Arts dancing with with an animated Charlie the Clock that will be drawn by 2017 CSUF grad Alejandra Mertz.

                        The book features Brea school kids, grades 3rd-6th: Roman M., Lauren T., Jarred G., Jesse H., Madison M., and Skyler S. along with Orange County Register longtime local news columnists, Susan Gaede aka “Newsy Suzie,” Terri Daxon, elementary teacher Jill Berrner, and former Brea student, Valeria Z.

                          We also conducted a “Kids Imagine Brea Essay” contest, resulting in four winning essays on Brea's future from elementary students: Jessica L., Lauren A., Mollie C. and Haylee R., chosen by the Brea Education Foundation. The winning essays and photos will be showcased in the book.

                            Additionally, we scheduled a panoramic photo shoot to feature as many local kids as possible in the book. Instead of the photo, it will be a panoramic illustration.

                              Read what BOUSD superintendent and local dignitaries had to say after reading the centennial children's history book:

                                "I applaud the efforts of so many people rallying around Charlie the Clock to tell the history and timeless story of the City of Brea. The engaging story is told by Charlie the Clock and through the eyes of local children living in Brea. Charlie the Clock is a wonderful read for children of all ages." - Brad Mason, Ed.D. Superintendent, Brea Unified School District

                                  "What better way for our young students to experience Brea's past than a children's book! And not just any children's book but one that has a clock as its historical tour guide. They will remember the journey they are about to take for years. A journey into what made Brea the city it is today." - Don Schweitzer Former Brea Mayor

                                    "In order to make learning history both exciting and informative, the use of “Charlie the Clock” to travel through time to the various stages of Brea’s history is a creative new idea. It is an approach which will do much to help countless young people understand and appreciate the culture and history of Brea." - Wayne D. Wedin Former Brea City Manager and Councilman

                                      Of note: Part of the proceeds from the book will go back to Brea Olinda Unified School District through the Brea Education Foundation.

                                        Good Things Take Time. Stay tuned!!

                                          Sincerely,

                                            Carolyn Campbell 😊

                                              Creative Director/Project Manager

                                                Brea's landmark, Charlie's Clock, located in Brea Downtown on the corner of Birch Street and Madrona Avenue. Photo courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography


                                                  The Test of Time: A Brea Landmarks List

                                                    Good Old Brea Clock, 300 W. Birch St. (at Madrona)… The two-sided timepiece served as the stationmaster’s clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside, but both the duration of its time there and its origin remain unknown. It was brought to Brea in 1975 by a man named Charlie to advertise his clock shop in the old Brea Hotel building (east side, Brea Boulevard at Ash Street). In 1979, a car ran into it, causing major but repairable damage. When Brea began to redevelop its old downtown, there were plans to preserve the Brea Hotel and other buildings in a historic block, but developers couldn’t be found to take on the potentially costly project. Instead, in 1994, the buildings were razed and the clock (which the city had bought because local folks had come to consider it a landmark) went into storage. As Brea’s new downtown approached its opening in the late 1990s, the clock was completely renovated. Today, its base, post and the casing around its face remain original, but its mechanism has been recast and reassembled, and the unique calligraphy of its original face and hands has been carefully recreated, with neon added so it can be read at night. During the city’s centennial year, Charlie the Clock has experienced new life. Recreated in costume form and starring in this book, Brea’s landmark timepiece has become a fresh symbol of Brea’s historic heritage.

                                                      Written by Teresa Hampson

  • BBON gets Two Scoops! on the new Farrell’s in Brea

    6 years ago by

    Our BBON Kid Reporters, Christine and Carly, had a super fun BBON Video Adventure as they did a walk through interview with Farrell’s cast member Dominique at our new Farrell’s Brea!  It was a tough job, I know, but somebody had to do it!  

  • 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

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    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.

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